Kids and ideas
We have always had quite a few dogs. Depending on time – at least three but as many as five. The kids form attachments and the loss of the pets is always so hard on the family. At the moment we have three dogs – one of which is an older Weimaraner. Though we have no tests to confirm it, I believe we are in the process of losing the battle with him. I have seen cancer take our pets too often to not recognize the signs. We are making him as comfortable as possible and trying to let the kids enjoy him for as long as possible – and on the off chance I am wrong – no sense in making the kids worry. But kids are funny – they may not be able to verbalize some things but they are certainly intuitive and may not always receive enough credit for being so. As I went outside I noticed a pile of rocks (taken from our fire pit) and a tall 2×4 standing between them. The kids had set up a memorial for all the pets we have lost in their lifetime. They also wanted a shovel so they could dig up the ground and see the dogs one more time. Just an FYI – the dogs are most definitely not buried in the backyard – and logically the kids know that so I am not sure how they reached their line of reasoning. I don’t dare move their newly erected memorial because in the end it may help them to deal with the future loss. So for now in the middle of our backyard is a memorial to a pet cemetary that isn’t actually there.