Taking Our Best Memories Along Part IV
With the sale of our house pending, the subject has come up of the bittersweetness of leaving behind a home where we have so many happy memories with so many pets. In the summer of 2014 I completed a project here that was very close to my heart – a memorial garden for all of those pets. I am sad to leave that behind, but I will be taking many parts of it with us, and creating a new garden at our new home.
This trellis holds a tag for each pet that lived with us at our current home but have since passed on. In this series I am sharing about each of those pets and how their memories tie in with our home.
Those readers who have been following this blog for some time already know our beagle Kobi. He was an original “crew member” and he passed away just over two years ago from old age. He joined our family in 2001, and came from other family who wanted him to have a home where he could get more time and attention. We had been a single dog household only up until that point, but we’ve always felt that adding a second dog was one of the best things we ever did. Kobi quickly became best friends with Maggie (introduced in Part III of this series), and our cats as well (introduced in Parts I and III). He always loved everyone human, canine, and feline.
I couldn’t find a lot of photos of Kobi in our home early on. That’s because at the time he joined us we spent a lot of time at our camper, which was our home away from home. We started camping with our dog Shelby (Part II), as a way she could come with us on vacations and long weekends. When Maggie came along, we got a bigger camper and parked it at a campground not far from our home. With just a half hour’s drive we could be at our rustic campground that had a pond for Maggie to swim in along with swimming holes in the brook that flowed off the mountain, and hiking trails right there. It was in the foothills of the White Mountains so many other hikes and lakes were close by as well.
Most of my photos of Kobi from those days are at camp, hiking, or boating; he loved all of those things. When we lost Maggie in a tragic accident three years later, we lost our heart for camping. We also decided then we were going to get two more dogs (which turned out to be 3), and the campground wouldn’t allow 3. We realized as well at the time that we had been neglecting our house and our cats since we were at camp almost every weekend and vacation. So we sold the camper and became homebodies. That was when we did additional remodeling to our house, closing off the cathedral ceiling in our dining room and adding a master suite, then later remodeling the second bath. Adding the porch was the last thing we did but that was after Kobi was gone.
I was able to spend more time working in my gardens and that was something Kobi loved to do with me. He’d either cruise around sniffing or just lie next to me and watch me. He was there for the groundbreaking of the memorial garden, though he didn’t live to see it’s completion. His ashes are buried there but his spirit will be moving with us to our new home.
We’ll have two more posts in this series….our cat Katie, and our golden retriever Moses. They may not get done before we actually move though, closing day is 2 weeks from tomorrow!