Sunday, October 25

Earth to Earth!

Yesterday we buried Wilma in the garden.
We chose a spot, behind the hedge we see from the kitchen patio doors, adjacent to where Max's ashes are scattered.
Ofcourse it had to be the most deceiving plot of land we could have chosen.
Although the earth was soft due to the rain the green turf hid a mightly collection of rocks, bricks and large pebbles.
We started digging, Jon sweating as his spade bashed against yet more stones, I shovelled the earth away and be both cleared away the stones and made two heaps, one of soil the other of the stones.
When we had dug down a sufficient amount we stopped and put our spades to one side.
Jon carried Wilma out and carefully, lovingly placed her into the space.
We packed the stones around her and I was particularly careful to pack her newly pinned hip to support it as she prepared to run and play on her next beach.
I placed her favourite ball next to her, together with an apple, so the seeds of autumn one day may take root.
We said our few words and then we threw some soil over the stones and packed the space safely allowing Wilma to be comfortable.
She is facing the field where the horses run freely, just as Wilma will one day!

It was a hard task yet one which we both had to do.
It was appropriate that Wilma remained at home.

There will never be another Wilma and I do not want to try and even find one.
For now I want time to heal, space to think and time to remember!


  1. Denise...I have not been by here in a long time. It is odd that I stopped in today to find Wilma gone. Please accept my condolensces. She was a special part of your family. In sympathy.

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  3. Thank you for sharing such a precious moment with us. May Wilma rest in peace

  4. I have to admit I shed a few tears reading this. Thinking of you both {{{hugs}}} DH parents have quite a large property and the pet cemetary is underneath a beautiful tree. We have 2 cats who are sleeping there. Wilma will always be there with you♥♥ Linda xoxo

  5. Ah...such a sad day for you. My heart goes out to you both. Hugs.

  6. That sounds such a lovely resting place for Wilma xx

  7. You brought tears to my eyes. Losing a pet IS losing a family member. You are so lucky to be able to bury your loved one on your property. We can't do that where I live. My heart goes out to you during this time of loss.
    Warmest thoughts

  8. The apple tree will bear much sweeter apples.
    Take the time you need. She was well-loved and truly lovable from all your stories and photos. I felt like I knew her. So sad. Sending our love.

  9. Oh dear Denise! Tears are streaming down my face as I read this, remembering the loss of my own beloved Star (boxer). Unfortunately, we weren't able to bury her at home, so the vet disposed of her. But you will always have Wilma with you and I do believe that she will run free now, and free from pain. God bless you all.

  10. I am sorry to hear about your sweet Wilma, but I know that eventually you will find peace that she died at home with you all and now lays in her lovely garden.

    Sending you hugs.

    Julie and Poppy q

  11. you are very very brave and such kind souls for all your immense love for her.My 3 burials this summer nearly killed me as only 1 was expected, the 24 year old.Everybody handles in their own way- 3 months later I got new dogs which do not seem to love me like they did- probably delusional

  12. C'est très émouvant ...
    Que Wilma repose en paix.

  13. Rest in Peace dear Wilma.
    Still thinking of you both, at this very sad time.


  14. I'm so glad she's resting in the perfect spot you prepared for her. this is a lovely tribute to a member of your family.
    Rest and heal both of you.

  15. I've just found your blog. So sorry about Wilma.

  16. [big lump in throat]

    Lovely that she is in your garden, facing her field.

  17. We know how you feel, this spring, our 12 year old lab, Lucy, left us after problems with a tumor around her backend. and beyond surgery.

  18. Tears and love for Wilma. this hurts! :(


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