Thursday, April 24, 2014

KLEENEX* TIME

 
Well, I'm back from a lovely Easter trip away to the ancestral home, and what a nice trip home it was. Very nice to have time off!! A delicious dinner was had at the Aunt and Uncle's home, a visit to the Capital Street Duo's one night to pick up my latest purchase( more to come) and time spent with my mother. Alas, there was a bit of sad news though, her lovely little companion and Buster's little half sister was put to rest before my arrival. My mother didn't tell me on the phone the night before my arrival, because she feared she would get too upset. And it was a bit tearful when Lady wasn't there to run around and greet me when I got there, her usual antics when I would arrive at the manor. Lady was a Sheltie/dachshund mix of 16 years!!! Always a gentle, sweet pup and so glamorous with her Ursula Andress locks...... And these pictures were only from two years ago, the family ages well....

 
My mother had Lady cremated and was given the ashes while I was there, but didn't know what to do them. We decided we would just keep them. But she wanted to do something special with them, instead of keeping them locked in a box, then it hit me we should spread them in a park....Lady loved her running the perimeter of a beautiful park. But where. My mother loved the idea. Then it hit us together......
 
 
Italian Lake  is a public park and one of the most beautiful parks in the Uptown area of the city of Harrisburg,Pennsylvania.
 
 
 The 9.5 acre park was restored to its mid-century grandeur in the 1980s when I was still living there. The lake is surrounded by antique-style streetlights, textured walkways, and formal gardens maintained in the Italian Renaissance-style. Features of the park include a beautiful Japanese-style bridge representing harmony between nature and man, swans were always attracted to this location,  and a stunning classical-style fountain designed with three muses of art, music and dance, entitle "Dance of Eternal Spring." Italian Lake was always one of my favorite spots to go to relax when I lived there, and it attracts both city residents and visitors to the area with its serene atmosphere and lush foliage. And if you read the inscription on the historical marker erected there, you’ll learn that this jewel was part of an overall plan initiated by the Harrisburg League of Municipal Improvements in 1901 called the City Beautiful Movement.
 
 
 In summer months there are numerous outdoor concerts held at the park.So I thought this would be the best place to spread Lady's ashes and return her to such a beautiful place to run eternally. She will enjoy beauty, birds, and beautiful music. After all, Lady always did love her self a beautiful park to run and let her beautiful hair blow in the breeze. It was a nice day.
 
Rest well little one.

24 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about Lady. She looked like a happy girl. She even appears to be smiling in the first shot. And what a beautiful resting place.

    Glad you're back!!!

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  2. What a lovely tribute to Lady. I am convinced - as I am with any well loved pet - that Lady was greeted by God as she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. God gave her a treat, scratched her beneath the chin and behind the ears, and said "Well done, good and faithful servant." For our pets are brought into our lives for the purpose of bringing God's grace into our lives. That is my belief.
    You have my deepest sympathies for your loss.

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    1. What a most lovely sentiment and have never though of this. A real comfort to all who loss pets.

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  3. This is so sad, but so touching, too. My Lady was such a beautiful dog. Your mother must have been a loving owner. Those pictures are so sweet.

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  4. I'm glad your back, but I wish under better circumstances. That is incredibly sad, but what a beautiful place to rest.

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  5. OH MISTRESS. Tell your mother I send well wishes. That first photo of her and after reading has had my in tears. I never leave your blog in tears. What a stunning park. Those swans have got to be a sign.

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  6. What a touching post. Lady was a absolute doll of a dog!!!!The picture have me in tears though..........

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  7. :-(

    I'm so sorry to hear about Lady. When Ricky died, I kept his ashes and so far I haven't released them at the place where he was found by my friends. To do so, I have to obtain a permit from the city!

    Perhaps I'll keep his ashes and have them buried with mine?

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  8. The shots are so cute!!!!! But Oh my, that is so sad.

    The garden is simply beautiful though, Lady will probably love it.

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  9. Aww that's so sad!! :( It breaks my heart to hear of people losing there pets. She was quite the cutie, it must runs in the family.

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  10. Sniff... I can't believe how cute... and it is so sweet and sad. Very touching. Lady and Buster remind me of Lady and the Tramp come to life. They look so different, but very similar at the same time. What cute dogs. And a beautiful resting place.

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  11. Thank you all for such kinds comments and words. I know my mother who reads on occasion will be tickled and comforted by your kinds words. Buster is giving extra puppy licks to all.

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  12. Lady had a good long life for a little dog. What a lovely resting place you and your Mom chose for her!

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  13. What a beautiful place for your Mother to go to remember Lady.

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  14. A touching tribute to a loving companion.

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  15. The picture of the two of them together is just adorable. Good friends to the end. But sad news none the less😨

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  16. The tree blossoms are beautiful, comfort for a sad time. You've made your special place more special.

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  17. Oh how sad, but that really is the loveliest place you chose. My parents banned me from getting another pet after my extended mental trauma after my hamster died - I was a mess. I worry about loving something and then having it die, that's why I never settled own till I was 35!
    Love how close you are to your family.

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  18. We love to go to Italian Lake to hang out and take walks. The mister often runs from there, down the river and back, where he will meet me again reading a book by the lake. Lady was a beautiful girl, what a good place to lay her to rest.

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