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Thread: A Pet Talk Memorial

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Waltham, MA, USA

    A Pet Talk Memorial

    Today at the Findlay, Ohio Pet Talk gathering, we had a very special event. Today, the traditional date of Memorial Day, was the dedication of a memorial for two exceptional Pet Talk dogs, Binx and Smokey.

    The people of Pet Talk decided, when Binx and Smokey both went to the Rainbow Bridge on the same day last winter, young dog and old dog, big and small, we needed to honor them in a lasting way. Quietly, behind the scenes, people made donations, and ended up with enough money to donate a park bench AND two trees to the Dog Park in Findlay where some of us got to meet Cataholic and Binx, and where Pet Talkers gather for happy times together.

    The bench has a small plaque on it that simply says:
    Rest awhile, relax, smile
    in loving memory of Binx and Smokey
    and all our beloved pets.
    (signed) the Pet Talk gang.

    It is framed by the two small trees that will provide a nice shady spot both for people and dogs in the years to come.

    Wolf-Q (Amy) also created two beautiful portraits, one each of Smokey and Binx, which will be sent, with a certificate, to the two families.

    The love of Pet Talk folk for these dogs, and the people who loved them, inspired this memorial. Many people worked behind the scenes to accomplish this, and we are grateful to them, too.

    We'll always love you Smokey, Binx, and all our beloved pets waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. And we love, too, the humans whom you loved.

    Rest in peace.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2000
    Never has the Last word.
    Thanks for the wonderful Post Karen!
    The bench is beautiful, the trees are beautiful and the portraits by Amy are breathtaking.
    Keegan 9/28/2001 to June 9, 2012
    Kylie (June 2000 to 5/19/2012)
    "we as American's have forgotten we can agree to disagree"
    Kylie the Queen, Keegan the Princess, entertained by Kloe the court Jester
    Godspeed Phred and Gini you will be missed more than you ever know..

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Oh Karen, *tears*
    What a beautiful, loving tribute .......
    "No dog is born either vicious or friendly, but rather a blank slate that is moulded, for better or worse, by the owner."

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Melbourne, Australia
    That's one of the sweetest things I've ever read.

    It's a wonderful memorial to Smokey, Binx and all the other pets who have gone to the Bridge.
    Nicole, Mini, Jasmine, Pickles, Tabasco, Schnaggles and Buffy

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Waltham, MA, USA
    Here are three photos - this is the quick "while we're at the hotel" version, I amsure others will have photos and we will have others to add later.

    This is the bench
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Waltham, MA, USA
    Here is the plaque
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  7. #7
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    Jun 2000
    Waltham, MA, USA
    And here is a group shot at the dedication, though there were many onlookers as well.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    That is so beautiful. I am so sad that I wasn't able to go. Those portraits by Amy are beautiful!

    I did the right thing by setting you free
    But the pain is very deep.
    If only I could turn back time, forever, you I'd keep.
    I miss you

    I hear you whimper in your sleep
    I gently pet you and say, no bad dreams
    It will be alright, to my dog as dark as night.

    Fur as dark as the night.
    Join me on this flight.
    Paws of love that follow me.
    In my heart you'll forever be.

    How I wish I could hold you near.
    Turn back time to make it so.
    Hug you close and never let go.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    What a beautiful tribute to Smokey, Binx and all beloved pets waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    If You Don't Talk To Your Cat About Catnip, Who Will?
    What a terrific way to remember precious pets. Beautiful idea with a lot of heart!
    ~*~ "None left to rescue, none left to buy, none left to suffer, none left to die. None to be beaten, none to be kicked...all must be loved and all must be fixed".
    Author Unknown ~*~



  11. #11

    THANKS, Karen ~ Well Said!

    THANKS, Amy (Wolf_Q) ~ Well Done, Young Lady!!

    /s/ Phred
    /s/ Cinder, Smokey & Heidi

    R.I.P. ~ Boots, Bowser, Sherman, & Snoopy

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    This has made me cry............bless all of you for making it happen...........Pet Talk..........I hope everyone who visits, and does rest and relax for a while............wants to know who is behind this.

    Who is behind it is Binx - who all of us loved so dearly............and Smokey........and our deep love of our pets.

    I am proud that there is such a tribute............and may there be more tributes in the years to come.
    Last edited by gini; 05-31-2004 at 10:28 AM.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    May 2003
    That's great!!!
    What a beautiful idea!
    Jen & Gigi

    Thanks Kay for the set.

  14. #14
    That is simply beautiful. And what a touching and lasting way to remember our beloved pets!

    Thanks to everyone who was involved!

    Thanks Kay for my great sig & avatar!!!
    Kissy 1993 (?) - 13 Oct 2005. Always in my heart.
    Ally Cat's Mommy

    "It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done." Harriet Beecher-Stowe.

  15. #15
    What a beautiful tribute to Binx and Smokey. *Lots of tears*

    And what a very special bunch of people and animals we have here at Pet Talk.
    Rhi *Hooman* Clover *Rottie x ACD* (RIP to my BRD) Elvis and Tinny *The BCs* & Harri *JRT* Luna *BC x*

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