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I went through a similar experience losing my mother a little over a year ago and just lost two beloved dogs both over the holidays. The grief and financial stress had combined to make things very very difficult for me. I've been trying to do more walking lately and it does help. Now I am eyeing my garden (I am not really much of a gardener...they let me on Dave's Garden on a waiver I think :-). I would like to plant more and my flower box up front is due for something more interesting than the poinsettias which are starting to look a bit tired. Thanks for the thoughtful inspiration.
You are very welcome, and you have my sincerest condolences for your losses. We lost our little dog of 14 years just before the holidays which compounded the melancholy mood around the house. Do continue your walking and start some planting projects if you can, anything to get those hands in the dirt! I think the majority of Dave's Gardeners have learned through trial-and-error, myself included, so don't feel down about that at all! I learn something new everyday, sometimes it's my limitations ;-), or that some plants just don't want to live here, lol.
I'm so glad you took the time to read the article and post your comments!
was going to start my own thread as a thank you for this inspiring article but after reading NY2CA's posts, decided to post here. i know, as most of us do, the human losses and they are hard enough but losing my beloved dog almost four years ago just about sent me over the edge. gardening has been a huge help since enormous grief over losing an animal is something not everyone understands and therefore often is held inside.
I agree! There is a definite void when a long-time constant companion (human or animal) is lost! Some of us spend more time, and have a more meaningful relationship, with our four-legged companions than some of the humans in our lives. We feel the need to mourn their losses in private which can be even more devastating. I think we are all very fortunate to have had a gardening hobby to help us through the emotionally stressful times.
Thank you both for adding your experiences to this thread and hope others are helped to know they are not alone in their grief of a pet.