Tuesday, August 19, 2008

bittersweet



(memorial plaque by Gary Rith, and Gary swimming with Jack)
Jack passed away 8 days ago and his graveside memorial came out of the kiln yesterday. We took the other two dogs over to the little tree we planted over him and said a couple of words. We miss him.
I wanted the plaque to look a little watery. Jack swam every month of the year, even winter if there was a little gap in the pond ice. He chased his ball a billion times.
So, Tink's word challenge is bitter and sweet, and together that can describe how a person feels when celebrating a great dog's life.

20 comments:

Mona Buonanotte said...

Ah, sweet Jack. He's missed. Lovely plaque, Gary.

Patricia Griffin said...

Hi Gary. Am so sorry about your friend Jack. Sounds like he was a lucky dog to have you.

tt said...

you did a great job on the plaque.
I love looking at all your pictures. I get such a warm feeling. :)

Gordo said...

That's wonderful, Gary.

gary rith said...

thanks all!

Lynda said...

The plaque is GREAT! And the photo is wonderful.

Knight said...

Oh wow. This is so sweet. What a lucky dog to have had you.

Farmer*swife said...

awwwwwwwww :-( Labs are so awesomeand smart!

Lou said...

The plaque is beautiful Gary, and I always loved that photo. Hugs for you and Maude and everyone there, x

gary rith said...

::hugs::

Karen said...

Perfect post for bittersweet!

g-man said...

Nicely done. A nice tribute. :)

Hilary said...

Aww sorry about the pooch. That plaque is just perfect.

kcinnova said...

Yes, indeed: Bittersweet.

I wondered how you would post for WWC this week. Well done.

Tink said...

I love the plaque, beautiful job. Great use of the words too. I bet there are tons of ponds in heaven and they never freeze over. :)

Alice said...

what a great plaque... and very much bittersweet. i went that way with my words as well, but with much less... uh.. substance ;-P

Reb said...

Gary, what a great plaque for Jack. Bittersweet that's for sure.

Chatty said...

Oh, I'm so glad you decided on "Little Jack", rather than just his dates. And I like the printing - kind of devil-may-care and playful.
Bittersweet, indeed.
But Jack would be pleased - he gets to play with his ball forever on that plaque...don't worry or hurry about my email - there's PLENTY of time!

Di Mackey said...

My dog died after 16 years with me. She was a stunningly intelligent best friend kind of white labrador and it devastated me to lose her.

I spent her last year carrying her on and off the beaches she loved so well - like Jack, she loved to swim.

I loved the idea of the plaque and the tree. I wrote a poem. It did well.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Stunning photos for bitter and sweet. Absolutely stunning.