This week's PhotoHunt theme is "In Memory."
August 2007 was a very sad time because we had to say goodbye to Jordan, my brother's dog. Jordie was a Chocolate Lab and one of the finest creatures I've ever known.
No matter how many times you go through it, it's never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet, and losing Jordan was my young nephews' first experience with the death of a loved one. We read several excellent children's books about losing a pet (listed below) and planted a tree in Jordan's memory. The boys painted this memorial stone to put under Jordan's tree.
So even though we're happy to have a new puppy in the family, I'll never forget Jordan and every time I see this stone under the tree, I remember how much I loved him.
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I have a feeling I may need to get a box of Kleenex ready for this week's theme.
These books about pet loss for kids are great (and really, they helped me a lot too).
Dog Heaven by Cynthia Ryland
The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst and Erik Blegvad
I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm