Monday, October 5, 2009

Our Guardian Tree

We lost our big boy, Monty, last December.

Monty spent his all too short life guarding us. He was genetically programmed to be a guard dog, part Chow Chow and part Doberman. He guarded everything from toys to the puppies to the house and of course, me. He was always on duty and seldom took the time out to play.


When one of our dogs dies, we plant a tree as a living memorial. Yesterday we bought Monty's tree and we had the perfect spot to plant it. The corner of the fence by the driveway is between the gate to the fenced in yard and the garage door.


Rob dug the hole and the soaker hose runs thru that area so the tree will get watered along with the butterfly garden.


He removed the tree from the pot and massaged it's roots before setting it in the hole.


This is a dwarf Alberta Spruce, a slow growing tree, but one that should do well in that area.


I gave it a good soaking and will continue to do so until it takes root.


Monty's tree is standing guard at the entrance to his yard and to the house. What better place for a guardian tree? I feel like Monty is still on duty, watching over us.

18 comments:

Channon said...

What a beautiful tribute to a dear, working dog. I'm sure Monty is still there with you, watching over things. At least... I talk to the boys every morning...

Dianne said...

What a lovely idea. I firmly believe that Monty is still keeping watch over you all.

Martha Basset said...

That looks like just the right tree - in just the right spot to remember Monty.
He sounds like a dog who took his job very seriously - he was certainly very handsome.
love
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Marjie said...

Excellent choice for that spot, because it won't outgrow the space you have. A memorial tree is a lovely idea.

Sam said...

What a sweet tribute to an old friend. Tree planting in someone's memory seems like a great idea.

Swampechaun said...

How sweet and wonderful! That is a great memorial and way to beautify your land as well. I love it! RIP Monty.

silfert said...

A wonderful idea, and a fine tribute to a guardian friend.

momsue84 said...

What a beautiful post! Monty must have been a very special dog. A lovely way to remember him. Beautiful!

The OP Pack said...

What a great way to remember your beloved pets. Maybe Mom needs to think about doing that for Dakota.

Woos, the OP Pack

Hero said...

That's a great way to memorialize Monty. It's a beautiful way to keep his memory alive.

LizzieJane said...

What a lovely rememberance Sue. I am sure you still miss him a lot.
x

Brownie said...

what a beautiful tribute to Monty. I am sure Monty is keeping his eyes on you and wishing he could give his own soaking to the new tree...

Mack and Sally Ann said...

I think Monty likes his tree.
Sally Ann

Thor said...

What a beautiful tribute to Monty! I am sure he is watching over you all.

xoxo
Thor

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a wonderful idea! Monty was a very handsome boy!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

A lovely tribute to your dear furiend.

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

gaylen said...

What a lovely post. I was thinking of Monty just the other day. Great place for his tree. g

julieknitsjuliesews said...

This is indeed a lovely idea, and an ideal place too. best wishes julie.C