Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye
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This virtual garden is a happy, peaceful place where we can walk & visit the dead. Those that we loved & lost through illness, injury or old age.
Above is a tiny snippet of the garden. Below you will find videos of the special places created to honour the memory of each dog we were privileged to serve. In the centre of the garden is a memorial to every human and non human life lost in the earthquakes of February 2023.
Betty Boo 28/09/2023
Betty Boo sadly passed away from cancer that could not be treated. She crossed the bridge after receiving hospice care at the shelter.
Mercury was one of an orphaned litter of six puppies who came to the shelter with parvovirus. Sadly little Mercury’s immune system was not as strong as his siblings & he passed away in clinic.
Robbie was a street born Kangal who came to us under the worst possible circumstances. He had been tied to the back of a car & dragged along the road. His injuries were dreadful. Our vet team did everything in their power to heal him. Sadly his body did not respond to treatment & he passed away.
Ben was a street born dog who came under our care suffering from e.canis, pancreatitis & liver disease. Despite being very poorly he rallied & went on to live another year at the shelter.
Pamuk much loved by Ayse and his sponsor mum Kathryn. Dr V helped Pamuk to the bridge after hospice care in the clinic.