by Connie Oswald Stofko
One marker says “Dog crossing” and another announces “I love my cat.” For gardeners who don’t want to take sides, there’s a marker that says “Bless all the creatures of the garden.”
Express your feelings for whatever animal has stolen your heart with garden ornaments from Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls.
Maybe your dog joins you in your garden, creating holes in places where you need them, or more likely, where you don’t need them. You can get a sign for your garden that tells visitors you acknowledge this habit. It depicts a dog, up to its neck in dirt, with the words: Obsessive compulsive digger.
You can perch a statue of a cat on a rock or the edge of a pond and let it peer down. I’m sure the fish will get used to it, and maybe it will scare the rabbits!
We become close to our pets, and it’s difficult when we lose them.
“The whole thing is, they become part of the family,” said Ray Crawley, store manager at Goodman’s Farm Market. “When a pet passes away, it’s traumatic.”
You can remember your pet with memorial pieces for your garden. There are a dog and cat with halos. Cherubs cuddle a dog or cat. If you have your pet cremated, you can buy an urn inscribed “In loving memory of a faithful friend.” A marker with a paw print says, “Always in our hearts.”
For indoors, decorative frames can hold a photo of your pet.
You can also find bird feeders and seed for your other garden friends.