A subscriber of the Ontario Argus Observer has written
to the editor asking:
"Where shall I bury my dog?"
We would say to the Ontario man that there are various
places in which a dog
may be buried.
We are thinking now of a Setter, whose coat was flame in
the sunshine, and
who, so far as we are aware, never entertained a mean or an unworthy
This Setter is buried beneath a cherry tree, under four
feet of garden loam. And
at its proper season, the cherry tree strews petals on the green lawn of
Beneath a cherry tree, or an apple, or any flowering shrub is an
to bury a dog.
Beneath such trees, such shrubs, he slept in the drowsy
summer, or gnawed at
a flavorous bone, or lifted his head to challenge some strange intruder.
are good places in life or in death.
Yet, it is a small matter, for if the dog be well
remembered, if sometimes he
leaps through your dreams actual as in life, eyes kindling, laughing,
matters not at all where that dog sleeps.
On a hill where the wind is unrebuked, and the trees are
roaring, or beside a
stream he knew in puppyhood, or somewhere in the flatness of a pasture
where most exhilarating cattle grazed, is all one to the dog, and all
one to you.
And nothing is gained, nothing is lost if memory lives.
But, there is one place to bury a dog....If you bury him
in this spot, he will come
to you when you call -- come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of
down the well-remembered path, and to your side again.
And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel, they
shall not growl at him nor
resent his coming, for he belongs there. People may laugh at you who see
lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall...who hear no whimper,
never really had a dog. Smile at them, for you shall know something that
hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing.
The one best place to bury a dog is in the heart of his
Go on to Fish And Pain
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