Farewell Shaukou

3.12.2014 | 21:42

"Like this?"

“Like this?”

"I want this bench too"

“I want this bench too”







"Look! What's here."

“Look! What’s here.”

"Honestly, it is NOT me."

“Honestly, it is NOT me.”

"I think this pond should be called Lake Shaukou"

“I think this pond should be called Lake Shaukou”

"I sense something in the air."

“I sense something in the air.”

"Let me check it out"

“Let me check it out”

"Time to do some soul searching"

“Time to do some soul searching”

"Say what?"

“Say what?”

A lazy summer afternoon...

A lazy summer afternoon…

"Are you there?  Mommy is looking for you."

“Are you there? Mommy is looking for you.”

"I really think it is supper time."

“I really think it is supper time.”

"Come and sit with me. Let's talk."

“Come and sit with me. Let’s talk.”

"Going home...going home...I'm a going home.."

“Going home…going home…I’m a going home..”

"Coffee/cookie time yet?"

“Coffee/cookie time yet?”

"I would like to take today off; don't feel like working today."

“I would like to take today off; don’t feel like working today.”

"OK I will take this bench also. If I may say, it is a little crude. I meant it is so 'rustic'."

“OK I will take this bench also. If I may say, it is a little crude. I meant it is so ‘rustic’.”

"Hurry up! The storming is coming. You know how I hate to get my fur wet."

“Hurry up! The storming is coming. You know how I hate to get my fur wet.”

"I like this little patch of colours next to my bone garden."

“I like this little patch of colours next to my bone garden.”

(Click on “i” in the image above to see the caption)

You adopted us instantly when we visited you the first time.
(You were just a cute little puppy then.)
The feeling was mutual.

You grew into an integral part of this family and attached to our lives,
bringing with you cheerful spirit, trust, love, warm and friendship.

Yet, you had to depart, so suddenly and so final…..
Sadness cannot even begin to describe the feeling of hollow your departure left behind.

When I close my eyes, I can still see your innocent expecting eyes asking me:
“Let’s play doggy flying in the air game now.”
“Let’s take a coffee/cookie break now.”
“Let’s sit on one of my garden benches with your arm around my neck.
I will keep you warm (and of course lick your face).”
“Let’s have supper now. I am hungry.”
but I was always busy, and keep you waiting patiently; too long.

You truly enjoyed your daily bone chewing treat in your bone garden,
and our routine of listening to the peaceful waterfall in the gazebo;
sipping my after supper daily “closure’ cup of coffee, and you your pond water,
before we headed out for a long walk following all the paths we made.

I would like to believe that
you were the happiest dog in the world,
certainly the most loved.
I wish I can fluff your fluffy ears and silky tummy fur,
and say “Doggy Dogdog” one last time.

Farewell, my friend.
I still have gardens to make,
and the illusion of you
roaming freely around me everywhere I work in this country garden will live on.

(In memory of you, the pond in our water garden will be renamed Lake Shaukou)


  1. Catherine Fawcett
    July 5, 2017 | 6:46 am

    Just found your fabulous site with some of my favourite plants – I think we garden in much the same conditions! I am in Perthshire in Scotland with some awful winters (except for the last 2) and not too much warmth in summer – we are averaging between 10 and 15 these past couple of weeks (June/JUly) Trying not to dwell too much on the lovely dog above (have 3 oldies at the moment 12 and 13 year olds) Look forward to spending more time gazing at your lovely images!

    • garcan
      July 5, 2017 | 10:41 am

      Thanks for your encouraging comments. I was under the impression that Scotland has much better gardening weather than Ontario especially when admiring the beautiful pictures of the Botanic Garden there. Last winter was unusually mild, and we have a decent spring with lots off rain. The garden is loving it! Hopefully I have better pictures to update by the end of the season.

  2. Justine M
    November 4, 2016 | 7:20 pm

    Oh my goodness! Just stumbled upon your site through a google photo search and was immediately in love with your gardening style, so I headed over here to your blog… and this the first posting I see. Immediately very sad for your loss. Shaukou was clearly a perfect and beautiful gardening companion. I also have a canine friend that’s been with me for 11 years. I do not look forward to the moment you are talking about here. RIP Shaukou! I look forward to photos of Lake Shaukou.

    • garcan
      November 4, 2016 | 10:18 pm

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging comments. Hope you enjoyed your visit to our casual country garden.

  3. Colleen
    February 2, 2015 | 9:51 pm

    How very sad but you have so many wonderful memories of this life that touched yours, right to the core.

    • garcan
      February 2, 2015 | 11:14 pm

      Hi Colleen, thanks for your kind comment and support.

  4. Jennifer
    January 27, 2015 | 7:54 am

    What a lovely and touching tribute to Shaukou.

    • garcan
      January 27, 2015 | 5:19 pm

      Jennifer, Thanks. I was just hoping that pleasant memories of his life can help to ease our sense of loss.

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