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Treacle’s ashes

What do you do with your dog’s ashes once they have left you?

Treacle, Starkie and Sam were our three brindle coloured dogs who were inseparable when they were with us. They were all around 11 to 12 years old and would run, play and sleep together – sometimes they lay in their bed and you couldn’t tell where the first dog started and the last finished.

Then in 2006, Starkie was suffering terribly with arthritis and despite the best efforts and medication from the vet, he passed away as we prepared for the Summer. The other dogs obviously felt the loss and just after Starkie died, Sam was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. Sam died just two months after Starkie, leaving 11 year old Treacle lost and visibly feeling the emptiness left by her two friends.

Not knowing what to do with Starkie and Sam’s ashes we kept them in their boxes and placed them to the back of the bookshelf. The thinking was that as the three dogs were so close, we would wait until Treacle joined them and they could all be scattered together. Given Treacle’s demeanour and apparent downhill state of health we feared we may not be waiting long.

Then in October 2006, in an attempt to perk Treacle’s spirit, we visited the RSPCA and found a two year old Lurcher we called Ozzy. Treacle took to him straight away and was like a new dog herself. Ozzy did the trick for both us and Treacle and Treacle went on to live for another six years.

When Treacle died in 2012, at the grand old age of seventeen we were once again faced with the prospect of what to do with the ashes. Unfortunately, we had now had Starkie and Sam’s ashes so long we were reluctant to part with them. Treacle joined the other two on the bookshelf and there they all stayed for a few years more.

I finally decided that if we weren’t going to scatter the ashes, I would make something with them so they could be out in the open with us once more.

This is the result of Treacle’s ashes which I have set in a clear resin and mounted between the ends of an old oval bathroom mirror. I sandblasted the mirror to leave just a mirrored tree and Treacle’s name to the front and a paw print on the reverse. Treacle’s last dog dag is also set into the clear section of the ashes and the main part is then mounted on a piece of solid Oak.

The remaining ashes are set in the ‘pool’ on the oak base with a Mahogany paw walking across. Being a Border Collie/German Shepherd cross breed, Treacle was the most intelligent dog we have ever had and the poem describes a typical trick she used to play on the other dogs on a regular basis.

Arthur

Little baby Arthur was destined for a wonderful life with his parents and two big brothers. Unfortunately, fate had other plans and on 14th of April, 2017, Arthur skipped this world as he was born straight into the next.

To his brothers, Arthur was a new star in the night sky and to reflect this his mum asked me to make a container for Arthur’s ashes. She didn’t want a standard ‘urn’ but preferred something more resembling a trophy to celebrate his essence and him being a star.

This small polished aluminium and mahogany trophy was the result which incorporates an adjustable star on top which can be moved to reflect his starlight up onto the ceiling from any position.

The inscription around the base reads: –

“Always on our mind, forever in our hearts.”

Dad

Dad was a wonderful, caring man who always worked long and hard to look after his six children, of which I was number 5.

But for all his efforts, he could never find peace with his spectacles. He seemed to be stuck in a loop as he would complain that he couldn’t see a thing through the lenses. We would take the glasses from him, clean the lenses and hand them back. As he returned the spectacles to his head and realised the clarity of vision he would simply say, “Oh, that’s better” and all was well again.

We would all have a good laugh about it but it wouldn’t be too long before his oily fingerprints adorned the clean glass and the loop would run another cycle.

After he passed away in 2013, I took a pair of his glasses and set them in clear resin and aluminium for Mum to keep as a fond reminder of the man she had been with for almost 60 years. I added the inscription on the base that summed up the amusement and entertainment he had provided over the years.

                “All the things I might have seen, if only I’d kept my glasses clean.”

In addition to this I carved an anchor into a piece of mahogany to celebrate his love of the sea and his fond memories of his days in the Navy.