Trifextra #58: HER HEARTS


HER HEARTS… A 33 word story

I got a call. “I need your help making something.” “Okay, what?”

“A stone heart for Sammie.” “Sammie’s a dog.”

“I know, I want to honor him.” “Okay, then let’s do Buddy too.”


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A dear friend in Sacramento had two miniature poodles.  They were brothers, and had been show dogs… Sammy had died.  She wanted to make memorial stones to place in her garden.  She had studied how to make stepping-stones, so we went to the hardware store and got a bag of cement.  Buddy was still with her, so we got him to ‘autograph’ his stone… he was not pleased about that.  Susan was so happy with them (and we had a lot of cement left over), that we ended up making some more for past and present dogs.  Later, a friend who saw them, asked us to make one for her sister who had loved Betty Boop.  It’s a nice idea, I think… Garden Art with a Meaning.


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Here is the prompt for this weekend’s Triextra Challenge“We want you to give us a thirty-three word response using the word stone as one of your thirty-three words.  You can use any definition of the word that you’d like, but we are specifically looking for serious, well-conceived entries. “
p.s.  My friend Betty made a lovely comment below… I thought I would add it to my post…
  “If you are a dog or other animal owner you know that when they are gone they always leave their footprints on your heart.”

23 responses

  1. We did this for our cat when she passed. The kids love it!

  2. How very sweet & I agree,it definitely is meaningful art.Well done Ted:-)

  3. Oh Ted this was delicious, I have seen stones like this over here. Yes meaningful art to remember a treasured family member, so much better than a Gnome!

  4. Aw, so sweet, Ted. I could use one of these for the cat I just lost. What a wonderful, creative take on the prompt!

  5. Lovely story, Ted.

  6. This reminds me of my parents’ yard, though they went a bit overboard, I think. We have four nephews’ handprints. One niece’s foot. Three dogs (one living, two dead) and a cat (dead). They’re going to run out of grass.

  7. This is sweet without being too sad. Lovely job (:

  8. I love the last last. The “Well, if we’re going to do this thing, let’s do it right.” feel to it.

  9. I really like this idea. I could do the same and make a walk near my garden planters. Hmmm…

  10. If you are a dog or other animal owner you know that when they are gone they always leave their footprints on your heart. Thanks Ted!!

  11. Every pet owner understands exactly. Good use of the prompt. And the one for Buddy, too, was a great ending.

  12. Te deseo una excelente semana.
    Un abrazo

  13. First of all, this is a fantastic idea. You could make it a business, I think! Secondly, I love the write up. Has the feel of a natural conversation. How cool that both dogs were honored.

  14. We planted trees for our dogs after they passed on. I think this is a very good idea.

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  16. a beautiful sentiment – and a kind friend. 🙂

  17. What a sweet idea. My kids made stepping stones for the garden, I bet they would want to make more for pets loved and lost

  18. Is it Sammy or Sammie? Whatever, what a great way to remember him! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hot Damm… glad someone is on the ball here, thanks. Duly noted and changed.

      1. Hah… you win the prize. At least I remembered how Buddy spelt his name.

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