Monday, May 28, 2012


photo taken on May 27, 2012 of the birdhouse out in front of our home.

While today is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, Memorial Day has become a day for more general expressions of memory, as people visit the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. On Saturday, my family visited the grave of my wife's father. He died a few years ago from cancer. Saturday also happened to be his birthday. He would have been 78. We left a Birthday card along with flowers.

We tend to think that only human's grieve the loss of a loved one. It is my belief that animals also have emotions of sorrow and grief.

A mother sparrow made a nest in our front yard birdhouse this year. We enjoyed seeing and hearing the chirping when the little baby birds hatched. Unfortunately, a predator of some kind came into the nest. We found the remains of the little birds on our lawn. The mother bird now sits outside of the birdhouse... with an occasional chirp. She seems to be grieving the loss of her babies. I took this picture yesterday in the morning. It has been over a week now. She still has not left.

Below is a photo and from a story that I came across on the interent of a male pit bull mourning by the side of his dead companion has moved many to tears after it was posted to Facebook. On Friday, the female pit bull was killed by a car on South 16th Street in Phoenix, but her partner refused to abandon her. The male dog stayed by her side for more than 14 hours before Animal Control removed her body and now, they say, he is still so depressed he may not be able to find a home to adopt him. He would not eat or drink, but licked and stayed with his friend

1 comment:

  1. We had a dog that we named Spartan. When the boys took turns going on missions I was the caretaker of the dog. He became very good friends with the neighbor dog. They were inseparable during the day. They would take turns going from each others house and running and playing together. Spartan one day just kind of stopped moving. He was taken to the vet and found that he had tumors in his body. They were going to operate and he died first. The neighbor dog mourned the entire day in the yard. He would just howl, I called the neighbor at work and told her it was pretty disturbing to the neighbors. They had to put their dog inside their home because he was so lonesome without Spartan. Animals really do mourn their loved ones.