There was no other wanderer on that road, yet I was not alone, for his tracks went with me, each paw-print as familiar as the print of my own hand. I followed them, I knew each thing he had done, each move he had made, each thought that had been his; for so it is with two who live one life together.
Farley Mowat, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be, 1957
Rags for those loved: the Dog Tree
Dogs inspire artists.
They also bolster our communities, help us heal, improve our fitness and teach us about love and compassion. They enhance our spirit.
In 2012 I installed ‘Rags for those Loved, intentions from Ireland’. Local residents were given the opportunity to engage in an ancient Celtic custom in recognition of loved ones who were ill or have passed.
I am excited to announce the continuation of this ritual of leaving offerings that represent a wish or aspiration, however this time; the dedication will be to our Dogs. ( or any loved companion, great or small, that has enhanced your life..)
The community is invited to embellish a symbolic tree with collars, toys, rags, poems, or any item that connects them with their beloved pet. These adornments are meaningful – symbolizing grief for a loved companion that has passed as well as a desire or dream for a new family member or adopted friend.
Visitors are encouraged to stop by with their pets to tell a story, and to write their dog’s name on a piece of fabric, tie it to a branch and make a wish.
Saturday, September 14
Reception at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Site specific community project:
The public and their dogs are invited to participate. Location:
Outdoor grounds of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby, ON, Canada
18 Carnegie Ln., Grimsby, ON., L3M 1Y1 905-945-3246