When I was naming my blog, I thought of many different names that I loved. I was shocked to see how many were already taken. So much for thinking I might have an imagination! I then resorted to pet names, and finally came up with Chyna's Garden. For you see, we had a beloved pug named Chyna. What better name for a Chinese Pug? She was without a doubt the SWEETEST dog I have ever owned, and I have owned many.
My husband got her for me when we were dating. She was supposed to be a birthday surprise, but it ended up that I had to go with him to meet the breeder because she wanted to meet the new owner, so I saw her beforehand. When it came time to go get her, my husband was in the area and picked her up. She was so tiny that she fit in the palm of his hand. He took her to his home and had her for several days...just the two of them...alone...bonding. By the time I got her, she was HIS dog, and remained his dog until she died, thirteen years later. They were so bonded, that when she died my husband was heartbroken for months. I had never seen him so down.
We buried her in a corner of our yard, which at the time was last years vegetable garden. In her honor, and for my husband's broken heart, I turned it into a beautiful garden where he could go and sit with her. Several times I found him out there crying. It is filled with beautiful shrubs and trees (a dogwood, flowering cherry and white birch), 2 birdbaths, a trellis with pink climbing roses, and a bench for reflecting. Every year I plant something new to remember her by. Last year it was the pink flowering dogwood.
My husband got me another dog for my birthday. Guess whose dog he is?
My husband and I own a 5 acre farm in South Seattle. We have a beautiful clear view of Mt Rainier (when it's not cloudy), a pond, and some resident mallard ducks. We started out with one horse and then decided to breed paint horses. We no longer do that, but still have two horses (Satin and Dior) which keep me from getting too fat, due to the work involved. We have Tucker, a young male golden retriever and two cats, Maddie and Peanut. On any given day I can see anything from hot air balloons, to bald eagles, coyotes, elk, racoons and grey herons. We love our little oasis, and I don't even like to leave it. It's just heaven on earth to me. I have three wonderful grown kids, and five of the cutest darn grandkids you've ever seen! It's a full life, and I love it!