This past Saturday I attended the ElderDog Annual Jubilee and Butterfly Release. I’ve gone for the past three years and it’s always such a great event. In addition to live music, a barbecue, raffles, and so many happy dogs, attendees have the opportunity to release a butterfly in memory of a loved pet. The proceeds go towards the Place to Paws “— a small, chapel-like building where people (and dogs) can honour the animal-human relationship and pay tribute to canine companions who have passed on. Place to Paws will house a gallery for commemorative photographs, a memory wall, a contemplative space for quiet repose, and a meeting area and will host pet loss support groups and annual memorial services.” (from http://placetopaws.ca/building-site/)
It’s such a beautiful organization and the event was filled with so much love. I find it so sweet to see the connections that people and their furry companions have with one another. It’s nice to recognize how important that connection can be.
My favourite part is the number of happy dogs of all ages waddling around and accepting affection from anyone and everyone they pass. I was constantly finding new pals who were free to explore the area of the event. One of the best was a big fluffy guy with a sign around his neck that read “Watch out for me! I steal food!” So funny.