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Project by Bearpaw posted 09-19-2011 07:42 PM 2969 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have an awesome son that lives in Chilliwack, BC. He works as a Paramedic in the oil fields. His main love is his family and his dog – Greta.

Greta is a wonderful Lab that is getting old. I can relate to that. Like most of us old people she is having some problems at 10 years old. You do the math.

My son wanted an urn for Greta. I have tried to convert his wishes in to wood.

The wood is hickory with a sprayed lacquer finish. The picture frame has a slit in the bottom for inserting a picture. The tube in front of the urn is for a lock of Greta’s hair.

I believe that most of us LJ’s are dog lovers and can relate to this.

“Not the least hard thing to bear when
they go from us, these quiet friends,
is that they carry away with them so
many years of our lives. Yet, if they
find warmth therein, who would
begrudge them those years that they
have so guarded?
And whatever they take,
be sure they have deserved.”
—- John Galsworthy—-

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Mark Blomster

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 07:47 PM

What a beautiful lab and a great looking urn. That is a very special project that your son will cherish always. Nice work.

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 08:14 PM

This project is just awesome. What a truly wonderful gift. I laid my lab Brewer to rest just over a week ago at the age of 11.

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 08:17 PM

Nicely done. Obviously I love dogs too. I dread the time we have to think about that.
We have lost 2 Golden Retrievers already.

Thanks for sharing


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#4 posted 09-19-2011 09:15 PM

Beautiful work. A wonderful way to remember mans best friend. Perfect Example:

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 10:03 PM

What a wonderful tribute to a loving “fur person”.

Have known, loved and lost many over the years. It never gets any easier.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 11:16 PM

What a wonderful tribute. I have had several furry family members over the years, those that don’t have dogs in their lives, and honestly, in particular retrievers, never know the richness they bring to our lives… They deserve fine tributes such as this…

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#7 posted 09-20-2011 12:19 AM

so thrue Lew

nice job :-)


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#8 posted 09-20-2011 01:09 AM

what a special gift. really nice work.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#9 posted 09-20-2011 01:23 AM

That’s Pretty cool Bearpaw. Very special

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 09-20-2011 03:30 AM

... and I just bet you are an awesome Dad, too. Truly making memories.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#11 posted 09-20-2011 03:37 PM

Yep! great job for the love of wood and the animals around us. You honer them with your work! I had two great dogs I still remember and I have had many wonderful cats. One cat lived 26 years! She thought she was my mom. lol

I have built houses for my semi ferral cats and a feeding shelter for MN winters. Nothing so beautiful as your piece, Woodworkers can be cat people too?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 09-20-2011 04:06 PM

DocSavage45, you are right about the cats. We have one in our house, but he has to put up with 4 Chihuahuas. Two of the Chihuahuas are rescued dogs.

As much as I love Greta, this whole thing is really how much I respect my son’s for his love of Greta. She has been a constant companion to him.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#13 posted 09-21-2011 01:53 AM

Very nice and loving project. Be proud of the beautiful urn you made with love from the heart.
God Bless. Thanks for sharing.

P.S. Greta reminds me of my dads Dog Maddie, we lost her this year.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#14 posted 09-21-2011 03:43 AM

Im so sorry for your sons loss. Yellow labs are so loving can’t imagine losing my Daisy my daughters yellow lab. What a great tribute to Greta,well done.

-- Billp

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#15 posted 09-22-2011 10:47 PM

A fit tribute to man’s best friend.
My son has a black lab that was his roommate in college. Hogan turned 10 today. If the time comes to have him put down, it will have to be someone else to take him to the vet.

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