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Actor mourns loss of faithful friend

Friday, 17th May, 2019 6:00pm
Actor mourns loss of faithful friend

Patrick Bergin places a tag on the sculpture in the Legacy Garden.

Actor mourns loss of faithful friend

Patrick Bergin places a tag on the sculpture in the Legacy Garden.

STAR of ‘Sleeping with the Enemy’ and ‘Eastenders’ Patrick Bergin was in Finglas recently to launch a memorial garden where dog owners can remember their faithful friends.

Dogs Trust Ireland’s Adrian Burder Memorial Garden has been created to give grieving owners a special place where they can recall memories of their deceased pets.

The Legacy Garden has a unique remembrance dog sculpture, where engraved memorial dog tags can hang forever.

The tags can be bought and personalised with a dog’s name and a date that holds significance to their owner. The tag will be placed on the sculpture by Dogs Trust and a commemorative certificate sent as a special keepsake to remember the cherished pet in a meaningful way.

When launching the garden, Bergin took a moment of solace and placed a memorial tag to remember his beloved four-legged friend, Shiloh, after having experienced the grief and pain of losing him in October last year.

“Dog lovers will understand the unique bond that humans and dogs have and the pain you feel when your four-legged friend passes,” he said.

“I have spent most of my working life traveling from place to place, so I was never able to commit to taking on a dog of my own, but I have always been a dog person.

“Shiloh was my partner, Helen’s, dog and we grew very close over the years. He held a very special place in my heart, and we were absolutely devastated when he passed away.

“To have a quiet place to sit and reflect, surrounded with people who understand your loss is unique and by knowing that Shiloh’s tag will hang on this sculpture forever brings a sense of comfort to a painful memory.”

Dogs Trust say that in a time of sadness, a dog’s memory can create a brighter future for thousands of dogs who have not yet found their Forever Home.

The commemorative tags will help more dogs to get all the love and care they need until they find their forever family who will cherish them just as much as you did with your best friend, added Suzie Carley, Dogs Trust Executive Director.

“As a dog lover and owner, I know first-hand the special bond a dog brings to your family and also the utter devastation and void when your faithful friend passes away,” she continued.

“We wanted to create something really special for bereaved dog owners so they will always have a place to go and a token to honour the legacy of their faithful friend.

“Knowing the lasting legacy that your dog has made on our Rehoming Centre by helping more dogs get the care they need is something quite remarkable.

“If you know a dog lover who has experienced a loss, you can help them honour their dog too by engraving a special tag on their behalf and we will send them a certificate to let them know you are thinking of them.

“We hope this garden will bring peace and solace to all those who have loved and lost their four-legged companion.”

 Commemorative tags and details on how to arrange a visit to the Legacy Garden can be found online at www.DogsTrust.ie/LovedForever

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