This sign from the United States is hanging from some small trees in the front garden of a very lovely home that sits right on the street, at the top of my street....I am thinking of stealing this idea and having one made just like it. I tried the sign from the U.K. in my front bed, (which I found in The Cotswolds, by the way)....I'm afraid the dog did not understand...Well, I should say, the dog owner did not understand. It was, no doubt, just too polite a request for the owner of the dog that left that little pile.....up there at the top of the picture.
But I really think the second sign speaks right to the mentality of all of us here in America. Well, here in Los Angeles, anyway....It's tough and it's crude. Yeah, that ought to work wonders! And if nothing else, the dog may get a good laugh out of it.
One of these times as we sat there, I said to her, "Ma, I don't want you to die!", and I cried....She cried too, and said, "I don't want to die either, but....." . I am so glad we had this conversation. So much went unsaid back then about death and dying. So much pretending went on. So much denial. So I am deeply grateful that that did not go unsaid between us.
Oh what a wonderful tribute to your Mum. Thank you for sharing this! And the photographs are just beautiful.
This post brought tears to my eyes - first from laughing about the doggy sign and then about your mother. It is good that you still remember her in such a beautiful way... She would be proud of you.
As you know, I'm a HUGE dog lover and own two. However, I also feel VERY strongly on being a responsible dog owner! ie: barking, picking up the poop in public. I think it's unforgivable not to walk your dog with a "baggie" to remove their deposit from a neighbors lawn. Geesh....would one just toss a dirty Pamper onto a neighbors lawn? (hmm, come to think of it...guess some would) Great signs!
Sending you warm thoughts on the anniversary of your mom's passing. She looked like a very classy lady. Well, of course she was....she had YOU for a daughter! If you're celebrating the holiday....enjoy, Naomi!
wow this post had a lot in it! Many memories for you. That always seems to happen when certain dates come.. I am glad as time goes by I can think of these sort of things easier. I'm sure you are too.
..and then there's that sign! LOL.. it certainly should work for those animals with adults "that are able to read" .. it makes you wonder doesn't it?!
I think you and I were about the same age when we lost our mothers, and I don't think you ever stop missing them. Hugs to you.
Have a wonderful Passover and Seder, Naomi! This is a lovely post about your mom. She was very pretty as a young woman, and I see your resemblance to her.
This date is significant to me too; I met mr. kenju's family on April 2, 1964, in NYC. He was there to participate in the Olympic Trials at St. Johns U. and I was invited up there to meet them. I stayed in the Statler Hilton.
Oh this post is soo touching.
The subjects of the first two posts I have read this evening had dealt with illness and Mothers subjects very close to my heart at the moment. I am so glad you had that conversation with your mother. It doesn't matter what age we are we struggle when our parents are so ill.
The first post I ever read on your blog had that picture of your classy neighbour.
Have a good Passover
xx FIzz xx
What a wonderful tribute to your mom. I am very glad you had the chance to talk to her as you did. he sound slike she was a strong person.
BTW - I loved your signs. It does kind of spell out the difference between the US and the UK but we all know that in reality there are both types. I just think it's really rude of dog owners to treat your beautiful garden that way. Perhaps a sign to the dogs saying "woof woof woof woof" might work? LOL!
Thanks for sending the Fat Lady over to see me. She is fabulous!
Happy Sedar to you, take are on this important and personal anniversary.
we are celebrating the life and times of my best friends brother, he left us 2 years ago today. i will send up a prayer for your mother tonight as well.
So sorry for the loss of your Mom. Even though it was many, many years ago, it doesn't mean she is forgotten. I hate when owners don't clean up after their dogs! I always take 2 bags with me out on walks, just in case. I'm here from Bob-Kat's--congratulations on your award!
That was a beautiful post. I'm also so glad that you had that time, and that conversation with your mother.....those that are left can find comfort in the words and conversations, and ignoring it and denying it leaves such a void. It's cliche, but closure is a great gift to leave those that are left behind. (And I LOVE the signs......too bad the pup couldn't read it, ha)
Beautiful post, Old Lady of the hills. I'm glad that you had that wonderful conversation with your mother... It sounds like she had so much sadness in her life, and that you were very compassionate about that.
The second dog sign cracked me up !
Happy Passover to you, too !
Your mother was a beautiful woman...and she must have been very strong because of the trials she endured. May your Passover be blessed.
Wow, that second sign sure ought to stop the dog owners from letting their dogs poop on your property without cleaning it up! Very to the point!!! LOL Unfortunately some people have no respect for other people's property.
Very touching memories of your Mother. I loved all the pictures. She was a very attractive lady. So nice that you did have that conversation with her before she passed away.
Have a wonderful Passover and Sedar Naomi! Loved this very sweet and touching post about your dear Mother.
Your mother died a week after I was born. This post is so sad....I know your mother would love the beautiful women you became and would be so proud of all you've accomplished. The photos were beautiful!
In the other section....I am so lucky that the little Labs go way out into the horse pasture or deep in the woods...I love them extra for that!
Heh, I love the sign! Sometimes getting right to the point is the best way to go.
Lovely post about your Mom. I can certainly see the resemblance.
So much in this post dearest Naomi - glad you are feeling better - what a lovely tribute to your mother and Good Pesach to you my friend.
Memories from the corners of our minds...they're like dots connecting the pattern of our lives. How lovingly you remember your Mother and how lovely she was. Remembering ebbs and flows like the tide throughout our lives and keeps those we love alive forever in our hearts.
A tribute to all the moms out there. *sniff sniff
BTW, I was pimped here by the queer chef.
That was a lovely tribute to your Mom. Those "deathaversaries" are always tough. Do you still find yourself thinking of a question from your past and thinking, "I'll ask Mom?" I still do that with my Dad. Questions that will never be answered.
You have done your mama proud Naomi. No one can ask for more than to be loved so much and so well both during their life and so long after they have left us.
And as to the dogs, I fear the worst owners don't read so you have quite a challenge. Good Luck
I remember the first time you posted that dogwalking sign :-)
We're essentially so 'proper' in Britain :-)
Nice to see your neighbour being so responsible - I'm hoping to see one of his films soon :-)
Honey, your mama was so pretty, and you have done her proud. A sad anniversary but beautiful memories :-)
I have baked my second loaf of bread - trying to teach myself....
Happy Passover, Naomi. I hope some of your family and friends can celebrate with you. It's been a long time since I've been to a Seder...
Your reflections on your Mother are very touching, Naomi. It's hard enough to lose a parent like that as an adult, I can't imagine how your parents endured losing theirs at the age of 9.
What a lovely tribute to your mother and how good that you had those conversations together. So many cannot leave this world knowing they have left nothing unsaid to their family.
What a lovely and touching tribute to your Mother, Naomi! I loved all the pictures, principally the last one where she looks so tranquil! Thank you for sharing your lovely memories.
The dog’s sign is very funny and useful to the owners! When I walk with Flora, I always have a bag to remove her “deposit”.
Have a wonderful Passover and Seder, my dear Naomi!
PS: Thanks for your visit and nice words about my place. Yes, I had shown my place and neighborhood before and I made one post with those same photos, on my older blog Glance-Olhar. Did you see that I made another blog in Portuguese? You can visit it clicking on the Brazilian flag.
I never let the boys go on someone's property. By go, I mean walk on it. So, if they aren't walking on it, they aren't using it as a toilet. Major pet peeve of mine. Courtesy is lost. Love the post about your mom.
I need to go find that sign!
A thought today goes for your beautiful Mom...I have no doubts that she is up there taking care of you and feeling so very proud...
A huge hug for you!!!
PS: The US dog sign was great...it could have been from a New Yorker;)
I only have snakes and cavvies but I do really hate it when people let their dogs crap on the lawn that I try to keep nice. I applaud all responsible dog owners. At least we dont have to be rude to you.
Also, I am pleased to see that you take the time to remember the passing of you mother. It's hard to find people that take the time to do such a thing.
And what a nice remembrance of your mom.
Happy Passover, Naomi.
We used to have a sign on our condo grounds that said:
Dogs are not allowed
to run at large
on private property
It was amended so the middle two lines are now covered in white tape. Ha!
Click on my name to see it.
Happy Passover Sedar!
L'shanah haba'ah b'Yerushalayim!
I am sorry for the loss of your mom. Your post was a beautiful tribute to her. Thank you for sharing her with us.
I remember listening to Yesterday with my mom. I will have to mention that next time we chat.
Everyone should pick up after their pets. It is a shame you need a sign to remind people.
Huggles and Love,
I can really see the difference between the UK and US signs. Quite funny actually.
You really have a lovely mother Naomi. And what a lovely photo you have of her as well.
I think in your neighborhood, a communal tank-car of "No!!" (the pet repellent) is needed!
Actually, it's a good idea to train small dogs to use a litter box. The poor little guys are under stress if their "big one" is delayed in traffic, and the owner is under stress, too.
You and Sweetie have a beautiful holiday!
P.S. A toast of sparkling bubbly to "Mama Jen", wherever she may reside up in Pearly Gates Estates!
I wish you a blessed Passover.
I see a resemblence between you and and your mother. That final photo made me sad. It is neat how you showed photos of your mother from the last one and made your way through time to the photo of her in her youth.
She did have many hardships and heartbreaks.
I am so glad you spent time with her at the end and had meaningful conversation.
Those dog poo signs are great.
I love the wording of the UK one. As you said, it is so overly polite that here in the US both dogs and people would ignore it. :)
You could always opt to have a recorded message playing from a loud speaker that simply says,
"Don't you DARE let your dog CRAP in my yard!!"
I can't even imagine life without my mom. I think moms & daughters have such a close bond, it progresses to different stages all our lives. It's interesting to find out why our parents are like they are, ie...her losing her dad at a young age. She was such a beautiful woman & I'm glad you got to say all you did to her.
As for the doggy poo, ugh...the grounds here are like a damn landmine! I have pics of doggy poo too, remember I took them sometime in the fall I think. I should DNA testing & bust the lazy owner! Man, talk about a pet peeve. (heh, pun intended!)
While the UK sign has more tact, I bet more dogs poop there than do by the US sign! haha
That was a very touching tribute to your mother. One of the the things that happened when I lost my brothers was that I felt less separated from the whole human race. Facing loss makes you know what it is to be human.
The signs are a riot! How about the word SHIT with a read cross through it.
Awwwwww Naomi... what a sweet sweet tribute to your mom. And it caught me totally by surprise seeing as how this post began! *s* Your mom was a very pretty woman!
Your mama was just beautiful. Thank you for sharing her with us.
That is so sweet, that you got to sit with your mom and talk about that stuff. That meant a lot.
"Yesterday" can be such a sad song as we get older, can't it? It's an awesome song.
Sorry this is an 'Off Topic' post but I can't find a contact link for you.
In your January blog you mention David Shaw and Maxine Stuart. Do you know Ms Stuart?
I run the 84 Charing Cross Road - Revisited web site at:
I would like to contact Ms Stuart as I have a few questions about her friendship with Helene Hanff.
Can you help at all?
Name: OldOldLady Of The Hills
Location: Los Angeles, California