A tree with ornaments, each in memory of a furry friend in Carmel

I know, this should be a Holiday story but I just came on it today and it's too long until next Christmas.

Today my friend Sharon of Lobos Lodge) and I, along with Sophie the Jack Russel terrier, went for a stroll at Mission Trail Nature Reserve. We were looking for the tree where people leave a Christmas ornament with the name of their pet who has passed away. Sure enough, it was still decorated with these heart warming monuments to furry family members.

Frankly, I don't know if these get taken down at some point and only new ones put up during the Holiday Season, or it is a conglomeration of several years that stay up. Note to self: check this out.

I think this is a fabulous way to remember your pet during a very emotionally charged time of the year!!

Mission Trails Nature Reserve Carmel

Mission Trails Nature Reserve Carmel Mission Trails Nature Reserve Carmel

Located directly across the street from the Carmel Mission on Rio Road, Mission Trail Nature Preserve was designated a nature reserve in 1976. The reserve boundaries encompass 35 acres of unspoiled native vegetation and offer the public meandering walking and hiking trails through a secluded wooded area. Carmelites and their dogs find this reserve a great alternative to exercising along Carmel's sandy beach.


 Mission Trails Nature Reserve Carmel

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Comment balloon 4 commentsHella Mitschke Rothwell • January 19 2013 08:04AM


That is a neat idea.  I bet they are put up fresh every year.  Just a hunch.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 6 years ago

What a lovely idea!

I like your Jack Russell's name...I have one called Bobbi.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 6 years ago

Hella - We recently lost a beloved pet, I should say a loved member of our family.  The loss is still very raw.  I'm so touched by your post, yes I have tears in my eyes, I just can't help myself.  What a wonderful way to remember a loved one than by putting up an ornament.  I'm glad you didn't wait until next year, this means a lot to anyone who has lost that special companion!  

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

Chris: This is probably true.

Li: Sophie is actually my friend Sharon's dog. I have 3 of my own, but bigger breeds.

Laura: I am so glad you liked this story. I was really touched by it too, actually seeing it. And I am so sorry for your loss. Those little guys can really break your heart.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 6 years ago