Tino’s Burial Ground

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When we first rescued Tino and his brother Bernie, they were sick and emaciated. They had been abandoned at a local park and from the looks of them they had probably been living on the streets for at least a couple of months. To say they loved mealtime was an understatement. Even sick with distemper, they ate voraciously most of the time.
 
I remember the first time we gave them a treat – it was a pig’s ear and they were flabbergasted – they had no idea what to do with it. They both carried it around in their mouth for a good 5-10 minutes. Bernie finally settled down and started chewing on it, but Tino eventually buried it. He did that with every treat we gave him for months. I know he was saving it for later, even though he never went back and dug any of them up.
 

Tino with his stuffed toy convention

Tino with his stuffed toy convention

Since he had a bad back leg, he had trouble digging and ‘buried’ things by pushing dirt over it with his nose, so none of these treats ever got buried very well. Once he caught on and started eating the treats, he took to burying his toys. Every stuffie he ever got was buried at one point or another throughout the back yard – usually along the fence where there were bushes as that dirt & bark was easier to push around. The behavior never really bothered me – he enjoyed it, I could easily find the toys and resurrect them, so it was never a problem. Well, that is except for the wallet incident, but we won’t go into that.
 
Even after his leg was repaired, he continued to bury things with his nose. As he got older, he stopped burying his toys and satisfied his urge by just taking his toys out to the backyard (see photo above). I’d let him carry each toy out over the course of a few days, then I’d round them up and bring them in the house and we would start the whole dance again.
 
A few weeks ago, we got a new gardener and he dug into some areas of the garden that hadn’t been worked on in years. I went out after they left and found this on the patio.
 
tinos toy

They must have found it while digging in the bushes and put it to the side knowing it was a dog toy…albeit a pretty beat up one. It brought a little tear to my eye remembering our sweet Tino. I love that his legacy lives on in the dirt around our house.
 

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  1. Awe, what a sweet story! My family dog, Moe used to do the same thing!
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  2. that was like finding a treasure :o) I bring my toys and treats in my back yard first too, is there any explanation for that? Or is it just that we do it because we can?
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    • I think they bury things to ‘save’ them, but why Tino used to just take them out into the yard, I don’t know.
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  3. That is really neat! Mom has never had a dog who buried things, so it will never happen for us. It goes to show you, Tino is still with you!
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  4. Before we found our pet sitters, Callie & Shadow used to dig holes behind – and next to – their dog house. They did it when they were bored with their other games. The holes are still there, all these years later, even though the dog house is gone. It doesn’t really bother me that much except when Ducky decides to eat the dirt. Inevitably, it then ends up on the carpet. And guess who has to clean it up? Luckily, that hasn’t happened lately.
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  5. Aw, what a thing to find. Would grip my heart.
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  6. Oh wow that is something. Like a little treasure.
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  7. awe that was a sweet memory that would of brought a tear to my eye too. bless Tino
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  8. Aw, that’s just adorable. Memories like that do bring tears but also cuddle the heart. 🙂
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  9. A beautifully simple symbol of powerful love. So great.

  10. Such a touching memento; I would have teared up as well. It’s amazing how much of an impact such things have no matter how much time has elapsed.
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  11. That is such a bittersweet story. What a special friend Tino was for you. I still sometimes find Tucker, our Golden Retriever’s hair in my gardens and it always makes me cry.
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  12. Hehe, I do this too 🙂

  13. That’s such a sweet reminder. I’m glad it was set aside for you to find and remember Tino and the good times you shared. 🙂
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    • Me too…although it was pretty raggedy, I don’t know why they saved it.
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  14. I would give anything to stumble across an old “Wilson” one of these days 🙁 That was one of the sweetest stories ever! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Wow, that was so sweet, and sad all at the same time. <3 <3 <3
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  16. Now, that is a treasured find, and it brought a tear to my eye too. We’ve been clearing out a different part of our yard and have found some toys that I barely remember, so I know they were from years ago and just got left outside by our dogs that are now gone.
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  17. A wonderful memory…
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  18. I would have bawled like a baby. I’m such a softie for my pups. I think it was Tino’s way of letting you know that he’s okay.
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