Garden of Hope installed by Summit’s animal shelter |

Garden of Hope installed by Summit’s animal shelter

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FRISCO – To help local animal lovers mourn past pets or to help them find new ones, locals Gail Marshall and Lori O’Bryan have joined together to create a community gathering place, the Garden of Hope.

“It’s a place you can have to say good-bye,” O’Bryan said. “It gives people hope.”

A group of friends and their dogs gathered with the women Tuesday morning, to commemorate a stone bench – the first part of the garden, which is located next to the Summit County Animal Shelter in Frisco. Trees and wildflowers will be planted soon to embellish the area.

“It’s for the community,” Marshall said. “It’s not just a memorial. I want everyone to use it and enjoy it.”

According to Marshall, the idea to construct a community-gathering area was created when her group of close friends began losing their dogs to cancer. The dogs weren’t adopted at random however – they linked this group of families together because they were from the same litter.

“Thirteen years ago, Goldie was left at the animal shelter,” Marshall said. ” She delivered 11 puppies in the shelter and we put an ad in the paper. I took Goldie and the 11 pups home. Twelve dogs is a log of dogs! The shelter found them homes and as a result, we all became family.”

The group would celebrate their dogs’ birthday together, and even celebrated holidays as a group.

Though Goldie, who’s now 16 years old, is still alive and lives with Marshall, many of her now 13-year-old puppies have died.

The idea to design and install the Garden of Hope was born out of wanting to preserve the memory of these furry, black dogs who’ve touched the lives and created long-standing relationships between local families in Summit County.

And, though there’s only a few of Goldie’s puppies left, their families now have a place to sit and remember them all.

SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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