Losing a loved one is never easy. Pets become family, and the loss of a furry friend can be devastating. It can be hard to cope and move on with life without your companion, but keeping their memory alive can help you heal. One man decided to turn his grief after the loss of his dog into something truly beautiful. He was inspired to build something in his backyard, and it becomes a project that will inspire you to create something wonderful in your life. This man jumps right into his work in slide #2, and you won’t believe the outcome!
12. The Loss Of A Pet Is Heartbreaking
It can be extremely hard to cope with losing a beloved furry friend. This man lost his dog after 10 years of loyal friendship, and he was devastated. Instead of sulking, he decided to do something magnificent with the grieving process, and it started him on the road of something huge.
11. He Wanted To Honor His Lost Friend In The Best Way
His dog had lost a battle with cancer, and the man deals with loss by working with his hands. He saw his backyard as the place for his latest project in honor of his dog, and he knew it was going to be something epic. It would be backbreaking labor, but it would be all in the name of his fallen friend.
10. The Design Was Meticulous And Very Detailed
The man planned on building a massive koi pond in his backyard. It would be made of concrete, and it would require a lot of digging under the hot sun. Manual labor in Texas is no joke, but the man was used to dealing with the intense heat. It would be an amazing dedication to his dog’s life and slide #2 reveals it became so much more!
9. The Birth Of His Son Put The Plans On Hold
The man was ecstatic to welcome his baby son into the world. As a new father, he had bigger fish to fry than working on the concrete koi pond in his backyard, so the giant holes he had dug would sit there until he was ready to continue the project.
8. He Changed His Project Into Something Much More Meaningful
In 2010 his plans shifted, and he decided to get back to work on his big project. He was no longer building a koi pond – he wanted to create something to pay tribute to his dog and his newborn son. He would create an extravagant pool, and it was time to get digging. The digging is nothing compared to what this man has to accomplish in slide #3!
7. He Was Faced With Some Serious Obstacles
This man’s backyard is not exactly built for a swimming pool. His house in on a slope, so he was required to build a retaining wall to keep the water inside the pool. This involved hauling over 300 sandbags into his yard and putting them into place, and it was no simple task.
6. Many Small Details Needed To Be Covered
A plumbing system had to be put into place, and this involved a lot of moving parts. This man was prepared for the task at hand, and he had his eye on the prize. Slide #4 proves that his heart was definitely in the right place. He wasn’t going to let anything get in his way.
5. He Even Built A Solution To The Sun
The Texas sun was mercilessly beating down on him day after day, and he needed to figure out how to make his work less excruciating in the heat. The man built a gazebo over the entirety of his backyard to make labor less grueling, and it was all for a great cause.
4. His Son Became The Forefront Of His Innovation
The pool was designed to have many different parts, including a children’s area for his son to safely play in. His project was reaching epic proportions, and the labor was intensive if he wanted the result he aimed for. It was time to ask for a little extra help.
3. He Got By With A Little Help From His Friends
To reach the depth he wanted, the man dug a deeper hole manually by carrying dirt with buckets. His friend helped him with this so he didn’t have to haul all of the dirt alone. He couldn’t do it all by himself, and he needed machinery to fill the concrete, a whopping 42 tons of it. Was it all worth it? The next slide tells all.
2. The Big Reveal Is Simply Inspiring
After laying concrete, creating his own rock formations, and putting other small details into place, the man was ready to dive into his completed work. He had come a long way from his initial idea of a koi pond, but he still had to see if his creation impressed his smallest fan.
1. His Son Became A Major Part Of The Project
The last touch was adding his son’s footprints to the concrete before it dried, making him forever a part of this impressive project. The $10,000 the man had spent to complete his dream pool was well worth it. His dog’s memory will live on, and his young son will always be his inspiration for this backyard paradise.
The grieving process can be tough, especially when you lose a friend that you had spent over a decade with. Everyone deals with the loss of a loved one differently, and this man decided to put his emotions to work. He created a beautiful pool and a backyard people dream of, and he did most of it all by himself. A touching tribute to his lost dog and his thriving young son and his work will always represent love and perseverance. Share this story to make a loved one smile or comment on how you have turned the loss of a loved one into something that gives others hope and life. Inspire others to put their talents to use!