DOG MEMORIAL PROJECT

Fur-ever Friends…

Find Forever Tribute at St. Charles Park Foundation Memorial



Anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a pet knows the pervasive sense of grief that never fully goes away.  While treasured pets may leave a hole in our hearts, they no longer have to leave a hole in our lives.  Timeless Tags Dog Memorial Sculpture has been installed at Delnor Woods Park as a way for pet lovers to honor those animals who have brought them so much joy.

 

Project History

It was the loss of their own treasured pets that inspired fellow Park Foundation Trustees Julie Miller-Longo and Vanessa Bell-LaSota to develop the idea and scope of the Dog Memorial Sculpture Project.

 

“I was already aware of the love locks that people had placed on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris when I read about a group of pet lovers who had formed an impromptu kind of pet memorial by hanging pet tags on a tree in the Mayslake Dog Park in Oak Park,” said Park Foundation President Miller-Longo.  “I had just lost my beloved American Brittany, Lily, and thought, why couldn’t we do that?  My vision was to commission a sculpture of a dog upon which members of the community could hang their dog’s tags to memorialize these loyal companions and cope with their grief. The sculpture would also have artistic merit, as it would organically grow in beauty with each tag that would be added.”

 

Miller-Longo shared her vision with fellow St. Charles Park Foundation trustees, quickly finding kindred spirit in Secretary Craig Knight, Trustee Jim Denison and Treasurer Vanessa Bell-LaSota, who had also recently suffered the loss of her English Springer Spaniel, Mike.  With her background in the arts and connections with the St. Charles Arts Council, Bell-LaSota knew she wanted a St. Charles artist to participate in the project.  Douglas Eageny, a self-trained sculptor who has had numerous works accepted in the Park Foundation’s “Sculpture in the Park” annual exhibitions, was a natural fit.

 

“I thought it was a very unique idea,” said Eageny.  “I thought of families and small children who have lost pets and wanted to give them some place to visit where they could remember their happier days, perhaps even having walked their dog through this very park.”

 

With nearly 70 million households in the United States providing homes to a pet, the Dog Memorial is sure to resonate with the thousands of pet owners right here in the Fox Valley.

 

Project Summary

“Timeless Tags,” a larger-than-life-size steel sculpture created by Eageny was inspired by Eageny’s own Labrador Retriever, Molly. The sculpture is festooned with welded steel loops of various sizes and depths where pet tags can be attached. A deep Scottish Terrier gray at the outset, “Timeless Tags” will weather over time to a lustrous Irish Setter brown.

 

“The addition of thousands of colored tags of various shapes and sizes on an ongoing basis means that the sculpture will constantly be growing and changing. Nor are the tags limited to those for dogs who are no longer with us.  Any pet can be honored with a tag on the Dog Memorial,” according to Bell-LaSota.

 

The sculpture stands on a substantial concrete pedestal, upon which durable cast bronze plaques of various sizes can be mounted. The plaques provide name recognition for sponsors at various levels, from individuals and families to corporations and businesses – making it a perfect way for veterinarians, groomers, trainers, animal shelters, pet sitters and pet stores to show their support for this loving tribute to the beloved family pet.

 

About the Artist

Inspired by his Labrador Retriever Molly, Doug Eageny designed this sculpture to further his quest to create art for the St. Charles community. As a self-taught artist with 10 years’ experience, his work has been showcased at least six times in the St. Charles Park Foundation’s Sculpture in the Park Exhibit at Mt. St. Mary Park. Also, several of his sculptures are located in private collections. He is a St. Charles resident of 40+ years, married with one daughter and a graduate of St Charles High School.

 

Artist’s Statement

“The inspiration to create arises organically through my use of natural materials. I want to repurpose the beauty found in nature. No two pieces of my artworks are alike, just as it is in nature. There are times when I see a vision for an end result in a particular material, and there are times when the piece will evolve as time goes on. No matter which way it begins, my art lets me know when it is finished. My hope for my art is to draw out the inherent beauty of natural materials for the enjoyment of the viewer.”

Dog Parks

St. Charles has three dog parks for canine lovers! Each park is open daily, weather and conditions permitting. Dogs must be supervised at all times. For more details: click here

  • East Side Sports Complex

  • James O. Breen Community Park

  • River Bend Community Park

Dogs are not our whole life; but they make our lives whole.   - Roger Caras

Special thanks is extended to the following businesses that recently made donations:
 

Top Dog Sponsors

  • Moss Family Funeral Homes, Pet Paws Cremation

  • Yurs Funeral Homes

  • Animal House Veterinary Hospital

  • Maddie's Fund

  • Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Foundation


Fur-lanthropist Sponsors

  • Gateway Veterinary Clinic

  • Flesch Family


Pick of the Litter Sponsors

  • Animal Medical Clinic of St. Charles

  • Walter C. Miller

  • St. Charles American Legion Post 342

  • VFW Memorial Post 5036


Bark-efactor Sponsors

  • Don Longo and Julie Miller-Longo

  • DuPage Mental Health Services

  • Geneva Eye Clinic

  • Thomas P. Gohagan & Company

  • Lynn R. Wintz

  • Bentley's Pet Stuff

  • Susan Bingle

  • St. Charles Police Department

  • LaSota Family

  • Karrsten Goettel of Ariano Hardy Ritt

  • Beck Family

  • Denison Family

  • Klinkey Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc.

  • Knight Family

  • Loyal Companions

  • Cooke Family

  • Frederick Family

  • Sam & Wendy Romagnano

  • The Martines Family


For the Love of Dogs Sponsors

  • Mixology

  • Amy Peterson "In loving memory of our buddy Thor"

  • Casey Holmes & Andy Stain "On behalf of Ari, our neighbor's dog"

Dog Memorial Project Sponsorship Information


Interested in making a donation to support the Dog Memorial Project?

Complete the official Sponsorship Form.

Make checks payable to:  St. Charles Park Foundation

Return the form and payment to:

   St. Charles Park Foundation
   213 Walnut Street
   St. Charles, IL 60174

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Once payment is authorized, complete the official Sponsorship Form with payment confirmation number and return the form via eMail.

Dog Memorial Project Sponsorship Levels
Donations are tax deductible, according to IRS regulations: 51-0199061
 

Top Dog Sponsor - $2,500 

  • Name recognition on 20X8 cast bronze plaque on pedestal of sculpture

  • Name recognition on thank you post on St. Charles Park District’s facebook page with 5,500+ likes

  • All incentives in the Pick of the Litter sponsorship level, excluding plaque

 

Pick of the Litter Sponsor - $1,000  

  • Name recognition on 10X10 cast bronze plaque on pedestal of sculpture

  • Name recognition on thank you advertisement in at least one edition of the St. Charles Park District’s seasonal activity guides, distributed to 26,500 residential postal customers

  • All incentives in the Bark-efactor sponsorship level, excluding plaque

 

Bark-efactor Sponsor - $300

  • Name recognition on 7X4 cast bronze plaque on pedestal of sculpture

  • Name recognition on thank you in at least one eblast sent to 15,000+ emails

  • All incentives in the For the Love of Dogs sponsorship level

 

For the Love of Dogs Sponsor - $299 or less

  • Name recognition on St. Charles Park Foundation website

*Name recognition is available for businesses, families or individuals. Logos may be substituted for company names on cast bronze plaques, where applicable. The St. Charles Park Foundation reserves the right for plaque placement on the sculpture pedestal.

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