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With springtime in full swing in North America, thoughts are turning to outdoor activities, including gardening and outdoor entertaining. Whether it’s an outside patio, a grassy back yard, a balcony, or a deck, most of us gravitate to spending time outside as the days grow longer and warmer. And so do our dogs, of course. What’s better than gardening with a sun-warmed dog by your side?
The local garden center may have you covered with the basics—plants, flower pots, outdoor furniture—but to personalize you need a little something extra. Garden statuary is a great way to bring in your own aesthetic to your outdoor space, and if you love dogs as we do, then it has to be dog-themed!
Whether it’s a playful puppy statue, a regal cast iron sighthound, a whimsical Zen dog garden sculpture, or a dog garden memorial stone, there are plenty of unique designs to choose from.
Here are our favorite dog statues and sculptures for your garden in 2019.
I love the look on this dog’s face—it really captures the wonderful, gentle spirit of our canine family members. Crafted with resin but painted to look like stone, this statue can sit amongst or beside your flowers to bring together your love for gardening and your love for dogs.
Size: 9 1/4″L x 7 1/4″W x 15 3/4″H
Helpful Review: “I love it…the detail is wonderful…good size…I have outdoors in the garden and it is lovely….could not be better.”Buy Now on Amazon for $29.99
This peaceful Buddha dog can bring tranquility to your Zen garden. At six inches tall, this little statue won’t make a big statement your garden but can gently complement a meditative outdoor space. Reviewers have used it for storing bracelets, decorating a desk, and more.
Size: 6.2 x 4 x 3.8 inches
Helpful Review: “The Buddha dog is everything oddly bizarre that I hoped it would be. It is a good quality product. Fun stuff.”Buy Now on Amazon for $15.99
For something more lighthearted, this might be a familiar sight. This cutie comes to your door at about 2 pounds. It’s 12 inches wide and 10 inches high: not huge, but definitely visible amidst the greenery. Note that it doesn’t come with the dirt pictured. You can create the effect you want by placing it in mulch, in gravel, or even in a plant like this clever dog lover.
If you’ve got a digger on your hands, this sweet statue pays homage to your beloved but troublesome pup. And who knows? Maybe your dog will think there’s no more room to dig.Buy Now on Amazon for $39.90
For a more prominent garden feature, this statue stands at 19 inches tall and weighs eight pounds. Perhaps you could place it at your entryway or in front of your garden, as the dog appears to be greeting guests with a basket of fresh flowers. This statue is crafted using real crushed stone and resin, and is coated with a UV resistant finish, so you can expect it to last outside.
Helpful Review: “Five years and still looking good while guarding the uncovered front porch…..well worth the money spent!!”Buy Now on Amazon for $79.95
Here’s a fun play on your classic garden gnome statue! Especially well-suited to gardeners with Dachshunds, this statue will bring a smile to gardeners and dog-lovers alike. The paint on this stone-resin statue is weather-proof, so it should hold up despite harsh conditions. However, it weighs less than two pounds, so if you live in a windy place you might see this duo go flying!
Size: 13.1 x 10.6 x 5.7 inches
Helpful Review: “I bought this for my wife and she loves it. We have gnomes and various other pieces of yard art so I thought she would like to add it to the collection. However, she likes it so much that it has a place inside of the house. If it were to be outside it would not be too small and it would fit in size wise with our other gnomes.”Buy Now on Amazon for $24.99
None of us ever want to have to buy a memorial for a pet, but once they’re gone we do want to remember them. Here are some of our favorite stones and statues for memorializing your beloved dog.
You might find something that represents the dog you miss in physical form or just a stone with verse, but all are made for that special garden spot—perhaps under the tree where she loved to snooze away the summer afternoons, or by the tree or shrub you’ve planted to remember him.
This memorial’s sentiment holds true for so many of us who have lost a dog. Our boundless love for them never subsides, and a beautiful stone memorial like this one helps keep their memory alive in our garden. Treated with a special finish for protection from the elements, you can expect this sturdy stone to last outside.
Size: 12”W x 0 -5”D x 7 -5”H
Helpful Review: “Yesterday morning we had to have our beloved Boston Terrier, Emma, put to sleep. Yesterday afternoon UPS delivered this memorial stone that I had ordered from Amazon two days earlier. As some of the other reviewers have pointed out, this stone is heavy and well made. Even my husband, who is sometimes amazed at my ability to always find something on Amazon, commented on the stone’s weight. Emma came home to us and she is buried out in the garden. This nice sized stone will mark her place. The sentiment carved on the stone is apt. I might point out that on the back of the stone is a keyhole for hanging purposes so it can lie flat or can be hung vertically.”Buy Now on Amazon for $19.96
How sweet it is to think of our dog being gently held by an angel. Crafted from a cement and resin blend, reviewers praise the sculpted detail. This statue weighs only two pounds and can’t withstand temperatures lower than 35 degrees. If you live in a cold, windy place, you may want to place this statue indoors.
Size: 7.25 x 5 x 4 inches
Helpful Review: “Small, lighter than expected. It will be a nice addition to the garden, and a reminder to smile through sadness.”Buy Now on Chewy for $18.01
With four natural finishes to choose from, this garden memorial statue can rest amongst your flowers and serve as a reminder that you’ll always have fond memories to recall in your mind when you miss your dog.
Size: 10″l x 6″h x 5″ w
Helpful Review: “You never want to have to shop for an item like this.. Our dog is remembered in the back yard. This is of great quality and represents how much we loved her. It has withstood the rain and elements and still has a great finish. I like the style and it has a nice little weight to it.”Buy Now on Amazon for $29.95
Whether you’re looking to spruce up your garden with something serene or funny, sentimental or charming, we hope you’ve found the perfect piece for imbuing your outdoor space with your love for dogs.