Adult Package: Butterfly and Seed Paper
Be a part of Friends of ElderDog Society's annual Butterfly Release held each August at ElderDog Canada headquarters in Lunenburg County, NS. The butterflies are released as a way to remember and pay tribute to beloved companions who have passed on. You can purchase a live butterfly to release during our service of commemoration. If you are unable to attend, we will release your butterfly on your behalf. This package includes a seed paper embedded with wildflower seeds to support butterflies and other pollinators. Choose between a butterfly shape or paw & halo to plant in a garden, field or any special spot. A lovely way to honour the memory of a special companion. Made in Canada, the seeds include: Bird’s Eye, Clarkia, Black Eyed Susan, Sweet Alyssum, Catchfly and Snapdragon. The 2023 Butterfly Release will be held on August 19.
Butterfly orders should be received by July 31 each year in time for our annual event. Remember to provide the name of the dog being remembered at time of order and which seed paper you would like.
We release Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies. The Monarch is under threat in Nova Scotia due to the application of herbicides and pesticides on their breeding grounds, long-harsh winters, and the removal of Milkweed which is essential to the growth and survival of the Monarch. By releasing Monarchs we are helping to restore the Monarch population. ElderDog's chemical-free butterfly gardens also support the Monarchs' growth.
The Painted Lady is commonly found in Nova Scotia around marshes, fields and roadsides. They live on and amongst a wide variety of host plants, though in particular they like to feed on nectar from Thistles, Asters and other composite plants.
Butterflies are purchased from Ontario and shipped to Nova Scotia in refrigerated boxes the night before the Release. The butterflies must be gradually warmed to ambient temperature to wake them. The butterfly species we release are native to Nova Scotia and will not be disoriented by or at risk in their new surroundings.
The butterflies and their flight are symbolic of the relatively short time we get to spend with our dogs. Their lives, like those of our dogs, will continue in various forms, long after we release their souls to nature.
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