Our "pond" was put in for decoration and enjoyment. Alas, it has turned out to be more work than it was worth. The grand kids had a great time trying to catch goldfish with a chain of paperclips and a grasshopper.
The erection of a "No Fishing" sign made it seem to be more fun for them.
The aeration/circulation pump failed when the area dogs found that the pond was great for wading in and yes rolling in.
Without the aeration, the pond turned septic with a very nasty stench. The dogs also acquired this stench. The gold fish were brought inside for the winter and before the dogs squished them.
So, in order to start making things easier for my old age (many years from now), I decided to remove the pond. I can't remove the memories. They still remain.
For about 7 months a year, the pond looked like this or worse, depending on the amount of snow. All that remains now is a patch of clay that will have compost spread on it and grass seed.
Boots and Brooklyn will have to learn to drink from a dish (Boots). The kids are now onto bigger and better? things, like i pods and game boys. Hopefully they will remember the pond.