A Sweetheart in the Garden

Breeder dogs are dogs that are kept solely for the purpose of producing liter after liter. Many never leave their cages – much less experience the wide open country spaces of the Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento.

This pup visited us as we worked in the Homeward Bound Memorial Gardens this weekend. Her dog walker shared with me that this beautiful, sweet girl is a breeder dog rescue.  Trying to get a picture of her face proved difficult; she would not raise her head to me despite warm pets and praise.  She is still very shy and unsure of her new surroundings and freedom.

A quick internet search on breeder dog rescues brings up unspeakable stories of abuse and neglect. There are already too many rescues and shelters overflowing with abandoned dogs.  If you are a dog lover, please, please consider rescue.  The gratitude expressed, and the bond created by bringing these amazing creatures into your home and heart is beyond measure.

As I went back to work, she and her walker were working together on some trust exercises – simple things, like taking a treat from the hand.  To my surprise and delight, I felt her quietly sneak up beside me, leaning in close as I adjusted one of the new drip lines. These little girl has a very big heart in need of a human who will love her. Much as I enjoy visiting with her in the gardens – I look forward to the day I see or hear of her going to her forever home.

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

4 thoughts on “A Sweetheart in the Garden”

  1. Great Post! So sad most of this dog’s life was spent in the confines of a cage owned by greeders. Goldendoodles and other designer dogs are also an issue people need to become more educated on.

  2. In researching for golden puppies after being dogless for 8 months, I learned about Homeward Bound. This was two years ago. Even today, day two with our newest adoptee (anticipated “failed foster”), two people have wanted Cooper (aka Winston) from our walks. I said his attraction had more to do with Homeward Bound’s conscientious awareness of each dog in bringing about the best match. And, of course, I encouraged them to call!

    1. They are amazing at what they do! So gifted in their match-making skills. We all want to learn more about Cooper/Winston when you are ready to share his story with us!

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