What the Garden Means


Just in case, amid the planning, planting, coaxing, and admiring of our Homeward Bound garden blooms, we lose focus on why we have created this Memorial Garden and what it means to others, these comments left on the organization’s Facebook page are a perfect reminder:

“I was so grateful to be able to walk it a few weeks ago and remember those waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge. Two of my adoptions had bricks and I stood there crying – the etchings are so real – they really do look like Vinnie and Bob.”

“We saw Bob’s brick and Ralph and I both cried. We weren’t sure when we sent in the photo if it would come out looking like Bob but it sure does. He was a handsome boy and so loved and we miss him so much. This garden and his brick mean alot to us.”

The Memorial Garden is a place to honor and remember Goldens (and their Golden friends) who have left our lives, but not our hearts. That it means so much to others, makes us feel that we have contributed meaningfully.

You can learn about designating a brick here. When you do, you create a loving and thoughtful gift or memorial, while contributing to the care of Homeward Bound’s resident Goldens.

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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.

5 thoughts on “What the Garden Means”

    1. And thanks for visiting! P.S…I shared your blog and money-saving gardening tips with another who has a passion for Asian gardens. You have inspired her!

  1. Your website is absolutely beautiful and thank you for the work you do!!!! I’ve had Goldens for the last 28 years and they are such amazingly loving and loyal dogs!!!! My very close friend just lost her husband a few weeks ago and the day after his funeral she lost one of her Golden Retrievers and this statue of the boy and his dog on your website reminds me so much of the way her husband was with her dogs…He would lay down in the grass or on the rug with them just like this statue depicts. Could you please Please PLEASE tell me where you got this statue as I would LOVE to purchase one for her garden in her husbands and dogs honor. I would greatly appreciate if you could let me know. Have a ” Golden” day!!!!!
    Joann Lombardi

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