Our Holiday Cheer

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow rain, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?


It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” ~ Dr. Seuss

It has been pounding rain again. There will be no gardening this weekend, unless you count water features.


And few Goldens in the garden, because everyone is too focused on getting them walked and warm again. But that does not mean we are without Christmas cheer. Remember the story of Hunter and his transformation? (You can revisit it here.)

Part of Hunter’s pained look when he first arrived at Homeward Bound was very real pain in his ears.


Thankfully, he received the care he desperately needed. Unfortunately, the result was deafness. Sad as that is, it was an obvious relief to Hunter after the hurt he had endured for so long. You can see it on his smiling face and in his rebounded spirit.


So, after such a long recovery and wait for adoption, where’s the cheer? Hunter went home this week – in time for Christmas.


So you see? Even in the rain and cold and wind, we are surrounded with blessings and cheer.
What miracles have walked through here.


Best wishes for a joyous holiday and a new year filled with small miracles – to all our visitors and readers from the gardeners and the pups of Homeward Bound.

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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.

9 thoughts on “Our Holiday Cheer”

  1. Ogee, you do such marvelous work. We’ve moved from pounding rain to frozen ground and a layer of snow, so I sympathize. Nevertheless, Hunter’s story is a wonderful one – hurray! Have a wonderful holiday and blessings on all of our four legged friends.

  2. Hey Ogee, Jet here.

    Great news about Hunter. As you said, while his deafness is so sad, he no longer will endure pain. A forever home for the holidays, yippee yahoo…

    BTW, Mom asked me to share that she has a penchant (VBP – vocab builder project) for red/rusty goldens… so, she thinks Hunter is super handsome!

    Thank you for sharing such gorgeous photos, the first photo’s sky is something else.

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