A promise made; a promise kept

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ~ Will Rogers

The most important installation in the progress of the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden was finally completed this week. It shamed me a little that this one took so long, but it’s timing is perhaps fitting – as this year, the garden will burst forth in spring celebrating all the hard work of our first season’s plantings.


Our Memorial Path is where families remember their beloved pups with a commemorative brick. The bricks are laid in a sand base, so we can easily replace blank ones with new dedications,


until someday, every brick relays a special message to our pups over the rainbow bridge.


Thanks to Joe Porto and his crew of Top Line Masonry for their beautiful work.


It brings both tears and joy to walk, read, and remember. This one in particular – as it is dedicated to Chelsea, the Golden Retriever who inspired all that Homeward Bound has become.


A lasting tribute, soon surrounded by all the blessings of spring.


It was the perfect time after all.

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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.

14 thoughts on “A promise made; a promise kept”

  1. When I took in the second of my two rescues that I lost last year, I promised her she would never had to find another home. I was her fifth and last. If only I hadn’t had to give her back to God quite so soon.

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