Rainier: The Update

Everyone needs a guardian angel. The first Homeward Bound volunteer that set eyes on Rainier was his.


Alex, a long time volunteer, transported Rainier from the shelter to us. His story inspired so many of you – thanks in large part to the team at Freshly Pressed who spread his tale far and wide, and all of you who so kindly reblogged the story, shining a light on The True Meaning of Rescue.

Rainier saw the vet; his lumps and bumps are thankfully not threatening; he has some chronic conditions to treat; and his age is determined at 12-plus. But the most important person he saw that very first day was Alex – a member of our Golden Taxi transport team. These angels travel up and down the state to provide a second chance to lost, abandoned and displaced dogs in need of healing and a home. For Alex, it was love at first sight. And this weekend, when I walked into the office, I found this joyous note on the board:


Rainier scaled his mountain and found his forever home. He found it the minute he set eyes on Alex and she on him. It just took the rest of us a couple of weeks to catch up.

As a permanent foster, all of Rainier’s medical expenses will be paid by Homeward Bound. Alex provides the love – of that we have no doubt. Happy life, Rainier. We could not have written a better ending to your story.


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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.

24 thoughts on “Rainier: The Update”

  1. Thank you for telling Ranier’s and Alex’s stories. The black and white is a nice touch!

  2. So glad Rainier has his permanent home. Great ending to his sad story and wonderful beginning of his new life. Hope he has many years with Alex.

  3. Have never understood how people can be cruel to animals, and it breaks my heart when I hear about it. They ask so little from people and deserve so much more….

  4. So happy for Rainier and for Alex! Homeward Bound volunteers are the best! It’s all about the dogs all the time. So much care and love involved, the way it is supposed to be!

  5. Dogs are the most wonderful and everyday i cant wait to see my 2 dogs again at the end of the work day. Thank you for this story today. Made my day.

  6. I am so happy that Rainier will know the joy of being loved every minute of every day . . . thanks to Golden Taxi, Homeward Bound, and the lovely and loving Alex. 🙂

  7. Thank-you Ogee and thank-you Alex. Rainier hasn’t been out of my thoughts since he was introduced – so thrilled someone so special is going to give him all the love he deserves. Thank-you.

  8. I am having tears reading the synopsis of this lucky dog! We wish for the pup Yuki at home to find an owner soon, too…

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