Welcome Relief


9:09 PM. 94-degrees.

Today is supposed to mark the end of a seven-day stretch of 100+ temperatures in the Sacramento Valley. By some miracle, we are supposed to get to a high of only 95 tomorrow. Someone, please grab my parka!

The flowers in the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden are more than ready for some relief.


Pups too. This is Bailey. She’s hot.


This lucky dog has found his relief; not just a shady spot, but a long-awaited home.


Tom came all the way from Taiwan and has been with us awhile. He’s another dog with sight impairments,


but he has no problem following his ball, does he?


He is going home with Kevin next week. A former adopter, a veteran, a man with an obvious passion for this well-deserving dog.


Kevin says he knew the minute he saw Tom that he was the one. He has visited with him constantly while waiting for a family commitment to conclude before Tom can go home.


They both obviously look forward to that day. We look forward to a breeze,


and a much-needed break from this sweltering heat!


Here’s hoping for our promised 95-degrees and a 12 mph breeze. Wind chill of 92 anyone? We’ll take it!

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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.

10 thoughts on “Welcome Relief”

  1. Gosh the intense heat really does a number of flowers, still you have plenty that are beautiful! Love the story about Kevin and Tom, what a wonderful new life for Tom!

  2. I am so happy for Kevin and Tom, and for you. You have earned a “cold” front. šŸ˜‰ We are supposed to have rain for the next few days. My mommy is thrilled. She says the garden really can use the rain. We’ll see how happy she is when she has to deal with a wet and muddy Golden Retriever. šŸ˜‰

  3. So happy for Tom!

    We are suffering too… 10 degrees above normal. We thought we were getting a cold front on Saturday, all the way down to 97, but nay, 108 again. We can barely get our kids to go outside!

    Something about being at 95 degrees at 5 am really sucks out the motivation.

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