Wild and Beautiful

I ordered Rudbeckia for a drift with grasses, variegated iris, purple aster, and ‘Purple Emperor’ sedum.
It was supposed to be a deep gold with full petals and a deep black center.


As I watch it unfold, it looks more like a wild child –


all gawky and skinny and twitchy.


And then it settles into this. Not the perfect flower I envisioned – but beautiful in its own right.


So it is with Jack – a dog that has been with us a very long time.


I featured him on a post a year ago. In a place full of golden retrievers, Jack was definitely not one. He’s a bit of a wild child himself around other dogs and while he has benefited greatly from training and the dedication of everyone here, he’s still pretty gawky and skinny and twitchy.


What Jack lacks in classic looks and dog-to-dog skills, he makes up for in people charm. And this weekend, he was finally recognized for his own special beauty.

I can’t bring you the pictures because the parents have not given permission to share, but I can tell you the story…so get out the tissues.

A young boy, adopted himself, picked Jack from all the other dogs on the website. He and his parents – former adopters – came out together to meet him. Flaws in all, the boy fell in love. He had been working and saving for his dog and had a hard-earned $10 in his pocket for the adoption fee. Now, Jack is a senior dog in need of a very special home. He’s been with us for almost three years waiting for that right opportunity. We would, of course, waive the fee for his chance at a fur-ever home. But this young man has been instilled with great values. He and his parents insisted. So the fee was reduced to $1.00. And do you know what he did? He paid the $1.00 for Jack – and donated the other $9.00 in support of the waiting dogs.

Jack is finally home. The family sent pictures of him playing with his very own boy in his very own backyard. I wish I could show them to you here, but parents’ privacy concerns for their children have to be respected. Suffice to say, there was not a dry eye in the rescue.


It was a very good weekend. (Thanks to my friend Rob for his wonderful photos of Jack.)

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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.

17 thoughts on “Wild and Beautiful”

  1. Jack is one of my favorites, and I’m so thrilled he’s found a loving home. I’ll miss that rascal, and wish home the best!

  2. How wonderful that this senior found his forever home — seniors still have so much love to share, and often teach us more than we realize we need to know. Wonderful interplay of the rudbeckia and Jack’s story šŸ™‚

  3. So happy for Jack and his new furever home! You all are amazing and bring angels to angels ā¤

  4. Always remember that Mother Nature has a will of her own, and that there are good people in the world and happy endings for dogs like Jack. Now my mommy has to go grab a tissue. šŸ˜‰

  5. When I saw that Jack got adopted, I instantly clicked here for the story. Thanks for capturing and telling the tale….So glad Black Jack hit the jackpot with a furever home!

  6. Ogee – you know exactly how to press my waterworks buttons!! I can barely see writing this comment through streams of tears – what a wonderful dog and what a wonderful young man! I was holding things together reasonably well until “Jack is finally home. The family sent pictures of him playing with his very own boy in his very own backyard.” What a wonderful story – I hope the whole world reads it. Thank-you to everyone who cares for these beautiful dogs!

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