Brought here, by you

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” ~ Beatrix Potter

Gardens for Goldens passed a small milestone this week; 1,000+ followers. When I began this blog two years ago this month I envisioned a simple journal of our efforts to create a place of peace for Homeward Bound’s extended family while hoping to inspire a love of rescue. Through the process of chronicling the garden, I have been blessed to be joined by all of you.

You’ve shared in watching the garden grow from vision to reality…


and in the delight of seeing dogs go home. Yesterday, it was Shaggy Bao – a Old English Sheepdog masquerading as a Golden. He came all the way from Taiwan with his amazing two-colored eyes to find his forever home.


Sometimes, we share in sorrow. This week, it was Sarge, who passed unexpectedly and quietly without a hint to us that it was time to say ‘goodbye.’


Despite the sometimes difficult times, there is a tremendous sense of joy and purpose in what is accomplished here. From seeing new arrivals like Amber,




and Maggie coaxed into trust,


to creating a place of quiet and contemplation.


Another blogger I follow described a garden as a relationship…between a person and a bed of soil. For me, the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden and Gardens for Goldens has been about a relationship with all of you. And I am better for it.

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” ~ John Ruskin

Thank you.

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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.

37 thoughts on “Brought here, by you”

  1. As usual, a beautifully written blog accompanied by such gorgeous pictures. I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Sarge. He was a great guy and not only did he love, but he was loved in return. His boisterous bark always reminded me of a seal and I will truly miss him . Rest in peace, Sarge.

  2. Thanks to the garden I stop to smell the roses a little more often. And I wait each week for your writing which makes me smile (sometimes a little wistfully). And I too am a better person for it. Thank you my friend.

  3. I look forward to all posts from you because they always make me feel good. Today’s was, to me, a little more special. Thank you.

  4. 1000 followers…wow! I always look forward to your posts – thoughtful and beautiful, and always good for the dogs.

  5. Why does this blog have 1000 followers? Simple – beautifully, heart endearing posts, handsome pups we all want to take home, gorgeous photos, and ‘volunteer’ gardeners who work their green thumbs to the bone. You should have that many followers because you do a great job of blogging – it is what we all aspire to but you have already achieved. 🙂

  6. Such a tribute to you and the gardeners and the dogs! It’s the thoughtfulness that’s so palpable in all your images, words, and accounts of the dogs that make your blog posts an event to look forward to each time. Thank you!!

  7. I am always pleased to see your blog pup in my posts as I know I’m in for a visual feast … thanks for brightening our days!

  8. I am so happy to be on this blog as of last week! The pictures are so beautiful whether it be of dogs, flowers or even humans!
    Gina and I are heartbroken to hear about Sarge. He was a sweet puppy dog. Thank your for the JOY you put in 1,000 plus of us as we open our emails and find a new post!

  9. Audrey, congratulations on such a well-deserved following! As someone else said, what could be more wonderful than photos and stories of pups and flowers and the volunteers that make it all happen. You have a wonderful place here to share with the rest of us and every visit is a joy.

  10. Thank you for the wonderful peaceful moments your blog has given me and so many others. Rest in peace dear Sarge – God Bless his little golden heart.

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