“Gardens are a form of autobiography.” ~ Sydney Eddison
This blog being a written and visual account of the life of the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden, the dogs that grace it and my time spent with both, I reflect back on the first day of the new year as we look forward to the second. In backwards order…some of the most memorable moments of the year:
December: Linus and Charlie came too close to being lost, but angels were looking after them. They are happy, healthy, and adopted! Our Christmas miracle.
November: Summer – her cancer treated and forever now in Anna’s loving arms.
October: A wedding. The happiest of memories commemorated in our Memorial Garden.
September: The adoption of deaf Ollie, so long overdue – and sweet Mariposa to a family that continues to inspire us.
August: Dee Dee’s joy. A delightful dog who continues to heal the heart of her new “mom.”
July: Black Jack. Who knew that the person he had been waiting so patiently for would arrive in the form of a remarkable 10-year old boy?
June: The passing of our dear friend, Dick Brothers and the arrival of Moose. Is it possible that their souls crossed paths?
May: Rainier’s rescue. A girl turns out to be a boy and finds a future with the angel who saved his life.
April: My sweet Beatrix. A foster joy for too short a time finds a big brother and a family to love her.
March: Agatha and Anastasia. Taken too soon. We will meet them both again someday at the rainbow bridge.
February: Blind Bogey goes home on Valentine’s Day. His angels: two retired eye-doctors. You can’t script this kind of happy ending.
January: My father’s passing. I miss him still.
I posted a message from our President along with the faces of more than one hundred dogs we have been blessed to help this year. It’s wonderful to look back on them – still, just a fraction of those who have graced us in 2013. You’ll find it here.
Here’s to 2014. To gardens, friends – and all the dogs we will meet this year on their journey…homeward bound.