2013 Remembered

“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.

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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.

15 thoughts on “2013 Remembered”

  1. I tried to look at all the pictures on the link, but most were microscopically tiny. Is there any way that I can link to another place to see them? Or find someone to fix the link? Love what Jody wrote.   Barbara Aragon

  2. Absolutely, positively heartwarming post. So many touching moments. As I type this, my HB adoptees, Ginger and Rusty, are sleeping sweetly next to me on my big bed, Ginger’s paw resting on my leg. Thanks for posting this, and the link to Jody’s message.

  3. Your blog is the only one I continually get goose bumps and tears in my eyes when I read it. It truly reflects life and the highs and lows and happy and sad times we all experience every day. And, the smiles you bring to readers’ faces when your pups find loving homes is probably more than you could have imagined when you started posting. Looking forward to another year of reading this wonderful blog.

    1. You are so right about the evolution of the blog, Judy. Funny where these things take us! Thank you for your kind and generous note. Looking forward to reading your adventures as well. You have the freedom I envy right now…so I’ll live vicariously through you! Stay warm.

  4. We lost our special Sam this year. Your garden has brought me much peace – I hope to see it one day in person.

    Monty and Harlow

  5. Oh my, you made me tear up – what a wonderful post of beautiful and happy memories, and those sad and precious. May 2014 be the brightest and most enjoyable – best wishes.

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