Rain Falling on Sunshine

There is a saying that God made rainy days so gardeners could get housework done. To heck with that.


We had two storms move through this week. While they didn’t put a significant dent in our drought situation, the rain did bring welcome relief to our thirsty trees and gardens.


Paired with warm temperatures, the flowers, leaves – and weeds – are exploding.


So, a showery – sometimes rainy – day was not going to deter us from enjoying the early spring celebration, or getting a jump on weeding. Maria and I arrived early to find the daffodils, tulips and rosemary blooming, the willow tree leafing, and the lawn freshly mowed for the first time this year (thank you, Rob).





The rainy day also brought a welcome guest. Tigger went home a month ago as a foster. We do that when a dog is being medically treated to carry the cost of care for the family, and to ensure that all will be well before an adoption is finalized.


When Tigger went home, he was suffering from still uncontrolled diarrhea. For that transgression, he had been surrendered to a shelter where his fate would be clear. The team brought him to Homeward Bound.


While he improved with medications, he needed to be in a stable, home environment. After a month with his amazing new family, his health is back on track, and his weight is up by six pounds.


Clearly surrounded by love, he is a totally different – and completely doted upon – dog. His adoption was finalized.


“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…”It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden



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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.

24 thoughts on “Rain Falling on Sunshine”

  1. I love ending my day on your breautiful photos and words written in fluent
    heart language….
    Thank You….
    Take Care….You Matter…

  2. Beautiful flowers and beautiful doggy story. What wonderful adopters to take a chance on him. And there you go another success from Homeward Bound!!

  3. I love the flowers and birds and frogs etc., in your garden – you take lovely photos – and the happy stories of goldens finding their forever homes. If only all goldens were so lucky. Joy

  4. do not complain we still have tons of snow and frigid temps. We will not see tulips for a very long time

  5. So nice to see flowers, which I hope we will see someday soon too! Woo hoo for Tigger and the great folks who adopted him.

  6. Such a wonderful story!

    Have you tried Tylan with him? It did wonders on my pup when he had out of control runs that lasted many, many months….

    Monty and Harlow

  7. So happy to hear Tigger got the love and care he so much deserved. God Bless all the Angels that went out of their way to make sure Tigger was going to have a chance at love.

  8. Bless the rain here in California. I will not curse it until it stops. Trigger…Given up to a shelter for ongoing diarrhea. Some people should not get dog owning permits. We took back one of our Golden puppies after 7 years, never got a real answer why. I don’t understand how people can give them up.

  9. I so needed to see your beautiful garden photos today. We are enduring yet another day of ice, which is very unusual here so we tend to whine more than a bit. 🙂 And seeing Tigger’s pictures and reading about his “happy beginning” is icing on a lovely cake. Thank you!

    1. I’m so sorry for the long and miserable winter endured by the rest of the country. Mother nature has certainly been mocking us all this year. (I think she’s mad at us for messing with her!) Spring will come…eventually!

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