Hope Never Stops

Today’s Wordless Wednesday post has been preempted – read on; you will understand why.

In November 2012 – twenty months ago – I shared a story of a beautiful Golden Retriever that had been spooked while camping with her family in Tahoe National Forest. Scared, she bolted and then became lost. Our extended Homeward Bound family joined her family in daily searches until the snows fell. We hoped that someone unknowing had her safe. Winter came and went. And another winter came and went. She was spoken of often, and never forgotten.

This morning, we were greeted with this message.

Our dearest Family and Friends,

After 20 long months of being in the Tahoe National Forest, Murphy has come home. As you can imagine we are completely shocked and amazed with the miracle of her surviving this long. We responded to a call from a couple who spotted a dog matching her description in an area within 5 miles of where we lost her. After multiple days looking for her without success, we left her bed and our clothing behind with the campground host, in the hopes that she would respond. A week went by and we got a call from the campground host who was able to coax her into a kennel after she had been sleeping every night on the blanket and clothing that was left behind. We were reunited with Murphy, on Sunday afternoon – Father’s Day! She is on the road to recovery, very thin and frail but happy to be home with her family. We have so many people to thank the list is endless. Words cannot describe how grateful we are. Homeward Bound was instrumental in their efforts to help, the campground host – Jason, Jacob (guy that made the call), Missy, Lea, Deann, Teresa, Mike, Mike, Mary, Jason, Lauren, Larry, Bubba, Wawa, Bob and Kim — You all know who you are. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are forever grateful.

Murphy’s family has been inundated with media requests and other attention. They understandably just want time to be with their beloved golden girl. Out of respect for them, I have updated the earlier post to delete their information. But I did want to share our joy. It is a reminder that miracles do happen.

“Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops…at all.” ~ Emily Dickinson


Welcome home, Murphy.

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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.

27 thoughts on “Hope Never Stops”

  1. Unbelievable, poor thing to be wandering around for 20 months. Bravo to everyone and heartfelt hugs to the family who never gave up and most of all to Murphy. My gosh how they must be jumping for joy.

  2. What a wonderful, wonderful story. Welcome home Murphy. May you have many happy years with your family. Miracles really do happen. God Bless!

  3. Reblogged this on The Homeopathic Alternative and commented:
    Murphy (my dogs, too) found a permanent home through the rescue and sanctuary that receives my homeopathic support. Lost in the Tahoe National Forest 20 months ago, Murphy incredibly survived and is home. Her story will be on the news soon.

  4. Brock barked to alert me that my husband was home from the gym. He came into the living room, as sobs escaped my tear-stained face. Thinking the worst, Eric was happy and impressed to hear this incredible news!

    I had just been asking about Murphy as we joined the search for Cooper last month.

    Thank you for your tender sharing, Ogee. Breaths of relief, tears of joy for Murphy and her precious family. Lassie in real life.

  5. I am speechless in between the tears. We searched all over Tahoe for her…….. always kept her in our prayers. So thankful she has found her way home. *Happy endings*

  6. What an incredible story!

    Incidentally… somehow I stopped following you. Did you change blog addresses???

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