The Seeds of Today and Yesterday

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“Memory is the power to gather roses in winter.” ~ Author Unknown

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Gardens don’t have memories. They die back in winter and come forth in spring to show the results of our hard work – or the havoc the birds and nature have sown.

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But surely, they have souls.

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Each year the garden is reincarnated; reborn. Taking on a remarkably similar, but changed version of its former self. It’s journey – a combination of planning and happenstance.

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A blogger I admire – Will, of Will and Eko “Marking our Territory” fame – wrote a beautiful tribute this week to his brother’s dog, Dutch, titled “On Losing a Dog.” If you haven’t read it; you should. He captures so perfectly the grief we feel when our most accepting companions leave us. But there was one line I could not shake. He wrote: “A dog has no journey of their own, no thoughts of past or future, so they give themselves fully to us in a way no person ever could.”

Will is right that a dog’s journey is largely controlled by others, but the dogs we rescue at Homeward Bound most definitely have pasts – and memories of them. Some are very hard to let go. We have seen dogs that mourn the loss of their human or canine sibling; others that have been traumatized or mistreated. One of our newest arrivals, Missy, is clearly thinking only of her past. Surrendered for a minor transgression, she does not understand why she has gone from family dog to homeless dog, or why she was left in a place she finds so overwhelming. Shaking, tail tucked, her body language says “I’m afraid.”

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As soon as she sees the vet, we will hope to have her in foster. Gorgeous, she should have no problem finding a home. We will guide her on a new journey – with a secure and loving future. And she will, no doubt, give herself fully and gratefully to a person who will make her feel safe and loved.

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“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today and yesterday.” ~ Chinese proverb

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11 comments

  1. derrycats

    Poor Missy. People can be so heartless sometimes. Hopefully a wonderful foster and a great new home are in her future and life will be brighter.

  2. Our first dog a cairn terror named Missy was a beloved member of our family for over twelve years. When she became ill, I had to take her to the vet to be put to sleep, carried her home in a box, and buried her myself. The good memories outweigh the bad by a long shot, but you never forget that last trip.

  3. Thanks for your kind words. You make a very great point – dogs carry their history with them. It’s a history not of their own choosing or control, which is so sad in cases like this. Hope Missy lands in a better place soon.

  4. Aw, poor Missy. I’m glad that family at least left her with you and not a high-kill “shelter”! She’s a beautiful girl; and she will make a perfect companion for the right person or persons. I just hope her former family doesn’t get another dog and repeat the cycle!!

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