The Seeds of Today and Yesterday


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


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.


But surely, they have souls.


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.


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.”


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.


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


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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.

11 thoughts on “The Seeds of Today and Yesterday”

  1. 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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