Good News In Buckets

Remember when I was whining about the injustice of the flooded rice fields adjacent to our water-starved garden? Well look at us now!


The area beyond the levy is the rice field. The area in front shows the overflown banks of our pond at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue.

Good News #1: It rained. Buckets and buckets. For hours on end. It rained so long and so hard I thought we might float away.


Good News #2: We did not float away. But we did have some flooding, and we’re left with pooling water everywhere. Every time our pups go out, they get covered in mud. Us too. (Candy was working on manners with new arrival, Tucker. Looks like Tucker: 1; Candy: 0 so far!)


The rain created rivers of water that swept the garden’s walk-on bark paths away.


I spent the day putting down a layer of shreds to soak up the mud and make the place passable.


Good News #3: More rain is on the way, but in more manageable doses this time. We need every drop of it to help put an end to our three-year-long drought.

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Good News #4: Remember scared Missy from last week’s blog post? She went to her foster home. Given that her foster mom has already renamed her Maggie, we’re pretty sure that they will be a foster failure together. We love foster failures.


When they first met, Missy was still shy.


It didn’t last long.


She jumped in the car with no prompting and said “let’s go!” Looks like a perfect match to me!

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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.

13 thoughts on “Good News In Buckets”

  1. Wonderful news for Missy aka Maggie!! Best news I’ve heard all day!!

    I thought about you this morning when I heard about tornadoes in LA, and of course the mudslides. I hope you weren’t anywhere near either!!

  2. I love to see photos of happy new families. And yes–hooray for rain! We are in the Pasadena area and I don’t remember the last time we had this much rain! It was glorious. I’m so sorry that some people have lost their homes, of course, and there’s still concern with more rain, but as you have said so well, we NEED it. I loved your photos–puddles are beautiful! 🙂

  3. I know how you feel, we received much needed rain recently and it has made the world of difference to our garden. Looks as though Missy is going to be very well looked after and much loved, always love seeing a happy ending.

  4. So glad to hear that Missy/Maggie has a new home! And speaking as a “foster failure” myself, that’s one “failure” I’m proud of!

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