Holiday Cheer

Saturday morning, there were two adoptions on the weekly board. By evening there were seven. This is all the cheer I need to make my holiday bright.

Daisy Going Home
Star Going Home

“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
~ Dr. Seuss


But, try as we might to empty the kennels before Christmas Eve, there are always new recruits.

Darbee snagged the coveted office dog spot, which makes her Judy’s (current) favorite.


This adorable little girl looks like a cross between a Golden and a Corgi with a little Basset Hound rolled in for good measure.


Yule was a stray, rescued from the shelter. Part Golden, part Great Pyrenees.


Scared and very thin, his wary face turned to smiles in Maria’s hands (which means she found a way out of gardening chores!)


The rains have turned our garden and walking paths to lakes and mud, but after three years of drought, no one is complaining. The rice field next door once again supports migrating geese and herons.


And the bees were enjoying the last of the roses and the blooming Ceanothus on a late, warm, December day.



Nature’s Yuletide decorations cannot be beat.



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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.

19 thoughts on “Holiday Cheer”

  1. Your garden looks so beautiful…but oh those faces! I almost can’t take it they are so precious. I absolutely adore the work you do, and I hope everyone has a new home, and friend, by Christmas Eve. The love in their eyes just melts my heart!

  2. How wonderful for those seven pups! Hope every one you have there will be in a new home by Christmas. But if not, please spoil the ones left a little more for me. Thank you all for the wonderful work you do all year for these precious babies.

  3. yay a great christmas will be had by all! We are picking up another furbaby that may become my forever pawsister her name is Bonnie 1 week trial like when I was adopted woof and high paw

  4. Hugs to those 7 – they must be having the best Christmas ever! I’m sure the new recruits will find homes soon.

    Monty and Harlow

  5. Happy pups with new homes and those with dedicated volunteers looking to find them homes. All a good thing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all of your fellow volunteers. All of these handsome pups wouldn’t be where they are today without you. πŸ™‚

  6. How truly magical that seven new golden chapters opened in these dogs’ lives!!! Wonderful news for them and their new companions. I do have to say that Darbee looks utterly adorable too πŸ˜‰ Fondest of Christmas wishes to all the team!.

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