A Happy Tail

Among the greys and browns of our December garden are little pockets of color, life…

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and many happy tails.

The roses are having their last hurrah, with a cold snap now upon us. A yellow rose symbolizes friendship. Something we have in abundance here.

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People from all walks of life bonded by a common goal of saving lives and seeing dogs on their journeys home.

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Pink roses represent gratitude and appreciation.

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I don’t know if it shines brighter in the faces of our newly adopted dogs or their lucky humans. This is Zephyr and her new family.

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Red is for love and passion.

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That’s what Chris and Steve have in spades.

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They devote all of their weekends and many of their nights and vacations to our dogs and mission of rescue, with a special passion for the hardest cases. With love and patience they slowly rehabilitate dogs that others might give up on.

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Goldie came to Homeward Bound at the age of 18 months. She went home and came back five times – sometimes the result of her own behavior issues, and finally, because of the economy.

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Last returned in 2012, she was guarded, unpredictable, and not safe enough to place up for adoption again.

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Considered sanctuaried, she could stay with us forever – but for a special bond – coupled with Chris and Steve’s steadfast determination.

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Since 2012, they have been building trust. Over the past year, there have been careful introductions to Chris and Steve’s other rescue dogs.

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Baby steps and small victories, culminating in a very special day. Today was Goldie’s Going Home Day.

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It will take care and time before she is fully integrated in to the family, but if anyone can do it – they can.

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Tonight, Goldie sleeps not in a house – a home. A forever home. And that makes for one very happy tail.

(Special photo credit: Rob Kessel for many of the images here.)

19 comments

  1. Karen Axelgard-Reeves

    This brings tears to my eyes. Those two are angels on earth! Their passionate hearts are a blessing to Homeward Bound & those of us lucky to know Chris & Steve.

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