New Additions


April showers bring … April flowers. In abundance.


The garden is in full bloom making my early morning arrival extra special.


“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” ~ Henry David Thoreau


Last week: five long-term residents went home. This week: five arrived in one day. Plus three more for good measure throughout the week.


The universe seeks balance, I guess. No rest for the weary.

We have a new addition to the garden: a beautiful bird bath.

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Maria made it for Jody, our president who, with her husband, imagined this whole Homeward Bound effort and works tirelessly to sustain it. It’s the perfect centerpiece for her special bed in the garden.


As beautiful as they are, the flowers in the garden have tough competition from the pups named for flowers. Iris…




Sweet William,

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and Stephanotis.


All spoken for – from a long list of families that have waited a long time for these rare arrivals.
Until their going home days…we’ll enjoy watching them bloom, as well.


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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.

18 thoughts on “New Additions”

  1. Awww… P.S…sent your recent blog to my gardener friend Maria who did the bird bath. She’s now plotting a giant mosaic Golden Retriever for the garden. Oh no! 🙂

  2. Hooray for five long-term residents getting forever homes- wonderful. And gorgeous gardens and photos as always. Can’t wait until more of our landscape blooms…it is starting.

      1. We have a lovely lilac tree in our own yard…will give it a sniff for you when it blooms.

  3. It’s our final day if packing before moving to New Orleans, and when my human mommy saw the email notice for your blog she thought, “I could use some beauty.” Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden in full bloom, the happy tale of long-term residents with new homes, and the precious puppies with such bright futures. Now back to the boxes, with an eye on our own bright future.

    1. You’re getting the very best kind of new forever home…the kind with your mom and dad! Good luck with the move! (Mark your toy and treat boxes and make sure they are on top!)

  4. So beautiful – the colors and health of the gardens, mmmm – love it. Serious question: how do you keep the rabbits from making a feast of your flowers? Wonderful Iris, how precious!!

    1. Well…they have been snacking on all those lilies we planted, but generally, we have a deal…I let them feast on whatever Maria has planted in the herb garden and they leave the rest alone. 🙂

  5. Stephanotis?? I’ve never heard of them. I know they don’t look like puppies, but would love to know what they do look like. The puppies are adorable! Almost make me want another. Notice I said almost? I’m not ready for any more potty training, crate training, or social training.

    1. Stephanotis: Small white clusters. Strong perfume. Do a search on them…they look a bit like star jasmine. And yup…those pups are adorable. And then they grow up. People (not you!) forget that part. And that is why we have rescues.

  6. Oh those precious pups! I hear what you’re saying about pups growing up and then…I so admire the work you do! And the garden is out of this world. You really have a little slice of paradise going on right now. So nice!

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