Back to Reality


Back from an adventurous week on Kauai and returned to a whirlwind of work and house guests. Among them was my sister, Beth and her husband, Gordon. Their stay was brief, but good – with a request to see Homeward Bound and the Memorial Garden which they have known only virtually.


We made our way there Friday, where the garden is beginning to look a lot like summer…

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and the puppies put my sister through her paces. Yes, those are razor sharp puppy teeth hiding behind all that cuteness!


Sunday was puppy aptitude test day,


which apparently involves umbrellas (something we have little need for!) –










and naps! Puppy tests are exhausting!


These little monsters are spoken for, but we have three remaining from the litter that was left in a box and delivered to our door. They are adorable 100% mix-breed, nine-week old pups named after the Lion King characters. Mufasa:




And Rafiki.


Other guests included Allie, a rescue, who is about to be enrolled as a therapy dog for our local Lend A Heart organization…

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And Sedona, the Homeward Bound alum of Martha and Randy.


Needless to say, I got little work done – which is just my speed right now! I’ll be back to my old self soon (I think). I may even sneak in a few more pictures from Kauai if you’ll indulge me. Until then … mahalo. It’s good to be back in the garden.


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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.

15 thoughts on “Back to Reality”

  1. I wish our home had room for one more puppy! They are just adorable and grow up to be such wonderful companions. I’m sure they will all have homes very soon. THe garden is looking just wonderful and it sounds like you’ve had a wonderful re-entry home. 🙂 I’ll always enjoy more photos from Kauai, so any time. 🙂

  2. I loved seeing your work at Homeward Bound and have so much respect for the organization. Thanks for showing me around and for letting me have some puppy time. Love, your sister the cat person.

    1. Great to see you…come on by for puppy attacks anytime. Back to your own reality now! (And I’ll let you skate on the cat preference!)

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