Going Home Parade

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer, with the return of the Asiatic lilies,




Monarch butterflies,


and snakes.


There is just one thing missing: my dahlias!


When I last saw them, they were healthy, six-inch tall plants shooting rapidly skyward. Upon my return this weekend, they were barely stubs. Maria says they fell prey to snails. I’m not so sure that bunnies weren’t involved.


There certainly are enough of both in the garden. Do you think we can help the snake develop a taste for escargot? I brought out six backups that had been started at home and created fortresses of chicken wire and Sluggo.


They made it through the night. We’ll see if they make it through the week. Saturday was such a blur of “going home” photos that I got little accomplished. A parade of happy faces marched before my camera. Thankfully, Ina parachuted in to rescue me on Sunday with both Maria and Anna away.


“I am joy in a wooly coat, come to dance into your life, to make you laugh” ~ Julie Church

Congratulations to Roxie,

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and Romeo.


But the sweetest of all was Simba’s going home with Lyana – one of our devoted volunteers. She has renamed him Balou, after our beloved sanctuary dog who recently passed. We think it is a fitting tribute, and we suspect Balou approves too.


“And then it happens all at once and unexpectedly. You pack your bags and find yourself walking yourself home.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

Happy life to you both.

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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.

11 thoughts on “Going Home Parade”

  1. What wonderful photos! I love the smiles on each person and it’s possible to see the bonding and attachment taking place right on the spot! What a busy, but magnificent weekend. I do hope you get to the bottom of your missing dahlias. I can’t imagine snails taking them out that quickly. That’s a surprise! The lilies are gorgeous and I hope your wire cages do the trick for your new transplants. 🙂

    1. I think tomorrow we might have more walkers than dogs for the first time in memory! Extra spoiling for those that remain. 🙂

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