What Matters

A previous adopter wrote:


“Today was a sad day. We lost our beloved Buddy…he was 15 years old. We knew when we adopted him almost two years ago that he wouldn’t live long because at that time he was 13. We moved a month ago to the ocean…we wanted him to have a place where he could enjoy himself. He did. Buddy was my golden-oldie, through and through. We fell in love with him when we first met him at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue. We will always treasure the short time we had with him. Would we adopt a senior again…you bet. Thanks for allowing us to have our ‘Golden Oldie’…Miss him.” ~ Karen A.


“We do not know how long we’ve got here.


We don’t know when fate will intervene.


We cannot discern God’s plan.


What we do know is that with every minute that we’ve got, we can live our lives in a way that takes nothing for granted.


We can love deeply.


We can help people those who need help.


We can teach our children what matters,


and pass on empathy and compassion and selflessness.” ~ Barack Obama, Eulogy for Beau Biden


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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 “What Matters”

    1. Absolutely. I hope the President does not mind me borrowing his words for our four – as well as two – legged friends.

    1. High praise from you, my elephant traveling friend! I see you are catching up tonight. A pause in your world travels…and an honored guest. 🙂

  1. What a lovely and most poignant post – the beautiful work that the gardens give to the animals,new owners and all the incredible volunteers.

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