Of Diamonds and Pebbles

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore


For anyone who has every passed up a dog of eight or nine, or even ten years of age out of concern that their days or years are numbered, I’d like you to meet Hunter…age 16!


He’s one of a boatload of dogs who recently arrived – and despite the snowy face and slower gait, he’s got a lot of life and love to give.


For anyone who thought that dogs needed to see to deliver love and companionship, I’d like you to meet Bilos.


Born without developed eyes, he’s never known any life but a sightless one, and it doesn’t stop his rush to greet you with big sloppy kisses.

And for anyone who has ever passed up a dog for an imperfection that seemed like too great an investment…please meet Weezer.


He has esophageal paralysis – which simply means that he will need to eat his food as slurry for the rest of his life. He’ll be going home too…to people who understand that the effort bestowed will be returned tenfold in joy.

Sometimes, guarding your heart from hurt, or holding out for everything, simply leaves you with nothing.

Every garden has some weeds.


Every living creature has imperfections.


All of these little flaws only make the best parts shine brighter.


“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” ~ Confucius

And P.S…two other “Going Homes” you missed…Nala and Lizzie.


Life is good.

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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.

17 thoughts on “Of Diamonds and Pebbles”

  1. What a lovely post. Simply lovely — the words, the pictures, the angels, both human and canine. Thanks for posting this wonderful thought. I highly recommend the golden oldies. Their love is oh so special.

  2. Agree 100% on all of the above! When Callie was 6 weeks old, she developed an ingrown eyelash on her lower eyelid. The breeder tried to talk us into a different puppy — “No, we want Callie.” — Then a second puppy. Again, we said “No, we’ll have our hands full training just Callie.” So we settled for getting our deposit back, which paid for her little “nip and tuck” surgery at our vet’s office (and antibiotics and pain meds for a few days). Eleven years later you would never know to look at her. And the love we get in return is priceless. And then there’s Ducky. She has been a challenge from day one, but the love she gives us in return for not giving up is immeasurable.

  3. Your Rescue is a Heaven on Earth for everyone involved. Especially the dogs. Thank you for what all of you tirelessly do.

    1. The best heaven is, of course, home. But we try to provide the best way station we can as they travel on their journeys there. Thank you, Carol.

  4. Wonderful Post. Thx for sharing as so many people are locked into the “it must be a puppy” mentality. Our Ray had none of the challenges mentioned but, at 4 yrs old and with a highly questionable past, we wouldn’t change him for the world. Love them ……… and they will love you. It’s really not that complicated! 🙂

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