The Other Puppy Bowl

I know all you dog lovers are glued to the Puppy Bowl this weekend, but there is another one that goes on every weekend at Homeward Bound!

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It comes complete with tackles,

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and unsportsmanlike conduct!

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I’ve brought you play-by-play on a couple of them. You’ll find them here and here.

Last week, I shared photos of Sybill and her sister, Kensie at our weekly puppy bowl. Our newest, and smallest additions to Kathryn’s puppy class were feeling a bit overwhelmed by the bigger dogs –

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until this weekend! Please welcome tiny Lilu!

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To look at her, you wouldn’t know that this little girl has a near-criminal past! Lilu came to us by way of a local veterinarian. She was brought in on an emergency basis – the result of an apparent larceny. It seems she pilfered her owner’s stash. She was in pretty bad shape. The owners wisely chose to surrender when presented with their options.

The vet named her “Felon,” and put in a call to us asking if we could take a Golden Retriever puppy.
We always find it humorous that a vet gets confused about dog breeds when they are hoping for a rescue. 🙂


We renamed this adorable, pint-sized offender a non-too subtle “Mary Jane.” She was with us about two minutes before she was adopted.


Her family rightly selected a new name and enrolled her in class so she can be properly socialized and get a fresh start in her rehabilitated life!

Unlike Sybill and Kensie, she was not intimidated one bit by the big dogs…

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she mixes things up and then makes a quick getaway, finding a proper hiding place!

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And happily, Sybill has found someone (almost) her own size to play with.

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All winners…no losers…in our puppy bowl!


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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.

19 thoughts on “The Other Puppy Bowl”

  1. I can see why Felon/MaryJane/new name was adopted right away – she’s adorable in all her “naughtiness”!! Just like my girls were at her age. Precious little angels when they’re asleep but watch out once they’re awake. 😉

  2. Truly great photos by the way! You should print them and put them on a bulletin board in the office! Ducky’s daycare takes pix of all the dogs and puts them on posters and then hangs them up on the walls of the reception area. It’s really a cute idea; and makes me smile every time I drop Ducky off or pick her up.

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