Love comforteth after the rain

“The storm starts, when the drops start dropping; When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.” ~ Dr. Seuss


After a bone-dry February, the skies have opened up again and gifted California with a good long soak. Actually, a bit more like a deluge. But no one here is complaining.


Just as our rivers have swollen, the pond had overflown its banks converging with the flooded rice fields next door…


and the garden looks like a series of small islands in a large lake.


Thank goodness we raised the beds last fall!

While there are a few drought-tolerants that are unhappy about too much of a good thing, overall, the garden is drinking it in and exploding with joyous spring color.


“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” – William Shakespeare

Between breaks in the downpours – and even during them – love came forth in buckets of comfort this week. There were lots of “Going Homes” to celebrate, emptying the kennels about as fast as we filled them. But one on Saturday was a double delight.

Our adoption counselor brought Rudy out to the garden for his going home photo. The family was clearly in love.

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And then Rudy whispered something to his new mom: “Someone is missing.”

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Rudy and his sister, Daisy – both nine – were surrendered together in Southern California when their family could no longer keep them. Declaring them honorary Golden Retrievers, Homeward Bound agreed to take them. Concerned that we would not be able to place two older dogs together, we made the difficult decision that we would not require them to be placed together. However, when the family learned that Rudy had a sister, they asked to meet her.

These people of good and generous hearts took only a few minute to come to the decision that Rudy and his sister must be adopted together.


Which is how Rudy ended up with two Going Home photos – and Daisy, one. The best one.

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There was not a dry eye in the place…and we’re talking tears of joy…not rain drops!

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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.

18 thoughts on “Love comforteth after the rain”

  1. I talked to their new mom this afternoon. They are ver happy with both dogs. So far so good! I will check in with them next week.

  2. WONDERFUL NEWS!! I am so glad that Rudy and Daisy were adopted together!! If I’d been there with you, I’d have been bawling like a baby!

    Beautiful photos by the way! Glad you’ve finally gotten some much-needed rain!!

  3. A beautiful story, with a happy ending. Love abounds in this place.

    You really did get a soaking! San Jose got an inch and a half with the first storm, and more followed. My recently installed rain catchers are full. As always, beautiful photos.

    1. We kind of got the double whammy. They had to release water from Folsom Dam to make room for what was flowing down hill, and the future spring runoff from the Sierras, so the rivers have all swollen, – in some places over their banks to their catch basins – for the first time in years!

      1. Wow! I know it’s been really heavy in parts of the state. Like you, I’m welcoming every drop, but it would be nice it the storms would pace themselves. That said, I think it’s supposed to dry out this week. I miss it already.

      2. We’re hoping the window stays open, off and on, through April at least. But a little break is OK around here…before we need to build an ark!

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