From Korea, To Love


Last week, our rescue, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue, received a call from the San Francisco SPCA asking if we could support a very special needs boy. Talgi was one of a group of 64 dogs rescued by the Humane Society International from a South Korean dog meat “farm” in February, 2016. There have been a series of these rescues. The Humane Society contracts with the farmer to shut them down and transition them to a more humane livelihood. Sadly, their work has only begun.

When we said we would happily accept Talgi and explained our facility, they asked if we could take another…and another…and another. We, of course, said ‘yes’ to all four.


I wrote this story for our rescue. Since many involved with our effort have seen it, I will simply provide a link to it below and invite you to read it. Nothing graphic is shared, but I will say that it makes me very proud to be able to play the tiniest role.


Those on the front lines are credited in the story. And there is a devoted team here at Homeward Bound responsible for helping them complete their journey.


Before you read, watch this video of Roger – the pup – and Tag, the one year old. When you view the first photos in the story, you will be amazed at how far he has come in just a few short days.

Here is the link to the full story: From Korea, To Love

And before I close, a special thank you to my friend, Alys at Gardening Nirvana for her lovely note…


And her generous gift for the pups of Homeward Bound through our Amazon Wish List!


Thank you, Alys! And thanks to all involved in this thing we call rescue.

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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.

21 thoughts on “From Korea, To Love”

  1. This is the most wonderful story! I’ve read it a few times and it brings tears to my eyes each time. I’m so thrilled for these dogs and so proud of Homeward Bound for taking on this special project. I love you guys! ❤

  2. I’m glad this painful story has a happy ending. What an extraordinary team of agencies and volunteers, all going the extra mile.

    Thanks for the pingback to gardening nirvana. I’m smiling thinking of the distribution of treats to pups getting a second chance at a wonderful life.

      1. That is great to hear. I think those pill pockets are a brilliant idea. We’ve used them with partial success with our cats. Sometimes they work, and other times they spit out the pill.

  3. I’m trying to get caught up with all my favorite blogs – again! Having had my brother with us for a week turned our routine upside down and stressed out the dogs, so I spent most of the last two weeks getting things back to normal for them. And us. Now, maybe, I can get down to the business of catching up with you and my other online friends.

    I love the happy beginning to the new lives of these four pups! And Roger? Oh! My! Dog! If he were just a little bit younger, he could be the reincarnation of my sweet fur angel, Callie! She was Shadow’s “surrogate dog mom” for 10-1/2 years, and is missed every moment. Seeing him giving reassurance and kisses to Tag(?) just made me cry.
    Thank you for ALL you and Homeward Bound do for these sweet pups!

    1. They are SO sweet together. Just a week later, all four play all day long together…and Tag has officially given up the ground for tail-wagging and roughhouse with Roger. That little guy is a true miracle worker!

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