Happiness on Parade


Spring flowers – unfolding one by one – produce little pings of joy, but there is nothing like the thrill of the roses’ first bloom.


Rain showers, followed by brief blast of summer heat, set off a parade of color and scent over the course of a few days.


Magnificent against a still bright green landscape, our old friends returned looking fresh and rejuvenated.


The bare roots that were removed and gifted last spring from a Napa Valley home, survived their dusty, thirsty road to us and are finally flaunting their stuff in a glorious display.


But the parade of roses was only the first act this weekend.

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” ~ Gerard de Nerval

The dogs that arrived by the van loads over the past few weeks have blossomed as well. And this weekend, quite a few of them marched out in a parade of happy tears!

Sunny and Shadow were a package deal that found a ready-made family!


Carma had good Karma, and found a wonderful new mom.


Charlie Valentine will finish his heartworm treatment under the watchful care of his new humans. Home is where he will find the quiet and rest he needs for many days of wild play ahead!

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Both Ruby and Dixie were looking for active, adventuresome families. Perfect fits!

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And the last of our two precious puppies got adopted – on the same day! Let there be no puppy left behind!

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Now that’s a parade of happiness that rivals even first bloom!

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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.

9 thoughts on “Happiness on Parade”

  1. Everyone involved there should be very pleased with themselves. Great job and, on behalf of Goldens (and a few others) past, present and future, thanks for doing a really great job with those “guys”! 🙂

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