The Boys: Together Forever

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I absolutely love these boys. But then, so do all of the volunteers at Homeward Bound.


They are the quintessential Goldens – loveable, huggable, and Velcro.

I wrote about Max and Felix a couple of weeks ago. Their humans tragically perished together. It’s hard enough for us to suffer the loss of our dog companions. Imagine how confused and lost ten-year-old dogs feel to lose their humans.

Rumor had it that there was an adopter on the horizon. When that fell through, I forced my husband to bring our Jackson out to see if they might be a foster match (not so secretly hoping we would be foster failures). Jackson has been sorely missing his canine sister, Bella. At the very least, I hoped we could provide Max and Felix with a place to wait in comfort, while providing some companionship for Jackson.


Our boy gets along with everyone, so it was not surprising that there were no issues. But there were no sparks, either. No connection. If anything, Jackson was a little nervous around Max while hanging a little closer by Felix. Not quite willing to give it up, I reintroduced them and supplied photo proof that they could at least eventually settle down together.


My husband relented and agreed to foster them, but the concession came too late. Or maybe not. Had they been home with us, they would not have been seen by a young couple who came in that same morning looking for a dog. No particular dog. No particular gender. Young or old. Golden or mix. It didn’t matter. Just a good dog. They found not one – but two. Once they laid eyes on Max and Felix, it was a done deal.


And I wasn’t even around to get the photo! With thanks to my friend and fellow blogger, Rob of “Rob & Dog”, I present Max and Felix’s going home photos!



What good people to open their hearts and home to two very bonded brothers whose lives had been turned upside down.

My husband was probably correct in believing that Max and Felix would not be Jackson’s forever dogs. We know what a true connection looks like for him when we see it. It begins with a play bow and doesn’t end until both are exhausted.

We’ll find it. Eventually.

As for Max and Felix – tragedy brought them to us. But we send them home – together and forever – as promised, with all our love.

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Happy (long) lives, boys. We are all going to miss you.

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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.

14 thoughts on “The Boys: Together Forever”

  1. Happy dogs, happy owners! I love seeing all those smiling faces ❤ Such a great story you've shared. Thank you!

  2. What a wonderful story. So happy for these two beautiful boys. Hope they have long wonderful lives with their new owners.Thanks for starting my morning off with a smile!

  3. I imagine that as soon as we spent time with these two, so many of us were scrambling to work out how our home could accommodate these two loves!! I certainly did, but the adamant reminders of my cats restored me to my senses. So thrilled to see them adopted.

  4. Thanks Audrey for so beautifully telling and showing the happy match of these loving boys and and their new family. It brings a smile to my heart and soul!

  5. Oh! My! Dog!!! Max and Felix remind me soooooo much of my Callie and Shadow when Callie was still here that I nearly cry every time I look at these pix. I am sooooo glad they were adopted together!!

  6. I almost missed this post! I’m so glad I didn’t. This happy ending really makes me smile and shed a little tear at the same time. Out of apparent tragedy, a really sweet story. What a lovely couple to be so open to simply wanting to provide a good home and in return gain a companion. And now their joy is doubled…quadrupled if we count in Max and Felix. This is a wonderful update!

  7. I read this post a while back. I was so happy to see, and I was doing some much-needed email cleaning, that I still had it so I could read it again. I think it made me even happier the second time around. Much love to Max and Felix and their new humans and–of course–to Homeward Bound.

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