I took a little breather last week for a girls’ weekend in Sedona, Arizona.


It is beautiful country – magical, really.


Its towering sandstone formations glow red and orange against breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.


At night, the stars fill the blackened sky.


But gardening in that dark red, desert clay? While I think I’ll pass on that challenge, what blooms from the desert appears even more beautiful for the hardships it has triumphed over –


not unlike one of our newest arrivals, twelve-year-old Jake.


When I saw the blackened skin stripe on his back, I admit – I feared the worst. But it is actually all that remains of a horrible skin condition that stripped all the fur from his body.


I’ll spare you the “before” photos, but thank the Wine Country Animal Lovers and the Calistoga Vet Clinic for the miracle they performed.


Jake is with us now, for as many sunrises and sunsets as we are blessed with. The neglect that caused this condition, his worn down teeth, and his lumps and bumps is over. His new soft coat and his sweet disposition are appreciated all the more for what he has overcome. He’s magical, really.


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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 “Magical”

  1. Your trip to the desert looks like a beautiful one! So glad you took photos to share with us. And Jake has the beautiful face of a happy and well-loved (now) boy! So glad he’s been recently cared for and now at HB! ❤

  2. Bless HBGRR and all the groups for giving Jake a great life. He looks like an outstanding dog, I hope that he finds a kind and gentle home.

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