Slowly, The Evening Comes

It is a rare treat to be in the Memorial Garden at sunset.

After the feeders leave, a hush falls over the entire rescue as pups – exhausted from a day of play – bed down with full bellies for the night.

“Slowly the evening came. The sun from the western horizon, like a magician, extended his golden wand o’er the landscape.” ~ Longfellow

Instead of dogs barking, the air is full of the sounds of birds chirping, bees buzzing,

and wings fluttering while everyone gathers their own evening meal.

Bunnies come out of hiding and watch with curiosity as I go about my weeding and dead-heading; and you get the sense that eyes are upon you from everywhere.

Our president and co-founder owns and lives on the property that she and her husband purchased and lease to Homeward Bound. They moved to the county when their suburban house outgrew their rescue dream.

She told me once that the minute she laid eyes on what was then a barren field with only a house and barn โ€“ she knew she was home.

What has been built for the dogs is nothing short of a miracle requiring many hands and able bodies.

And yet, the best part of the day is when all the volunteers go home and quiet falls over the property like a blanket as the sun lowers on the horizon.

A perfect place to call home for those who are homeward bound.

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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.

13 thoughts on “Slowly, The Evening Comes”

  1. WOW! That was quite a transformation from almost-empty land to what is now HBGRR! I wish I’d had the money to do something like that when I was younger.

    Your photos are all gorgeous – as always – but my favorite (of course) is the last one.

  2. What everyone has done with that barren piece of land is nothing short of a miracle. A lot of hard work with a lot of very special people.
    And the garden, I was there almost 6 yrs. ago and never thought the garden would look the way it does now. Absolutely a magical place now.
    Wonderful story tellingโฃ๏ธ

    1. You remind me…I should post some of the earliest photos of the “garden” before it was. Quite the transformation. But then – so has everything there been. Thank you!

  3. Again, I say there should be a ‘Love’ option to click on for your photos and stories. This one is so wonderful – just beautiful words and photos. You caught the sunlight in the garden just perfectly! I could almost smell the air. ๐Ÿ™‚

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