It doesn’t matter if you were once rich, or poor…

are powerful, or petite…

young or old.

Here, we are all equal dogs, and we’re all in this journey together.

At the rescue, we don’t allow mouthy behavior.

Being rude will get you schooled.

And not playing nicely with others will quickly earn you a time out.

Frustration is normal, but it doesn’t give you a green light to hurt others.

Good social skills are not just encouraged – they are expected.

Actions have consequences, but corrections are delivered with kindness.

Here, we live, work, and play according to the Golden Rule –

and we expect our canines to become good citizens.

In light of this week’s (continuing) headlines, I can’t help but wonder: Shouldn’t we expect the same of people, too?

“Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”
– Henry James

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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 “Civility”

  1. Beautifully written! And wonderful accompanying images. Thank you, and I have passed along to your rescue brothers and sisters in Oregon.

  2. Great photos and captions! And a perfect and timely quote from Henry James! Thank you!

  3. Amen! Unfortunately it seems some folks were either never taught the golden rule; or they were taught and chose to forget the lesson. And then there are some who seem to believe it only applies to everyone else. Sad. Very sad. But at least those of us who (at least try to) live by it also teach it to others.

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