Fragility and Resilience

“Life is fragile, like the dew hanging delicately on the grass, crystal drops that will be carried away on the first morning breeze.” ~  Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Sometimes, the most fragile-looking things have the greatest resilience.

A spider’s intricate web is designed to hold its maker, its prey, and a chandelier of droplets ten times its weight.

This tiny frog is everywhere in the garden in the middle of winter, finding shelter and warmth under leave piles and overturned pots.

I wish the same resilience for Taylor – a new arrival.

He looks like a very young dog, but is actually a three-year-old, emaciated boy. His story is not yet written.

We’ll need to determine if there is an unmet physical or emotional need – or if his well-meaning people were just unsure how to help him. Thankfully, they turned to us.

It’s clear that Taylor has put his trust in us, as well.

The garden is quiet and still – in anticipation of more rain and cutting back later in the month.

But the inn is filling up fast; the annual post-holiday flood of dogs. So “going homes” are in order to clear some space. Congratulations to Riggs, Charlie, and Rudy.

Happy lives, all!

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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.

6 thoughts on “Fragility and Resilience”

  1. I love seeing the happy families ready to make room in their hearts for a dog. Taylor melts my heart. What a sweet boy. Wishing him and all the others well and best of luck finding a forever home.

    And that frog. Your grog pics get me every time. So. Darn. Cute.

  2. I hope Taylor finds an ever after home and family. I was thinking of you this week when I saw a man with a golden on a leash. The pup was laying on the beach on his side, and I commented that it looked like he found a comfy spot to lay down. The man laughed and said he was just pouting because he put a leash on him. 🙂

    1. I’ve seen that pouting face! Taylor will be great just as soon as we get him healthy and filled out. Such a sweetie. He’ll be scooped up just as soon as he is ready.

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