When You Just Say “Try”

Every single person that contributes to our mission of rescue is essential and valued. Still, there are some donors whose extraordinary gifts over the years have created an essential foundation for our work. Many had not been to the rescue in a decade or more; so much has changed. Since or founding, our facilities and our programs for the dogs have morphed from buckets and tubs and potty breaks to a fully functioning, more modern operation with enrichment programs to support the dogs. To showcase all – and to show this unique group of donors all that they have contributed to – we hosted them last weekend for a Big Dog Brunch.

The morning began with Mimosas in the garden – made beautiful by the return of my wayward gardeners. It looked magnificent.

Despite an unwelcome heat wave, the roses’ second bloom appeared on cue

along with the Agapanthus,

Bee Balm,

Day Lilies,

Butterfly Bush,

Blanket Flower, Yarrow and Verbena.

From there, we took folks in small groups on tours of the facilities including the in-ground, heated swimming pool, senior yard and sanctuary, vet clinic, kennels, puppy palace, yards and training pavilion.

The volunteers were able to share how each resource benefits the dogs and invited them to demonstrations of swim therapy and playgroups.

At the brunch that followed, each received a small book capturing all of the special projects – a take-home reminder of the impact they have made.

Saying ‘thank you’ is one thing; giving people an opportunity to touch, see, feel – and be touched by – all that they support (hopefully) makes a lasting impact and demonstrates our genuine appreciation.

The garden – like everything they saw that day – was a labor of love. A volunteer effort. Created from dirt and weeds, it – and all that surrounds it – are a reminder of what can be accomplished when you just say “try.”

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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.

11 thoughts on “When You Just Say “Try””

  1. I LOVE walking through the garden. The spirit of my goldens from the last 15 years reside among the flowers and trees. I truly feel at peace when I’m there……. you might even see Rosie and Rusty residing under some white roses……heaven on earth…

  2. So beautiful, the vision, the garden and the event! Thank you for capturing the the beauty and accomplishments made possible by so many.

  3. And try they did!!! Beautiful results doesn’t begin to describe it. Everything looks so well-maintained and pristine, and that’s no little feat considering all your guests who require so much attention.

    I hope while you were thanking your generous donors you all gave yourselves a pat on the back for your continued hard work and wise use of those donations.

    Well done!!
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

  4. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been out in over 6 years. So much has changed in that time. So much love and effort put in by so many. Thank you for keeping us updated in beautiful photography.

  5. What a wonderful event, and I can imagine the good time that was had by all – truly a learning experience. I like that first photo. I’m not sure if it is pure garden art or if it is name tags from pets – either way it is lovely. 🙂

    1. When dogs are surrendered to us, we replace their tags with ours. But our president has kept them all…for 18 years. She built the metal “weeping cherry tree” with her dad, and has been stringing the tags as a remembrance of all who have come through our doors on their journeys to home.

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