The Power of Love

At ten years of age, Napoleon was surrendered to a shelter with inoperable masses and a limited life expectancy. After months of doting on him at the rescue, he went home as a permanent foster with Elaine and Justin in October 2018 expecting that his was truly hospice care.

Elaine and Justin are no ordinary humans. For years, they have been showing up every Saturday morning to feed, clean and care for the dogs. They showered Napoleon with the same devotion. Before he went home with them, they would bring him to the garden or a yard after their exhausting work and spend quiet time with him. After he became a part of their family, they brought him with them on Saturday mornings – hovering, waiting, staying close by them in the kitchen and laundry as they came in and out of the kennel.

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh!” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” ~ A.A. Milne

Napoleon went on to live another two years with Elaine and Justin – probably the best, most spoiled years of his life. The power of love.

Fly free sweet boy. Wait for them at the bridge.

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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.

12 thoughts on “The Power of Love”

  1. Beautiful! I just wish that there were more people around like that, not only for the benefit of dogs .. but also for the benefit of mankind. Sadly “compassion”, in any context, seems to be going out of style.

  2. The world is full of caring souls. They’re out there making a quiet different in the lives of another child, an adult or a sweet dog. Thank you to these loving souls. I’m sorry for your loss.

  3. Thank you, Elaine and Justin, for giving this sweet pup a loving, safe home and the happy life he deserved. And thank you, Ogee, for this beautiful post on the incredible power of love.

  4. That boy was truest special. Every Saturday I went to the barn and saw him
    Waiting. He received pets from everyone and was sweet, but he was always waiting for his parents to be done with work. There was just something special about him. I will miss him too…

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