There are near daily tests for the rescuer woman: her will to heal against theirs to surrender. Most battles are won, but not all; the rescuer does not always get to be the savior. The beloved dog who so kindly shared his home, heart, and rescuer mom has gone. Sometimes, it feels like the universe conspires against us – When it is simply saying, “I’m calling you home.” It is not compelled to explain its timing or purpose – Any […]
Winter comes. It arrives in its own time – sometimes early; sometimes late. Winter has finally arrived in the Memorial Garden, first, with the return of cold and wind… and then, much-needed rain. Nothing like the winter that family and friends are experiencing east of us (brrrr). Still, it leaves more time for dogs – and one of my favorite “jobs” at Homeward Bound: going home photos. Saturday, it was Rover’s day… and Bandit’s, too. And then, there was a […]
I love the velvety purple stalks of Mexican sage. It heralds fall; its amethyst hues offset by the season’s golden leaves. A perennial in most gardens – but not in our Homeward Bound Memorial Garden. It is too wet in winter, and too hot in summer. The clay soil and baking sun are too much for this tough, but not quite tough enough, sage. The first three seasons, I moved it to different spots in the garden hoping I would […]
Categories: Dog Rescue, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue, Rescue • Tags: Dog Loss, dog rescue, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue, Homeward Bound Memorial Garden Sacramento, In Its Season Henry David Thoreau
What I miss… Your barking at dog photos I am editing on the computer or videos on TV. Chasing those TV dogs around the back of the set to see where they go. Not having to get up every five minutes to retrieve the tennis ball that my beloved retriever purposefully rolled under the furniture (fetch is for humans, too, I guess). Your schedule of demands beginning with breakfast barks and followed by lunch cookie barks, dinner barks, and bedtime […]
Some people would ask: “Who takes a 16-year-old dog home knowing that heartbreak is just around the corner?” Anna asks: “Who would not want to share the best year of a 16-year-old dog’s life?” Here’s to Anna. For loving Royce. Farewell, sweet boy. Wait for her at the bridge.
It has been a hard week. To lose not one – but two – of our long-time rescue residents and the companion of a devoted volunteer as well. Balou was a special boy who never got over the loss of his human. He was profoundly sad, with trust and mental health issues. He was beautiful, deep and unpredictable, and so we knew he would be staying with us. He felt safe here. Reacher was adorable and adored. Imagine a gigantic […]