Behind human failing—due to health or incapacity—you can often find animal suffering. This was the case behind a recent large-scale rescue. In Oregon, a backyard breeder struggled to care for his wife with dementia. I don’t know if the situation was ever better than we found it but things had obviously gotten out of control long ago. When he passed, there was no one to care for the dogs or the other animals on the property. A plea for help […]
It doesn’t happen often—but often enough to wonder. Dogs that are long-time residents of the rescue—the ones with special behavioral or medical needs who wait for angel adopters—find their way home only to pass unexpectedly just as they have found love. Not that they aren’t loved by us. But there is a difference between being loved and cared for by volunteers and being a chosen special someone and finally being home. It is if—wrapped in that security—that they finally fully […]
Sometimes the universe has a twisted sense of timing. We received a request for urgent help a couple of weeks ago. While a Golden lover was picking up her new puppy half the country away, she got word that her senior heart dog, Sully, was failing – and fast. She rushed home with the still unnamed puppy in tow to receive the prognosis we all dread: she had some time – but little of it. And while her boy could […]
“I’m not ready for winter” is the refrain I hear as the fog sets in and the volunteers don their winter wools. But I am. Or nearly so. The garden is putting on its final show – a glorious crown to a long, hot summer. As if it saved up all its energy for a final encore, displaying its growing maturity in tall drifts of purple, orange, pink and gold. By the end of the month, the raising of the […]
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Who says that we don’t get paid at an all-volunteer rescue? Remember my subjects from Puppy Truths? Cici was adopted right away, but you might recall that two of them, Timmy and Wyatt, came home with us for a bit last winter when we thought the rains and flooding would never quit. My Yogi was happy to keep the little monsters company. It’s still unclear who the bigger puppy was! Recently, all three returned to Homeward Bound for a reunion. […]
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It is well over the century mark…again. My brain is too fried to write this week. So I bring you My Summer Boys. We finally have a dog in Yogi that loves to swim – and he taught Jackson, too! Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks??