All in a day…
A motley duo transformed and made as beautiful on the outside as they are within.
A one year old boy is surrendered, and then reclaimed because his people could not be without him with the understanding that a dog is a member or the family and a promise is a promise. Kids (human or canine) take time to grow up. Patience, perseverance and consistency are the keys. You get out what you put in.
Three Golden girls were spared a life of puppy-making and will, instead, enjoy a life of love and play.
A good Samaritan went out of his way (and wallet) to convince a neglectful and abusive owners to sell him the dog they left chained in the yard.
Before bringing him to us, he took the unbelievably trusting and forgiving Labby boy to the river and showed him that good people do care.
Three grateful Goldens saved from the streets (or worse) traveled more than 6,000 miles to begin a new life.
Three masquerading teeny tiny tots made their way to our Golden Retriever rescue (and my foster home)
because our favorite breed is rescued.
And one hundred and twenty roses were pruned and prepped for a new season thanks to the best-ever gardening crew (only a few are captured here).
Countless little miracles – all in a day.
Find your passion and jump in. Even the muddy water is fine.
We have a running joke at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue: “Not a Golden!” While our mission states that we help Goldens and Golden mixes, I’m sure you’ve seen in this blog, that “Not a Golden!” can include just a little bit more.
Some are what we call “Fool’s Gold” –
And some are not gold at all!
Sometimes they come paired with a Golden that has been surrendered; Sometimes our volunteers just can’t bear to leave them in a shelter.
When we have the capacity, we’re happy to extend our support to others in need.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Our kindness occasionally extends beyond canines. These recently abandoned kittens that we are trying to find homes for certainly fit the bill. Kitten, anyone?
But these two?
Definitely, “Not a Golden!” You just never know what treasures you will come across when you open up your heart.
“Open your heart — open it wide; someone is standing outside. ~ Mary Engelbreit
Rescue is hard work. Incredibly rewarding…but very hard work. Rescue is not for the faint of heart. Not all can be saved, not all endings are happy. But every day we put one foot in front of the other to walk this path together and do the best we can – because the ones who depend on us, cannot.
Rescue relies on people so passionate that they give of themselves, their time, and their hearts with nothing expected in return except the joy of seeing an animal saved and going home.
Passion can sometimes be messy. We chase perfection, because so much hangs in the balance – the protection of each other, the dogs – and of each others’ hearts. But when it comes to living creatures – human or canine – perfection is near impossible to achieve.
“Nothing that is complete breathes.” ~ Antonio Porchia
That’s where patience and kindness come in. And forgiveness. Of each other and ourselves for our human flaws and inevitable failures.
Each of us is as unique as the parts that make up this passion vine flower…
put us all together – and we can achieve beautiful things.
“Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.”
~19th century rhyme
Kindness. Patience. Forgiveness. These are the required tools of rescue.
“There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life — reciprocity.” ~ Confucius