A piece of me is missing

Those who work in rescue know that bittersweet feeling that arises when certain dogs (or cats or whatever) move on to their forever homes. We’re delighted for them, of course, but there is a sense of loss too. It’s more than a fair trade though because they still maintain a place in our hearts. Yesterday it was Marshall’s turn to vacate his kennel at my house in exchange for much nicer digs with his new humans. I can’t tell his story better than Ogee so please visit her blog here for Marshall’s story. I suggest this reluctantly due to Ogee’s vexing habit of assigning me at least twice as much credit as I deserve — so please adjust for that.

It is true that Marshall was a challenge: He was a backyard dog that arrive here with atrocious manners. But he just needed a little nudge to get him back on the right path.


I will miss Marshall. I keep heading down to my kennels intending to take him out to the yard. That will end in a day or so. And I will see him again as his new family will bring him back to Homeward Bound occasionally. I look forward to that. And I do have the photos to look at when I think about him. Here are some of my favorites along with some shots taken on his last day at Homeward Bound. Kat from Golden Rule Dog Training performed an assessment of Marshall before he left.


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  1. I know I just commented on another one of your posts- but just had to say again that you are truly inspiring for all you do. 🙂


    1. Thank you. You are very kind.


  2. It is a tricky dance to care so deeply for a guest, but it’s one that you do so well Rob. Marshall is one of your many works of art…much like the amazing photos you captured of him. Who is the lucky dog that will follow in his footstep?

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    1. Thank you, you are much too generous. I’d like to bring Max inside the house when Arco leaves. I don’t know who else has issues at the moment.


  3. derrycats

    Know that feeling…so glad I get to pet sit one of the kittens I placed last fall. At least I get to hang with them here and there!

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    1. I’m glad you get that opportunity.It’s a huge bonus.


  4. Our local Humane Society are always so thrilled to see Ray every couple of weeks or so. They make such a fuss of him that he gets really excited when he realizes that his current walk is heading in that direction and yet… they tell me that only a few owners actually bring their dogs back for visits. That seems rather sad considering all the time and effort that goes into making a dog adoptable; the emotional attachment of some of the staff, and even the connection by the dog. Our Ray developed a couple of wonderful relationships while in their care, and we have very happily encouraged same as it makes him so happy (and helps us to learn more about him!). Great work Rob.

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    1. I guess people just get caught up in their lives. Or maybe it never occurs to them. Seems as if it’s reasonably convenient for you to stop by so that’s a big plus.

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      1. It’s about a 30 min walk (one way), so Ray gets a good walk in (and lots of sniff time). Doesn’t do us any harm either!

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  5. Mary Tonningsen

    Rob, I can imagine what a loss you’re feeling. Thank you for giving Marshall such a wonderful home while he waited for his furever home! He was a lucky dog! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Mary.


  6. […] Update: Foster Daddy has outed himself. For his post about Marshall and a gallery of photos, visit here.

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  7. You did an amazing job with Marshall, Rob. The work will continue with his new people – but he would not have had that chance without your intervention. Good work, sir.

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    1. Thank you. You are much too kind.


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