If you're looking for a lifelong companion for houseboat adventures and beyond, consider Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue in the Sacramento area, which has placed thousands of dogs in happy homes since 2000.
Homeward Bound provides a safe place for goldens (pedigreed or not) to land when they find themselves in dire straits˜winding up in shelters, for example, or in a situation where their owners no longer are able to care for them. Homeward Bound rescues the old and ill as well as the young and bouncy, and provides all in its care with necessary medical treatment. At Homeward Bound's sanctuary in Elverta, near Sacramento, all dogs live in security and love until they find their new adoptive homes. If medical issues make them unadoptable, they've got a safe haven for the rest of their days.
Some Homeward Bound alumni have taken very well to houseboat life. Jon Sibaila of Sausalito has shared his life aboard a floating home for the last 15 years with Homeward Bound rescues Angel and O'Reilly, and offers these practical tips for a happy experience:
- You are on a dock; your dog has to be on leash. There's no place to run except into the water.
- Pick up after your dog without fail. If your dog urinates on the dock, look around, find the nearest hose and wash the dock down.
- Just like humans, dogs don't necessarily have "sea legs." On moving, floating docks, dogs and people can fall in. Proceed cautiously.
- Not all dogs are strong swimmers: swimming may be in their genes, but it may not be in their skill set. Don't expect them to just "get it.” Stand by to render assistance.
Homeward Bound presents "A Golden Vintage" at Vintner's Cellar Winery on August 12 and 20. Both events include wine tasting, live music and the experience of bottling your own wine, all to benefit goldens in need. Tickets are $35 if purchased before July 31st.