Pertinent Information - Adopted 4/23/06 - Rainbow Bridge 6/9/08
Foster Home Pictures
Ginger passed away Monday evening. For the past month, she started to
slow down noticeably, rejecting her regular food and at times not
wanting to get up from her bed. We knew in our hearts that she was
telling us that her time was near, but were hoping that she would
rebound. On Monday, after a weekend of keeping mostly to her bed, we
took her to the vet...at that point, he told us our options, but he and
we felt that the most compassionate option for her was to put her to
sleep. We stayed with her, praying with her in her last moments.
4/24/06 - Ginger was adopted yesterday!!! She was my first foster and I couldn't have asked for a better dog. I miss her already - especially not seeing her come running into the house, ears flying - but I'm very happy she will have a home and family all her own. She had a rather stressful day yesterday since we took her to training day and she wasn't ready to handle all the other dogs and people. Ginger was somewhat nervous when Adrian and Raffe( Adrian's and Alison's 10 year old son) arrived after training to pick her up but she walked with Raffe without any problems. They seemed like the perfect family for Ginger - quiet but ready to give her lots of attention. Raffe - I apologize if I have spelled your name wrong - I hope you and Ginger will be great friends.
4/10/06 - Ginger is pending adoption
- Ginger has returned from her first road trip to Florida. I'm
sure she thought it rather strange to spend all day riding in the car
but she handled it very well. She whimpered for about the first 10
minutes - both ways - but then settled down and slept the rest of the
way. Seems she associates car rides with changes to her life and
being left someplace new. Once we got to Florida, she quickly
became comfortable. We were able to leave her alone in my parents'
house for a couple hours with no problems or destruction. Not that
she has ever been destructive. So far her only bad habit is
getting into the garbage can if it is left out. We have been allowing
her more freedom outside off the leash and even in Florida she stayed
right around. She really enjoyed playing outside in the nice
weather. I've included some new pictures of her playing and enjoying the
3/13/06 - Ginger continues to do well and there is not much new to report. She is a really sweet girl who loves to cuddle. We were outside most of the weekend and Ginger was with us - off her leash - and she stayed right around. All we had to do was call and she'd come. She has started to bark when people come to the house but she settles down once they come in and she has a chance to inspect them. She is very good about not jumping up on people. We may have a chance to she how she is with children since next week we are visiting my parents in Florida where there are kids next door. Ginger will be going with us - unless she is adopted this week. She is waiting for her forever home but it will be hard to let her go. Don't overlook this wonderful girl.
3/2/06 - Just a quick update. Ginger has been with us for almost 3 weeks. Today was the first time I have taken her outside, not on a leash and she was wonderful. She stayed right around me while I filled the birdfeeders and came promptly when called. She also had a lot of fun playing in the snow. The more I get to know Ginger the more impressed I am with how well trained she is.
- Ginger is a wonderful dog and who can resist those "flying nun" ears
of hers? I would love to adopt her but my husband says (and I have
to agree) that we are a one dog family. She has a lot of energy -
every time I go to put the dogs outside I have to coax my 7 year old
Ellie to get up and come - but Ginger is at the door at the first
mention of "out" - wiggling and bouncing to go out. Anyone
watching would think Ginger was 5 rather than 8 years old.
Her bark is not as hoarse since she finished the antibiotic. She
was really great about taking those great big pills - just a little
peanut butter and down they went. She is very gentle when taking her
treats and pills from
2/21/06 - Ginger went to
the vet today for her wellness check-up and she behaved very well.
Everything checked out OK except for a hoarse bark when she pulls
against her leash. The vet said the glands in her neck were
slightly enlarged so he gave her an antibiotic. Ginger has also
gained about 5 lb so she is looking much better. The vet found it hard
to believe she was 10 years old and placed her age closer to 8.
2/17/06 - Ginger has been here almost a week and has proved to be a wonderful dog. She is very sweet and loves to cuddle especially on my husband's lap in the evening. She is very good when left alone in the house and gets along with Ellie and my cats and so there is no need to use the crate. She has gotten into the garbage can so that has been relocated and so have her treats. If food is within her reach she tends to be very interested - but that is her only bad habit. We have been walking - taking advantage of the warmer weather - and she can heel (for short periods of time) and is getting better about not pulling on her leash. When she is outside, she is curious about everything and would love to chase the squirrels and birds. She will be a wonderful addition to a lucky family. She is anxiously waiting her forever home.
2/11/06 - Ginger arrived here Friday and has adjusted quite well to our household. She is a sweet, shy, small, light brindle boxer who is very energetic for her age. If it weren't for a little bit of gray around her muzzle she could pass for 10 month old. She likes to play with her rawhide bone - tossing it up in the air and pouncing on it when it falls. Initial introductions with my boxer, Ellie, and my two indoor cats, Pepper and Missky, went well. She has not met my outdoor cat, Monkey, yet. Ginger has mostly ignored the cats except for occasionally nosing them. She and Ellie have had a few issues - growling and barking - mostly over bones, food and beds - but no major fights. Ginger appears to be crate trained and had no problem sleeping in the crate last night. She knows most of the basic commands but is not real good with "off". She tends to pull when on the leash and does not seem to know how to heel. Ginger loves attention and is not much of a jumper. She would really love to be a lap dog as she tried to crawl up on my lap several times last evening.