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Thank you all for the condolences on our loss of Ginger. She was truly the sweetest creature and I’ve often wondered why an animal can display such perfect consideration, deference and good manners that many humans cannot seem to achieve or even bother to aspire to. Maybe it’s because Ginger, and other pets like her, was motivated by a simple love of her fellow family pets and her humans that framed every interaction she had. Something to ponder.

On to the business of administering a blog…

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  • Susan May 9, 2011, 9:08 am

    Well, a veterinarian friend of mine has a saying whenever a client comes in asking about the way their pet is acting. He would tell them, “Pets take on the personalities of their owners.” 🙂

  • Kitty Lizard May 9, 2011, 9:35 am

    Dean Koontz wrote that he felt that the creature most created in God’s image was not the one that walked on two legs but the one that padded on all fours, with its tail wagging. I have found that to be true for all of my life. In 2002, I adopted a small puppy. A week later, I suffered a near fatal accident. I was in bed for a year. That little guy was in bed with me the whole time. When I was having a bad day, and I had a lot of them, he would crawl up my chest and nuzzle his head into my neck. He kept me going. In a way, he saved my life. 8 years later, he never leaves my side. I feel that Dean Koontz had a true insight. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  • Xtina May 9, 2011, 11:17 am

    The reason why animals can display such perfect emotions and actions is because their hearts and motives are pure. Human beings can take a lesson from that.

  • Kaora May 9, 2011, 1:36 pm

    With Kitty Lizard; Dean Kootz has many good books about his lab and how wonderful Trixie (the lab) was. I had my Nikki when I was younger, best, energetic, happy, friendly dog on the planet, and it still tears me up at how she waited for us to come home from Vegas on that final week, brain cancer and all. I trust Ginger was the same, a good, loyal dog, who you wouldn’t change for the world.

    She’s now waiting on the other side, if you choose to believe it, painfree and happy, chasing all those little rabbits and tennis balls. If you so believe it, you will see her once again.

  • AS May 9, 2011, 2:01 pm

    This question reminds me of a dog I knew when I was a small girl. When I was around 7 or 8 years old, I remember a friend of my mother who had adopted a dog with an ill temper. He (the dog) was ill-treated by the previous owners that made him the way he was. My mother’s friend and her husband loved the dog, and so did my parents and I. At one point, the friends were moving to a different house, but the lease ended before the new lease started, and hence they stayed with us.

    One day, for some reason, the dog got angry and bit my mother’s hands real bad (she had to have stitches). But then he felt so guilty that he’d always walk around with his head bowed down, and tail in between his legs, and spent all the time under my mother’s bed or by her side coming out only to eat and do his daily routine. He was that way for days, and no matter how much all of us tried to pet him and make him feel less guilty, he’ll still be that way. Eventually, the friends moved out to their new apartment, and the dog seemed to feel better as my mother’s hands healed. He died a few years later. He was never a jumpy-cuddly dog until the end, but he’d always wag his tail whenever he saw us. It was nice to know that he got to stay with loving family towards the end of his life.

    I can go on and on about all the dogs, cats, bird (including stray crows), squirrels, cows and several other in my life. I have never known what they think, or how they can be the way they are. But all animals are such wonderful creatures that once you open your heart to them, they’ll never fail to fill it up with love and affection.

  • Enna May 9, 2011, 4:00 pm

    It’s important to support each other during distressing times. Ginger was a good pet who responded to care and love she recieved from such a caring owner.

  • Louise May 9, 2011, 4:11 pm

    Kitty Lizard, that’s a sweet story, and a sweet quote by Dean Koontz. I’m down with that.

    We adore our dog, but we have to say … he’s got no manners. 😛

  • Doris May 9, 2011, 6:52 pm

    Thank you for bring to my mind memories of a loving pet. One time, I was so ill I couldn’t even crawl out of the bathroom. He stayed beside me all night and licked my tears away. (Yeah, that’s kind of gross, but he took better care of me that night than my parents did.)

  • Iris May 10, 2011, 5:42 am

    @Louise – ours either 😀

    If my youngest daughter grows up and finds a life partner who will love her anywhere near as truly and unconditionally and patiently as our dog does I will be a happy woman. I mean, we all love him but they have something really special. It is a joy to behold.

  • Andi May 10, 2011, 11:36 am

    So sorry on the loss of your beloved Ginger!! There’s nothing like a sweet pet to love you and help with the heartache in your life with their love and devotion, that’s for sure!! Our little dog has helped our family through a lot of hard times 🙂

  • Athena Carson May 10, 2011, 1:21 pm

    I admit I am not an indiscriminate dog lover, but I do know some dogs that I love like people. I understand how dogs can make wonderful “people,” and I am sorry for your loss.

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