My journey with Ginger started back in 2004.My husband came from a family filled with kids and pets, I have a sister and growing up we had a bird and two turtles. My husband spent the better part of the twenty years we been married trying to convince me to get a dog, we had a cat, Spooky who ran from everyone and everybody, I was happy Jim, Spooky and I, we were a family. However Jim continue his mission., he often talked about the Labradoodles,part lab and part poodle they don't shed and are hypoallergenic . So..we started looking ,we found a breeder and once the litter was born we were called. Ginger was born on February 14, 2004,we met her and her brother in June, when they both came into the room we were in, Ginger walked over to Jim sat on his sneaker and urinated so you see Ginger choose us. When we got home Ginger ran upstairs, Spooky took off ran under the bed and the two never became friends. We only had Ginger a few days when she developed a cough we had an appointment with the vet a few days later but the cough became worse and Ginger stopped eating. I called my vet who was closed for the weekend but left a number of the covering center, so off we went to the emergency center. Ginger had pneumonia and ended up staying at that center for almost two weeks receiving antibiotics and IV fluids, we were so impressed with her care and the medical staff that KBVC became our new Veterinary practice. Once home Ginger started to thrive and the puppy who was to be around 40 lbs started to grow. Ginger loved all things and all people. Give her a piece of banana or a peanut butter treat and she was in heaven. She also loved the snow she would eat it, roll in it, get it up her nose she would sleep in it if we let her. Ginger was very clingy Jim called her the Velcro dog, he said she would outgrow it but she never did ,she always wanted to be with you, if you were watching TV and got up to go into the kitchen she would follow you, if I was washing cloths and went up and down the steps ten times she was right beside me. Jim and I would sit on the cough and Ginger would sit between us, all 75 lbs. of her, when Jim hugged me Ginger was always between us. On the weekends when Jim was watching TV and I was in the kitchen cooking, Ginger would stay in the dining room so she was again between us. Over the years I've had my share of health issue's Ginger always seemed to know when I wasn't well, she would sit on the cough or bed with me, she saw me through a few surgeries too. In December of 2008 Ginger started to act strange, she spent a lot of time under the dining room table and when Jim and I sat on the cough she would watch us from a distance. I couldn't put my finger on it but I knew something was wrong. There were days when Ginger appeared to be her old self and then days when she wouldn't eat ,she started to have some trouble with elimination. I'll never forget the day we took her to the Vet they took an x-ray of her belly thinking maybe she had an obstruction what they saw were her enlarged lymph nodes that were putting pressure on her rectum ,my baby who was only 4 had lymphoma. We were able to meet with one of the oncologist who explained the course of treatment , the risks and the fact that Ginger would not be cured, she would hopefully go into remission and stay in remission, she also gave us the percentage rate of that, I was so sure my Ginger would beat the odds, she would go into remission and stay in remission and go on to live a long life and became an "old dog". We started the chemotherapy that December, Ginger went into remission after her first treatment and she stayed in remission until October of 2009. Ginger never really got sick she handled the chemotherapy well to look at her you would never have known she had cancer. We completed the protocol and were seeing our oncologist monthly at that time, it was on her routine exam she felt Ginger's nodes had enlarged. I wanted to started the protocol again, I just was not ready to say goodbye to her. We stared the second round of chemotherapy that October, Ginger went right back into remission however by February she was out of remission, she only stayed in remission 4 months, she was still receiving the chemotherapy when she came out of remission the last time. Our options were to try "rescue drugs" which are other types of chemotherapy agents or just to keep her comfortable. The odds of Ginger obtaining another remission with the rescue drugs were very low, she would only have a few months either way, we decided on keeping her comfortable. I wanted to prolong Ginger's life not her death.|
So on March 1st after her favorite flat bread sandwich, a walk in the park and a snow snack we put Ginger to sleep, it was very peaceful and painless it was the hardest thing I've ever done.
The house is so quiet without her, Ginger now rests in her favorite room, no more pain or suffering.
I miss Ginger everday,they say it gets better with time, I'm waiting...............................................
Until we meet again Love Sponge, you will always be in my heart.
I Loved You Best
So this is where we part, My Friend,
and you'll run on, around the bend,
gone from sight, but not from mind,
new pleasures there you'll surely find.
I will go on, I'll find the strength,
life measures quality, not its length.
One long embrace before you leave,
share one last look, before I grieve.
There are others, that much is true,
but they be they, and they aren't you.
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,
will remember well all you've taught.
Your place I'll hold, you will be missed,
the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.
And as you journey to your final rest,
take with you this ... I loved you best.
I miss you Ginger...................
September 13, 2010
I'm still here..............
Friend,please don't mourn for me,I'm still here though you don't see.
I'm right by your side each night and day,and within your heart I long to stay.
My body is gone but I'm always near,I'm everything that you feel,see and hear.
My spirit is free but I'll never depart as long as you keep in alive in your heart.
I'll never wander out of your sight....I'm the brightest star on a summer night.
I'll never be beyond your reach,I'm the warm moist sand when your at the beach.
I'm the colorful leaves when the fall comes around and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I'm the beautiful flowers of which your so fond,the cool clear water in a quiet pond.
I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring, the first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine and you'll see that the face in the moon is mine.
When you start thinking that there's no one to love you, you can speak to me through the Lord above you.
I'll whisper my answers through the leaves on the trees and you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.
I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I'm the smile that you see on a baby's face,just look for me friend....I'm everyplace........
Ginger, thank you for the rainbow............................................................
I love you
November 15 2010
Hi Baby,thank you for meeting Rebecca. I needed to know your O.K. and now knowing your happy and understand all that happened to you makes my heart feel lighter.I love that you're coming back to me. I'll wait until you know the time is right.I know you'll visit me when you know I can handle it and the time is right. I'll try to feel better. I love you, Love Sponge..................
December 24 2010
Merry Christmas Ginger...I miss you
February 14 2011
Happy Birthday Ginger.....I love and miss you.
March 1 2011
My Dear Ginger
I can't believe it's been a year since you past over the Bridge....I know you healthy,happy and cancer free.
Please send me your love and light,I need to feel your energy.I love and miss you.You will always have a special place in my heart.I'll never forget you,please never forget me.Please watch over me and when your ready send your spirit back......Please Love Sponge land your angel wings on my shoulder.
February 14, 2012
Happy Birthday Ginger... I love and miss you,please visit my dreams...
March 1 2012
My Dear Ginger
I can't beleve it has been two years since I last kissed your beautiful face.Happy second Anniversary with God.I love and miss you everyday.Please visit my dreams. Thankyou for sending us Bayne, I see you in her eyes.
Ginger there's a special place in my heart just for you...always and forever....Please never forget me, I'll never forget you.
I miss you everyday, please visit my dreams. Thank you for the butterflies and the rainbows.
I need to spend time with you.
February 14, 2013
Happy 9th Birthday, I can't believe it's been almost three years since I kissed your sweet face.
I miss you every day. Please don't ever forget me because I'll never forget you. I'll carry you in my heart forever. I know you're in a beautiful place, free from sickness and pain, but it still hurts not having you here.
March 1, 2013
Happy 3rd Anniversary, I can't believe you have been at the Rainbow Bridge for 3 years, it still feels like you just left me yesterday. Ginger I love and miss you; I'm trying desperately to connect with you. I know you're in a better place, healthy and free, now you are able to do all the things you were deprived of. I miss you baby, I carry you in my heart always.......
My Dear Ginger
Happy, Happy Birthday...
Today you are 10 years old, a good old dog of that I'm certain. Life has a way of continuing even when you don't believe it will or should.... I find myself wondering often what life would be like if you were still here with me. Is a loss from cancer easier than a loss from old age? Would it have been harder to watch the quality of your life diminish due to age? These are questions that will never be answered. I miss you every day and I'm still waiting for you to visit my dreams, I can only hope that when you're ready you will. Please don't ever forget me Love Sponge because I'll never forget you. You will live in my heart forever. I need to connect with you more now than ever for these next few weeks are very hard for me. I love you Ginger, please never forget that and I can't wait to see you again.
March 1, 2014
My Dear Sweet Pea
Happy 4th Anniversary with God and all your friends at the Rainbow Bridge. I hope today is full of fun and you are enjoying doing all the things you couldn't do while you were here with us. I still think about you every day and miss you like crazy. I know these last 4 years have been easy and carefree for you, for that I will always be thankful, but these last 4 years have been very hard for me. I'm still waiting for you to visit my dreams, I've waited 4 years but I'll wait my lifetime for you to visit, I know you will when you feel the time is right and I'm strong enough to handle it. Go run and chase rainbows and enjoy the sun. Please wait for me and guide me when my time comes. I miss you Ginger, you will forever be in my heart.
February 14, 2015
Happy 11th Birthday Ginger, my dear dear Ginger. I can't believe how the years have passed or how quickly times goes..................
It seem just like yesterday we were together, the ride home from the breeder and all my happy memories of you. I still think about you every day and every night I still ask you to visit my dreams, I need to believe that one day you will.
I will continue to wait but not too patiently I'm sure...................
I know in my heart you are happy, healthy and cancer free, enjoying your days in the sun with all of your friends. Please remember me and send me a sign that you're well and miss us too.
Happy, happy day my little one, I miss you still.....................
You will forever be in my heart.
Love always and forever
March 1, 2015
Happy 5th Anniversary with God, I can't believe it's been 5 years, it seems like yesterday .........
Thank you for sending us Bayne, she really needed a family and I didn't know how much I needed her, I see you in her eyes. I know you are her Guardian Angel, thank you for keeping her safe, please keep her well too..................
I miss you baby and I think about your every day.
Please visit my dreams
January 10, 2016
Thank you for the rainbow................
I miss you Ginger, please visit my dreams.....
Stay with Grandpa until we can be together
I love you ........
February 14, 2016
My Dear Ginger
Today would have been your 12th Birthday, I know you're having a great time with all your friends, everyone's running and playing just enjoying the moment.
Where has the time gone....
I often wonder what life would have had in store for us........
I think about you and miss you every day.
Run and play enjoy all the things you never experienced here.
You will always remain in my heart.
I continue to wait for you to visit my dreams; I have to hope that one night you will.
I love you baby, Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine's Day
March 1, 2016
My Dear Ginger
Today is your 6th Anniversary with God; you have been with him the same length of time you were with me. I know you're healthy, happy and cancer free, living the way you were meant to live. Please stay with Grandpa; I know you will never be lonely now that he's with you.
I still think about you every day and I continue to wait for you to visit my dreams.
It's been such a long time and I'm trying to be patient, but I have to hope that one night you will........Thank you for sending me Bayne, I know you're watching over her, keeping her safe and healthy, continue to be her Guardian Angel.
Ginger I love and miss you.
Rest easy my gentle soul.
January 5, 2017
My Dear Ginger
Spooky passed over to the Rainbow Bridge today, I need you to find her and keep her with you, Grandma and Grandpa who she knew, tolerated and loved as the " contractor".
She was 19, I know she had a good life with us, remember ..............
Play, run, and rest while you wait for me to join you.
I love and miss you everyday, please keep us all safe.
My Dear Ginger February 14, 2017
Today is a special day for me, it would have been your 13th Birthday, and I always celebrate your Birthday day in my heart. I find this Birthday to be especially hard, you now are gone longer than you were with us and that seems unreal to me.
My heart continues to miss you every day, knowing your well, happy and enjoying life makes it better but not being with you is still hard.
Stay with Grandma and Grandpa and don't forget Aunt Sue, we all knew she loved you even though she didn't like to touch you....
Please keep Spooky with you, I know she was difficult and gave you a hard time but she did mellow with age and I want you all to stay together.
I know I ask often but I'm still waiting for you to visit my dreams........
I love and miss you Love Sponge, you're always in my Heart.
Today is filled with memories, with happiness and tears
of Birthday celebrations we've shared throughout the years
and though I'll always miss you, the endless joy you brought
warms my heart with gratitude and fills my every thought.
Wherever you are resting, I hope that you can see
how precious and uplifting your memory is to me.
I hope that you are with me in everything I do
so I'll celebrate your Birthday, but I'll spend it missing you.
Happy Birthday my dear, sweet, Ginger I hope you are having fun wherever you may be.
I know in my heart that you are watching over me.
Good Morning my Angel March 1, 2017
Happy 7 Th Anniversary with God......I can't believe you have been gone 7 long years.
I think about you every day and hold you in my heart in a very special place.
I know you, Grandma, Grandpa and Spooky are all together .....
While driving home yesterday we saw 3 rainbows, I noticed we were driving past the park that we used to walk in, the park where we sat and shared a flat bread sandwich before that last trip to see Dr. Gill. I pass that park everyday and I feel somehow closer to you there, maybe it's because that was the only place I felt was safe for you and a piece of your spirit will always be there.
Whenever I see a rainbow or a butterfly I immediately think of you.......
I still look for signs and messages from you, letting me know you're OK.... and I will continue to.......I will always love you, I will never forget you.... I will patiently wait for you to visit....and I will always carry you in my heart.
Please never forget me and please wait for me......for knowing you are there when my time comes will make it less scary.
February, 14, 2018
Happy Birthday Love Sponge ......I hope you have a fun day at the bridge with all your friends. I know the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it's full of rainbows and butterflies. I can't help but feel sad today, I miss you so................maybe send me a sign that your OK and doing fine.
I'm still waiting for you to visit my dreams; I know one day you will.... I love and miss you Ginger more than you will ever know. Be a good girl and keep an eye on Spooky, I know she's not far away, maybe just hiding behind you.
All my love
March 1, 2018
My Dear sweet Ginger
Happy 8th Anniversary with God, another year has passed; I can't believe it........8 years since you left us.....at times it still feels like yesterday. More times than not we smile or laugh at a memory, but memories will always remain bittersweet. Thank you for sending us Bayne, I see you in her and thank you for being her Guardian Angel, please keep her cancer free..... I think of you always, I carry you in my heart and every time I see a rainbow or a butterfly I know you are here. I'm still waiting for you to visit my dreams, I have to believe when you feel the time is right you will come....I will wait...Please stay with Grandma and Grandpa and don't forget Spooky, you may not always see her remember how she used to hide so she might just be behind you...still hiding.
I miss you baby, I always will please stay young and healthy while you wait for me .....
My Dear Ginger February 14, 2019
Happy happy Birthday baby, I know you will have a great day celebrating with all the people who love you. Spend the day enjoying yourself and please think of me......I wish we were together......You've been gone 9 years and it still feels like yesterday, I continue to hope you will visit my dreams and I look for signs that you are near, when I see a butterfly or a rainbow I always hope you have sent them to me.....I miss you Love Sponge.......more then you know.
You will always be in my heart, I love and miss you.
My Dear Ginger March 1,2019
Happy Ninth Anniversary with God..... The decision made on this day so long ago still haunts me; it's still the hardest decision I ever had to make. I hope you understand and forgive me; we needed to do what was best for you and clearly you were ready to go.....but I wasn't ready for you to leave.... I continue to hope you will visit my dreams but after all this time I'm starting to think you have different plans....
I know you are no longer alone; Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Sue are all with you, not to mention Spooky...... whom I'm sure is always hiding but never too far away from you.
Knowing you are all together makes you not being here with me a little easier. Today will be difficult but I will continue to look for signs that you might visit... I know you are in a better place, happy healthy and cancer free, enjoy the sunshine and the warmth but most importantly enjoy the love from all your family and from me....I love and miss you everyday.....
February 14, 2020
My Dear Ginger
Happy Birthday sweetie pie, where has the time gone.....I know you will be celebrating with Grandma and Grandpa, and everyone else who loves you. Please think of me for you are always in my heart and a day never goes by that I don't think about you or talk to you.....
I continue to look for signs that you are here, I always will....... I believe when I see a butterfly or a rainbow you are near........I miss you Ginger, have a wonderful party, be a good girl, run free and enjoy yourself.....and please don't forget me.......
Dear Ginger March 1, 2020
Another year with God, Grandma, Grandpa and Spooky. I'm sure you are having a great time; I know they are taking good care of you. I hope Grandma gives you a banana every night. Knowing you are not alone gives me comfort, I still miss you every day.......
I can't believe your gone 10 years.....at times it still feels like yesterday....I want you to enjoy the sun and the warmth, I hope you are spending your days having fun, running and playing there was so much I wanted to do with you but we weren't able to do much, I do hope you know how much you were loved and still are....I miss you every day Love Sponge....Please don't forget me Ginger, I need to know we will be together again..... Happy 10th Anniversary in Heaven....