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Today is my Rainbow Bridge Day.
Leave a bone for Ginger -10/31/97 to 3/31/12
Snapperhound, Gingey, Bestest Girl
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October 31st 1997
Riding in our VW convertible with the top down, doggles on, and ears in the wind!, FOOD, stalking tree rats, drive-throughs that give out treats, did I say FOOD?!?
Mail Trucks, people who don't talk to her, tree rats that get away, drive-throughs that don't give out dog cookies.
A fuzzy "lovey" she's had since the day we brought her home.
Any off-leash dog park.
Shaking right & left; sneezing on command; balancing a treat on the end of her nose then tossing it up and catching it in her mouth.
Ginger and her 12 siblings were born at a house in the middle of a cotton field. We answered an ad in the classifieds the day after Christmas. She claimed us as her humans, protesting when we even looked at anyone else! As she snuggled in my arms in the car, her mother ran next to the car until we reached the end of the road. Ginger never looked back.
Ginger travels with us, and has impeccable hotel manners. My husband and I love her so very deeply--and she is loved by all who know her. For 11 years she has been a furry preschooler, making visits to the school where I teach. This year the Montessori class celebrated her birthday, with a special doggy cake and a ceremony. I held a globe while the two of us walked around a candle, symbolizing the sun. With each orbit, I told the children the story and highlights of her life. They were very respectful and delighted with the celebration. Ginger loves the children as much as they love her. Our bestest girl left our family the same way she entered it: in my arms. Thank you for 14+ years of love, devotion, and blessings, my sweet angel!
Carpe diem, y'all!
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May 19th 2012 10:11 pm
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If you are reading this, it is because my Momma is telling you that I crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on March 31, 2012--exactly 14 years, 5 months to the day.
I was one of 13 puppies born on Halloween. I chose my momma and daddy--wouldn't let them even consider any of my sibs. As we left I snuggled into my momma's arms, and never looked back although my mama dog ran alongside the truck. That was the day after Christmas, 1997.
I lived a charmed life. Momma and Daddy took me everywhere--I was never boarded when they traveled. I earned a bat charm for my collar when we went caving in the Ozarks. I tried to bring home a dead dolphin from Dauphin Island, Alabama. My hotel skills were impeccable. Always a welcome traveler wherever we stayed. I never met a stranger in my life!
I miss my preschool children. Every Friday I spent the day with them at school. I spent my last Friday eating birthday pizza and hunting chipmunks with my children.
On Saturday I said good bye to Daddy before he went to work. An hour later Momma brought home groceries and put them away. I guess I looked strange, 'cause Momma lifted me on to the futon. She put her arms around me, I looked at her, and took my last few breaths. I passed easy and peaceful, leaving my family exactly the way I came into it: snuggled in the loving arms of my Momma.
March 7th 2010 11:19 pm
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I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR! As soon as the temp gets up into the upper 60's, Mommy puts the top down on the Beetle--TODAY WAS THE DAY! Oh, glorious wind in my ears and peeps taking my photo at stop lights.
I wore the silver Doggles with the skulls and crossbones on them. Geez I looked good. I sat sideways in the front seat so that the folks in the cars next to us COULD NOT HELP BUT NOTICE THE GOOD LOOKING DOG WEARING SHADES IN THE CONVERTIBLE! I think that seeing me is like the cherry on top of a sundae--an unexpected visual delight on an otherwise scrumptious warm, sunny day!
Mama popped the Red Hot Chilis into the CD player, cranked the stereo, and we were cruisin' and groovin'. People smiled. People laughed. I am so happy even now--hours later. I hope tomorrow is another pretty day. If so, I will plant myself under where Mama hangs her car keys-- until she takes me cruisin' topless again!
February 26th 2010 8:24 pm
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My day didn't start out very well, but it just kept getting better. Mama had her bug piled high with packages to send to Daddy and a bunch of soldiers in the Middle East. There was no room for me to go--and it's Friday--my go-to-school-with-mommy-day!
It seems that ALL of my furless pack were ASKING WHY I WASN'T THERE? "Where's Ginger?" "Why is Ginger at your house?" "Please go get her!" Mama finally gave in around 10:00 while the kids were in the art studio. She did a fly-by through the post office and came home to get ME!
Well, on the way out of the house, neither of us saw the mail man lurking just out of our sight, sorting through his mail. It wasn't the regular mail man who is my friend, but I pulled away from Mama while she locked the door, wagging my tail in greeting.
He hit me on the head with his bag! Well, I decided that I didn't like the bag, and attempted to grab it! Mama told me to stop and grabbed my leash; telling the man that I was being FRIENDLY. She was mad that he hit me, but now she's worried that he'll report me as being an aggressive dog and I'll be quarantined. I told her not to worry--I left no teeth marks on anything--not worth the bother of the paperwork involved.
Anyways--I WENT TO SEE MY CHILDREN! They were all so happy and hugged all over me! Gosh I love it when they let me be the center of their universe! I ate cheerios for snack, and then stayed for lunch. In addition to two pizza crusts, a dorito, and several goldfish crackers that fell on the floor, I got to lick out a strawberry yogurt container. My BIG SCORE was an entire half of a PB&J sandwich that didn't quite make it into the trash.
It was in my mouth before any grown-ups even realized it was on the floor!
Then everyone (including me) took a nap. In the afternoon our snack was pretzels and ranch dip in tiny little cups just perfect for me to lick cleans with a swipe of my tongue.
We went outside, and all of my friends helped me dig for chipmunks before going home.
I thought we'd do the same, but instead WE WENT TO THE THREE DOG BAKERY! I was beside myself with joy--more free food tastes and treats for the house! I met a Great Dane named Cicely and a King Charles Spaniel named Hoover. The new owners OFFERED ME A JOB AS A GREETER--imagine that! They were impressed with both my people and dog skills. Mama was flattered for me, but said that we lived too far away for me to accept. *Sigh.
Mama bought each of us girls a BUFF BITES Buffalo Baked Shin Bone--we were on a waiting list waiting for them to come in! Let me tell you--they are delish--more than worth the wait! Friends--tell your pawrents to be on the look-out for them! No preservatives nor added color/flavor--raised in Colorado by Rocky Plains, LLP. We are already on the list for the next shipment to come in! Right now Louise is asleep with her head lovingly draped over one end of her bone, while her paws are curled around the other end!
All in all it's been an awesome day! If it's nice tomorrow, Mama says we're all going for an adventure--I can't wait to see what it is!
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