Nicknames: Gingerly, Gingie, Baby, Pie, Sweet, Gin-gin, Gingerbread, Brat
Likes: Swimming, retrieving, hiking, agility, carting, Dog Scout outings, freestyle, going to festivals/events, vacations, other animals, and going to her friends houses.
Pet-Peeves: People who pass by her on a walk without petting her!!
Favorite Toy: Tennis balls, her pink bunny, sticks, and 'Material Dog' ducks/squirrels.
Favorite Food: Timberwolf Organics kibble, fish, raw food, veggies, fruit... Oh and Ginger LOVES bread especially Challah!
Favorite Walk: Montrose Dog Beach, Going to the park where she sees a lot of kids who will pet her, going backpacking and walking to friends houses.
Best Tricks: Shake hands, Sit up (beg), jump, "Bang" aka play dead, roll over, hold a biscuit on her nose, agility such as balance on a beam/board/dogwalk...
Arrival Story: -- link removed --
I found Ginger as a stray in 1997 in the middle of the winter.
She was running loose in a park, chasing ducks. I thought at first someone was just letting her play off leash, so I called her over and held onto her for a while. No one came to claim her, so I ended up bringing her home...
When I first found Ginger, she was pretty shy and scared of many new people, places, and noises and was afraid of raised hands or voices.
I did a LOT of socialization with her, mainly just by taking her as many places as I could. I also took her to obedience class which helped a LOT! We later took agility which also was a great help to her confidence.
Ginger was a stray, and there are many more strays and shelter dogs looking for homes. Please consider adopting one!
Bio: Ginger is a Dog Scout(DSA), Therapy Dog(TD), and has passed the CGC and the ATTS temperament test. She does animal-assisted therapy with Chenny Troupe and Sit Stay Read. She enjoys a lot of other activities as well, as you can see from her "likes".
Ginger is also the inspiration and "spokesdog" for my website for Chicago-area dog owners/lovers, Chicago Canine (www.chicagocanine.com)
Ginger is a city dog for sure... She's at home running at the beach or walking through downtown Chicago. Sirens, trains rattling overhead and other typical city sounds don't faze her in the least anymore- when I first found her she was shy of loud noises, but with some help she was able to overcome that completely. Although she is a city dog she's just as happy hiking at a national park or at a cabin in the woods on vacation. Ginger LOVES going to the woods or forest preserve to hike!
Ginger comes along on every vacation and has been to Maine, NYC, Adirondacks NY, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania...
We strongly believe in spaying and neutering all pet dogs and adoption and rescue!
I was very sick on Monday night... I was gagging and my stomach was hard so I had to go to the emergency room. My mom was afraid it was something called "Bloat" and she was right. My stomach was bloated and twisted so I had to get emergency surgery. It was very scary! Mom kept crying and I didn't understand why... I had to stay there all night and then in the morning mom came and picked me up and took me to my normal vet. I refused to go into the back with the nurse who I didn't know, so the other nurse who I know told mom to come back with me so I would not be scared. I had to stay there all day and then finally I got to go home last night. I felt very bad. My stomach hurt and I was so tired I slept the whole night. My mom kept lying her head on my chest because the vet told her that I could get heart problems and she needed to check my heart.
Today I went back to my vet. I kept telling mom we should go back home, I thought she was going to leave me there again so I whined and whined (which I usually NEVER do, it's too undignified.) Mom didn't leave me there that time. Instead she walked me to the back of the office and they attached some metal things to me to listen to my heart. It sounded good. Then they took some blood and I wagged my tail like I always do when I get treatments. After that I got to go back home to rest. My vet says I am recovering well, but I still need to be watched.
Oh no, I am so worried! My boyfriend Legolas the kitty is missing! (In my profile pic, that's a photo of me with him when he was a little kitten-- he's 2 years old now.) He belongs to friend of my human, and we just love each other...I even gave him a Valentine on Valentine's Day!
My human talked to his human on Wed night and found out Legolas has been missing since Tuesday morning!
The worst part is that when his human called the AVID microchip company to report he was missing she found out there was a problem with his microchip number! Someone else was registered as the owner of the cat with that number! When AVID called the phone # who the chip was registered to, the person said they had adopted a cat with the same description as Legolas from the same shelter where he came from, with the same name that was on his paperwork from the shelter! It's really weird! Legolas's human thinks maybe the shelter mixed up the two cats' paperwork or something, which means the microchip number that his human has might not be the correct number so if someone finds him and scans the chip she doesn't know who it will be listed as registered to!
Yesterday, my human and I went to his house and we walked all over the neighborhood to see if maybe I might be able to scent where he had gone or maybe he would smell me and come out, but no luck... I did seem to be interested in some areas near the house, but we did not find him. :( I am very worried about him because it is going to be very cold tonight, it's already down to 23 degrees! Tomorrow and Sunday are supposed to bring freezing rain and snow...
Ok my human wants to write now, she knows more about all this technical medical stuff so I will let her write this entry...
Po or Ginger is having one problem after another... A few weeks ago I noticed a swelling on one of Ginger's front legs. Of course I was very concerned. I took her into the vet right away. She took x-rays which showed it was in the bone but were not conclusive as to a diagnosis. The worry was osteosarcoma (bone cancer) so we were sent to a specialist for a bone biopsy. The surgeon we were going to see was not available at the specialty center so I made an appointment with the oncologist there instead.
She took a look and did new x-rays because the quality of the others wasn't great... We also got chest x-rays which we clear. She was still concerned about osteosarcoma but she said that the appearance was not the normal look for that condition because the lump was not in the usual place it is with that, the view on the x-ray was not the normal way it looks, and Ginger had no pain or limping. She recommended doing a bone biopsy. The oncologist consulted with a radiologist but still they were not sure from the x-rays what the cause of the bone swelling was.. We went ahead with the bone biopsy which was done about a week later after the doctor consulted with some other vets. When we finally had the results of that, it was also inconclusive, not consistent with cancer cells but the vet said we still could not rule it out. The options were to do another bone biopsy which could cause a fracture and may likely yield the same results (the vet thought she got a pretty good sample the first time) or wait a month and do x-rays again. My regular vet recommended trying a course of antibiotics just to see if there is any result. So now we are waiting to do the next set of x-rays and see if we find anything more then...
Then last weekend we went dog event and I noticed Ginger drooling at the event. I thought maybe she was stressed or hot, and she stopped after we left the event so I didn't think about it much more. Then very early Monday morning she couldn't eat. I put her food down as usual, came back and it was still there. I watched her try to eat and she would pick up some food, drool, and spit it back out. I looked in her mouth thinking maybe something was caught there, and found her tongue seemed to be oddly twisted to one side. I was really scared and got an appointment with her regular vet right away that morning. Her regualar vet looked at it and she thought it might be squamous cell carcinoma (type of cancer) and that would explain her leg swelling as well. I was so worried, I couldn't even eat anything all that day and the next morning... When I went home I called the oncologist, and set up an appointment with her for the next day. That night I had to hand-feed Ginger by dropping wet food in the back of her mouth because she could not move her tongue or swallow very well.
When we got to the oncologist, she examined Ginger's mouth and said she could not see any tumor at all, just swollen tongue and mouth. She took Ginger in the back to have a few other specialists take a look and they agreed with her. They decided to sedate her so they could see how it appeared under anesthesia and do a biopsy. She came back out and told me what she found. There was sort of a blood blister on Ginger's tongue way in the back of her mouth and when she opened that up she found there was a pocket of air actually inside Ginger's tongue, which was very swollen. She did a biopsy and culture, and said it may possibly be some kind of infection or even a result of a sting or bite... She gave Ginger a steroid shot and antibiotics. She said she never saw anything exactly like that before so she's not sure of the cause.
Ginger started to improve a little the night she got home from the specialist. She is doing a LOT better now, she can eat and drink normally although her tongue seems to be a little painful still. Hopefully her improvement means it was just a sting or something like that... So it seems that likely the mouth problem and the leg problem are totally unrelated, she is just very unlucky to have both happen at the same time!
She's now on 2 types of antibiotics and I am still waiting for the results of the biopsy/culture of her mouth, and then we have to wait a few more weeks to do more x-rays of her leg. Poor girl...
Ok it's me Ginger again... Well there you have it. That's what has been going on with me lately. I don't understand most of it but I know I keep having to go see the vet and stuff... I like my vet but I don't like when they poke me with things, even though I wag my tail and let them do it!
It's no fair because for the last few weeks they keep going on walks without me! My brother Pooch gets to go but I have to stay home...something about making sure my leg heals. Phooey.