Golden Retriever
Picture of Ginger, a female Golden Retriever

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Sun Sign:
Rainbow Bridge
Gotcha Date:
June 27th 2004

October 4th 1995

Ginger loves to go to Work

Favorite Toy:
Mr. Squeaky

Favorite Walk:
to "The PARK"

Best Tricks:
"drop and roll"

Arrival Story:
Ginger's arrival story is the result of a 2 year search for the perfect pet partner: A few years ago I was inspired by a therapy dog team who paid a visit to my workplace (a child advocacy center); I consulted with my colleagues and we agreed that having an on-site dog would be a wonderful asset to our work. I searched for just the right dog (online, shelters, rescue organizations) finally after 2 years of looking, I found Ginger at a local humane society. Ginger has a sweet nature and loves her role of greeter and nurturer at the center (just look into those eyes). Ginger was 9 years old at adoption, she is a golden retriever mix.

Her history: she was raised by a family with children; it is clear she was loved; it must have been a very difficult decision for her first family to release her for adoption, but I am so grateful to have her in my life. I signed up for a K-9 Obedience class right away - a refresher for Ginger who graduated with honors; training for me; teambuilding for both of us. She goes to work with me every day. She spends time with the children and their families at my workplace; she is adored by colleagues on site and in the community. Ginger's Favorite places are: Work, The Park, and The Vet. Ginger is a friendly dog; she greets everyone affectionately; she is particularly enthusiastic when encountering fellow canines. Ginger's Motto: When someone is facing a difficult situation; sit close by and nuzzle them.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
December 1st 2007 More than 8 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Dogster Id:

Meet my family
Abigail Mary Poppins MouseCharlie

Ginger's Days

Post Script

March 30th 2011 11:16 am
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Ginger passed away on March 3rd, 2011.
Although she never lost her sweet gentle nature, she was losing her joy. In addition to arthritis, she had been declining swiftly as a result of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (dementia).
Ginger joined the ABC House team in the summer of 2004 and quickly became a favorite of the children and their families as well as staff and community partners. Ginger provided the nurturing presence of a therapy dog at ABC House for 6 ½ years. She was 15 years old and will be fondly remembered for her gentle nature and friendly welcome.
I am blessed to have had her in my life.


Ginger’s year in review, 2007:

January 20th 2008 9:34 am
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This has been an exciting year: In June I celebrated 3 years at my job and with my new mom; in October I celebrated my 12th birthday. During the beginning of this year, I enjoyed so many lovely walks in the park and I got to play with my good doggy friends; then I started limping and mom and I slowed down a bit; we checked in with the doctor and it turns out I had injured my knee and needed surgery (TPLO); in August I remember going to one of my favorite places and seeing my favorite people – I went to sleep and when I woke up, my leg felt different – it was very scary; I got to go home that night but mom kept me home from work for a couple of weeks. And she gave me massages every day; I got to go back to my friends at The Vet for Hydrotherapy for a few months (gosh that was fun – it’s an underwater treadmill – see photo – WHAH technicians are Wonderful), this strengthened my legs and now (at the end of 2007) I am doing very well. I’m up to 30 minute walks in the neighborhood, I can climb stairs again; and I’m feeling great – ready for the adventure of 2008!

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