Monday, January 9, 2012

It's been 2 years ...

It's been 2 years ...

Here is what I wrote last year .....

it is January 9. The anniversary of Angel Ginger's diagnosis .... I had been dreading this anniversary , somehow more than the April 9 anniversary of her death ... it was the day my world fell apart, I know it sounds absurd, but I had not realized that dogs got cancer at such a young age (she was 4 and a half) and it had never occurred to me that a dog could be in apparent perfect health one day and the next, near death. I had many animals before in my life, they either died of old age, in a relatively peaceful way, or in a traumatic accident... I can remember my total meltdown, my total disbelief ... and my determination to do whatever I could to help my sweet red girl ... the 3 months that followed ... the ups and downs ... I still cannot read my daily journal all the way through, but i am glad I did chronicle Ginger's dance through the valley of the shadow of death ... i believe I learned more, about love, and courage, and compassion, and faith from those 3 months than the rest of my 64 years on this earth ... the wonderful people I met, some in 'real life', some on the internet ... the caring, the compassion ... and Angel Ginger's steadfast courage right to the end. My God what an experience. To those of you who were with me and Angel Ginger ... thank you for being a part of our journey. My life will never be the same.


And now another year has passed. And still this day is burned in my mind. In 2010, Jan 9 was a Saturday ... I got up and let the dogs out for their morning run, and my Angel Ginger just stood there. No running up to lick my face, no taking off like a red arrow to run joyously along the fence line ... she just stood there. And finally, slowly, followed me ... all the way down the hill... and back to the kennels. Slowly, so slowly. And she wouldnt eat. My sweet red girl with the voracious appetite ... not a bit. I took her iside tried to tempt her, finally she ate one small bite ... and then a little more, I was so relieved, I thought maybe she just had a stomach upset ... as the day wore on, she acted a little better, but she never pooped, I thought maybe a blockage? Frantically on the Internet, trying to find an answer. ... the next day, Sunday, she was no better, and ... she had a swelling in her abdomen ...took her to ER vet ... the Xrayed and did blood work and found a mass ...and high calcium levels in her blood ... and she was in renal failure ...we were at my regular vet the next day ... he said he'd never heard of a cancer popping up like this ... it took 2 days to get to oncologist, by this time my poor girl hadnt eaten at all ... but she was still trying to follow me ... the oncologist confirmed lymphoma, and started chemo and IV fluids, she was in hospital 2 weeks ... and then, I brought her home ... our battle only lasted 3 months, she fought so hard ... and she had good days, mostly... I do not regret trying the chemo, it did at least put her in partial remission, enough for the sublumbar lymph nodes (the only ones affected) to stop the pressure on her urethers, so she no longer was in renal failure ... and she gained back the weight she'd lost, and ... she ran again, ears flying joyously ...

I feel your spirit tonight, my sweet red girl ... and no, I will never forget.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Angel Ginger, it's been a year

My sweet red girl, my Ginger of the Flying Ears ... it's been a year since you left this earth... seems like yesterday, seems like a hundred years ago ... you had come to us in July 2008, escaped from a shelter down the road aways, came right to our gate and waited for my husband to come home, jumped in his truck and rode on in ... to your forever home, which only lasted a year and a half ... I have always loved Irish setters, used to have them years ago, but you, my dear, were the sweetest of them all ... I thank St. Francis for giving you to me, if only for such a short time ... it is so very hard to lose our animal companions, even if they live out their allotted span, but to lose you seemed so very unfair, you had such a rough life before you found us, and were so very happy with all the room to run, run, run ... with DB, Banshee and then Snoopy ... ah, you were such a dear girl. And you battled the evil lymphoma so courageously, came back from the edge, gave us 3 months to love you more, and then left us. After you passed on April 9 (a Friday last year), you came back several times and turned on the motion lights on the outbuildings (you'd do that of an evening, run around to all the buiildings, the lights flicking on as you passed ...) I've been watching tonight to see if perhaps ... but no. I guess your spirit is at rest now, waiting patiently for us to join you in the glorious place God has for us ... and I'm sure you're playing with the other dog angels, particularly Sadie,Isis and Bridie, who all passed in the same week last year ... dance on, my sweet red girl, until we meet again...

Notes from friends

Annette Van Der Walt Thinking of you tonight, hoping that the memories of your sweet girl will bring a smile to your face, remembering the greatness of a special dog that came into your life!

Christine Duff Neff Hugs to you MaryLou! Such a sad anniversary and such a tragic loss, but such a beautiful life!

Michelle Zak I read every post you've written on Ginger and she became a part of our family. You both found each other and shared such a tender time together.

Hugs and love to you Mary Lou!
Mona Nahorny Even while you miss your girl, you still find time and love to welcome others into your life. What a remarkable person you are, Mary Lou.

Susan Kellett Gue Beautiful post. I look forward to the day we can see our pups again. Until then, you keep doing the wonderful work you do, caring for the pack you have and all those pups that seek you out (like Corey and little Mattie). :)

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of birds circling in flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there.
I do not sleep...

Dear Mary Lou
That is so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures of Angel Ginger on FB. They clearly show her special nature. She is not only beautiful physically but she has a special presence, wise and loving.
The only way I can come to terms with losing Bridie as I did is to think of her as God-sent and God-taken. To offer the whole experience up. I feel it will take me a long time to discover why she came to me and to learn what she came to teach me. Sometimes I feel I'm not doing very well, too caught up with work and day to day living...
I feel Angel Ginger was a similar being. I feel for you at this time of grief. She wa so beautiful and so utterly devoted to you. I feel privileged to have your companionship in this journey. On we go...
love from Kathy

Thanks, dearest Mary Lou, for these absolutely marvellous lines!!!


Mary Lou,
A beautiful tribute for Ginger. They are never forgotten. Run sweet girl, run.
Mary Lou - Your letter to Ginger of the Flying Ears is lovely. She knew exactly what she was doing when she chose you. I am sorry it was so short, but am happy for her that her life ended in such a loving place. While we undoubtedly have loved and will love many animals in our lives, there are some that share a very unique bond that change us forever. It's a beautiful thing.

i remember that day she jumped in the truck.god told her she was going to a wonderful loving home. she lived a happy life. her spirit will always be with you. she has crossed over now and awaits you for that great reunion. sending many hugs as you remember sweet ginger and may her memorys help ease your pain. janice,angels charlie,lucy,cookie
Mary Lou
Gone but never ever forgotten! The memories we cherish is a testament to the love we shared. I thank God every day for entrusting these beautiful creatures to our care. Angel Ginger touched so many lives and that was her mission
Here on earth. And then one day God needed her more.
Celebrate her life & the memories you have of this special girl.
You know she is in your heart and always with you in spirit.
Angel Ginger you blessed so many during your life and I know you have a special place at the Bridge.
Mary Lou just reflect on the blessings that your girl gave to so many.
Hugs & prayers
Pat. Angel Sally
Bo & Tony
Mary Lou Hi,

I post here to passing as this is the place and I can so see ginger passing the buildings setting off the lights. I know folks will say they are never gone but, they have to move on to be with God I know this and their they will wait for us to come back home. It is so hard for me to write this because I know I have seen them here after death for a bit then there is a moment when you get your last look. There is a feeling of dis pare and peace all at the same time you want to call out for them to come back but, they vanish and your left with a blanket of peace and then Anger as if you know this was the last time. It is for real like a rain drop hitting the waters surface and the rings that float out from the droplet and soon the surface is as smooth as glass. When it rains look there into the puddle and see this happen it is like your life. This is the moment and death is the forever. We all have to make the best of the moment to know the reward of the forever and this is where they all are waiting for us all to join them.

Know you have loved hard and deep and so it is and will be like an echo off the mountain it shall one day be returned to you...... Ginger is in your hart and your in hers God Bless yours Peter D. Buckley
So beautifully written. They are with us always. I'm so happy that Ginger found a loving home even if it was a short time. She picked you to help her transition to the next dimension, and that is an honor.


Lisa Y and Angel Sadie
I thought about you and Ginger yesterday. It just came out of the blue. I
felt the heaviness and ache you must be feeling and I wanted you to know I
was there with you is my heart. When I lost Valerie, I felt as though my
child had died and it took a long time to put aside that pain. It never
truly goes away but at least the ache subsides with time. I hope you are
celebrating her life and not so much on he tragic death. She gave you so
much love, respect and she knew you were her special angel. She may be your
angel now but you were truly her angel when she needed you. God gave her to
you already knowing you were the proper one to take care of her. Her giving
you Corey was also a gift from God and you have given another dog who
wouldn't have otherwise had a great place to run, a home. My thoughts are
there for all of you this weekend. Love ya, Brenda
Mary Lou,

What a wonderful tribute. My tears are flowing again.
One thing Ginger had was a very good life with you. And lots of love.
Love, JoAnn
I can't believe its been a year either, yet at other times it seems like 100 years. I will never forget the month of April,our furbabies one after the other passing to the Bridge. I pray that you will concentrate on the wonderful positive memories that Ginger has left you.....My heart still hurts for the loss of your Ginger....I remember sitting and crying at my desk in work when I read in your blog that she had passed. I was so upset that I could not email you back.( firewall),,,,I knew then, a feeling in my heart told me that Isis did not have much time either.....and she did cross over on 4/17.
A candle is lit and prayers said ....God bless you.
Margie, Max and Isis
Good heavens, ML. You made me cry Big Time! Should have known not to read it. You are too good with words when it comes to your doggies. .... Kathy

Very dear post. I know you're glad to be remembering, no matter how difficult. She was a good, wonderful girl.

Janet E Tarbox

oh my how time goes by so swiftly... Ginger how I loved reading and learning
about this beautiful soul...... forever missed ... Ginger left paw prints on
many hearts ....Linda

dear Mary Lou,

anniversaries are in some ways as difficult as the actual day. i have felt crumby all day, headache and heart hurts.

blessings to your your sweet angel Ginger..

Carlene and Joysie (brn 5 Dec 2000, died 10 Oct 2010)

It does not seem that long since she left. I teared up again reading this. I never knew she was a shelter escapee. God bless you...she was brought to your family so she could enjoy the rest of her life and you provided her with love and devotion she may have never known....all the way to the end. Hugs.

Willowynd Collies

Mary Lou - It is so true, feels like yesterday, feels like forever ago all at the same time. You're words for Ginger are so loving. Thank you for sharing them.

All my best,

Mary Lou,

Hugs sent to you. No matter how much we say or believe death is not final, nothing seems more final to those of us left behind.

Jo Ann
The year anniversaries are the hardest. Yes your girl the sweet
girl with the flying ears will always be in your heart forever. At
this time we reflect on the joy they brought us and the sorrow
they are no longer with us.

God Bless,

Sweet Ginger ... an angel (((hugs))) Rebecca

Dear Mary Lou,

Ginger lives forever in your heart and in bright memories. Love is eternal.

Lynn G in Los Angeles with Mickey and Lotus, and angels Bingo and Simba

Sunday, January 30, 2011

January 9, 2011: The anniversary of Angel Ginger's diagnosis

As I was writing tonights weekly update for my Companions blog, I realized ... it is January 9. The anniversary of Angel Ginger's diagnosis .... I had been dreading this anniversary , somehow more than the April 9 anniversary of her death ... it was the day my world fell apart, I know it sounds absurd, but I had not realized that dogs got cancer at such a young age (she was 4 and a half) and it had never occurred to me that a dog could be in apparent perfect health one day and the next, near death. I had many animals before in my life, they either died of old age, in a relatively peaceful way, or in a traumatic accident... I can remember my total meltdown, my total disbelief ... and my determination to do whatever I could to help my sweet red girl ... the 3 months that followed ... the ups and downs ... I still cannot read my daily journal all the way through, but i am glad I did chronicle Ginger's dance through the valley of the shadow of death ... i believe I learned more, about love, and courage, and compassion, and faith from those 3 months than the rest of my 64 years on this earth ... the wonderful people I met, some in 'real life', some on the internet ... the caring, the compassion ... and Angel Ginger's steadfast courage right to the end. My God what an experience. To those of you who were with me and Angel Ginger ... thank you for being a part of our journey. My life will never be the same.

My favorite prayer, the one I try to live my life by, is St. Francis' prayer, the 'peace prayer'
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; when there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand, to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ginger's Memorial Stone

On May 6, I came home and found a wonderful surprise delivered by UPS ... a beautiful memorial stone engraved 'Ginger of the Flying Ears,forever in our hearts' with an Irish setter carved in the stone ... from 7 very wonderful people (and their dogs) on the SPT (Start Puppy Training) list ... I am completely overwhelmed... thank you to Cricket & Solo; Alexis & Teddy; Michelle & Ranger & Scout; Bonnie Kenk; Beryl & Hans & Hayley; Mickey; and Kristen & Cyrus & Hank (The Rockford Pitweilers)... I had been looking at various memorial stones and plaques online but had not yet had the courage to order one, this is so beautiful, I am so very very grateful to you all..

Ginger's stone is now sitting on my porch, where I can see it every time I sit there of an evening... once I get Ginger's Grove completed at the bottom of the hill (with a red plum tree planted with her ashes) I will move it down there ....

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Farewell my Ginger, until we meet again

Friday evening, 2 weeks after her passing, we laid my Ginger's remains to rest. It was a beautiful spring evening, clear and cool with a slight breeze. My husband and I accompanied by DB,Banshee and Snoopy went down the hill towards the drainage pond, I riding the lawnmower, carrying Ginger's ashes, my husband on the tractor with the new red plum tree, my husband then dug the hole to plant the tree while I and the 3 dogs watched and I explained to them what we were doing. When the hole was ready I spread about half Ginger's ashes, my husband planted the tree, I added one of Ginger's all time favorite treats (peanut butter pretzel nuggets), said St Francis' prayer, then gave the 3 canine mourners a dog bone biscuit. We then proceeded, singing 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot' ,  around the property, to Ginger's favorite spots ... by the wild plum trees, the persimmon tree, the acorn trees up front ... at each spot I sprinkled ashes and we talked about Ginger's life and how happy we were to have had her in our family (if only for so short a time)... and how she would now be a part of the land she loved so much ... and how we would all be together again one day. I kept a small portion of her ashes to keep inside the house, with her collar fastened around the box. We concluded with the Nunc Dimittis (Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.) and the old hymn 'Abide with me' as we went back to the trailer. The sun was just setting as we finished.

I still feel Ginger's spirit with me, I think I always will. She was indeed a glorious dog, sent to grace our lives for too short a time, and her sweetness and dignity throughout her illness have been an inspiration to me ... she brought home to me the most important of all lessons, to live each day with love and joy, to thank God for every hour and every minute. Here's to you, my Ginger, dancing with the angels now ... dance on, my sweet red girl, until we meet again.

Mary Lou
DB,Banshee, Snoopy(dogs)
Ginger in spirit (2005-04/09/10)
Callie in spirit (04/90-06/07)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Remembering Ginger

This was posted on one of my other email lists today .... and I thought I'd share it with all my friends .... if anyone has a new puppy, or just wants to be a part of a great dog list, this is from .... anyway, here is my post of July 30,2008 .... and today, on my way home from church, on my way home, I pass the shelter Ginger escaped from to come home to me ... and I've always wondered how she found us, today I seemed to sense her, running beside the road, never stopping at any of the other farms, tho she did stop for a detour into a bit of pine woods (I stopped beside the road today, I could see her in my minds eye VERY clearly, rummaging through the woods then all of a sudden her head goes UP, her ears cock, and she sets off purposefully again, down the road to my place, stops ...
the gate is closed... and settles by the side to wait for my husband's truck...) this was a very clear picture, like a video.

I have updated Ginger's blog with this and with some of the wonderful messages I've received ... God bless you all for your kindness and compassion.


Hi All,

I searched our archives this morning to find Mary Lou's post about the day Ginger just "showed up".  In retrospect, it is very heart warming and, to me, shows that Ginger clearly knew what she was doing when she chose Mary Lou and Tom.  Her life may have been short, but it was not without purpose... and oh, so sweet :-)

Here's a snippet, but you can read the whole thing at message #46158 in
the archives.

> OK, St. Francis strikes again at Mary lou's homestead ... tonight I
> had gotten home, let my girls out, my husband calls from the gate and
> sez 'there's an Irish setter in my truck and it wont get out'. He had
> gotten out to open the gate and when he got back in the truck the
> Irish was sitting firmly planted in the passenger seat. I called the
> shelter (down the road) and yep, Ginger was one of theirs, who'd
> escaped 3 times in the past week. They'd kept her inside in a crate at
> night and outside with the other dogs (in a 5 t fence) during the day.
> She'd also escaped from the last adopter several weeks ago. Now I do
> know Irishes, my Katie could sail over a 6 ft fence, no problem, and
> the problem with Irishes is they then get lost and cant remember how
> to get home. While I'm talking to Denise (who's trying to talk me into
> keeping Ginger to see if my 17 acres will be enuf to quell her urge to
> roam) my husband falls in love and starts going (like a 10 yr old) oh
> please can we keep her. And she's pretty pitiful, feathers all matted
> (the other thing I recall about Irishes is the endless grooming:-)

Cricket Mara

Messages of condolence and memorial

Memorial Pages

I am sharing with you all some of the messages of love and support I received at  Ginger's passing ... I have removed last names to protect privacy ...


((Oh Marylou)) I'm sorry to hear the sad news. My heartbreaks for you and your husband. Sadie will be there for Ginger together they can discover this new place. I think G inger will send you a sign that she is peaceful and knows how you were there gor and loved her.


LisaY and Angel Sadie
Hi Mary Lou,

I had a feeling she was not going to make it through the night.  She did have so many
extra wonderfully good days since the initial diagnosis.  It really did not sound as

if she suffered at the end.  She just sounded ready to go chasing rabbits over the

rainbow bridge.
I am sure there will be many tears shed along with yours at her passing.
I was thinking how she sort of just appeared for you and refused to leave.  It truly

seems there was a reason for the time she spent with you and touched all of our

hearts through the link of the Internet.

Mary Lou,

I'm so very very sorry for your loss.  You did so much for your girl.  She
had a much better life because of you.

Please take very good care of yourself.

I have followed this journey without posting, as I had very mixed feelings.  Having

worked for a vet for a very long time, and being in tune with pets, I knew that

Ginger was only hanging on for you.  She was giving you what you needed until she was

sure you could understand & cope with her leaving.  God has blessed you both.
Mary Lou,

I am so sorry Ginger is gone.  I know how much it hurts, and I know that you can

second guess your choices so easily. Ginger was a fighter, and you had to give her a

chance. I'm glad she is at peace, but I just wish it was still on this earth with


Feel free to join us on the Angel's board if you like.

With Sympathy....

Bettina & Angel Niko
I am so sorry Mary Lou that your valiant free spirit lost her battle. I
shall light a candle at home tonight in her honor and ask my beloveds who
have gone to the Bridge before me, to welcome Ginger and make her feel at
home in the green pastures and rolling hills where she will once again run
and dance with her ears flying in the wind until you meet again.

You and hubby and your pack will be in my thoughts and prayers as you adjust
to your loss.

I am torn between feeling sorry that Ginger is gone and feeling happy that she is no

longer in pain..may the Lord's love and peace wrap around you and your family as you

mourn her passing and celebrate her life and spirit....


Mary Lou,

I am so sorry of the red ears flying girls passing. I
was afraid of the outcome however God called her home.
There is a time to pray and a time God's will be done.
So now she is not suffering and enjoying herself at the
Rainbow Bridge. This will be the hard part the missing
and void left however hang in there and comfort the
remaining fur friends you have with you. We will be here
for you. Take care look for the sunset she will send
letting you know she has passed safety.

God Bless,
I have been reading your saga without comment but worrying and praying for you. I

weep for you now.  My husband and I had to make the decision on our English pointer

hunter, Jack, in February.  As he was going to his rest in my arms, I, too envisioned

him running, ears flying behind him, hunting like he hadn't been able to do in over a

year!.  We wept and still do, and look for him around the corner everytime we drive

into the drive.
What gifts God has given to us in our dogs.!  They teach us to really love. We have

just put all our love into our other dog, Katie.
I wish for you a peaceful heart.
Kathy and Katie.

Hi Mary-lou,

My heart breaks for you. But know you and Ginger touched all our lives and made them

that much more special.

Love and prayers,

Joanne & the boys
Mary Lou,

I believe -- completely without proof, but I believe it anyway -- that
what you see in your heart may be just as real as the "real" that you
see with your eyes. She's not gone, she just decided to vacate the
sack of meat that wasn't working out for her any more. But I suspect
she'll still be out for her morning runs with you every day, and that
she'll cherish the treats that continue to come from your heart as
much as she did those that used to come from your hand.
Mary Lou,

    I could not feel so deep for your loss as I do right now. You of all of us have

told your story of the fight day on day with out fail your letters poured from you

given soul to all of us here on the net The Dance. There was not a day when all of us

did not see your written words that we all longed to see here that you both were

beating this battle. Ginger is now at peace with all our loved we have lost. I cry

for your hurt now as we all do and I pray that you will find solace and peace to know

Ginger is in a better place we can not give thenm only God can love them all now.

God Bless you and all Peter
The Now five Angles
Buckley Shelties on line
My prayers are with you and your family.  Thanks for sharing her journey.  I lost my

beloved 8 GSD to cancer last year so I feel your pain.

Mickey in Arizona
I don't write often but have been keeping up to date on Ginger.......I'm so sorry for

your loss take care and take comfort in the fact that she had a good life because of


Sharon and Bob the Dog
Mary Lou, Ginger did have a chance to beat the infection and that was the chance you

lovingly gave her. Please, please no regrets, no questioning yourself on any of this.

We don't understand, but we have to believe. Think of all the good times, especially

the last few miracle months. And think of what joy and love you and Ginger have

brought to so many through this ordeal. What a gift Ginger has all of us!

My sincere condolences and a big ole hug go out to you....and the same to your

husband, too.

Kathy and Boo Boo
I'm deeply sorry for your loss.  In some ways I'm glad she was able to slip away on

her own.  That spared you having to make that choice.  But I know you've missed

seeing her one more time.  Perhaps that is better too as it will be easier to

remember her shining bright with ears flying as you've described.  Know that she is

now free to spread that love and joy far and wide.  I know she will be a bright star

at the Rainbow Bridge.  Take special care of yourself today... and give each of your

other dogs a kiss from me.

Mary Lou,

I am so sorry for your loss, but you are right she made the choice and now she is

waiting on the rainbow bridge and is now pain free.

Be glad of the time you had with her and yes she will always be with you in spirit.

dear marylou;
i too have been following gingers story everyday. i am so very very sorry and as i

type this i too am crying with you.
god bless you and ginger is with god now waiting for her beloved mistress to come and

join her someday.
To be absent from the body means to be present with God. I can't think of a better

place to be. Ginger is no longer in pain or suffering, but is peacefully resting. She

is whole again!!!! Hope you are at peace and resting also. Be strong!!!!!!!

My most sincere condolences to you, Mary Lou.  May you find peace.
Oh, Mary Lou, I am SO very sorry for your loss of Ginger!!  Your post brought tears

to my eyes.  My heart breaks for you, and I will pray for strength for you.  Many

prayers!!  {{{{HUGS}}}}

Mom to Nyke 9-year old black Lab
Mary Lou,

I am so sorry for you.  I was hoping against hope but I guess it is for the best, for

I am glad she got to spend the last few years of her life with you.
Well done, Mary Lou, on all counts. You did everything she could have wanted, and

listened to your heart and learned your assigned lessons. You are a heroine, to her

and to all the others who watched you through this trial.

I feel your pain, and you are in my prayers. I had asked Tomo to take care of Ginger,

too, and I'm sure he has and will.

Much love,

.I am so sorry…..crying for you and Ginger…..i feel your pain and truly know what you

mean about the silence….i will keep you both in my prayers….paula and Hershey in

Oh, my, I'm so sorry ML.  I know you feel bad that you weren't there at the end, as I

would, thinking that you let her down, but I also know that animals, and people,

sometimes choose when to go, and they usually go when they're alone, even if for a

few minutes.  My mother and father both went that way.  They waited until we were in

a nearby room and had just walked out, then they left on their own.  I believe that's

what Ginger did, for you.   

I am so sorry about Ginger. I have followed each and every post about her days sonce

she became ill. She has given you the most wonderful last three months. Cherish it

and always remeber she loved you oh so much. She is now at peace, no more infections,

no more cancer and is running free in tje wind ATB. God bless you and Ginger and we

will light a candle in honor of her tonight.
Oh, MaryLou, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Your daily posts made Ginger a daily

part of all our lives and we will all miss her. Be kind to yourself now and enjoy the

knowledge that Ginger is running beside you with angel's wings.

Michelle, Rufus & Hamlet
I'm so sorry for your loss Mary Lou. You gave her a good life and I know she
loved you with all her heart. My prayers are with you and your family. My
you find comfort in sweet memories and knowing that your darling Ginger is
not suffering.

Mary Lou,

I am soooooo sorry for your loss.  I just read your e-mail and am literally in tears.

There are no words to describe the feelings of losing a beloved companion who's been

there through thick and thin and has made our life brighter with her happy, lively,

optimistic presence.

My heart goes out to you, Ginger and the rest of the pack.  I'm sure that Ginger is

in a better place now, enjoying the fields, nature, wind, etc. without pain,

medications, I.V.'s, vets, etc.

You did everything you could for her physical body, and she knows that.

Even though Ginger may no longer be present physically rest assured that her spirit

lives on and will be with you forever.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.  While no one can take away your pain, we are

all here to support you.  And Ginger is too.


Alexis & Teddy
Mary Lou,
I want to tell you to be strong but its hard to see thru the tears coursing down my

face.   I'm so so sorry that your beautiful girl did not make it thru the night.  

The good Lord must have needed those flying ears, red haired girl to turn on the

'motion lights' there with him.   I feel your pain as I too feel that my heart is

broken, she had become such a light of hope to all of us and we had truly enjoyed all

her chronicles.   It just was not meant to be and she left this physcial earth

without pain, and knowing that she had a mom and dad that did everything possible for

her and loved - she was loved and adored by so many.     She had so many fans and so

many prayers, it was just not meant to be, HE needed her more.   So now close your

eyes, see your beautiful red haired girl with the flying ears only this time see

angel wings!    She was met by so many other beautiful fur kids.   Now there is no

pain, no fever, no meds, just
 running free like a young pup.
Mary Lou , you and hubby have devoted so much time and energy into her care that now

you will become numb - God's way of allowing us to handle pain.  The rest of the herd

too will be upset.   Please be kind  to yourself, take plenty of time to grieve

Ginger, you lost a very important family member. 
Hugs and prayers to you all,
Pat, Angel Sally & Bo
Mary Lou,
All of your dog friends and group list friends know the pain and sorrow you feel

right now. Know that we're with you, and Ginger surely will always be with you. God's

grace be with you.
May you be surrounded with the love she left you, her pawprints will always be

prominent on this earth, she was a brave strong girl that faced her odds with

defiance and love, I pray that you all be at peace while she is running around on the

other side.

My thoughts are with you all today, and may the love that my dogs are sending to you

be felt.

Love, Annette and dogs
MaryLou, so sorry to hear this news this morning.  I am praying for you and
your dogs to adjust to this loss.

Oh, hugs to you, Mary Lou.

Dear Mary Lou,
I am sorry for your loss. In a way, through your daily updates, Ginger
became one of ours too, and we grieve with you for her loss.
So sorry to hear this sad news. I'm so glad to know you have made so many wonderful

memories of her and that the time she had after her diagnosis was quality time. She

is now running free, ears flying on the Playground of Angels. Godspeed sweet Ginger.

Take care Mary Lou~you have been through an awful lot. We will keep all of you in our


      Lynn and Destiny
Dear Mary Lou
i have not been able to post before...but I have been reading your news and praying

for you and Ginger...I am so sad for your loss. And so glad that she slipped away so

peacefully. She and Bridie crossed the bridge so close together. I would love to

think that they are both playing together, free of suffering.
My heart goes out to you
My condolences to you on the loss of your beloved Ginger.

Time is a funny thing. It's a place, one we're always leaving behind
-- but it's still back there and very real. Take with you the love and
joy as you move forward.
So sorry to hear that she has gone. I had been enjoying the posts you have been

leaving about her and the others. May she enjoy herself on the spirit side and visit

from time to time. May you soon find peace with her decision to part from this side

and keep your heart open.
I'm so sorry for your loss. She has touched so many lives, I know many
people will shed  a tear today.

Mary Lou,  I am so sorry to hear about Ginger.  I know you loved her & did
all that was possible to make her last few months the best for her.  My
prayers are with you & Tom.  Denise

My prayers are with you.  She is now up there with our precious Daisy.

I am so sorry for your loss, it hurts just as bad when they make the choice for us.

If your love could have healed Ginger she would have lived forever.
Dog bless you and your family.
Mary Lou, we all become close and are family as we battle this monster.  But, some

closer than others - I have just felt such a connection with you, your family and

that beautiful girl, Ginger.   I truly feel that my heart is broken and can recall

how I felt when my Sally became an Angel, so I know that you are totally devastated. 

 When you get the diagnosis, you feel the world comes crashing down on you, then when

they become an Angel, you feel that the world totally stops.   It has to stop because

you can't stand the pain!   I am so sorry and words seem so meaningless in such a

time.   But know that Angel Ginger touched so many lives - We all feel she belonged

to us, in just a little bit. 
You blogs will be something that you will enjoy reading - later, not now, the pain is

raw.  Your pain is gut wrenching raw as it should be.   So be kind to yourself, talk

to the herd about her, know she is an Angel watching over her mom and dad.   I pray

you will receive signs from her - a rainbow, her hair somewhere it should not be -

just allow yourself to be open to the fact that she will be with you in spirit.   And

always, always you carry them in your heart.   My Sally's picture graces my desk, not

the grandkids, but Sally.   Email me if you need to vent or just cry, whatever.

Oh Mary Lou....I'm so sorry...God bless her sweet heart.... Kim
Mary Lou and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Ginger. I know it is very hard, but

I also do believe that she is healthy again and running free and dancing at the

bridge, with my Buca. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Krista
Oh, Dear God....I'm so sorry, Mary Lou. With tears, for your Ginger....and especially

you. She's whole again, as a canine, a beautiful healthy girl. Running & playing hard

at The Bridge while she waits patiently for you, her other half, spiritually &


Godspeed the ache, the deep hurt, and hole in your heart.... Rhonda
Sweet Ginger, you fly with the wind and carry our hearts to the heavens... BD
I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I hope you find comfort in knowing Ginger chose

you and that you did everything a human could to make her short time with you happy

and healthy. You inspire all of us to be that loving. Doris
Mary Lou and family, I am so sorry, my heart is aching for all of you. She fought the

good fight. God needed a bright red angel in heaven, so he called her home. Ginger

found the right family when she found you. May you find peace in your memories and in

knowing you did everything you could for Ginger. You showed us what true love and

caring is all about.  Jo Ann
mary lou,i am so sorry for your loss of ginger. she fought a hard battle and enjoyed

so many good days with you and your husband. she went peacefully and took your love

with her. i know words can not take the pain away but we are here for you. ginger is

whole,happy and healthy now. her spirit will always be with you. she will send you a

sign she is ok now. remember,this is not goodbye,just see ya later. many hugs and

prayers. janice,angels charlie and lucy

So sorry.  :(  We are thinking about you.

"I'm so sorry Mary Lou...  She was so lucky to have you, and you her.  "
Mary Lou.... As I write this, I am shaking and still crying. When I read your post I

just had to run somewhere to scream and cry, and that is just what I did in my barn.

It is like losing one of my own...following Beautiful Ginger's journey each day, and

hoping for a Miracle for her. If my pain is as great as it is, I can only imagine

what yours is. I am so, so very sorry that Ginger had to leave, but even as I cry for

her, I know in my heart that she is running with those beautiful red ears flying,

pain free, and waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge with all our beloved Angels who

went before her. She became a part of my daily ritual...I ALWAYS had to find out how

and what Ginger was doing each day. I feel sure that God was waiting for her, and had

already installed motion lights just for her!!! She was so lucky to have owned you

for her Mom. The LOVE you two shared was so apparent to all of us. She will ALWAYS be

with the whisper of a breeze... in the sound of a birds many ways.

You may even see her when you least expect to.....She will always watch over you, and

you will always feel her sweet presence. Ginger touched so many hearts and lives,

that she will missed so much. My heart goes out to you today, and I will light a

candle in Honor of Sweet, Beautiful Ginger. Take care of is what Ginger

May God Bless You

Sunni& Sam


For Mom.....from Ginger 4/9/2010

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

Author Unknown
When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see;
The sun will rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
Remembering how I'd lay my head
In your lap that special way.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me.
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And petted me with her hand.
She said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But, as I turned to heel away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I never thought
That I would have to die.
I had so much to live for,
So many sits and downs to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought about our lives together,
I know you must be sad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.

Remember how I'd nudge your hand,
And poke you with my nose?
The frisbee I would gladly chase,
The bad guy, I'd "bark and hold".

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
I'd wag my tail and kiss you,
Just so I could see you smile.

But, then I fully realized,
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories
Will take the place of me.
And when I thought of treats and toys,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did,
My dog-heart filled with sorrow.

But then I walked through Heaven's gate,
And felt so much at home;
As God looked down and smiled at me,
From His beautiful golden throne.
He said, "This is eternity,
And now we welcome you,
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last;
For you see, each days's the same day,
There's no longing for the past.
Now you have been so faithful,
So trusting, loyal and true;
Though there were times you did things,
You knew you shouldn't do.

But good dogs are forgiven,
And now at last you're free;
So won't you sit here by my side,
And wait right here with me?"
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I'm right there, in your heart.
Dear Mary Lou
I forgot to say
regarding your decision...I'd have done what you did, and indeed I made exactly that

decision last week, when Bridie was so sick, with a fever, and I left her in the

hospital overnight on a drip with antibiotics...She could have gone then. I think

that whichever way they go it is terrible for us. You did everything you could for

her. Whatever choice you had made you would be heartbroken right now.
As you said to me about Bridie, Ginger is in God's arms now.
love from Kathy and Angel Bridie
Although I just read Ginger's story last night, I feel so deeply for your loss, but

also what's wrenching my heart with tenderness is that you are such a blessing in

this world for dogs. I bet Ginger felt and feels nothing but love, joy, and

gratefulness for all your care you gave her. Natalie
Mary Lou...with tears streaming, I wish you the saddest condolences on the loss of

your red girl. You certainly did all you could and she knew how much you loved her. I

know you will "see" her, again and again, running with her pack...just like you said.

Take care.

Amy P. and Hunter
Dear Mary Lou,

I'm so very sorry for your loss.  I would read every post you up up about Ginger and

your family.  I shared your joy, fear, and now sorrow and feel that Ginger was

blessed with such a loving and caring mother.  I'm sitting here and crying because I

have grown to love Ginger too and will miss your posts about her.  She was a

beautiful girl and the image of her ears in the wind while running brings a smile to

such a sad day.

My prayers go out to you and your family.

Dearest Mary Lou,
I am so sorry. I couldn't read all or reply thru the tears. You & All your loved ones

remain in my prayers. You are a dear heart. I have seen dogs hang on thru horrible

pain for their owners sake, but Ginger knew your love was true for the best for her

too...your kind heart let her know it was okay to be out of whatever pain that was so

much to bare. Like my Grandma, whom I thought was angry or hurt by me~it was just her

eyes coming in and out of consciousness after a stroke~for some time it was like God

allowed a window of her joy and peace and love to comfort and assure me for a time.

Ginger is there letting you know~my beloved I'm okay now+I miss you too~until we meet


Sincerely, Jennie+Shadow
Mary Lou,

I'm am a sobing mess, and I am so sorry for your loss.  I've been looking at pictures

of my Angel Kennedy this morning... looking for the good times, and there were many.
Ginger fought hard and was loved deeply.
I hope she likes to play, because Kennedy loves to play and I'm sure greeted Ginger

at the bridge, with a ball or a toy in her mouth, ready to run and play.

I only hope that they don't miss us as much as we miss them, because I don't want

them to ever be sad.

Teressa & Angel Kennedy 9/9/99 - 3/11/10
Marylou - so sorry to hear about Ginger - I'm sure that she's gone to wait for you,

patiently at the Bridge...
I'm so sorry, Sis.  I know you will miss her, but she is happy where she is now.  She

will be waiting for you when you get there.

Be strong and rejoice in the wonderful memories of a sweet friend waiting for you

with our God.

Love always,

Mary Lou, I'm so very sorry for your loss of Ginger. She fought a good fight with a

loving mom right by her side. She has no more pain and suffering and she's playing at

the feet or our Lord now.
God speed Ginger!
Hugs,  Pat & Wilson

Dear Mary Lou, I'm so sad for your loss of Ginger. It's surprising how quickly she

had become such a familiar part of my life and I can't help but cry at this

heartbreaking news.

She would have been grateful to you for giving her one last chance. Please don't be

too hard on yourself. She went in peace, knowing that she tried her best for you and

for herself.

She will continue to dance, in a beautiful place free from pain. And she will always

live in our memories, running... ears flying.

I wish to express my deepest sympathies to you on this occasion.  I understand how

you feel about your lost and how it will affect you.  As you have stated she is in a

better place now and can run free in the wind. We also know that Ginger will be here

for you when ever you need her.

Take care

Ken and Marcia

Mary Lou so deeply sorry to hear the news about Ginger. My heart aches with
you. I havent been on pc much these last few months but I want you to know
that I did make it a point to read your updates of Ginger's journey :-). You
are an inspiration to us all  Mary Lou. Ginger must have loved you very much

God Bless you.
Dearest Mary Lou,
Even when we know something is coming, why is it such a tremendous shock when it

You and your husband must be devastated.  I'm glad Ginger came in spirit for her

treat and to say goodbye to you.  And I'm glad too that Banshee caught that pesky

rabbit for them both.
I don't even know what a chinaberry tree is . . . . . . . but it is forever entwined

with Ginger's name for me.  I shall call one of my trees a "Chinaberry Ginger" from

now on, and greet her every morning on our first walk of the day.
Multiple Blessings to you all - and many thanks for sharing this gracious lady's life

with us all here.
I'm so pleased that she made it to the blossoming of the plums.
Always, Leah. xxxxx

I am truly heartbroken----Tears are streaming down my face so I can hardly type. I am

so deeply sorry. Ginger put up a great fight and she knew you and all of us loved,

prayed and lived through her battle with her. She will always be Ginger of the Flying

Ears! Again, I am wholly sorry for the pain you must feel today. Love and prayers to

you, Tom and to your other charges. May they all feel Ginger's spirit and her quiet

dignity. Brenda
Joann  "Rest in peace beautiful Ginger!!  Send Mom some strength too!!"

Ginger-You fought a great fight and now your are free. May you always run in God's

garden, and be there to greet others. Goodbye Beautiful!
Oh, how heavy my heart is right now...I knew when I left here this morning there may

be bad news awaiting when I arrived home.  Ginger was such a role model for living

her life in the moment...I am sobbing, it is as if I also lost Ginger today. 

MaryLou, I am so very sorry, give my best to your husband, this is very sad, but yes,

I know Ginger is in a better place and free of sickness.

It is raining here today...very appropriate.

Thank you so much for sharing Ginger's journey with us and for giving us hope when we

know this beast usually wins in the end.

God bless you all,



Marylou, I am so sorry for your loss. I have been following Gingers journey since you

started to post it, and so wish it had a happier ending. Please remember that you did

everything you possibly could to help her, and more, but at least she will no longer

be in any pain now, as she runs at Rainbow Bridge. You and your family are in my

thoughts and prayers.
Elizabeth in Scotland, with Meg n Teegan
"Sending my deepest condolences. May she continue to shine in a world free from

sufferings, and live forever in our heart - Ginger of the Flying Ears." Erin
I am so sorry. we love you and will keep you inour prayers i know Ginger is at peace

now and without pain. Nancy
I know Ginger is out of pain now and in a happy place!  She was Blessed to be in your

life, as you were Blessed to be in hers! You were quite a TEAM!

Mary Lou I am so sorry to hear about your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with

you.  Ginger is in a better place.

Dawn & Shadow

Mary Lou,
I'm so sorry for your loss.  Our thoughts are with you.

Nilam & Dancer
Mary Lou,

My heart weeps for you.

Take some comfort in the fact that you gave her a wonderful 3 month extension.  She

had time to enjoy the spring, and now she's dancing without pain.

Carrie, Lily & Josie
and Jazz (one of the many wonderful dogs waiting to greet her)
Oh my heart broke and the tears poured down when I read this on your blog at work

today. I could not send you any consolation as we have a firewall...and I was so

eager to get in touch with you. People came into my office to see why I was sobbing

and I could hardly articulate my pain....
All I can say is how wonderful of Jesus to quietly tip toe in the vets office and

gently pick her up...and carrying her oh so carefully, like a little lamb ....took

her to Heaven without a whimper or cry. How wonderful that you were spared the ordeal

of the painful euthanasia decision.
Now I envision her with wings to supplement her 'flying ears"......she will indeed be

soaring high in paradise....waiting for the day when she gets to see you again.
May the wonderful 3 months you had with her be of some comfort to you as you begin to

heal from this great loss......I am crying with you.....God bless you.
Margie and Isis
Dearest MaryLou

Yes, the world is a darker place without her bright loving spirit and yes, she is

dancing with ears flying and the wind her face; her nose tilted to catch the scent of

her new surroundings.

Ginger touched our souls and we were all a part of her family.  Your daily blogs

brought us to your world and we shared so very intimately, all that you experienced. 

We are going to miss her daily antics and know that she has left a tremendous void in

your lives.

She graciously left this world, on her terms, the way she wanted.  You have wonderful

memories and she will always be with you.

Hugs, love and prayers
Sue and Trigger
Mary Lou,
I am so sorry to hear about Ginger.  My heart is heavy for you this was so

obvious that you loved Ginger very, very much---and she knew it!!
You will be reunited again one day, until that time...take good care.
My thoughts and prayers are with you on this dark day.
Mary Lou,

I am so sorry Ginger lost her fight.  Your beautiful girl is at peace now.  Thank you

for all of your support and encouragement.

Our condolences,
Hilary and Lilly
 Mary Lou:

My heart is with you! And I know for sure that Ginger is running with the angels with

ears a-flying!  And her spirit WILL BE right there by your left side , giving you

thanks for your loving care and for helping her really, really live these past three

months on this earth.......and telling you that she'll always be "your sweet red

girl"... She will be by your side, her spirit will warm your heart on cold days , on

lonely days and on tough days.  She has completed the earthly part of her journey and

she thanked you for letting her really, really live and then letting her go when her

physical body was spent.

Oh, I do hurt for you , as I've lost dogs many times.  Most recently, we lost our cat

Louise this past November.... She was quite old and as the vet in Virginia said as we

picked her up to begin our drive down to SC,  "She will be fine for a while, but you

know how fragile she is."  We did know, but she came with us and really seemed to

rally here in our South Carolina soil.   So, I know how hard it is; our pets are our

family... Thank you Ginger, and thank you Mary Lou , for allowing so many of us along

on your journey.  You all slowed us down a bit to "smell the roses"    ... and that

was quite a legacy for Ginger.

love and prayers,


Dear Mary Lou,

I am so sorry for you and your pack! There are no words---just hugs and prayers from

a lot of us who have been journeying with you.



Mary Lou -

I just want to give you a hug.  Please know we have all shed some tears
because you and Ginger have fought the good fight.  Thank God she went
peacefully in her sleep and is now running on the Rainbow Bridge - just know
how much we are hurting for you and how much we care---

Not much to say...words don't help...only time and precious memories. I still tear up

over my dogs I have lost- even my first one that left 20 yrs ago. All I can do is

send hugs and tell you that Ginger is now running free and playing looking over her

shoulder now and then for you.  If you watch, you will find that her sprit is still

there. Something odd will happen and you will know. For instance, my one gal who

passed suddenly of an anuerism...we used to walk to the mail box each day, she would

heel up the road and in a certain spot would drop to a down/stay, then soon as I

rejoined her, she would break it and heel again and come home and sit by the bench

out front while I looked through the mail. I could not go to the mail box for weeks

after she passed. When I finally did, I found that it was odd that there was a

butterfly that followed me from the front door and then disappeared where Misty would

normally down/stay...and when I walked back I noticed it was by me again...followed

me to the bench and sat on the bench beside me as i read the mail. This happened

every day for a week- but it took me several days before I realized what it

was Misty's spirit. BTW I probably should mention it was fall and rather cold when

this happened- there was no butterflies other than this one. I smiled when I realized

that and started talking to the butterfly and telling it everything I did not get to

say to Misty before she left. I am sure if the neighbors saw they thought I was

crazy. The last time I saw it I told her thank you for giving me that chance and I

would see her again one day.

Oh Mar - My heart. God it hurts. So much for you. & me, & all of us here & everywhere

who have to watch our sweet, trusting babies be ravished by this damn disease.

Please PLEASE dont 2nd guess yourself. Only YOU knew your girl so well. She led you

to the decision you made. If she had wanted you to let her go the day prior, you

would have felt that as well. I deeply believe that each dog, & person, chooses how &

when they go, in this type of situation. She gave you the gift, like my Kibo did, of

not having to make the decision FOR her. & as much as Im grateful that I was with

Kibo for the end, there are also memories during that time that I could do without.

So either way, there are always regrets, wishes for it to have been somehow

different, etc. To go in your sleep, curled up & medicated so you are peaceful, is a

wonderful way to go to the other side. & as much as I despise this illness, I am

thankful that we all get "warning". Whether it be 1 week, or 3 yrs, before its the

time for our babies, we KNOW its coming, & we can, & we do, fill in time with years &

years of love & dedication & celebrations & goodbyes. As much as I woudlnt wish

canine cancer on anyone or their dog, for ME, its less hurtful than losing them

suddenly with no warning, & no preperation or goodbyes.

She was so beautiful. She IS so beautiful in the fields of Heaven, running, flying

... & I pray, i KNOW, she & Sana & Kibo, & all our other babies, are united together,

until we are all together "there", when our times come as well.

You know you are in all our thoughts. In our heats.
We love you. R~
Mary Lou, my heart is in my throat as I type this.  I am so very sad that Ginger

passed away.  Through your beautiful posts, your family and Ginger became a daily

part of my life -- a ray of sunshine in a very dark time for me.  Thank you for your

endless love and support of Ginger and of all of our fur-babies struggling with this

horrible disease. Gussy and I are lighting a candle for you and Ginger tonight and

sending prayers your way.

I am so sorry Mary... my heart breaks with yours... Ginger is now free of that awful

disease... she fought a good fight...with dignity and courage... what a wonderful

girl you were blessed with... yes she left way too soon but what she left behind in

your heart can never be measured.... may God bring comfort to your heart... and

Ginger run free, ears flying , feet barely touching the ground... eyes bright and

tail out...soaring through the fields at Rainbow bridge...
cyber hugs,
Linda, the chattering magpie

Hugs Mary Lou,

I am so very sorry!

Ginger had become such a very big part of our lives too over the last three months,

this is truly losing a member of our family!

Please let me know if you would like me to make a Tribute Page for Ginger on our

Angels Page

With much love,

Jean, Miss Pixie and the Longlease Gang,
Hereford, UK
Mary Lou, I'm so sorry about the loss of Ginger.  I know that you both fought hard

and this disease is so unfair.

Jennifer and Maeve
Even though I haven't responded I've been following along. I'm so sorry for your

Run free Ginger, you were much loved

       Katie and Tucker
           the shelties
        Boone the pbgv
We are all sad for you Mary Lou. But Ginger is at a far better place and not in any

distress. It was good she went peacefully in her sleep. It is easy to tell someone

not to be sad but we both know that is impossible. Our pets are every bit a part of

us as is our children. Ginger will always be a part of your heart and never


Thinking of you during this sad time.

Marilyn Monroe/Otterhound/Lymphoma

Mary Lou,
   Just to let you know I am thinking of you, your  husband, Ginger and
her pack at home. I hope you all are doing ok this evening.  I am lighting a
candle to burn brightly in the memory of our Dear Sweet Ginger  and saying a
prayer for all of you including Ginger's pack. I am sure they are  missing
her dearly also. I hope you all find comfort in each other and knowing  that
Ginger is now Free.

Hugs to you all
Mary Lou:

I have been following your posts on Ginger and miss her already.  We lost our

beautiful Lucky girl six weeks ago.  She was 14 years old and was in great health

until the last few weeks when she suddenly went downhill and stopped eating.  The vet

did bloodwork which came back fine. He was amazed and couldn't really find anything

except the usual arthritis.  She just knew that it was her time and her work was

I hope that Ginger visits you in spirit to keep in touch.  God bless you for being

such a caring dog mom.

GINGER- a Requiem

A tiny light was taken today, Lord.
A light which shown so bright.
A tiny being in this vast universe
was taken, Lord.
This tiny light was joy and hope and endearing
This tiny light which was felt far and wide,
This tiny light, Lord, you wanted home.
You took this tiny light so she wouldn't suffer anymore.
This tiny light will be sorely missed for she really didn't know how brightly she

She lit up hearts, she put smiles on even the hardest faces.
This tiny light, Lord, is with You now.
Let her continue to shine up there, Lord.
This tiny light that shown so bright.
.Mary Lou...This candle is lit in Loving Honor & Memory of your Beautiful, Sweet

Ginger Girl! I wish for you Peace & Loving Memories of your beautiful girl!! It has

been an Honor to be a part of Ginger's Dance thru the Valley journey. She will be so

missed!!! Sunni & Sam
In Memory of Beautiful Sweet Angel ***Ginger*** Run with the wind, sweet

will always be remembered so lovingly!!!
— Sunni from USA
Mary Lou

I am so sorry.  We will all miss Ginger and her daily adventures.  Your description

has always been so vivid that I can see her in my minds eye, running around the

rainbow bridge with ears flying.

A candle is lit in California to light her way to the bridge.

Sandy & Sonny
Dear Mary Lou,

I wish there was something I could say to ease the pain. All I can do is let you know

that you are in my prayers, and how much I appreciate the moral support that you have

given me and others even as you and Ginger have waged your own battle.

All of my best,
Oh dear mary lou, ken emailed you and withheld this from me today as i went thru my

therapy adn still await news of my sister's surgery. My heart is aching with you and

Tom but my eyes see that red beauty running free without pain and feeing the ultimate

warmth and love of our Father. God Bless you. You will see her again and she will

acknowledge what you have done for her these last three months. I love you and shed

tears for your loss. God keep you strong. Marcia
"I know that I should not shed tears for Ginger as she is at peace now, but it's

impossible to stop them.  In sharing her story over these past few weeks, you have

made her our friend, too.  We feel for all of you and send you our comfort and love."


"I'm so sorry Mary Lou.  Ginger was one brave girl and fought a valiant battle

against the beast.  She had the great love of you and your husband that will continue

on at the Rainbow Bridge.  She will be waiting there to see you again one day. 

Please know she is now cancer free, running and playing with my Casey, Rocco, Buca,

Kibo and Sana and many other angels.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your


Godspeed sweet Ginger.  "
I am Debby's sister and she has been sharing your writings about Ginger and I have

been praying for her. You did all you could do and it was time for her to go.  She

didn't have to be my dog to cry for her.  I loved her sight unseen. I just asked

Jesus to give you and your family peace, comfort and strenght to get through this

because He is the ONLY one to do this for you.

May God bless you and your family a whole bunch!!!!!!!!!!

Love, tears and prayers,


Ginger will never be forgotten...evenby those of us who never met her....but we knew

and loved her through you. Thank you for allowing us to "share' your incredible,

beautiful red girl ...Now you have wings to lift you along with those beautiful

ears...sweet Ginger....we love and miss you so. Run free and joyfully at the Bridge.
— Margie and Isis from NJ, United States


Dear Mary Lou and Family,

There are really no words that I can say that will ease the pain you feel at this

time.  Ginger was a warrior in her dance..  She taught everyone to take each day and

live life in the moment.  She showed us all what true courage is meant to be.  I will

always remember Ginger as the girl who happily flew down the hills, ears flying and

her red coat gleaming in the sun.  The girl who set off motion sensors to light up

the darkness in our world.

The love that you gave Ginger was returned a thousand fold even to those that have 

never stroked her soft fur.  She brought joy and happiness to all that have followed

her journey.   I refuse to believe that cancer was victory because Ginger story lives

on in our hearts.  Though Ginger's earthly journey has ended I will celebrate her

life and all that she has taught us.

I believe that the emptiness in our souls from the loss of our loved ones is filled

the many wonderful memories and love we shared.  Our tears are the healing that seals

them in so they are forever a part of us.  When our earthly journey comes to an end

then we are once again reunited with our beloved furry companions at the Rainbow

Bridge, so we can make the final journey into heaven together.

I know that Ginger's journey to the rainbow bridge was brightly illuminated by the

love of her family and all those whose lives she touched.  We are lighting the

remembrance candle in honor of Ginger.  The special treats have been given in

celebration of her life here on earth.

The gang is sending Heart Comforting Drool and all are in our prayers.
Run free Sweet Ginger.  We will remember you.
Karen and The Dog House Gang
Ginger, you are so missed by many, yet we are glad that you are free of pain. You go

run with the wind and never be tired again.
— Ruth from OH, United States
Barbara Stephens
"Oh no....
Mary Lou, I am so sorry. I know how much you will miss her.
Sweet beautiful Ginger....Run strong and free."
Mary Lou,
I have lit a candle in Loving memory of
our Dear Sweet Ginger. You are all in
my prayers tonight.
For Mary Lou, Ginger and her pack. May you find comfort and joy in each other tonight

and know Ginger is with you all in Spirt as she runs Free.
— Brenda from OH, United States
Mary Lou

I am so sorry for your loss. You did everything you could but God needed her more

God bless you and your family
 Remember, you are not alone....if you need to reach out and talk ...or just need

someone to number is 609-668-2486 (cell) ....don't be afraid to call


I am thinking of you and praying for your strength and and healing....please be good

to yourself and take care....God bless you.

Love, margie and Isis


I am so very sorry for your loss.  Our babies never stay with us long
enough.  Know that your baby is running free and without pain...I hope when
Ginger crossed the bridge my Angel Chief boy was there to share his woobies and
 tennis balls.  God Speed Ginger, may you play there until it is time  for
all of your family to join. you.

Peace and Comfort
Julie and Angels Chief and Nikkita

Mary--I am truly sorry for your loss of Ginger.  I know you won't see her body; but,

you will feel her spirit.  You wrote beautifully of your girl.  God bless and God's

speed, Ginger.

Jeanne and Summer
My heart ached when i saw this and tears came.  Saying prayers for you knowing Ginger

is where there is no pain or suffer just light, love, and joy.  Joanne
oh, I am so so sorry.  My thoughts and prayers are with you. 

Dearest Mary Lou,

I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I joined this group shortly after you did

with DB and Banshee, and was delighted to hear about the circumstances about how

Ginger came to live with you. She truely was a furry four legged angel who is now

running free with no pain. Sending cyber hugs both human and furry (((Mary Lou))). I

pray God gives you and your hubby the strength to get through this rough time.

Kristen, Cyrus, & Hank
The Rockford Pitweilers
Mary Lou...
Mary is right...there are no words...
I have lost 2 dogs in my life and would never wish that pain on anyone...
We still love them so much, we will always have another friend at our side
we know inevitably we will suffer loss yet again.
I honestly believe that life here is not complete for us without knowing the
true love of a dog.
I feel your pain and grieve with you, but also like many others, feel relief
for Ginger too.
My baby girl, Anni, died in my arms and I am happy I was there to comfort
her as she left this world.

May you have peace during this time and still fully enjoy your other dogs.

JoDee in Florida,
Rex, 1996-2007,
Anni, 2002-2009,
and Bear (Rex & Anni's son)
dear mary lou....

a glorious candle will burn tonight here in queensland australia... lighting the dark

and celebrating the bright and glorious life of Ginger .. who now roams with all

those who have been called home.....

sending you hugs and blessings at this time of loss and sadness.


HelenThe maremma crew:
gone from the earth but never really gone!

My thoughts are with you and if everyone on this list could take away the pain for

you, we would!!!!

Cristina and Riley
So sorry.  We will be praying for you & family.
I am so sorry for your loss.  I read your post this morning in tears, though

yesterday I thought this is what I would wake up to.  She was a very brave girl for

you, fighting to keep you happy. Take comfort knowing that she's found her way to the

Rainbow Bridge and is no longer suffering.  Your family and Ginger are in my prayers.

I'm sorry for your loss and heartache.  I am feeling very sad for you all.
Mary Lou,
I am so distraught to read this. Your Ginger had a special place in my heart. We had

a beautiful red dog named Ginger who was mom to our Bear (who we lost to this

horrible disease in Feb.) I have been following the list still to keep up with Ginger

and a few others I have been praying for. I know she has met our Ginger and Bear at

the Bridge. Bear and Sugar's daddy was a beautiful Irish Setter that we still see

around our neighborhood every day. We also have a "pack". We still have CoCoa, Shy

Ann and Sugar (all Bear's sisters) and 2 new pups. Every time we go for our evening

run around the property with the 4 wheeler, I miss Bear running along, jumping in the

pond and swimming across.
We will see them all again someday. I know that in my heart, as I know that you know

it in yours.
I sit here crying as I type, HATING this horrible horrible disease, asking why and

knowing there is a plan somehow. One day we will know and understand.
They truly do leave "paw prints on our heart"
Prayers are being lifted for you and your family and pups. You were a wonderful mom

to Ginger and she knew how loved she was.

Carrie and Angel Bear
July 9, 2003 - Feb 8, 2010

oh no Mary Lou! I'm so sorry! I will be missing your sweet red girl through your eyes

too..... sending hugs!
Im so sorry for your loss.  I know Ginger is without pain now , running wildly as she
loved to do on this Earth and someday you will meet with her again.

Dear Mary Lou,
I have read every insert you have written. I have prayed for Ginger since the

inception of her illness.
What gives us hope is that I know and maybe you do too, that Ginger will be waiting

in heaven for you.
I know my 17 year old golden Charlie will be there, along with my parents. Every

thing we desire will be there.
Some say dogs don't have a soul, but there surely is a spirit.  We humans were

designated "caretakers of the animals".
Please accept my deepest sympathies because I have been where you are.  It does get

easier, but when the memories come back I still cry. And that is ok

Warmest Regards
MaryLou- I am so very, very sorry. Run free Miss Ginger-be happy and well again.
Mary lou-- i have been following your story of Ginger and now i have found this sad

ending.  i am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful girl.  You did everything in

your power to help her and you gave her much love and comfort in her last months. 

She is now doing the same for you, from a safer, pain-free place.  My deepest

Roz and Angel Tina
and Girlie Girl
"Thank YOU for sharing Gingers amazing journey with us. She was so lucky to have you

and I know you will treasure the memories forever. I'm always here for you." Blair
So sorry for your loss we have lost a beloved dog also to cancer so I feel your

sadness and pain your beloved fur baby was truly a gift from God she indeed left paw

prints on your heart sending healing hugs to you there. Lynne
Mary Lou,

A favorite poem, for you:

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in

my heart) i am never without it (anywhere

i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear

no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want

no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

 ee cummings

Carrie & Lily & Josie

Mary Lou, I'm sorry for my delay in responding.  I had a minor surgical procedure

yesterday and was not around e-mail.  And then I got on this morning and was so sad

to read your post.  My most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your sweet Ginger. 

Never feel guilt for the decisions you made, I think Ginger decided the best thing to

do was to not make you have to make that decision and to go on her own.  As I know

you believe, Ginger is now dancing and running with all those angels that have gone

before her.  And, in spirit, she will always be with you.  You were a wonderful mom

to her - giving her the chance at life and fighting alongside her every step of the

way.  I do hope the memories you have will provide you some comfort during this

difficult time.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always.....

Lisa & Cayanne

"Godspeed beautiful Ginger. You will be forever loved and missed.  Prayers as you

transition to the next great adventure, and sending prayers of healing to your


Mary Lou....

I am so sorry of your loss...I feel like I knew her every move.  That somehow she was

living through all of us.  I know your heart is broken but I am sure she is running

and playing with the other angels.

Please know you are and will be in my thoughts that one day you too will find some


Martha and my gang

Hi Mary Lou

I'm so very sorry to hear about Ginger. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your


Dear Mary Lou,

I know it is heart breaking and I for sure do not have the right words to make your

suffering easier. Just know that I am sitting here in tears thinking of your lovely

darling. She did fight hard and now she is at ease.
You mentioned that you thought she was sitting there next to you waiting for her

treat and I know she was.
I connected with her via Reiki and she wants you to know that she is now pain free

and would like to stick around for a few more days before she will move on. She met a

few of my dogs which have passed on and they will guide her, so she is in good hands.
She told me she loves car rides and there is a man in the picture, maybe you can make

more out of it than I can.
She sends you all her love.





Dear Mary Lou,
I so enjoyed reading your posts about Ginger.  It was a delight to
know her, even in cyberspace.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful
red girl with us all-and weren't you the lucky ones when Ginger
jumped into your husband's truck and adopted you?  I'm so sorry she
had to leave you so soon-there never is enough time with those we
love.  May her memory be a blessing.
Lynn, angel Bingo, Simba, and Sir Mickey of the White Paws


Hi Mary Lou,
I have been following Ginger's posts.  I am so sorry to hear that Ginger has crossed

the bridge.  I know your heart is broken.  It's so hard to let them go....I will keep

you in our prayers.
Cheyenne, Cherokee & Chippewa
Dear Mary Lou,

I am so sorry for your loss. In between moments, when silence softens the edges of

your grief, wrap yourself up in your love for her and hers for you. If I know

anything, than I know this -  Love Never Dies.

May these words bring you as much comfort as they have brought me.

Mary Lou.......I'm sure I'm not the only one having a hard time seeing clearly as I
type this reply to your message.  I just feel so sad inside.
Ginger's whole journey has been such a roller coaster ride.  She was doing so good  for awhile.  I certainly feel for you and your husband, as I know all of us animal

lovers do, as all of us who have shared the heartbreaking experience of losing a
loving friend.  No one can say Ginger didn't get the very best care and all the love in the world.
 I'm so sorry, Mary Lou.   I pray to God to give you the strength and comfort that only He can give.
Please take care.  Mary

To Ginger: You are not forgotten nor will you ever be. Enjoy your pain free existence . Send a message to your family. You are missed terribly.
— Ruth

"Ginger was a brave little angel.  I know the loss and pain your feeling right now and wish I could be there in person to offer comfort.  She will live in your heart forever and you will have wonderful memories of her to share with others.  I'm thinking of you and your husband.  " Catherine

So sorry to hear about your beautiful Ginger!  She fought so valiently for so long and I know you are just crushed to lose her.  It is so hard to let go, but you did everything you possibly could for her and she was so lucky to have had you in her life......after all, she chose you didn't she...she knew a good thing when she saw it!  Remember all the good times you shared with her!  My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Much love and understanding,

Mary Lou, I am so shocked and sorry for your loss of Ginger. She was such an inspiration for you and your writing and for us all.

donna and Q
Dear Mary Lou,

I am so very sorry for your loss of Ginger. You and your family are in my thoughts.  Rest in peace, sweet Ginger.

Best wishes,
Dear Mary Lou -
I arrived home after being away to read of Ginger's passing. I am so sorry
for your loss of her and wish you a bounty of wonderful memories to ease
your sadness. She was a lucky girl to have had you to love and care for

Sandi & Chloe