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


Friday, April 9, 2010

Thank you

I cannot begin to tell you how overwhelmed and honored I am by the outpouring of love and support from you all ... God bless you all for your sweet compassion and understanding ... messages and candles from the stalwart supporters who have written every night, messages from people who had been following Ginger's journey in silence ... oh dear Lord what a wonderful blessing to read these throughout this day and evening ... for those who have asked after the rest of our family, my husband, the Damcat, DB, Banshee and Snoopy ... my husband is grieving deeply, he always has felt a special connection to Ginger, as she jumped in his truck at our gate, and he said (like the 10 year old who lives inside all grown men 'can we keep her?' ) ....the Damcat has felt the loss of his big red friend very deeply, he looked for her everywhere, and he was there when I collapsed in grief after I first heard the news, circling me, meowing piteously ... he is better now, very loving (unusual for the Damcat) ... the dogs were a wonderful comfort to me today, they knew, of course,before I even did, they knew our sweet red girl wasn't coming back this time... I am glad my husband waited to tell me until I got them fed and kenneled and had time to go inside and compose myself to come back out and talk to them ... we had a good after breakfast run, around the whole property, stopping at the spots Ginger loved the best, the wild plum trees, the drainage pond, the oak trees ... later this afternoon my husband and I mowed, as I've said before when I would mow Ginger would stick by my left side, back and forth, while the others went off about their doggy business ... not tonight, tonight when I'd look up, there'd always be ONE of the dogs, either laying under a tree watching me, or standing just off to one side while the other two went off about their business... they'd change places every ten minutes or so, Banshee would lay under a tree, her eyes never leaving me, I'd look up again and Snoopy would have taken her place, then DB ... and so on until I finally went back to the garage, all three at my side.

I have the dogs fed and kenneled now, back to the computer ... to read the memorial messages for my Ginger ... but my sweet red girl isn't here in the flesh to read them aloud to, so I'm just reading them silently, and copying them into a file to hold close to my heart forever ...

YES I believe my Ginger is running free, across the bridge, meeting up with all the dogs (and cats) who have gone before her (I think that's what uplifts my spirit the most, the thought of Ginger meeting the dogs we've met through the lists who have gone before her, and the others so many of you have written to me about .... and all of them in that special part of Heaven where they wait for us to join them... ) and YES I believe I felt her spirit this morning, at my left side, waiting for her treat, and YES I believe her spirit will be with me whenever I need the loving touch of her sweet soul .... but oh Lord, it is SO hard to not be able to stroke her silken ears, to look into her beautiful brown eyes, to feel her tongue on my cheek ... our love for our animals is so rooted in the physical, it is so hard to lose that ... I am grateful for my other animals and their loving kindness today, I am grateful to my husband and his strong support, and I am so grateful for all of you ... God is indeed good, to have blessed me with such a remarkable throng of angels on this earth, who have cared enough to join in our journey, right up to the end...

Live each moment as if it were the last ... see and cherish the 'ordinary' for the extraordinary gift from God it really is ... believe in the power of love and prayer ... that God is good .... and dance through the valley of the shadow of death, fearing no evil ... the lessons my journey with sweet Ginger have taught me and I have tried to share ...  thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

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

Ginger is gone from this earth Friday April 9

Ginger is gone from this earth. She did not make it through the night. The world is a darker place without her bright loving spirit but she is dancing with ears flying on the other side of the bridge, the wind in her face, her nose tilted to catch the scent of birds... oh it is so hard to be without her here. I got up this morning, let out the other dogs and took them for the AM run, down at the bottom of the hill Snoopy came up for her treat at my right side and I then reached to the left to give Ginger her treat, she was not there in body, and I think I knew then because in my heart I saw her sitting there, eyes aglow, eager for her treat ... then Banshee caught the rabbit she and Ginger had been looking for under the chinaberry tree, and DB was harassing her for it, so I went back up the hill quickly to avoid any altercations, got their food, fed and kenneled them, came back inside, my husband then told me the vet had called and my sweet red girl had not made it through the night. The vet said there were no signs of distress or struggle, she had just made the choice for me and gone to sleep and not woken up. I had known in my heart yesterday afternoon, but I had let my head outrule my heart ... Ginger told me to let her go then but her bloodwork was good and I told her that there was a chance to beat the infection again, as she did 2 weeks ago... and she tried, for me. Oh, my sweet red girl, I wish you were still her with me on this beautiful day, but that is not God's will, no, you are dancing with the angels, running with all the other animals in God's beautiful pastures and woodlands.

Thank you all for your love and support, your prayers and messages, my Ginger had a GOOD  3 months since this evil disease was diagnosed, and she had a peaceful passage to the other side, with your love and support.

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

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Late PM Thurs April 8

I am writing one more update tonight, I have gotten an email from a dear friend which made me realize my intentions for Ginger are not clear, and I am going to share my response with you all, as there may be others who are wondering the same ... I am very much opposed to causing animals, or people, to linger on past their time and suffer, I have helped my animal companions in the past across the bridge when they told me it was time ... if it were legal, I would do the same for my human loved ones. I have a deep faith in eternal life for ALL God's creatures. I was actually prepared to let my Ginger  go this afternoon, but I wanted to see what the bloodwork was, I fully expected it to show renal failure and high calcium, I told Ginger that was what I was waiting for, and, I told her that since her BW was OK, that meant it was the infection and there was still a chance the antibiotics might work. I HATED leaving her there tonight w/o even seeing her again but my husband went to get her before I could stop him, he was worried about me I think and wanted me to sleep. But anyway, when he called from the vet and the vet told me she was in such bad shape I could not bring her home, I wanted her to be as comfortable as possible tonight.

I am trying to picture her with her eyes bright and her ears flying, not laying there unresponsive with dull eyes, I do know in my mind that the antibiotics
take time to kick in but oh it was so hard to leave her like that. I am SO against causing animals (and people) to linger on past their time, but I felt there is still hope the antibiotics will work and the fever will break. I obviously will know tomorrow. If she hadnt 'come back' from the brink of death 2 weeks ago and then was fine, no, I would NOT put her through this. I made the decision to not put her through any more aggressive chemo, as it was not working as hoped for, and to not put her through radiation as there was only a tiny chance it would be effective, and I wanted her to have a good quality of life to the end and did not want her stuck away in a hospital undergoing any more treatments. But I felt she has a chance to beat this infection as she did before, and so did the vets.

Ginger has taught me a  lot in the past 3 months. I had previously thought that I did know how to live in the moment, enjoy the little things of life, but I didnt, not really, not as I do now.

PLEASE try to reach out to my Ginger tonight, let her know how much
she is loved, and try to picture her as bright and shining and running
with her ears flying. The rest is in Gods hands.

Here are some of the beautiful messages I've received today .... Fight that fever Honey-you can beat this!!' ....'A candle of hope and healing for Ginger. May she dance again soon and often!' .... 'For Precious Ginger...Lord please hold her in Your healing Hands and make her strong and give her Mom courage and trust in You'....'Ginger-May God's healing touch you tonight and heal your pain and give you comfort. All my prayers and love are with you'....
'Mary Lou & Beautiful Ginger...May God Bless both of you in yet another battle with this beast. Get better soon, Ginger....gotta turn those motion lights on! Keep us posted when you can. Hugs & drools' ....'Dear Sweet Ginger....this candle is lit to help light the way for you to find your way back yet once again. You are loved by so many!!!! '....'Ginger of the Flying Ears, I hope St. Francis holds you in His arms, and that you are happy for as long as possible. Bright Blessings to you. '....'I have lit a continue the healing and to show my love for you and your guardian. Fly high, Beautiful, touch the stars and bathe in God's Holy touch.'....'Ginger-A healing prayer is sent your way, from my heart to God's ear. May your days be long and as beautiful as you!'

Thank you all, my dear friends, from the bottom of my heart. God is good. He sent you all to me and Ginger.

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

Thurs April 8

AM: Called ER vet this AM. Ginger still on IV, just laying there. Temp
still 105. Not eating or drinking or responsive. They do have her on
pain meds. My husband says he thinks that is why she is still groggy.
We are going to go to Augusta and get her as soon as traffic clears
(for those not in the USA and/or not into sports, the Masters Golf
Tournament is this week in Augusta which means you can't get in and
out of town until about 10AM) and bring her to my vet in Aiken. I have
to see her for myself and I guess have bloodwork done and call
oncologist. The fever a week and a half ago came down by the next AM
she was fine so this may be the end. Thank you for your prayers and
messages of support last night and this morning, I don't know what I'd
do without you all. Pray for us today.

PM Update:
Picked Ginger up at ER vet 1100 AM. She was almost unconscious had to be carried to car. Got her to Aiken vet.  Had to be carried in, but once in the room she stood up, I took her slowly outside where she pee'd. Temp 105. Barely responsive, barely recognized us, would try to roll on her back for a belly rub.  Gained 2 lbs of fluid weight since last night. Back on IVs and more antibiotics at 1230.  Vet said it could be pain meds she was given making her groggy or fever. Blood work done, renal function fine, calcium normal, liver elevated. Oncologist and local vet said try another 24 hrs, leave her on IV antibiotics til they close and then bring her home and take her back in AM. This was about 230 PM. Went home. Let other dogs out for run. Then fell asleep around 415PM. Husband then woke me at 5 PM and said he would go get Ginger in Aiken. He was gone before I fully woke up. Husband just called from vet. Ginger still has fever of 104 is now having diarrhea and  6 PM still too weak to walk and must be carried. They are still hopeful the fever will break tonight as she is pumped full of antibiotics and it has gone down 1 degree again. I am going to leave her there tonight as I did 2 weeks ago, although they do not have all night staff someone checks dogs every 2 hrs and if in pain will give sedative, which I cannot do and will clean them up from diarrhea. I am so afraid she'll start that shaking again, it is terrifying.  I cannot pick her up and carry her outside and  do not want husband putting his back out again. I guess I should have left her in Augusta at the ER vet but frankly I do not feel comfortable with them except for that one vet tech. No one including the oncologists can understand what is going on except the infection whatever it was must have come back. (These are definitely not side effects from chemo, her last chemo was the CCNU  which was February 18, she has only been on pred and Leukeran since then.) But it does not seem to be the cancer aggressing again as the oncologist said it would show in the calcium levels and also her renal function (as the worst affected nodes are the ones that cut off her urethers.) There is also the possibility of the nodes going necrotic, the oncologist said he had thought if that were what was happening the infection would not have responsded to antibiotics 2 weeks ago and the only way to treat her now is the antibiotics and fluids. I feel awful not bringing her home but I believe it is better for her to be at the vet overnight. Also there is a tornado watch tonight.

I deeply appreciate your prayers and support. I am looking for the good in today, and, of course it is that we have received all this love and support, and, the bloodwork was normal, and my sweet red girl does have a chance to pull through yet again. God bless all of you for your caring and compassion during this long day, and keep praying tonight that Ginger may be dancing again tomorrow.
Mary Lou
DB,Banshee,Ginger and Snoopy(dogs)
Callie in spirit (04/90-06/07)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wed April 7 Please pray for us

I got home about 430, had been at accountants, husband still in town.
Let dogs out, noticed Ginger didnt run to kennel gate, but then perked
up and was fine, took them on a brief run (still hot) then let Ginger
inside, gave her some eggs and liver water. I then lay down. Ginger
joined me in bedroom. Had a brief nap, phone rang, gor up answered it.
Then I noticed Ginger hadnt followed me into kitchen. Went back to
bedroom, she then followed me to kitchen. Answered some emails then
noticed Ginger laying by me ... shaking. I took her temp, 102.7. She
wouldnt eat even liver water. Its after 6 PM, the vet is closed. I got
an antibiotic down her (covered in canned dog food, she then ate a few
mouthfuls out of my hand.) Called husband, he still in town a half
hour away. She is still shaking. She wanted to go outside where she
drank water. I then fed and kenneled the other dogs, Ginger followed
to kennels but won't eat. She followed me back to the trailer but wont
come inside. She is now on the porch. She is still shaking. Her temp
still 102.7. I dont know what to do. I am waiting for husband to get
home I guess to take her to ER vet. Please pray for us. Oh my Lord,
please help me.


Update 11:15 PM

Just got back from ER vet. Left Ginger there on IV fluid and antibiotics and pain meds til tomorrow. When husband got home around 7 PMher temp was 104.5. I put wet towels on her belly and gave her sub-cu fluids, which seemed to slow the shaking to a tremor, but  decided to take her to ER vet. in Augusta It's about 45 min away. ( I could not face going through the night with Ginger in pain or in fever and waiting til morning to take her to Aiken.) By time we got there she was shivering violently again, and beginning to dehydrate (gums looking bad.) Temp 105. Admitted her (at least they let you stay with her while IVs placed etc), her front legs are too scarred now so had to do back leg. Ginger very sweet and dignified. Vet said will try different antibiotics, also pain med in case she is in pain. The tech on duty tonight used to work at the UGA oncology dept. so was very familiar with cancer patients. Ginger was resting more comfortably but still trembling when left around10:15. From what I remember of my  conversation with oncologist last time this happened, if its a secondary infection the antibiotics will work, if its the nodes going necrotic it won't. We should know tomorrow AM if it is working. I will call oncologist in AM. to see what he says. The ER vet is so gawdawful expensive ($650 for the 24 hr IV and antibiotics), however my local vet only can do IV in daytime (which worked last time, but not an option tonight) Also its Masters Week in Augusta so you really have to pick times to be able to even get over there and back.

THANK YOU for your prayers, I could feel your support, it kept me relatively calm and focused. At least I managed to take her temp properly , get an antibiotic into her, and give her the sub-cu fluids and get wet towels on her belly (none of which I would have been able to think straight enough to do without the advice from so many of you during our last crisis, and without feeling that you were all 'pulling for me' and I couldn't let Ginger (or y'all) down.)

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday April 6

Another warm, sunny, polleny day ... a golden haze over everything ... AM run, Ginger and the rest energy filled, down the hill we go, Ginger trotting at my left side, the others ranging around us, Banshee again heads for the chinaberry cave ... and emerges covered in yellow, coated in pollen sticking to her damp fur... Snoopy chases balls, DB runs to the back fence, Ginger explores the ditch, then back up to the trailer for meds, get food, feed and kennel, go to work... half day in Saluda (driving through the back roads, kicking up clouds of pollen) back at lunch time... dogs greet me with great excitement, go inside, Ginger springs up from the couch and just about knocks me over in enthusiasm... she's home! in the middle of the day!! Yes, it means extra eggs! This is my day for pet therapy with Banshee, I collect her and put her in car, DB tries to come with us, husband stops working and holds DB and Banshee and I go to the nursing home, where it's so good to see our friends, people and dogs ... who are all in Ginger's fan club and ask after her ... return home after pet therapy (with a side trip to buy dog food, and update the SuperPtez girls on Ginger, who is a well loved customer) then back home, by this time I'm so overwhelmed by pollen I have to lay down (our bedroom has an air purifier) after greeting Ginger, Damcat and the rest ... up again, into my mowing outfit, it's cooler now, take the dogs for a good evening run, Ginger again trotting by my left side, around and around the trees (I'm trying to keep the vetch from climbing up the young trees) then back up the hill for supper, feed and kennel, bring Ginger in for meds and ground turkey .... she is very energetic, keeps wanting to go out (now that its cooler and not as polleny), so I sit on the porch with her, counting stars .... another good day for my sweet red dancing girl, thank you Lord, and thank you all for your prayers and support, without which none of this would be possible.

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

Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday April 5

Sunny, very warm, pollen in yellow clouds, looks like smoke ... good
AM run, Ginger lively ... gave meds, fed and kenneled, went to work
... through the pollen haze ... rough day at work, AC out upstairs,
much work to be done ... husband calls midday, says all the dogs are just laying around, the air quality is terrible, their water buckets
keep getting pollen in them, he and worker were putting in trenche and almost passing out from the pollen (even though they had masks on)
 ... Ginger inside, won't go out (smart dog). Got home in evening, DB,Snoopy and Banshee met me enthusiastically at gate, Ginger VERY enthusiastic when I got inside, hurling herself at me, dancing around in circles. Got changed and took them for run, tried to do some mowing, managed to get mower stuck, so walked back, Ginger right at my side, the others circling around us, dark anyway ... got food, fed and kenneled, brought Ginger inside for evening meds ... she is still jumpy with nervous energy ... but a good day for her. Thanking you all for your prayers and support and for accompanying us on our journey
Mary Lou
DB,Banshee,Ginger and Snoopy(dogs)
Callie in spirit (04/90-06/07)