Farewell Ginger

My heart is broken. Ginger passed away today while I was at work. Paul found her lying outside in the afternoon sun and she simply didn’t wake.

Knowing that the end was near doesn’t make losing her any easier. At 14+ years, it’s only been the last couple of months that I’ve worried about her health. Last week, I was certain I’d need to call the vet soon, but she seemed to rebound. I’m grateful I didn’t have to make that decision.

GingerThis is the picture from the rescue web site that captured my heart so long ago. She wasn’t always an easy puppy, but I loved her. She was incredibly protective evidenced by the window trim she chewed up over the years trying to break out and eat the mailman.

I miss you already, Gingy. May Heaven bring you all the celery and pizza crusts your heart desires.

More on Ginger, my unsung beast, here.

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20 Responses to Farewell Ginger

  1. Maud says:

    Our dog died in the same way at 13 years. It was so shocking at the time, but as time went by we realized how blessed we were that she lived well till the end. Is it not what we ALL wish for? I’m so sorry for your loss though, it hurts

  2. Dad says:

    I am very sorry you lost Ginger. We have lost several dogs and it’s like losing a member of the family. I’m sure you are all in mourning. After a some time replace her with another dog. I advise against trying to replicate Ginger. That only prolongs comparing the new dog with Ginger. Look for a new individual and begin a new adventure.

    • sjbennett says:

      Oh Dad, I don’t think we could ever replace Ginger Beast. She was a one of a kind! Ornery and loveable all at the same time. Not sure I’m ready for a new adventure yet, even though this is the first time I’ve been without a dog in the house. Love you!

  3. Leslie says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Ginger. The dogs I have had in my life have wound their way around my heart and I have been heart-broken by their passing. Your post struck me tonight as I am dealing with my own dog’s health failing and the next few weeks we may have to make a decision that I don’t want to think about. Know that my thoughts are with you and your family.

    • sjbennett says:

      It’s sad to hear you too are dealing with this. Treasure this time with your puppy!

  4. Suz K says:

    so sorry to hear about Ginger. She seems like a great dog.

  5. SuzyMcQ says:

    My most sincere sympathy to you and your family on Ginger’s passing.

  6. Lisa Ludlow says:

    I am sorry for the loss of your dog. We have had dogs off and on and for us they are a wonderful reminder of how to live.
    Get up with waggy-tail, have snacks and naps, go outside and explore and for goodness sake’s don’t take ourselves too seriously.
    Blessings Lisa

  7. Debbie says:

    So sorry for you loss… 🙁 I lost my 11 year old dachshund, Oscar, to kidney failure on May 14th of this year… It is so hard, and I miss him so much… But I know we will be together again at Rainbow bridge… I promise it will get easier… God Bless… <3

  8. neena simmons says:

    So sorry. Sounds like she ended in peace. God Bless

  9. Kimberly says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. What a sweet girl. We lost our two sweet girls within 18 days of each other this Spring. I know what you mean about a broken heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • sjbennett says:

      Thank you, Kimberly. It’s so sad to lose not one puppy, but two. I’m so sorry!

  10. I am sorry to hear about Ginger, it is so hard when we lose a pet who has been a part of the family for so long.


  11. Sadie sgjj says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that Gingy has passed away. It is so sad when we loose a loved one.. All my dogs have gone now, but are always with me in spirit. You have lots of photos of all the happy times you all spent together. Presently I’m looking after 2 baby hedgehogs that were left by their mum at 3 weeks of age, they are doing really well. Today I went to pick up 8 ducklings that had lost mum. They’re all tucked up safe now. My thoughts will be with you and your family.

  12. Linda Edens says:

    I too have lost precious 4 legged kids. I have lost 3
    Basset Hounds in just over a year. One was 11, 10 1//2 and another was 2 months short of 10. I have another Basset and he really fills my life. He is a stubborn, onry little boy but love him anyway. He fills the loneliness of my apartment and wouldn’t think of being without a 4 legged kid around. So sorry that you lost her and you will always miss her.

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