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1/3/2011-We got sad news today
Hi Marc...

Unfortunately, this email is written with great sadness and TREMENDOUS heartbreak...we had to say good-bye to our sweet Ginger baby yesterday.  We found out on Thursday that she had very advanced cancer in her adrenal glands in addition to a large tumor that was wrapped around her vena cava cutting off blood supply to her hind legs.  This apparently also had metastasized to the liver.  She had been having difficulties with vomitting and diarrhea kind of off and on for the last month--she would have it for a day and then be better for a week and then it would show up again...every time we thought we had solved the problem until finally we knew something was not right (especially since in the last week she began having a harder time walking).  We took her to the emergency vet hospital Wed night and they suggested we see the internist at the other hospital in Springfield on Thurs.  So, we took her in and the vet was expecting to see test results lead to Addison's disease or Inflammatory bowel...but the ultrasound shocked us all.  Over the rest of Thurs and Fri she began telling us she was too tired to keep going and we quickly began noticing her having an even harder time walking and getting up on our bed (which you know was really HER bed)...So, Saturday we made the difficult decision to let her go and be free of the pain she would continue to endure at greater and greater degrees.

Marc, she was our best friend and the best part of our lives....and we THANK YOU with all our hearts for giving us such a precious gift!  We know this will be just as hard on you as it is on us...we have cried and cried since we got the news and the crying has only gotten worse since having to say good-bye.  A lot of sleepless nights are ahead as I wake up frequently realizing my best bed partner is no longer beside me and I have lost my most precious and sweetest shadow.  She truly was a one of a kind dog/person who stole our hearts the minute we left your driveway!!!  So, please know that we will be thinking of you as well....but always remember she was treated like the queen she truly was and will ALWAYS be Loved...and GREATLY missed!!! 

My husband and I put a little tribute to her on our blog page if you would like to read it....the web address is www.6metersrus.blogspot.com

May Ginger rest in peace knowing that she made our lives better just by being a part of them!!!!

Thank you again for giving us the greatest gift we could have ever received...her unconditional Love and the continuous joy and laughter that came with it!

Erica and Rhonda

Adopted 7/8/06!!
It's been a long road, more than 2 years,
 but we finally made it girl!
Ginger has her special home

  • Gender - female
  • Age - 11 months
  • DOB -
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight -
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 4/17/04
  • Available as of - 6/17/04
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - some
  • Good with other dogs - Unk
    • with cats - Unk
    • with kids - Unk
    • with the elderly - Unk
  • Temperament -
  • Comments
Ginger was turned in to a shelter by her owners because they had to move to an apartment and could not take her with. She is a female, 11 months old, Great Dane who is housebroken. She is a sweet girl. She hasn't been around cats, kids or other dogs.

Update - Ginger turned out to have a number of issues. She was very fearful and it seemed she had been abused at some point. She required significant rehab and frankly we never thought we'd find her the right home. We had Ginger on our Sanctuary list, which is for dogs who are difficult or impossible to place. We continued to list her and work with her, but we had pretty much resigned ourselves to the fact that she would live out her life here. She was a sweet girl, quirky and odd, and high energy for a Dane, but as loving as she could be. We worked out ways to train her without panicking her, worked out ways to get her out of her panics when she got into them, and generally worked on getting her to a point where she was adoptable by someone who was willing to do that extra bit of work with her, and had the patience to work around her "triggers."  Ginger is living proof that there is a home out there for almost any dog, and that with patience and time, all dogs can find that home.

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And if you have any questions about Ginger or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-746-0863

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