Monday, July 29, 2013

Adding one more to our family was the last thing on my mind when I headed out to Petsmart to pick up canned food, treats, cat litter, and cat liners for our seven cats. There are always cats and dogs in the adoption room and I avoid that place like the plague. I am a softee when it comes to animals. We have seven cats because we failed as fosters.

Here I was, minding my own business when one of the Humane Society volunteers came slowly ambling down the cat food aisle with a little pudgy puppy slung over his shoulder like a human baby. I quickly looked away, but I could feel those soulful eyes on me. Sure enough I looked up and those beautiful brown eyes were watching.

I did not need a baby anything I reminded myself. But, when I met the two of them in the cat litter aisle, I was already finding myself drawn to it. Long story short, the volunteer was "trolling" and caught a sucker - me. I swear I don't know how it happened but I found myself filling out the paperwork to adopt the pup, but I had to wait to take her home until after she was fixed.

Ginger was the sweetest puppy, but was the devil to train. She ate EVERY plant on my back porch and dug holes everywhere. We both benefited from training classes. She grew into the most loving dog and we have never been sorry that she joined our family. That tiny puppy now weighs 85lbs. After our grandson was born and came to our home for babysitting while my daughter and her husband worked, she thought Aiden was her baby too. My grandson is now 3 and half and the two of them are inseparable. When he takes his afternoon nap, she lays on the floor beside him.

Two weeks ago I found lumps on her neck. We took her to the vet and just found out that she has cancer. Its in all of her lymph glands. We were given he number to a specialist, but the $225.00 the regular vet charged wiped us out. We will have some tough decisions to make and I wish we didn't. I love this dog and can't imagine not having her here. But more importantly I don't want her to suffer. Some times life just isn't fair.
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    I love the story of how you ended up adopting your sweet girl. I am so sorry she is sick. They ought to have human medical insurance policies that you can add your pets onto for a small fee as an option. It's horrible and wrong that the only options when something like this happens are either to wipe out your savings account or say goodbye to your beloved pet. My heart goes out to you. emoticon
    2059 days ago
    So sorry to hear! You get to love them as much as family, I know the decisions will be hard. I'm here if you need to talk...
    2060 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear this :( I do know what you are going through as we lost our cat Zeke (after 18 years!) to what I believe was cancer last year. I still miss him. It's clear you love Ginger. She was blessed to have found a wonderful home and family and it sounds like she could not have been more loved. Prayers for Ginger and your family!
    2061 days ago
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