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At A Glance
July 11, 2012
I love to give my foster dogs nicknames. Ginger's is "Ginger-ale". Why? Because she is so bubbly of course! She is just SO HAPPY! She comes from a family that loved her and found it extremely hard to give her up. I can see why. She is 75 pounds of pure joy! She has absolutely no bad habits to break, and many good habits I wish my own dog had. Her only problem is the limbo of her life...waiting for the next phase of her life to start. Every day she stays with our family, is one more day she is not settling into her new life.
Ginger is a pretty gal, with a long, feathery coat of a medium red, and a pre-mature white face. But she is NO senior citizen. She will be 5 years old in September and the doc says she is in great shape, except for a suspected case of lymes disease that she is being treated for at this time.
She loves to fetch and has discovered that fetching is even more fun in the water, but swimming is an emerging skill for her. She has her own little water dance going on as she slaps her way with her front paws out to the stick, and then tries to put it all together long enough to stay afloat on her way back to you. But don't assume she isn't athletic. Her tail provides enough aerobic activity for anyone. It is constantly wagging...and her tongue balances the workout enough to keep her in perfect shape. Do your kids need their face washed? Ginger is on the way! She LOVES her human and wants to show it, but respects your personal space...if you insist. But if you lie down on the floor with her, you are fair game. Your fault if you put your face in licking distance. Most of the time she is happy to lie beside you and wait till the next activity begins...or look out the window. She has free reign of the house when we are not home....not a destructive bone in her body. She has never had people food (well...before she came to us...) so has no real interest in the food on your countertop, or in your garbage can. I let her lick the inside of my yogurt container and she did have a pretty happy look on her face when she was done though. But she had quite a quizzical look on her face when I gave her pill to her in the usual blob of peanut butter. I thought ALL dogs like peanut butter!
She loves car rides and will hop in the car even if the door is open and you are not going anywhere. She loves to go for walks. WAIT! I found something to complain about! She pulls the leash...for about 5 minutes, then settles down and gets to business in the sniff department. I suspect that she would do fine with a person who wants a running partner, but since I don't run myself, I wouldn't know that for absolute sure.
If it makes you feel better you could build her a fenced in back yard, but it really isn't necessary. She doesn't want to be anywhere but with you and sticks around the yard with just a little urging once in a while. She has just enough separation anxiety to keep tabs on YOU. I suspect she would do very well with an invisible fence.
I LOVE this DOG! Ginger is easiest foster I have had so far. If it weren't for the other dogs that need help finding homes, I would be satisfied to have her with me for a long time. But I want to end this limbo she is in. She needs a family to give her the love she always knew before she had to be surrendered for adoption. Her family anxiously awaits news that they can relax, knowing that she is going to be all right. Have your children been bugging you to get a dog? Do you hate the idea of puppy puddles? Well I have the dog for you!