Day by Day in NW Montana - August 2013

By: bionicdan , 5:00 AM GMT on August 24, 2013

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August 23, 2013

Flash, Marty, Brandy, Rebel, Moose, Bozo, Pokey, Gulliver, Buckwheat, Cody, Shelby, Cinnamon, Tribble, ... Ginger, and others not mentioned; the names bring back an image or more for each of them. They enter your life. They steal your heart. Memories of great joy make you laugh as you recall the time they spent with you. The time goes by and before you know it the day comes for them to give your heart back to you. A heart not stolen afterall; just borrowed, and although older, the heart returned feels stronger. For now they have given memories back to you. Parting is never easy. And the goodbye can be sudden, but necessary. So it is. A life ends. And a life goes on. Of all the dogs named, only one was really my dog ... from the start ... and until the end ... I will miss you Ginger. Thanks!

(Ginger: June 12, 1996 -- August 23, 2013)

Ginger: 1996-2013 photo Ginger_003_zpsf51a091a.jpg

August 24, 2013. There is a sad emptiness surrounding me today. Although her interactions and responses to calling her name were dulled for quite some time, she was there. And I talked to her frequently. She had been unable to jump onto the couch without help so I put an old cushion on the floor to shorten the jump. Lately, she did not get onto the couch at all unless I lifted her there. But she was there. Sometimes lying on the cushion, sometimes beside it on the floor next to my chair. Often, very quietly, she would get up from her sleeping place and pace around, as though looking for something that was lost. And I would often get up from my chair as well and look for her as though to help find what had caused her to rise. I would put her outside where she would either stand, still looking for something, or wander, a continued searching for something she seemed to no longer be able to find. And then she would stand some more. I would go outside after awhile and somehow catch her attention. Although blind and unable to hear, she would sense me walking by and turn and follow me wherever I went, and eventually back into the house. Once back in the house she would sometimes eat or drink a bit and again wander and search until finally turning in a circle and lying down to rest. Sometimes back on her bed. Often lately, just anywhere at the end of the search. Maybe in a sunbeam, maybe just at the end of the hallway, her search ended for a while until the next awakening.

I put her cushion away today.

There is an emptiness on the floor next to my chair.

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10. bionicdan
9:00 PM GMT on August 26, 2013
PeaceRiverBP: Thanks for the {{{hugs}}}. I shall miss Ginger for some time, that is certain. Interestingly, today, one of the cats that has spent almost all summer outside with very little house-cat time, came in and curled up on the couch in the spot usually occupied by Ginger. It made me feel both sad and happy at the same time.

Vincent taking Gingers place
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9. bionicdan
8:45 PM GMT on August 26, 2013
calpoppy: Thank you! Ginger was a great companion and hiking partner for almost every daily walk. We did cut her some slack during the wet fresh winter snowfalls, sometimes, but usually she happily trekked along even though her legs and belly turned to snowballs during some of the walks.

 Ginger on Winter hike 20110209
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8. PeaceRiverBP
9:47 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
Dan; I'm SO sorry for your loss. Dogs may be the most loyal, loving and devoted creatures on Earth and losing one of our fur kids is amongst the most heartrending of life's experiences. I had my "Ginger", a collie/shepherd/husky mix named Sugar who passed away 20 years ago and I still miss her terribly, but yet, I'm grateful for the almost 14 years we had together; her constant companionship and love. I wouldn't have given up those years with her for anything.

The Gingers and the Sugars are the lucky dogs; cherished, well care-for and deservedly, grieved. Many {{{hugs}}} to you. May the fond memories of happy days with Ginger give you comfort.

~ Beth
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7. calpoppy
8:30 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
So very sorry Dan!! Ginger has been so much a part of your blogs!!! Dogs are special, they are friends, companions, hiking partners and will always be a part of us.
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6. bionicdan
7:54 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
palmettobug53: Thanks for the hugs! Yes, they are part of the family. Here at the ranch, we have had, and lost, a number of cats. Some just disappear, one was apparently struck by a car, a couple of others have gotten sick and eventually died. Other "ranch" animals have passed more suddenly, here one day and gone the next. The dogs however; still become the most special family members. I think it is because they live with us more closely, both outside of the house and inside. In addition, we as the caregivers for those family members most often have to make a conscious decision when it is their time to pass.

Thanks again for the hugs!
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5. palmettobug53
1:11 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
Dan, I'm so sorry to hear about Ginger.

Lord knows, I've been through this same situation so many times. I know how hard it is to lose our special companions. Our four legged, hairy children.

They become a part of our family and are with us for all too short a time.

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4. bionicdan
4:23 AM GMT on August 25, 2013
Linda: Thank you for you kind words. Yes, since I considered Ginger to be my dog, she was often featured in photos. (I did a quick search of images since around 2008, and Ginger showed up in the image name for over 800 of them). She did love the romps in the snow. Even during the walk on Thursday, she was "off-leash" and romped happily like the Ginger of old! But it was her time to travel on. A recent article on the news showed Montana as one of the top states for dog longevity, and Ginger may have been able to wander for another year or so but with a declining quality of life.

I do remember doing the "four dogs together" image post for you. During my browse through some of the images that resulted from my search, I saw some of them again. Ginger's brother, Cinnamon, was let go over two years ago. He was just about 15 at the time. Now it is just the two Standards with us.

Thanks for stopping by.
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3. shoreacres
1:47 AM GMT on August 25, 2013
Oh, Dan. I'm so sorry. I felt like I knew Ginger the best of all your dogs - perhaps because she was so special to you. I remember her tracking through the snow, happy as can be. It's just such a sorrow to think of her decline and death.

On the other hand, you were there for her. She wasn't alone, and had the comfort of your presence. I went into my photo files and discovered so many pictures of your animals. You probably don't remember, but when I couldn't sort them all out you sent me a photo of the four dogs - Ginger was one, of course.

Thank you for telling us, so we can grieve her loss, too.
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2. bionicdan
6:22 PM GMT on August 24, 2013
GardenGrrl: Thank you. Time will lessen the sadness I feel now but memories of her will be with me forever.
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1. GardenGrrl
4:19 PM GMT on August 24, 2013

A friend is always a friend no matter fur or skin.
Condolences on your loss. -Gardengrrl
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