Saturday, October 24, 2009

Good Bye dear friend

We waved as the truck drove out of sight, bearing Ginger, our old, blind dog who has been in our family longer than our children. I shut my heart, refusing entrance to memories, or guilt for the moment. I only allow myself the small indulgence of recording this event as a small vent for my feelings.

On the humorous side, this morning, Briz announced in a cheerful voice, "kids, say goodbye to Ginj today. Today is her magical day. Today she becomes a spirit dog!" The children did not share his enthusiasm for Ginger's future progression and broke into tears. Tears on the sofa, tears in the corner, and tears in the back yard. After awhile, my all male husband had all he could take. "There is no reason to cry. Ginger is old, her body doesn't work any more. She'll be much happier." He looked at me incredulously wondering why his explanation wasn't working. I intervened with loves and a family prayer asking for peace and understanding that death is not the end. Then Briz offered Gingie some baloney.

Ginger has some amazing qualities: Unlimited patience and love were her best. I hope she is romping with Ming chasing rabbits and squirrels. I think this is about all I can take right now so I'll go think about laundry. One little ladybug just returned with her father and needs a snuggle.


  1. Oh this one pulls on my heart strings. I know they become part of the family and I'm so sorry you have to lose her for now. She is in better place, though, and she doesn't have to hurt anymore.

  2. Holly, when we put Alvin down a few months ago, our vet gave us this beautiful poem. I think you and your kids would enjoy it. It's called "Over the Rainbow Bridge." Here it is:

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    Author unknown...

  3. been unable to comment for a while due to slow computer (or see pictures) Good to catch up on your posts here with mom. we love you all. dear sweet ginger.