We adopted Ginger Mae on April 26th through a Golden Retriever rescue group near us. Her limited back story is just heartbreaking.
On April 2nd, Ginger (her given name that day) was found as a stray in a city near us. She was turned right over to our rescue group GRIN (Golden Retrievers In Need). From there she was vetted. After a thorough check-up the vet determined her age around 8-9 years old. She was 20 pounds underweight, severely arthritic (especially her hips and hind legs) had a gash on her upper-right chest, had tapeworm, a UTI and was so matted her whole chest/underside had to be shaved off. The poor girl was so stinky and dirty, she was bathed for three days in a row. She was also a shaking, nervous wreck and couldn’t walk on the non-carpeted floor without her limbs splaying out like little Bambi on an icy pond.
After staying with the vet for ten days, she moved to her foster family’s home. She was fostered in a home with two other dogs who welcomed her, but she still remained nervous.
We applied to rescue a senior age golden online with GRIN. The approval process included a phone interview, a vet interview (they interviewed our vet), then a GRIN representative visited our home and met our pet Golden, Sophie. Lastly, our whole family of humans plus Sophie piled into the car and drove 1 1/2 hours to meet Ginger. The organization matches the human families to their available dogs. I have to say, they were spot on with our match. We fell instantly in love with her! We hung out in her foster home, then took both Goldens for a walk. Ginger was even better on the leash than Sophie! We scheduled her permanent transfer for the next weekend. At home, we doubled all the necessary gear and prepared for our new family member.
On the day of pick-up, A(10) rode with me in the mini-van to bring her home. We helped Ginger up into the van and showed her the comfy bed on the floor. A. rode in the back with her to keep her company for the 90 minute ride home. This is when we learned that Ginger HATES car rides. She didn’t get motion sickness, thankfully. However, she whined, paced, and shook with anxiety for more than 2/3 of the way home. Poor baby!
Now, she’s been with us for 12 weeks. It’s like she’s been with us her entire life. She and Sophie are quite a pair of sweet personalities. Sophie notices when we pay attention to her new sister, gets jelly on her face, then butts in for some love from us, too! They are perfectly compatible. Ginger was somebody’s house-trained and beloved pet, that we are sure of. She’s not had any potty accidents. We’ve not had to crate her inside. She doesn’t run off when pottying outside. She likes cheese (but learned that peanut butter is quite yummy, too!).
Her nerves have settled down for the most part. She is terrified of thunder storms and loud surprising noises. She startles at fast, unexpected movements around her (kids). So, we’re careful to turn down the activity in the area directly around her.
We provide her with a home, love, joint supplements, and arthritis medicine. But what Ginger brought to our family is a dimension of unconditional love that one can only receive from a rescued pet.
If you are considering adding a pet to your human family, please look into adopting a rescued/shelter animal before purchasing one from a breeder. You won’t be sorry.
If you live in the Cleveland, OH, area and you are interested in supporting GRIN, here is a link to their website.
Take care of yourself, your pet and each other!