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#423: Tears For a Dog Named Ginger I Never Met

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Today has been a day filled with tears of sadness. Not for me but for another member of SP. We do not know each other, yet her situation resonates with me and I truly do share the misery she and her son are undergoing.

BOVEY63 lost her beautiful dog Ginger today emoticon. Please go to her profile page, read the blog she posted earlier and her friend feed update and look at the pictures of dear Ginger www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
. If you have been a pet owner as I and many other have been, and are, you know the special attachment that develops between pets and their owners. Especially pet dogs.

They protect us and are unwaveringly loyal. They are funny and playful. They sense when we are sad and when we are happy. All they ask in return is a bit of love and attention. emoticon

So when I first read BOVEY63's blog this morning I had to save it because I was crying too much. But this evening when I went back to it the tears continued to flow.

All for a dog I have never seen in person.

But also for the owners, especially the young son who is devastated over losing his best friend. emoticon

Perhaps my tears are from memories of having lost so many of my own pets in the past. Or maybe from the fear of the days in the future when I will lose even more of them.

But, isn't passing on part of our circle of live on earth? For people and pets? Still, it is a difficult situation to face. I also feel this way about friends and others when they lose a family member but it just seems different for me when it comes to pets. That may sound uncaring but is not meant that way. I also grieve deeply for my relatives and friends who have died.

So why so much emotion for a dog I have only seen in pictures and for people I have never met? Is it simply an emotionally down day for me for some unknown reason? Unresolved grief? A feeling of compassion for those who are hurting, especially a young boy who may not yet comprehend why these things happen?

I don't know. I wish I could be there for Ginger's family to share some tears and to offer a real hug emoticon of support. So, why the tears? I don't know and I am not ashamed for having them.

RIP in Rainbow emoticon Heaven Ginger. I am sure you left many happy memories for those who knew you. I wish we had been able to spend time together.

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    Oh are pets are so like our children! They are always there for you. Try to cheer up Lou! It's okay to cry! It's very cleansing and helps you move on. You are just a very compassionate person!
    Big emoticon to you and Ginger's family!
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  • XENA1956
    Thanks I will go to her blog. I lost my dog, Lucy back in March. There were so many kind people on Sparks.
    3756 days ago
    I will go visit the Spark Page and will keep Ginger's family in my prayers. I am sure that they are devastated. You are a wonderful & tenderhearted man. Thank you for sharing this blog with us. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon
    3756 days ago
    I am sad for that family. I have lost pets that I loved too. Pets truly become part of a family.

    At this time I don't have any pets , but my Mother has a dog name Sam ...when I call her she puts the phone to his ears and has me say Hi to him. LOL Mom, has taught Sam , to say "I Love You"....I have heard him say it! He also says yes and no. LOL As they say."Believe it or not", but it is true. I buy gifts for Sam, on Holidays-he is part of the family!

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  • LESLIES537
    It may be a combination of all of those things. Whatever it is...we are here for you. I'm sorry you are having a rough time with this and will certainly go send my condolences to Gingers family. RIP Ginger
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    emoticon I am a bit the same, when feeling emotional it doesn't have to be something or someone you know. Thank you for a wonderful blog. emoticon
    3757 days ago
    Lou, that was just beautiful and a great comfort for Ginger's family. You truly are a compassionate soul.
    3757 days ago
    It is hard to lose a pet that we love and adore as family. I cry also for her. It is very sad. :( Pets are a part of our sole. They love us and care for us.

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  • SPARKIE1964
    Your tears are heartfelt, even for a dog and a person you don't even know, because you are truly a compassionate soul. I never lost a dog this way, but my mother did give each one my dad got away after 6 months so I think I learned to not get attached which I've since worked through. It is true that this is part of life, but it's never easy...

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  • BOVEY63
    There aren't words enough to thank you for this beautiful tribute Lou. You have touched my heart in such an amazing way.
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    I am going to share this with my family, copy and save it, and place it with other treasures I have been given over the years. You have a most beautiful soul my friend.
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    It is hard to lose a pet.
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  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    You are such a compassionate person. Thanks for sharing.

    3757 days ago
    Your compassion touches me, Lou.
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