Some dogs touch you in new ways.
They just have a spirit about them that reaches far inside and pulls something spectacular out of you.
Ginger was that kind of dog.
A beautiful Yellow Lab, she had a regal air about her. She was smooth in her pace and when she lay down, it was as if she was folding into the ground.
When she smiled, you understand why people think Yellow Labs have the best smile.
When she was our demonstration dog at our Pet Partner Workshops, she always impressed the students with her abilities and sweetness.
When she served as our Neutral Dog during evaluations, everyone wanted their dog to be “like Ginger.”
Ginger loved reading with children and helping kids with their physical and occupational rehab and she developed a very special bond with one little boy they worked with often. The little boy would squeal with joy when he saw “his” dog and the very difficult therapy sessions were made more fun and productive because of this gentle dog.
She taught us the most valuable lesson to learn as therapy teams: listen to your animal and follow their lead. Go where they shine and thrive and love the work they do.
Ginger led the way.
Ginger passed away this week and she joins Coco, Kirby, Bailey, Rocky, Bingo, Gummy and all the other outstanding therapy pets we have come to know and love.
Our very sincerest thoughts are sent to Susan, Billy and everyone who cherished this beautiful dog.