Thursday, May 19, 2011

RIP Ginger :'-(

As some of you know from facebook, Ryan's beloved pooch and friend, Ginger, died unexpectedly on Monday. It was such a shock to everyone. She still had plenty of good, healthy years left and she was FINE on Sunday. Totally unexpected. It has hit Ryan really hard, she was supposed to be "best dog" at our wedding next week. Now he is having trouble feeling excited about the wedding because he is so sad.
She really was the best dog ever, such a beautiful dog too. She LOVED teasing Ryan, almost as much as he loved teasing her. She was so gentle, she would let my nephew pet her and climb all over her. She loved eating pretzels and sitting directly in front of a fan all summer. She loved to hold hands; she would always go sit next to someone and give them her paw. She loved to play with Ryan and sometimes they'd play rough and she would lovingly bite his hands, no matter how hard I tried, she would NEVER even playfully bite my hands. If Ryan pinched her side she would turn and show her teeth (playing of course) but when I pinched her side she wouldn't even turn and look at me. She LOVED chewing and cuddling with her toys and was really smart. One time the mail-man rang the door bell and Ginger ran to her pile of toys and came back with her mail-man toy!! Ginger also had an eye for fashion apparently because one day I went to Ryan's house with a flower pin on my jean jacket and Ginger walked right up to me, jumped up on me (for like the first time ever) bit the pin right off my jacket and then walked away with it. She was the best dog I have ever known and her untimely death has shocked and saddened all of us.
I've been dreading Ginger's passing ever since I started dating Ryan and quickly learned just how much she meant to him. Ginger is the only female that I've ever felt threatened by in my relationship with Ryan. He would have picked Ginger over me in a second during the first few years of our relationship. Hello ladies, Ryan made ME sit in the BACK seat so GINGER could sit in the FRONT seat! True story!! This pooch meant everything to Ryan and his family and I feel so sad for all of them. :-(









This is Ryan's last picture he has with Ginger

LOVE YOU, GINGER!!!!!!

25 comments:

Teamarcia said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet is sooooo hard. Ginger is a true beauty inside and out. Cherish all the great memories. Hugs.

Kayla said...

So sorry to hear about Ginger!!Thats never easy!! But on a positive note, how exciting that the wedding is next week!!!

Richelle said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry for your loss. Ginger was such a beautiful dog and so well-loved.

Amanda said...

Believe me when I say I am so sorry and I feel Ryan's pain. I only have pets - they are my kids so when ever something happens it is quite heartbreaking.

Ginger was a very lucky dog to have loving people in her life. Remember her for her amazing qualities and cherish the time you all had together.

And don't worry she'll be in your hearts at the wedding and I'm sure she'll be watching over you all!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Oh my gosh. I am so terribly sorry for you and Ryan. The loss loss of a beloved pet is the most difficult thing I have ever gone through. I have tears reading this post and thinking of your heartbreak.

Ginger was blessed to be a part of your family.

I am praying for you all and Cooper is sending golden hugs your way.

Michelle said...

Oh I am so sorry. Our dog is just like one of the family--so sad she went suddenly. I know she will be with you on your wedding day.

H Love said...

So sad!! So sorry! This is a huge loss! Looks like the sweetest dog!! Thinking of you both!

Zaneta said...

I am so sorry Bethany and Ryan!! :(

She was a beautiful dog!! Sounds (and looks) like she had quite the personality!!

I will be thinking and praying for you all!! Losing a friend, especially a beloved pet that has been with you through everything, is really hard... love you guys!

Stacie said...

I'm so sorry. Pets really are a huge part of the family. I still miss our cats that we lost last July.

Ginger looked so sweet. I hope you, Ryan, and the rest of the family can recover and hopefully the wedding will be a distraction to everyone. Thinking of you guys.

Margs @ Faster Bunny said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. Your dog looked like an awesome companion and friend :).

Silly Girl Running said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! As a dog owner, you'll know this dreaded moment will come one day. But it's heart-breaking just thinking about it. Give Ryan my 'fellow dog lover's' love!

Suzy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Loosing a pet is like loosing a family member. It is not a good week for pets as my mom's SI is having to put his 14 year old dog down today. :'(

Jennifer said...

This crushing! I am so sorry. I don't know how I would do it, so I hope that you can some solace from knowing that so many kind thoughts and words are coming from so many folks who love you!

teacherwoman said...

I am sooo sorry for your loss. Such a sad ordeal. Losing a pet like that is like losing a family member. *hugs*

MomRunningFromCancer said...

So sorry to read about Ginger. It is especially sad occuring so close to your wedding. During a time you should be your happiest - your hearts are heavy with sadness. Dogs are simply canine members of the family, but certainly members of the family.

Michelle said...

Sending healing thoughts your way. Take care...

Marlene said...

I am so sorry for you guys. :(

Laura said...

This is so sad to read..I actually couldn't get through it all. We lost our bud a few yrs ago and I still miss him but know we have such amazing memories of him...

Sara said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of Ginger. I do not know where I would be without my dogs. Prayers and thoughts to you and yours. So sorry to hear this news.

Johann said...

That is so sad. I'm really sorry to hear this. I know how everyone feels. I love all my animals just as much. Luckily you can be there for Ryan. Prayers and thoughts for you!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

I'm so sorry to hear the sad news. Having recently lost our cat to skin cancer, I totally understand.

such a pretty baby

Jim ... 50after40 said...

I'm so sorry. This is the second time in two days I've read a blog like this and it breaks my heart. We all love our dogs like family and it hurts when they leave. I'm sure you have a lifetime of memories with Ginger. Best wishes.

Kerrie T. said...

Aw. So sorry to hear this. I so know how it feels. My AJ passed at away at only 6 years. It wasn't completely unexpected because he had some health issues, but it was still heartbreaking. Especially for me. AJ was my dog. He was basically like a child to me. He passed away in 2009 and I still miss him every day.

Maybe Ryan can do something special like carry a small picture of Ginger in his pocket during your wedding so that she can be there in spirit.

A month after AJ died, I ran my first half marathon with a boxer-dog pin on my hat. The crazy thing is, a spectator of the race was watching with his boxer. I ran over and petted the dog during my race. I have seen boxers at EVERY race since then.

Hugs.

stephen taylor said...

So sorry to hear about Ginger Ryan. Some people dont understand the love a man or woman has for a dog but I do understand. Sending you good wishes and soothing vibes. Ginger will be with you on your special day. have a great day on Friday and i will see you guys this weekend
Stephen T

Jen said...

So sorry for your loss. That really is hard. Good luck with your upcoming wedding!