Here’s a story that will melt your heart – Ginger a.k.a Gingy as her mom fondly calls her is a rescued pupper who was kindly taken under the aegis of one of the leading organisations working in Animal Welfare.
Sometime in the year 2017, her mom had a brainwave and was keen to #adoptdontshop for a dog so it began with visits to the shelter home and knowing more about dogs and the non-negotiable responsibilities of having one.
As a new parent with absolutely no experience of having a dog around, she had been discouraged by a lot of people to not to get Gingy home.And now turn the clock to today, Gingy is the apple of everyone’s eye at home – so much pampered and showered with love.
It took a great deal of thinking on her part to arrive at the decision because she knew once taken, she will never reverse it, come what may.
We met Ginger when we moved to India, a super-charged two-year old Labrador puppy and probably she was the first one to greet us with much enthusiasm and joy. Our kid fondly calls her Gigi! What say, the hair color matches with the namesake, eh!
Gingy instantly hit it off with our pet Eva, our Golden Retriever, sniffing and jumping and sharing treats! Yes you read it right ..sharing treats. Dogs hate sharing ..especially treats.
But Ginger is absolutely non-territorial. She is bundle of energy and extremely naughty. Well her mom, Pragya has been in many embarrassing situations due to Gingy’s quirky traits. She can open drawers, cupboards, chew furniture – she has chewed off an entire portion of a brand-new L-shaped sofa and many other furniture items her mom so lovingly got when she moved to namma Bengaluru, she is adept at stealing from kitchen counter and much more. Pragya feels no matter how old Gingy grows, she will always remain the brat she is…she is super adventurous and accompanies her parent everywhere she goes.
It’s impawsible to believe that Ginger has a heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and have to live on supplements rest of her life.
DCM is a disease of the heart muscle that is characterized by an enlarged heart that does not function properly. With DCM, both the upper and lower chambers of the heart become enlarged, with one side being more severely affected than the other. When the ventricle, or lower chamber, becomes enlarged, its ability to pump blood out into the lungs and body deteriorates.
Treatment for DCM is heavily focused on improving the heart’s function, and on treating the symptoms of congestive heart failure. Drugs may be administered to enhance heart contraction and to slow down rapid beating, and diuretics may be used to control the accumulation of fluid in the lungs.
It was heart-breaking when it was discovered but when someone asks Pragya if she would give Gingy away, as the treatment is expensive, lifelong and requires regular care…pat comes the reply “not till my last breath, Gingy is love, she is life, she is everything”.
This is a representation of the unwavering commitment for our pets and ability to stand by all that comes with it but what you earn is priceless…it is the unconditional love that will melt your heart with every woof, every jump, every lick, every glance, every roll, every wag and every little unique, countless gesture that your pet will show towards you to fill your life with so much joy and love in its short life…for you are its forever family…so hold that paw tight and count your blessings as you walk together through the path of life paw-in-hand.