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by Carole Feeny |

  • : Where do I start. First off, Ginger is the main reason I come home with a smile every day. Her silly greeting rituals crack me up! She always has to find a toy before she comes to greet me, and then once she does, all I see is her entire body wiggling down the hallway towards me. No matter how the rest of my day went, Ginger is always there to make me smile. Sometimes I have crippling anxiety, especially in social situations. Ginger has helped me in more ways than can be described with words. I take her with me everywhere I possibly can, and I see a great reduction in my anxiety when out in the community. Ginger has taught me what unconditional love and forgiveness is. Being a pit bull mix, Ginger and I advocate as much as we can for her breed. Ginger has brought out this immense passion I have for advocating for pit bulls and any discriminated breed, and it's her love and compassion that has lead me to fight so hard for pit bulls so people can appreciate them in the same way I do.
  • : In the summer of 2013 my family decided to apply to foster dogs and/or puppies through the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. We had fostered two puppies the year before and had enjoyed the experience so we wanted to do it again. In the beginning of July we got an email from the foster coordinator that there was a 5 week old pit bull mix puppy that needed a foster until she was 8 weeks old and could be spayed and put up for adoption. We agreed, and little Ginger entered our lives. We found out that Ginger had come in with her brother, but both were dangerously ill with parvo, a deadly disease especially in puppies. Ginger and her brother had been confiscated from a man who was breeding his dogs to sell the puppies, but then left the puppies in the front yard to die when he realized they were all sick. When the San Diego Humane Society got to the man’s house, only Ginger and her brother were still alive. Unfortunately, Ginger’s brother passed away once arriving at the San Diego Humane Society, but Ginger miraculously made it through. She was a healthy, happy puppy when we began fostering her! Oh, she was such a good puppy! She would play on her own in her pen, would rarely cry if we had to leave her alone for a bit, and was very good when we let her roam the house with our personal dog, Ruby. We fell in love the instant she entered our lives. When it came time to bring her back to the San Diego Humane Society to be spayed and put up for adoption we were devastated. I kissed her little spot on the top of her head goodbye, but somehow I knew this little brindle puppy was going to be in our lives. At that moment, I knew we were meant for each other. The next day we emailed the foster coordinator saying we were interested in adopting Ginger, but we just needed a couple of days to decide. We went on a family vacation for about a week and during our trip decided upon our return we would add Ginger to our family. Three years later, adopting Ginger was the best decision we’ve ever made. She makes us laugh with her silly antics and we couldn’t imagine life without her. She’s been a great advocate for the pit bull breed, and we can’t believe how much love she has to give. She’s truly made a difference in our lives, and for that we are grateful for our blockheaded, tail whacking, french-kissing, cuddle addict pit bull.
  • : San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
  • : Izzy Walcher
  • : May 12, 2013

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