Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Small Package, Huge Personality
Longtime followers of this blog may remember Ginger, aka Ginger Snap, a wee pomeranian who was the companion to the late mother of Deb Strong (Cat and Mouse Designs), until Deb's mom had to be moved to a care facility. From then, Deb and her sister jointly cared for Ginger, with Ginger spending time at Deb's on the mainland, and at Deb's sister's place on the island. Ginger quite happily moved back and forth between the two, according to which person was available to be her personal slave and which was travelling or caught up with other tasks.
Little Ginger Snap passed away this week. She had a good, long life - no, a GREAT long life, and she died as she lived - on her own terms, in her own way, with Deb by her side. One day she was going for walks and being her cheeky self, and the next she was gone.
Ginger grabbed my heart from the moment I met her. She came to the farm one day, when I was still living in Mission, and used her charm and her energy to run circles around the other guests at the Garden Pawty - the first of several get togethers involving Deb, Sharon, Ellen, myself and our canine companions. She charmed us all. She bossed us all around. She quivered with excitement and she chattered away in a nonstop stream of little squeeks that clearly said "Feed me. Now! Pay attention to me. Now! Give me that cookie. Now!". She was a hoot - I was constantly smiling when Ginger Snap was on the scene.
And now, I am betting, she is commanding plenty of attention at the Rainbow Bridge. And all the angels are smiling.
Run free, Ginger Snap. You will be very much missed. My heartfelt condolences to Deb and family.