Meet Ginger Depre.
Ginger is a 2 yr old smooth red mini doxie. Wait a 2yr old? Didn’t we say we wanted to adopt a couple of seniors??
Yes we did. And we tried in earnest thru the rescue organization we chose for the last 4 weeks. But each time a roadblock popped up. Serious medical issues so the dog couldn’t be released, being several people back in a line, conflicts between coupling up two dogs….it just seemed like an invisible hand was holding up a stop sign at every turn.
When we got the news that a senior male we had our eye on to adopt along with a senior lady (who had some med issues arise) was adopted before we had a chance to even discuss the pairing with the rescue team and well I was at my emotional end.
The problem is Paul and I didnt make our selection(s) on the fly, we contemplated each dog to the point of imagining them in our house. And this with this guy we had already even renamed him (trust me he needed renaming). So each roadblock was a small heartbreak. I just couldnt go there anymore.
And our senior lady may not ever be available for adoption again as her medical issues were going to take some surgery and possible months of follow up care. Again more heartbreak.
I told Paul we needed to take a break on the dream.
We went to bed thinking…ok we will end the year sans dogs and revisit the idea in late March/April.
Then 7 hours later Ginger came into our lives. Paul saw her and he fell hard. He asked me to try one last time. He said I know she isn’t a senior but she will be one someday and based on Mols life we could enjoy 15 years with her. I said yes.
We immediately messaged our intent. And then we waited.
A few hours later we heard her story.
She has had nothing but revolving doors in her young life and this has caused severe anxiety. Enough so that she has had 3 foster families in 5 weeks as she just can’t handle being with some dogs. So adopting Ginger would mean no other dogs. Just Ginger. It would be a bit of a bumpy road with her. She is going to need some serious time.
She sounds like Molly.
And then 6 hours after getting that info, digesting it and deciding to move forward with Ginger…we got a call telling us the senior guy was available again as his adoption fell thru.
Oh my gosh now we are back in a whirlwind of emotions and decision making.
We agonized. And then made a decision. We would be a one dog family again. We would let the dream go of a small pack of doxies at Chez Depre.
And then a friend said these words to us. She said that Ginger needed us. She needs the love, security and patience that we will provide her for the rest of her life no matter what her age is. She needs you.
Those were some very sweet words to hear.
We released the senior guy and found out immediately that another couple was waiting in the wings for him…just waiting for our decision. So we felt we made the right choice.
And so now as you read this we are driving to pick up Ginger.
We have been down this road before. But it is possible to “undo” a good portion of her anxiety at such a young age. Our vet told us with Molly that traumatized dogs usually need the same amount of time in a secure loving home to wipe out the time in the environment that caused the trauma in their memories. So at age ten as Molly was when adopted she would need ten years. Ginger is two. We may have a chance to give her a life without anxiety.
The first stage of our plan is I won’t leave her side for 3-4 weeks so she realizes she can count on me. And then slowly we will venture out for 30 mins, then an hour, always returning with hugs and kisses. We will make her feel secure and loved. We will let her know we will always be here and she can count on us.
The adventure begins.
Welcome Home Ginger.