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Old 08-17-2008, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A Parting Prayer

Dear Lord, please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.

Assign her to a place of honor,
for she has been a faithful servant
and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing her from pain and suffering.

Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
And grant me the courage to honor her
by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well
and let her know that I will always love her.
And when it's my time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow her to accompany those
who will bring me home.

Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of her companionship
and for the time we've had together.

And thank you, Lord,
for granting me the strength
to give her to you now.

Amen.

- Brandy Duckworth, 1998
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sherry, Thank you very much for the prayer. Yesterday and today have been very hard, as I keep seeing things around the house that were uniquely hers. Chloe and Bailey are greiving with me as well. Saturday morning Bailey woke up and went around the house looking for her. When he couldn't find her, he came into the living room where I was and started howling like mad! Chloe has become attached to Ginger's old bed. From the day I took her off of the rope from that man's patio, she was just the sweetest dog anyone could hope for.
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Old 08-17-2008, 10:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sherry, that was beautiful! Such perfect words for such a sad time.

Matthew...I'm not sure I've ever heard how you came to have Ginger. If it isn't too painful, would you tell us again? And if not now, then later one day. Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2008, 10:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Denise, That was a happy day! A former roommate had Chloe and I took her in when he suddenly had to move back home. I was talking with a co-worker about Chloe and how it would be good to find another beagle to keep her company during the day. Turned out that his mother's neighbor had a beagle that he was trying to find a home for. When I called the man, all he said was her name is Ginger, come get her when you want! When I went to see her, she was very timid and was tied to this man's back patio with a fifteen foot cable, and her collar was imbedded into her fur. The only attention she had gotten was when she was fed. I went to get her the next day and took her straight to the vet. Much like Murphy, the vet questioned whether or not I really wanted her. She was heartworm positive and had a bad yeast infection. Two months later she was on the road to a clean bill of health. Ginger was a very affectionate, and very much a daddy's girl making it very hard to let her go.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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That's a Cinderella story!

No wonder she was so special...like with my Henry, the sad beginnings really shape who they become and those bonds that they form with us are tremendous.

You saved her life!

Thanks for telling me the story...and you and Bailey and Chloe hang in there.
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Beautiful poem. And a beautiful story, Matthew. Ginger was a very lucky and special girl.



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The tribute is beautiful, and Ginger's story is, indeed, a Cinderella story. Bless you, Matthew.



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Old 08-18-2008, 09:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well the tears have stopped flowing, and have been replaced by memories of the happy times we spent together. She has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge where we will be re-united one day. I'm thankful that I was able to give Ginger the best years of her life.
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I sure want to send my condolences on your loss. I loved Genie's poem....how perfect!!

Matthew, you were Ginger's hero....and I believe God takes notice of the brave and kind things we do for those unable to do for themselves.

God Bless You.
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Deb, Thank your for the kind words. I can't believe it was one week ago today that Ginger passed. It feels like a month and I still miss her very much. She is still with me, in my heart, as one of the poems posted says. Chloe also misses her, and has been bonding more with Bailey. There is a dog somewhere nearby in a high-kill shelter lying lonely at night that is in need of a miracle.
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