Its a Dog's Life - A Day in the Life of Ginger

Ginger in September 2008

Ginger in September 2008

I thought it would be fun to show you a typical day in the life of Miss Ginger MacLaren. She has it quite rough around here…being the only dog now.

Let me give you a little history on this red-headed drama queen!

Ginger in July of 2008 - 3 months old

Ginger in July of 2008 - 3 months old

We have had Ginger since the Summer of 2008. She came a long right after we had lost our beloved St. Bernard/Lab mix, Pookie, to lung cancer – and at the time, I didn’t think we were ready for her. However, a dear friend that I was working with had gotten Miss Ginger as a puppy that April and she was just a handful with their little granddaughter around (high maintenance is an understatement at that time!). So, after talking it over with the Rocket Scientist, we told my friend we would adopt Ginger and to bring her on over.

Ginger enjoying the pool with the kids...after they were able to get their suits on and try to show her the pool was fun...she still wants us all on the steps where she can guard us!

Ginger enjoying the pool with the kids...after they were able to get their suits on and try to show her the pool was fun...she still wants us all on the steps where she can guard us!

Ginger promptly ran in to the house, through the back door, out in the back yard and straight into the pool. Thank goodness our kids were over because our son followed her quickly out into the yard and jumped in the pool fully clothed to get her out. She had no clue what she was doing, she was so nervous! I think it was at that moment she decided our son was her man child and they were bonded together from that point on…never mind he was married and lived elsewhere! At that time he was between jobs and would come over during the day to spend time with her. Something that is painfully obvious to all the rest of us as when he walks in the house, all others cease to exist until she has her overjoyed bonding time with him!

Ginger in the donut of shame...she was so naughty eventually we had to have her in this as well as the cone of shame!

Ginger in the donut of shame...she was so naughty eventually we had to have her in this as well as the cone of shame!

Last October we lost our other dog, Troi and in the months following we lost our 2 cats, which left Ginger as the only fur baby in the house. I don’t know that she minded so much, but she was completely alone during the day for 4 weeks until I left my job and was home with her. By the time I got to be at home with her, she was in some deep need of attention…we didn’t realize just how much she interacted with the other animals! This led us to get our 2 newest critters…2 kittens: Lady and Milo. But not before Ginger had to have surgery and be in a cone/pillow of shame for 3 weeks!

Alas, this is about a day in Ginger’s life. Hang on to your seats – it’s thrilling!!!

The Morning always seems to start by watching the comings and goings of the neighbors as the school and work days begin. This takes all 3 animals as you never know when the fur-posse may need to protect the dwelling!

Guardians of the Abode!

Guardians of the Abode!

Since I spend most of my days in the craft room, Ginger feels like she needs to supervise all processes! She does this by lying right between my feet. It is super convenient!

Always under the feet!

Always under the feet!

Then the ‘siblings’ come and join us for a little snooze as this supervising stuff is hard work.

Everyone has their own napping mat!

Everyone has their own napping mat!

Oh, wait…we’ve had lunch and a potty break so it must be time for anther nap.

Then, wait for it…she moves to a different rug to catch some more snoozes.

In the midst of all of this we do go for a walk as well as a quick drive in the car. She also likes to lie in the sun. The one thing she doesn’t like is the camera…at all! So, in order to get pics of Ginger, I’m usually being sneaky with my phone camera. The first click she hears of the dslr, even on quiet mode, she bolts. I’m not certain what the deal is there.

And that is your basic day in the life of Miss Ginger-bear! We love her so.