|What could be sweeter then a Pet with Diabetes!
Birth March 20, 1996
Bridge September 13, 2007
This is my "Ginger Bear Focht" story........
I finally went to the Humane Society after the third week in a row
I told myself I
was going.That was three and a half years after loosing our Chihuahua
Her wind pipe collasped and they couldn't save her.I got her at the
also.She was a loving little girl also and it took me that long to
bring myself to look
for another one.They are like kids ..one can never replace the other
and I felt there
was no one that could ever come close to being a loving companion like
Of course I was wrong.I went to the Humane Society in the afternoon
of Aug. 2nd
1996.I went down the rows and rows of poor little ones all anxious
to be taken
home and some were barking trying to get attention and the one that
eye was this little floppy eared, short legged puppy on the bottom
row of the
3 rows stacked.She didn't bark or carry on and she just kept following
those big sad eyes of hers.Finally I asked if the could take her out
so I could
see her..of course I didn't gender at this point.Lisa came over and
took her out
and handed her to me and when I looked into those big brown eyes of
I knew she was going home with me.She was such a little thing weighing
I asked what they knew about her as lots of the little dogs were brough
in as strays
They said she belonged to a elderly lady that was diagnosed with cancer
and she had
no one to give her to and that she was worried about her care.She did
go and take
her home again then a week later took her to the Humane Society.Then
I felt real
bad that she was there and home then back there.And that her name was
I said maybe a Ginger Bear ..and that was her name from then on.
I paid for her and bought her a new collar,leash and her license
and I walked her out
to my blazer.I sat her up on the drivers seat and she walked right
across the console
and curled up on the passenger seat and we were on our way home.She
moved accept whenever I slowed down or turned she would stand up on
rest to see where we were.I also had three cats at the time.. Casper,Willie
who are gone now. and I was thinking all the way home..what if she
doesn't like cats.
I pushed that thought out of my mind and figured she was young enough
adjust. Well..I carried her in and set her down right inside the kitchen
looked around and saw the couch..and I had the coffee table that was
a foot stool
on each end with the table in the middle.She took one look at it and
went running in
jumped up on the foor stool ,over on the couch and streached out ..like
As for the cats..they never phased her.She was focused on the couch
and a nice nap.
The 4 of them were good friend til they crossed over the bridge !
So if I had gone the first two weeks I had thought about going I would
her.She was on that couch most of the day.My husband Dave didn't know
going for sure so he wasn't expecting to see the little pest when he
came home from
work.I met him on the sidewalk and told him to close his eys that I
had a surprise...
I came in and got Ginger and when he opened his eyes all he saw was
face of hers, the wagging tail and I told Ginger to say hi to Dad.
She just starting
licking his face like she knew him.It was such a meting of souls ...
I was just meant
to find her and for her to be part of us.And she isn't partial to me
or Dave.She splits
her affection so to speak.Shes' my girl in the daytime and Daves' in
mine at night when we go to bed as she sleeps on my side because she
she gets cold Mom will cover her up.I might add that she is the only
one that can
out snore her Daddy ! I to this day get awake at night and I have to
I tell dave to turn over or nudge Ginger to move so she stops !!!
There are so many ,many stories to tell on her that I wouldn't know
where to begin.
I have many,many memoreis to hold dear and loads of pictures.She loves
Cartoon Network,her favorite pastime if not with one of us is taking
a good nap
and loves to be outside with her nose to the ground.... nothing
gets past that
Dashund/Bassett nose of hers !!! And all I have to say is Dads home
and shes to
the door standing at the top of the steps to greet hin with lots of
kisses and her
whole body wagging.She walks up and lays on his chest til I clean up
and sit down for the evening and then shes over with me....
Our life had been changed for the better the day I brought her
home.This Aug will
be 8 years and we celebrate her birthday the first day of Spring since
we don't actually
know when she was born I thought this would be a nice day to celebrate
the beauty of
her .We have both have felt so lucky to have her and when she was diagnosed
28th 2003 with diabetes that we would do whatever it took to keep her
Here are a few more pictures of Ginger Bear Focht .......
Love,Mom & Dad
Ginger is our Precious Angel now and whenever she crosses over
Aug 2nd 1996
The day I brought her home from the Humane Society
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 7:39 AM
Subject: Ginger Update
Hi Everyone..... just wanted to update you on Ginger.As of Aug 28th,2004
it will be 1 year
since she has been diagnosed (she actually started on insulin Sept
2nd ) and believe me it seems
like it has been a long year and has been quite a struggle.But then
again as some of you know
quitting is not in my vocabulary.Ginger has come a long way since then.She
has been through so
much and has been quite a good patient.She was so very hard to get
regulated.It seemed as
though soon as I thought she was ...well she wasn't...I know that does
make sense to those that
have been there.I had her on regular pet foods to start with and after
I found the Rainbow Bridge
I started to home cook and that just didn't work either.So I switched
her to Flint River all
natural foods and she ate those for a while ....actually she didn't
finish the second 20 lb bag.
I went from there to the Hills Perscription dry & canned dog foods
and her numbers have
been good since then .... that has been the middle of June.I heat 1/4th
c. of the canned food
& mix 1 c. of dry and thats what she gets twice a day along with
16 units of N
& 6 units of R insulins.
In this year we have also conquered her foot biting problem,
her ear problem ,and the black
skin in her ears.... the foot problem was solved after I acculumated
a box of anything you can
think of for an itch ...the vet suggested that I try Genesis
Tropical Spray and to my amazement
it actually worked ...that was in April...the first night I sprayed
her feet she stopped biting...so
no more Elizabethan collar after that.As for Gingers ear problem..
the vet called it
Ceruminous Otitis ( otitis externa) which they gave me an Ear Wash
.... Epi-Otic that I put in
her ears ...massage her ears and clean them and put 3 drops of each
of these drops in her ears
twice a week ( indefinately but it solves the pawing at her ears &
throwing herself on her side
and sliding her head over the carpet ) the ear drops are Synotic &
Baytril Otic.All of the black
skin that was in her ears has gone away and she has nice looking ears
again.So right now
I am feeling Ginger has come along way from 1 year ago....from not
getting her regulated,
biting her feet,ear problems and the many nights her and I slept on
her couch because if she
didn't sleep neither did I to. I also know that tomorrow can bring
new problems for her but
as for now I just enjoy her daily and thank everyone on the Rainbow
Bridge for all the help
and support you have given us.I also know that we can only do so much
I'm also adding a few pictures of my little girl....
Ginger & Nanc
on the deck May 2004
Breakfast Aug 2004
Gingers' Workout May 2004
Ginger " Moms' Baby "
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2005 7:03 PM
Subject: GingerBears' Update & Pictures
Hi Everyone...just wanted to let you all know what has been going on
with Ginger.....on Feb 28th i
ts 18 months since she was diagnosed.She has been doing well and there
has been many trying days
since Aug. 28 2003.Since last time I updated her story I put her on
the Hills Perscription W/D canned
and dry foods and so far this has been the only thing that she didn't
get bored with and will eat on her own.
( I have tried many times but today she surprised me and started to
eat broccoli .... so thats new )
She never did get regulated on the home cooking and she was on that
for 6 months.She started out
with N insulin .... later I added the R and eventually went to the
Lente ...she didn't get duration on that
so right now she is back to the N with the R added as needed.She gets
18 units of N ..twice a day
with R where its needed.I have also discovered that the black skin
is associated with diabetes ..
at least in her case.... she also needs to have ear meds twice a week
to prevent her ear infection
back....ceruminous otitis is what they called it. And I have also learned
that from aug through feb
she bit her feet like crazy and when the heat gets here her feet will
swell and brake open.... that means
she will be in here in central air...lucky girl !!! As I have always
said I'm learning as I go any evey day
is a new experience...I treasure every day I have with Ginger....time
with her is so very precious....
So I just wanted to share with all of you what has been going
on with Ginger.,
and share a few pictures with you also....
Nanc & GingerBear
Nice and comfy on the afghan
Life is so precious!
Update! Update! Update!
It is a Sugarversary!
Miss Ginger has had diabetes for two years!
Just wanted to pass on Gingers update as of Aug 28th, 2005 it
will be 2 years since she was diagnosed with diabetes..... she is doing
well right now accept for her having another UTI as of yesterday and will
be on her antibiotics for the next two weeks ...other that that she has
been doing pretty good .... she has been on her Hills Perscription
dry & canned foods for a year as of June 26th and it has been working
for her..she does get snacks of boiled chicken & frozen veggies once
in a while for her treats....
We are still doing her ear cleaning maintenance twice a week
and also doing the foot spray for that pesty foot biting problem....GingerBear
looks healthy & happy right now and I'm doing my best to keep her that
way.... tomorrow is another day.... but we will keep battling this disease
to the end.....hugs to all of you for your help and your support
GingerBear & Nanc
Mama I just love you so much!
Time for a nap!
Update! Update! Update!
Happy Birthday Ginger!
|Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2006 2:09 PM
Subject: Gingers' Update 3-18-2006
It was 2 & 1/2 years as of Feb 28,2006 that Ginger
was diagnosed and on Mar. 20th GingerBear will be 10 years old.... I can't
believe she will be 10 !!!! Time sure has flown by for us.Ginger is doing
well considering the the disease she has. She dropped from 34 pounds to
32.... and I might add she looks great !! We are still dealing with her
continual ear infectionotitis externia.... inflamation of the ear canal....I
still clean her ears twice a week.With ear wash and her two ear meds.She
is also still doing the biting her feet/ scratching her ears/ scooting
her butt routine ...no relief in site......and lets see what else can I
tell you about her ....she is still on her W/D canned and dry dog foods
with boiled chicken and veggies ...thats the only diet she hasn't grown
tired. ...her values have been in line acept for the 4 UTIs she has had
from late in the fall til a few weeks ago.....it seems they have been coming
closer together.Last two times they have been spinng the urine out and
checking for crystals and so far none have shown up.... they said that
could mean a possibility of kidney stones....I'm hoping that one doesn't
happen.Also her cateracs have gotten a little worse....they said her vision
is good yet.....her favorite things to do are still being a couch potatoe
on HER couch of course,sleeping in and walking to her hill where she sits
and looks so beautiful on the sunny days...nose to the wind of course....
only time she doesn't like to go out there is on the rainy days...I have
to pry her off the couch then....and since she has a box full of toys and
her dog bed turned into a toy box to....so what do you buy a "Pest" that
has everything ??? I thought since she can only get up on her couch by
herself that a pair of Pet Steps would be a good idea... we'll see on that
since I just ordered them....
So all in all I have no complaints and I'm so very happy that
GingerBear is still with us ....I have so many special memories of Ginger
and would like to share a few with you....
2 are of her on her hill
and two from christmas 2005......
Thanks again for all the help I we have received over the years from
all of you....
Love to all.....
Nanc & GingerBear
Update! Update! Update!
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006
Rainbow Bridge Memorial Page
|Thought I would put a little update on since its' Gingers' 3rd Sugarversary
& add a few new pictures of my girl.
Ginger has been diagnosed with Cushings after what her regular vet
was assuming were UTIs' never cleared up I took Ginger to Metzlers Animal
Clinic in State Colledge,Pa.They did ultrasounds of her stomach,kidneys
& liver and found nothing.Since she was still on antibiotics they couldn't
do further tests at that point but scheduled her for the following for
thyroid & cushings....and it turned out to be cushings.They started
her on 3/4th tablet of Lysodren twice a day.... that took 10 days to load...took
her back down for a stem cell test and Dr. Rider said it was time for the
maintence...that was 3/4th tab. once a week.... that didn't work out so
Ginger was down for another stem cell test and he said she wasn't where
she should be and right now she is on 3/4th of a tablet twice a week til
the first monday of oct and she goes back down ..... Dr. Rider says Gingers'
cushings should soon be under control....I pray she soon will be. I can
see a big change in her since she is on this medication and thats for the
better..... she is bright eyed and truley looks happier..... her numbers
for glucose readings are much better .... and I have my fingers crossed
next time to the vets she will be where she should be and we'll be back
to the maintence dose....I hope.....
I have added a few new photos...so hope you'll check them out.....
and again I must add I feel I owe so much to all at the RBB for all
the help Ginger & I have received......Thanks so much,
Love,GingerBear & Nanc
Update Update Update
Date: Tues, 28 Aug 2007
I just wanted to share with you that
"August 28,2007 is GingerBears 4th Sugarversary " !! I can hardly believe
how fast the time has gone by...when this all started back in 2003 this
was a dream to come this far with her... it makes her even more special
to me to have been through so much and to be where we are today... this
has been such a rough road at times but I would have taken it no matter
what to have had her another 4 years....we are still dealing with her diabetes
& cushings on a daily basis....she takes her Lysodren every third day
.....she gets her ears cleaned daily with Malaseb Ear Flush & her feet
cleaned with Malaseb Medicated Pads... they both seem to be working well
at this point...when I took her to Metzgers' Animal Hospitol May 5th to
have her checked for a possible UTI they did an ultrasound of her bladder
... they found a growth and put her on Piroxicam.... and I was to bring
her back for a recheck in two months ..that was July 5th... they did another
ultrasound and he said he wasn't sure what it was but it was gone....and
to be safe he would leave her on the piroxicam for 6 months and she goes
back for another recheck Sept.5th....as for her diet she is eating Simmered
Beef & Roasted Chicken Entree Beneful ...so far so good with that too...
she gets bored with food so fast...so Ginger and I enjoy our morning on
"Her" couch ..our morning walks and our time together....almost forgot
to mention that March 20th was Gingers' 11th birthday !!
I'm adding some more pictures of Ginger so I hope you enjoy them
I am short but so adorable.
All comfy in my bed!
Honest I didn't do it!
I am so cute there is nothing I can possibly say.
So again many thanks to all that have helped me with all the tips and
personal advice I know we wouldn't have had the sucess we did...I will
always be grateful !!!
Nanc & GingerBear
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