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Goodbye, Sweet Ginger. We love you.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

We are heartbroken to report that our sweet Ginger has lost her battle with cancer.  We said goodbye to our sweet Tripawd Warrior Princess on February 4, 2013, and have been too sad to report before now.  As sad as we are, we find solace in knowing that Ginger was one of the lucky ones.  She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in March of 2010 and had her back right leg amputated on April 15, 2010.  She was cancer free for nearly 2 & 1/2 years before the cancer reared its ugly head again in her front right leg in September, 2012.  She fought it hard again with radiation and bone strengthening treatments but this stupid disease finally took its toll.  She lived 12 & 1/2 years and survived a long time after her diagnosis.  We are very sad but wanted to let you all know of her passing.

Brian & Annie

A Birthday and an Ampuversary!!!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Hello to all my Tripawd friends.  I wanted to drop you all a quick line to let you know that today is my 12th birthday!!  AND – tomorrow is my 28 month Ampuversary!!  My pawrents and I are so happy I am still here to tell you all about it.  There have been some scares in the last couple of years, but so far I am still cancer free and having no real issues except for some arthritis.  But then, being a senior girl, you have to expect some arthritis.  My pawrents and I celebrated on Sunday by going to a dog park in Naperville with some old friends and some new friends.  Angel Tate’s Peeps, little sister Sam and her new baby brother, cute little Zeke was there, as was Cadence and her family.  We met a new Tripawd named Bosley and his Quadpaw sister, Molly.  Both of them and their Mom were very nice.  I hope my pawrents get the time to post pics of our get together soon.  In the meantime, I hope all of my friends are doing well.

Good bye for now,

Attorney General Ginger Legal Pants

I’m still here!!! A (very belated) 2 YEAR AMPUVERSARY!!!

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Hi, everypawdy!!  I’m still here despite my pawrents not having time to post lately.  Anyway,  a few weeks ago on April 15, 2012, I celebrated my 2 year ampuversary.  That’s right – 24 months without my stupid old back right leg and 24 months cancer free!!!!  Can you believe it?  I am now three days away from 25 months post-amp.

I celebrated my 2 year ampuversary at the beach in Chicago with my good friends Isabelle and Sam.  Here are some pictures of my wonderful day.

Look at me mugging for the camera while Sam and Isabelle are rough housing in the background.

 

Note: all pictures are courtesy of Rick, Jan and Cynthia.  Thank you!!

A very special thank you to Rick and Jan for bringing Sam and to Cynthia for bringing Isabelle.  I did miss my best boy Angel Tate, but I know he was smiling down on me from heaven with my other friends.  It is the first time I’ve been to the beach without him, so my pawrents and I were a little apprehensive heading to the beach, but seeing everyone sure made us very happy.  Tripawd people are just the best!!!

My Daddy said that he and Rick (Angel Tate and Sister Sam’s dad) have talked, and we are gonna try to get together a lot at the beach this summer.  That makes me happy.

I hope everyone is doing well, and staying ahead of the stupid cancer.  I hate that stupid disease, but we are keeping our heads up here in Illinois and looking forward to my third summer on three legs.

Take care everypawdy,

Ginger Snap

Election Day and an Ampuversary!!

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

I am sorry I haven’t been around as much lately to keep in touch with old friends and welcome new ones.  That should all change after Tuesday, when (hopefully) things will slow down a bit around here.  As many of you know, my Daddy is running for State Rep. here in Illinois, and this Tuesday, March 20 is the primary election day.  Don’t worry, I won’t tell anybody how to vote.  The only candidate I publicly endorse is my Daddy.  He is a good Daddy and I love him very much.  It is very important to vote, no matter who you vote for.  I will have the house to myself until Tuesday, because everypawdy is going out knocking on doors.  I’d like to go too, but I can’t walk as far as I used to.  One thing about this campaign has disturbed me, though.  There are 5 peoples running in my Daddy’s race for one position.  Most of the other peoples have been decent and Daddy has enjoyed getting to know them, but one of the candidates is just a big dummy head and has engaged in a smear campaign of lies about my Daddy and some of the others.  He is trying to make the presidential primaries look like puppy’s play.  It is disheartening to us, especially since my Daddy has a bunch of dirt on this guy but hasn’t gone dirty, instead trying to be positive and tell people about himself and what he wants to do.  It makes me angry, and if I ever see this guy, I’m gonna bite him and infect him with the Tripawd virus.  I guess some people just never saw Bambi, when Thumper said,”If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuttin’ at all.”

OK.  Enough complaining!  Two days ago on the 15th was my 23 month ampuversary!!!!  Just one more month to go for 2 years!!!  We don’t know where the time has gone, but we are very glad that we have had this time together because it makes us realize what is most important in life — friends and family.  I hope all my Tripawd (and even some Monkeybutts) friends are doing well out there.  Take care of yourselves.

Ginger Snap

I’m a political super star!!

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Well, as some of you know, I live in a political family.  My Daddy has been on the City Council in my home town for the last 9 years and he is now running for State Representative here in Illinois in the 106th District.  I don’t like it sometimes because both of my pawrents are away a lot lately between working full time and campaigning an awful lot, but guess what!  All this campaigning has turned me into a little bit of a celebrity – and Tripawds are ruling!  To start with, the campaign cards my pawrents are handing out has a picture of our family on it – including me, looking very cute!!  And guess what happened last night!  My Mommy told me that at an election forum, my Daddy was asked what made him unique – and he said that I did!  He said that he had a three legged dog at home, and that I have taught him that it is possible to do more with less.  He also said that the State of Illinois can learn a lot from us Tripawds because the whole State needs to do more with less since Illinois is broke.  Apparently, everypawdy in the room thought I was a pawsitive role model.  Can you believe it??  Tripawds are getting good press because of politics!  Go figure.  Tripawds really do rule!

All this campaigning is why I haven’t updated you all in a little while.  But, there is good news.  On the 15th, I celebrated my 22 month ampuversary.  I am closing in on 2 years, and we just can’t believe it has gone by so quickly.  It is hard to believe that such a terrible thing like cancer has led us to meet so many good friends that we really treasure.  Thank you all for being there for us when we needed it most.  We hope that you are all doing well.

Princess Ginger

21 months cancer free!!!

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Hello, my friends! Not much new to report, but we wanted to tell you all that today is my 21 month ampuversary!! We all feel so blessed to be closing in on 2 years. Other than that, I have been busy playing in the snow. Illinois winters are bad but believe it or not, I like snow! I have been rolling on my back and making snow angels in honor of my friends that have crossed the bridge recently. Daddy says I must be part Husky – but I could have sworn I heard my pawrents say I was a purebred Golden. Sometimes I don’t hear things right. Anyway, I hope everyone else is doing well in this new year.

-AGGLP

Happy 20 Month Ampuversary to Me!!

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Hey everypawdy!  Let me first apologize for not updating everybody for so long.  It is just that there hasn’t been much to report.  Plus, between my Mommy’s surgeries and getting back to work (she is doing great, by the way.  No headaches!!) and my Daddy’s campaigning all over Central Illinois, we haven’t had a lot of time.  But that is no excuse.

Anyway, today is my 20 month Ampuversary.  Additionally, I had my last cancer checkup a couple weeks ago – and guess what!  No sign of cancer anywhere at all in this Golden Girl’s body.  My blood tests were perfect too!!!  My pawrents and I are so happy that I seem to have beaten that stupid old cancer.  I must say though that my pawrents were hesitant to post my good news – especially coming on the heels of so many good dogs that have crossed the bridge.  The loss of my best boy Tate and my long lost Illini sister ET Gayle, not to mention our Fearless Leader Cooper and so many others has caused us much heart ache. But I told my pawrents that I wanted to share my good news with my good friends so that everyone knows that there is hope and sometimes things work out well. My next goal is to to make it to next summer (OK – at least summer of 2013) so that I can play on the beach in Chicago again.

Here was Tate, little Trouper, Isabelle, Holly Jolly and me last May.  A great time was had by all!!!

 

Anyway, I hope all of you are doing well.  If I don’t see or talk to any of you, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Hoppy New Year.

Attorney General Ginger Legal Pants

I Get to Play Nurse Again …

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Well, that silly Mommy is at it again. I think she is trying to win some crazy surgery contest. I don’t want any more of my body parts taken, so I guess I will let her win.

Mommy is having head surgery again – on Friday, April 22. Daddy said we can’t call it brain surgery since it really isn’t this time. The headaches are back and therefore Mommy is having the occipital nerve in her head cut. She will have it cut in 2 places, just right and left of center. Above where the skull was removed in November of 2010.

The surgeon said she had 2 things going on. The brain malformation (chiari syndrome) and the nerve damage. Since nerve blocks and medications are no longer relieving her pain, this is the only option.

I think it sounds scary but Mommy says it will be less invasion than the last surgery. Mommy’s sister, who is a nurse, will be with her at the hospital. Daddy will pick her up in the afternoon and bring her home, so I can help take care of her.

I see a lot of naps in our future.
Nurse Ginger

Tax Day?? Oh No – It’s Ginger Snap Day!!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Since I am your Attorney General Ginger Legal Pants, as appointed by our Fearless Leader Sooper Clown Cooper, I proclaim this day, April 15, to be Ginger Day!!  I don’t know if I have the power to do so, but I’m not one to be shy, so I say I do.

Why the celebration you may ask??  Well my fellow tripawds, tripawd lovers – and even freaky eared monkey butlers, today is my 1 YEAR AMPUVERSARY!!!!  I have been cancer free for 1 whole year.  That is 365 days. 52 weeks. 8760 hours… You get the idea.

As most everyone knows, dealing with the diagnosis of cancer, the decision to amputate, the actual surgery, chemo and the aftermath of everything, can be daunting and scary.  In light of all that we have been through in the past year, we have remained a happy little family of three, living each day to the fullest.

 Here are some of our most favorite moments from the past year.  Treats for everyone, even those monkey-dogs.  The AMBF fight can continue tomorrow.

The Good, the Good and the Guilty …

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

We haven’t posted in a long time because between the holidays and recovery time, we haven’t had much spare time. But that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been checking the website and keeping up with all of you.

First, the Good.  Mommy is healing up really well from her second surgery she had on Dec. 10.  There were signs of an infection starting so the doctor went back in, washed everything out and sewed her back up.  She is even going back to work this week.  I have mixed feelings about it all.  I will miss her as my great napping partner.  But there are times when a dog just needs alone time and wants to do things without their pawrents’ knowledge.  So how does that saying go – when the pawrents are away, the Tripawds will play!!

Second, the other Good.  I had my 3 month check up last week.  The x-rays showed no signs of lung mets and all my liver bloodwork came back perfect.  We had to wait awhile for the results, which made Mommy very nervous but it was just because they were really busy.  It didn’t bother me because that meant I was able to work the waiting room and demand attention from everyone.  I was the only tripawd there so everyone was talking about me – as if they needed a reason!  Bazinga!! 

I have to give a special shout out to Dr. Greene and it is not just because she keeps a check on me through my blog.  Dr. Greene and her staff always treat me so well, take good care of me and shower me with love and cookies.  And just so you all know, my weight was under the “Chunky Monkey” threshold of 70 pounds.  Ok, I weighed 69.5 but under 70 is under 70 🙂

Now on to the Guilty.   Even though 2010 has sucked – and I mean really sucked – we still feel blessed.  I was diagnosed with cancer, had to have an amputation, get chemo, blah,blah, blah, and then Mommy had to have 2 brain surgeries.  It has not been a banner year for the Gabors here in Pontiac.

Even through all of that, we are still feeling guilty.  Mommy’s headaches seem to be fixed, which is a relief for everyone since she has been suffering with unbelievable pain for 10 years.  And I am thriving as the 3 legged princess that I am.  So why the feeling of guilt?  Because even through our struggles, we still feel  lucky that this family is healthy, happy and together.  Why have we, meaning me and Mommy, been so lucky and others haven’t?  We are so saddened that our friends are suffering.  The losses of Little James, Miss Mack and Fortis, just to name a few, have hit us hard and we are grieving along with all of you for all  those great friends that have crossed over recently and in the past year.

A special note to Brett and Pattie:  In your most recent post, you said “Fortis was our life.”  Brian and I feel the exact same about Ginger and imagine the heartache you are feeling.  Ginger makes our life happier and better with her antics, as I am sure Fortis did for you.

Throughout the past several months, we have had many members of the Tripawd community think of us and send along some special items.  We want to thank ET Gayle and Charon for the juju socks, the juju ball and of course the Christmas star ornament.  The star never made it on the tree, as I took it as my own and refused to share.  Comet’s Grandma Kay sent a Illini orange quilt for me, to help keep me comforted while Mommy and Daddy were away at the hospital.  It kept me warm and safe until Mommy returned home and then I shared my blanket with her.  Eventually, I will upload pics of all the nice presents (I need help with that).  And of course, all the warm and healing thoughts that you all sent our way.  Anyway, I hope that 2011 is a better year than 2010, and I am sending all of my Tripawd friends a big, sloppy, Golden kiss.

XOXO,

Ginger