GINGER, DOB Unknown
Placed through Mastiff Rescue
Coordinator: Tina Clement of Devincourt Mastiffs
Submitted by Tina
Ginger became a rescue mastiff that we decided to foster when her owners decided that, since the wife was pregnant, she had to go. In searching for her permanent home, I had a huge response, with many conscientious and wonderful people wanting to adopt her; but for some reason, I held off letting her go. Although I wasn’t sure why, I felt like I should hang onto her a little while longer. I turned a lot of disappointed people away.
I recently got a phone call about Ginger from a woman named Sally, who had lost her 16 year old son, Troy, in a horrible car accident six years before. Troy had always wanted a mastiff and they had actually picked out just the right puppy for him shortly before he died. After his death, Sally, Troy’s mom, didn’t follow up on the puppy, as she was so grief-stricken that simply breathing was almost too much for her to bear.
When Sally was finally able, she told her fiancé she was ready to get Troy his mastiff. Doing her internet search, she somehow landed on our website right away and saw Ginger on the rescue page. It was love at first sight. That was when she called.
After talking for an hour or so, she drove out to meet Ginger. From the moment she got out of the car, Ginger went straight to her side and stayed there. It seemed as if Ginger was greeting an old friend. And since Ginger usually takes some time to warm up to strangers, this was unusual and really impressive to me. As soon as I saw them together, I knew Ginger was supposed to help Sally heal. I've never seen such an instant connection between a human and a dog. I could almost see Troy standing next to them, smiling. Sally was crying, I was crying, and our poor menfolk just stood around looking uncomfortable. Once we composed ourselves, we all chatted for an hour or so, and Ginger never strayed far from Sally, staying near her side the whole time.
I finally understand completely why I held onto Ginger for so long. I would like to think that there is a very happy young man looking down on his mom right now and smiling because they both have a big, beautiful, drooly, faithful dog to love.