You might not know that in early December we began fostering a dog that was “surrendered” under court jurisdiction in South Carolina. It’s been, at times, rough going. She was terrified when she came to us and trusted NO one! For to her, humans represented pain.
A picture is worth a thousand words….
This is how Ginger looked the day she was surrendered on 5/11/2015. If her head wasn’t the tallest part of her body it would be hard to know what was what. Ginger was legally surrendered for health concerns, one of which was heart-worm positive.
Ginger had major aggression issues when we began fostering her, and I’ve had my share of bites. It didn’t take long for us to realize that she was very intimated by ANYONE coming down over her. This would send her into fight mode and would bite.
To get her collar on, without being bit, I would sit on the floor and attached at eye level. We NEVER approach her even still today from above, always hold my hand in front of her and slowing swing back around.
I was even bit once kissing her on the top of her head? So much for kisses!
Whenever I would question whether or not I wanted to do this I would look at this picture. It made me cry knowing the pain, abuse and cruelty she endured.
This is Ginger after 6 weeks in our home, in her favorite spot to keep an eye on us and also look out the window.
We took her to the vets, with her muzzle on to keep everyone safe, to retest her heart-worm (she received treatment) and to address infections in both her ears. Luckily her heart-worm test came back negative but she does have major infections and antibiotics were syringed into her ears.
Since we practice Homeopathy, not western medicine, I agreed to antibiotics because her ear cavities actually had blisters inside, ugh! Once her infections are cleared up she will be treated naturally for both heart-worm and ear infection prevention. Heart-worm prevention is very toxic, and there are safe effective alternatives.
I make all of Ginger’s food and will share recipes and alternative treatments.
Ginger even loves the snow! Every morning she runs outside and nestles her face into the snow then scratching her whole body around in the snow. Coming from South Carolina she’s had no problem adjusting to IL cold weather.
Its been two weeks since she’s bite me!
Please, if you ever see a animal abused, kept our in cold weather with no shelter, or looking hungry report it. So they can find them a good home with someone who will love and care for them.
Welcome to your furrever family Ginger!