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We lost our dear Ginger on June 6, 2016. We adopted her from Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas on January 15, 2001... or rather, she adopted us! You see, seven months after the passing of our previous cocker spaniel, my son (then age 7) and I wandered into the Petsmart in Bellaire and saw a beautiful CockerKid who looked just like our late dog. I wanted my husband to meet the potential new family member before adopting, so the whole family decided to drive to Conroe two days later to meet the dog again at the foster mom's home. Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas asked us if we would meet a family from Clear Lake who was surrendering their young cocker "Cookie," and drive that dog up to Conroe when we came. So, we met this family and brought their dog home with us to spend the night before driving to Conroe the next day. But by the next morning when I took Cookie for a walk, she nearly dragged me back to our house, even though she had spent less than 12 hours there. When we arrived in Conroe, our son was so upset about deciding which pup to take home, he started to cry, and Cookie came up to him and began to lick the tears off his face. Well, that made the decision... she had picked us! Our son renamed Cookie, "Ginger," and she was a beloved member of our family for over 15 years.
We cannot begin to describe what a special dog Ginger was! Despite having a leg that had been badly injured before we met her and limping in pain her whole life (even with daily pain medication), she never met anyone she did not love. She had a very small tail, and instead of wagging her tail, she wiggled her whole back half whenever someone new came into the house... certainly they had come just to play with her! She would proudly carry her favorite stuffed duck to show all visitors... would you like to play tug-of-war? She loved to sit on the back of the sofa and place her head on my shoulder. She gained a new pal, Merlin, when we adopted a second dog from Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas several years later, but she always ruled the household. She was our best friend, confidante, and soul mate. She helped us through many trying times over the last 15 plus years, including the loss of our parents, and she was always as sweet and empathic as that first day when she licked the tears off our son's cheek.
We will miss her forever.
Sherri, Ian, and Jarrett Taxman