28 Dec2016

Ginger Turns 100!!

by Marketman

Well, not really. I have always used the 7 dog years to 1 human year ratio, so at 14.3 years old, our chocolate labrador “Ginger”, named after our Gingerbread house tradition at Christmas in our home, turned 100 years old in our eyes. It turns out that it isn’t so simple, and that the ratio changes as the dogs get older, so she is really somewhere between 80 and 90 years old equivalent right now. She isn’t in the best of shape, and we are grateful to have had her all these years, well surpassing the 11-12 year expected lifespan of a lab. With three yayas she loves (and who love her dearly) and pushes around, a great vet, a loving home, she has managed to make it through her 14th Christmas…

She’s really begun to lose it (mentally) lately, which would be understandable at 100, but she still has many moments of full lucidity and lovable cuteness that makes up for the fugue states. Our goal in October was to see if she would make it to the holidays, so she could hang out with Daughter, who is home for the holidays. On Christmas morning, Ginger was the first to open presents, and she got soft treats to munch on, and a body brush since her greatest joy is being rubbed and scratched by her human friends. :)

She still goes for two daily walks, but only goes about 30 meters before turning back to head home, winded. She still barks at the neighborhood cats, but no longer gets up to chase the bejesus out of them. Ging, our resident Vet at marketmanila, says she may still have up to year to go, but as soon as it is clear that her quality of life is truly impaired, we will know what comes next… We are hoping for the best.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. friedneurons says:

    Awww. Hugs and belly rubs for Ginger. My baby Devon is 12.5 y/o now, so I can relate.

    Dec 28, 2016 | 10:37 am

     
  2. Mon Yadao says:

    Hugs to your fur-baby, Ginger. :)

    Dec 28, 2016 | 10:51 am

     
  3. Alekx says:

    That’s gonna be a real heartbreak when the time comes for Ginger to go to Gingerbread heaven :( . I love and adore dogs and cats. But i don’t want to have a pet cause it’s so heartbreaking when you lose them. . mas masakit pa sa break-up ng boyfriend/girlfriend.

    Dec 28, 2016 | 3:42 pm

     
  4. Natie says:

    THE DOG!!!! Truly lovable and blessed with humans who love her!
    The Teen is in great shape. Glad to”see” her too.

    Dec 28, 2016 | 10:46 pm

     
  5. Footloose says:

    Make it a point to black out the price tag on the toy I present my dog. Don’t want to let him know how cheap I can be.

    Dec 29, 2016 | 5:04 am

     
  6. Mary chen says:

    happy new year Mr. MM! My shitzu is turning 9 and has lots of health issues. The one that is more troubling is she going blind. She sniffs her way around the house though. Tough cookie!

    Dec 30, 2016 | 10:48 pm

     
  7. Myra says:

    Dogs are the best gift to humans.

    Jan 2, 2017 | 9:17 am

     
  8. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    I got to know Ginger for following you blog for a long time now..it is always a happy feeling reading about her.She look good at her age,The Teen is a very lovely young lady now.

    Jan 3, 2017 | 6:31 pm

     
  9. Kasseopeia says:

    Aaaawwww, Ginger! Congratulations on another Earthly Christmas! 14+ is a great age for a Lab, especially in the Philippines.

    That bond between The Lady and The Dog – priceless!

    Jan 5, 2017 | 5:10 pm

     
  10. Footloose says:

    Although she’s a chocolate lab after all, can’t wait for an apter post to share this great program about patisserie https://goo.gl/nmdNrQ .

    Yet equally mouth watering virtual voyage, from the same knowledgeable guide, Michel Roux Jr., all in accessible English, about chocolate https://goo.gl/K4M1p2

    If one is pressed on net access, just jump to 46:00 (of the second clip) for an absolutely intriguing scientifically informed approach to making your most exorbitant dream chocolate come true.

    Jan 7, 2017 | 7:51 pm

     
  11. Marketman says:

    Footloose, thanks. Just watched the first few minutes but will definitely set aside some time to watch the whole video soon…

    Jan 7, 2017 | 11:19 pm

     
  12. Footloose says:

    As it turns out, those two programs above were just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Here’s another one, equally fascinating, about the father of us all food professionals and amateurs alike, George August Escoffier. What I particularly search out and savour in presentations such as these are the glimpses of the submerged parts, les coulisses hitherto mostly enticingly presented in French language documentaires, the deliberately concealed behind-the-scene obsessive effort involved in the production of immaculate pastry presentations. https://goo.gl/95LRUL

    Jan 8, 2017 | 7:11 pm

     
  13. Lilibeth says:

    Hugs to your fur baby Marketman!

    Jan 12, 2017 | 3:48 am

     

YOUR COMMENT:




   * are required

 

Market Manila Home · Topics · Archives · About · Contact · Links · RSS Feed

site design by pixelpush

Market Manila © 2004 - 2017