G is for Ginny

A-to-Z Blogging Challenge 2015--GNearly a year ago, I was volunteering at a 5k to benefit our shelter, Unleashed. It was a dreary morning, pouring rain, and I was exhausted from setting up tables, filling and handing out race packets, and hauling donations for the silent auction while soaked from the torrential downpour. All I wanted was to go home, dry off, and get warm.

Then I got a text from Josh. He was working at the shelter at the time, and sent me a photo of a scruffy-looking corgi. The text that followed was a sarcastic, “I can adopt her, right?” I think I surprised him when I said I’d think about it. But as soon as the race was over, I volunteered to take supplies back to the shelter so I could meet this lovely girl.

Josh has wanted a corgi for as long as I’ve known him. So it would be up to me to be the voice of reason if ever there was going to be one in our house. When I got to Unleashed, Josh had me go in one of the adoption rooms, and brought “Natalie Cook” (named after one of Charlie’s Angels, hilariously enough) into the room.

Her coat was in rough shape, matted and shedding like mad. She seemed a little over-excited, but ran right up to me and leaned her head on my knee. As I petted her, whole handfuls of fur fell out. I asked Josh to find a brush for me, and proceeded to spend nearly an hour and a half brushing her and playing with her. I filled an office wastebasket with the fur that she shed. It didn’t seem possible so much fur had come off of one dog. Josh had left me in the room since he was working, and every time he would walk by the door or he talked outside, “Natalie” would run over to the door and paw at it, looking back at me with the cheeky corgi grin.

At some point during this time, Josh told his co-workers to mark her as unavailable. We took her into foster that day, and officially adopted her at the end of August 2014. We named her Ginny, after Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter books–because with all that red hair, she must be a Weasley!

Ginny’s journey with us has been a challenging one. She was heartworm positive, had not been well socialized with other dogs, and was frightened of fairly common household sounds. It’s taken a lot of time, patience, and just plain work to integrate her into our little pack. And it’s been worth every bit of it. We’ll share more of her story throughout the remaining A-to-Z posts, but for now, just enjoy some pictures of our quirky girl…

Ginny photo collage

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14 thoughts on “G is for Ginny

  1. You brought tears to my eyes! I dearly wish there were more people like you in this world that care.


  2. Such a cutie! I have a friend who has adopted two Corgis and absolutely loves them!


    • They’re very often found in pairs, because it’s hard to stop at one! (Unless, of course, you already have three mutts in the house like we did!)


  3. Despite the description, she looks gorgeous in the pictures! She’s clearly a happy, healthy dog. I also have a rescued dog who isn’t very sociable. It makes me wish I could have rescued him as a puppy and socialized him well. But I love him and am grateful he came into my life.

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    • Ginny is a sweetheart, but it’s definitely taken some work to get her to where she is today. But then, I’ve always loved a challenge. 🙂


  4. This was a great story, and I love that you named her after an HP character. 🙂

    I’m sadly allergic to dogs (just reading about that waste basket full of hair made me feel a little itchy!) but I admire people who have hearts and homes big enough to take in animals that someone didn’t want. So sad that someone would abandon a face that cute!


  5. She’s a corgi! She’s so cute! Glad you decided to adopt her! I can’t imagine anyone not taking care of a corgi.


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  6. kentuckygal50

    Ginny is a beautiful dog, and you are wonderful people to give her such a loving home!

    Visiting your blog from the #AtoZChallenge minion team AJ’s wHooligans! Have a great weekend!


    • Thanks for stopping by! We love all our rescued babies, but Ginny has such a big personality, she does tend to steal the show. 🙂


  7. Sweet story! Funny, I always think of the women being the ones to say, “Can I bring her home, please?” I know that’s me with a lot of the dogs I fall for at the shelter.


    • Yes, Josh is usually the voice of reason, especially when it comes to our fosters. But he had ALWAYS wanted a corgi, and he bonded to Ginny and she to him pretty much immediately. Can’t imagine life without her now! 🙂

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  8. I found your blog through the A – Z challenge but as I can’t seem to follow you by the usual method I’ve bookmarked it instead. Ginny looks like a real sweetie, well done you for adopting her 🙂


    • Hi, Eunice! Thanks for stopping by. I’m sorry the “follow” feature didn’t work for you. I’m still figuring out the quirks of wordpress. I’ll try to have an RSS service up on here as soon as possible. Thanks for bookmarking us! 🙂


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