Ginny

Yesterday was a day of deep sadness on White Flint Farm, as we had to say goodbye to our beloved and faithful companion Ginny.

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Lady Virginia Guerrant June 2003-July 23, 2015

She will be greatly missed.

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62 comments on “Ginny

  1. Sue says:

    I’m so sorry. Pets are not pets–they become FAMILY.

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  2. Joanna says:

    Awww Bill. Big virtual hugs from me. Losing friends is never good.

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Joanna. A tough day here yesterday even though we knew it would come eventually.

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      • Joanna says:

        I know what you mean. We are hoping we have seen the last of the deaths around here for a while, but then again there is that hopping chicken who is getting rather old now, especially for a broiler chicken and who has escaped the fox twice this year. She was in our first batch of hatched chicks. Not as much part of the family like a dog, but we will be sad to see her go, or worse have to deal with her if she seems to be suffering.

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  3. Bill, I’ve had to euthanize pets three different times. It’s one of the reasons that I’ll not have another pet. At least in the wild as with my pets now days, I don’t have to deal with death. Pets just never seem to live long enough. It’s a very sad time when a faithful companion leaves this world. My condolences to you and your family. May her memories eventually bring a smile instead of sadness.

    Have the best day that you can.

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  4. rhondajean says:

    Oh no. It’s so sad when you have to say goodbye. We’ve had the same sadness here in the past few years with our two old dogs. I’m sure you’ll have many loving memories of Ginny.

    We Have A Secret

    We have a secret, you and I that no one else shall know,
    for who but I can see you lie each night in fire glow?
    And who but I can reach my hand before we go to bed
    and feel the living warmth of you and touch your silken head?
    And only I walk woodland paths and see ahead of me,
    your small form racing with the wind so young again, and free.
    And only I can see you swim in every brook I pass
    and when I call, no one but I can see the bending grass.

    Author Unknown

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  5. Woody says:

    I feel the hardest part is turning around and she isn’t there or giving her an unanswered whistle. I do love my old dogs so much.

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    • Bill says:

      We go for a walk every night after supper. It’s been Ginny’s favorite thing to do. Last night we walked without her for the first time. Cherie cried most of the time. Very sad.

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      • Woody says:

        The name Woody is actually the name of my best friend, who I still catch myself calling at times. He lived a long and happy life in three states, five different houses and two wives, always by my side.

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  6. BeeHappee says:

    So sad, Bill. . . Life is happening on your farm, many births, many new arrivals, lost tomatoes, lost best friends, new growths. I am sure Ginny is happy to have been there.

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    • Bill says:

      It’s part of the natural cycle. But of course it still hurts. Many years ago I read an article that identified the happiest animals in the world. Porpoises were number one and farm dogs were a close second. Ginny had a great, happy and reasonably long life. We should all be so fortunate.

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  7. dwerner1146 says:

    Sad day for sure. We know you gave her a full life and lots of love!

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  8. Laura says:

    So sorry for your loss.

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  9. Laurie@hinterlands.me says:

    So sad! It’s amazing how dogs become such a big part of our lives and what a terrible loss it is when they die. Unfortunately, dogs just don’t live long enough, but while they are here, how we love them.

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  10. smcasson says:

    Sorry to hear of her passing. Losing a longtime trusted dog is rough. Peace to your family…

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  11. WilliePegram says:

    Sorry for your loss, Joey. We just had to put down our 12 year old German Shepherd; never an easy thing to do.

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  12. Marianna says:

    Always such a hard loss. Prayers.

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  13. So very sorry for your loss. I’m sure Ginny had a wonderful life on White Flint Farm and has left you and Cherie with many warm and loving memories. Take care.

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  14. daphnegould says:

    I’m so sorry. It is so hard to lose a dog. They become such friends.

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  15. avwalters says:

    It’s part of the compact that we have with pets. They are family. They provide us with unconditional love, and we strive to return it the same way, without reservation. It is a given that we live longer than they do. Our obligation is to love them to the end, and to ensure that they do not suffer. Then we can remember how great they were. They are as entwined in our lives as our family, our partners our friends. If we do it right, we’ll know that that kind of love shared is one of the reasons we are here.

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  16. Oh Bill and Cherie, I’m so sorry – she was a member of your family and her leaving creates such a gap. So many great memories to hang onto, though and the knowledge of no more pain and wistfulness that she can’t make her body do what she wants it to do. Love and sympathy to both of you.

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Dawn. Ginny was beginning to suffer and we owed it to her to spare her that and let her leave with dignity. It was painful of course. The love that can be shared between a dog and humans is amazing, and beautiful.

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  17. Such a sweet girl and the love you both had for her was a wonderful thing. So sorry to hear about your loss 😦

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  18. EllaDee says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss… and that is truly heartfelt as I’ve been there. The furry-ones aren’t like family, they are family. The only balm, eventually, to soothe the loss is the good life and happy times you shared.

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  19. shoreacres says:

    You’ve had so many losses over the past months — and so have we, because your creatures are part of our lives, too. I’m just glad Ginnie had a chance to enjoy the farm, and experience the love you and Cherie offered her.

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  20. Cynthia says:

    So very sorry. So sad that they are with us for such a short time. Such a blessing to have them in our lives.

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  21. I’m so sorry for your loss Bill. ❤
    Diana xo

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  22. Dogs just don’t live long enough. I do know that each dog comes into my life for a reason and I learn so much from them. And I hope someday to be as loving and accepting as they are. My sympathies on the loss of your Ginny girl.

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  23. Steve says:

    “The Power of the Dog”

    THERE is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy
    Love unflinching that cannot lie—
    Perfect passion and worship fed
    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair
    To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years which Nature permits
    Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
    And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
    To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
    But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).
    When the spirit that answered your every mood
    Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,
    You will discover how much you care,
    And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

    We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
    When it comes to burying Christian clay.
    Our loves are not given, but only lent,
    At compound interest of cent per cent.
    Though it is not always the case, I believe,
    That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:

    For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
    A short-time loan is as bad as a long—
    So why in—Heaven (before we are there)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

    — Kipling

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks for sharing that. So true. As a friend told me, we know when we let a dog into our lives that we’re almost certainly going to outlive it, and have to deal with the pain that brings. But we do it any way. It’s a fair deal I think.

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  24. Dani says:

    T’is never easy to say goodbye to a good friend, a faithful friend and a non-judgmental friend. Condolences on your loss – draw strength from her memory, and from the knowledge that you all shared love, companionship and a wonderful home and life together.

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    • Bill says:

      Thank you Dani. She enriched our lives and we did well by her I think. Cherie is so heartbroken. I told her that we need to focus on the good memories. In time, we will.

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  25. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    So many lovely words, said so well, so many ways; so I’ll just send hugs for you both instead…
    And Namaste dear Ginny

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  26. associatedluke says:

    Always hard to say goodbye. Blessings in this time of grief

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  27. FeyGirl says:

    What a gorgeous girl — I’m so sorry you no longer have her with you, in physical. But it sounds as though (of course) she was incredibly loved. It’s never, ever easy to see them go.

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  28. barnraised says:

    Oh no…so so sorry. Thinking of you.

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