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The Dog Diaries #1: Ginger Writing. (For Paul Berube)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Ginger, a very busy Service Dog, writes her very first entry into her "paw"tobiography.

This is dedicated to a true lover of dogs, Paul Berube. Paul, enjoy! :)

October 25, 2007~

Dear Diary~

Woof! Woof! I'm a Dog. Yet that doesn't stop me from wanting to write. I have a lot to say, so please bear with me.

My name's "Ginger". I'm a Golden Retriever. I am known for my ability to retrieve things: clothes, books, toys, even People. I also care for Humans, particularly MyHuman, a boy named MyJohnny, who is fourteen--and very sick.

MyJohnny has a Disease that causes him to be in a Wheeled Chair. He cannot walk. He used to be able to walk; his muscles got weak, so he can't do that anymore. It's really sad. The Disease even has a name: Muscular Dystrophy.

MyJohnny has to wear oxygen thingies in his nose because he can't breathe that good. It's a sure bet that his Disease is getting worse. In fact, his Disease is so bad he's dying from it. There's really nothing anyone can do about it; that's what makes this whole thing so tragic to deal with. Knowing my Master is dying, slowly, day by day.

It's enough to make me want to howl at the moon every time I think of it.

MyJohnny is a great kid: even in light of all his problems, he still has room to smile, to laugh, have fun. He's one of the happiest kids I know, but sometimes he gets sad, down in the dumps; this is when I want to lick his tears away.

I have known Johnny for almost five years now, and I am glad to do anything for him. He means that much to me; I love him more with each passing day!

Recently, MyJohnny was in the Human Hospital: he had seizures that wouldn't quit. He had to be admitted into Human Hospital, where the Doctor Humans and the Nurse Humans there gave him special medications and kept him knocked out, so he could get some needed rest. It was a very scary, tense time; I was sure he would die.

I am so glad he didn't; ever since he got home, I have been watching him like a hawk watches his prey, to make sure he doesn't have any more problems. He already has enough worries; he doesn't need anymore!!

Besides acting as Johnny's arms and legs, I have many other activities to keep me busy. I love to play (be it with the other Humans or the other Animals; there's gobs of both here at Chateau Sandusky), sleep, watch shows about Canines on TV, hassle the Cats (in particular "Cajun", who thinks she's God's Gift to Catdom), and travel with MyJohnny and his Family.

Yeah, I am a very pretty Dog, if I must say so myself. I am a lovely golden-red color, with huge, chocolate-brown eyes that miss little, and a tail that doesn't quit wagging; my tail is always on the go. I am  a very happy Canine; not much makes me sad, the only thing that makes me sad is when MyJohnny falls ill. He gets sick so easily now; you never know when the Humans are going to call for the Ambulance on him.

Well, I will arf on out of here. Have to get MyJohnny up soon; he has School today. I will write in here again; stay tuned for the further adventures of Ginger, the WonderDog! :)

~Love, your Canine Pal, Ginger. :)

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Reviewed by Rose Rideout 10/26/2007
I can see and understand why a dog is a mans best friend, a beautiful write Karen and I am sure Paul will appreciate it very much. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs coming your way, Rose
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 10/25/2007
Thats great, keep it up, and be blessed
God Bless
Reviewed by Charlie 10/25/2007
Good write, Ginger. My Copper says, "Oooowarf Warf." Don't know what that means. But I'll bet you do. Don't you? --Charlie
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 10/25/2007
Ginger, You are very dedicated, I am proud of you,, give Johnny the biggest hug for me,, tell him he is in my prayers,, Keep up the good work, you have earned a big medal and a big pat on the head,,, yes a belly scratch too.
Love, Christine
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 10/25/2007
Great write!! How cute and dogs are so helpful to humans in many, many ways.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/25/2007
I have known Johnny for almost five years now, and I am glad to do anything for him. He means that much to me; I love him more with each passing day!

We know you do, Ginger! And you extremely dedicated service dogs are truly a Godsend to so many.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/25/2007
This one would Mr.Ed enjoy very much, nothing to warm his heart as kindness with our furry friends.
Perhaps Ginger can be smitted with Johnny's optimism!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 10/25/2007
Delightful read! Yup! Dogs are men's best friends, we can always count on them.

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/25/2007
Beautiful testiment to unconditional love in canine form, Karen; well done. Indeed.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/25/2007
This is such a woderfully written heart-felt and heart-aching story here. Brought tears to my eyes. Please let Ginger continue writing her pawtobiography; she has a gift for writing. My prayers are with both Johnny and her. My own little one, 8 year old Jon, has a service dog pal too. Looker, one of our two German Shepherds is a Search and Rescue Canine. When Jon goes outside to play she doesn't leave his side; watches over him like a hawk. Superbly written. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Paul "D" Berube

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