Enter To Win A GingerLead For Your Favorite Rescue

We interrupt the Welcome Avie story to bring you this important chance to win a GingerLead for your favorite rescue or veterinarian!

What is a GingerLead?

I haven’t done many product reviews on this blog, other than as a counterpart to my reviews over the years on about.com. However, I recently joined a site that pairs brands with bloggers and was introduced to a product called GingerLead — a support harness for dogs with mobility issues.

GingerLead Harnes - Used with permission

Safe, Comfortable Support

Whether the mobility issues are due to injury, post-operative recovery, arthritis, or other problems associated with aging, this harness helps your dog get around safely and comfortably.

As anyone who has tried to help a dog over 25 pounds walk, safely moving a dog can be difficult not only for the dog but often the human caregiver as well.

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The Story Behind GingerLead

Like many innovations in pet care, the GingerLead story has humble and personal beginnings for the company founders, Barry and Liz Rubinstein. Their Golden Retriever, Ginger, had multiple orthopedic surgeries.

Each GingerLead is made in the US (Colorado) and is available in many sizes – from toy to giant breed. The slings are fully washable, adjustable for height, and available in female and male fit.

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GingerLead has many testimonials from a variety of people with pets having age-related mobility issues and post-op recovery mobility issues.

GingerLead in Action

Here is a video by GingerLead showing Max being helped up the stairs with a GingerLead following knee (CCL) surgery.

From the video: “The GingerLead Dog Support Harness has a unique design that integrates a dog sling with an attached leash and padded handle allowing for superior support, control and comfort.”

Ginger’s Memory Lives On – Helping Other Dogs in Need

GingerLead donates regularly to 501(c)(3) rescues and shelters, which is something I admire. So many dogs in the shelter are abandoned, injured, or senior and could use a little extra help getting around. I am working with GingerLead to get the word out about this harness and to help shelters and rescues who need a harness for a dog in their care.

Enter To Win A GingerLead

Do you know of a shelter or rescue who could use a GingerLead? Are you a veterinary clinic that does orthopedic and rehabilitative work? Please enter to win a GingerLead of your choice.

To enter: Please share a story of a dog with mobility issues and why a GingerLead would help. You may do so by posting a comment on this blog (below), on this Instagram post, or on this Facebook post.

Deadline: Tuesday, November 1st – noon pacific time

Added bonus: I would love to feature the winner(s) story after the contest, featuring the GingerLead in action!

About this post: I have not received compensation for this post. I wrote this post after discussing GingerLead with Barry Rubinstein, the co-founder of GingerLead. The winner(s) of this contest will be chosen by GingerLead and myself. The product(s) will ship directly to the winner(s) from GingerLead.

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Meet Avie the Corgi

After the heartbreaking loss of Argos the Greyhound, we decided to adopt another dog. It seemed kind of quick, but we had a huge hole in our hearts and this little dog needed a home.

Meet Avie

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I introduced her in the last post, mentioning that we found this sweet dog on RescueMe.org. She is 3 years old, spayed, and up-to-date on all of her vaccinations. She needed a nail trim, but that was it. Her main ‘issue’ is that, typical for the breed, she can be a bit bossy.

Since Purl is not a leader dog, this arrangement works out fine. Purl loves the canine companionship, Avie loves being in charge.

She is fearless. And so, so funny! Everything is an adventure. She can’t wait to get there, wherever ‘there’ is. She is always moving.

Except if she thinks Purl is on to something. Then she stuffs herself in the middle of whatever Purl is up to.

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sniff, sniff, sniff!

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Happy traveling companions

Purl isn’t a complete pushover. She is very easy to get along with until asked to share her spot on the couch. She let Avie know that is her spot. And Avie respected that, so it has been a great match.

The cats on the other hand, have had a bit of a power struggle with a dog that is shorter than they are. And a dog who doesn’t whimper and run the other direction like the Greyhounds. Barnie and Quincy have devised a new Invsi-cat shield to handle Avie.

To be continued…

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After A Loss: How To Move Forward

As I wrote about yesterday, the sudden loss of Argos had all of us reeling. The happiness of the graduation celebration was a stark contrast to losing our beloved Greyhound.

I was worried about Purl. She is not a leader dog. She depended on having other dogs around, especially her buddy Argos. Added to this, the commotion of a busy house and company was overwhelming for her.

We gave her a room of her own to chill in, complete with her favorite treat; a peanut butter stuffed Kong. That helped in the immediate post-loss period. But…

What’s Next?

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Purl, watching the world go by

The cats, who loved to steal Argos’ bed and bug him using the invisi-cat shield, were also left to wonder… what’s next?

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Purl was depressed at first, as you might expect. Then she seemed to rebound. We needed some time and space for everything to calm down. Maybe Purl would relish the ‘only dog’ status in time.

We heaped on extra love and treats. She seemed to rebound well. We went back and forth to the coast a few times, and she was typical Purl — loving the hikes and car rides.

Then, about 3 or 4 weeks later, she slowed down. She lost some of that zest. Enough that I kept checking her to make sure she was OK and not sick.

It was as if she kept thinking as soon as we reached ‘there’ that Argos would show up. But… he didn’t of course. She was still eating and healthy, but definitely glum.

What About… Adopting Another Dog?

We wondered about adding a new dog to the family. Both to fill the void of Argos and be a friend for Purl. We visited the shelter. We thought about it, but were still unsure.

Then my son found a dog on RescueMe.org who was in search of a new home. She was a 3-year old Corgi. She came with a warning about being a ‘resource guarder’ (possessive of food and toys), but otherwise good with dogs, cats, and a people-lover. Caution advised with small children.

I was proceeding with caution. Her photo was adorable. I figured she would certainly be adopted by now, but I sent an email to inquire. Several emails, a phone call, and a few texts later, we decided to meet in a couple weeks. The date was set. We both wanted to make sure she was a good fit.

First Meeting

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Hello, Avie!

We drove to a mutual meeting spot (approximately mid-way for both of us) to meet. We brought Purl along for the meeting. Purl wasn’t sure what to make of such a short, energetic dog.

Avie was living in of a house of large dogs, trying to be the boss of everyone. She had been well cared for but was stressed and not happy. We talked for quite a long time and agreed to give this adoption a try. If it didn’t work out, we could get back in contact.

There’s lots more to this story, but suffice to say it was love at first sight. We took some time to get to know each other and learn the house rules, especially who the true Boss of the House is, Quincy.

Fast Forward to Now And…

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She loves long walks, food(!), and couch-lounging. She is a great dog. She makes us laugh several times a day and helps heal the holes left by all of the one-of-a-kind dogs before her. ❤



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