A Tail In Two Cities

Ginger is one lucky dog – she has not one but two families to love her.

Posted: September 28, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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Ginger, a Beagle, met Karen Spicer nearly four years ago when Spicer began dog-sitting for Ginger. Love at first tail wag, the two quickly became friends. After seeing their connection, Ginger’s owner (a wife and busy mother of four) thought up and offered a unique dog-sharing arrangement to Spicer last year. “It’s my fault for falling in love with someone else’s dog!” Spicer jokes.

Spicer picks Ginger up on the first Sunday of the month and drops her back on the third Sunday of the month. “It has been great because it allows both of us to enjoy her, as well have times when our schedules are more free,” Spicer says.

The arrangement has worked out to be the best of both worlds for everyone. When Ginger’s with Spicer, of Ellicott City, Md., she joins her at Riderwood Retirement Community, in Silver Spring, Md., where Spicer works. When she’s not with Spicer, she’s back with her original family, who raised her from a puppy.

Ginger just completed her orientation to be a Pets on Wheels dog, which means she can visit Renaissance Gardens, the assisted living/skilled nursing facility located at Riderwood. Ginger’s duties there include cheering up residents and staff.
 
“She loves to tell people that they are great,” Spicer says. “She is also great company for me,” she says. “I am a better person for having her.”
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BEAGLE MOM   G-VILLE, WV

9/29/2011 7:58:39 AM

ONE OF MY BEAGLES IS NAMED GINGER TOO! LOL. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ANYONE DOING THAT! THAT'S KIND OF NEAT. BUT I COULDNT LET ONE OF MY BEAGLES GO TO SOMEONE ELSE'S HOUSE TO STAY FOR WEEKS. NOT HAVING ANY HUMAN KIDS, MY DOGS ARE MY KIDS (JUST LIKE "K" FROM AK SAID). I THINK I COULD LET THEM GO STAY WITH THEIR GRANDMA FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS, IF SHE WANTED THEM TO. LOL.

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K   N, AK

9/28/2011 8:38:46 PM

A bonus for Ginger is that she is well secured that way in case something every happened to one family she would have the other one. Sounds like Ginger loves it but I would never want to share my dogs and have them home for only one week of the month. They're my kids. lol.

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