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The GingerLead Story  Ginger, our golden retriever, was adopted at 8 weeks old along with her littermate Wilson.  At 4 months old, Ginger was struggling to keep up with her brother and over the next 2 months began to have trouble going up the stairs.  At 6 months, she was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia and underwent a triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO) on her right hip.  We were instructed to utilize a bath towel to support her surgically repaired hip.    It was very difficult to control an excitable puppy with a bath towel.  Going up and down stairs was especially challenging.  We were frequently off balance and were concerned about Ginger's safety as well as our own.  Nevertheless, she recovered and was a happy dog again. †† She enjoyed playing with Wilson, hiking, swimming and all activities dogs love.  She would occasionally limp after playing hard, but would be fine after a few days.  In time, her occasional limp became a constant limp and seemed to worsen even after weeks of inactivity.  This time she was diagnosed with a luxating patella on her back left knee and surgery was performed once again.  After surgery a sling was provided, which was better than a towel; however, we were still unable to control Ginger. Her front legs were strong and she frequently wanted to run and jump, or dash down the stairs.† It was difficult to give her adequate support and restraint for her recovery.  We were very concerned that she may injure her surgically repaired knee, so we decided we needed a way to connect a support sling to her collar and the GingerLead was born...   UPDATE  1/2/2015 Ginger began showing signs of arthritis shortly after she turned 10 years old.  Since she underwent reconstructive hip surgery at 6 months old, we knew it was only a matter of time before arthritis could become an issue.  Surprisingly, the surgically repaired hip has not been an issue.  Itís the other leg she was often limping on.  She also began to struggle to lift herself off the floor, particularly our tile or wood floors.  Even with rest, it seemed to be getting worse.  So we brought Ginger back to her orthopedic surgeon, and he confirmed that she was suffering from arthritis in her left hip.  Click here to continue reading...  UPDATE  7/13/2015 We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our sweet Ginger. She was doing so well, but the morning of July 4th, Ginger was very lethargic and didn't want to eat or go outside to go potty. Her heart was racing and she was breathing heavily, so we rushed her to the hospital where she collapsed. We were told she was in cardiac shock due to a mass bleeding around her belly. They were able to stabilize her, so we brought her home where she had a special dinner along with lots of "forbidden" treats. We spent the evening of the 4th showering Ginger with lots of love and pets. The following morning, Ginger let us know it was time and we said good bye that evening after spending all day by her side.  Ginger was not only the inspiration for the GingerLead, but she was also our ray of sunshine. Ginger wasn't dealt the best hand physically and often required special care, but it never seemed to matter to her. She was always happy, loved everyone, and had so much spirit and zest for life. Words cannot express how much she will be missed, however, it's comforting to know her legacy will live on with all the dogs helped by her GingerLead.  Today would have been her 12th birthday. Rest in peace sweet Ginger.  † Ginger and Wilson swimming at Chatfield Dog Park Ginger and Wilson playing after a blizzard in Denver Follow GingerLead on Pinterest Ginger showing off the original GingerLead Dog Support & Rehabilitation Harness prototype Rest in peace Sweet Ginger.  We miss you!
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Ginger, our golden retriever, was adopted at 8 weeks old along with her littermate Wilson.  At 4 months old, Ginger was struggling to keep up with her brother and over the next 2 months began to have trouble going up the stairs.  At 6 months, she was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia and underwent a triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO) on her right hip.  We were instructed to utilize a bath towel to support her surgically repaired hip.   It was extremely difficult to control an excitable puppy with a bath towel.  Going up and down stairs was especially challenging.  We were frequently off balance and were concerned about Ginger's safety.  Nevertheless, she recovered and was a happy dog again. She enjoyed playing with Wilson, hiking, swimming and all activities dogs love.  She would occasionally limp after playing hard, but would be fine after a few days. In time, her occasional limp became a constant limp and seemed to worsen even after weeks of inactivity.  This time she was diagnosed with a luxating patella on her back left knee and surgery was performed once again. After surgery a sling was provided, which was better than a towel; however, we were still unable to control Ginger. Her front legs were strong and she frequently wanted to run and jump, or dash down the stairs.  It was difficult to give her adequate support and restraint for her recovery. We were very concerned that she may injure her surgically repaired knee, so we decided we needed a way to connect a support sling to her collar and the GingerLead was born...  
M Follow GingerLead on Pinterest UPDATE  1/2/2015 Ginger began showing signs of arthritis shortly after she turned 10 years old.  Since she underwent reconstructive hip surgery at 6 months old, we knew it was only a matter of time before arthritis could become an issue.  Surprisingly, the surgically repaired hip has not been an issue.  Itís the other leg she was often limping on.  She also began to struggle to lift herself off the floor, particularly our tile or wood floors.  Even with rest, it seemed to be getting worse.  So we brought Ginger back to her orthopedic surgeon, and he confirmed that she was suffering from arthritis in her left hip.   Click here to continue reading...  UPDATE  7/13/2015 We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our sweet Ginger. She was doing so well, but the morning of July 4th, Ginger was very lethargic and didn't want to eat or go outside to go potty. Her heart was racing and she was breathing heavily, so we rushed her to the hospital where she collapsed. We were told she was in cardiac shock due to a mass bleeding around her belly. They were able to stabilize her, so we brought her home where she had a special dinner along with lots of "forbidden" treats. We spent the evening of the 4th showering Ginger with lots of love and pets. The following morning, Ginger let us know it was time and we said good bye that evening after spending all day by her side.  Ginger was not only the inspiration for the GingerLead, but she was also our ray of sunshine. Ginger wasn't dealt the best hand physically and often required special care, but it never seemed to matter to her. She was always happy, loved everyone, and had so much spirit and zest for life. Words cannot express how much she will be missed, however, it's comforting to know her legacy will live on with all the dogs helped by her GingerLead.  Today would have been her 12th birthday. Rest in peace sweet Ginger. † GingerLead
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