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October 15, 2008

I keep this photo of Ginko from summer 2000 in a frame in my office. I still marvel at how this tiny boy turned into my big handsome dog-man. I guess the size of his feet should have clued us in.

gingo baby photo

I took this photo the day he came home from the hospital after almost dying of Parvo. He’s about 10 weeks old in the shot. You can still see the shaved part on his right front leg, where his IV was.

At the time, we had no idea what mix of breeds he was … other than lab + something. Only after his BUTT developed did we realize the other half was greyhound. Look at that long rudder of a tail!

sleeping ginko dec 2007

Sometimes I wish puppyhood lasted longer, but then I remember how much work very young dogs are. It’s probably a good thing we forget all that when it’s time to find a new family member.


About the Author Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related.

I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

  1. Sorry. He *was* really cute as a pup. Those ears got bigger and bigger and bigger. At one point, when he was about 9 months old, it looked like he had 2 satellite dishes on his head. When they got so heavy the began flopping over, it often looked like he was wearing a poker visor. Cracked us up.

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