Happy 15th Birthday, Ginko!

For a large breed dog, 15 is downright ancient. It has always been our goal for Ginko, though. He is officially the oldest dog I’ve ever had. With 3 potentially fatal health conditions, our time with him could be short. Or not. Today? We simply celebrate our handsome, sweet, goofy Old Man! Happy birthday, buddy. Here are 8 GREAT photos of Ginko!

Ginko was the cutest puppy! That’s what Lab + Greyhound looks like.

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I don’t have any digital photos of Ginko and our late Dalmatian Penelope Grace. They were together July 2000 until June 2004.

In his prime, he was all MUSCLE, and an amazing hiking buddy.

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Ginko has always been snuggly.

sleeping ginko dec 2007

And, a great big brother!

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Happy Birthday, Ginko!

15 years old!!!!

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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.

Beverley @ BrilliantFamilyDog - June 30, 2015

The oldies are wonderful. They just know everything, and whatever trouble they are – they’re no trouble. It’s a joy to look after them, to give something back to them.

Happy Birthday to Ginko!

debra n Snap - May 13, 2015

What an amazing long life! Happy happy birthday, Ginko!!

Sheryl - May 13, 2015

He is precious! And 15 – wow!

Lauren Miller (ZoePhee) - May 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, Ginko! <3

Hilary - May 13, 2015

Happy happy birthday, Ginko! You look as handsome and distinguished as ever! You’ve had an exciting and fun life with fun fur sisters, and it’s continuing with your latest best buddy Clover!

jen Donohue - May 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, Ginko! He is so stinking CUTE!

Edie - May 13, 2015

Aw, happy birthday Gingko! It’s nice to be able to see the course of nature run in this way — the difficulties of old age and the sadness of departure, yes, but without the stress of a beloved dog taken before her/his time.

Ingrid King - May 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, Ginko! The puppy photo is adorable, but I’m partial to grizzled old muzzles. The sweetness in his expression makes my heart melt.

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