Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy New Year

This is Ginny, a schnauzer-Siberian Husky mix, and her pal Blondie. Ginny passed away in August, and in her honor, I'll reprint an AP story about what made Ginny so special:

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - This will probably be the first time a dog’s memorial service is attended by 300 cats.

A schnauzer-Siberian husky mix named Ginny will be eulogized Nov. 19 at the Westchester Cat Show, where she was named Cat of the Year in 1998 for her uncanny skill and bravery in finding and rescuing endangered felines. She died in August at age 17.

Ginny once threw herself against a vertical pipe at a construction site to topple it and reveal the kittens trapped inside. Another time she ignored the cuts on her paws as she dug through a box of broken glass to find an injured cat inside.

Her owner, Philip Gonzalez of Long Beach, said Thursday that he has tried to train other dogs to rescue cats like Ginny, but “They just didn’t have it.”

“I didn’t train her,” he said. “Ginny was just magical in a way. I adopted her from a shelter, and they said she’s never been with cats before. But she just had this knack of knowing when a cat was in trouble.”

As he used to do with Ginny, Gonzalez still goes out every night to feed stray cats in the area. The cats seem to miss Ginny too, he said.

“They want nothing to do with my other dogs,” he said. “They used to come up to Ginny and rub against her, even if I was putting food out.”


I think remembering Ginny is a great way to finish off the year, and in her honor here are just a few of the great pictures available at MSNBC's excellent Animal Tracks section, including a real-life CAT scan, and a blind puppy enjoying his first snowfall.

I hope 2006 brings all of us as much pure fun as that puppy seems to be having.

Thanks for visiting with me here these last several months. I'm going to take a few days off. See you next year.


Lisa said...

Who said you could take a few days off?? You better start blogging right after New Year's! I don't know if I can seriously start 2006 without it.

gina said...

Happy New Year to you, too!

I love that blind puppy photo.

Michael Markowitz said...

Thanks to you both! And gina, A big happy new year to you... I wish that blind puppy could play with Marty!!