It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold.
The hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.
After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.
Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.
The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.
If you have ever had to give up a pet you know how devastatingly hard it can be and how even after the years pass you can’t help but wonder what ever happened to your long lost fuzzy friend. Most people, after being faced with the tough decision to either give away a beloved pet, put the pet up for adoption, or allow an ex spouse to have custody of it after a divorce, will never really know what happened after they said goodbye to their pet. Yet, every once in a while fate steps in and reunites an owner with their pet after being apart for many years which is exactly what happened in Nashua, NH. This is the story of Jamie and Ginger.
It was 10 years ago that Jamie Carpentier’s beloved basset hound Ginger was put up for adoption by his ex wife shortly after their divorce in 2003. Ten years later after his boxer died on Christmas Eve of 2012, Jamie found himself one evening looking at dogs up for adoption on a local shelter’s website. The Nashua shelter, unbeknownst to Jamie, happened to be the very same shelter his ex wife had dropped Ginger off at so many years ago. As he was looking at the site Jamie came across a posting for a 13 year old basset hound named Ginger and although there was no picture the description seemed to describe the dog he once owned, “I have the longest ears and the biggest heart of any dog you will ever meet! I am an older girl, but I still have a lot of spunk left.” Jamie called the shelter and requested they send a picture of Ginger and after he received it he matched up the markings to those in the pictures he still had of his Ginger as a puppy, confirming what he suspected, the Ginger at the shelter was indeed his Ginger.
It turns out that Ginger had been adopted ten years before by a lovely elderly couple who in October had to put her up for adoption when they could no longer care for her. As soon as Ginger heard Jamie’s voice the day he drove out to the
shelter to visit her this past January she seemed to immediately know who he was. Ginger got up and began showering Jamie with puppy kisses and after the happy reunion there was only one thing, well two things to do. The first was to check with his fiancé and daughter to see if they would be ok having a few extra paws around the house, the second was to get his Ginger back. Jamie and his family adopted Ginger and look forward to many happy years together with the loving basset hound as Carpentier said in an interview with WMUR-TV “she’s going to live with me ‘til the end, I just want her to be happy and live a good dog life.”
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