October 28, 2021


SQuire Rushnell

Driving to her first year of college, Liz Pennycook worried about leaving behind her sweet ginger-colored dog. Her best friend since childhood, GINGER, was now 14. 

When Liz was six, the Golden Retriever/Irish Setter had patiently allowed herself to be dressed up in girly outfits and floppy hats. As a teenage photographer, Ginger was Liz’s best model … always ready to pose at a moment’s notice.

For instance, one autumn day Liz noticed that the leaves on the lawn matched the color of Ginger’s soft coat. She called her pup over, positioned her, and snapped a photo.

Later, Liz came across an ad by a calendar company looking for cute dog photos. Liz knew it was a long shot, but she dropped Ginger’s photo among-the-leaves into the mail, never expecting to hear back. She didn’t.

Liz had barely settled into college when an urgent call from her mom and the vet delivered terrible news. Ginger’s health was failing rapidly! There was little hope.

Driving all night to get back home before it was too late, Liz sat on the living room floor with tears streaming down her cheeks, cuddling Ginger, as her dearest friend took her last breath.

Overwhelmed with the horror of grief, Liz didn’t even hear the doorbell ring.   

Her mom came into the room with a package addressed to Liz. What’s this? she wondered, some kind of book? A yellow tab was attached to one of the pages.

Liz opened it … and was astonished! There was her own photo of beautiful Ginger, exactly the way she wanted to remember her … surrounded by golden leaves, under the regal designation of “Miss November”. Ginger was a calendar girl!

What a touching gift … divinely aligned from above … auspiciously delivered at the perfect moment to express a GODWINK/DOGWINK of comfort.

Liz and Ginger’s full story is one of 20 tales of dogs in our newest book “DOGWINKS: True Godwink Stories About Dogs”.

Like to listen to books? Check out the Dogwink audiobook here.

Wishes for Winks,  SQuire

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