While all this was going on with the broken elbow, our hearts were breaking. Ginger turned 16 in May. She was just not being herself. The vet suggested blood work to determine what was wrong. It was not good news. Her kidneys were failing. We decided to just love her while we could, but if she was starting to make a rapid decline, we would consider putting her to sleep. She had been such a huge part of our lives for so long, especially R. She had her since she was seven and we were worried about her just as much as we were Ginger. Finally the day came and July 2nd we had to say our good-byes. Our lives felt very empty.