Nancy Phelan/ Founder of Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point Inc.

Jan 6, 2021 by Nancy Phelan

Nancy and “The Gang” would like to wish everyone a wonderful New Year!!!

Call Nancy for information on making a donation at 602 412 3932 or 383 1012. You can mail checks made out to AACORP to PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341 or donate through Paypal on our Web Page www.rpaac.org or through our donation button on Facebook “Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point”. You can email me at nancy_phelan@yahoo.com.

The center has had many hundreds if not thousands of wonderful stories over the years. One that is especially fitting to print at this time of year is the story of “Ginny”. This story stills brings tears to my eyes.

The Miracle of Ginny

It was a Sunday morning on November 1st, the day of the Angels, when all of Mexico celebrates the lives of all the children that have passed to the other side. November 2nd is the: Day of the Dead” when the Mexican people pay tribute to the adults that have passed.

Many of my friends were headed to church that Sunday morning and services with Tab Grey on this day “Day of the Angels”. Carolyn was the first one to see the skinny black dog as she was leaving the Sonoran Sky Resort on her way to Tabs services. She saw the shadow of a black dog leaning against the building. After services she searched for the dog but could not find her. She thought of the dog all during the night. Was the dog hiding or waiting for someone? Another friend Candace and her hubby John Garvey were leaving Puerta Privada for services but did spot the dog after the service. She was being dragged by a rope tied around her neck by the guard at the Sonoran Sky. He had been told to remove the dog from the property. The resort had called the local pound but they had not shown up to retrieve the dog. (They do not work on Sunday.) Candace went into Puerta Privada and asked several people for help or what she could do for the dog. Someone handed her a copy of the Rocky Point Times with the information for Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. Candace tried calling the center but kept reaching another number, Candy was babbling on about this precious dog to the person on the other end of the phone when the voice on the other end said “Candy is that you? This is your sister in California? Candace hung up and followed the map to the Animal Adoption Center.

A group of Candy and her friends pulled up with this dog in the back of the truck. I have never seen a dog so close to death but still alive. As they handed me the dog I said “Her name is Ginny!”. I took Ginny into the house and put her on a warm bed and applied honey to her lips and tried to hydrate her but her skin was stuck to her bones. I put a heater near her bed and watched as several cats covered her with their bodies. Ginny had such fear and pain in her eyes but by morning she was bright eyed and actually smiling. I called my daughter Penelope who is a Vet Tech at Sonora Veterinarian Hospital and after some conversation I was told to get Ginny to the hospital immediately. I knew my friend Karen Gosnell was leaving for Phoenix that morning and when I called she was loading her vehicle for the trip but stated “Of course I will take Ginny to Phoenix” Karen said that she talked to Ginny during the trip. On their arrival the Doctor and Techs were waiting for Ginny to arrive. When they removed Ginny from the car they realized that Ginny had died during the trip. Dr. Ruzzio who had been waiting to take Ginny into her care told Penelope that she had never seen such a big smile on a dog – white teeth shining.

Later that day Candy came by and we cried together over the loss of a sweet Rocky Point dog named Ginny. Candy confided to me that she was so upset when she first saw Ginny that she actually saw her mother’s face when she looked into Ginny’s eyes. Her mother had passed several years before and her sister and she had not talked since their Mom’s death. As we all know how tragedy affects families and we all deal with death differently.  When Candy made the phone call to try to reach the Animal Center and got the wrong number – the person on the other end of the phone was Ginny – her sister in California. How did that number get on her Mexican phone? And what made me name the dog “GINNY:? The same spelling! Ginny was only 4 or 5 months old but died with such a beautiful smile on her face. How many lives were touch that day by a beautiful little black dog named Ginny?

During this Holiday season if you have a friend or relative that you need to connect with please do so and let the legend and miracle of Ginny live on in many more hearts.

Peace and love to all our animal friends- Nancy and “The Gang” including “Ginny”

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