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  1. Ginger Kelley 2009 – 2022

    Ginger Kelley, 13, of Belmont, Mass., died peacefully at home on December 1, 2022, after a long illness. Our hearts are shattered.

    BELOVED COMPANION and SOUL DOG of Kristin Kelley (Richard Lamphear). SISTER to her cat siblings, Quincy, Pecan, and the late Mario Kelley. BELOVED ‘GRANDDAUGHTER’ of Suzanne and Ted Kelley. SOULMATE of Caryn-Amy Rose (Rena Schindler). Ginger is also survived by innumerable canine and human friends, including her cherished Auntie Linda, cousins Milan and Giulia, besties Iraya and Mori, Kita and Lisa (Ravi), and Danny (MJ), Greg (Leah), Jessica, Lynn (Chris), Marty, Rebecca (Zack), and Sharyn.

    Ginger was born in Hickman County, Tennessee, on August 7 (best guess), 2009, to unknown parents in an unknown place. She was found as ‘a lone pup’ on a country road seven weeks later, and was fostered in Nunnelly until taking the journey north in an 18-wheeler. She was adopted from the Blue Dog Shelter, part of JM Pet Resort, on January 31, 2010. A DNA test done when she turned 10 revealed her lineage to be half Boxer, half German shepherd mix, and 100% adorable.

    Ginger was easy-going, curious, gentle, and friendly. She loved chaos: a party, a parade, a farmers’ market with live music.

    In addition to treats of any kind, Ginger’s favorite things were off-leash trail walks; squeaky toys (especially Lamb Chop); cottontail rabbits; and going to class, especially at Gratefuldog with Thor, Teddy, and her bestie 4-eva, Ripley. She never met an outdoor cat — or mail carrier — she didn’t obsess over.

    Thank you to the wonderful vets who cared for Ginger before and during her illness — Porter Square Veterinarian, Integrative Animal Health, Angell-West Physical Rehabilitation, and — most especially — Dr. Talbott and the oncology team at Angell Animal Medical Center. I am grateful for your expertise, kindness, and respect. Should friends desire, donations in Ginger’s memory may be made to MSPCA-Angell (

    I will miss Ginger’s ears, softer than silk and often inside out; her cinnamon bun swirls; her tail wags; her less-than-stealthy cat-food–stealing skills; her legendary side-eye; and her boundless optimism that every human she encountered carried an endless supply of biscuits in their pockets and would absolutely, most definitely give all of them to her.

    Gingie, my bestie, my constant companion — all the time in the world with you would not have been enough. I love you forever. Run free, good girl, and don’t look back.

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