As any dog owner can agree, dogs are a very important member of the family. They are a central part of who we are and how we live our lives. For a woman named Sara Ortin Leon, this is very true. She says adopting a sweet dog named Ginger was just like being reunited with a family member. Their story begins back in 2015, when Sara traveled from her home in Barcelona Spain to Zambia in Africa. Her intention was to visit and live for a year in a sanctuary in order to research chimpanzees. However, she got much more than she bargained for: that’s where she met Ginger.
Ginger was just a young pup at the time, living with several other dogs at the sanctuary. Ginger and Sara had an immediate connection, and soon Ginger was following the woman everywhere she went. Sara would walk nearly seven miles to the chimpanzee enclosures and Ginger was by her side the entire time. The pair even slept together at night to keep warm. However, Sara’s stay at the sanctuary soon drew to a close and it raised an important question: what about Ginger? Ginger was a wild African dog, after all.
So, Sara left and went back to Barcelona. But she couldn’t stop thinking about Ginger, so she bought a one-way ticket back to Africa. When she returned, she couldn’t find the dog anywhere. But she soon found out she had been sold to a mining company to be used as a guard dog. Sara found Ginger and though the dog was very scared, she removed her and then the two set off on a trip around the world together. Ginger eventually regained her confidence and the pair has gone on many adventures together. Sara and Ginger even visit local schools to teach children about the importance of being kind to dogs and how to interact with them.