If there wasn’t reason enough to love Patrick Stewart, the well-known actor is winning a whole new group of fans among dog lovers after he began fostering a Pit Bull named Ginger. The actor and his wife welcomed the dog into their home on On March 8, 2017, and the actor quickly “fell in love”, as did Ginger with him, greeting him warmly at the door.
A short time later, Ginger was poolside with Stewart, enjoying the sunshine. Although the dog didn’t brave the water, she did make sure to give him some reassuring licks on the head.
“The swimming lesson that wasn’t,” Stewart writes on Twitter. “Our foster pibble Ginger is perfect afternoon company.”
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 9, 2017
Stewart and his wife, Sunny, are fostering Ginger through the ASPCA and Wags and Walks. The couple said, “We’ve loved pit bulls since meeting our neighbor pibble Sadie, and fostering is a great way for us to love this beautiful breed.”
Ginger has quickly made herself comfortable, jumping onto the couch and becoming a 60 pound “lap dog”.
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Meet Ginger. We've loved pit bulls since meeting our neighbor pibble Sadie, and fostering is a great way for us to love this beautiful breed. Thank you @aspca and @wagsandwalks for connecting us with this gorgeous being. We're already in love. #adoptdontshop #pitbullsofinstagram
After all that activity, Ginger needed a nap and was still breaking the “no dogs on the furniture rule”, but it seems with Stewart’s blessing. “From what I understand rules and consistency are everything as a foster dog parent. #GingerGurl @ASPCA @WagsandWalks #AdoptDontShop #pitbull”
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 10, 2017
Watch Ginger and Patrick Stewart meeting for the first time here.
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Although speculation was rampant that Stewart might adopt Ginger, their love story was sadly not meant to be forever, although they will remain friends.
Sadly, Sir Patrick Stewart and Ginger couldn’t walk off into the sunset together because of a law banning pit bulls in the United Kingdom.
Stewart and his wife live part of their year in Stewart’s homeland, and although they tried to see if it would be possible, they did not want to risk anything heartbreaking happening to Ginger. So they said goodbye as many foster families do and passed her on to another loving family who can give her the life she deserves.
Sunny posted on Facebook, “Patrick and I said goodbye to Ginger last week. We had fallen madly in love, and had explored every possibility of getting her to the U.K. (where we’d be able to give her the kind of life she deserves), but alas the Breed Specific Legislation in place there really made it ultimately impossible. We could not bear to take a risk with her life, knowing that she has a bright future ahead of her even if she’s not “ours”. She will forever be a light of my life, and we’ll be keeping in touch with her as much as possible. Fostering is a remarkable experience, and I would absolutely encourage anyone considering it to take the plunge. Thank you again to the beautiful @aspca and the brave @wagsandwalks for giving us such a profound opportunity.”