2018 has been a sad year for Reality star Jill Zarin. Nearly 9 months ago, she lost her husband to cancer, and now she's mourning another loss.
The "Real Housewives of New York" alum revealed on Monday night that she had to say goodbye the dog she owned with her husband. She shared that she had to make the decision to put the pup, a 14-year-old Chihuahua named Ginger, down because she was so ill.
“It’s terrible,” Jill told PEOPLE. “I’m inconsolable," she added through her tears.
“I didn’t want her to suffer,” she said of her decision to end Ginger's suffering. “I know it’s the right thing to do but I’m just so sad.”
Ginger's 14 years with the Zarins were pampered. She traveled the world with them, and she enjoyed living in Manhattan. However, she was starting to age.
“She’s been going downhill for a while.”
In the spring, Ginger went blind. She also nearly drowned twice because she couldn't see where she was going.
“After that, I didn’t take her out anymore. But she ate, she drank. She walked around the apartment and she was OK.”
Recently, they sadly found that the dog had cancer. After a full workup, they found cancer in similar places to here Zarin's husband, Bobby, had cancer.
Over the weekend, Jill posted an emotional message on Instagram about Ginger. She wrote, “I will never forget you my Ginger girl.”
“She can’t keep her food down,” she continued. “Her left front paw is limp from the stroke and we can’t let her suffer anymore. She will be surrounded with love from us and all of you who have prayed for her and my family and I will never be able to repay the favor but know how grateful we are.”
It was an especially hard blow for Zarin because Ginger was her husband's dog.
"She loved Bobby the most,” she says. “Ginger was Bobby’s dog. When it came to Ginger, he melted for her.”
However, Zarin is thankful that Ginger made it as long as she did. She was grateful for her support after Bobby's death.
“I thought she was going to die a few months ago,” she says. “Bobby made sure she stayed with me long enough to make sure I’m OK. She’s going to go to heaven tonight. She’s going home to be with her Daddy.”
Please pray for Zarin as she handles this last blow. It's always hard to lose a beloved pet, but it is even harder because of the situation.