|Posted by buddhadog on January 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM|
My hero: American Bulldog Gracie
I am heartbroken that I have recently lost my Gracie, but so very grateful for the time I had with her. She would have been 19 years old this summer. I first saw Grace in December 2005 when she was 14 years old at the West Valley Animal Shelter while I was volunteering there. Known as "Little Girl" (at 80 pounds), she had been turned in by her former family after they had her for 14 and a half years. She was severly arthritic and had a golf ball-sized mast cell tumor hanging from her rear leg that I suppose they couldn't or didn't want to deal with it. She ended up on the euthanization list right away and I couldn't let her die like that. She had so much life left in her and she asked me to take her home, so I did. I thought I would allow her to live out her last year or two with the love, comfort and dignity that all creatures deserve. Little did I know that we would have over four beautiful, inspiring years with her! She became known as my miracle dog, battling a few more mast cell tumors, Cushing's Disease, and old injuries that worsened her arthritis. Grace loved her massages and other pampering she received as a special senior girl. I urge everyone to adopt a senior animal from a shelter or rescue. They appreciate a comfy bed so much and will give you back so much more. They are mellow, mind their manners, and provide you with so much love in exchange. Gracie will live on forever in our hearts!