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Saying Goodbye to Gracie

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!

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4 Comments

Reply Irna Zuffeni
10:15 PM on March 14, 2010 
Sometimes it is very sad to experience things like this where we have dogs that is bond to us and then she had to go. But what you do is very great Pam, you take the dog, give her shelter and your care. I guess Gracie will look upon you and miss you too...
Reply Pam
2:32 PM on March 15, 2010 
Irna Zuffeni says...
Sometimes it is very sad to experience things like this where we have dogs that is bond to us and then she had to go. But what you do is very great Pam, you take the dog, give her shelter and your care. I guess Gracie will look upon you and miss you too...


Thank you so much for your kind and comforting words, Irna. They are very much appreciated. :)

Take Care,
Pam
Reply Soqui
5:18 PM on May 12, 2010 
Dear Pam,

Know that Gracie appreciated those additional four years with you just as much as you did. Her beautiful smiling face says it all.

Thank you for sharing and God bless you for the inspiring work that you do!

Sincerely,
Soqui
Reply Pam Holt
11:37 PM on May 22, 2010 
BLESS YOU for your kindness, Soqui!

With much appreciation,
Pam

Soqui says...
Dear Pam,

Know that Gracie appreciated those additional four years with you just as much as you did. Her beautiful smiling face says it all.

Thank you for sharing and God bless you for the inspiring work that you do!

Sincerely,
Soqui

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