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Sex: Female   Weight: 100+ lbs

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Gracie, Grace Almighty, Gracie BIG Butt,

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

cookies, any food she can con out of someone, most of the time her sister Bella, her brothers bed, the porch and barking at Tucker(dont know why).

people ringing the door bell, people walking by the house, people driving by the house, Bernard, Bella and Bellas toys, Not being allowed on the couch anymore because of her urine leakage problem,Squirrels in the yard, not being in front yard with others.

Favorite Toy:
socks and lately anything Bella wants now Grace wants.

Favorite Food:
anything she can convince you she can have.

Favorite Walk:
anywhere she can go.

Best Tricks:
kisses, trash digging (got sick from that), chasing squirrels, barking at neighbors and Tucker.

Arrival Story:
SHE WAS RESCUED FROM A POUND. SHE WAS A THROW AWAY DOG PEOPLE DIDNT WANT. Apparently someone just pulled into the parking lot and left her right there. There was no info on her. BY THE GRACE OF GOD SHE HAD AN ANGEL NAMED JIMMY at that shelter and he knew my phone number and he GOT HER INTO OUR HOME. THANKS JIMMY.... LUCKILY WE HAVE HER IN OUR FAMILY. WE LOVE HER. She has been a pain and often makes us count to 10 but she actually can be a very sweet girl. Unfortunately hardly anyone gets to see the sweet side of her but she can be a great snuggler and gives sweet kisses. She has the prettiest eyes. Sometimes her lips sink in because she doesnt have front teeth and she looks like a little old lady with a pucker mouth. She also plays with Bella and they have so much fun together. We really are glad we have her and we cringe wondering how she was treated before she ended up at the rescue mission to have created her "GRUMPINESS" but we over look it and love her anyway.

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Gracie's Great Life

Mom wants to share a letter.

May 22nd 2008 11:50 am
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To all my Dogster pals. Mom wants to share something with you. Long before I ever came around like 12 or 13 years ago, mom had adopted a female Saint Bernard from the Saint Bernard Rescue Mission. Her name was Viva and she had been a breeding dog in a puppy mill in the southern half of Missouri. She had never got to be a puppy, play with a family, she lived in a concrete pin and popped out litter after litter until she was to old. Thats how mom ended up with her. When she went and picked up Viva the person who had transported Viva handed mom this letter. Mom doesnt know who he author is but she believes it is from all us rescues. The title of the letter is fitting right now so that is why she is sharing, its "UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN".

I will never know what I did to deserve such an awful life full of abuse and neglect. My life had become so sad and lonely, it was like living in an endless, dark tunnel. I remeber looking up one day and seeing a bright light at the end of the tunnel. The light was so bright I thought God must have sent an angel to finally end my suffering. God di send an angel, he sent you. The bright light I had seen was your smiling face. You promised me that my days of neglect and abuse were over. My battered body and broken spirit hardly dared to believe it was true. You opened your heart and your home and gave me more love and comfort and safety than I had ever known befor. You gave me the softest bed for my tired aching bones and more toys and attention than I ever dreamed existed. I no longer cringed when a hand was raised near me, because your hands had only kindness and treats to offer me. There is no way to really measure just how deeply your love and devotion affected my life, but even love and devotion and all the medical attention in the world can't heal a body that has been battered and broken for too long. So please do not be sad that I am gone. From the day I met you, I never suffered again., not even at the end. I will live in your heart forever UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN..

Mom doesnt know who wrote this but she is glad they did. This puts into words the main reason she adopts rescues instead of other routes. In her heart and ours, it only seems right. My mom is posting this to dedicate to me and ALL the other rescues out there that sit on Rainbow Bridge knowing someone loved them and cared enough to give a rescue a life free of abuse and neglect.


My Journey Over Rainbow Bridge

May 12th 2008 9:35 am
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My fellow Dogster Pals. First let me start off by telling you all how much I love you all. Dogster is a wonderful site. It has introduced my family to some great freinds. I have loved sitting with mom while she read me some of your funny diaries, Millies were hilarious. They cracked us up. My sweet friend Tessa sent some of the sweetest and most creative pictures we have ever seen. Zeek AKA Sugar Lips made my mom laugh. We loved looking at the pictures. Our pal going through jerkness training(wont name names). Our new pals we just met that live a few towns away with Saints and a Golden. There are so many we kept in our corral that we viewed on a regular basis. Thank you all so much for enriching our lives.
Not too long ago I wrote that I had a stroke. I actually recovered phsically well for the most part. The problem was I didnt quite recover mentally. No one is sure why but I was very aggressive after the stroke. I know I shouldnt have but I attacked my brother Bernard and hurt him. He is SOOO old, he has problems even standing up and I shouldnt have done that. My family thought it was just a freak occurance because I had never done that before but then I attacked my brother Abe. Now that I really shouldnt have done because he out weighs me by about 50lbs. He threw me to the floor and let me up when I stopped but when I got up I did it again. Luckily he was not mad. He just held me to the floor till mom got there. The family was concerned now. Dad was worried about Bernard and especially Bella because she is so small. I could kill her easily. Plus they were wondering if my aggresion would turn towards people and kids. Mom and dad know with my size I could really injure an adult and really hurt a child. Then I attacked Bernard again a few days later. He was bleeding on the porch. Dad was soooo mad. Poor Bernard. I didnt mean to hurt him. I dont know why I did it.
Mom and dad did a lot of talking that night and in the morning with the vet. No one understood my sudden change in personality except that I was hurting and the stroke had changed me. Everyone cried when they realized that for the safety of Bernard , Bella and the family that I had to be put to sleep. The vet couldnt fix me, I would of had to been on heavy drugs to control my pain and mom and dad decided that wasnt living if I was sedated all the time. The trip to the vet was hard. Mom tried to be strong. Dad said he just couldnt go. I was such a daddys girl that he knew he couldnt. Everyone there was so nice. I got a nice blanket to lay on. Mom petted my face and gave me some kisses while the vet injected the stuff into my leg. I fell asleep very fast. I dont feel anymore pain. I run. I jump. I roll in the most amazing grass. Plus I have all my teeth. My brother Bernard is going to love it here. I will love to see him run with no arthritis slowing him down. Mom doesnt know it but as she walked out of the vets office alone holding my leash and collar. I was there walking right beside her. I was sitting beside her in the car when she was sitting there crying.
If you are sitting there with a tear in your eye please wipe it off. I am in a great place now. I had the most fantastic last 2 years with my furless family. They rescued me and I recieved something I didnt know existed-LOVE. So please wipe the tears away and reach down and hug your dog. Look into their eyes and see the complete love they have for you. Thats the way God made us. To love you. Its sad when we dont have the humans to love and be loved back. I was a lucky one. I have played. I have comforted. I have laughed(yes dogs laugh). I have loved and been loved back. I have felt the soothing comforting hands of a gentle human hand. I have been a trully blessed dog.
Good Bye all my wonderful Dogster pals. I will be here to greet every single one of you as you cross over the bridge with a lick and a nuzzle.
Forever Loved,
Gracie French


Semi good news

March 26th 2008 4:12 pm
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Mom and dad were all prepared to take me to the vet to put me to sleep. With mom and dad both being nurses and all they realized the signs I was having were going away. Come to find out I had a stroke. I am not sure if that is good news or not but it sure is good news that I didnt get put to sleep. So now I walk a little funny and I still have problems gettin up and down. I have bumped into a couple of things today but I am alive. Plus mom got me ice cream sandwiches to hide my medicine in. I am HAPPY to still be alive. They both know I dont have a long time left but I have more time then yesterday!!!!!!

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