Everybody has a story: Dog owner is wrapped around Gracie’s little paw



One day I was feeling lonely, being a single older citizen living alone, and I asked myself this question: Do I want a man, or do I want a dog?

After weighing the pros and cons of each, the dog won. I went online to find a list of breeds my allergies would tolerate, and then went to the Humane Society website, and there she was, a little 8 pound yorkie who came to them as a stray.

I went right down, fell in love and adopted her. They told me to come back for her the next day after she was spayed and microchipped. I then went shopping and I bought her a bed, car seat, dog carrier, toys, leash, harness, sweater, coat and food.

The next day I picked her up, my little girl whom I named Gracie, and my life changed! My bedtime went from 11 p.m. to 9 p. m., as each morning at 5:15 a.m. she was beside my bed, pogo sticking up and down to wake me. I did not have a fenced yard, so I walked her on those dark, cold mornings with my key, flashlight and poopbag in hand. One morning I forgot my key and had to wake a neighbor to call me a locksmith.

Gracie had her share of carpet accidents, and I had to have the carpets cleaned several times. I discovered her haircuts cost more than mine, and her vet bills were not covered under my Medicare. Anywhere I went for more than seven hours required a pet sitter. Gracie was frightened by fireworks, so we had to leave town near and on the Fourth of July to hole up in a quiet motel somewhere. Gracie does not like dry dog food, so I give her diced up fresh pet food along with fresh chicken tenders.

It is evident that she has me wrapped around her little paw, but I would not have it any other way as I love her to pieces. My friends tell me if there is such a thing as reincarnation, they want to come back as my dog!

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