This week we have looked at amazing pets. There was the true story of Modoc the elephant and the fictional classic of Flag the deer in The Yearling. Today I thought we’d look at the most beloved of pets, the common dog. Only this particular dog was not common at all. She was a great big loving dog named Grace Dane.
Amazing Gracie by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff is a heart-warming and humorous quick read about a man and his dog, how they formed a family and a business. Dan was trying to get over the loss of a relationship, a loving eighteen-year friendship that ended when his dog, Blue, passed away. He wasn’t looking to replace Blue, but eight weeks later, Gracie stepped into his life and turned it around. Gracie, an albino Great Dane was deaf and partially blind. But she was also lonely and lovable and fit right into his home with his roommate, Mark, and Mark’s “girls,” Dottie and Sarah, a Dalmatian and a black lab mix. At first there was an adjustment period with Gracie and the “demonic duo.” Dottie and Sarah resented the new little interference, but it wasn’t long before little Gracie towered over the girls and found a way into their hearts.
Gracie had always been a finicky eater. She was not gulping down her food like the other dogs and it showed. She was skin and bones and Dan consulted a vet. The vet advised him to try and make food for Gracie instead of using store-bought dog food. His first batches were a mess that looked more like “rock samples from the moon” than the dog cookies he was aiming for. Gracie, however, slurped them up. She loved his homemade cooking with all natural ingredients—and so did other dogs. Three Dog Bakery was born.
In the end Gracie and their business thrived (though it was a long and difficult road). Gracie, Dottie, and Sarah, (oh, and Dan and Mark) became famous. They went on TV shows, had their own show, and toured the country on publicity tours. Three Dog Bakery now is a national chain, and it all started with Gracie.
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