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All Dogs Go To Heaven

They say, “All Dogs Go to Heaven” but I’m starting to have my doubts.

The reason for this is my 9 month old puppy that we ironically named Gracie. As empty nesters we thought it would be a good idea to add a furry family member!

She is a Border Collie-Aussie Shepherd mix with bits of Tasmanian Devil, Shark and Billy Goat thrown in.

The day we brought Gracie home, she was shy, scared and docile… it was the most peaceful 24 hours we’ve had with her.

Since that time she has been a whirlwind terror

In the span of a few months, she has broken into a bottle of expensive perfume ( Gracie and I smelled like Chanel # 5 for a week),  she’s eaten through 14 pairs of underwear, several pairs of

socks, two of my wife’s nightgowns and part of my favorite T-shirt. She took the wires off of our motorized electric lounge chair, dashed through our patio screen door and tore the  lenses out of

our eye glasses… (my wife insisted we needed newer pairs anyway).

She even bit into my new Jimmy Buffett CD! Further proof that Gracie was a Landshark!

Jewelry isn’t safe. TV remotes have to be hidden, she gnaws on throw rugs for fun… you get the picture.

Her latest trick is unraveling rolls of toilet paper ( we often see a roll halfway down our hallway!

At least once an evening, our Gracie aka Little Sh*t becomes a four legged pinball and runs laps at full speed ricocheting off of chairs,  the still working recliners,  our hallway bench and more.

When she does this we duck and hold throw pillows out to shield our bodies! She flies at us without regard for anyone’s safety.

We replaced the screen door and Gracie has now figured out how to slide it open and closed. (Yes, she let’s herself out and in)

We put a new fence in so that Gracie could run off some of her energy and Gracie promptly got

her head stuck while trying to squeeze through it. Every lunch and dinner Gracie barks, begs and howls

like she has never been fed. In fact Gracie barks a lot. She barks at things both visible and mostly invisible.

She seems to do this for no reason. Often, Gracie’s favorite way to wake us up is to lick the back of our necks or bite

a small chunk of our hair off ( I’m getting older and really need my hair! ).

I know what you’re thinking…. This is not a great tribute to a dog. You are right… so far it isn’t.

I forgot one important thing ….Gracie has one trait that overrides all of those destructive ones.

She loves people….all people. She loves anyone who visits, our daughter, parents, friends,

Neighbors, sstrangers and believe it or not Gracie even loves the Mailman!

Contractors fawn all over Gracie because she loves them so much. They all want to take her home with them (at times we’ve considered it)

Gracie hasn’t met a person that she doesn’t like…she doesn’t judge anybody , she just loves them.

It’s a trait we should all have!

Thankfully, Gracie shows the most love to my wife and I. She follows us everywhere, looks at us

with adoring and slightly mischevious eyes and greets us as if we have been gone a month when we take the trash out.

Gracie may not be well behaved, but she sure knows how to love.

Her tail wags constantly when we greet her.

She lays next to us, Watches TV with us, sits on our patio chair and the top of the table with us and because She’s a Border Aussie,

she even likes to herd us!

Some days it feels like we’ve had Gracie for 8 years instead of eight months,

but then Gracie shows us how much love she has in her heart and I think to myself, what would life have

been like if she never came along.

When the time comes, I’m not sure if Gracie will get to heaven (Heck, I’m not sure if I’ll make it)

However, I’m certain that wherever Gracie ends up, she’ll love whoever is there with her!

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