29 June, 2006

My Gracie

Miss Graceful
The Tiny
Tin-E Loc (with the Notorious D.O.G)
The Worm
The T
Little Whoozit

A dear child has many names. She even had her own songs.

She left us too quickly. To everybody who left nice comments about her and sent her kisses, you have my undying devotion. Nobody deserved it more. She was much too shy to ask. It was so touching to see her becoming brave enough in the last couple of years, to actually sniff the outstretched hands of friends and strangers stopping us on the street.

At 15 years of age, she was happy and running around, up until her very last day, and for that I am very grateful. In the 12 years we had her, she was my constant companion and my joy. Always there for me. Playful and elegant, her racing name, Miss Graceful, described her so perfectly. Although she started out as very shy and scared, she grew confident and she relaxed. It was heartwarming to see her come out of her shell. Heartwarming is my favorite word when I think of her and her gentle ways. Although she liked attention, she was not demonstrative, and therefore, a lick on the hand from her was extra sweet. She was very intelligent, and so amazingly human in her expressions and her emotions. And after so many years, our bond was still growing and growing.

We were so proud of her. And we were so honored to have been picked to be her parents.

This is the reason for my absence. I miss her so desperately, and so does her little sister. I have not felt like blogging or even knitting in the last two weeks since it happened. Just trying to get back into things now.


  1. I'm so sorry for you! I just started reading your blog because I have two Italian Greyhounds and loved your bigger hounds. I know you will miss her. I've been through losing dogs before and you never really get over it. But I hope you do feel better soon.

  2. oh hege, what a beautiful post about a beautiful dog. *hugs*

  3. Oh hege ... I am so sorry! Gracie has been strong ... and so should you. Take care ... ::HUGS::

  4. we are so very sorry about gracie. but fortunate enough to have met her! take care, will see you soon.

  5. You have my deepest sympathy. It is so hard to lose a pet, and especially such a lovely dog as Gracie was. I hope you start to feel better soon. Both you and Gracie are in my thoughts.

  6. Oh I am so so sorry. Take care and hope you feel better in time. Losing a pet is so difficult, especially such a beautiful friend as Gracie.

  7. I was just thinking about you last night and wondering how you were doing... shy Gracie's tail is a-thumping on the floor after that lovely story..

  8. I am so very very sorry about the loss of your beloved Gracie. She was a beautiful part of your family.

  9. So sorry to hear about losing a beautiful and heartwarming dog like Gracie. She will live forever in your heart, dear Hege..
    Take care of yourself:)

  10. Your post made me smile in a sad way. What a lovely post.

  11. I'm new to your blog, but please accept my condolences for the loss of Gracie. She sounds like the sweetest girl who had a wonderful life with you. They are never replaceable, but thankfully live on in our hearts...take your time getting back into the routines.

  12. I'm so sorry about your Gracie. She looks and sounds like such a dear dog! She must have had a lovely life after being adopted by your family.

  13. Greyhounds are never here long enough [any pet for that matter]...

    Gracie certainly was loved...

  14. It is so hard to lose them. I still miss Sophie, my first greyhound, and she's been gone for two years.

  15. I'm so sorry about Gracie! She sounds like such a wonderful friend and companion.

  16. i lost a pet in october and it was mid november when i didn't go to sleep a bit weepy.
    gracie was a beautiful dog. i know the face that must have looked up at you in that fawn pose.

    you were very lucky to have each other. if it helps, i still dream of my childhood pets. when i lost my cat in october, i looked forward to the dreams in which she'll visit. i love the dreamstate. i have no idea while dreaming that it's not reality. i hope in time you two get to walk in dreams again.