From rags to riches – meet Gracie
Mom is one of those crazy runners. She always maintains that running changed her life. I don’t think she anticipated that it would change her life in the way it did 3 weeks ago. It was a normal early Tuesday morning run with Belinda and Nikola and just as they finished their paths crossed this pathetic little dog running scared with no collar on. It was obvious she was a stray (or had been lost for a long time) as she was flea and tick ridden and smelt awful. I mean worse than when I roll around in something smelly.
She was skinny, scared and very skittish. Belinda, Nikola and Mom knew they couldn’t just leave her. They had to act. As it was so early Mom offered to take her back to our house and they could then drop her off at one of the rescue centres once they opened. So this pathetic ball of fur was bundled in the back of the Amarok, totally unaware that her life was about to change forever. When mom arrived home I ran to greet her and just knew there was something up. I could smell another dog!
Mom left her in the back of the car with some food and water, as “the rescue” was too scared to even move. I sniffed and smelled and if I am honest wasn’t terribly happy with this smelly thing in my territory. Belinda arrived about an hour later to help mom clean this little rescue up. She had hundreds of ticks and fleas and some nasty sores from the infected bites. Mom’s not very good at ticks and fleas, as she’s rather squeamish so Belinda has to do most of the dirty work. The whole time Nelson, Lily, Olivia and I were locked out of the courtyard but we just knew something was going on.
As top dog when a new dog arrives in our house I have to take the lead and make sure they know who is in charge… me (well actually its mom) but I like to think I’m in charge. Dad always jokes that he is at the bottom of the pack…he is not far off.
Once Mom and Belinda got rid of all the ticks and fleas we were each separately introduced to “the resuce”. She was very scared and hardly moved when we sniffed and smelt her. Mom spoilt us with lots of treats during this initial meeting. So we decided she wasn’t too bad. She was then allowed into the house and mom put a bed and blanket under the dining room table. She crept into the blanket didn’t move. I think she felt safe there whilst still being able to observe her unfamiliar surroundings. She actually looked exhausted and I suppose if I had been living on the streets and finally had a nice warm bed to sleep on I too would just want to take a long nap. I like long naps and I have never even spent a night outside.
Our little rescue was named Gracie and over the next days she found her appetite, her confidence grew and her tail didn’t stop wagging. She slowly started to explore her surroundings and interact with the four of us. Meal times were interesting. It reminded me of when Olivia first arrived and didn’t have any table manners when it came to food. So Mom had to start all over again teaching Gracie to sit and wait for her food. Interesting, Olivia is now so good and waits patiently for her turn for food. It is incredible to think how far that big girl had come.
Over the next couple of weeks Gracie came out of her shell and we soon discovered she is a sweet little thing. She can be slightly annoying when she tries to lick in my mouth and I tend to growl at her to tell her to go away. It’s like having an irritating new little sister. Another thing that we didn’t anticipate is that her and Olivia would start to bond. They can now often be found mock playing and scooting around the garden. Dad calls them “Little and Large”.
Mom tried to find Gracie a home but no one wanted her and without meaning to she slowly crept her way into our hearts and into our pack. We couldn’t just let her go to a shelter and so she found her forever home with us. Out of all of us Gracie is the one that allows mom to “dress” her in bandanas without any complaint. Secretly, I think she looks really cute, not that I’ll admit it. Dogs should not have to wear bandanas- bowties on the other hand are a whole different matter. At Pawfect Gracie’s role is now “Head of Fashion” and she overseas our apparel department. She is also starting an initiative called Project Runaway, which will showcase her latest designs.
Mom didn’t go out looking to rescue or adopt another dog. It was actually quite inconvenient. When is going out of your way to help a person or animal ever really convenient? If we are honest with ourselves, it rarely is. Helping normally initially costs the individual with time, money or both. However the reward can often be far greater than the cost. Although we didn’t go looking for Gracie, she has added a new dimension to our family. She is sweet, kind and loves everyone. Our household is better with her in it.
So we welcome Gracie into our lives and Pawfect and hope you will enjoy her antics as much as we do.
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