Gracie’s Walks

My dog, Gracie

I think its important during our hectic daily lives that we should always take some time out for our pets. We should give them a chance to explore nature, and the great outdoors, to give them some type of release of all their pent up energy as well.

No matter what size of dog we have, it’s good to let them explore and smell the world. It is also a healthy walk for us if we simply take the time. Good quality exercise and a time out from life never hurt anyone.

My dog, Gracie, always gets excited when she sees me grab the keys and or her leash. She heads to the door, and sits down patiently, all the while wagging her tail with the look of excitement. If only she could talk, I could imagine she’s telling me, “hurry up now, I’m waiting!”

I have been fortunate enough to find Gracie the perfect spot not far from town to let Gracie run free. It is during these moments when I watch Gracie take off in a full blown run, that I sense her smile. If only dogs could laugh and yell out loud, I’m sure she would.

Gracie being a retriever, has learned well, and is totally devoted to go after what ever you throw and bring it back to you. Her favorite though, is when you throw sticks into the water. Always anxious to please, she will in no doubt swim with all her might, and come out gracefully. Her paws are webbed just for such the occasion. Chasing grasshoppers has also become a delight as well.

Gracie is doing better these days since the time she swallowed a pair of my socks. She has managed to regain her weight and then some. Although her stomach will never be the same as it was prior to the event, she still wants everything, including paper. I hope someday this will change, but being a dog, perhaps its only wishful thinking, as I found her just yesterday sneaking into the office, and tearing into crumpled up paper. 🙁

Gracie still remains one of the biggest blessings in my life, and I only wish I could take her with me everywhere. As work continues to be done on our remodels I have to leave her behind. As I tell her goodbye, and head out to the job, my heart fills with compassion as she chases me down the fence line of her pen that we have built so she can be outdoors. As I fade away down the street I wonder how long she waits and looks forward to our next walk.

My Dog Gracie


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Meet, My Dog, Gracie

Now who can resist, a precious sleepy time moment? Isn’t that when dogs are the most innocent? Meet my dog, Gracie! My how she has grown in just a short amount of time.

Today, I’m grateful Gracie is still with me. Gracie had a terrible time in June, when she ate a pair of my socks, and had to be vetted. After several days in the vet, a surgery, and lots of antibiotics, she survived. She did not eat for a week, though, and she was so grossly thin when I brought her home. But, with lots of love, and small meals to begin with, Gracie quickly sprung back to her old self, she filled back out, and continues to want to eat everything.

I wanted you all to meet Gracie, not just because she is so cute, but because if you stick around, you will find that I often refer to her in my writings. Having Gracie is the best thing I have done for myself, she seems to encourage me everyday without judging me. Gracie is adventurous and strong, and some times when I want to do absolutely nothing, I have to get up and take Gracie outside, which is very therapeutic for those of us who have depression.

Gracie is also taking me on a new adventure. I am currently trying to learn the in’s and out of the town city council, in order to establish a city wide dog park. I have never done such a thing as this. I moved to this small town in Oklahoma not to long ago, and adopted Gracie in March. I believe dogs as well as us humans need daily exercise, and so therefore I take her. The walks have been good for both our souls, but lately, there has been numerous big dogs running around loose. Every day it seems, my walks with Gracie are getting shorter and shorter, because we have to stay close to the house, and run inside to escape these loose dogs. I trust Gracie, but I do not trust dogs that run loose.

Gracie, looking out the window

So here I am today, pushing for a city wide dog park. I have picked up the paper work necessary to get this order on the agenda. I have spoken to the city manager, who thinks my idea is great, and much needed. The city manager now is suggesting I come up with a fund raiser to fund the project, say what? So, here I go to learn something I know nothing about. Here I go having to get out of myself and to interact with other people. Maybe, I will be great at it!

I will be posting more about this process as I learn it. If your bored with your life in your own community, try and think of ways you can add to it positively. I watched a tv program where a guy gave homeless people haircuts, now that’s awesome! Never stop learning, now that’s a big one! If you don’t like where you are, then change it! If you need someone in your life that will never judge you, get a dog, a rabbit, a hamster, or a plant!

Thank you all for stopping by and reading! Have a wonderful, blessed day!


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My dog Gracie