Sadly enough, I am often asked to paint a dear sweet love that has already gone ahead to wait for us in Heaven. I'm convinced Heaven is loaded with our most faithful and unconditionally loving four-legged, tail wagging family members. How could it be Heaven without them??? When asked to paint Sara's Gracie Lou, I asked if I could begin a tribute page telling her story. Sara wrote the following about Gracie Lou and I think you'll understand what a truly funny and remarkable girl she was.
Here's the summary in Sara's own words:
"I adopted her from the Lincoln County Animal Shelter shortly after I started working there. Our surviving dog, Gambler, needed a buddy, and when Gracie Lou was surrendered it was love at first sight. I insisted my husband come down right away to meet her. Gambler was 2 and a half when we adopted her and she had been an absolute dream! Housetrained, polite, leash trained; you name it, Gambler could do it. Gracie Lou was a bit of a wake up call. We worked through potty training, car sickness, obedience training, and some serious separation anxiety which manifested in lots of barking and destroying just about whatever she could get her teeth on! A few days before Christmas, Gracie Lou and Gambler were being baby sat by my mother in law and Gracie Lou got a hold of a bottle of Gorilla Glue. We were lucky that she didn't eat very much and a $1500 emergency surgery saved her life. This solidified our suspicion that Gracie Lou was a very special dog indeed. Gracie Lou had the most soulful eyes that could at once be compassionate and so worried! Gracie Lou was known in her obedience classes as quite the talker! She learned quickly that barking would not be tolerated, but that if she just whined and made Wookie noises, she would charm everyone around:) Due to an apparent personality of it's own, Gracie Lou's rear end earned the name Marmalade, and by the time she passed away, everyone knew if you were going to say hello to Gracie Lou, you also had to say hello to Marmalade! She would sidle up to where you were sitting or standing and look up at you with her pleading, hound eyes, and as soon as you reached out to pet her head she would slide forward with ninja like stealth so that you found yourself petting Marmalade instead."
How fortunate that Gracie Lou found such a wonderful doggy mom! Thank you for sharing your story Sara.
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