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My adopted sister, Gracie!

Updated on March 19, 2013

Gracie's story!

Gracie was born in a very unpleasant place. She was born and lived on a rural farm with 70 other dogs. She lived with a hoarder, grew up wild, had to beg and fight for anything and everything. It was a rough place to live.

One day the Sheriff of the county went to the hoarder and took away all her dogs. She just couldn't take care of them all. The adults were euthanized because of illness and aggression, we were told. A nice lady that lived in the county worked with the Sheriff and a local vet to help the remaining pups find homes. The local vet took in the 20 puppies until the nice lady could list them on and get them all adopted.

Well, staying with a vet sounds like a great place to be. But they didn't have the facilities, room or staff to take care of 20 puppies. So they put them four to a crate, never took them out and fed them all they wanted, so they wouldn't fight with each other. Four weeks later, Mum found Gracie on

We drove two hours to see Gracie. And boy did she smell real bad. She was so loving and happy playing with my Mum and my Mum's friend that went with us.

Then when I met her, I gave her a little warning bark ('cause I'm the boss, you know) and she backed right off. That was a great sign. I'm not always the easiest to get along with, so we knew she would be a great addition to our family. So we took her home.

Now Gracie and I are the best of buddies. Mum even swears that I run better in agility when Gracie is there to support me. It's amazing she turned out to be so sweet after all she went through. She is the best playmate and sis a pup like me could ever ask for.

So here's to our Gracie girl. The goofiest, funnest, funniest, happiest, craziest, most loving pup on the planet.

Gracie's featured video! - She loves the water!

Gracie on YouTube!

What's Gracie been up to?

Gracie has lived with us about six years now and we just don't know what we would do without her.

She keeps the peace in the family, makes sure my kittie brothers are all accounted for, trains and competes in agility (and wins blue ribbons too!), does lots of tricks, performs at children's birthday parties, bugs me sometimes, and plays, and plays, and plays.

She's just about the most easy going, social butterfly pup I've ever known. And she's helped me learn a lot about getting along with other dogs..

We just don't know what we would do without our "Gracie Girl!"

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Give me some woofs!

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much!!! Gracie is a very happy tail, and her life gets happier for her all the time the more and more she learns to trust. Keep the faith and thank you for helping the pups!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I had no idea Gracie was a victim of hoarding. Thank heavens she was rescued in time and adopted to you. She won the doggie adoption lottery, that's for sure. My past two months have been consumed with a rescue, and the care, associated with a hoarding case. It's been heartbreaking. I needed to see and hear this happy ending associated with Gracie's sad beginning. She is amazing!

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      dogged lm 4 years ago

      We are travelling the same paths on dog cruelty so I sympathise with you so much but I am delighted to say we are of like minds. My special love is GSDs but I love em all, this is my Pippa at 3 1/2 years, I love her too much! Thanks for working with dogs.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Gracie is beautiful. I can see a lot of "smart" in her face too. Hugs to you and Gracie. d

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      Great lens. What an adorable dog!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Looks like she has a lot of Boarder Collie in her, ours loves to play and loves water too. He will throw his water bowl (full) if we ever go out and leave him behind. He has a temper too!

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      How lucky Gracie is, to have escaped such a horrid place and ended up in a home where she can enjoy doing agility as well as being an entertaining companion - she's one good-looking happy little dog!

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      TommysTips 4 years ago

      Hi Gracie - I am a rescue dog too!

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      Ninche 4 years ago

      Lovely Gracie! Great videos, too!

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      Kimberley Vico 4 years ago

      Hi... wonderful lens. Cudos to you and those who save these pets.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Thanks for being a dog buddie. Blessed.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Hi to Gracie! It would be nice to meet her in person.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Gracie sounds like an angel! Love your lens!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Woof Woof - nice to meed Gracie and good for you helping dogs find homes. Well done.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Gracie you know you are absolutely adorable! Congratulations on making Squidoo's 50 Dogs We Love list! Warm hugs, ear scratchies and belly rubs are sent!

      Blessed by a puppy luvin Squidoo Angel

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      JakePerry 8 years ago

      Ohhh Gracie is a great Sister! and so cute too, adopting a dog is the best that every person can do.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Gracie, you are adorable! Thank you Johann, so glad you found her and brought her home. Woof, you are such a good pup for making a lens for your sister (although I'm sure that mom helped a wee bit LOL) - Squidhugs from Kathy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You are right, Johann. Hoarding is more prevalent than most people think. My mom had to help animal control with a hoarding situation a while back. She said you cannot even appreciate how bad it is from seeing it on television until you are there in person. In this hoarding situation there were 116 animals in a little 2 bedroom cape cod style house. Although there were tons of health problems, most of the animals did make it and have since been adopted. A lot of rescue groups worked together to make that happen.

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      AstridNicole 9 years ago

      You have come out of a dark and bad place, Gracie, and into the light to share your life with a wonderful sister and mum. Beautiful story.

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      Your sister is beautiful, Johann. My dear feline friend, Frankie, who lived with me for many, many years came from a very bad place too. He had suffered some brain injuries that affected him, but was such a kind and gentle soul.