Taking Care of Gracie…and a Giveaway
I always get so many questions and comments about our beagle Gracie, so I thought I’d take time to tell you a bit more about her and how she came into our lives.
We got Gracie a little over three years ago. A lady, Peg, was boarding Gracie and the couple who owned her never came to pick her up. The owners were contacted but said that they were getting a divorce and no longer wanted her. In Gracie’s short life she had been to a home, a shelter, a home and now was at the kennel where she was being boarded.
Gracie was a barker and Peg decided to try to help Gracie overcome that before she took her to the shelter as Peg couldn’t keep her either. One day, Peg was out walking six of her boarded dogs all at once when a friend of mine commented on the dogs. Peg explained Gracie’s situation and said she was trying to find a home for Gracie. My friend knew I wanted a house dog and immediately told me about Gracie.
After much deliberation, and begging on my part, my husband relented. He didn’t grow up with a house dog and wasn’t sure if he would like it.
We have not regretted it for a minute (well maybe a minute…she still has an infatuation with the garbage can). She is not the perfect dog…but she sure has brought some light hearted moments to our family. The first time she tried to lick plates from the dishwasher…we were all shocked. Now, the second she hears silverware clank…she’s right next to the dishwasher…and we are no longer shocked.
When I picked up Gracie from Peg she explained that beagles are active dogs and NEED to be walked. She said currently Gracie was walking 3 miles a day. Now that, scared me a little…I knew I would be the only on in the family who would walk her….and walk her I have. It’s been a good thing, because in the process, I walked off 30 pounds!
Gracie is a MUCH better trainer than Bob or Jillian from The Biggest Loser….she doesn’t yell at me or make me feel awful. She just quietly gives me that guilty stare or a few whimpers until I take her for a walk….She’s been good for my hubby too. He’s a workaholic and Gracie “guilty stares” him into laying on the couch so she has someone to snuggle with.
Gracie loves quilts. She’s actually become quite the “cover girl”. She is always running to get her picture taken the second the camera comes out.
Gracie hasn’t always been as easy going as she is today….I took her to dog obedience classes shortly after we got her. One of the things that has stuck with me is when the instructor told us to go home and read the label on our dog food. She said the first ingredient should be a meat product. WOW….I never realized that dog food that’s labeled meaty chunks wouldn’t actually be made up of mostly meat.
When BlogHer contacted me ask me to review Purina’s Dog Food, Pro Plan Selects, I was a bit skeptical. I didn’t want to switch Gracie to a product that was not a quality dog food….after asking about product ingredients I found out that Purina Pro Plan selects would be the perfect food for Gracie…Meat is the main ingredient.
I can honestly say….Gracie loves the food. We tried out the Natural Beef and Barley Formula.
My grown daughter, Kelli, was so taken with Gracie that she got a beagle of her own…Puppycat…and she loves the Purina Pro Plan Selects too.
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I REALLY admire Peg for working with Gracie because she is not a barker anymore. I REALLY admire people who make life long commitments to shelter dogs. I am happy to say that this will be Gracie’s last home.