Have I ever told you the story of the day that I met you? I was actually there for someone else. Sounds ridiculous, right? There was a male pug that I had come back for that I was going to name Winston. But he had to be kept longer for observation. I remember looking into the room where you all were, and I caught eye contact with you. The other puppies were going nuts and you just sat there staring at me.

A girl came and and got you, I thought maybe someone had come for you or it was time for your bath or something. Next thing I know, she was walking you over to me and putting you in my arms. I was hooked. There was no turning back now. I knew you were meant to come home with me that day and we have been best friends ever since.


You have been through so much with me. I was just out of college when we met and trying to get a “real job” while holding down three part time jobs. I was a mess and you gave me grace. Our life wasn’t perfect but you didn’t care.

You were there for every move I made while working in residential management. There sure were a lot, weren’t there?? You never complained, you always adjusted just fine.

You saw me through a string of bad relationships and breakups, always being there to lick away my tears.

You were there when I met Chris. You didn’t even hesitate to jump in the car the day we left Atlanta to move to Birmingham.

You became a big sister to Mac. Sure, you were a little apprehensive at first but you were quick to become best friends.

Gracie and Mac

I will never forget the first time I came to pick the two of you up from boarding. The vet tech told me that you wouldn’t let Mac out of your sight the entire time we were gone. It melted my heart.

Gracie, you were never just a dog. You were family. My best friend. The most loyal companion. Your love was unconditional. There was not a day that went by that you weren’t ecstatic to see me. And to be honest, I felt the same way about you.

Yesterday was hard. I didn’t want to say goodbye to you. I think we both knew this day was coming. I could tell it was hard on you too. You wouldn’t even look at me when I gave you our last hug. It’s ok, I know you love me. I only hope that you know how much you were loved too.




Gracie Lou

March 10, 2005 – June 23, 2016

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  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky June 24, 2016 at 9:24 am

    wait, what????????????? NO!!!!! i’m so sorry for your loss, Nadine 🙁 BIG BIG HUGS!

  • Reply Laura June 24, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Gracie, girl, you had the best mama you could ask for. You were so so loved, and you’ll never be forgotten. I’ll take care of your mama for you while you’re living it up in heaven.

  • Reply Ashley June 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Oh no, I am so sorry, Nadine. Losing a pet is just awful. Thinking about you!

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots June 24, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Oh my, I am so, so sorry for your loss! Losing a pet is just not fair.

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston June 24, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss Nadine…thinking of you!

  • Reply Dani June 24, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Aww, beautifully written. It’s so hard when a pet passes away, I know how they truly do feel like a family member. I’m sure she knew how much you loved her! So sorry for your loss. Hugs xx

  • Reply carly June 24, 2016 at 10:43 am

    <3 <3 I'm so sorry Nadine!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo June 24, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Oh my word… I totally have the sob stuck in my throat.
    I am so sorry….
    I know that’s not enough to make the pain go away.
    It’s so hard letting go of these little creatures that come into our homes & become such a part of our hearts & family.
    Sending you hugs
    … & know that there will one day be a glance & you’ll save & rescue another dog… & Gracie will be so happy to know you are continuing to share the love.

  • Reply alyssa June 24, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Oh god, Nadine! This was beautiful. Gracie sounds like a perfect companion and it sounds like you both were exactly what each other needed all those years. I know this is so, so hard and so sad, but take solace in knowing how much she loved you and how good a mom you were to her while you had her. She’ll be waiting for you at the rainbow bridge. So sorry for your loss <3

  • Reply Candace June 24, 2016 at 11:22 am

    SO so sorry for your loss! She sounds like she was such a perfect dog and will be missed so much!!

  • Reply mandie June 24, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I’m sorry for your loss, Nadine. She seemed like a great girl & it was truly meant to be that she belong to you & you to her. I don’t care what anyone says, pets are family & it hurts when they are gone. I’m thinking about you & sending a hug all the way from Wisconsin to you. <3

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph June 24, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I am devastated for you. But we do owe them this after all the love they give to us – to let them go before they are in too much pain. Even though it contributes to our own pain. Big hugs!

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter June 24, 2016 at 11:49 am

    This just made me cry. I am sitting at work at my desk sobbing. I am SO SO SORRY for your loss. The love that I have for my pets is so strong and the thought of one day not having them devastates me. I cant even imagine what you are going through. I am sending hugs and good wishes your way. xo

  • Reply Teh Megan June 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I can read through the worst shit and keep it together until it comes to dogs, then I’m over here weeping all over my desk like Sadness. Gracie obviously knew love. Phil is getting up there in age, and I’m not ready and I know you mentioned her age recently, but at least you let her go and you didn’t keep her here because you couldn’t bear it, a final kindness to repay all the tears she caught for you. 🙂

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista June 24, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Awwww I’m so sorry sweet friend, sending you lots of *hugs* your way. Such a cutie puh-tootie! Such a beautiful post, but man those last few sentences queued the tears. I can’t imagine how you feel right now, but I’m here if you need anything <3

  • Reply chelsea jacobs June 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I am so, so sorry.

  • Reply Wendy@BlushandBarbells June 24, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m glad that Gracie had you to love her.

  • Reply Jenn @ Optimization, Actually June 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I read this and I cried and I just wanted you to know that I’m so sorry, but I’m glad Gracie found you and had such a good life.

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis June 24, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Ah I’m so sorry to hear she passed away 🙁 Big hugs to you. I know this can’t be an easy time right now after all the years you spent together and how much you loved her. Stay strong girlie! She was such an adorable puppy.

  • Reply Tracy June 24, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Oh, Nadine. My heart is just breaking into a million tiny pieces for you. What a beautiful, sweet girl! You gave her a long and wonderful life and as much as you loved her, she loved you a hundred times more. Losing a pet is so hard – thinking of you!

  • Reply texerinsydney June 24, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Oh, Nadine. This is a lovely tribute for Gracie. The loss of a pet (because they are SO much more than a “pet”) is so heartbreaking. I’m sorry to read this about your personal heartbreak. Lots of love sent your way.

  • Reply Jenna June 24, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Aw, man… I’m so sorry for your loss. Dogs are fuzzy bundles of unconditional love. Even if everyone else disappoints you, your dog never will. Losing your best friend is never easy.

  • Reply Stephanie June 25, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I am so sorry for you loss 🙁 Gracie was one of my favorite reasons to visit your blog and I will miss her dearly. She definitely knows how much she was loved. I’m in tears 🙁

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  • Reply ellesees.net June 27, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Nadine, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m bawling over here. My heart is breaking for you. I hope you can find some solace and peace. She sounded like a great girl and had a wonderful life.

  • Reply kristen June 27, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Nadine, I am so sorry for you. Hugs. Gracie sounds like an absolutely amazing family member. Lots of love to you xxx

  • Reply Cara June 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Bless your heart, sending over hugs and prayers for you! Gracie seemed so special and wonderful, and I’m sorry for your loss!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders June 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Nadine I’m seriously so sorry about your sweet girl! Dogs really are so much more than pets and are always there to love on us when we need it the most!

  • Reply Mattie @ Northwest Native June 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I’m so sorry, Nadine. I’m typing this with tears in my eyes. It’s so hard to lose a family member, whether they have two or four legs. You were both so lucky to have each other. Sending my love to you!

  • Reply Lindsay June 27, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I didn’t see this post Friday, but so sorry again. This is so sweet and heartbreaking. Sounds like you two were the best of friends! Sending hugs and warm thoughts for the upcoming days and months ahead.

  • Reply Jackie June 28, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Nadine, this is such a beautiful post and I’m so sorry for the passing of sweet Gracie. You both were so lucky to have found one another <3

  • Reply Jess June 29, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I’m so sorry, Nadine. Lots of hugs. I’m so sorry you had to go through it, but happy you had such a wonderful dog and she had you. I’m just catching up, so I didn’t read till today. You are a good dog mamma!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family June 29, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is heartbreaking. I am so sorry, Nadine. I’m so glad you had her there for so many precious years!

  • Reply caitlin @ candyfloss & persie June 30, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    omg Nadine! I am so sorry for your loss of your best bud. What a sweetie and cutie she was. Sounds like she was with you through so many chapters of your life. You two were lucky to have had each other. I am so very sorry 🙁 heart is breaking for you.

  • Reply Katy July 9, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Sorry for your loss 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

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