It has been many years since my last stint as a puppy’s human. I have had dogs that were rescues off and on through the years, but no puppies for a very long time. My two big doggy loves up until now were Sophie and Mila, the two rescues that got me through the loss of my husband back in 2012. They now live with my son, Joshua in Germantown.
Although Sophie and Mila were hugely instrumental in mine and Ally’s recovery from such a huge loss, somewhere along the way, I forgot how important and reassuring the companionship of a pet can be. That’s where Gracie comes in. A gift from my husbands friends in Michigan to aid with his recovery from pancreatic cancer, this little gem is named Gracie Jane. She is a designer hybrid between an Irish Setter father and a Golden Retriever mother.
Here’s the thing. I realize she is technically Tim’s dog, but there is something about her that draws me in closer day by day. Perhaps is the way she looks at me without an ounce of judgement when I have a day like yesterday where I wanted to punch kittens and trip old people at the grocery. Maybe it’s the way she tucks her nose into my armpit when she is snuggling me in the sun room. On second thought, that part might be from me not showering as often as I should since I’ve been taking care of Tim. So we won’t count that one because we all know doggies love smelly things.
I have a sneaking suspicion, it’s that unconditional love thing my husband tears up about when he speaks about his Sandy from days gone by. Sandy got Tim through a very difficult time in his life and no matter what was going on around him, when he got home from work, Sandy was there to love and delight without rhyme or reason and that’s what Gracie does for me. No matter what Murhpy’s Law throws at me throughout the day, those big brown eyes and curly tail have super ninja skills that show up out of nowhere to cut the bad stuff off at the pass.
We were so rushed yesterday getting ready for the oncology visit, that I didn’t take time to meditate and spend some quiet time contemplating the goodness of God. And I certainly didn’t have any time to spare for Gracie Jane yesterday. But I would almost bet cash money and two tickets to the Mid-South Fair, that had I spent even just a little bit of time doing either one, my post from yesterday might have turned out just a little bit differently than it did.