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  1. Hannie

    Congratulations, what a cutie pie. Not only is he a lucky dog but your heart is full again. Kisses from us……

    1. Macy Penna

      Having lost my beloved Me-Tu eight years ago I was devastated. I immediately adopted Macy as a puppy, and she is now eight years old. As I told you in a previous post, Macy did not “replace” Me-Tu but she dried a lot of my tears the moment I brought her home. And while Gracie will NEVER replace Kirby, I’ll bet she is drying a lot of your tears. Good luck with Gracie, she is an adorable dog to join your other “fur babies.”

    2. Maxine Schmidt

      I am so thrilled you found Gracie. This is so wonderful, my heart is singing along with yours and all our friends!

  2. Nora

    Good luck with Gracie! She doesn’t know how lucky she is! Please keep us updated.

  3. Sandra Short

    Oh this is such wonderful news, Susan! How my heart was singing as i read your post about Gracie! God bless you. Please keep us posted about her progress and assimilation into your household. Thank you so much for sharing with us! Sandy

  4. Janice

    She’s adorable! Wonderful news. Hope your other dog can bond well with her, too. Best wishes to you all!

  5. Franny

    What a little sweetie! I’m so glad you found each other. A big welcome to Gracie and I look forward to hearing more about her! I hope she bonds quickly with all the family.

  6. olderdogs

    Congrats. She is adorable. Every time I lose one of my beloved dogs (family members), I’m usually at the Humane Society a week later. <3

  7. Kelly

    How wonderful, congrats! And thank you for adopting, that is one lucky pup!

  8. Raina VanHorn

    I’m sorry for your loss – losing part of the family is very hard. I can see why you adopted Gracie – she looks so sweet, adorable really. Best wishes to you and your new member of the pack.

  9. Trish

    She is adorable – thank you for adopting ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. smseattle

    Congratulations to you and Gracie! I would love to hear updates as Miss Gracie joins your family.

  11. Debra

    Once you have a dog, it is very hard when their presence is no longer there. So glad you found room in your heart to give another dog in a shelter the opportunity for a loving home. Sounds like it was meant to be!

  12. Joy Coleman

    Yeah for your gigantic heart!! We’re so happy for your family.

  13. Sydney Morgan

    Very happy for you, but much happier for Gracie! Think about it…in a kill shelter…moved to another state…you had problems trying to adopt from several sources….you and Gracie met…. MEANT TO BE!!!!

  14. Tricia

    So Wonderful! I teared up reading about her! Everything happened just as it was supposed to, Miss Gracie is a lucky girl! Congrats to all of you!

  15. Susan

    Gracie was there just waiting for you to come!

  16. suzanne

    Too cute! Lucky little dog!

  17. Paula Applegate

    I was so sad to hear about Kirby but you did the best thing you could do in adopting Gracie.. She will heal your heart and will soon fit like a glove in your family..The kitties will teach her what is acceptable as far as her behavior goes and they will grow to love each other.. As to food, she will learn.. and soon she will like and even love what you make.. It takes time to adjust. Many Hugs across the miles..

  18. Mirsades

    She is adorable. I felt the tears welling up as I read your post….happy tears. I know how hard it is to lose a member of our fur family and I’m glad you have saved this little one. Hope to hear more news of how she’s getting along with all the other fur members. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Carp;

    Congratulations on your new baby girl. Sorry to know about your Kirby. Gracie will help heal your heart I’m sure. My Dahlia has helped me through a really rough time after our Maggie went to the bridge. Hoping you have many, many happy years together.

  20. Eileen Crosby

    Congratulations!!!! She’s beautiful, I’m so happy for you and your family.

  21. Susan Goodman

    So sorry for the loss of your beloved Kirby. They are never with us long enough. Sadly, it is often only through the loss of one that another gets a chance to live. So happy you and Gracie found each other. Lucky pup.

  22. Nancy Mc

    She is beautiful! Congratulations on your new family member ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Laurie

    The best way to honor an animal we loved and lost is to rescue another. It’s a much better way to heal, too, than waiting and hoping that time will do it, if it can. So congratulations to you and to Gracie for finding each other! Stories like yours keep the world turning round.

  24. Donna Chicone

    Congratulations to you and to Gracie. It is true our dogs do find us. Your spirit dog Kirby is there and will be a great help. Happy journey to you all! Woofs & Smiles!

  25. Angela

    Es wรคrmt mein Herz zu hรถren, wie ihr zueinander gefunden habt. Ganz viel Freude und Glรผck mit der kleinen Perle ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. judith zimbalist

    Gracie and you are very lucky….I wept as I read….every animal who needs a forever home should be as blessed as Gracie. .Much Happiness.

  27. Alida

    This brought tears to my eyes… How wonderful for you both.

  28. Maggi

    Gracie is darling. Congratulations to you all! I hope you have many happy and healthy years together.

  29. andibrown09

    Gracie has a lot of fans already! Lucky PUP! Yay you! xoxo

  30. felicity harvey

    Kirby would so happy for you. No doubt he lent a paw in helping you find Gracie. Happy tails and journeys ahead.

  31. Linda

    Congratulations! She is adorable and you are both so lucky. Kirby’s message๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’•

  32. Laurie

    Lucky girl Gracie! Congrats to you and your daughter Susan. Best wishes for years to come.

  33. Don

    Good for you! She looks like a real sweetheart & very much like the one I’m still missing terribly after more than 8 years.

  34. soozyb2013

    she is lovely and so lucky to have you as her guardian ๐Ÿ˜‰ So glad your spot is filled again with another fur baby to love. NEVER gotten to ever “replace” Kirby, but to fill your heart with joy again. I “get it”.

  35. mykka

    ADorable – I bet Kirby-in-heaven had something to do with finding the perfect little one to rescue!!

  36. Sally Clampitt

    Congratulations, Susan! Many years of love for you and Gracie!

  37. Debbie Perkins

    Gracie is beautiful! Thank you for loving her and being part of her life. My best to you all.

  38. Dan

    Congrats and thank you for giving this beautiful little dog, (now family member), a forever home!

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  40. Gabe

    You have a wonderful heart, Susan. And you did exactly what your little Kirby would want you to do… your heart and love a baby who desperately needs a mom. Kirby is safe and happy and forever blessed by your love. And now this little baby will experience the same. Please keep us UTD about this little one.

  41. Jenny

    She is adorable! Lucky she found you when she did. She will help to heal your heart! ๐Ÿ’ž

  42. apuginthekitchen

    Congratulations!! Gracie is beautiful and so happy she was rescued and is part of your loving home!!

  43. Twin City Joan

    It’s always painful to lose a buddy. I am so glad you found another little dog that needs to be loved. They can fill a large hole in our hearts.

  44. Marina Aivaliotis

    Congratulations. Gracie is lucky to have found a loving home, and will fill the void in your heart. I also adopted after I lost my Pano. Home needed to be filled again with love. ZOE came from a high kill shelter and brought to long island..

  45. Christine

    Many blessings with the newest member of your family, Susan. Gracie is a perfect name. It continues to just befuddle me that these rescue groups would refuse to place an animal with a loving home just because they think giving vaccinations and toxic chemicals is part of keeping animals healthy. I thought loving homes were desperately needed. I know of someone who was refused adoption from a Westie rescue just because the new guardian was going to feed raw! As George Orwell wrote, “The further a society differs from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

  46. Michele Carra

    She’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations…. And condolences on the loss of your little heart dog, Kirby, I am sure he’s happily waging his approval regarding his new sister!

  47. Catharine Culp

    Happy for you all as it she will help your heart to mend. Lucky Gracie- happy dog!

  48. Linda Marder

    Absolutely LOVE this story!!! Thank you.

  49. JRM

    What a lucky beautiful little terrier. They are my favorite. A big dog in a little dog body. So thrilled for you and Gracie.

  50. beadfreak

    I’m sorry to hear about your precious Kirby, but he would be pleased to know that you have chosen to give another baby the same loving home that you gave to him. Congratulations! He is a cutie-pie, and you are right, he will feel right at home with all of you in short order. It sounds like he is well on the way already.

  51. Helen Seppala

    How wonderful for the both of you!! Two needs fulfilled at once!! So happy little Gracie has YOU as her new mama, Susan. What a lucky girl!!

  52. beadfreak

    Oops! I meant “she”.

  53. Deb

    LUCKY dog to have you as a pet parent. I have a 16 year old Manchester terrier. Great dogs. Love hearing happy stories.

  54. joan johnston

    Gracie is a very lucky girl to have you for a Mom.

  55. Woofielover

    Congratulations on your new kid, Susan! Lucky Gracie, lucky you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Pam Knapp

    First, I am so sorry about Kirby. It’s always terrible to lose a beloved pet. But I am so happy that you found this little sweetheart who obviously needs you. Have you read A Dog’s Purpose? If not, you need to get a copy!

  57. Wanda Steeves

    Congrats momma, I wish I could adopt another, but my brain tumor limits my mobility, I don’t know what the future holds . Lots of cuddles for u all

  58. Kat

    Those ears!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Gracie is beautiful!! She reminds me of a Thoroughbred!!! The Lord bless you for saving her life…. I know He already is, just by having her in your life. ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  59. Debra Steinbaugh

    I’m so happy for u and ur daughter! Gracie is a doll! Enjoy her and pls give her a great big kiss from us. I have two Yorkie rescues who couldn’t give more love or be more loved! โ™กโ™ก

  60. Regina

    Last year, I had friends adopt a cat named Gracie. It was another one of those “meant to be” things. They didn’t have to jump through as many hoops as you did, though.

    As soon as I saw your Gracie’s head-tilt, I was melting. And thank you for looking at a dog that nobody else was paying attention to!!!! I’ve also adopted pets that were being “ignored”. Once I got them home, they quickly became love-muffins. I truly believe we know in our gut which animals to bring home. They become available to us at just the right time.

    I like your theory on Manchester Terrier. My first thought was part Miniature Pinscher (I still miss my MinPin from years ago!), they do look similar, but I’ll go with you on the Manchester!

  61. Caron

    I’m so sorry about Kirby but I’m happy for you and Gracie. She’s adorable. I had a beautiful black cat named Gracie. Lost her last year just before she turned 21. Gracie’s are angels.
    I’m deeply disturbed that rescues are so restrictive about flea and heartworm chemicals.
    If the nation’s leading pet food expert is refused an adoption, there’s something seriously wrong with that rescue.
    But it lead you to Gracie so I guess I’ll forgive them.

    Best wishes to you all.

  62. Sandra Michele Wachtstetter

    Happy Tails to all!!

  63. Duncan Ness

    There is no greater tribute to Kirby that the statement that life with him was so great that you want to try it again!

  64. Ian

    She is beautiful ! I am so glad she found you.

  65. Jeri

    Your new furbaby is adorable! May you have many many joyful years together. She will come to understand what “real” food is and will eventually be happy to have it! Just keep working at her on it. Best to you both!

  66. Paula Applegate

    A DOG
    From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,
    or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”
    They don’t understand the distance travelled, the time spent,
    or the costs involved for “just a dog.”
    Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”
    Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog”, but I did not once feel slighted.
    Some of my saddest moments have been brought aobut by
    “just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch
    of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
    If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you probably understand phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”
    “Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.
    “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience
    that make me a better person. Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.
    So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog”
    but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
    “Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
    I hope that someday they can understand that its’ not “just a dog” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a man” or “just a woman.”
    So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” just smile,
    because they “just don’t understand.”
    ~Unknown Author


      Beautiful!!! I found a t-shirt that says, “If you say it’s just a dog, I say you’re just an idiot.”

      1. Regina

        OMG, where did you find that shirt??????

  67. Debbie

    Congrats Susan. Yeah these rescue groups are getting ridiculous. They need to change with the times of raw feeding and holistic medicine. I am about to go on a rampage about this. You are the second person in 3 days to say this. And this is coming from two very well educated people in pet foods and care for pets. Welcome home to a terrific mom Gracie.

  68. Tina

    What a cute little girl! So happy you found each other. May you have many happy years together!

  69. landsharkinnc

    Definitely looks Toy Manchestery/Min-Pinny to me! Never known a dog (healthy) in my life that would deliberately starve itself to death — let her miss 3 meals — and watch the others get fed — and she’ll figure out that she’s not going to win that ‘You’re Trying To POISON’ me argument!

  70. Rachel

    Huge congratulations, Susan, on your darling new baby! Perhaps Kirby had something to do with her being in the right place at the right time …….. ??

  71. Mrs. Elinor McCullough

    I personally believe that Kirby sent Gracie right into your arms and loving heart. So happy for you, just nothing like a new puppy is there?

  72. Cynthia

    Great news! So happy for you and Gracie!

  73. Darcy Flynn

    There are no coincidences – you were meant to meet. And what a cutie pie!

  74. Annie

    She’s a beauty! I’m so happy for you, and for her. Kirby will tell her about the food, I’m sure. She has a happy home now. Bless all of you.

  75. JT

    What a sweet, wonderful story. Love the name Gracie. (I never cease to be amazed at the rules of some shelters. Mind boggling.)

    Fwiw, I adopted a junkyard feral cat that had no socialization when I got her. Even the shelter thought I would return her. But after a lot of hard work and persistence, she adjusted and became the most amazing, wonderful, loving cat.

    Susan, you did a great thing choosing Gracie. Like Nutmeg, it is the ones that are often passed by who turn out to be the most rewarding. Gracie will do great because of your amazing care and love. Congratulations. We are happy for you.

  76. Batzion

    Hi pretty girl. Gracie, do you know what an incredible mommy you have? I’ll put it this way: If I was a dog or a cat, I would want her to adopt me. That’s because she will love you to bits, keep you safe, keep you healthy and feed you the best food on the planet. And, as you can see on this page, you already have “aunts” and “uncles” who love you, too! So, welcome, little one. We are so very happy for you and for your mommy. God bless both of you.

  77. Valerie

    Congratulations on this darling addition to your family! It sounds like you and beautiful Gracie were meant to find each other. I wish you all the best.

  78. Martha j

    I love her “socks” — one white and one brown.
    Just like me, most days!!! Congratulations to you both.

  79. Katie

    Adorable! Bless you for recognizing that all she needed was to get OUT and into a loving home.

  80. Debi

    Love that you have this little buddy, will stay close by your side like little Kirby, so glad Susan.

  81. Helene Raacke

    Best wishes to your gang. Another little soul spared fear and loneliness.

  82. Pat P.

    I am glad that you didn’t connect with an immediately “easy” dog. (I am surprised that ALL shelter animals aren’t “having such a hard time”.) This little sweetheart needed someone who would be patient, caring and empathetic–and would care for her physical needs as well, without excess toxins and good food. I know you are aware that switching from lousy to good healthy food may take some time, but you are willing to wait it out. Hopefully, Kirby will whisper in her ear about the delightful change in nutrition!
    This little dog, in need of a non-demanding, non-perfectionist, reasonably gentle pet parent is lucky, as are you. I am wagering that she will appreciate you, considerably, as well as some potential friendly animal companions.
    It is unfortunate that the other two rescue groups appeared so ignorant, but Gracie will benefit!

  83. Deb Binder

    How wonderful! Lucky you, lucky daughter and very lucky Gracie. Here’s to years and years and years… of love, doggie kisses, snuggles and more


    Congratulations Susan and little Gracie! Gracie, you have an important job! You’re the perfect little dog to heal Susan’s heart, and it’s a great heart too, filled with love! And she will heal your heart too. Susan, thank you for sharing this beautiful story and for rescuing this scared little one. Amazing that no one noticed but you, and that’s just how special you are. Beloved Kirby fully approves! And what a special daughter you have too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. matjperrinJudi

    She is lovely! So very pleased…and so the cycle of life and love continues! May you all have a wonderful and joyful life together.

  86. Sally Roberts

    OMG how cute and precious !!! She is so lucky- Many like you said are ignored when they are so scared and it breaks by heart. They just need time and love and shown someone does care. God bless you for adopting her and yes please keep us updated on this lucky little girl !! Hugsss to you and Gracie !!!

  87. Linda

    She’s lovely Susan, how wonderful that you two found one another. You’re just the exact right person to come in to her life; she will definitely help fill that hole in your heart.

  88. Michele Barnard

    I am happy to hear about your little Gracie. We lost our beloved Coton, Annie on Thanksgiving Day. I can honestly say that it was the worst day of my life. We adopted our little Havanese a few weeks later and also named her Gracie. I can honestly say that getting her felt a little odd at first. Like we were cheating on little Annie. I know that she would understand the gigantic hole in my heart that Gracie has begun to fill. I know that you will see your little Kirby again as I will see Annie. Congratulations on your sweet little addition.

  89. Kris

    Congratulations on your new dog. I know she’ll help dry those tears. Looking forward to hearing more about her.

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    from Shyla, Judan & chuck linker in Altamonte Springs

  91. Lorri S

    She is so cute! I’m very happy for both of you!!

  92. Patricia Gierut

    Congratulations to all of you!! It is so hard coming home to a house and not feeling whole.

  93. denise

    Congrats on finding the perfect little dog for you! Gracie. One thing I noticed from adopting dogs and cats who need homes and come from an animal shelter/rescue they are always eternally grateful. They never forget.

  94. Jane Eagle

    Congratulations! What a lucky person you are to have this Zen teacher come live with you! When you have so much love to give, the new teacher arrives. So happy for you!

  95. kdexter101

    Congratulations!! ((Hugs)) to you and Gracie ~~ she’s a beautiful baby girl!!

  96. brendajjp

    Awwwww So many Congratulations! Gracie girl has the sweetest facial expressions!!! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’™

  97. Liz Ramsey

    What a little beauty. Her first piece of luck was getting out of that awful kill shelter (how could that rate as a “shelter”) and her next piece of luck was you and your daughter finding her and taking her to her loving forever home. I heart is joyful for your family and for Gracie. Hugs to you both.

  98. Mary

    Aww what a cutie and what a big heart you and your family have! So glad Gracie found you all. Good luck, Gracie. You got this!

  99. Terri Christenson Janson

    Gracie is just adorable!

  100. Jean StJohn

    Congratulations! She is a beauty … adorable! It sounds like she’s adapting well to your home! Wonderful! We’ve had many dogs over the years & it is always so very heart breaking when they have to leave us & cross the Rainbow Bridge … how wonderful that you found a pup that makes your heart happy once again! I know how lonely it can be when the loved pup leaves … how wonderful that you have more than enough love to have another! Again, congratulations!!! Aren’t Rescues wonderful!!

  101. moviezombie

    good decision and she’s adorable: what a loving tribute to all that have gone before to adopt a new family member.

  102. Debbie

    Congratulations Susan! She is so adorable. Patience, kindness and lots of love is what shelter dogs need a lot of. The constant stress and confusion they are under in a noisy, crowded shelter after being abandoned, neglected, abused, or whatever the circumstances. Who knows what her story is, but you found each other. You are a loving, kind person and all will be well. I was a failed foster mom 6 times. Each one just stole my heart and I couldn’t let them go back to the shelter. We are now 4 after the passing of my sweet boy (Tekila) 6 months ago at almost 16 and Marley 2 years ago at 10. The oldest is almost 14 and the youngest ,who was a terrible abuse case, I fostered when he was 3 (and adopted) is now 5. He’s awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Sharon

    Gracie looks so sweet. When you said that you had a hole in your heart from losing Kirby, I do understand that. I too adopted another rescue shortly after losing my last little Cavalier.

  104. Deborah J. Hays

    RAT TERRIER, Susan. She is a nice one; that’s the color they often come in, and there are different size / varieties of Rat Terriers. The behavior is also typical; they are extreme people dogs, and absolutely DO NOT thrive in shelters…I grew up with a Toy Manchester, & had both a Toy Manchester & a Standard Manchester in the 80’s & 90’s. They are wonderful dogs. I also had 3 super-smart Min Pins, & my one female lived to be 17. These Terriers live long, healthy lives; I hope you enjoy her for many years to come ๐Ÿ™‚

  105. Nancy W

    She’s precious! So glad you found each other.

  106. nancy helphenstine

    I am so happy for both you & little Gracie. I understand completely what you went through. I lost my rescue 13 yr old golden retriever in August 2016. As you, this left a hole in my heart. I started looking almost imediately for another rescue. The house was just too quiet. I found a sweet little hound mix at Robin’s Nest. Our girl’s name is Ari & she came to us Labor Day weekend. She was timid & frightened just as your Gracie was. Luckily she was rescued from a kill shelter in KY. Being so afraid, her odds of being adopted were not good. 8 months later she is sleeping beside me on the couch as we speak. I am learning how different hounds are from goldens! She is a great addition to the family. Good luck with your sweet girl!!

  107. Sarah Melcher

    I’m so glad you have a new love in your life and how lucky for Gracie that you found each other. I know how it is, there will always be a hole in my heart left by my cats but the new cats find a new place in my heart. I hope you and Gracie have many wonderful years together.

  108. Eve

    Wonderful. TIP to help entice little Gracie…add a 1-2 pinches of Nutrtional Yeast Flakes (yellow in colour and texture is fine flakes) purchase from health food store. Choose Organic only as it’s naturally sourced from Beetroot and Molasses (***warning avoid brewers yeast***brown powder it is an active yeast meaning it will grow and ferment in the gut and can be fatal for pets) however, Nutritional Yeast Flakes from beets or molasses is “yellow” and is smelly like cheese and tastes like cheese Gracie will l-o-v-e it sprinkled on her raw mince. Only use 1-2 pinches once a day. It’s rich in VitB12 a VIP vitamin which aids majority of metabolic processors. I bet Gracie will eat her raw meats now…yes its good for kitty cats too, just 1 pinch every second day for cats. Health Food Store will have it. and Nutritional Yeast Flakes (yellow) is a “dead” yeast meaning it will NOT grow or ferment in the gut of the animal because it was cultivated from a single-celled organism, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which is grown on molasses and then harvested, washed, and dried with heat to kill or โ€œdeactivateโ€ it. Because itโ€™s inactive, it doesnโ€™t froth or grow like baking yeast does so it has no leavening ability.
    Rufff-ruff bring on the VB12 cheesy flakes mum woof X

  109. Stephanie White

    Oh my goodness!! I so wish I could post a picture here, she looks SO much like my little boy Fievel!! She has a bit more white on her but the likeness is uncanny.
    Congratulations on your new fur baby, I’m sure she’ll bring you lots of joy. ๐Ÿ’

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