Gracie – Day 4

Today was sort of uneventful. The morning started as the last two have. I tried to feed the cats first, but they were skittish. Cindy is especially nervous, even yet. It seems Abey and Spot have accepted Gracie. Abey is still a bit cautious. Spot has pretty much moved on to treating Gracie like she does everything else. She will hiss if Gracie gets too close while Spot is at the food dish.

After breakfast we walked. I took the same route I have since Tuesday. I’m a bit hesitant to go far since its pitch black dark out at that time. There are a couple dogs that aren’t confined to yards that appear willing to bite or start a fight with Gracie. A split second after I saw the movement, Gracie zoned in on the rabbit. She lunged and almost jerked me over.

I left for the Tech Center at my normal time. I made no big to-do over it, just walked out the door. I came back at noon. The only evidence of Gracie being into anything was the disheveled state of the couch. Nothing chewed, nothing tipped over. Only the pillows scattered and blankets messed up to prove she was impish.

She had a veterinarian appointment this afternoon to replace the micro-chip that came out earlier in the week. She weighs 48 pounds now. The first record of her weight in the file was 39 on September 9. I think she needs another 5 to be at her best weight. The vet also gave us some flea medication. Appears the cats didn’t mind sharing those.

Mom and Ralphie went with us. Ralphie needed his toenails trimmed and to get some medication for his scratching. Looks like he’s got a food allergy. The vet told Mom they must stop giving him table scraps. That is a big part of his allergy issues. She wants him on grain-free food.

Gracie came home and slept most of the afternoon away. She barked a little at Wayne when he first came in. I think it was because she was asleep. After dinner we walked around town again, stopping to say hello to Tori and Damian, and drop off some dog food to Mom.

By 7:30 p. Gracie was pacing between her room and where I was in the living room. I followed her down the hall, sat down at my PC and started writing. Gracie went straight in her kennel and started snoring.

I’m not sure if dogs really grasp time. Does Gracie realize she has only been here a few days? Does she think she will go back to Jessica’s? I remember Cesar Milan saying dogs “live in the moment.” But, you know they have memories. They memorize commands, and seem to remember people they haven’t seen in ages. Wonder how long before she accepts this as her real home, and us as her family?

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Gracie – Coming Home

October 14, 2013, is the day Gracie came home! Today, I went to Flatwoods, met with Jessica of Big Dogs Rescue, and brought Gracie home.

She is such a good dog. She accepted the seat belt harness with no problems. She climbed up in the truck readily.

Saving a life, RESCUED!

Saving a life, RESCUED!

Mom traveled with me. She kept looking back at Gracie. It didn’t take long for Gracie to settle down on her dog pillow and start snoozing.

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I dropped Mom off before going to the house. Tori and Damian couldn’t wait to meet Gracie. I knew she would be having a stressful day, so I asked the kids to just pet her through the window. Once Gracie was settled they could come over and play with her.

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I suspect Gracie is confused. You can’t just tell a dog, “Hey, you live here now.” You kinda have to let them figure it out. You also can’t just tell the cats they have a new dog. Everyone will need some time to adjust.

My son and daughter-in-law came over later with their dogs. Ginger was quick to make friends with Gracie. Cinnamon, on the other hand, did not take to her at all.

After a long day, Gracie seemed to settle down and sleep well.

Nesting for Gracie

At the swap meet this past weekend, I picked up a reflective collar and a “seat belt” harness for Gracie. Mr. Holstein found the leash we had for Kona, today. I needed to find dog food (dry and canned), food dish, and crate.

I found the dry food and a dish at Tractor Supply. Although they had a sign up in the can food section, they did not have the brand she is currently eating. They also did not have the soft-sided crate I wanted for her. There were only cage and hard plastic styles.

Wal-Mart had the soft crate I wanted, but not the can dog food. Kroger did not have the dog food either. So I gave up, got a couple cans of a similar food by the same company, and came home.

I opted not to travel 26 miles to PetSmart to check the dog food. I will be in the area Tuesday and will check then. PLUS, PetSmart is majorly expensive. If I can find the food at a better price elsewhere I will purchase it. Amazon is looking good, actually.

If all goes well , Gracie will be home by lunchtime! I hope she will be settled enough to meet the kids this weekend. Tori is especially excited to meet her.

My routines will change again when she gets here. I will need to make time to walk her, especially in the mornings. My plan is to walk her so she rests in her crate while I am away. She can then be free to roam the house when I get back. After she and the cats have made peace Gracie won’t need the crate unless we are traveling.

 

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