I first met Gracie when my sister and brother in law were fostering Gracie. A dog that was scared of everyone, wouldn’t leave my side the first time I met her. My sister was gob smacked and so was I. “She’s scared of everyone” my sister said in awe. I instantly fell in love and decided to adopt her and finally give her the life that she deserved.
When I first brought Gracie home I was so nervous and so was she. She was scared of a lot of things including visitors, walks, noises, and she didn’t like me to cuddle her.
However, slowly but surely, my Gracie became more and more confident. She has grown so much in the 2 years she’s been with me! Now she’s the dog who loves cuddles, gets excited when visitors come over and will even allow pats from strangers when we walk. She constantly makes me laugh with her funny antics, obsession with soft toys and her opportunist ways. She just loves to play! While she’s still on the anxious side, she has come along in leaps and bounds! I still pinch myself to remind me how different she is and how far she has come. I believe that having a special dog like Gracie is so rewarding when you see the hurdles she has overcome. I’m so proud of her confidence and her new found trust for humans.
I live alone in a unit and I work 12 hour shifts as a nurse a few days a week. While I’m at work, Gracie happily stays at home spending her days snoozing on her assortment of beds and playing with toys. No barking or ruining anything. Having a greyhound in an apartment is absolutely no worry at all. You do have to be more vigilant at toileting and we walk twice a day, but she’s happy being wherever I am!
It really goes to show that any abused rescued dog can grow into the most loving and loyal pet with some patience, love and time. I honestly don’t know what I did with my time before getting Gracie.
She is the most important part of my life and I’ve never looked back.