Oh my sweet Gracie Mae… I loved you the moment I laid eyes on you. Not only were you the CUTEST pup, but you had a sense of confidence, independence, and presence about you that I deeply admired. You didn’t need the assurance of love from anyone, yet you were so deeply loved by so many. Your sense of self assurance showed me that we don’t have to change who we are to be loved, nor should we be seeking to be loved from places that aren’t genuine and unconditional. You loved so genuinely with intentionality, self respect, and integrity – something that was so foreign to me.

I think everyone says their dog is their best friend… but you truly were mine. The car rides, weeks off together, long walks, trips to see Lolli & Pop, nights snuggled in bed, and so many more memories will forever be cherished in my heart.

You didn’t know this at the time, but when I first brought you home I was entering one of the darkest periods in my life. I thought you were going to fill a void with an overwhelming amount of affection, but somehow you knew that’s not what I needed. Instead, you taught me about patience, perseverance, and the importance of investing in ourselves daily. Ever since you were a small little one, you hated for me to be on my phone. You would come up and paw me just to get me to focus on you for one minute. In those moments, I found soulfulness in your eyes that lead to slobbery kisses, lots of tug-of-war, and miles of smiles from your little sassy gestures. Life was so beautiful and simple through your eyes – take your time, enjoy nature, and be present.

This world is not fair, pup. You didn’t deserve any of what you went through the last month, but you remained strong for me. I tried to do the same for you in your final moments, but I was and still am so shattered by your absence. Please know that I was with you every step of the way in your final moments. You fought so hard, sweet girl!!! Your heart stopped and a sense of relief filled my soul – thank you for sending me peace to get me through that moment and to let me know you were okay. I have never been more proud of you than I was today as you settled in and let go – you deserve eternal peace❤️

Gracie Mae, you were and always will be my saving grace. I promise I’ll see you when it’s my turn, Muffin. But until then, I will be cheering for you here on Earth spreading the gifts you gave me & sending little messages up above for you to receive in between playing with other pups and enjoying absolute freedom and happiness🌈💕🐾🐶