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I've decided that when Gracie wants to lay next to me, I won't walk away.  I can share naps. 
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Don't Cry

08/19/2011

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Gracie is getting the point.  If she is aggressive, she looses LADY privileges.  Growling gets her removed from the LADY'S lap.  She won't growl around the TALL MAN or Me anymore.  There is an ever so slight throat  rumble when Sofie walks by.   She still cries at night when we are put into our crates.  I certainly can relate to crate anxiety.  I used to do the same thing.  I'm starting to look at Gracie now.  When she cries in the crate, I look at her and say, "it's not so bad.  You'll be ok."  

    
 
 
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On this date, last year, I was adopted.  After spending one month at the county shelter, and facing doggie death row, and four months in foster care with HART, someone took me home.  Someone said "I will love you.  I will take care of you."

From the LADY: [to Maggie:]  I will always love you.  I will take care of you forever.  I loved you when you were only a picture on my iPod that I carried around and showed people.  "This is the dog I'm trying to adopt," I would say as people squinted at the tiny picture.  I loved you when I saw you for the first time.  I scanned the parking lot at the adoption event, quickly skipping over all the dogs that were not you.  When I saw you, I knew I would always be your lady.

Below is a slide show of the adoption event where we met Maggie.  Many Thanks to everyone at HART, especially to Kim who was an awesome Foster Mama. 
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At The Easter Parade
 
 
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Gracie's potty training continues.  To keep everyone in a good sense of humor, there was an industrial worksite accident sign added to the fridge.  Right after the LADY took this picture, beaming with pride, she immediately posted it to Facebook.  While she was on the computer, Gracie peed on the floor.  Here was the LADY's next Facebook post:
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We've had several "0" days.  Maybe Gracie used puppy pads and was allowed to pee inside at her last house.  Maybe she just got into a bad habit after staying at the shelter.  The LADY is very worried.  She doesn't want to give Gracie away, but will if she doesn't stop peeing in the house.    
 
 
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The TALL MAN came over to pet Gracie while she was on the LADY'S lap.  She growled and snapped and him.  Everyone is shocked.  Since I have been in this house, no one has ever growled-except for an occasional empty belly.  Gracie was immediately thrown off the LADY'S lap and was "corrected".  The people quoted their favorite movie, the Big Lebowski and both said, "this aggression will not stand".   And they mean it.