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Favorite Video Friday – Daisy’s friend Gracie


This week I’m doing something a little different for Favorite Video Friday. I’m sharing a video from our friends, Lizzie and her dog, Gracie (see below), and some pictures of my dog, Daisy.

Lizzie and Gracie live across the pond (that BIG pond we call the Atlantic Ocean) in the United Kingdom.

When Lizzie first wrote to me in May of 2009, she had found Daisy’s blog through a mutual friend, Debbie Jacobs of fearfuldogs.com. She read Daisy’s story, and her search to find her inner Lab (after spending years in a puppy mill as a breeding dog), and shared her own story about her dog, Gracie. Gracie is also “an ex breeding dog from a puppy farm” , and even though Lizzie and I and Gracie and Daisy live so far apart, we have much in common. Both our dogs are from puppy mills, both are fearful, both of us were (and are) learning how to work with our dogs and to help them to be less fearful, and both of our dogs are Labs. Yellow Labs to be exact, and not just that, but yellow Labs that look so similar they could be sisters. Maybe that’s why I feel such a kinship with Lizzie and with Gracie. We’re both going through the same things at the same time and making real progress.

When Lizzie sent me this video, I cried. Why? Because in every picture I could see Daisy as she used to be (even though it was Gracie in every photo) and I could see the progress in Gracie as I had with Daisy. There is nothing to describe the joy you feel when you see a dog that is so fearful that they will chose to hide in a laundry basket (see the video to understand) rather than come to you blossom into a happy dog who wags their tail and is happy and finally enjoying life, love and affection. I don’t know if everyone will be able to relate to Lizzie’s loving tribute to her dog Gracie, but I hope that all of you will appreciate the progress Gracie has made and celebrate her success. Lizzie – you are a wonderful mom.

“I know how much I’ve learnt from Gracie but I look at those early shots from time to time just to remind me how utterly terrified she was, and how bad she must have felt. The photos of her in the laundry basket were taken on her first day here; she saw the open door under the stairs and leapt into the basket where it was dark. I can tell you I had a job to get her out, as at that time I could not get near her!” Lizzie

As an addendum, I have added some pictures of Daisy that mirror the ones of Gracie. Can you see the resemblance?

Happy Friday everyone!

Daisy at the beginning

Daisy cuddling up next to my dog, Aspen. Her rock in a storm.

My fearful girl in the early days

Aspen and Daisy

Daisy and her first Woobie

Daisy and her friend River

Daisy, Jasper, and their friend, Mya

Daisy and Jasper, with friends, Henry and Sunny (and Bob, the man with the treats)

Daisy and Jasper having fun on a walk

Daisy - My happy girl

  1. February 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Oh my, cute overload for Friday! ♥ ♥ ♥ Such beautiful, happy pups!

  2. Estelle
    February 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Really profound change in her eyes, facial expression and body posture over time.

    • Mel
      February 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      You hit it on the head Estelle. Really profound change for both of them.

  3. February 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    That last photo says it all. They are really similar, aren’t they? Wouldn’t it be awesome if they could one day meet? I am so glad you met someone you could connect with who was going through a lot of the same things with her dog. That kind of support can make all the difference.

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful video. Three cheese for Daisy and Gracie!

    • Mel
      February 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      The haunted look and body postures were exactly the same for Daisy as the ones Gracie shows in the video. It’s been wonderful to connect with Lizzie and know she can relate.

  4. February 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Mel, I loved this, especially the last photo of Daisy. That is a photo of a Very Happy Dog!
    The previous photo of Jasper and Daisy together is also a fantastic photo!

    • Mel
      February 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Thanks Marsha! It’s amazing how far she has come isn’t it? I see the sad and haunted look in Gracie’s eyes and see Daisy’s as she was back then. So much the same. It’s so wonderful to see both Gracie and Daisy doing so well.

  5. February 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Thank you for sharing. Our foster dog is timid and desperate to be around people at all times. We know it will take a while, but we’re hoping to slowly help Howie make the kind of progress Gracie and Daisy have.

    • Mel
      February 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Thank you for stopping by Shenendoah. I wish you and Howie well. Yes. It does take time, and lots of patience. God bless you for fostering!

  6. Lizzie
    February 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Hi Mel,

    I just read your post. How lovely of you to pay tribute to Gracie and of course your Daisy. She sure is a beautiful Lab girl. I don’t know quite what it is about yellow Labs that pull on my heart strings but I wouldn’t be without one now.

    Daisy looks adorable and very HAPPY in the last shot here, such a smiley face, bless.
    Here’s to many more years of happiness with our beloved dogs:)

    Lizzie and Gracie x

    • Mel
      February 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      I’m so glad you saw it Lizzie. I was going to send you the link and forgot.

      I think both our girls deserve a tribute, don’t you? Your girl is just as beautiful. I never knew I would feel this way about yellow Labs either, but I think Daisy and future yellow Labs are in my heart forever (I’ve already fallen for a beautiful yound Lab at the dog park who looks like a younger version of Daisy!).

      Wishing GRacie and Daisy years of happiness for years to come too. Thank you for letting me share your video. 🙂

  7. February 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    What a beautiful tribute to two beautiful girls – I can even see a difference in the way they hold their tales – so lovely to see them blossom!!

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