Gracie, The World's Greatest Dog!
In a devastating blow to Lauren Corder, her family, friends, and the community at large, Gracie succumbed to her battle with nasal cancer. She was 14 years old. Gracie loved everything life had to offer, except being alone, dog parks, rain, cats, sharing toys, getting her feet wet, going to the vet, walking when tired, or people who don't share. Other than that, she was pretty affable. Gracie casually strode through life with the confidence that every ball was hers. She unquestionably believed all toys were created in her honor. She also came into this world thinking she should never be alone. Ever. As a result, she found creative ways to always keep herself in good company. Her seemingly unreasonable goal of being attached to her owner, led to Gracie finding the perfect home when she met her soulmate, Lauren. Lauren was just the type of bleeding heart that would cater to Gracie's every whim and need. Gracie soon found herself staying in boutique hotels, vacationing poolside, wine tasting, riding in golf carts, and being pushed in a stroller when her arthritis was too much for her hips to bear. When Lauren was unavailable, Gracie replaced her with an even more ridiculous caretaker, "Nonna T", otherwise known as the iconic Tricia Corder (may she rest in peace). Where Lauren left off, Nonna T picked up. Conspiracy theories suggest Gracie's weight gain, and subsequent diet failures, were substantially aided and abetted by Nonna T. It is also rumored that Gracie, the world's greatest dog, as she is aptly named, is recognized as the most beloved dog in history.
Throughout her life, Little G, as she was sometimes called, flew first class to new destinations, was chaffered in the finest of automobiles, dressed in hand knits during cold winter months, and fed home cooked meals made from scratch, specifically formulated for her dietary needs, of course. She slept on Italian sheets, and had several portraits painted of her likeness. For years, there have been whispers of a Louis Vuitton handbag customized to bear the face of the world's greatest dog.
Gracie's lavish lifestyle may cause some people to judge, possibly in envy, or it may be a reflection of how much she was loved throughout her life. I prefer to think of it as the latter. My love for her was limitless. I now understand why Barbra Streisand has cloned her dog, Samantha, twice. I get it. And if it would bring Gracie back to me, I would do it too.
Unfortunately, a spirit cannot be cloned or recreated. It can only be experienced. And I was lucky enough to have her soul by my side for over a decade. Little G taught me so much about myself, about life, and about unconditional love. Her enthusiasm and happiness was contagious, even while the cancer in her body progressed. Gracie's presence acted as a constant reminder that life is short and beautiful and to grab joy where you can. May we all embody such fortitude and grace as we move through a sometimes painful and daunting world. May we all extend each other the kindness Gracie showed to us all. May we all find a love as true, unconditional, and everlasting as my love for Gracie.
Throughout Gracie's life, she received excellent medical care under the supervision of Dr. Gregg Takashima and Dr. Martin Trerise at Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego. He and his colleagues were patient, tender, and exceeded my expectations, which is no small feat. Thank you Dr. G and Dr. Martin.
Gracie is preceded in death by Lil' Bit, and sweet Lou Lou. She is survived by Tater Tot, Benji, Gunner Glen, Pistol, Crash, Henry, Milky, Juniper, Oskee dog, Charleston Hinderpants, as well as many others, both furry and bipedal.
In lieu of flowers, Gracie would hope you take the time to pet every dog, chase every ball, and enjoy the ones you love. She would encourage you to think of yourself as the world's greatest person, something she would never question if she met you. If you would like to honor Gracie with a donation, you may consider her favorite charities: Out To Pasture Sanctuary at www.outtopasturesanctuary.org Frosted Faces Foundation at www.frostedfacesfoundation.org
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