Amazing Gracie

Amazing Gracie ****.* by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff

I’m joining Jain with my Edible Book Review at Food for Thought, where pages from your book magically mix with the kitchen and your camera~

And Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday~ this week’s letter assignment is the letter G.

   I ran across this book when I had searched for A Dog’s Purpose on Amazon~ it popped up with ‘other readers also purchased this book’. A dangerous suggestion for me :-)

 Since I have my own Gracie, I immediately read the reviews & got a copy. I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet, heartwarming tail :-) that was a quick read, written by the founders of Three Dog Bakery.

Gracie, a deaf and partially blind albino Great Dane, comes into Dan & Mark’s life shortly after Dan has lost his beloved dog of eighteen years, Blue. There are lots of humorous anecdotes~ parts of which involving training themselves not to call or yell commands for a deaf dog to “come” :-) There are some teary-sweet, as well as teary-sad moments~ one sweet one in particular involving a deaf boy and Gracie bonding, with their own special way of communicating.


While you don’t have to be a dog owner to love this book, it is definitely a dog lover’s treat.

 It only seemed appropriate that Food for Thought involved some doggy treats instead of people ones with this edible review~ straight from Three Dog Bakery Cookbook. Gracie & Chloe give the cookbook a 5 cookie rating :-)

From the Foreward:

“When an energetic eight-week-old albino Great Dane came into our lives one freezing January day, we didn’t realize that our future business advisor and spiritual guide had arrived. She was deaf, and partially blind in one eye. She had a delicate constitution. But her tenacious and generous spirit would soon reshape our ideas, our careers, and our destinies. She would inspire us to believe in ourselves. People know us best for our entrepreneurial success as the founders of Three Dog Bakery; what they don’t know is that we owe it all to a gigantic deaf dog named Gracie. But even though Gracie sowed the seeds of our success, this isn’t a book about ‘making it’. This is the story of a dog who was born with the cards stacked against her, but whose passionate, joyful nature helped her turn what could have been a dog’s life into a victory of the canine spirit—and, in the process, save two guys who thought they were saving her.”

 – Mark Beckloff and Dan Dye

“Blue’s passing hadn’t left us entirely dogless, because there were still Sarah and Dottie, aka ‘the girls,’ Mark’s canine contribution to the household. He likes to think he’s their human companion. Reality check: The girls are Mark’s proud owners. Sarah’s a two-year-old black Lab mix who’s always in a good mood, especially when she’s eating something Mark has to wear the next day. Dottie is an uncontrollable force of nature in the deceptive form of a year-old Dalmatian.”

“The other Danes seemed to sense that something wasn’t quite right with her. Maybe it was her color, her floppy un-cropped ears, the way she didn’t respond to the sounds they heard bubbling around them—but they left her alone. All of them—even her own mother. All she had for company was a dirty, gnawed-up tennis shoe and the threadbare terry-cloth belt from an old bathrobe.”

“Like most Great Dane pups she hadn’t begun growing into her skin yet, and it hung on her tiny frame like an oversized velvety jumpsuit. Her ears hung down like the flaps on an old aviator’s cap, making her whole head look heavy with the burden of sad secrets.”

“The second I began petting her though, she came right up and started licking my face, my hand. . .every part of me she could reach. Just as I was wondering if anyone—human or canine—had shown her any affection at all in her short, lonely life, she did something unique in my experience of dogs. She raised her forehead to mine and very deliberately nuzzled my nose. Then she stepped back, looked into my eyes, came forward, and did it again.”

These cookies smelled so good baking, I could have nibbled on them myself, made with yummy ingredients:  applesauce, egg, natural peanut butter, vanilla, cornmeal, whole-wheat flour, quick oats, chopped peanuts & water.

 Gracie was very aware of where those cookies were at all times :-)

Gracie sporting her one-eyed pirate look. . .it’s Amazing she can see :-)

 Since we’re approaching Halloween, I baked some Howl-O-Ween Tricking Treats. . .

 Made with canned pumpkin, vanilla, water, egg, whole-wheat flour, chopped pecans, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg & oats~

A special treat for a one-eyed pirate :-)

She looks like she’s speaking pirate too :-)


Together or separately, this cookbook and book would make a GREAT gift.  Clever recipes like German Shepherd’s Pie, Fleas Navidad Nibblers, Corgi Crumpets, Labrador Lasagna fill this book, along with fun illustrations and photos. Gracie & Chloe subsist on a diet of Iams Kibble~ lack luster in comparison with these recipes. . .

“…be prepared to witness your pooch enter a zombie-like, tail wagging delirium when the aroma of these savory snacks starts wafting out of the kitchen.”

Bone Appetit!

 “Equal parts love story, salvation tale, and rags-to-riches saga. You don’t have to be obsessed with dogs to love this story.” ~The Philadelphia Inquirer

Be sure to visit Food for Thought and see what everyone/dog :-) is reading & eating and Jenny Matlock for Alphabet Fun~

I’m also joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday~ stop by for Mosaic Magic

  40 comments for “Amazing Gracie

  1. October 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    That little pirate is too cute..You could sell those doggie treats:) Good show!

  2. Pat
    October 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Those are fabulous treats for sweet Gracie & Chloe! It’s an early Halloween at your house, Mary! :)

  3. October 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I absolutely love this post!! I think I’ll have to pick up a copy of that book…seeing as it seems to be quite good for bichons!!! Gracie and Chloe look so cute!!! Love the little pirate hat!!

  4. October 29, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Your Gracie is too cute for words! Love the pirate hat!
    The illustrations in this book are darling, but your added little three D details really make it total delight. I’m adding this book to my list of gifts for a few friends this Christmas. ~ Sarah

  5. Ann
    October 30, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Can’t wait to read this book. Gracie and Chloe are so lucky to have a mom who cooks for them. Happy Halloween!!!

  6. October 30, 2010 at 11:19 am

    oh you are shaming me with these doggie books, how will i ever do duncan justice? and for a moment i thought you self published and the sequel for chole is coming soon!

    that video was fantastic, i am all primed now for your doggie delish post! so heart warming to read about them adopting gracie.

    your gracie is a beauty queen! those must be some delish cookies, you can SEE THE JOY! the cookies are just adorable all spread out so tantalizing in the book, you KNOW jasper would be eating the book along with the treats…

    the cupcakes are too cute for dogs! but that pirate shot would have me hanging over a millions bucks! and cupcakes~ look how dainty, there are crumbs and small bites, so not the way jas eats!

    omg did i love this! you just do everything so well, i feel elated when i come here!

  7. October 31, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Another delightful post. Gracie is too cute for words! She does look like she’s speaking “pirate” in that one particular picture. I laughed out loud when I saw that.

  8. October 31, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Mary, I am cracking up at all your wonderful play on words! “Bone Appetit!”
    “a 5 cookie rating”, “Howl-O-Ween” LOL

    Your poochies are precious & the photos of all the treats are magnificent. Such a fun review…BRAVO!

  9. Pondside
    October 31, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I read this post to Rory, who has asked for this book in his Christmas stocking!

  10. October 31, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Gracie makes a wonderful little pirate. I enjoyed your review of the Gracie book and I have a friend who would love that cookbook! Have a wonderful week.

  11. October 31, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Gracie is a real cutie! What a great post and I enjoyed your review.

  12. October 31, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Gracie is a sweetie as a pirate. :)

  13. October 31, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Gracie looks so adorable with her pirate hat! What a cutie!

  14. October 31, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    What a fun post–so much to read and see…if our doggie was still alive I might consider baking her such a treat. Your little dog is so sweet!

  15. October 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    What a brilliant post!
    Some years ago i had a Bision (Cozette) Cozy for short!
    What lover she was. Great ideas for the treats!
    Fantastic post!

  16. October 31, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Great post! I used to watch their show on Food Network! Your little Pirate is adorable!

  17. November 1, 2010 at 6:24 am

    In case I would have a dog it would be a bison or a australian shephard.
    I fall in love with your two friends! Very nice post!

  18. November 1, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Great post. Hugs to big Gracie.

  19. November 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    This post is just tooooo precious. Gracie and Chloe are so dear. They are very lucky little children to have someone to bake them such yummy treats. Your photos put a big smile on my old face tonight.

  20. November 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Aw, what a cutie she is!!! Your treats are beautiful. I’ll bet they would be a real hit in your local pet store! :)

  21. Lola
    November 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Such a cutie! Love this post!

    XOXO Lola:)

  22. November 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    We had a Bichon once. He looked exactly like your gracie.

  23. jo
    November 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Wonderful post for g … the story of the other gracie is so heartwarming and those doggie treats do look yummy!

  24. November 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    what a wonderful post loved it

  25. Sue
    November 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    What a Grrrr888t Howloween Post. Doggie treats……mmmmm say my Wierners Ruby and Dolly!

  26. November 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I all over books about dogs…..

    love it!

  27. JDaniel4' s Mom
    November 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    The treats look wonderful. I bet the dogs inhale them. The books sound great.

  28. November 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    What an excellent G post. I don’t have the cookbook, but I have made a couple of different dog treats, and the dogs really do love them! Your Gracie is so very cute!

  29. November 3, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    This is a dog gone cute post! Thanks for sharing the story today. Anne

  30. PJ
    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I really enjoyed this post. I have my own collection of dog books and stories…and my own collection of 5 rescued canines.

  31. November 4, 2010 at 8:14 am

    A pooch would have to be crazy not to like these treats! Yours are adorable. A fine multiple meme post.

  32. November 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    What a perfect post! And I loved the book quotes. Both sound delightful! And touching.


    PS. How cute is your little pirate? ;)

  33. November 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    What a GGGGrrreat link to Alphabe-Thursday! I loved this. And you gave me some Christmas ideas for my daughter and step-d! They are both dog lovers and enjoy making dog treats!

    This story sounds wonderful and I really enjoyed the quotes.

    Thank you for linking.

    This is a ginarmously great “G” post!


  34. H
    November 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    That book sounds like a really heartwarming tale. I think I’d enjoy it a lot.

  35. November 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful pictures! A++++

  36. November 5, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Gracie is a lucky pooch – some of those treats looked good enough to eat…

  37. November 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    That book about the albino dog does sound wonderful. I’m afraid if I started baking for the dog the human members of this family wouldn’t think it was fair since I never bake for them. :)

  38. November 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Mary, I’m so glad I found you this week. This was such a delight to read. All your pictures just sparkle with joy.

  39. October 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I ambled over here from your current post and enjoyed reading and seeing such adorable photos. I really miss Jain’s Edible Book Review posts. I always investigated every book she mentioned.

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