Heartfelt Thanks and Gracie Update 🐾


Thank you for all your kind words and heartfelt messages about Chloe. I was so touched by the outpouring of sweet thoughts, love, hugs and prayers sent our way. Reading through all the comments still makes me weepy.


With the recent passing of Billy Graham, my mom and my sister both sent me an email sharing one of his quotes.

“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”

~ Billy Graham


Gracie is starting to adapt to life without her shadow and twin.


She used to be content to lay on the sofa and snooze as I went about my daily routine and projects.


She’s more aware and anxious about where we are now if we walk out of the room or go outdoors.

She wandered out on the porch while I was photographing and to see what I was up to.


She says she’s ready for an early spring too!



Hope you’re enjoying a some early blooms and a bit of spring where you are.

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  82 comments for “Heartfelt Thanks and Gracie Update 🐾

  1. Diane
    March 4, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Gracie is so precious. Love the Billy Graham quote. Enjoy your week and give Gracie a belly rub for me.

  2. March 4, 2018 at 6:39 am

    So sweet! I havebeen absent and didn’t know about precious Chloe. I am so sorry. Losing a pet is really an ache in the heart. I love that Billy Graham quote. So much!

  3. Catherine LUXEREAU
    March 4, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Bonjour Mary…trop mignon votre petit chien…adorable avec sa petite tête frisée et des yeux malicieux ! Profitez en bien de ce petit tresor 🐶

  4. Michelle
    March 4, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Gracie looks well adjusted. I’m sure it’s a big part of your heart missing her. Time will heal your heart but memories live on.💕💐

  5. Pam
    March 4, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Thanks for the update. I was wondering how Gracie was dealing with it. I am sure she sensed what happened but I know she misses her too. I always enjoyed seeing pics of them together but now she will have to fill the place of two and it looks like she is going to do fine.

  6. Roxanne
    March 4, 2018 at 7:10 am

    As Lord Byron wrote “She possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without veracity, and all the virtues of Man without his vices”.

  7. Alice
    March 4, 2018 at 7:11 am

    I’m so sorry for yours and Gracie’s loss. We loss our sweet Niki two years ago and I still miss him. We weren’t going to get another Cavalier for a while but within two weeks we had our sweet miniature Cavalier Pepe. He is adorable and he shadows us all day also. I sing to him like I did to Niki, JESUS loves us, and like Niki he loves to here it. So I also know the bible doesn’t say we will see them again but I know in my heart that we will see them again. I can just imagine seeing all of my sweet pets racing to see me when I get to heaven. I told my sweet Niki the day he passed that he would be sitting in Jesus’ lap that very day and also running and playing with my other sweet pets that had gone to be with Jesus. God bless you and send you another sweet pet.

    • Diane D.
      March 4, 2018 at 7:40 am

      Really well said Alice, shedding a few tears for my own that have passed! God Bless you all!

    • Roxanne
      March 4, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Alice, you said that so well. I’m 65 now so I have loved greatly many pets. I expect to see all of them when I get to Heaven. It gives me great comfort.

  8. Jan Shortall
    March 4, 2018 at 7:13 am

    So sorry to hear about your precious Chloe💕
    So easy to love and so hard to say goodbye🐾

  9. March 4, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Such a thoughtful message sent by your Mom and sister. Wishing you, your husband, and Gracie comfort and hugs. Chloe will live forever in your hearts ♥️

  10. March 4, 2018 at 7:24 am

    I had a cat named Tom Jones. I then adopted a Maltese named Coconut. Coconut ruled the roost and would not let Tom Jones get near her food bowl. It was always something, she was definitely the boss! When Tom Jones passed away she was devastated. I was taking her on car rides about four times a day to try and take her mind off of it. I was surprised by her reaction! It was a few months before she got over the loss. After Coconut passed away unexpectedly, it took me three years before I was able to adopt my beagle/terrier mix. She was nine when I adopted her and she will be fourteen in July! Laudi Mae is her name and I’m so grateful she came into my life! It is so very hard to lose our four legged children, but I can’t imagine life without them!

  11. Rita C.
    March 4, 2018 at 7:25 am

    So, so, sweet, Gracie and the comforting words of Billy Graham. ♥

  12. Cheryl
    March 4, 2018 at 7:41 am

    It’s been a little over a year since we lost our little love of a dog, MoMo. Still miss him so much. Hugs to you and Gracie. Hope the hole in your heart heals a little more each day.

  13. Diane D.
    March 4, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I have just learned of the passing of Chloe and wish to send you my sincere sympathies. Gracie obviously will need more attention but I am sure she understands what happened to Chloe. Thanks for the Billy Graham quote, lovely!

  14. March 4, 2018 at 7:50 am

    That is such a sweet quote. Looking for comfort after loosing my dog I got choked up when I read this once “Dog spelled backwards is God”.

  15. March 4, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I believe that Billy Graham is exactly right. Mary, I have thought of you every day since your post. I have said prayers for all of you during this heartbreaking time. Thank you for sharing Gracie today and I pray the words of a great man will add a measure of comfort as you work through this sorrow.

  16. Wanda Hutchens
    March 4, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Love the Billy Graham quote🐾💗🐾
    I clearly remember telling the last sweet pup we lost to go and run through the fields of heaven, I definitely believe we will see them again. Praying for peace in your heart and wonderful memories of Chloe and the love of your Gracie💕

  17. Kathy Harris
    March 4, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Prayers to you all….❤️💕♥️

  18. Linda Yeargain Thieman
    March 4, 2018 at 8:40 am

    So sorry for the loss of your sweet Chloe. I believe our dogs are a gift from our Creator, loaned for a time to teach us unconditional love, and, perhaps to connect us with strangers. You will never know how many smiles your sweet girls have brought to your readers and the connection we feel in your sorrow. We know your pain and offer our love.

  19. March 4, 2018 at 8:47 am

    It is so hard on the furry ones left behind, give sweet Gracie an ear rub.

  20. Karen
    March 4, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I was wondering how Gracie was doing. Thank you for the update. I am hoping to see all of our beloved animals in heaven💗

  21. Joan
    March 4, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Kisses and a “snuggle beat down” for you and sweet Gracie. Thank you for your beautiful vision

  22. Marie in AZ
    March 4, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Thank you for letting us know how you and Gracie are doing. I hope you continue to feel better every day, even though there will always be a hole in your heart. Chloe will always be loved and missed.

  23. March 4, 2018 at 9:03 am

    A perfect quote from Billy Graham. I am so sorry for your loss my friend! ((❤️)) Hugs to you!

  24. March 4, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I am glad Gracie is adjusting. And I pray for you. ((Hugs))

  25. March 4, 2018 at 9:22 am

    I read that quote from Billy Graham this week too and feel he is so right. Hugs!

  26. March 4, 2018 at 9:45 am

    May your memories of Chloe, your joy with Gracie and your knowledge of heaven make each day a little better.

  27. Cyndi Raines
    March 4, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Sweet little Gracie, she is precious up there on the bench, looks really strange without darling Chloe. What a big adjustment for you all. Keeping you close in thought and prayers. Thank you for still sharing Gracie with us. Give her a big hug for me.

  28. Robyn
    March 4, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Bless her little heart. Happy to hear she is adjusting well. I love the Billy Graham quote… never heard it before. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you also adjust to life without your sweet fur baby.

  29. Janet O. Robinson
    March 4, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Your Gracie is so beautiful. I am sure she misses Chloe very much. Time will help heal and Spring is on the way to help ease your loss too. Thank you for the wonderful Billy Graham quote.

  30. March 4, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Thank you for sharing an update on your precious Gracie. The quote from Billy Graham, I know touched your sweet heart, Mary. Love and hugs are sent to you….❤

  31. Vivian in Tennessee
    March 4, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for sharing an update on Gracie. I’m sure she feels lost without Chloe. She will need more loving and hugging for awhile until she adjusts. She’s such a darling.

    Good quote by Billy Graham… and I’m sure he meant it.

  32. Anne Marie
    March 4, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Hugs to Gracie and to you. May spring bring some fresh air into your lives and may the passing of time heal you. Maybe a new puppie for you/playmate for Gracie could be in your future!

  33. March 4, 2018 at 11:09 am

    So precious, love the Billy Graham quote…😢

  34. March 4, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Very happy to hear Gracie is doing ok..I imagine she will be looking for her sis for quite some time as will you!! God bless all….❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  35. March 4, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Love the Billy Graham quote! I do believe we will see our fur babies in Heaven! God has given me some precious fur babies in my life and 3 I’m enjoying now. Gracie is so pretty in these pictures. I think she don’t want you out of site because of Chloe. Fur babies are intelligent! I always say just give them a chance to show you. Prayers and Hugs

  36. March 4, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Sweet Gracie…it will take a bit of time for her to adjust…the same thing happened to our Phoebe when her pal Roger was gone… <3

  37. March 4, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Opening this post and seeing Gracie’s sweet face warms my heart, Mary. I think of you and Gracie every day, and snuggled more with our Sadie girl. They are truly our hearts! I, too, smiled at Billy Graham’s quote. It will be a grand reunion.

  38. Bette McCollister
    March 4, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    The hole in your heart may never heal, you simply learn how to carry it around with you. When God leads you to it, He will lead you through it.

  39. March 4, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    So happy that Gracie is doing well and I love that quote from the late and most beloved Billy Graham. Yes, I so believe what he stated is so true. Thank you for giving us an update on sweet Gracie. Chloe will forever be in our hearts.

  40. Debbie
    March 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I was so happy to see sweet Gracie today. I know that she will miss her companion for the rest of her days. Our Izzy missed Savy until she was able to meet him in Heaven. Give Gracie a big kiss from me. Prayers for you all. Thanks for the beautiful Billy Graham quote. I love it and believe it with all my heart. Blessings to you.

  41. Lorraine
    March 4, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Still tearing up when I read these posts, Am beginning to believe that his breed needs a canine companion to go hand in hand with the human ones. Irving is loving referred to as the velcro dog though he too is a Bichon,

  42. Carol Thompson
    March 4, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Mary, life with our doggies is such a wonderful gift. Your two made our hearts melt and filled us with gratitude for the unconditional love they give. Animals were present at the nativity; they must be incredibly beloved by our Father. That thought, I think by Billy Graham (?) is especially comforting to me even now, several years after saying goodbye to our family fur love. I pray it brings you comfort, too.

  43. March 4, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I have no doubt that one day you will be reunited with Chloe! I was wondering how Gracie was adjusting. She is as cute as can be posing on the porch!

  44. Lynn
    March 4, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    This made me cry. I lost my precious dog named Chloe, too, a few yrs ago. My other dog seemed lost without her. He followed me every time I moved from one room to the next. His anxiety ski rocketed when I left the house. And when I’d return, all 10 lbs of him would leap and squirm until I’d pick him up. He’s also gone now. I miss both of their unwavering affection and cuddles but I agree with Billy Graham that we’ll all see our pets again in Heaven. Thanks for sharing your pups with all of us.

  45. Nonie
    March 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Mary, I am so sorry, Gracie also misses Chloe and will need extra care. We lost our sweet Joker about a month ago and there is such a void without him. The pain seems unbearable at times, but I know he is is a good place and not in pain. Extra dog treats for Gracie and lots of love.

  46. Stella Napier
    March 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I am so sorry about your precious Chloe!

  47. Botanic Bleu
    March 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I have a Gracie, too, but she is a cat. Pets give unconditional, unending love, a trait we frail humans have yet to master. Chloe loved you and Gracie just as you and Gracie loved her.


  48. Kyle
    March 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I”m so sorry…it’s the only downside to having these furry kids in our lives. We know the day we bring them home that one day we will have to say goodbye. I lost my 15 year old Springer Spaniel a year ago and it still makes me cry. Hug Gracie!

  49. Melodie Strickland
    March 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    My heart breaks for you–it’s been many years that I lost my dog Ginger. Adopted my Shortie not too long after Ginger and she has been with me for 14 years. Gracie is following you around to be closer to you since Chloe went to Heaven. Thank you for sharing Gracie–she is such a love. Love Billy Graham’s comments.

  50. Linda
    March 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Unconditional love ❤️

  51. Susan Harrelson
    March 4, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I truly believe, as Billy Graham said, we will be reunited with our fur children. I’m sure Gracie misses her best buddy very much but it sounds like she’s also making sure her mom is okay. Enjoy and treasure every precious moment you have with her. 💕🐾

  52. March 4, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Sweet and darling Chloe! What a hole she leaves in your heart, and Gracie’s too. She was always one of the best models on blogging, and so beautiful. Sadly we are both so allergic that we haven’t had pets besides lizards (yuck) and fish and turtles – not much to cuddle and love. But if I could have a dog, one like Chloe and Grace would be perfect.

  53. Lynn
    March 4, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    I like the Bill Graham quote and also believe that.

  54. Mary Hennessey
    March 4, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Losing a beloved pet is as painful as losing a cherished family member . They give us their whole heart and soul and forgive us immediately for any of our failings. Although the loss of them is very,very difficult it is made worthwhile by the joy they give us day after day.At least it is that way for me. We out here in blog land came to love them too…and are so sorry for your loss.Mary in Colorado

  55. Paula
    March 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Such a thoughtful message, and I believe that is true as I look at our Lexy girl picture everyday missing her, she was such a sweet Boxer. So I know how your heart is breaking and still wishing your little furry friend was with you.

  56. March 4, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    She’s so adorable! And so glad she’s adjusting. Her cousin, Charlotte, sends fluffy hugs and kisses.

  57. Norma Rolader
    March 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    God bless hugs sent

  58. March 4, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Gracie looks adorable in the pics.How sweet of you to give us an update.
    I think your mom and sister knew the medicine you needed. I like Billy Graham’s quote.

  59. March 4, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Adorably, beautiful pics! She definitely looks very interested in everything around her. So sweet and so sad at the same time.

  60. Kaye Moore
    March 4, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Mary- My heart breaks for you and David. 😪😥😥

    • March 4, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you Kaye. I hope you and your sweet puppy are doing well. ♥

  61. Sue
    March 4, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Gracie is so precious!

  62. Susan Bergman
    March 4, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    So happy to see the pictures pictures of dear Gracie. She looks happy and well but sadly, like a little piece of her is missing. There truly is nothing like the pain of losing a fur baby. Their love is so pure and unconditional They are so innocent and loving and deserve all the loved in the world. I hope you find some comfort in knowing you gave Chloe the best and happiest life she could possibly have. If my kitties aren’t waiting for me in Heaven, I don’t want to go! Sending you hugs.

  63. Yolie
    March 4, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    So poignant to see Gracie alone. I’ve been through this. Our dogs used to share one of their beds. It took a year for Ronan to sleep on it with Lily gone. Dogs are amazingly sensitive creatures. But they do heal in time, just like we do.

  64. March 4, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    All dogs go to heaven. That’s what Ted says 🐶🙏🏻🦋💜

  65. March 5, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Aw, give that cute fluffy marshmallow a BIG OLE hug for me Mary:@)

  66. Cristy Bennett
    March 5, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Thank You for sharing this update on Gracie. She is so precious too. Like so many who have commented on Chloe, I too have had my share of pets passing and know the pain. I have found the best way to move through it is by adopting another pet to love and care for. We have our current sweet toy poodle, Soapy, because of the passing of our previous toy poodle, Louie. I expect to be surrounded by all my dear pets again. It is my idea of heaven.

  67. March 5, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I absolutely love that quote by Billy Graham. Gracie is so sweet, and I love seeing her adorable little face. It’s so hard when we lose our pets. (((hugs))) to you, Sweetie!

  68. Beth Groff
    March 5, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I am so very sorry about your precious Chloe. She is having fun over the Rainbow Bridge playing and making new friends. 2 weeks ago today my husband was hospitalized with triple bypass surgery and our dear dog Missy is just lost without him being home. They are so keen and can pick up when something has changed in their life. Please give Gracie and extra hug for me.

  69. March 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Mary, Gracie is so adorable. The Billy Graham is so perfect. Hugs~

  70. Patti
    March 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    So glad to hear Gracie is doing OK ~ such beautiful, sweet pictures of her. I have thought of her and you all a lot. I believe all of the dogs are in heaven ~ I agree with Billy Graham!

  71. Donna B Oliphint
    March 5, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Randy Alcorn, in his book HEAVEN, quoted Joni Eareckson Tada (as well as many others) on the subject: “If God brings our pets back to life, it wouldn’t surprise me. It would be just like Him. It would be totally in keeping with His generous character….Exorbitant. Excessive. Extravagant in grace after grace. Of all the dazzling discoveries and ecstatic pleasures heaven will hold for us, the potential of seeing Scrappy would be pure whimsy–urtterly, joyfully, surprisingly superfluous….Heaven is going to be a place that will refract and reflect in as many ways as possible the goodness and joy of our great God, who delights in lavishing love on His children.”

  72. Claire
    March 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Mary, so glad to hear the Gracie is doing better, and prayers that you and the hubby are also. The thought of having our other four cats, as well as the dogs I grew up with, is wonderful. We currently have two cats we adopted after our last two went “home”. I have always believe that God loves us so much that all we have loved in this life will be there for us when we go home to Him.

  73. March 5, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Mary, I didn’t get a chance to leave a comment on your original post about Chloe, I’m so very sorry and all of us who have had precious little fur babies, understand that it’s so very hard. Also hard on their siblings in the family. My heart is “squeezed” when I see that sweet little face, because they really don’t understand. Sending hugs and prayers for all of you. love the sentiment of dear Billy. xo Debra

  74. Cindy lou
    March 6, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Love the quote !!!Billy Graham was God’s messenger !!!

  75. Theresa Keller
    March 6, 2018 at 9:43 am

    love the quote! Give Gracie a puppy hug from my Winnie :)

  76. Linda L Hovgaard
    March 6, 2018 at 11:23 am

    What a doll Gracie is! I’m glad she wants to be by your side. Thank you for posting about how she is doing…Billy Graham’s message is comfort for us all.

  77. Barbara Sassano
    March 6, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Please get Gracie a new friend. It is an adjustment but she will be distracted with this new companion and not dwell in aloneness. My dog was depressed when her companion died, so I got a new dog friend for her and then the focus changed and things leveled out a little. They became besties.

  78. Marinel Lewis
    March 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Chloe. I had two Bichons also, and my heart broke when they died. The picture of your two sweet babies is one of the things that endured me to your blogs, it reminded me so much of my two precious babies, always together with those sweet little white fluffy bodies bouncing around. Thanks for sharing the quote from the enduring Billy Graham, it brings me comfort also. Hugs and prayers to you, your husband and Gracie.

  79. Suzy
    March 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    I’ve been absent for the last 1-1/2 and I’m heartbroken for you all. Blessings to your hearts.

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