Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sweet Amazing Gracie

Ahhhhh.....how could you ever walk away from such an adorable little puppy face? Sweet surrendering brown eyes.......Well, guess what? You can't. Why? Because she comes bounding after you with a demonic growl intent on piercing your latest nylons, pyjama bottoms, coat, or even your stiff striped rubber boots. She can't leave well enough alone, our Gracie.
You don't believe me do you? Look at her! She's a monster, all curled up and sleeping after a good chomping romp dreaming of catching squirrels and eating unmentionables. You just want to pick her up, put her on your lap and stroke her puppy belly. I dare you to put your face close to hers.......she'll nip your nose and grab at your earrings! Our sweet Gracie isn't a lap dog, oh no! She's a defiant sassy canine who devours dried up pigs ears in one scarfing like it was one piece of kibble. She inhales her dinner and slops up her water and then promptly PEES on our other dog, Lily's bed while staring you down!
Ah, but who can resist the puppy paws, all soft and stumbly? At lunchtime today during our midday walk, Gracie bounded down the street after Lily only to hit a patch of thick slush and splayed out in a ballet move similar to Bambi on ice. My heart leapt for her. "Poor little thing," I thought, "just learning how to manoeuver winter's wonder".....well, until she promptly got up and bounded at me in attack mode! yeah, yeah she just wanted to play puddle jumping with the Mistress. I WAS DRESSED FOR WORK!! Oh well, I've gone to work with baby yuks strewn on the shoulder of my suit jacket before, what's a bunch of dirty paws on the trench coat?

Evidence of her lovely sweetness......the "playful" attack on the Lady of the house....Miss Lily, who up until this fall was a calm reliable friend who never left the front yard on her own, who never growled and would let any sticky fingered snot nosed kid to climb all over her. Afraid of the dark, loud noises, and her own shadow, Lily has never needed a leash even on a busy street. However, she has found her inner alpha dog........and as much as it goes against her Quaker like persona, she has had to resort to some intense TEACHING.
Unfortunately, this seems to happen in the middle of my living room which has just about been trashed completely. Every piece of wicker is munched.....sticks and chewed up errant pencils, torn up tissues, boxes and mittens......shoes too........all seem to get dragged into the munched up rugs. All pales in comparison to how much grief poor Lily has endured.......and embarrassment too! This puppy has no boundaries or proprieties.........











We never knew Lily could make a face like that! And believe it or not, they were playing. In fact while I was taking these photos this evening, everytime the camera would make a ding sound, Gracie would stop and pounce on me as I sat on the floor. Then as I was laughing at her shocking energy pointed at me, she would turn back to poor Lily and pounce on her again.

Sweet, irreverant, a pain in the ass puppy. Maybe one day she'll live up to her name? If she doesn't I may be the first one charged with strangling Grace.

Sweet dreams.............and may we never judge a book by it's cover ever again.

The thematic photography prompt this week over at Carmi's site is sweet..... For more sugary pics, click here.

13 comments:

kenju said...

I have a sweet Gracie in my life, too, but she's human, not canine!

I forgot my sweet pic tonight, but I'll remedy that.

ciara said...

awwww all those photos are sweet & adorable. my fave is the one b/t the colorful boots :)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL...WEll, You are a better person then me....I could not take all that rambuctiousness at this stage of my life...BUT, she sure is adorable! Great pictures...Especially that face of Lily's....LOL! What a workout!
But fun, too....! Glad it is YOU and Not Me! LOL!

Charles LeBlanc said...

There...finally a blog I could read????

:P

HUMBUG!!!!

Marja said...

ah a puppy with an attitude She is absolutely adorable Dana

Romany Angel said...

Now THAT dog has personality and attitude in abundance and it's all wrapped up in a sweet, cuddly little package. Who could resist indeed? I would be putty in her adorable paws :)

Awareness said...

As I try to reply to these great comments, the lovely little puppy is driving my son nuts as he makes an attempt to eat his breakfast. Better him than me!!

Charles?? You just learned to read last night or something?? I'm downtown today and will be out and about at noon. I'll look out for you.

paulwchambers said...

well, my beloved grandpa had labradors - i remember my brother and i and cousins sat on 'sandy's' back riding their garden...early 70's - they seemed such happy times

grace is also one of my daughters names....

Awareness said...

paul....Labs are the best because of their dispositions especially around kiddies. Our old chocolate lab, Lucy (she wrote the book on how to be a dog) taught Lily her manners. It is our hope that Lily does the same. My concern is that Gracie is too nippy and aggressive, which I won't tolerate around here....too many kids and company to be messing with an unpredictable dog. Gracie has calmed down a bit, and most of her behaviour now is normal....but every now and then she scares the shite out of us! We may have to talk to a priest. :)

Grace is a beautiful name....and if our second child had been a girl? Lilian Grace. But, instead we have a wonderful MAX! He was named after all the canine Max's in our past...oh, and his great uncle. :)

janie said...

What an adorable scallywag, gorgeous pictures.

Carmi said...

Frasier's lying beside me right now, passed out after a day playing with the kids, chasing our neighbours' dogs and never leaving my side. I know he'd love Grace as much as you do. He'd even help continue messing up the living room. It's in the genes, I think.

Happy sigh...

sealaura said...

what a sweet heart. my heart melted, loved all the different shots especially the paws.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Awww, she does look really sweet.