She was loaded in the car at the rear of the Expedition, somehow she managed to crawl, using her front feet only, forward until her head was between the seats where she could get petted all the way to the rescue vet office, 30 miles away. Once there she was helped onto a stretcher and quickly wheeled into the exam room. It took only a few minutes to determine that her abdomen was filled with blood. Her spleen had ruptured and she was bleeding out internally. Her gums were white. By then she was so weak that she could only pant harder as she tried to breath, she was not in pain, but she was slipping away. With Mary from rescue petting her, Gracie laid her head on the paw challenged one's lap, and Gracie was sent on her journey to the Rainbow Bridge.
Gracie was still listed on the rescue's page of available dogs, but just like Nala, Gracie had already found her new forever home. Gracie was already home when she went to live with Emma, Molly and Piper, she slipped into a new life with lots of friends and lots of attention. The following was Gracie's post on the "home wanted" section of the rescue book. As you can see, she was indeed a special lady.
The answer is Wine, Scotch and Golden Retrievers! The question was, "Name three things that get better with age"? Eleven-year-old Gracie is proof that Golden's don't get older, they just get better. She is a very quiet lady, with the manners of a queen. She is a wonderful companion. She has no bad habits -- no chewing on shoes, no barking at neighbors, no chasing cats. She is cat friendly. Tell Gracie to "Go Potty, Gracie" and she runs to the nearest grass. She uses the dog door when she needs to.We are so sorry for her passing. At the same time we are so happy that we could have her for a little while and happy that we could bring some love into her life and she could bring her love into ours.
Gracie is slightly overweight, but that is easy to correct with a leash and walking shoes or just some regular ball tossing (she loves tennis balls). She is very affectionate. If you don't like petting a Golden head when it lays on your lap, if you don't like to scratch a Golden tummy, then she is not for you. If you are looking for a loving lady with great manners and a very calm disposition, Gracie will make you a wonderful companion.