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Remembering Gracie


Fourteen years ago, Gracie, our Golden Retriever, came to us as a tiny puppy. She was named Gracie Star of Venice, but we only called her “Gracie”.  As her health declined in the last few years, we knew that someday we would have to let her go.  Today is that day. Only those who have been loved by a pet unconditionally know our sense of loss.


This blog is to honor our gentle, sweet Gracie as she lived life to its fullest, loving everyone that she met.  So many blessings to all of our family, neighbors and friends.






Prayer for Gracie Star of Venice

This we know, Our Father in Heaven, that every living thing is Yours and returns to You. As we ponder this mystery, we give you thanks for the life of Gracie and we now commit her into Your loving hands.

 Gentle God: fragile is Your world, delicate are your creatures and costly is your love which bears and redeems us all.

 Holy Creator, give us eyes to see and ears to hear how every living thing speaks to us of Your love. Let us be awestruck at your creation and daily sing Your praises.  Especially, create within us a spirit of gratitude for the life of this beloved pet, Gracie, who has lived among us and given us freely of her love.  Even in our sorrow, we have cause for joy for we know that all creatures that die on earth shall live again in your new creation. You have promised that in this new creation the lion will lay down with the lamb.  We believe that sweet, gentle Gracie will be there to lay down also.  Amen    (parts taken from Prayers and Liturgies for Animals)




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We will miss you, Gracie.

10 responses

  1. Kim gilchrist

    My children Jackson, Samantha and Taylor grew up with GRACIE She was a wonderful dog and will be missed. GRACIE had the best parents. Love you Nancy and Bill. 💕🐾


    April 1, 2017 at 07:15

  2. Anonymous

    We are so sadden to hear of your loss. I know how much you loved her, and she loved you! She was a loving, loyal, and trusting companion to you both- the pictures said it all!
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you both.


    January 20, 2017 at 10:54

  3. Judy

    I was touched by your tribute. You were lucky to have Gracie for such a long time. She was a lovely dog.


    January 19, 2017 at 10:43

  4. Kim Billings Crotts

    Nancy and Bill
    I’m so sorry for your loss of Sweet Gracie! It is so hard to let them go! I know. Please find comfort that you wil meet again someday at the Rainbow Bridge! Prayers! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🐾🐾


    January 19, 2017 at 07:32

  5. Anonymous

    Gracie was such a sweet girl. I’m am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos with us. Dr. Josh


    January 19, 2017 at 04:14

  6. Anonymous

    Feeling for you, and holding in prayer.
    Sorrow and wonderful memories together.
    Jeff and Maggie


    January 19, 2017 at 02:30

  7. Dorothy and Ron

    Oh, Nancy and Bill, We are so sorry to hear of your loss of dear Gracie! She was a loving, loyal friend and constant companion to you, and we know, though you have many beautiful memories to keep her spirit alive in your hearts, you will also feel the ache of this loss for a long time. Gracie has an indelible stamp on your hearts. Love, Dorothy and Ron


    January 18, 2017 at 23:46

  8. Joseph (IV) Sturges

    Only those who have had a loyal dog know the pain you must feel. I had to put my pal Fonz down about 18 years ago and the memories are still strong. People laugh at me when I tell them that GOD spelled backwards is DOG…hmmmm…I don’t think laughter is appropriate. If there are two others in this world that render unconditional love, I’m not aware of them. God’s love and blessings to you both.
    Warmest Regards,
    Joe Ss.


    January 18, 2017 at 23:22

  9. So sorry to hear about your loss of Gracie. It looks though that she lived a very full, happy and loved life which is the most any dog or person can ask for. I hope that and the memories of all the happiness she brought to your lives brings some comfort in the coming days.


    January 18, 2017 at 22:57

  10. Anonymous

    We will miss “Your Grace” , as we called her for many years. She was a love to care for and gave love unconditionally to all….one of a kind!! We feel your sorrow.
    Love you both, Barb and Chuck


    January 18, 2017 at 22:51