Love at First Bark

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Love at First Bark


It was almost 15 years ago when I flew to Texas to pick her up.  Nicknamed "the pistol," by her breeder, she was the runt of the litter  Just four ounces at birth.  My friend nursed her every two hours like a baby, and thankfully she survived.  


This little runt was just four pounds at eight months old.  My friend told me she was too small to show and too small to breed, so I should come and pick her up.  Which I did.  It had to be done in one day as I had another dog in kidney failure on fluids.


I arrived after two plane rides and an hour-and-a-half car ride.  She jumped in my lap, though I had no idea which dog she was.  They all looked alike!


She has lived up to her name, Chispa.  Chispa means sparkle.  She truly is a sparkle.  Although we changed her name to Gracie, I still remember this.


She turned out to be a wonderful dog and companion.  Truly the smartest dog I've ever had.  Feisty and quick, she would easily outsmart her sisters.  It was fun to watch.  With her sweet ways, she easily melted everyone's heart she met.  


I would put her in the crate for a few hours only to fall asleep and find her in my bed.  Guess who would take her out?  You got it!  Richard.  She wormed her way into his heart too.  My bed became her crate.  This is something a dog lover gets.  


As I write this, she will be 15 in just a few weeks.  Being so small, she has her share of health issues.  Chronic pancreatits  and a heart murmer.   Vet put her on Vetmedin a couple of years ago for her heart, which was a wonder drug.  She was like a puppy again.  She now had kidney insufficiency.  We are doing IV fluids and meds for her stomach.


She is happy.  She is playful but sleeps a lot.  She plays with her toys and will even still play tug with me.  She likes to go for walks and bounces down the street.  Her quality of life is good.


I know the inevitable, but I am hoping for a miracle.  I'm a realist, so I'm just praying she enjoys the time she has left and that it's longer than shorter.  


She has been a blessing in so many ways.  So very, very special  I have had many dogs but she is truly different.  If I went to the dentist, when I walked in she would immediately smell my mouth.  When I had surgery for carpal tunnel, unlike most dogs who just hang out with you because they know you're sick, she would smell my wrists.  Uncanny in a word.  Smart.  Very smart.  


It's hard to imagine a world without her.  And I don't want to. 




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Comments (10)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Elyse - what a sweet story - she sounds like an ideal match.  

Mar 07, 2021 03:13 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Michael.  I appreciate your comment.

Mar 07, 2021 03:54 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Elyse- I love this beautiful post about Chispa!  She is so lucky that you are the one special person who flew to Texas just to get her!!!

Mar 07, 2021 03:47 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Kathy.  And I am the lucky one who got her!  I forgot to write we changed her name to Gracie.  I'll have to go back and fix that.

Been stuck so long.   Just had to write this and the words flowed.

Mar 07, 2021 03:55 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Elyse, she is a doll. I'm convinced that God gave us pets to teach us what true love looks like.

Mar 07, 2021 06:25 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Mike.   It makes sense.

Mar 08, 2021 02:09 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Elyse Berman, PA - we do get so attached to our pets.  We had a little Yorkie, Louis.  We called him a 5 pound terror.  Unfortunately, when his time came we were devastated but not as much as our young daughter at the time.

Mar 07, 2021 06:27 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hi Grant Schneider , It's always so hard.  I was hesitant to even write it but I just had to.  They're part of the family so easy to see why you and your young daughter were devastated.

Mar 08, 2021 02:10 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Elyse - I am so sorry - I have lost dogs recently and it hurts so much.  My first dog went through pancreatitis - I am so sorry for your fur baby - we will be here to grieve with you when the time comes but i hope it is a long way off - hugs - Lise

Mar 07, 2021 06:58 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Lise Howe .  I pray it's a long way off too.  I'm so sorry to hear about your dogs.  It never gets easier.  Thank you for being here.

Mar 08, 2021 02:12 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Aww, she looks like such a precious companion and I am certain that she enjoys being part of your life!

Mar 08, 2021 05:04 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

It's a two-way street Brian!

Mar 08, 2021 07:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Elyse... I'm still crying as I write this comment... having been in your shoes with beloved cats and dogs with whom I lived for 15 years and more, I can feel your pain in your words. When our Gracie was getting old, my husband kept telling me to prepare myself for the inevitable. You're never prepared no matter what. It's heartbreaking to lose them... you'll  be in my prayers that you can continue to enjoy the company of your precious baby for some time to come.

Mar 08, 2021 05:41 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good Morning Nina,  I hesitated in writing this but felt I had to.  I've had writer's block for some time, but the words just flowed on this one.  My husband said the same thing, but I will never be prepared.  Thankfully, she is still bouncing around.  Thank you for your kind words.

Mar 08, 2021 07:03 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Elyse Berman, PA thank you for sharing Gracie's story. Prayers for you all.

Mar 08, 2021 08:00 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I had my friend Fred for 16 wonderful years. When he passed away I could not replace him. He was the best ever!!!

Mar 08, 2021 08:42 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am so touched by your story of Gracie.  What an arorable pup to live with.  I wish her and you all the best with your continued friendship.  A

Mar 08, 2021 01:41 PM