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She Had Me at Hello

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She Had Me at Hello


She really did.  Two plane rides and an hour-and-a-half car ride later, I was at a ranch in San Antonio to pick up "the pistol. "  A name my friend Marichin had lovingly given Gracie back in 2006 because she was so full of spunk.  


Gracie was born to be a show dog.  She was 8 months old, beautiful with  fabulous papillon ears.  Her parents were both full size, but she was a miniature.  Just four ounces at birth,  Marichin kept waiting for her to grow.  It didn't happen.  Marichin said, She's too small to show and I'm not going to breed her, so come and pick her up.   And so I did.


When I arrived at the house, I sat on the floor with the dogs.  They were all gorgeous tri-colored papillons.  I had no idea which one was Gracie, because they all looked similar!


It didn't take long before one jumped in my lamp.  And, yep, you guessed it - that one was Gracie.  She may have been pint sized, but she was spunkier and smarter than the rest.  


A car ride back to the airport and two plane rides later, we landed back in south Florida.


Gracie fit right in.  In fact, she took over but not in an alpha way.  She really was smarter than the rest and would easily outfox them at every turn.


She was so smart.  Most dogs know when you're sick and they'll hang out with you.  Gracie not only knew you were sick, but went to the exact spot each time.  If you went to the dentist, she knew.  When I had carpal tunnel surgery, she knew; a blood test, she knew. 


Whenever I walk in the house, the dogs always run over.  Gracie used to take it a step further and give you the smell test.  She would come nose to nose with me, smell where I was, who I was with and what I had eaten.  It was uncanny!  I used to call her the FBI dog.  She had to know everything.  All 6 lbs of her!


She loved to go for long walks.  She was really looking for the white birds - the Ibis - which she would sprint after.  For 15 years Gracie tried to catch one, but they always flew off!  Squirrels were also high on her list.  She would chase them up a tree.  And anybody who would give her a pet was fair game.


She also loved her fabric balls made specially by a friend in Hawaii.  She especially loved when they were new.



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She knew me, knew my routine.   Every morning she got up, went to her bed in my office to wait for me.  She knew I was getting coffee and would be in momentarily.  It really was amazing.  


It's been two weeks since Gracie passed.  To say I am heartbroken and miss her terribly is an understatement, but I didn't want her to suffer.  She was just too sick to go on.  We had a wonderful life together for almost 15 years, and she will live on forever in my heart.   


In fact, the Ibis that had been gone for a long while has been all over lately.  And today I saw a butterfly outside.  Papillon means butterfly in French.  Papillons have butterfly ears.  Coincidence?  Maybe.  But, I think not.


All our furkids are special, but Gracie took it a step further.  There was just something so very special about her.   


She had me at hello.


Gracie Berman


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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Elyse - I am sorry to hear of Gracie's passing.  I hope the joys you expressed here give you a chance to smile for the wonderful memories in this time of your sorrow.  

Jun 27, 2021 06:49 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hello Michael,  And thank you.  I have lot of memories and am very greatful for that.

Jun 28, 2021 05:36 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Oh Elyse- I smiled as I read of how much joy Gracie brought you.  I am so sorry but happy that you had all of this wonderful time with each other. 

Jun 27, 2021 07:20 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thanks, Kathy, so am I.  She was truly a gift, one to be treasured.

Jun 28, 2021 05:36 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elyse, it is very dusty here in my home office and need clear the fluids from my eyes.... so sorry for your loss. All I can say is every four legged family member is hard to loose and never understood people who could discard an animal... Stay strong and virtual hugs to you, Endre

Jun 27, 2021 08:08 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Endre, You and I think alike.  It never gets easier.  I cried for weeks before she passed knowing what was coming.

Jun 28, 2021 05:37 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Sorry for the loss of Gracie, Elyse. What a friend you had. May God's peace and grace be with you. Jeff

Jun 27, 2021 10:44 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you kindly, Jeff.

Jun 28, 2021 05:37 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Elyse... my own Gracie passed almost four years ago and I still miss her. All my dogs and cats had me at "hello." My husband always wonders how that happens. But I always somehow "know" the right dog or cat for me.


So sorry to hear about Gracie's passing. So hard to lose a faithful and loving companion. Your tribute to her brought tears to my eyes. Bingo, Mr. Marlowe and I all send you hugs.

Jun 28, 2021 04:45 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

I know you understand Nina, and I remember your Gracie.  It's always so hard.  Thank you, Bingo and Mr. Marlowe.


Jun 28, 2021 05:39 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I am so sorry to hear Gracie passed away. What a beautiful tribute.

Jun 28, 2021 05:10 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you for the kind words, Kat.

Jun 28, 2021 05:39 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Elyse. So sad to hearthat Gracie passed but is burned into your memory. May the good memories remind you of her forever. Enjoy your day.

Jun 28, 2021 05:14 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good evening Wayne, Thank you for your kind words.  She will forever be a part of me.  Enjoy your evening.

Jun 28, 2021 05:40 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Elyse. My condolences for your loss. Losing a pet is a hard thing.

Jun 28, 2021 08:23 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Rocky.  No matter how many times, it never gets easier.  You're so right.

Jun 28, 2021 05:40 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had tears in my eyes as I read your wonderful tribute to Gracie...I do believe the butterfly was a message from Gracie.  A

Jun 28, 2021 08:26 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Alexandra, Thank you...I didn't mean to make anyone sad.  I believe it was too, as well as the birds that have just reappeared after a long absence.

Jun 28, 2021 05:41 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Aw Elyse, I am so sorry for you and Gracie sounds like my Brandy that pass 5 years ago.  Now they are being friends and playing together. 

Jun 28, 2021 09:01 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thanks Will.  Yes, they are all happily playing together  I'm so sorry about your Brandy.

Jun 28, 2021 05:42 PM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

I don't think it's a coincidence at all. Gracie sounds so delightful. I know you miss her, but what wonderful memories. You are not alone in your heartache for a pet, I still miss my Mac and it's been over a year now. Fortunately, two fun-loving fur boys are filling our home with activity and laughter and fun, but Mac is always close in our hearts. When you are ready, I hope you'll consider another to love. 

Jun 28, 2021 01:52 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you for your kind words, Debb.  I know you understand.  We actually have two others, one older and one younger, so the house is not so empty.

Jun 28, 2021 05:35 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Elyse Berman, PA, I am so very sorry to hear about Gracie's passing. Our fur babies are no different than children. Sending you virtual hugs. 

Jun 28, 2021 02:06 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thanks Beth.  Yes, indeed, they are.

Jun 28, 2021 05:42 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Oh Elyse Berman, PA I am sad to hear Gracie passed on.  Your eulogy is wonderful.  Forever in your heart.  When my 13 year old sheep dog passed the song playing in the background was Chicago, Color My Dreams.  It is comforting to hear that meoldy every now and then since I loved that dog so much.😢

Jun 29, 2021 07:44 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you for your kind words Eileen Burns .   I'm glad you have something that makes you feel good when you think of your sheep dog.

Jul 15, 2021 11:04 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

So cute, and so sorry to hear. I lost my guy some time ago and I just cannot get a replacement. :(

Jun 29, 2021 08:58 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

I'm so sorry to hear you lost your guy too Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty .   For me, the house would be too quiet without a dog.

Jul 15, 2021 11:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this story.

Treasure your fond memories.

Keep cool, stay safe and have a great day.

Jun 30, 2021 04:36 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Roy Kelley .  15 years is a lot of memories.  Have a great day!

Jul 15, 2021 11:07 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Elyse, you have my deepest condolences for the loss of your precious Gracie.   The more precious our furry child, the more heartbreaking the experience, truly one of life's bittersweet experiences.   

Kindest regards, Brian

Jul 16, 2021 10:18 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Elyse Berman, PA  I know we have talked, but I also thought I commented here. It really hurts to love, but our memories are priceless.

Aug 11, 2021 08:12 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Elyse.  The loss of our 4 legged buddies is devastating.  Hopefully time will ease the pain and brighten the memories.  Mark

Aug 29, 2021 06:41 AM