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Book Review: Amazing Gracie by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff

I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with Three Dog Bakery before reading this book.  Now, I can’t wait to shop there!  Of course, there are none nearby – Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are all a few hours away.  Steve and I make a couple of trips to St. Louis each year, though, so next time this will make it on our to-do list!  In the meanime, I can’t wait to order some stuff from their website.  I can’t afford it this month(4 of our 5 animals need vet visits this month!), but our pooches will be getting Christmas goodies from here this year!

This book isn’t really about the bakery, though.  Oh, it leads up to the creation of the bakery, but it’s really about Gracie, the inspiration for the bakery.  Gracie, an albino, deaf, partially blind Great Dane with a very picky appetite forced her ownder, Dan Dye, and his roommate, Mark Beckloff, to begin cooking for her.  Turning up her nose at dry or canned dog food, Gracie lost so much weight that the guys feared for her life.  So, even though he didn’t know how to cook for himself, Dye took his vet’s recommendation and begain cooking for Gracie.  And she began to eat.  And the idea for the dog bakery was (eventually) born.

Gracie did more than provide a great business plan, though.  Her special happiness and zest for life touched Dye & Beckloff, inspiring them reflect on their own lives and seek that same happiness.  Always lovers of dogs (the other two dogs in Three Dogs are Sarah and Dottie, Beckloff’s Lab & Dalmatian), Dye and Beckloff took their cue from Gracie, took the risks, and made the changes necessary to fulfill their dreams.  I found the love these two men have for their dogs to be really hearwarming, and the path it led them down to be inspring.  The book is funny and honest and sad, since the lives Great Danes like Gracie are far too short.

All the proceeds from Amazing Gracie go the Gracie Foundation, which “acts as a “red cross for dogs” in need.  The foundation works with a variety of organizations to provide immediate response and crucial supplies to pets in emergency situations.”

http://www.threedog.com/default.asp

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November 14, 2011 Posted by | Book Reviews | 1 Comment