A letter from Gracie

Hi Mama,

It’s been a long time since I’ve written to you. My life is just so busy now that both Mom and Dad are retired. We have lots of walks (my favorite thing) every day. I like the beach in the summer but still only go in up to my elbows. Also I have to spend time each day chasing the cats and napping.

So it’s a happy, busy life here in Antigonish. Mom wants me to tell you that I’m very healthy and well behaved. I love people, especially the littlest ones, and my family loves me very much.

Woof Woof,


Gracie’s first winter

Gracie plays in snow 2013Hi Mom

Do you like winter?  I sure do and have really enjoyed my first one. I love racing around in the snow and sticking my head in snow banks. It’s great fun.  I love to eat, especially treats. I finished my lessons with our trainer and did very well…he said I was a “trainer’s dream”…and in the spring I’ll be going to classes with other dogs (mostly because I’m a little scared of them) and my Mom is putting me in day care at least once a week so that I can make friends and have other dogs to play with.  I think I’ll have fun once I get used to it.    

Woof . . . Woof !!   Gracie

Merry Christmas from Gracie & family

 Hello Mom

 I’m very excited about my first Christmas.  Since I’ve been so good I know Santa is going to leave a few nice treats for me.

I think you know that I wasn’t feeling well for awhile this fall. At first the doctor thought I had a throat infection and I was on antibiotics for 10 days. However my cough came back and seemed to be worse so Mom took me to another vet who said he thought it was lungworm…yuck …so I had to take another medication and it worked!!   I haven’t coughed in weeks and since I never lost my appetite for food or a good time, the vet said it wasn’t anything too serious. He said that country dogs (that would include field poodles like me) often get lungworm and it’s easily treated.

On a happier note, my new Mom and I have a trainer who comes to our house once a week to teach me how to behave – and so far I sit, lie down, stand, stay and walk on a loose leash.  All things I knew how to do before, but now when they make a funny move with their hand I do them automatically. My trainer, Ian, says that I’m a trainer’s dream.  In the New Year, we’ll be working on coming when called (I’m planning to give them a run for their money on that one) and how to not get too excited and jump all over people when they come to visit: don’t blame me, I can’t help it I just love folks. Also in the New Year we’ll be going to a class and there will be lots of other dogs and people which will be fun.

I’ve been to the groomers a few times and also stayed in a very nice doggy hotel one night when Mom had to go away.  I was excellent at both.

I hope you and everyone at Fairhill Farm will have a great Christmas and I’ll send some pictures in the New Year.

Woof Woof for now,

Gracie and Anne

Gracie in Antigonish

Dear Mom,

 I’m writing to let you know how Gracie new home smallerhappy I am in my new home. I’ve had lots of fun since arriving and everyone really loves me. At first I lived at the cottage and that was great because I love seaweed…it’s lots of fun to nose around in and then toss into the air. I like the ocean but only up to my belly…maybe next summer I’ll go for a real swim.

 Last weekend we moved back home to the country. I like it even more because there are fields to run in, lots of butterflies to catch, a pony (not as big as Draco) and two cats that always want me to chase them. It’s OK because when I chase them everyone yells “go, go” (or maybe they’re saying “no, no”)…anyway it’s fun and the cats don’t mind it too much. I’ve only had one little accident (a puddle) on the floor and I’ve realized that every time I go anywhere near a door, people will jump up and take me outside, which I really love. Last night I went to the door and gave a little whimper to go out…I got two treats for that one!

 Everyone thinks I’m really smart and they tell people I’m a perfect puppy. I only spent a few nights in that crate, now I sleep in my doggy bed where I can really stretch out and I sleep right through the night. I’m usually called Gracie, but sometimes they call me Good Gracie and at special times, Great Gracie. I really like it here.

 Bye for now,