Saturday, December 28, 2013


Christmas Eve, while waiting for dinner to be ready at my sister's house, we were gathered around the table watching that Christmas classic, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."
Okay, I admit that this is NOT one of my favorite Christmas movies. I don't care for Jim Carrey at all, and I find Whoville quite bizarre. But I mention it because Kristen asked me - because I often call Gracie "Gracie Lou" - if I ever called her "Gracie Lou Who". I admit, I do like this name very much and henceforth she will often be called Gracie Lou Who. That's in addition to Scooby Doo, Lucy Lou and Lulu, all derived from nonsensical pet talk.
This past fall I got a new (thrift shop) couch. With my previous couch, Gracie was able to walk across the top of the couch. The first time my niece's boyfriend saw her do this, he exclaimed, "What is she, a mountain goat?"
Due to its curved shape, the back of this couch is a bit more difficult to navigate, but Gracie does manage to walk across it, and also to lie on its back, as you can see by this photo taken by Kristen on Tuesday.
Unbelievably, Gracie preferred sleeping on this perch, the dining room floor, my bed, or "her" chair, to sleeping on her brand new Christmas present, a beautiful big doggie bed with blue corduroy bottom and beige fleece top. As the old saying goes, you can lead a dog to her new bed, but you can't make her sleep on it.
Imagine my delight this evening when she went to her bed, sniffed it thoroughly, gingerly stepped into it, circled three time and snuggled down for a long winter's nap.
Merry Christmas, Gracie Lou Who.


JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Gracie Lou Who - great stories.

Kath said...

Adorable! Gracie is such a beautiful dog. I did smile tho, at her several names. Our dog Roobarb, is also called Poobarb, Poobus Doobus and The Doob.

Happy New year Julie xx

Leanne said...

I think all animals end up with several names, often elongated from their original, or altered in slight ways. it would take me all day to list all the extra names my little cat army get called!

Gracie is lovely, wherever she sleeps!

leanne x

WOL said...

All pet parents know that each of their companimals (companion + animal)have their own unique personalities and their "little ways," and are as capable of earning nicknames as any human person. I have a white, half Siamese cat whose "real" name is Gobi, but he has been called at various stages of his lifetime, "Glockenspiel" (don't ask), "Cadwallader P. Tailflourisher" and "Emperor Pu An Yu." As he recently turned 14, he is now affectionately known as "Ol' Pu."

Unknown said...

You had a very difficult 2013 and I sympathise, having had a similar sort of year in some ways. I hope that 2014 will be a time of much better health and a renewal of energy. I love your unicorn garden and the fact that you've named your house - our caravan's name is Tir n'a n'Og after the land of perpetual youth where no-one, grows old, sick or dies, there is abundance for everyone and time stands still. That sounded good to me! We have much in common including a like of things mystic and magical. I enjoy reading your blog. X

J C said...

What kind of dog is Gracie? She looks like she is painted. Miss Beautiful!