Pet of the Week-Gracie

By Haley Mitchell Godwin

“Woof! Woof! I am a six-year-old Morkie named Gracie. My mom, Celes Hand, of Luverne, says that everybody needs a little grace. I love relaxing in the sun and taking naps, especially in someone’s lap. Grandma’s green beans are my favorite snack, and the chicken she cooks for me is pretty yummy, too. My Pop Pop spoils me, and I love going to the farm with him. I am happiest when my whole pack is together, and I am the center of attention. I love playing with my toys and making up my own games. My favorite game is when I hide one of my toys under a bath mat or a rug or in mom’s shoes. My humans get so excited when they find one of the surprises I hid for them. I get really excited, too. My favorite toy is my big ball. Sometimes, I throw it in the air or spin it against a wall over, and over. I love to play kickball. I will roll the ball to Mom, and I don’t take my eyes off the ball until she kicks it back to me.”

Gracie’s mom said it was love at first sight when she saw the pup. Gracie was the only girl out of her litter.

The family that owned Gracie’s parents planned to keep her, so when they decided to let Gracie become part of the Hand family, her new mom was ecstatic.

Gracie is an only fur-child and is very protective of her mama. She will not allow anyone to touch her.

Gracie has her own bed for naps, but around 8:30 each night, she finds her way to her mom’s bedside, awaiting snuggle time.

Gracie is potty trained to ring a bell or stand by the door when she needs to go out.

She is a happy and loving dog who, according to her mom, smiles at the people she loves.

“Pet of the Week” and the quarterly feature, “Pet of the Season,” are sponsored by Crenshaw Animal Clinic and Dr. Alethea Gammage of Luverne – (334) 335-5309.

Crenshaw Animal Clinic is a full-service small animal clinic that provides comprehensive healthcare for your pet. They offer a full range of services to help keep pets happy and healthy- including vaccine administration, routine preventive care, wellness exams, dental care, allergy care, flea/tick/heartworm control, parasite control, routine surgical procedures, microchipping, early detection, and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases with in-clinic diagnostics, ophthalmology, spay and neuter, and more.

During the quarterly “Pet of the Season” contest, animals featured in “Pet of the Week” will go head to head, and the animal with the most votes will win a personalized prize package from Crenshaw Animal Clinic valued at $250. At the end of the year, all quarterly winners will compete for “Crenshaw County Pet of the Year” and the grand prize.
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If participants have submitted a nomination for a pet, and the pet hasn’t been featured, don’t fret! We have rolled all entries over into the next contest.