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After being told I would never be able to have children, I am now a stay-at-home Mommy to Maddie who happens to have Down Syndrome. I've been married 16 years to my best friend, having the time of my life. Thanks for stopping by and sharing in our little journey through life.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

One Last Day with Gracie

My heart is crushed.

Gracie bit Maddie last week.

Since the day we brought Maddie home from the hospital, I've always said if Gracie ever bit her, we would have to do something.  

And while it makes sense logically and the mother bear in me wants to protect Maddie from any harm, this is really hard.  

Maddie still associates coming home to seeing Gracie.  

Yesterday she ran through the door and called out, "Gace, whereareoooo?"

I told her there would be a day when we came home and Gracie wouldn't be here anymore.
She said, "Sick?" 

I told her yes, Gracie is sick and we're going to have to tell her bye.

I'm going to miss her so much. 


  1. This video made me all teary. We have 3 pugs and I could not imagine giving one of them up - even though I threaten them daily with it - especially when I find another pee spot from our youngest male, Grover, who like to mark everything. Who is taking Gracie? I would take her in a heart beat if I didn't already have 3. I have contacts at a wonderful pug rescue if you need that. Our pugs are so good with our almost 2 year old but I don't know what I would do if one of them bit her. I am so sorry you had to make that decision.

  2. Well, since she was diagnosed with cancer in December she's had a total of 3 tumors. I have tried to think of another alternative for her, but as much as it pains me I think the most humane thing for her is to put her down. She's uncomfortable and in pain and it's honestly the hardest decision I think I've ever had to make. My husband is taking her to the vet tomorrow. : ( I've cried all week about it.