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Amazing Gracie
Amazing Gracie
Author: Dan Dye, Mark Beckloff, Three Dog Bakery
It's a love story. A story of salvation. And a rags-to-riches story about a dog-yes, a dog-who launched Three Dog Bakery, the burgeoning international retail chain with 31 stores and counting. There is Dan, trapped in a dead-end job and grieving the loss of his pet of eighteen years. And there is Gracie, a deaf and partially blind albino Great D...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780761119371
ISBN-10: 076111937X
Publication Date: 9/11/2000
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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4.5 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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reviewed Amazing Gracie on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
This book is appropriately titled because it is amazing. The story of a deaf and partially blind dog taken in and loved not only by her owners but also buy her community. It will make you laugh and cry.
reviewed Amazing Gracie on + 132 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Gracie is a deaf half-blind albino Great Dane and the leader of the trio basis for Three Dog Bakery. This is a delightful telling by the founders of how the Three Dog Bakery happened, and Gracie is a truly wonderful laugh-out-loud dog.
Susanaque avatar reviewed Amazing Gracie on + 422 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This was such a good book, I about cried. It almost made me wish I had a Great Dane, like Gracie.
reviewed Amazing Gracie on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Very touching story. Any dog lover will enjoy this book.
annette-s avatar reviewed Amazing Gracie on + 49 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Amazing Gracie by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff is a heart-warming and humorous quick read about a man and his dog, how they formed a family, and a business. Dan was trying to get over the loss of a relationship, a loving eighteen-year friendship that ended when his dog, Blue, passed away. He wasn't looking to replace Blue, but eight weeks later, Gracie stepped into his life and turned it around. Gracie, an albino Great Dane was deaf and partially blind. But she was also lonely and lovable and fit right into his home with his roommate, Mark, and Mark's "girls," Dottie and Sarah, a Dalmatian and a black lab mix. At first there was an adjustment period with Gracie and the "demonic duo." Dottie and Sarah resented the new little interference, but it wasn't long before little Gracie towered over the girls and found a way into their hearts.

Gracie had always been a finicky eater. She was not gulping down her food like the other dogs and it showed. She was skin and bones and Dan consulted a vet. The vet advised him to try and make food for Gracie instead of using store-bought dog food. His first batches were a mess that looked more like "rock samples from the moon" than the dog cookies he was aiming for. Gracie, however, slurped them up. She loved his homemade cooking with all natural ingredients--and so did other dogs. Three Dog Bakery was born.

In the end Gracie and their business thrived (though it was a long and difficult road). Gracie, Dottie, and Sarah, (oh, and Dan and Mark) became famous. They went on TV shows, had their own show, and toured the country on publicity tours. Three Dog Bakery now is a national chain, and it all started with Gracie. Read other reviews at http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com
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krisann avatar reviewed Amazing Gracie on + 76 more book reviews
Amazing Gracie is a wonderful story about a deaf, partially blind, albino Great Dane. Her story is told with humor by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff, and whimsically illustrated by Meg Cundiff. This book, written sensitively, but without melodrama, will make you laugh, cheer and cry. It is also the story of the beginnings of the wonderful bakery for dogs, Three Dog Bakery. Humorous parts include Gracie's first day in her new home and the cops being called, what the dogs were possibly thinking at stategic moments in the story and Gracie afraid of stepping on marble floors. Since this is a book about Gracie's entire life, it naturally includes the end of her shining light. Be prepared to cry.
babyjulie avatar reviewed Amazing Gracie on + 336 more book reviews
When I saw that a good friend had written that this was a favorite of hers I knew I had to read it. One of the biggest things we have in common is a huge love for animals so I knew this had to mean something.
At first, I wasn't so sure. I liked the authors voice, he has an enjoyable sense of humor.
It took just a little getting into for me - not having anything to do with the Gracie really but I wanted to get into the meat of it. Basically, the bakery and baking didn't mean anything to me until Gracie was really a part of it. Which, in a way she was from the beginning, but I mean a real part. Not Dad trying to help his pooch. (This isn't to say there is a bad or boring part to the story - there really isn't - this is just what interests me more and less.)
But once I go into it I really got into it. I shudder to think of what Gracie's - short - life would have been like without Dan and Mark and - initially - Anne. I thank God that these people and Gracie found each other and I wish, so hard, that more people - that everyone - could see what these people saw with Gracie.
It's not just Gracie. Gracie did it for Dan. Dottie and Sarah did it for Mark. Every animal is capable of it if we allow them.
I don't think I'd ever heard of 3 Dog Bakery before this book but I applaud these people for making this work and I'm glad it worked out for them. These are the type of people I like to see make it.
Saving Gracie really is a worthwhile book. I doubt many non-lovers of animals will pick it up but if just one does and changes the way he or she treats an animal it's all worth it.
I normally would would keep this but I'll have to get it again in the future for Julia because this is a bookcrossing book and I'd like it to go on to the next person now. But I do want Julia to read it eventually.


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