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Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale [Kindle Edition]

Mark Beckloff , Dan Dye
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Book Description

It was love at first sight. Amid the frenzied barking and prancing of a house full of Great Danes, one pup was shivering in the corner. Gracie. But when Dan Dye reached her, she struggled to her feet like a clumsy foal, raised her forehead to his, and announced, as clearly as if she had actually spoken the words, You know I'm the one. Now get me outta here!

By turns funny, moving, tender, and inspiring, Gracie's tale is a treat for every dog lover. There is Gracie's first morning, racing around Dan in the snowy yard. Gracie's first determination to prove to her step-sisters, Dottie the Dalmation and Sarah the Black Lab, that she's one of the girls. Gracie's defiant romance with a pint-size charmer named Byron, a Boston Terrier from the wrong side of the fence.

Then born of necessity, the eureka moment: When Gracie's delicate constitution starts turning into anorexia, Dan teaches himself how to cook, and in three days is baking her the cookies that will spur her appetite, launch Three Dog Bakery, and transform their lives forever.

Courage. Compassion. Kindness. Soul. Tenacity. And joy, above all, joy. These qualities Gracie possessed in abundance, and shared with everyone, human or canine, who had the good fortune to cross her path.

Editorial Reviews


“Equal parts love story, salvation tale, and rags-to-riches saga. You don’t have to be obsessed with dogs to love this story.”
     —Philadelphia Enquirer

(Chicago Tribune)

“Tears will stain the pages as you read about Gracie.”
     —USA Today

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“If you’re short on inspiration, read Amazing Gracie.”
      —Chicago Tribune

(Sound Commentary)

“Tickles the funny bone and touches the heart.”
     —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“An interesting, entertaining and often amusing tale that is not limited to dog lovers.”
      —Sound Commentary

Book Description

Now in paperback, AMAZING GRACIE is a moving, funny, and inspirational canine rags-to-riches story. Tears will stain the pages as you read about Gracie, says USA Today. The Chicago Tribune advises, If you're short on inspiration, read Amazing Gracie. You don't have to be obsessed with dogs to love this story (Philadelphia Enquirer), Two paws up (Portland Oregonian), humorous yet poignant (ASPCA Animal Watch). Booklist comments that Dog-loving teens, especially reluctant readers, will eat this up. AMAZING GRACIE was nominated as a Young Adult Choice for 2002 by The International Reading Association-proof that it's a great crossover book.

Gracie was a deaf and partially blind albino Great Dane with a delicate constitution and a penchant for small miracles. Dan is the man-sad over the loss of his last dog and trapped in a dead-end job-who adopted her. Three Dog Bakery is the burgeoning and much-publicized chain of canine bakeries that, inspired by Gracie, Dan and his friend Mark founded. A love story, AMAZING GRACIE describes how Dan saves Gracie, the loneliest pup in the litter, then how, over the next ten years, Gracie saves Dan and Mark, teaching them the real meaning of happiness. There's the moment of meeting, when Gracie gets to her feet like a clumsy foal and nuzzles Dan's nose. Gracie's romance with the pint-size Boston Terrier next door. And the eureka moment (born of Gracie's anorexia-inducing dislike for commercial dog food): Dan teaches himself to cook and within three days begins baking the dog cookies that will transform their lives. AMAZING GRACIE is a dog-lover's treat.

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  • File Size: 2614 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (March 4, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Touching Story of an Unlikely Canine Savior November 3, 2003
"Amazing Gracie" is author Dan Dye's loving tribute to his canine companion of 10 years, Gracie, a big lovable deaf albino Great Dane, who was the inspiration for his and Mark Beckloff's successful "Three Dog Bakery" business. Gracie's life was fraught with near-fatal mishaps from the start -by the age of 8 weeks she had narrowly escaped death's jaws a few times- and she always had a delicate constitution. When her finicky eating habits threatened her health, Dan was left with no choice but to cook for her. And so the beginning of Three Dog Bakery was created by a guy who couldn't cook to save his life, but undertook the task with unwavering determination to save his dog's. Gracie and Mark's two dogs, Sarah and Dottie, became the Bakery's mascots and tireless taste-testers as the business grew from Dan and Mark's kitchen to 32 stores and a hopping mail order business. "Amazing Gracie" is the story of this family: Dan, Mark, Gracie, Sarah, and Dottie, their business, and of an unlikely canine hero who went from throwaway pup to national celebrity by means of love and loyalty. Dan Dye is an entertaining storyteller who often takes a humorous tone when speaking of his and the dogs' misadventures -probably advisable when your roommate and business "partner" is a humongous slobbering deaf dog. "Amazing Gracie" is a funny, moving true tale and a reminder of how animals can touch and even radically change the lives of the humans who care for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book for Dog Lovers Everywhere! October 24, 2000
By A Customer
I just finished this wonderful book and plan on buying more copies for Christmas as gifts. This is the story of Gracie, an albino, deaf great dane puppy who inspires Dan, her owner, to start the chain of bakeries: Three Dog Bakery. It was a funny book, although the last pages will definately get to you if you've ever been through an older dogs final days.
I truly laughed out loud through much of the book... Gracie's love life reminded me of my own! Her life, although she was deaf, was full of love and devotion, but she definately had a mischeivous streak which all dog owners will relate to. This was simply a wonderful read that provided much more story than I was even hoping for. Amazing Gracie proves that dogs can inspire and teach us as well as make excellent companions!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LOVE DOGS, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! November 28, 2000
This is a wonderful book about an amazing dog named Gracie. In my opinion it is a must read for anyone. It is a book that will make you laugh and cry. Gracie's story will show you how animals can touch our lives and how blessed we are to have them in our midst. You will not be able to put this book down! Another thing, the royalties from this book go to The Gracie Foundation which is a non-profit emergency relief fund for neglected and abused animals. By reading this book, you will not only see how Gracie changed a man's life but you will help to carry on her memory by helping animals in need. Please take my advice and buy a copy right away- I don't think you will be sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHO'S THE TEACHER? January 3, 2001
Gracie is wasting away. The vet says there is nothing wrong with this partially blind albino Great Dane who is also deaf. In finding a way to help Gracie survive, her owner discovers that he is also learning how to "save" himself. This is another tale of the bond of love between animals and humans. Our pets "speak" to us, and when we listen, and take action, remarkable things can happen in our lives. Gracie won't eat, so her owner not only changes the type of food he offers this dog, but prepares the food himself after researching whole grains, select fruits, vegetables, and reading health books in libraries, and multiple visits to health food stores. Read this delightful story, and if you like it, then go on to "Angel Animals, Exploring Our Spiritual Connection with Animals' by Allen and Linda Anderson. More beautiful stories. So who is the teacher? Amazing Gracie, and all those other animals. Look around you, and listen.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of how one dog can change the world December 19, 2000
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'Amazing Gracie' is the heartwarming story of how one neglected, deaf Great Dane named Gracie changed the lives of everyone who loved her. It is a book for everyone who loves dogs, as well as for anyone who has known 'a nutty dog person.' It is also the story of how Gracie inspired those who loved her to change and grow, and eventually to start Three Dog Bakery. I have recently adopted a deaf sheltie, and personally found many of the deaf dog anecdotes in the book funny and true to form. However, what I REALLY love about the book is that we learn that Gracie wasn't just a special deaf dog, but a wonderful dog, PERIOD. The book tells us very subtly that deaf dogs are just dogs that can't hear... otherwise they lead perfectly normal doggie lives. Hopefully, more people will see how wonderfully sweet our deaf dogs are, and won't think to put them to sleep just because they can't hear. They are great dogs, it's a shame more people don't/can't experience that love. Dan Dye's love for his pups, and his sharing that love with all of us, have made us all better humans, and dogs. Gracie's legacy lives on in all of us.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Gracie Will Touch Your Heart November 3, 2000
My husband brought home a copy of Amazing Gracie and looking at the cover said, "Just look at those eyes"! We were immediately smitten with Gracie, a deaf, albino, great dane puppy that was truly a miracle!
Amazing Gracie is a heart-warming, inspiring, unique and comical story that you don't want to end! Author Dan Dye eloquently shares the colorful stories of Gracie's life which touched the hearts of many and became a tremendous inspiration. Every page of this book is warm and fuzzy!
Amazing Gracie earns five stars ***** and is worth the highest recommendation! What a perfect book to give as a gift for the holidays! You will absolutely fall in love with Amazing Gracie!
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