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Funny, Touching Story of an Unlikely Canine Savior
on 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.