Grady likes to claim every gift as her own too,
which may be why Tori doesn't bother to open the gifts. :-). Luckily,
Tori is not territorial about this and very much goes with the
flow, most times even bringing a toy to Grady to initiate a jovial
game of Tug Of War. Grady has learned to howl to Silent Night and
performed beautifully for guests and relatives on Christmas Day.
As for any lingering effects of Grady's past hardships from her
ordeal documented on Animal Precinct, there are none that I can
detect readily. She's very trusting of people and LOVES their attention.
She's got one of the fastest "wiggle butts" I've ever seen in a
sheepie. We often comment on how she'll someday end up drilling
a hole in the floor from the circles she does whenever she's greeting
people. One of her and Tori's projects is keeping my mom's spirits
up. My mom was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer during the
time I was fighting for custody of Lady last summer. Her prognosis
is not good although she is holding very strong and continues to
remain very independent even in these past three months of extensive
chemo sessions. Grady and Tori were the best additions to our lives
during some very trying times. They brought endless smiles at a
time that felt heavy with hoplessness. My mom absolutely loves
them both and we all get together very often to enjoy the times
that we all have together. The "granddogters" become very gentle
with my mom (less rowdy pup action), proving once again that the
sensitivities they feel go way beyond most human comprehension.
Happy New Year (2003) from Grady (aka NYC Lady) & Tori
From one of our uprights: I love to talk about my "kids" especially
Grady (l) Tori (r) Grady left her NY state of mind to join her new little sister Tori. Life is good again, but where'd all the taxis go?!?"
Lori & Sharon - uprights