Normally, this is a blog about autism advocacy, not a eulogy section for pets, but this is not a usual week. I have had the honor and privilege of knowing and working with Fourwinds Amazin Gracie for over 15 years. She was the beloved Australian Shepherd of my best friend Myra Fourwinds. This morning, Myra and I made the heart wrenching decision to help Gracie cross the Rainbow Bridge. She was only sick for a very short time. A week ago she was begging me to take her for walks and waltzing around the room at Myra’s 69th birthday party. Truly, she was the belle of the ball. She loved Myra, agility, Agile Canines, my husband and me, and weed. She hated going for rides in the car and would shake and drool like crazy. I still cannot believe that she is gone. Her fur is still on my clothes. Her nose prints are still on my car windows. She fills my heart. She leaves behind a host of heart broken, adoring humans. I do not have the right words to pay homage to this dog. She was the littermate to my heart dog, Rosie. She was Myra’s everything. Please hug your pets a little tighter tonight. Take them for a walk. Buy them treats and silly toys. They are only with us for the briefest of times. All my love to Gracie and to Myra. I love you both fiercely. Harriet.