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Happy Tail: After her Pit Bull is killed, fate sends a new best friend


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Gracie and Ann Marie’s 2-year-old granddaughter are “instant best friends.” Read Ann Marie’s story.

Shortly after Ann Marie Gonzales of Espanola, N.M., moved to the country, her two dogs got out of her walled yard while she was at work.

When she arrived home that day, she found her Pit Bull mix Nakita, “the most beautiful, loving, loyal animal you could ever meet,” dead, lying beside the wall.

“I think when the neighbors saw her, all they saw was a Pit Bull and they didn’t [want to] take a chance that she wasn’t there to eat the cows or sheep. They just shot at her and killed her.”

Eventually, Ann Marie began browsing on Petfinder, just looking, not sure she was ready to chance such a heartbreaking loss again.

Then one day she was having computer problems, and when she rebooted a picture of a dog came up. “I clicked on it, thinking it was odd that of all the past viewings for my computer to save, it would be one of a dog,” Ann Marie says.

That dog was Gracie. “I called the number listed on the site, and to my
surprise, the lady [who answered] worked at the same company I do” — and
she was the person who screened potential adopters for Friends of the Shelter in Los Alamos, N.M.

At their
first meeting, the attachment between Ann Marie and Gracie was instant.
The final “sign” came when Ann Marie got up to leave and go back to

“Gracie did the one thing that Nakita used to do to me,”
she says. “She sat on my feet so that I couldn’t move. She didn’t want
me to leave. That was it! I knew that there were powers bigger than
both of us that were bringing us together.” She picked Gracie up on the
way home from work that evening. Gracie’s former foster mom said it was a match
made in heaven.

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