Review of Amazing Gracie by Dan Dye & Mark Beckloff
Dan Dye was at rock bottom. He hated his job, he didn't know what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, and worst of all his dog had recently died. Friends did their best to cheer him up, but it wasn't until a Great Dane called Gracie came into his life, that things started to look up for him. Gracie was a puppy that no one else wanted, because she was deaf. She was also albino. She also had big blue eyes, and the minute Dan saw her, he fell in love with her.
But that's not the end - happy or otherwise, that's where it all starts. Living with a huge dog has it's own challenges, and so does training a deaf dog. Add to that the fact that Gracie becomes increasingly skinny, and overly picky about her food, and you can appreciate Dan's problems. Poor Gracie also has to contend with the fact that her doggy "sisters" Sarah and Dottie don't accept her warmly. The descriptions of the interactions of the three dogs are funny and touching by turns.
The story unfurls of two men who fall into a business they love and that they are absolutely suited to, thanks to their dog. The Three Dog Bakery changes all their lives, but along the way it becomes their lives, as they work around the clock to fill orders. They deserve their success when it comes.
Gracie really was an amazing dog - her ability to connect with people, her discernment, and her effect on Dan Dye's life are well worth reading about. If you love dogs you'll enjoy this book, if you're struggling with setting up your own business, this book will speak to you. More than anything else, if you need your faith in life in general restored, read this book, because sometimes the right people are in the right place at the right time and wonderful things happen.
Review by Julie Hill