Introducing Graciela “Gracie” Dawn Neal

Brandee wrote this wonderful introduction of our new baby at the Neal home, Gracie Neal.

Hi, folks!

My name is Gracie and I am 6 months old. I am part Dachshund and part Chihuahua. Mom says I am all doxy except for my amazing ears and long legs. A nice lady found me wondering in East San Jose, and called the ASPCA. They picked me up, took me in for a health check and tried to find my people. When no one claimed me, I was taken to the Silicon Valley Humane Society where I was again examined, spayed, had all of my shots and the next day, this crazy lady sat on the floor in front of my cage and said, “You’re the one. I’ll be right back!”

The next thing I knew, I was in her lap giving her kisses and she had all this wet stuff running down her face. I did not care. I liked this lady. She took me up front, signed a bunch of papers and introduced me to this man- she says he’s my Daddy and they are now my parents! Can ya believe it? Just like that! I gots me a new Mom and Dad!

Anyway, I have a big brother now. His name is Jack. I also have a tiny little sister named Bleu. She was in a cage just across the hall from me. Wait until you hear her story. Mom says Dad is sucker for a pretty girl. I don’t know what that means, but I sure love my little sister! I adore my big brother, Jack. He shares his food, bed and toys with me. He is not happy about sharing Mom, but he is coming around. I’ve been here 3 days now, and he is playing with me! PROGRESS!

Cat Cake and Dog Cake for Brandee’s birthday

Brandee and I spent the last two wonderful days creating two cakes.  The inspirational theme was our animals, Bella the Cat and Jackson the Dog.  Bella’s cat cake is entitled: “Happy Furr-Day” and Jack’s dog cake is entitled” “Happy Bark-Day”.

Below is a slideshow and a video of the wackiness!  Hover your mouse over the image below to navigate the photos.


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Our Furry Children

When we first adopted Jackson as a puppy from the local ASPCA, I was very concerned that he might pose a physical threat to Bella due to the inherent nature of his breed, not to mention his size. Obviously, I never had a thing to worry about.

Seven pounds of fur vs. Ninety pounds of chicken.
Seven pounds of fur vs. Ninety pounds of chicken.