Top 10 Animal Stories of 2007: Oprah’s Golden Retriever Gracie Passes

According to Oprah Winfrey, her Golden Retriever Gracie “did more living in two years than most dogs do in 12. She never stopped moving. Was energy in motion. Chasing squirrels, hop-leaping through the pond like a rabbit. Finding anything she could to play with, chew, run with. Dashing, frolicking. Speeding across the lawn as though she were in a rush for life.” Gracie made headlines in May when she chocked on a ball intended for Oprah’s Cocker Spaniel and suddenly died shortly after her second birthday. In a heartfelt and emotional eulogy published in the August issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, Winfrey writes “I don’t believe in accidents. I know for sure that everything in life happens to help us live.” Winfrey believed the message the death sent was to “slow down,” something that Maya Angelou and her company head had both warned her to do. Animal Fair expresses its deepest sympathy and would like to remember Gracie fondly. Her spot in Animal Headliners is a dedication to her life.

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