Meet Gracie, the new guest blogger at Viva Woman

Hey everyone! I’m so happy to introduce you to Gracie, the new regular guest blogger at Viva Woman and I suspect she’s gonna steal some hearts even before she starts her stint. She’s no wordsmith but she’s a pro at posing for photographs so I suspect her strength is really to be a photo blogger. But having said that, I’ll like to qualify that even though she’s of few words, she definitely has a voice even if it’s just to say “WOOF!”

Gracie, by the way, is a Shih Tzu and she’s about a year old. I got to know Gracie through Facebook. Well, a friend had posted that Gracie was looking to live in a new home and I decided that mine is the one for her! She’s definitely gonna get lots of love living with me and my family.

Anyway, keeping a dog is not new to me. I had a cross breed Shih Tzu for 10 years before my son was born. After she passed away, the longing for a dog lingered in our hearts but we were not ready to take care of one when my son was younger. In addition, I was worried that my son would bully the dog and that’s why we decided to wait till he’s older. And now that he is, we’re ready to take on the commitment and responsibility as a dog parent.

So since sometime last year, we started looking out for a new dog. We visited some pet stores but we realized that we weren’t quite keen on purchasing a new puppy. So Gracie is really, a blessing for us. Her name by the way means, blessing from God! And she has such a sweet temperament! Although she has just been with us since yesterday, she’s adapting fairly well already. I’m really glad for her for ours is the third home she’s staying. The owner had given her up and she was taken in to a fosterer’s home prior to coming over. I was told by the fosterer that she was badly neglected when they picked her up and so I can imagine she must feel somewhat insecure.

She has been following me round all day and has been behaving really nicely. My son has taken very well to playing with her too so I’m really thankful. I wasn’t that good at handling my old dog in the sense that I was just playing with her and taking care of her needs but not leading her. So with Gracie, I really want to get things right. I’ve been reading up information on the Net and trying to watch some Cesar Milan videos but funnily, I was told that not everything he teaches is applicable. Oh well. I also want to make sure she’s fed right so if you have any good doggy diet menu, please share.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me to welcome Gracie. (#k8SjZc9Dxk_#k8SjZc9Dxk)


  1. fwy says:

    She is so adorable!!!!! Welcome Gracie………….

  2. Sesame says:

    Gracie says woof, her way of thanking you. ?

  3. Hippo says:

    Gracie!!! Nice to meet you!

  4. Sesame says:

    Arf! ?

  5. Pollya says:

    Ha ha, Sesame, maybe you’ll start blogging about pet beautifying items from now on! She looks adorable indeed! Glad she found a new loving home ?

  6. Sesame says:

    That’s a thought. I might try getting some stuff from iHerb for her to use. ?

  7. Adora says:

    Gracie is really adorable! She has already melted my heart. Love the black patch on her eye. I’m glad she has found a new home where she will be well taken care of. Definitely looking forward to see more photo blogs of Gracie!

  8. Sesame says:

    Thanks Adora! Her one-eye patch is very cute right? ?

  9. Aya says:

    Btw, you should never feed your dog products containing xylitol because it’s toxic for them.

  10. Sesame says:

    Thanks for highlighting that! I’ll take note. ?

  11. Ley says:

    She look so sweet and cute! Gracie is so lucky. I adopted mine too. My boy has been with us for 3 years and our family have never been happier. If you are feeding her dry kibbles, try grain free. You will notice the difference in the long run. Wellness or Nature’s Variety are good brands.

  12. Faith says:

    If you don’t mind spending abit more, take a look at BARF Singapore. – It’s raw meat in its best form for pets. My cocker has been on it for 5 years and still gobbles it up today. He’s now 12 years and very much healthy except for his cataracts.

  13. Destiny7 says:

    I’ve had cats, horses, fish, and dogs…dogs are the best! I was very influenced by the book Food Pets Die For…its an eye opener. Commercial pet food is very recent, and there is a tie in between veterinarians and pet food manufacturers. The manufacturers contribute to vet schools. Pets like “real food” just like we do, and its safer.

  14. Sesame says:

    Yes! I agree about real food. We’ve been preparing brown rice with fish and veg for her whenever we can. She loves it!

  15. Sesame says:

    Oh, sounds good. I’ll take a look. Thank you!

  16. Sesame says:

    Oh yes, I heard of Wellness too. Thanks for telling me about grain free. I’ll take note. ?

  17. yc says:

    Prey model raw is the best food for dogs and cats ? BARF is just as bad as kibble.

  18. pat says:

    hi vivawoman

    love your blog ? my vet friend and i were just talking about his pup which thrives on a vegetarian diet ? i also know of another doggie which lived till a ripe old age on veggies

  19. Sesame says:

    Hi Pat! I’ve been wondering about dogs eating veggies cos some people are telling me their digestive system is not built for that. But my dog loves greens!

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