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Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  6,398 ratings  ·  522 reviews
It was love at first sight. Amid the frenzied barking and prancing of a house full of Great Danes, one pup was shivering in the corner. Gracie. But when Dan Dye reached her, she struggled to her feet like a clumsy foal, raised her forehead to his, and announced, as clearly as if she had actually spoken the words, You know I'm the one. Now get me outta here!

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Workman Publishing Company (first published September 11th 2000)
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Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, dogs
Dan Dye was mourning over the loss of his childhood companion Blue and didn’t think he was ready for another dog. When the book begins it has only been eight weeks since Blue’s passing and he is still very heart-broken. But often, as I’ve discovered, dogs have a way of finding you exactly when you need them most and he adopts Gracie a deaf, blind in one eye, albino Great Dane scheduled for euthanasia (the next day!). Dan thought he was rescuing Gracie but Gracie is the one who saves Dan and help ...more
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog & Animal Lovers
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Amazing Gracie is an incredibly heartwarming story that made me laugh at Gracie's puppy antics, cheer at her and her humans' success in business, and cry buckets as Gracie's life on this mortal plane drew to a close. I can see why Gracie was such an inspiration to the authors of this story. She overcame the disabilities with which she was born and which nearly had her euthanized as a pup, to live a long and happy life. I truly commend Dan Dye for being up to the challenge
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a MUST read for dog lovers! True story of the companionship and love that a dog and her owners share. Opens the door to what a dog and owner can and do share between, companionship, and so much more. This is one of those books that you just cannot put down! Does need a kleenex alert!
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This tale had no trouble capturing my attention and heart. I am always up for a good animal story. Factor in that this a true story about the life and times of a rescued Great Dane and her person and I am all in.
Gracie was a deaf Dane, rescued by Dan Dye from a breeder who would have put her down for her disability. And as is the norm for rescues, she goes about turning his life upside down.Their life journey together is the premise of the story. Of course it must be said that Dan Dye is one o
Sirpa Grierson
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
While this book is not particularly literary, I have loved enough animals to feel convinced of its truths as a reader. Not only do these guys do speak with an authentic voice; Gracie is special. It's a cute story, and one that tugs at your heart strings. My daughter just unexpectedly lost her gentle, gorgeous standard poodle, whose personally reminded me so much of Gracie. Some dogs are pets, others seem to have a nobility and otherworldly character that seems to categorize them as a "old-soul. ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Amazing Gracie! I just finished crying like a freaking baby. I mean, I know large dogs don't live to be very old, so the chances that Gracie was still alive were about zero, I still just wasn't prepared for that ending. But the beautiful part is that Gracie lived an incredible life with owners that loved her and sisters that grew to be her best friends. I wish every dog owner was as good to their pets as Dan and Mark were.

Amazing Gracie was sometimes hilarious, and at other t
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you cry a lot in books, then near the end of this fabtabulous one, grab the tissue box, for even i (who never crys during books) was touched by this book and sobbing by the end of it, (thank god no one could see me!)
Jessica Snyder
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
A few days ago, this was the "Kindle Deal of the Day," so I downloaded the sample to see if it was worth buying. I was immediately hooked, bought the book, and couldn't put it down. Every other book and project was put down until I finished this gem. In places I variously grinned, chuckled, belly-laughed, teared up, and had a good hearty tissue fest. Only mind-searing migraines could tear me away from this book, and I'm not normally a dog-memoir person.

The gist of the story is this: Dan, trudgi
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two men are living together, one has two dogs, the other just had one die. He adopts a Great Dane puppy, Gracie. Gracie is an albino, she is deaf, and blind in one eye. She is also a picky eater. In an attempt to get her to eat, they start experimenting with fresh, organic food. They hit on a combination she likes, and presto, all their friends and neighbors also want to buy the biscuits for their dogs. Eventually they are a success and have a bakery called Three Dog Bakery and they are rich eno ...more
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dogs
The story of a man not yet over the death of his beloved dog and the blind, albino Great Dane that saves him. The story tells how Gracie changes his life and leads him to pursue a dream. Dan, the author, and Mark founded Three Dog Bakery after Dan had to learn to cook to find something Gracie would eat. This is a heartwarming book, and I heartily recommend it to ANY dog lover. Dogs are good people.

I went to the Three Dog Bakery website and bought some - my dog prefers their treats to all others.
Tara Chevrestt
Dec 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, dogs
I enjoyed this short but funny read so much, I went to their website and bought my dogs three bags of treats! LOL. If it's a marketing ploy, it works.. :)

It is funny and touching both. It's about a deaf albino great dane who inspires two guys to start making dog cookies and before you know it, they have stores all over the country and are appearing on Oprah.

Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I gave it 5 stars because I love dogs. :) I also thought it was a great true story on a dog's unconditional love... I could relate to Dan, the author, and his dog Gracie. Of course, if you've read other reviews it will make you laugh and cry as you relate his experiences to your own. Great easy, short read!
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dog lovers
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow! What a great book! In a very funny way of writing, Dan Dye explains how his dog bakery began because of Gracie, his deaf Great Dane, who was a picky eater and ate only all natural fresh foods. The book chronicles all of Gracie's life and Three Dog Bakery. Get your tissues ready!
Patricia W Geffken
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Requires an entire box of tissues by book's end!
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful true story of two men and their canines, particularly Gracie. Their dogs inspired them to start a natural food business for dogs, then a bakery, then more bakeries, and then a TV show. I have experienced animals who changed my life, and that certainly happened to these two men. Loved it.
Lovely dog book. As a Great Dane owner this really touched my heart. By the end I was sobbing, being the owner of a senior dane dog I know they don't live long and we soon will be saying good bye to our sweet Apollo. This story was well written and true to the behavior of a Great Dane :)
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every dog is the best dog. Gracie was. And Brennan was. And Scout is.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book - and not just because I’ve raised a Great Dane from a puppy. It was funny, real and thoughtful.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Animal Lovers, Humans, Dog Lovers
An impossibly cute tale about a tail that jump started the famed Three Dog Bakery. Author and owner of Three Dog Bakery Dan Dye recounts the story of Great Dane Gracie and how she found him and he found his calling.

Small (at first) and ungraceful (always), Gracie enters Dan's life during a period of discord. Out of college, working a job he hates, Dan doesn't know what to do or where to go in life. Cue Gracie, a ridiculously cute, all white, blue-eyed, deaf, runt of the litter Great Dane. Gracie
Eva Leger
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Eva by: Jeannie
When I saw that a good friend had written that this was a favorite of hers I knew I had to read it. One of the biggest things we have in common is a huge love for animals so I knew this had to mean something.
At first, I wasn't so sure. I liked the authors voice, he has an enjoyable sense of humor.
It took just a little getting into for me - not having anything to do with the Gracie really but I wanted to get into the meat of it. Basically, the bakery and baking didn't mean anything to me until Gr
Vanessa Retzlaff
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great Danes are amazing family members that unfortunately leave this Earth way too soon. Amazing Gracie is a true story about an albino Great Dane who happened to be deaf and was saved from euthanasia by the author. It tells the story of how the author coped with the loss of a lifelong friend with the help of a this dog, who was named Gracie. It goes through the owner's life with Gracie, and tells the story of how she helped him in multiple aspects of his life. Having a deaf albino Great Dane my ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Named my last rescue after her!
Ss Ho
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children 10-15
Shelves: favorites
Amazing Gracie is a capturing book, where an deaf dog inspired a man to create a bakery for dogs. I love it!!!! You should definutly read it, because it is touching. I would only recommmend it for children 10-15 years of age. Plus, I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I love it!!!! I ...more
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale was a book about a dog and a book about starting a business. It's about a man who rescued a dog from euthanasia and found his life's work because of the dog. If you read it just because you love animals you will find a heart warming tale that will make you laugh out loud and cry too so keep the tissues handy. If you read it to learn more about starting a business you will also be satisfied. ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Dan Dye had a horrible life he hated his job he didn't know what to do and his dog just died not to long ago. Friends did their best to cheer him up but it didn't work.Then a Great Dane called Gracie came into his life, then things started to go his way for once.Gracie was a puppy that no one else liked, because she was deaf, she is albino, and she also had big blue eyes,when Dan first saw her, he fell in love with her he finally felt happy.I recommend this book to true dog lovers,this book is a ...more
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I bought this book for my sister as a present, but then wanted to be sure it was something she would enjoy. After reading it, I'm glad I did. It was everything that a book about a dog changing someone's life should be--memorable, poignant, humorous, and full of love, both Gracie's love for her humans, and her humans' love for her. Easy enough to read in a morning (which I did), yet important enough to remember and perhaps come back to. And a tear-jerker at the end, given the fact that I've got a ...more
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uplifting, cute
This was such a great book! It was a very cute and light-hearted read. This is quite possibly the only book that had me laughing but had me in tears at the same time! How can you not fall in love with Gracie and everyone in this book!? I felt all of the same emotions described in this book and found it to be very inspiring to have hope that your calling in life can be found anywhere, especially through random acts of kindness or acts of love! I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. It's about the Gracie the dog that Three Dog Bakery started because of her not eating. The two men who started it did a wonderful job and their story is heart warming. You absolutely love this Albino Great Dane within 2 seconds of meeting her.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves dogs!

It is just a good story. I laughed out loud on the plane and in the airport and just ignored the people looking at me. I also cried - but it was a good kind of cry.

Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Amazing Gracie is a heart warming story about a deaf almost blind albno great dane named Gracie. The book starts when Gracie is a puppy and goes all the way till the end. It will make you fall in love with this sweet loving dog and make you wish you had a dog just like her. Warning you will need tissue at the end of the book. If you are a dog lover I recommend that you read this book it's truely a heart warming story.
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