Archive for March, 2013

There are many famous battles throughout world history: the great clash at Culloden, the fearsome Charge of the Light Brigade. And now, right up there with them….Grady, and stuffed chicks at high noon.

The Pet Valu store in Sussex, N.B. was sponsoring an Easter event- photos $5 and free nail trimming for a donation, with all funds going to the PAWS rescue group. Well, who could resist that? It’s just giving back for his own rescue, so back to the car I went to get Grady.

I perhaps should have had a suspicion of what was coming when the nail trimming turned out to be more like an exercise in foot-ility, with the girl diving under him while Grady did his best to climb the mountain that was her assistant. I confess, I admired her agility. So did Grady. Over and over and over. I was afraid they’d end up permanently knotted together from all the twisting and manoeuvring.

Then we were over to the charming little set of their photo shoot. There was a sunny yellow backdrop, a delightful “Easter” banner, baskets of stuffed toys and mounds of plastic eggs. In other words, Grady Heaven.

The first thing to go was the lovely mat which shot out from under him while he tried to reach the upper shelf on the far side of the store. Then the artfully gathered eggs fell next. Or rather, scattered as he bounced up and down, then off the photographer’s assistant.

By now he was fully ramped up to engage the enemy – the stuffed animals. It can only be described as an epic battle, with fur flying right and left, bunnies bombing a customer the next aisle over, and one yellow chick giving a strangled squeak for mercy, as the assistant tried to convince Grady that he would rather sit pretty for a picture than mangle the pretty bird. He disagreed.

When it was over and the lovely set strewn across the floor, Grady strode away victorious, and tried to do some quick shopping in the marrow bone display on the way out.

We are going to nominate the entire staff for Purple Paws in gratitude for their bravery. Then, if we are very, very, very good, we may be allowed back in the store.

Easter photo

Grady, just before the bloodbath.


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o grady

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