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I was asked to join my friends Scott, Bruce, and Kirk for a round of golf this morning, but I really wasn't ready to leave Gracie by herself. Her recent saga didn't really help her "separation anxiety" which she has had since she was a pup.
Well, who would have known that Black Mesa Golf Course was dog friendly, at least this morning. Not many people were there, we were first to tee off, and they allowed Gracie to come right along with us.
She would sometimes run next to the golf cart and sometimes ride. And, she quickly learned golf etiquette. She never bothered another golfer, stayed in back of people when they were going to hit the ball, she didn't run in front of people on the greens, never made a sound (outside of her panting), never ran after or towards, other golf parties, and was a really well behaved young girl.
She even stayed with me when we met a brace of quail, and when we flushed out a jack rabbit, although she didn't want to.
Here are a few pictures of Gracie at Black Mesa.

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Comment by William E. Hill III on August 25, 2009 at 8:38pm
I wrote them a thank you note from Facebook, yes they're on Facebook! And they said they were glad we had a good time and to come on out again. I will be doing that.
Comment by Nina Chiotasso on August 25, 2009 at 8:09pm
Black Mesa is wonderful. As Claudia mentioned, they hosted a benefit tournament for Espanola Valley Humane this spring and we will definitely be having another one there next year thanks to their wonderful staff and beautiful, dog-friendly course!
Comment by CindyR on August 24, 2009 at 8:59am
When I get back home from the store, maybe an hour and a half, she acts like I've been gone for months,'>>
Yup, this is how my little Tigger is. OUT OF HIS MIND happy. The others are just VERY VERY happy. Tigger pretty much does back-flips (doesn't matter if I've been gone 10 minutes or 10 hours)! It's endearing, but exhausting at the same time. :-)
Comment by Ben Swan on August 23, 2009 at 11:46pm
What a pro! Great photos, thanks and wonderful to hear there's a golf course that's not so antidog. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Comment by Sloan Cunningham on August 23, 2009 at 6:47pm
this is so sweet, i've never had the golfing desire - good grief if people see this they could have a booming business!
Comment by William E. Hill III on August 23, 2009 at 6:42pm
Their life span is way too short!
Gracie was abandoned in the Jemez Mountains with her mother and sister. She was in a few different foster homes before her home here, she came here at 9 months. She seems to never know, when you're leaving, if it's forever or not. When I get back home from the store, maybe an hour and a half, she acts like I've been gone for months, or weeks as my job requires. I always tell her that I'll be back, but I guess she doesn't quite get it.
Nice to be missed, but I wonder what's been going on in her mind while I'm gone!
Comment by caril on August 23, 2009 at 6:38pm
thx... it looked rather warmish out there, based on her tongue!... I followed the story of her going missing ... and actually wanted to get away to look for her as well.. but couldn' leave my consulting work.. tight deadlines lately.

SO glad she was found and is by your side....! I used to have a black lab female (Lady... ).. who had anything but separation anxiety. She loved to join others on walks, run around town, go exploring on her own... knowing that I would show up to take her home... I would get so worried til I got a phone call... which somehow always came. Let's hope Gracie doesn't decide to go that route... which it doesn't sound like she will, thankfully.
Comment by Claudia Inoue on August 23, 2009 at 6:34pm
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!! Too FREAKING cute, Bill!!!!

Bill, I am a golf widow each and every weekend....I hope Stephen doesn't see this, he'll take my Nita Girl with him :)

Actually, I knew Black Mesa was dog friendly, Stephen played out there a while back in a benefit for the Espanola Animal Shelter.

The pictures are beautiful! Thanks for posting them! I love Gracie to pieces!
Comment by William E. Hill III on August 23, 2009 at 6:26pm
Caril, I did take her water bowl and the course has water coolers every few holes. Also, the groundskeeper has dogs and a few of the tee boxes had small water troughs for dogs. She did jump into one of the water hazards towards the end of the round. She slept in the car on the way home, and has been doing the same since we got home.

Comment by Julie L on August 23, 2009 at 6:15pm
I have 2 dogs and one foster dog from Las Vegas Animal Shelter now. I had a dog that looked and behaved a lot like Gracie. Her name was Maggie and she died in 2006 at age 12, but she had major separation anxiety too. One time I went to Target and left her in the car. Somehow she got out of the car and found me in the back of the store! My photo up to the left of this post is of Maggie up on the deck wanting to come inside while I was washing the floors. It was tough dealing with it at the time, but I miss it now.

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