Oprah Winfrey Talks About Losing a Dog

How her dog’s sudden death forced Oprah Winfrey to reevaluate her life.

Posted: August 15, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Oprah Winfrey is opening up about how the death of her beloved Golden Retriever, Gracie, helped her to slow down and appreciate life.

Winfrey writes in this month’s O, The Oprah Magazine about the devastating loss of her 2-year-old dog, who died May 26, 2007, after choking on a small ball.

Winfrey says that Gracie was a lot like her – always living life at full-throttle. “I was always saying, ‘Gracie, slow down.’ She gulped her food. Gulped treats. Would let you hug her for a second, then race off to — where? She was the only dog I was always looking for, going out on the porch calling, ‘Graaaacie! Gracie, come!’”

The day after Gracie died, an anguished Winfrey went to the spot where Gracie had taken her last breath. “[I] called again, ‘Graaaacie! Graaaacie!’”

“But even in my stunned state, I knew this was not what it appeared to be: a freak accident with a clear plastic ball that lit up inside. I don’t believe in accidents. I know for sure that everything in life happens to help us live.”

Winfrey, who had been working so hard in the last few months that several friends had warned her to take a break, believes the dog’s death was a message to her to slow down and appreciate life. A message that Winfrey says she will heed.

“I now know for sure angels come in all forms,” Winfrey says.

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Kimberly C.   Clifton Springs, NY

6/20/2010 5:25:48 PM

Just had to put my dad's dog Jake down he had bad hips. Jake was 12 years old he got put down this past Thursday June 17th, 2010! He was like my dog I took good care of him and loved him a lot. He was a great hunting dog ( Chessie)!!!! I miss my Jake!!!

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Rachel   Rochester, NY

9/22/2007 9:00:02 PM

A few hours after I posted my last comments, Our dog chainey was put to sleep. He had gotten alot worse and was in much pain. I shared a few moments with him before he went to the vet's office. I love him and miss him very much. Losing him is the same as losing a person. He meant alot to me.

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Rachel   Rochester, NY

9/18/2007 3:46:23 PM

I have had three dogs of mine die in my lifetime. I fear that I will soon lose a 4th dog. My german shepard/beagle has a nerve disorder which has worsened. He has been so determined to go on despite his disability but the disease is progressing. It will be sad to lose him. He's special because he's helped our family get through some difficult times just by being here and making us laugh with his crazy antics. We will miss our Chainey so much. Yes Oprah is right dogs do change our lives for the short time they are with us.

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linda   bellflower, CA

9/14/2007 4:14:08 PM

MY DEAREST
OPRAH
FOR GOD HAS SAID ON TO ME GRACEYS IS ONE OF GODS BEST ANGELS YES SHE WAS A TURE
ANGEL
SENT TO YOU FROM GODS HANDS

BLESS YOU MY DEAR
OPARH
GOD WISHES FOR YOU TO CALL LINDA NOW KNOW MATTER WHAT TIME DAY OR NIGHT FOR BOTH OF YOU ARE ANGELS
TOO
GOD SAID THERE IS
WORK
TO BE DONE CALL
LINDA
(714)(381-5072)

HEAVENLY GRACE
FOREVER
I LOVE YOU MOM

GRACEY KNOWS YOU LOVE HER

MOM CALL LINDA HER JINDO DOG IS ONE GODS ANGEL
TO
MOM WE ALL SENT LINDA TO YOU

I LOVE YOU MOM

YOUR DOG GRACEY

OXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX I LOVE YOU
MOM
GOD BLESSES YOU

DONT BE MAD AT GOD

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