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World’s First Rescued Italian Greyhound Service Dog Earns Awards

One of a kind human and animal team recognized for touching the world with love, inspiration, and for acting as beacons of service over self.

Eagle, CO, May 21, 2008 --( A Service Dog’s loyalty, elegance, and devotion earn her “Best in Show” and “Most Elegant Award” at the annual “Cinco de Mayo” celebration.

Gracie, an Italian Greyhound rescued from a life of disability and loneliness was adopted and nurtured back to life five years ago by Diane Dike, Ph.D. Gracie and Diane have a remarkable bond that is impacting the world. Both have overcome life's challenges to bring hope to many. At the recent Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 3, 2008, in Edwards, Colorado, Gracie wowed the crowd with her obedience, elegance, and showmanship. According to Jeremy Behling, “She stole the show.” The Edwards Rotary Club sponsored the event, and according to Behling, Vice President of Alpine Bank and devoted Rotarian, “We were fortunate to have Diane, Gracie, and Paul Dike of Second Chance with Saving Grace present.”

Their inspirational story continues to amaze children, adults, and animal lovers of all ages. Book one of The Adventures of Gracie and Diane series, Gracie Comes Home, introduces Gracie, the adorable Italian Greyhound, where she came from, and how she ended up homeless needing surgery in a Colorado animal hospital. It also introduces her loving owner, Diane, who suffers from cryoglobulinemia, a rare, incurable and life threatening blood disease that affects every aspect of her life. A deep and affectionate bond of friendship is formed in this triumphant story where a broken dog and struggling woman rescue each other.

Diane personally autographed her latest book (now available in Spanish) while encouraging everyone to join the Gracie Challenge to be a light in the darkness symbolized by the new glow-in-the dark Gracie wristbands now available. This dynamic duo also sold Gracie T-Shirts, Gracie Beanie Babies, eco-friendly bags and helped children create cards for the troops and sick children whom they send Love Kits to.

Gracie can change quickly from work to play. When she is off duty she is like any playful puppy. This reflects her extensive training and ability to obey Diane. When Gracie is on duty, she is all business, Behling observed. “Gracie takes good care of Diane and allows her to do things she wouldn’t be able to do without her. Diane and Gracie are prime examples of how diverse our county is and how even those who may be limited in their abilities can be successful and an inspiration to us all. Gracie and Diane really act as beacons for one of Rotary’s core beliefs, ‘service above self.’”

If you would like more information about the outreach work of Second Chance with Saving Grace, or to schedule an interview with Diane Dike, please visit or email Diane at


Second Chance with Saving Grace, Inc.
Helping hurting people and animals
Contact: Paul Dike
PO 673
Eagle, CO 81631
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Second Chance with Saving Grace, Inc.
Dr. Diane Dike
970 372-7105

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