Midleton’s Much Loved Resident Dog, Grace Passes Away

By Seamus Whelehan

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The loss of a pet can be devastating, the grief felt by pet owners at the loss of a much loved companion is a reflection of that strong bond between human and animal.
This week many who walk the main the Main Street of Midleton, had a tear in their eye as the streets iconic pet passed away.
Grace a 14 and a half year old Labrador was the shopping precincts only resident dog.
Her gentle manner and approachable demeanour made her a friend of passers-by and customers of Mary O’Farrell’s Wellness Centre.
Grace would regularly lay in or near the doorway of the Midleton Holistic Health Centre, where the community would say hello, give her treats or just give her a rub.
In an emotional farewell posted to the centre’s window, it stated “the lovely Grace has gone to Doggy Heaven. On Wednesday 21 March at 9:30am she wagged her tail to say goodbye.” “She just loved to sit outside on the street and watch the world go by.”
Grace became a celebrity fundraiser for the Irish Guide dogs in East Cork, she was adopted by Mary O’Farrell in 2003.
A heartbroken Ms O’Farrell said she was taking a break of 12 months before she would consider taking on another pet from the blind charity.
She said she may initially take the animal at weekends or for the odd week to cover families going on holiday.

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