Obituary: Gracey the Tiniest Tiger

May 20, 2013 |

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BlogPaws was bittersweet this year. My dear friend, Joanne McGonagle, could not attend because her boss and muse, Gracey the Tiniest Tiger, had a health crisis which ended in her journey to The Bridge.

Gracey gained national attention when she won Bissell’s MVP Contest in 2010 and donated $10,000 to PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary — a donation which kept them in business. She worked tirelessly to purrmote big cat rescue through her Conservation Cub Club, a community of 50,000 fans of wild cat conservation.

I won’t attempt to eulogize Gracey here, since her mom did so far more eloquently on Gracey’s web site. Please drop by the Conservation Cub Club to add your remembrances of Gracey and send purrs to Joanne, Paul, and Bossy Blue Jay.

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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for SkeezixTheCat.com. She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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  1. We know how hard it is to lose a beloved furry, so we were by the other day after reading about Gracey. We are very sad for her family.

  2. We agree with Jan. Losing a beloved kitty is very sad.
    We have left our purrs to Gracey’s family.
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

  3. Sue Brandes says:

    Oh no! I am just hearing of this. My thoughts are prayers are with Joanne. Loved Gracey.

  4. Shadow Dance Ranch Kittehs says:

    We are all heartbroken. We love our sweet Gracey, as if she was one of our own family. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Joanne and Paul. xoxoxo

  5. This is so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with Joanne and Paul. I know how hard it is to lose one of our beloved felines. I recently had to put down one of my community cats due to a mouth infection. I was heartbroken. My dear Lion King is in a better place now. No more suffering.

  6. There were lots of tears at the award ceremony at Blog Paws when their blog nomination was listed…..she will be so missed.