We lost our perfectly goofy, lovable, sweet Gizmo Grant on the morning of July 21, 2023. The last 24 hours with him were quick and unexpected with a condition that had stayed hidden until Thursday morning when he was found by his loving friends at Pooch Pad in Fuquay-Varina and treated swiftly by Dr. Merrick at Triangle Referral Vet Hospital.
This loss has left us completely shattered, there is no other way around it. Gizmo was hands down the sweetest of all the Grant boys. He never met a toy he did not like; his favorite was to pull them all out and play with each other before going to bed. He also thoroughly enjoyed being asked to clean his toys up, where he would pile them up in a corner while we were gone. Gizmo was the proud little brother of his most favorite, Winston, and could be found snuggled up to him, not giving him space, and moving him aside so that he could also get pets if it meant he got to keep touching his brother.
Gizmo loved a car ride and his very favorite thing to do was hang his head out the window and smell. He also thoroughly enjoyed a good dance party, especially if it included Lizzo. He and his brother constantly cheered their mom on while she rode the Peloton and even helped improve her yoga stretches by laying on the yoga mat with her. Gizmo never turned down an opportunity to run laps around the backyard or to be told “Go Home” after a walk, where he would sprint the rest of the way before waiting patiently for his family on the front porch to join him.
While Gizmo was not keen on getting to know people very much, he loved to sit on the front porch and watch the movements in the neighborhood. He would sit for hours and watch what was going on without once getting disturbed. He was fiercely protective of the front door and loved to help retrieve packages and his parents’ weekly pizza delivery with his dad.
This last year with Gizmo in particular may have been one of our favorites. He filled out the most handsome version of himself, had become braver with where he was comfortable going and whom he would allow to pet him, and became very dapper in his pants after a bought with an allergy. He had come a long way from the tiny little boy that we picked up from the Wake County SPCA who was an absolute mess in the best possible way.
Gizmo will remain in us while we continue to celebrate small things, find joy in everyday activities and adventures, and love each other without judgment. He showed us what it was like to thrive when being able to be perfectly yourself and we will never be the same without him. Sending so much love to him on the rainbow bridge and beyond and thank you to all of our family and friends who have checked on us.
Here are some of my favorite pictures of Gizmo throughout our time with him.