Finding Grace: A Boy’s Christmas Wish To Find His Dog

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DECATUR (CSBDFW.COM) – Ask most kids what they want for Christmas and you will probably receive a long list of the latest toys. But for one 7-year-old boy living near Decatur, all he wants for Christmas is to see his best friend come home.

Here’s where you’d insert the cliché – This story is about “man’s best friend” or “a boy and his dog”. But if you talk to the Bond family, sit with them for just five minutes, you may realize that this story is about more than just a dog. It’s about finding Grace, in every sense of the word.

At the young age of 7-years-old, Braxton Bond is having to deal with his first real heartbreak.

“We home school. So, she does school with him. She sleeps with him. And she plays with him. And then at night time she is his pillow,” Carrie Bond, Braxton’s mother, told us.

(credit: CBS 11 News)

Grace was last spotted near Decatur. The family started a Facebook group page for her that touts over 1,000 friends already. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Grace is Braxton’s chocolate Labrador. She was his partner, his confidant, and at times a younger sibling. Gone for more than three months, the Bond family still searches for like she was lost yesterday.

“We put some signs up for her and looked for her and knocked on doors,” Braxton said.

Grace was last spotted near Decatur. The family started a Facebook group page for her that touts over 1,000 friends already. A lot of those people are complete strangers willing to search for Grace in their part of Texas, even though they’ve never met the Bond family. Braxton and his mom also make frequent trips to local animal shelters, sometimes two to three times a week.

“We have taken pictures and posted things,” Carrie explained. “Some of his old clothes have been left to leave scents of his in different places where there have been possible sightings.”

The Bond family knows their chances of finding her might be slim. But it’s Christmas, so they continue to search and hope.

“We have had people selflessly give of their time and their resources to help us. They leave dog food, set up feeding stations,” Carrie noted. “We’re grateful for that grace. And we’re hoping he’d reunite us with our Grace.”

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