Friday, May 8, 2009
Molly, CGC, TDI 1996-2009
Our Molly left us today after a battle with Lymphoma. She was thirteen years young. We rescued Molly from the local SPCA shelter, she was turned in because she would get car sickness, she was only about six months old. I imagine, they hadn’t worked with her to help her get over her fear of riding in cars. She did eventually learn to enjoy car rides and has traveled with us to visit family in Tennessee an eight hour ride with no problems.
She was a playmate and later nurse for our German Shepherd Dog, Shelby, who had epilepsy. Molly would alert us to Shelby if she was having a seizure then stay with her laying nose to nose until Shelby had returned to normal.
Molly has guarded our house and been a wonderful walking partner, she never enjoyed playing ball or anything with rolling or flying objects, I attribute that to one of the mysteries of her past life, but she loved to play tag. She would run and run chasing one of the other dogs. She was intrigued by sheep.
She had mothered Rosie our bulldog, trying to clean her wrinkles and ears.
She has been a constant clown for us, making us laugh. She was such a free spirit, she was nine when she obtained her Canine Good Citizen and her Thearapy Dog certification.
Among her training accomplishments, she won a contest for a 10 minute down stay!
She brought joy to many at the nursing home she visited, her soft fluffy Golden Retriever/Chow coat, was stroked and petted by many, some who didn’t desire interaction with anyone, but would sit and pet Molly. She was happy to have her head stroke and ears rubbed and would nearly fall asleep in the sheer enjoyment of it all.
One of the things I will miss the most is her excited bark when we arrive home it starts as soon as our feet hit the steps and doesn’t stop until the door opens. Then she runs to get one of her chew toys and bring it to us as a welcome home gift, before running out to the backyard for play time.
Molly you will be missed.