Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sad Day in This Amazing Place

Today is a life review day. We're sitting with our old Golden Retriever, Molly, watching her draw her last breaths. The end is coming, we know that, but we aren't going to stretch out her life to the last miserable second. That's why, in a little while, she is going on her last car ride. In the meantime, the family gathers around her. Shine, the little rescue Whippet mix, who loves Molly more than she loves anyone else in the family, cuddles close. When Molly tries to get up and stumble around the house, Shine is right at her side. Some of the cats are stopping by for a rub and a sniff. We rub her ears and pet her soft gray-golden fur.

We don't really know for sure how old Molly is. She came to us from a rescue group as a middle-aged dog who had outlived her previous owner. That was in 2006. We are so happy to have shared her life for the last seven years, even though it cost us many loaves of bread until she finally trained us to put it away where she couldn't get it! She is remarkable for her unfailing resilience and joyfulness. Even as she started to lose her memory and become increasingly confused, until the last few days she would still have moments where you could see her old self light up her eyes, and she would give the joyful leap in the air that meant she was happy to join you in whatever you were doing. She was Shine's anchor as the little puppy from the hoard tried to figure out how to live with people. Several of the cats think nothing of using her for a pillow. When Bob was taking his first shaky walks as he recovered from his car accident, Molly was by his side. She is the embodiment of everything that is wonderful about her breed, and we have been so lucky to have her.

We love you, Molly B. 


  1. Dixie, Understand. Eloquently written as usual. The animals are so much more perceptive and regal than we seem to be, and give them credit for?

    Glad she had her Whippetish-ness pal to lead her on-and now for you to continue to enjoy and raise in the same generous footsteps as the Infamous Ms. Molly B.

    Would love to meet up with you in any free time-- somewhere between us? Your Wed. change is welcome here! OR, YOU MIGHT BE FAR TO BUSY AS WE IN MICHIGAN ARE APPARENTLY KILLING OFF THE HUMMINGBIRDS HERE PER BBC LISTSERV.... AS THEY ARE PLENTIFUL IN INDIANA. REALLY? RIP Molly. Peace to her grieving fam.

  2. Thanks so much! The wheel of time turns. Now we are back at the beginning with a six week old Basset puppy. We haven't had a puppy this small in many years. But it's like riding a bicycle. Who needs sleep, anyway?