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This is Molly

Allow me to introduce you to our new family member, Good Golly Miss Molly, aka Molly Moo or just Molly.

I had been looking on Petfinder for a dog that might help fill the void caused by Buddy’s passing and saw that a local rescue had a sweet pittie mix listed, but when I contacted the rescue they told me she was no longer available. However, there was Molly. I heard her sad tale and said yes.

Molly is a 13-year-old Miniature Schnauzer. Her previous owner has dementia and is no longer able to care for her. The rescue provided a rabies booster and dental for her and for a donation Molly came home with me.

Molly doesn’t seem to like children, men, or other dogs and she’s afraid of Miss Biddy Cat (aka Princess). She weighs less than Yella Fella so I feed her inside her crate to keep him from trying to take her food. Molly is quite spry despite her age. Her life goal is to catch one of the squirrels hanging out in the yard.

Life with her is a new experience. Molly’s my first small dog, and she’s a stubborn one. She’s crate trained but not housebroken. Working remotely allows me to provide ample opportunities for her to potty outside. Each time she does so I offer lavish praise, but we went outside four times this morning before she ever offered to potty out there, yet after each trip she came back in and tried to head off to find an indoor potty spot so back in the crate she went. This on a Sunday morning when all I wanted to do was go back to bed and sleep in.

Molly has had some leash training, but when we walk she tries to wander around instead of keeping to the side of the road. I’ve always required my dogs to walk between me and the side of the road if there’s no sidewalk because I’m more visible to a driver, but Molly doesn’t like that plan. And while Miss Biddy Cat following us around was fun with Buddy, it’s a total pain with Molly because Biddy will taunt her.

Making matters worse is the fact that my depression is back with a vengeance and I’m having a rough go of it right now. I put on a fairly decent front when the situation calls for it but I’m a mess and I know it. I am discouraged to find myself in this hole yet again and I wonder why I keep putting all this effort into getting better when this is where I always end up.

Anyway, I need to get up from here and take Molly outside again, then she’s getting a bath. That oughtta be a hoot.

About Rumpy's Kitty Siblings

I'm Jen, caregiver to the late, great Rumpydog and now to some rather pesky kitties. You can follow us on Twitter - @FineMellowFella and @HissyFitJones. And don't forget to LIKE our Facebook pages! Thanks!

Discussion

30 thoughts on “This is Molly

  1. Be kind to yourself xxxxx

    Posted by Geraldine Miller | October 25, 2020, 11:19 AM
  2. Good Golly Miss Molly!We love ya sweet heart!Jen You’re a survivor ,things may be tough for you right now but you will work through the rubbish and get back to where you need to be when you are ready.Just remember not to be to hard on your self,the kitties love ya,Molly loves ya and Speedy and I love ya too.That the important stuff the rest is all crap that we work through till we get to a better place,xx Speedy and Rachel

    Posted by speedyrabbit | October 25, 2020, 11:37 AM
  3. Molly looks a bit sassy. Housebreaking at dog at that age must be work! I wonder how the other owner handled that.

    Posted by Kate Crimmins | October 25, 2020, 12:12 PM
  4. Well, the animals – especially Miss Molly – i will keep you getting up and out of bed – I speak from my own experience with depression. Especially in this time, when it seems everyone is on a downward spiral. A mini-Schnauzer should be an uplifing challenge ! Glad you found her !

    Posted by catladymac | October 25, 2020, 3:12 PM
  5. I hope the house training goes well. It must be very confusing for Miss Molly.

    I also hope you feel better again soon.

    Posted by Clowie | October 25, 2020, 4:08 PM
  6. What an adventure! We always adopt seniors so I get it. Our latest 2 are 10. One tripawd (not house trained) and one blind stubborn girl. They make sure I get out of bed even if depressed. Hopefully Miss Molly will do the same for you! And they can make me smile. Good luck.

    Posted by Becky | October 25, 2020, 5:29 PM
  7. PATIENCE is the name of the game. She is adorable and will bring you joy if you give her a chance.

    Posted by corkscot | October 25, 2020, 5:51 PM
  8. Welcome Molly! We think she’s going to take some work and patience but will be well worth it.

    The Florida Furkids

    Posted by The Florida Furkids | October 25, 2020, 7:33 PM
  9. Welcome to the family, Molly. Jen, you be good to yourself, dear friend.

    Posted by meowmeowmans | October 25, 2020, 9:53 PM
  10. Mollie looks like such a cutie, and I’ve always found older pets are so sweet! Many hopes that everything will get better.

    Posted by Catwoods | October 25, 2020, 10:24 PM
  11. I have a soft spot for mini schnauzers, since my last dog was that breed. I learned the hard way small dogs can be even more of a handful than big dogs. What they lack for in size they compensate with in tenacity and general canine viciousness.

    I feel it’s almost fortuitous that Molly came into your life, just as you’re dealing with a new bout of depression, Jen. Animals have the unique tendency to do that. Something about them induces a serotonin-like effect on people. My father often lapsed into depression, as his health began to fail in the last two years of his life, and that mini schnauzer helped soothe his frustration. And it was even more special because the dog never realized what he’d done!

    Good luck with the bath!

    Posted by Alejandro De La Garza | October 26, 2020, 12:33 AM
  12. precious and unique molly with a wonderful new friend looking out for her welfare. you just made me feel happy again to be friends with you, and happy can be an evasive adjective lately. on board with that i am!

    Posted by Susie Sexton | October 26, 2020, 2:05 AM
  13. She’s very cute. Schnauzers are an interesting breed but I’m sure you’re discovering that. Bless you for rescuing a senior pupster.

    Posted by Tails Around the Ranch | October 26, 2020, 11:51 AM
  14. Welcome Miss Molly — hopefully you’ll learn the rules soon 😉 Hope you get on top of the depression soonest.

    Posted by Animalcouriers | October 27, 2020, 4:29 AM
  15. Congratulations on Molly! I hope everything eases out for both of you. There are a bunch of people pulling for you right now. Sending purrs…

    Posted by Bernadette | October 29, 2020, 9:31 PM
  16. Molly is very cute! We had a schnauzer when we were kids, and he was a sweet and loving dog. Give her time to reset herself to the rhythms of your home. Thanks for adopting her!

    Posted by Andrea Kenner | October 30, 2020, 11:51 AM
  17. Just what the doctor ordered. Is it just the settling in process of another new sibling? Give it time? And breathe…..Cheers,H

    Posted by helentastic67 | October 31, 2020, 8:17 AM
  18. She is so cute! How is she doing now?

    Posted by Stine Writing | November 28, 2020, 12:14 PM

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