Sex: Female Weight: 1-10 lbs
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April 27th 2001
Working with children, walks on the beach, attention
people trying to pet her face, hold her or touch her front legs
a brown teddy bear
Douglas Perserve in Santa Barbara
Putting her clothes on
Molly is our personal 'special dog' and the inspiration for both My Special Dog and Molly Inspires. Although we did not know it when we first got her from the breeder, Molly is a paraplegic with no control over the lower half of her body. She wears diapers and has a wheelchair (a cart for her back legs).
When we got Molly in July 2001, she was a healthy (albeit small) three month old pug who seemed perfectly normal. Several weeks later she started to fall down when she tried to walk. It was so devastating to watch this innocent, energetic puppy going through these struggles and of course we sought out veterinarian help. This began a long process of many visits to various specialists where we discovered that little Molly had a twisted spine cutting off the nerve access from her brain to her bottom half. We were continually advised that putting Molly to sleep might be the best option, as she would probably never be able to use her back legs or control her bladder again.
As many of you will no doubt understand, we just could not do it. We had fallen in love with our dog, and could not say "you're not perfect so we don't want you anymore". So we went through the struggles and finally learned how to adapt to our situation. We found out about a company that makes carts for animals; while difficult for a few days Molly soon became comfortable and learned to run around with this as if it had always been there. We found that Pampers #2 diapers fit her perfectly and we learned how to express her bladder. Because the diapers would fall off as she crawled around, we started putting her in baby outfits that keep her diapers on.
Molly is now five years old and we are thankful for every single day we have with her. She is truly a 'Special Dog' and has had the most profound impact on not only our life but the lives of everyone she touches. Molly can run on the beach with her cart and chase birds (although she has never caught one). We have a baby runner that Molly loves to sit in when we go jogging or rollerblading. It is amazing how this little dog is able to bridge all social gaps and make even the grouchiest person smile. Everyone is struck by her sweetness; she'll lick everyone's nose when she meets them and always wants to be in a lap. We take her into elementary schools in order to educate kids on how being different is OK and that it is important to focus on what people can do, rather than what their limitations might be.
We now consider ourselves so blessed because Molly was brought into our life. She has completely changed our perspective on life and how we view the disabled. We used to feel sorry for ourselves, thinking we were being punished by not receiving a healthy dog. Now we realize we were actually being rewarded with a true gift that has shown us how to be more understanding, accepting, and caring towards others.
Our idea of normal has changed dramaticallyâ€¦
I canâ€™t believe I am writing thisâ€¦after eight years of love, laughter and learning my little Molly has passed away. Though Mollyâ€™s struggle with her health was lifelong her death was quick and sudden. She so fittingly slipped away in my armsâ€¦just another special moment Molly and I shared together.
For many Molly was a symbol of hope and inspiration. Her energy and lust for life were addictive and could not be contained. I think of all the children she touched in her many classroom visits. The emotionally intellectual questions the kids would ask and Molly running in her chair from one child to another. She loved people, she loved working, she simply loved her life...she was the most simple of things and the most complicated all wrapped into the tiniest body. That tiny body that survived so many scares, so many challenges and as I would cry thinking of how hard it was for her she would look at me with her head tilted and a smile in her eyes; her determination never wavering.
I have always believed that Molly was one of the greatest gifts I had been given. Not to diminish or compare her to my son. But Molly was an unexpected treasure. When I got her I was in need of companionship and laughter in my life. I got her as a distraction from my workaholic corporate life. You know a cute cuddly thing to come home to. I had no idea she would teach me such meaningful and pointed life lessons. Who would have ever thought a person could learn so much from an animal. In truth she wasnâ€™t an animal to me. After the decision was made to keep her alive and happy it all changed. In a week it will be eight years since I made that commitment to her. It was a simple thing to say no and keep her alive. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined she would be with me for eight years! The doctors didnâ€™t think she would make it beyond a year. If I had the opportunity to turn back the clock and do it all again, I would in a heartbeat. As much as Rick and I have given Molly it pales in comparison to what she has given us.
Molly has forever changed and shaped Rick and I. She taught us patients and understanding. She made us aware of our prejudices; our cultural preconceived ideas of the disabled and what living a full happy life meant. Mollyâ€™s condition made it a constant reminder in our family that life was fragile. Because of this we had to live in the moment. The lessons from Molly are infiniteâ€¦Rick and I are better people and parents to our son because of her. My goal was to share what Molly taught me to others. That is why I worked so hard to get Mollyâ€™s message out. I did want her life to end without making an impact on others. I have to believe we did that in Santa Barbara. I hope the youth will grow-up to be better adults than we are and teach their children acceptance. Molly was not just another dog that a family lovedâ€¦she was so much more than that.
I feel blessed to have had eight years with her and at the same time robbed that she had to leave me. I would have spent the rest of my life caring for her but instead will spend it loving and cherishing her memory. I have an endless supply of memories and tokens of her life. I thank Jen and Lisa for including our story in their documentary. To be able to watch her and relive her in this way is wonderful. I thank each of you that opened your hearts to Molly. She was loved by many.
Thank you, for your support over the years and for letting me share Molly with you.
My ability excedes my disability
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|April 26th 2007
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March 23rd 2008 4:51 pm
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About a week ago me, my Mom, Dad and Bentley drove from Santa Barbara to our new home in Sandpoint, Idaho. It's crazy cold here and snows a lot! Bentley is absolutely LOVING it. He goes to work with my Dad each day and they play in the snow a lot. I'm not going outside very much because its way too cold for me but that's not all bad since I get to hang out with my Mom all day. She's pregnant and having to rest more that usual so I've been taking advantage of the warm lap. Can't beat it.
We don't have internet access right now so my visits on Dogster are limited. Can't wait to get back into the game with everyone.
October 24th 2007 9:32 am
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Okay so my Mom sent out invites to one and all in hopes they will vote for me...I really want to win the Pet Idol Contest so I can be in Animal Wellness Magazine and show everyone what a "special" dog can do.
All the money raised goes to rescue and if I win my Mom will donate the money to my foundation.
Keeping my fingers crossed....
August 21st 2007 7:49 am
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I have been paralyzed with bladder issues since I was 4 months old. I turned 6 in April and was just told by my doctor that I had will have to have a catheter placed in my bum for a few weeks to help clear a nasty infection. I'm okay, I feel great and am as spunky as ever but this news is really hard on my Mom. She is so worried about me. I over hear her saying, "I'm so grateful for the gift of Molly and all the time I have had with her", I think this makes her feel better because she says it a lot.
Once this all happens I'll let you know how I am feeling and if all is well.
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