Taking Care of Molly

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A letter written to my son on taking care of our elderly family dog when life changes forced us to make a major move.

Submitted: October 17, 2013

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The divorce was finally over and the foreclosure on my house had come and gone.  I had to move!  The only logical place to move to was my Fiancées house in Mexico, 2,050 miles away. 

Molly was the family pet since puppyhood and became my dog when the boys left home.  We still had fun taking walks, swimming, and fetching.  However, I know she missed the boys. Years went by, and the boys would visit now and then, but we lived so far out in the boonies, we didn’t see them as often as we would have liked. Molly had just turned 15 years old and I knew she would not survive the drive to Mexico so I called my middle son who is a firefighter and lives in a small community about 300 miles away.  He and his wife have a large home, 2 dogs and 5 children.  They decided to take Molly into their already full family.  This is the letter of instructions I wrote to my son that went with her……..

Dear Eric,

This is the “owner’s manual” for Molly, please read it carefully and follow the instructions.

Molly turned 15 years old on April 5th of this year.  I took her to the vet’s on March 16th and they said she is in good condition for her age.  Aside from arthritis in her hips and being deaf as a doorknob, she is fine.  She has about 1 or 2 years left in her but she is very elderly.

She is taking Rimmidel 100 mg for the arthritis pain.  Give her half a tablet twice a day with her food.  And also Glucosamine and Chondroitin to help her joints move easier.  The best dog food for her is the Chicken Soup Senior formula that looks like cheerio’s cereal, 1 ¼ cup twice a day.  NO BONES! She chokes on them and cannot digest them. She really likes people food, but it would be best to keep that away from her….it could be a “Krakatoa” event if you know what I mean….  : 0

She still likes to take walks (slowly) but will not fetch anymore and swimming is rough on her.  She likes to be where everyone else is, but will still need a quiet spot to rest, she sleeps more often now.

She can smell and see you but cannot hear you.  If your outside and she doesn’t see you, she will start wandering around looking for you and then forget where she is, so please keep a close watch on her when outside.  Inside the house, she can feel vibrations under her feet, so stomping on the floor is one way to get her attention. Do not sneak up behind her and tap her!  You do not want her having a heart attack this late in her game! 

 She tends to wander at night and will bump into the walls.  There is a nightlight just for her in with her accessories, see below.

She has a hard time holding her butt cheeks together and will accidentally poop on the way to the door.  Thank goodness the Chicken Soup dog food keeps them firm enough to pick up easily.  She still can hold her pee though and will go as soon as she is outside.

The veterinarian said if she stops eating for more than 3 days, it could be a sign that she is ready to pass on.  When the time comes and her medicines don’t help anymore, the best thing to do would be to take her to the vet and have her put to sleep.  I will pay for anything she needs.

Here are her “accessories”.  Yes, I know she’s spoiled, but I know you have two other dogs too.  Please try to keep these things just for her:

  1. A Doggy bed w/ favorite blankey.
  2. Two giant bags of Chicken Soup Senior dog food.
  3. 7 different collars for the four seasons and holidays, (Halloween, Christmas and Easter.
  4. Medications (see instructions above.)
  5. Diapers with tail holes.  For the really rough days.
  6. Hygiene stuff - Brush, comb, toothbrush, nail clippers.
  7. A stack of towels with her name on them for baths.
  8. A large box of doggie poop baggies.
  9. A night light.
  10. Her toys…..Yes, I know there’s a lot, but her favorite one is “Oooba” the fuzzy purple one that makes weird noises.

Honey, thank you for taking Molly for her “golden” years.  She only knew the house in Gualala and moving so far away to Mexico would have been very hard on her.  She does not travel well.  I wish I could keep her with me, but it would not be in her best interest.  I think she will be happy here with you and your family.

Please take good care of her and keep in touch to let me know how she is doing.

I Love You,

Love, Mom

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Note:  At this writing, it has been six months since I last saw Molly.  She is quite the trooper for her age and is extremely happy with her new family.  I hear she is actually “fetching” again (in slow motion of course) and has taken up the responsibility of guarding the baby. 

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