April, 2014 - Well the time is fast approaching, actually a little quicker than I thought it would. Yes, our last MollyDog puppies will be born in a few months. What can I say? It’s been an amazing 11 years with a lot of ups and downs, happily more ups than downs. One of the greatest gifts that I will take away with me from this incredible journey has been all of the wonderful people and families I have met over the years. I am proud to be retiring on a high note, with our last puppies being of the same high quality and being raised to the same high standards we have held over the years. We have produced puppies that are so smart, with so much personality and that are extremely healthy, we never spared on expense and made sure they always had what they needed and more. They have been such a large part of our lives it will definitely take some getting used to not having them around. The adults were/are a part of our family. Many times people have asked me how hard it is when the puppies leave to join their new families, I can honestly say that as hard as that is it is much, much harder when any of our adults have left. When you have them take their first little breath in your hand, raise them with you for 4 or 5 years and then have them leave to join another family? Ugh, so difficult. However, at the same time, the majority of our adult dogs have joined families that already have a MollyDog and that makes it easier. I am happy that they have found such wonderful homes and I always love getting updates on how they are doing.
And Molly, my Molly. None of this would have happened without her. Her amazing personality, her natural ability as a momma, the beautiful puppies she produced. Molly is now 13 and is starting to show signs of her age. Overall she is still very healthy, but the signs are there (and they break my heart as I know where they are leading), hearing isn’t quite as good, moving a little slower, we now have to lift her onto the couch as she can’t jump up on her own, etc. Maybe this is also why it seemed a good time to wind things down. I don’t know if I would have had the heart to continue once she is gone. Hopefully that is a few years away yet J.
I am so grateful to my entire family for their support throughout this. For taking care of the everyday things when I was going days on end with no sleep, hand feeding puppies or dealing with a sick dog, helping the momma’s with their deliveries, for taking care of me when I was at the point of exhaustion and for all their help looking after the dogs and puppies alongside of me. For all the times I’ve had to cancel on family get togethers, or movies, or football games, missing out on birthdays, and all of the other things that I wanted to be part of but couldn’t be because there was a dog or puppy that needed me, I couldn’t have done this without them.
May God Bless each and every one of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of the MollyDog Family. You will never know how much it meant to me.
Dianne, Molly and Family
'Til next time,
Live, Laugh, Bark!!