Monday, August 28, 2006
Molly the Super Old Golden Retriver of Indeterminate Age
Today is Molly's last day of life. We've had her six years when we thought we would have her for just one. Somehow this dog that we found hairless and covered with hundreds, if not thousands, of fleas on the side of the road was a wonderful addition to our family. She's always been a gentle, loving dog with little quirks to make her one of a kind. She endured the abuse of The Brute, Inwe, Larien, and Finwe. She also endured the close attentions of a puppy--the White Dragon. She began by hiking five to ten miles with us in Shenandoah National Park. Now, the longest hike she makes is outside to relieve herself. She has been in constant pain lately. She moans for us to lift her off the ground to go outside. She moans for us to lift her off her bed to change positions in the middle of the night. The pain medication no longer works. We'll miss her.