A girl’s best friend . . .

27 Jun

Today is a sad day. I took my sweet Molly dog to the vet for the very last time. I knew this day was coming for a while now. But, that knowledge did not make today any easier. It was good that I had time to think about it, how to do things (whether I would be in the room with her or not to see her go, would she be cremated – these are all decisions you are asked to make when you euthanize your pet). Mostly, I am grateful that I had this past weekend to say goodbye to her.

Sweet Molly

I had Molly for 15 years, rescued her from animal control when she was about two years old. She had only a few hours to live then. I took her home and never looked back. She was an amazing dog. I know people say that about their dogs, but, my Molly truly was an amazing dog. Everyone loved her.

Years ago I broke my ankle (running, in of all things, the Race for the Cure – by the way, am I supposed to use a trademark when I write that? I hate what SGK has become. I digress). When I ended up laid up from the broken ankle, Molly would not leave my side. She was always at my feet.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, Molly had already been a senior dog for some time. She never left my side. She was such a sweet  and loving dog. Back then I really wondered if I would be around long enough to care for Molly, to see her through. I am glad I was able to be here for her.

So many people helped care for Molly (my friend’s kids came to my house daily to walk Molly when I was too sick to do it myself and my parents took Molly in when I was unable to take care of her myself). She was loved by many and brought joy to many. My family will miss her. I miss her so much.

Here are a few more pictures of Molly:

Molly really was a super dog

8 Responses to “A girl’s best friend . . .”

  1. Sandy June 27, 2011 at 6:04 PM #

    Damn. I really love that sweet girl. *hug*


    • cancerfree2b June 28, 2011 at 7:19 AM #


      She loved you. I was blessed to have her.


  2. Stacey June 27, 2011 at 7:32 PM #

    Oh, I’m so sorry. I’ve been in your shoes before and I have an old dog now…No words, except I love the photos. She looks great.

    • cancerfree2b June 28, 2011 at 7:23 AM #

      Thank you Stacey. I see your pup on your site, you have a real beauty there. We form such a special bond with our pets. And I think when we get sick they know it. When I was going through treatment Molly was so concerned and aware and worried. I felt guilty for her being down like that. But, it was real, she really knew something was wrong. She was a great dog. I was very lucky.

      All the best,

  3. Marv June 28, 2011 at 5:08 AM #

    Lisa: Sorry to hear about Molly. She was a sweet gal. I loved the time I took care of her. Be strong – don’t lose your spirit.


    • cancerfree2b June 28, 2011 at 7:24 AM #

      Thank you Marv. And thank you again for taking care of Molly when I was in the hospital. She enjoyed her time with you . . . to this day (well, until yesterday) she still reacts to the sound of a plastic bag . . . she is sure that there are treats in there! 🙂

      Thank you again.


  4. nancyspoint June 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM #

    Oh Lisa, I understand what you are going through. It really is heart breaking. I am so sorry. Somehow I imagine it must be even harder since Molly was there for you during your cancer stuff. That made her all the more precious.

    Thank you for sharing a few of your photos and memories of Molly with us.

    • cancerfree2b June 29, 2011 at 6:27 AM #

      Dear Nancy,

      Thank you for your kind words. You are very right, I think I feel the loss of Molly a bit differently because she was with me through treatment. I remember collapsing once while I was out walking her. I let go of her leash in the process and the dog that normally would have bolted (Tibetan Terriers are known for taking off) sat right next to me while I used my phone to call for help. What a weird day that was. She was there for me then. She couldn’t pick me up, but, somehow her steadfast presence did. She was a real blessing in my life.

      I really enjoyed seeing the photos of your pups! They are beautiful!

      All the best,


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