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    Miss Molly Mae update

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    Connie Lea
    Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:28 pm Groupie
    Molly is an awesome little dog. She is so sweet . As most of you know, she is the blind ten year old toy poodle we adopted a little over a week ago. She's feeling a lot more comfortable with us now. When I take her outside, she's been going up the steps by herself and is working on going through the dog door. We'll work on going down the steps next. She jumps up into our recliners and down by herself. She knows the sound of the treat canister being opened and sometimes comes running. Best of all Zoey has been really good with her. While they are not best friends, Zoey will crawl up into the chair with her and doesn't bother her at all. Zoey often chases Kate off my chair, but doesn't do that to Molly. It's like she knows Molly is special.

    We took Molly to our vet Monday. They did some blood work and all tests came back normal, so she is very healthy. We have an appointment with an opthamologist. next week. I'm pretty sure they won't be able to do anything about her sight, but I just want to make sure her eyes aren't causing her any pain. Thanks to all of you for giving us positive information before we adopted her. It's because of you that we have this special little girl in our lives.
    K9 Owned
    Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:54 pm
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    Wonderful to see updates!!! We LOVE updates icon_lol.gif

    Seriously though, it is great that she has settled in so well. I know of other people who have had blind dogs and I know that they have adapted well. They do have special needs as in you can't be rearranging furniture every week if you want them to stay sane icon_wink.gif and they need to be either on leash or within a few feet of you when outdoors because they can't see potential hazards - like a cliff for instance. You know, until this post I had forgotten that she was blind. You rarely mention that aspect. I'm betting within a few months that you won't even think of her that way - she will just be Molly.

    So cool that Zoey has decided that Molly can stay. They are likely to end up being buddies. Really pleased to hear that her health check was a good one!

    I still think you guys rock!
    Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:05 pm
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    What a fabulous update! I'm so glad that she is healthy (aside from her vision) and that Zoey had decided that she will not bother her and may even be friends with her! As K9 said... you guys ROCK! icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Connie Lea
    Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:35 pm Groupie
    Thanks K9 and Saralaya. We are the lucky ones to have Molly.
    Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:33 am
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    Yay for Miss MOlly! And it sounds to me like Zoey's giving her some respect - good for both of them! icon_smile.gif
    Connie Lea
    Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:12 am Groupie
    Thanks Kris and I am overjoyed that Molly spends most of her day on DH's lap. He doesn't show it, but I know he is thrilled that she sits with him. The other dogs are clearly bonded to me. I tried with Zoey when we first got her to see if she would bond with DH, as I had Kate and Maggie at that time. Zoey had other ideas. She does sit with DH now and then, but as soon as I come in and sit down, she is on my lap. Abby is not anybody's dog. For a Bichon, she is not cuddly at all. Anyway, I so hope DH is Molly's person. I have to groom her (DH brushes her back and that's it) and I have to take her out because he can't walk very far, but I give him her food dish and he feeds her, so hopefully that will help. Last night she put her head up on his chest, wanting to be petted. You could almost see his heart melting. icon_smile.gif
    Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:57 am
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    Awwww and now my heart is melting hearing that.... it really seem that this was a match made in Heaven.... icon_cool.gif
    Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:40 pm
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    Awww. . . "I love you Papa." icon_wink.gif
    K9 Owned
    Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:49 pm
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    That is so sweet. I hope she retains her attachment to him! Feeding her will go a long way towards that end as will him being the one to give her treats or play with her. grouphug.gif for Molly and Dad
    Connie Lea
    Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:18 pm Groupie
    I just have to tell you what Molly did today. We were going to the grocery store and before we could get out to the car, she stuck her head through the dog door. Zoey always comes running when we get back home and this time after Zoey came out, Molly put her head out the door again. I don't think it's going to take too long before she can go in and out by herself. We have a dog pen outside the back door where the dog door is. It's 6' tall but not real big, I think 5'x20'. She knows her way around the dog pen so there's no way she could get lost. The sidewalk is in the middle of the pen and she knows when she gets to the sidewalk that it leads to the steps. She's such a smart little girl.
    K9 Owned
    Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:23 pm
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    What a little champ!
    Can I tell you again how pleased I am that you saved her? I also love that she could be your husbands dog. What a lovely match they are!
    Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:24 pm
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    What a little champ!
    Can I tell you again how pleased I am that you saved her? I also love that she could be your husbands dog. What a lovely match they are!

    What K9 said!! grouphug.gif
    Pot Scrubber
    Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:45 pm Groupie
    I can sympathize. My oldest boy Moose can't see very well at all. It's been the last 3 months that his vision has deteriorated so very quickly.

    He can see some because he wanders around the house but he bumps into walls every once in a while and is very slow on outdoor walks and stays close by. He uses his nose and ears to navigate for the most part.

    When I walk him I carry his favorite toy and make it squeak when he get disoriented. He responds to that better than my voice. If I call his name he looks around and is not quite able to pin point where I am but he does MUCH better if Mr Froggy squeaks at him.

    He is still in great health other than being diabetic and on insulin shots but he is going downhill fast. 6 months ago he still acted like a puppy but I'm not certain of his age. I adopted him in 2001 and the vet said he was about 3 years old at that time. So... he is about 15ish.
    Connie Lea
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:05 pm Groupie
    Thanks K9 and Saralaya. Molly has been going up the steps and coming through the dog door all on her own part of the time. When she is doing it all the time I'll work a little more on her going out the dog door and down the steps. She does come part way out when we come home. I'm sure she follows Zoey.

    Poor Moose. I think Molly has been blind for quite awhile as she handles it very well. She does walk pretty slow unless she knows exactly where she is and then walks a little faster, never runs. She won't play with any toys either, but I'm going to try using a squeaky toy when we call her. She does like Moose - doesn't act as if she knows where you are. So far I can't get her to go for a walk. When I put her harness and leash on, she just won't move. Getting her to walk on a leash is the next step after going in and out the dog door. Her appointment with the vet opthamologist is Wednesday. Will let you know what he says.
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:14 pm
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    It occurs to me that if the people she was with before carried her everywhere, thinking she couldn't find her way, she might just not know what to do when the harness and leash are on. Same goes for Stella was afraid of toys when she first came to live with us.... I imagine no one every played with her before.... after watching Shadow play with various toys for a LONG time she will now play a little with some toys. The squeaky toy is a great idea and maybe a small kong with some nice smelly treat in it, put very close to her?
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