Thursday, November 29, 2012

Our New Addition

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Meet Molly !!!

Our new Best Friend is a 1 to 2 year old Golden Retriever .  We have been really wrapped up trying to get her settled in. She is the smallest Golden Retrieve I have ever seen. It is obvious that she recently had puppies and she is so malnourished that you can see her ribs.

She came with the name of "Meadow". It doesn't strike us as good name for a dog. We couldn't think of anything that rhymes with Meadow, so we have decided on "Molly". We are hoping that the "M" of Meadow and Molly will be close enough for her to make the transition easy. So far it seems to be working.

Molly was picked up last Wednesday morning at the Animal Shelter by Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue. They took her to the Vet to be spayed and we picked her up at the Vets that afternoon (80 mile round trip).

Molly is housebroken (coming directly from the shelter no one knew if she was or wasn’t) , walks well on a leash, loves people but is shy around other dogs. She doesn't run from them but she doesn't go toward them either. She doesn't seem to have any vocabulary beyond "come" and "sit". We bought her some toys but, when we tried to get her to play she hasn't shown any interest in them at all.

As we were considering getting another dog, one of the things we talked about was that we think most of the people we have met since being on the road was because of Raider. He loved people and people couldn't help but come up to him and pet him. We try to walk 10,000 steps a day and do laps up and down every row of whatever RV park we are in. RVers are always friendly and Escapees are especially so; they wave or say "Hello" as we or they walk by. However, when we are walking Molly everyone has to stop and pet Molly. Naturally that leads to a conversation. So, after 3 weeks of passing these people everyday on walks; thanks to Molly we can say that we have actually met them. Our walks now take twice as long to cover half the distance. :-) Yesterday a couple that met Molly the day before invited us to their Casita for Happy Hour. We have been 3 sites away from them for 3 weeks never heard from them; now with Molly we are getting to be part of the "in crowd".

We were nervous about leaving her alone while we went to the RV Park's BIG Thanksgiving dinner but, when we got back she was standing at the door wagging her tail. There were no surprise packages, or wet spots and nothing had been chewed while we were out. The next day we left her for 15 minutes and she tried to claw her way through the screen on the slide window nearest the couch. Another day we tried to leave her leashed to the dinning room table. We hadn't even made it to the truck and we herd something fall. She managed to get on the couch and pull down the window shade above the couch. Clearly, she has abandonment issues.

2002-12-08 12.00.00-2-1 The screen to our slide window

Tuesday we returned to Sierra Vista for Molly’s post operation visit (another 80 mile round trip). We also stopped at Petsmart and got a crate for her. 

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Molly’s new crate.

We think Molly may have been crate trained. Sometimes she walks into the crate on her own then curls up for a nap. It does however take up a huge part of the living room!

Molly in chair

Molly makes herself at home by taking over my recliner.

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After just a few days with us Molly seems very relaxed and settled in !!

25 comments:

  1. You will learn to love Molly! The crate was a wonderful idea. You won't have to worry about leaving her and she'll right at home in it. Molly needs you.

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  2. HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY MOLLY/Harriet Houdini MOL you go girl keep'em on their toes.

    IT IS I,MADI, OH MY DOGS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY THE PRETTIEST SWEETEST ADORABLE SMART AND MOST OF ALL YOU ARE THE BEST LOVED GOLDEN IN ARIZONA. Girlfriend you fell into two laps of love and a world of fun. Good to see you have made yourself at home....for at HOME you are.
    Hugs your new BFFF
    madi and her crazy mom HiC

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  3. *´¨)
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    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤Congrats on your new addition!! I've had a lot of foster dogs that have had 'separation anxiety' and many of them do get over it--Just make your leaving a good thing with a kong, or great treat and she'll be just fine and know that she's got a wonderful forever home now!!

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  4. Congratulations on the arrival of your new fur kid! Goldens are so sweet!

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  5. She might not know it, but she is a very lucky dog:)

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  6. She's a pretty dog. She'll look so much better when she gets some meat on her bones. Good luck with the training.

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  7. I think Molly is going to be a real beauty. The crate sounds like a great idea until she's more comfortable. I have one that takes up a lot of room in my bathroom area when I'm parked. I now only use it when someone comes to do work inside the rig and when I'm driving the rig. (I need to pay attention to the road, not what Emma is doing) :)

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  8. So glad you guys are working out for Molly, & Molly for you. These are warm & exciting new times for you all. May you quickly grow into a happy contented wagging tail family:))

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  9. Congratulations - we're happy for you (and for Molly)!

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  10. Soon Molly's abandonment issues will vanish when she realizes how much she is loved! I know you will all find your way together :-)

    We crate trained Rio from the second we brought her home at eight weeks old and it was a fantastic thing for all involved. All good things happened in the crate, she ate her meals in the crate, she got treats in the crate and she was heavily praised whenever we asked her to go in. She slept in the crate at night and like Molly sometimes she went to her crate for quiet time and naps on her own, she also stayed in the crate when we went out (it was quite large) this way we knew she was safe and our house was safe too. We used the crate for an entire year and there were no mishaps or negative experiences, I would crate-train again in a heartbeat!

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  11. so happy for the 'three' of you! Welcome to blogville, Molly..I am sure there will plenty of stories to tell once you get use to your new home!
    and by the way blogville is big enough for two goldens! Tucker says welcome and he is very happy to share the spotlight!

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  12. Hey Molly! That is a really nice crate you got there! Mine is all wirey like, but I still like it. I would like to give you a nice welcome, with a lap of my tongue! Have fun new girlfriend!
    Lovies, Miss Mindy

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  13. Great to see your new addition. Welcome, Molly. It is amazing how much more open people are when you are walking a dog! CC has helped us make friends, too.

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  14. Congratulations and thank you very much for ADOPTING!
    www.greatescapefromnj.blogspot.com

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  15. Our Maggie is also a shelter dog and she likes her "den" (crate). Although she often sleeps with us, she will also go into her crate on her own accord. We crate her in the truck, knowing that if we are involved in an accident she will have more protection or if we break down somewhere, same thing. We also crate her when we are away, for everyone's comfort and safety. Congratulations on adding Molly to your family!

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  16. Came over by way of the Bayfield Bunch to see your new bundle of gold. She's got the looks, and the looks. Congratulations to all of you.

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  17. Very good looking gal... Seems to be happy too. have a Molly of our own.

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  18. I lost my Molly about two years ago, she was also a golden. Great name and she brings back many great memories.

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  19. Such a sweet looking dog, with a new friendship and addition to your family you will be enjoying more rving once again.

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  20. She's so beautiful, congrats on your new addition to the family. I'm sure once she gets used to the fact that you come back, she will lessen the issues she has when you leave. When we first got Sammy, we crated him for about a year, and now he needs no crate. He just lays by the door and waits till everyone is home.
    Trust takes time. On both sides :)

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  21. butterbean carpenterDecember 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Howdy,

    Enjoy!!!

    butterbean

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  22. Molly looks like a great girl! Bless you for giving her a good home.

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  23. Well she is a beauty! When my Mums got me I was called Barry (Barrigone Bank) and I took to Declan so I'm sure Molly will be fine with her new name! I don't like being left either (you know about me locking Mum out don't you?!) but I've never caused any major damage. Mum says she just has to be brave, take a deep breath and leave me on a regular basis. Personally I think she should take me everywhere. (which has been her big mistake!) Anyway, welcome to the gang Molly! Deccy x

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  24. God bless you for bringing beautiful Miss Molly into your family! What fun memories that will be made in the years to come.... Please give her a big Newfie hug from me!

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  25. Congratulations! ...and welcome, Molly!

    Sam

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