Molly 10/30/1999 – 2/26/2013


Joellen and Molly

October 30, 1999 – February 26, 2013
THE BEST DOG EVER!!! I will love and miss you forever, my Molly girl.
Molly, you have the biggest heart, strongest spirit, and had an unbelievable will to live.
You taught many lessons to so many people – a true inspiration!

There are plenty of sheep to herd and Angels to throw your Frisbees in heaven until we are together again.

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that a woman can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts her, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is her dog. . . .She will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; she will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. . . When all other friends desert, she remains.”
~George Vest~>

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said ” it’s me.”

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It’s possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning
and say “good-night, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.

Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me..

Molly lived a full and happy life. She lived in the moment, treasuring and LIVING every second of every day.

She loved to herd sheep;
she helped people as a therapy dog;

 she enjoyed agility;
she put her ball drive to work at Flyball;

she taught many a puppy (shown with Fox, my Rottweiler at 5 months) good “doggie manners”.

What Molly loved most in life was being with me (photo taken on 10/30/2011, Molly’s 12th birthday), our bond runs deep, we have and always will be attached at the heart.

Molly was diagnosed with Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC AKA Bladder Cancer) on March 11 2010. She fought the cancer as she lived her life, always giving 110%. Over the nearly 3 years fight she had only about 10 “bad” days. Molly underwent 6 different chemo therapy drugs, she had a urethral stent placed when the tumor blocked her ability to urinate, she fought a bout with pneumonia, and a bout with sterile nodular panniculitis. Through it all she was a trooper, never complaining, always content as long as I was there.

Just about every day

She played Frisbee (photo taken on 1/21/2013).

Played with her Jolly Ball (photo taken on 12/25/2011

Photo taken on 2/7/2013.

Molly’s tumor started bleeding, we were able to slow the bleeding for about 10 days. Molly lost her battle with cancer on 2/26/2013. She passed away peacefully with her head in my lap, eyes focused on mine as if to tell me everything was going to be OK. Her passing was shrouded in love by myself and by our valiant, loving vets and friends, Dr. Bill Culp and Dr. Carrie Palm at UC Davis.


Photo taken 6/12/2012
Dr. Bill Culp and Dr. Carrie Palm, UC Davis, CA

Photo taken 10/16/2012
Dr. Lisa Pesch, Animal Healing Arts, Santa Rosa, Ca

Photo taken 8/12/2012
Dr. Sara Schachter, Animal Care Center, Rohnert Park, CA

Photo taken 8/18/2011
Dr. Holly Burr, formerly of Animal Care Center, Rohnert Park, CA

Photo taken 10/26/2011
Dr. Nancy Kay, formerly of Animal Care Center, Rohnert Park, CA author of Speaking For Spot