~ Edit Thursday ~
Bill took some pics of Molly last night, so I added them below.
You may remember that last spring my cocker spaniel of 13 years died. I wasn’t sure when the time would come that I would want another dog – Ginger was such a good dog for our family, and is a hard act to follow! I knew, though, that I would one day get another dog because we are just dog people. We love animals in general, and dogs in particular. There’s something so comforting in having a pet that loves you no matter what!
Lately, I have been thinking about getting my Mama a dog for company. Mama has always liked dogs, and even used to raise Poodles when I was a little girl, so I knew she would enjoy having one. She gets so lonely, and she’s really not able to carry on much of a conversation at all anymore, and what she does say usually has to be pulled out of her word by word! I thought a sweet, small lap dog would be a great companion for her, and asked Jeanne (she does do most of the house work, you know) and Daddy if I could look into it. We all seemed to be on the same page (Dad changes pages every once in awhile, but most days he was in agreement) so I began researching what dog breed would be best as a companion for the elderly.
The Schnauzer was nearly always top on the list. Cockers and Pugs were also in the top three. Dannye has a Schnauzer-Cocker mix that is a really good dog, and my sis-in-law has a pure Schnauzer that she says is a good dog. Add to the mix that they don’t shed, and Jeanne was on board!
So I began looking at Schnauzer rescues – I did not want a puppy, and the rescue place I was looking at house breaks and crate trains all their out-going dogs. One problem with the rescue, though, was the cost. They was $200 – $450 for their animals. I’m not saying that is too much – they vet and neuter all the animals before adopting them out, and some of the dogs were in really bad shape when they came to the rescue. The thing is we just don’t have that kind of money to spend on a dog! Even if we pool our resources it would have been hard. Bill really had a hard time with the money aspect of this deal.
The rescue also wanted to come out for a “home visit” before adopting out the dog, which was really daunting to me. We live in the country, and we’ve never won the “Yard of the Month” award. We have stuff here and there – especially since my packrat hubby moved over to Mama and Daddy’s with me! He keeps everything around back, but still, I didn’t know how thorough these people were going to be. And when the lady began to talk about wild animals getting the dog, or it drowning in Mama’s goldfish pond, I wondered if I were looking in the right place!
I began praying that we could find a dog for Mama on our own. A small adult female who was house broken, with a pretty calm temperament. I didn’t know how or where, but that was my prayer. I didn’t even specify breed, but I kinda wanted a purebred something.
Anyway, yesterday Amy called from her work, The Vintage Garden Tea House, and told Jeanne about a 2 – 3 year old dog that a neighbor of the tea house wanted to get rid of. Amy went on and on about how cute and sweet this dog was, and did we want to come see it for Mama? I was really hesitant – there is usually a reason the previous owner wanted to get rid of the animal in question! But Amy was very persuasive, and Bill was okay with it, so Jeanne and I went.
I’ll admit it wasn’t love at first sight – at least not for me. Her name is Molly, and she really was cute; but she is a Shih Tzu, and her hair was completely shaven, and she kind of had that bug-eyed look of a Pekingese.
But for some reason, Molly liked me. As she was investigating everything, if I called her name, she came quickly at my voice. She didn’t pay much attention to the other ladies there, but anytime I spoke she would look at me. It was odd, but sweet!
She was very calm, even meeting new people. Her previous owner seemed to think she wasn’t adjusting to their recent move into the area, and Molly would dig out of her backyard fence and go visit the neighbors. She is very social!
Jeanne and I took her home (I knew we would!) and she met everyone. She really likes Mama and Daddy, and climbed into both their laps occasionally throughout the evening. Mama loved it, and Daddy didn’t even mind too much. I think she may be a keeper! Bill wants to take a picture of her to post, but hasn’t so far. I found this picture on the internet to show what she will probably look like when I let her hair grow some. I don’t want it long enough for the ponytails I’ve seen on the show dogs, but I would like her to have a proper Shih Tzu moustache and her ears to be longer.
As I said, Molly is all shaven now, but she is all black like this one, although Molly’s only white is on two of her feet (I think I’m remembering right). Her hair is really glossy, too. The previous owner gave us her shot records and her rabies tag – she just got her shots October 15. I don’t understand this lady just giving her away!
Today, I have done some research on the Shih Tzu breed. I won’t bore you with all I learned, but one thing that has really given me peace about this acquisition was reading that this breed is often used as therapy dogs for the elderly, and makes a great companion for them. From what I’ve seen so far, Molly will be just that!
BTW, Molly took her place over night right between Bill and I on our bed. I don’t know how long that will last, but it was pretty sweet! Bill seems enamored by her, too!
God bless your day!