Hi, I’m Molly, and my Wayside friends tell me I’m the nicest, sweetest, gentlest and most laid back dog ever to set foot inside the shelter. I can’t figure out a way to tell my new friends how my journey actually brought me here, except to say that a good Samaritan found me wandering on my own in the cold and snow right after Christmas this past year, and he brought me to Wayside for help.
As an older gal, I’ve had a few health related issues that the vets have had to treat. They have not only done so with a great deal of skill, but also with an incredible amount of tenderness and compassion. I couldn’t ask for a nicer family, well at least until my forever family comes to get me. Everyone at Wayside knows my name, and everyone out here wants to bestow as much love and attention upon me as is humanly possible. How lucky can a gal be?
Do I roll with the punches that life throws my way? Surely you know that getting older means getting wiser, and I don’t let being in a shelter spoil my love of life or the people and treats in it! I sit quietly and patiently in the bathtub awaiting my beauty treatments (I’m sure you must be smiling right now imagining me in the tub), I’m sometimes found behind the adoption counter sprawled out in the middle of the floor asleep (snoring usually), and my favorite thing is a long walk with a friend – I just smile and wag my tail the whole way. I sometimes sit for hours in the lobby acting as the official Wayside greeter dog for all those who come to visit. Everyone stops to say hello and give me a pet and a treat, and everyone comments on just how sweet and loving I am. Do I hear what else people say when they meet me? Sure, I hear them say that they would adopt me in a heartbeat, if only I were a younger dog. I know, I know, that must be the reason I’m still waiting for my forever home.
Yes, youth certainly has its perks; I haven’t forgotten what it is like to be a young pup with all that energy and sparkle. I’m a much calmer gal now, and I want my new life to be spent cuddling, taking long walks, and having you talk to me about the important things in your life. I don’t have the energy level of a puppy any longer, but I still have lots and lots of sparkle!
Maybe you are like some people who are reluctant to adopt a senior dog because you are afraid that our time together will be too short. I understand that kind of reluctance. Losing someone you love can be incredibly painful, and your heart can be heavy with sadness. We never have enough time together on this earth, do we?
The love it takes to adopt an older dog is born from strength, commitment and a willingness to risk the pain and heartache that loss can bring. Life is all about love and loss though, isn’t it? We all grow old, and we all experience pain when we lose the friends we’ve made along life’s journey. If you think of an older dog as one that you will only have a short time with, wouldn’t it make you want to live every day with me to its fullest? Wouldn’t you want to create thousands of memories to treasure forever? Living each day as though it is your last can create more joy than one can even imagine.
If you take me home, I’m sure that you will get more love and more fulfillment than you ever dreamed possible. I can promise that I will shower you with all the love and affection I can muster in appreciation for your giving me a second chance at a wonderful life. I will look at you every day with unwavering devotion and a profound sense of gratefulness for my new life. I will be your best friend.
The staff and volunteers at Wayside know me quite well. They all look past my age and see the most gorgeous, loving, wise, patient and still quite young hearted girl that they love dearly. They know that what I want most in life is my own home and another chance to make someone very happy. Though I may be a little older, I have as much love to give you as any other dog – perhaps even more. Please don’t forget that, and please consider whether you or someone you may know has room in your heart and home for a dog like me. If you can make the commitment to adopting me, I have a lifetime of love to give you. That is priceless!
I hope I get the opportunity to meet you. You’ll see right away what a sweetheart I am. I will make the best dog in the world to you, you just wait and see. Let’s live life together in the here and now and make the most out of every minute of every day we have together. I’ll be here – waiting for you to come find me and take me home. Make sure you watch my video!
Love from Molly