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Casey
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Feb 09, 2016 at 12:53
• Theo
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I thought I'd post this first for Patti, it is so wonderful.... I'm sorry but it won't post the photo of Molly

She’s gone. The dog who would become the inimitable Molly Riddle was born on September 6, 2003 in the Republic of Ireland. We got her from an Irish couple from West Hempstead Long Island, who said they traveled back to Ireland several times a year to bring puppies back here. The woman told me, through her thick Irish brogue, that West Highland White Terriers are “common as dirt” in Ireland so it made sense to bring them back to NYC to fetch a higher price.

Steve and I drove down the day after Thanksgiving in 2003, and from the moment I laid eyes on her I knew there was nothing common as dirt about her. As far as Molly was concerned, she was, indeed, the best thing since sliced bread.

We took her to the vet for her first series of puppy shots, and the vet looked at me dubiously. He told me, with the same tone you would use on a small child, that “this is not a Lab.” You see, for the 15 years prior to that, I had owned some beautiful Labrador Retrievers. Growing up, we always had at least one dog, if not two. I figured, with the certainty that comes when you are being a moron, “a dog is a dog”, right? The vet sighed, and told me we really needed to consider a puppy kindergarten class.

Steve and I learned many things in that class. We learned about positive reinforcement and clicker training, and how to work with a terrier. Molly found the whole experience rather tedious. It interfered with her favorite thing in life, which was Lording Over Her Kingdom.

With my labs, all they ever wanted to do was please you. As a general rule, if they understood what you wanted them to do, they would happily do it. They would ask to go outside. If you said, “in a minute”, they would wait awhile. They’d stare at you with those big beautiful brown eyes, adoring your every move, and wait.

Molly never got that concept. Ever. Molly would plop herself down in front of you and grunt. If you ignored her, she would move closer and grunt louder. If that didn’t work, she’d bark in your face. A Queen does not wait! We tried so many things through the years to teach this dog patience. None of it worked. Molly grudgingly accepted me as her pack leader, but she made it clear she thought the election must have been rigged. Steve always said Molly viewed him as the Court Jester, there to provide her with entertainment.

Molly lived 12 glorious years. She spent her entire life in a loving home, with parents who made sure this furry child never knew what it was like to be cold, hungry, or lonely. Like so many of us humans (particularly those of us fortunate enough to be living in a safe, stable country!), she spent her entire life without a clue how good she had it. As she aged, she did mellow in time – but she kept her Westie-tude and “me first” attitude until the end. We loved that about her.

The end came swiftly. She was a generally healthy and happy girl, right up until a few weeks ago when I noticed her gums were not healing well after an infected tooth removal. The diagnosis of oral cancer left me speechless. I had just spent 6 months watching my father suffer and die, and now here we were not even a week after I buried him in the same situation with the furry child I’ve always called the love of my life. After dad died, I hit rock bottom. I felt utterly alone. My parents are gone. I’m an only child, so no siblings. I have no (non-furry) children of my own. But I had Steve and Molly, and in a lot of ways dad’s passing was a blessing. So I snuggled my dog and was grateful for Steve, and I was climbing my way back. And now this.

A Queen does not suffer indignities well, and cancer is a bitch. There were no cures available for my girl. There were some treatment options which may have slowed down the inevitable, but they all involved too much pain, surgeries, and trauma for this small dog. It wasn’t about money. Frankly, I’d pay a sum that would probably shock you just to have her with me for one more happy year. But all the money in the world can’t stop time, and all the money in the world can’t save us when the time comes. You will also not be surprised I almost tried anyway, and briefly considered putting her through all that Cornell could offer in the hopes that we could buy at least a little more time. But money can’t buy happiness, can it? Money can’t make a small dog not feel pain, or be scared, or be upset in a hospital setting, being subjected to things that will never make sense to her, solely because her parents couldn’t accept the harsh reality before us. After 12 wonderful, happy years, her time was up. And that’s not something money has ever been able to really fix, is it?

That small bossy little white dog was the center of our universe. She made our house a home, she gave it life and filled it with her own special brand of Westie-tude and sassiness. Molly filled our house with her own special zest, with the sound of dog nails scrabbling on hardwood, and with barks echoing through the house as she informed the world that she was the Queen of Everything.

She leaves behind 2 parents who loved her more than they ever thought possible. I can’t imagine the rest of my life without her.


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Toby and Suzie's Mom
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Feb 09, 2016 at 13:36
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Lovely!  And tears are falling.


Mary Ann, Suzie and Toby


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Casey
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Feb 09, 2016 at 14:21
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Here is the photo Patti had posted of Molly, what a sweet girl


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Patti and Molly
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Feb 09, 2016 at 14:23
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Theo, thank you so much for posting that for me. ( I tried 3 different times the night we lost her, and it kept getting rejected so I gave up. I can't start a new thread for some reason, but every now and then I can get a reply to an existing post through. But it's a one shot deal when I first log in, then I'm locked out again.)

I'm bawling my eyes out. I miss my girl so much.

Allie is awesome, and some day she's going to be a great dog. I love her too. But sweet mercy I miss Molly!!!!!

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Millie
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Feb 09, 2016 at 14:52
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I am crying with you even though I don't know you or precious Molly.  What a sweet eulogy for your baby.  We have laid to rest 3 pets in the last 4 years and it is truly heart-breaking.  But that is the price we pay for so many laughs, doggie kisses, companionship and unconditional love that only they can give.  
We send you Westie hugs and love from Texas.
love,
Millie and Samantha

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Katy ^~^
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Feb 09, 2016 at 19:42
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Tears of sadness are falling for Patti and Steve right now - We are so sorry for their loss.  What a beautiful story of Molly - she had a beautiful life with her loving parents.  Run free sweet girl.
Katy ^~^ and Jennifer

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Robin and Mishy at the Bridge
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Feb 09, 2016 at 22:32
• Robin
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Oh gosh! Did I ever know Molly! Here she was a Cairn known as Mischief or Mishy.  Mishy was the QUEEN of the world. Humans were put on earth to serve her. She understand everything we said to her but she decided what she wanted to do and when. She'd only stop barking if the bribe was good enough. Supper time was at 5:00 PM sharp unless it was fall and 4:00.Then she kept insisting it was 5:00 and wouldn't understand why it wasn't supper time. Supper was NOT to be served at 5:01 or we would be reminded by an insistent paw tap, then THE STARE and finally the yap yap yap of impatience. She was Daddy's favorite child and my favorite sibling. I miss her so much and I know exactly how much you will Miss Molly. 

Those alpha girls have a way of capturing our hearts and never letting go. I hope miss Allie rules you for many more years to come. 

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Feb 10, 2016 at 04:30
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What a lovely story,Tears always come  and then we remember our own lost ones and then more tears!Molly will be watching over you all and Wee Allie ..Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Feb 10, 2016 at 09:49
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a lovely story and we never forget the wonderful moments and joy they bring!


jan x


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Moshe and Levi
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Feb 10, 2016 at 10:36
• Yoka
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What a sweet beautiful face Molly had.
Thanks for posting this Casey.
I need a kleenes too and it was so well written .
Pattie is awesome with words she should be a writer.
Hope she knows that we are praying for her and Steve.
Like her I am alsoo having trouble with my computer.
 Love, Moshe,Levi and Yoka
xoxoxoxo

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Feb 10, 2016 at 21:03
• David
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Beautiful eulogy Theo
It brought tears to my eyes.
May God bless Molly in Heaven with youth and health.


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Freddy
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Feb 12, 2016 at 17:59
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I am sorry for your loss of Molly. I think the eulogy was a great tribute.
Rest easy small one, May the road rise up to meet you.
Freddy

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