Our adopted "daughter" Molly - in Maine watching Dad leave shore without her!
She adopted us when she was about 3, at least that's the age we were given by the Miami Animal Shelter. Her first "mom" had died and a neighbor brought Molly into the shelter because there were no relatives to take her. Lucky us.
We'd considered getting a dog because my husband traveled during the week and he knew I was getting a little lonely. Having always been dog lovers, a small, older pet was our first option.
He missed Molly on his first trip through the shelter, but on a second trip (he felt compelled to give one more look) past the cages of older dogs, there she was; sitting dignantly behind two barking German shepherds. Ken asked to meet her and the rest is history; love at first sight.
Molly left us more than two years ago. We had 13 years with her, and if we'd had our druthers, we'd have 13 more.
But, back to the picture. We were visiting dear friends in Maine who lived on a gorgeous lake. The first morning, we got up smelling coffee and welcoming the fresh Maine air; that is until Molly chased a skunk under an outbuilding and returned wearing her own "special scent."
Our friends told us that the "special scent" remained in their home for several months. Fortunately, our friendship has lasted a little longer than that...over 20 years!
I was in the middle of writing the 4th book, The Magician's Castle, in my 'Tween series, Cynthia's Attic, when Molly died and, as a result, developed severe writers' block. I wasn't sure I had the heart to finish the book, or ever write again. These same understanding friends suggested I write Molly as a character in the book. I took their advice and my sweet Molly-Girl became one of my favorite characters.
If I can add one suggestion of my own. Please adopt!
Here's to you, Molly Girl.
Causes Mary Cunningham Supports
Pet adoption and preventing animal abuse
Humane Society of America
Adopt a Golden Atlanta
God's Creatures Adoption