Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Molly


 7 April 2000 - 8 July 2014

Goodnight Mol.

37 comments:

Sabine said...

Lovely Molly, I am sure she had a long good life with you. It is always sad to lose a close animal friend. Take care and go easy for a few days.

Chloe said...

So sorry Lucy. Goodbye beautiful Molly xx

alison said...

Dearest Molly. She has most certainly had a wonderful life. My heart goes out to you.

Alison

marja-leena said...

Dear Lucy and Tom, so sorry about the loss of your dear and much loved four-legged friend and family member. Hugs, and take care.

Mailizhen said...

I am so, so sorry, Lucy. My heart hurts for you and Tom. Rest well, beautiful Molly. - alison

Lyse said...

Je suis bien désolée Lucy. Vous avez fait le bonheur d'une chienne qui vous a rendus heureux, on les aime nos animaux, ne soyez pas trop tristes ! la vie est ainsi faite

Roderick Robinson said...

I know how I feel but distrust my ability to choose the right words. A little later, perhaps. Pro tem I have contracted out the work.

“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler

“In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.”
― W.H. Auden

“Joyful, joyful, joyful,
as only dogs know how to be happy
with only the autonomy
of their shameless spirit.”
― Pablo Neruda

“Vénérons le chien. Le chien (quel drôle de bête!), a sa sueur sur sa langue et son sourire dans sa queue.”
― Victor Hugo, The Man Who Laughs

“A dog's spirit dies hard.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, Heart of a Dog

“Mothers were much too sharp. They were like dogs. Buster always sensed when anything was out of the ordinary, and so did mothers. Mothers and dogs both had a kind of second sight that made them see into people's minds and know when anything unusual was going on.”
― Enid Blyton, The Mystery of the Hidden House

Nimble said...

Condolences for your loss. Our non-verbal loves run deep. (And thank you for the Hugo quote, RR.)

Catalyst/Taylor said...

Oh, that brought tears to my eyes. So sorry, Lucy and Tom. Molly was a good one.

Francesca said...

Sending you my sympathy xx

Leslee said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, Lucy and Tom. Such a sweet thing. So sad for you. But you gave her a wonderful life, and she great joy to you. My deepest sympathies.

Ellena said...

I am sad to read this, Lucy and Tom. I am sending you warm hugs. I enjoyed reading about Molly, the soft nudges and the stick chasing and hope that you will share more of the good times you had together.

Natalie said...

Molly is now in Dog Heaven entertaining the other residents with anecdotes about her life with Lucy and Tom. Some of these may be inspired to start their own dog blogs. Alas, we will never be clever enough to read them. However, I wouldn't be surprised if you get some psychic communications from Mol now and then.
I wish I had met the Mol and I send you and Tom sincere condolences.

Beth said...

Oh no! I am so, so sorry. It was always clear how much you loved her, and what a wonderful spirit snd companion she was. My heart goes out to you both.

Zhoen said...

Molly will be missed all over the world, but especially at home. Dear Mol.

Lucy said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and condolences, which are a true comfort. RR, the quotes are wonderful and very apposite. We are terribly sad and very wobbly, but know how blessed we have been in her. It is genuinely helpful that she was such a well-known, and loved, presence here, to have such a record of her life in words and pictures, but most of all for the touching, eloquent and consoling words from all of you.

The photo was taken a couple of weeks ago, she was visibly failing at that point, and looks thin and tired, but we were enjoying a bit of time in the sunshine together. She went down very quickly right at the end; when we made the final visit to the vet she wasn't very aware of anything (and well beyond any cheerful response to a ride in the car, which would have seemed a terrible betrayal), and she slipped away easily and gently as I held her. It was the right moment.

Rouchswalwe said...

Oh, dear sweet Molly. Sending you both a warm hug from across the Pond.

polish chick said...

dear lucy and tom, the comment i left here seems to have disappeared, so in case you never saw it, i just wanted to tell you again how sorry i am for your loss. know that so many of your faithful readers are with you in spirit. hugs.

Jean said...

So glad she went gently, which I'm sure will be a comfort to you in time - though I expect nothing is right now. Hugs to you both, Lucy and Tom.

tristan said...

commiserations, a hundred times

Dale said...

Oh, Lucy, I am so sorry. You were so very good to her: it made a kind of brightness around all of you.

Soize et Quercus said...

Nous sommes tristes pour vous, c'est un moment très difficile...Nous pensons bien à vous.
Bisous

pat said...

Lucy, so sorry to hear about your loss of beloved Mol. Knowing its time to say goodbye is so difficult, even when you know there is no other path.
I don't know how many dogs there have been in your life, but when we lost Rommy back in March I found comfort in the fact that I have fond memories of all my dogs. And somehow they all live in my heart no matter how many years have past. I sure you and Tom will feel the same about wonderful Mol when the pain of the last few days has ebbed away. Pat

Lucy said...

Thanks again,.

R - warm hugs gratefully received!

PC - sorry about the lost comment. We really are amazed and much touched by all the support, thanks again.

Jean - it is a comfort, really. We worried about how it would be, knowing what a fighter she was and how reluctant she'd be to leave too soon, but worrying about letting her suffer, but it resolved itself OK, thank goodness.

Tristan - you're a dear, thanks.

Dale - and you, that's a lovely thing to say.

S & Q - merci mes amis, vous êtes gentils, et je sais que vous comprenez bien l'amour d'un chien adorable!

Pat - so happy and touched that you've stepped out of the shadows again with such kind and lovely words (I left you a message here a few months ago but don't know if you got it, on this post, as a footnote ), but so sorry to hear about your beautiful Rommy, he was clearly a very well-loved member of the family. Molly is only really the second dog in my life, I had a dear collie from when we moved to Brighton after my O levels, but inevitably with leaving home etc the bonds loosened. I think also the stage of one's life when you have them perhaps makes a difference; Molly's been with us for much of our married life and most of our time in France, we more or less built the house around her! She had us well-trained and so much now has to be adjusted to which is hard, but we have no plans for another dog, for various reasons, we feel life needs to take a different turn. But as you say, Mol will always be there in our hearts.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lucy and Tom,
I am so sorry.
Molly is travelling along a new road and when she reaches her destination, she will wait for you.

Love Herhimnbryn xx

Avus said...

Dear Lucy and Tom

More than some, I can understand and empathise completely with your loss of Molly as I lost my Rex about 3 weeks ago.

I am glad she had a good, long life and an easy death - what more can we wish for our friends, both canine and human.

R.R. gave you quotes from a few "dog" poems. I will give you mine - too long to quote here but try:
http://4umi.com/kipling/renewals/dinah

With all my good wishes

Mike (Avus)

Stella said...

A hard loss. I'm glad you cared for her and she for you. Good dog, Molly.

Fire Bird said...

Just caught up with this sad news. Sending my love to you both xx

Dick said...

So sorry to hear, Lucy. 14 years is a gift of a life for a dog. What a wrench for both.

We're in Dinard now. Just the phone for contact. 07813 567821 + email.

rr said...

Oh Lucy. Love to you and Tom. Such a beautiful gentle loving presence, I'm so glad she went gently after such a loved life.

Isabelle said...

So sad for you. It's heartbreaking to lose a lovely innocent animal. What a beautiful photo of her. Much sympathy.

(My verification words are: waggest and satisfaction! How appropriate.)

Lucy said...

Thanks again, ever so much. Isabelle, that WV is wonderful, I sense the spirit of Mol being channelled through the ether!

We are truly comforted, and not a little amazed, at the outpouring of sympathy and support, here and elsewhere, that the passing of one small non-human has prompted. The feelings come and go, it still hurts terribly and we think of her all the time, but we can also often speak of her with joy and amusement too, and there is of course an element of relief that no more painful, frightening, difficult things can happen to her. We are being kind to ourselves and each other, and a shared grief can only be better than a lonely one.

I'll try to get back to posting here soon.

YourFireAnt said...

Oh, how sad. Lucy, I'm sad also. Wish I could hug you now.

Teresa

sonia a. mascaro said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your dearest and much loved Molly! So very sad... Our pets are definitely much loved family members. Sending you all hugs of comfort from miles away....

HKatz said...

Lucy, I'm so sorry. She was a beautiful dog.

Laura said...

Dearest Lucy, I could hear an undertone of sadness in your otherwise quite friendly and cheerful comment on my blog today (for which I thank you very much.) This news of Molly's death was not unexpected.. I've been dreading I'd find it here for a while. But still, I didn't want to find it ever. I won't forget that day four years ago when I had the great pleasure of romping around Moncontour with you and Tom and Molly. She was a lovely, lovely creature. Loved, loved creature. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending warm if teary hugs from North Carolina to you and Tom. I hope we meet again.

Lucy said...

Dear Laura, thank you so much. As you say, it wasn't unexpected,
but a great sadness nevertheless. We too remember that day with great affection!