The boy and I got a dog. Yep, we live in separate houses, but we share the dog together.
Molly has a past, kind of like us. She’s 6 years old, and the Humane League told us that her parent abandoned her with a roommate and said they would return. They never did, and Molly and 2 other dogs were turned into the Humane League. Molly has a stiff back leg from an old injury, but it doesn’t seem to prevent her from doing anything. She favors it when getting in and out of the car, and when she sits, but otherwise it doesn’t bother her too much.
I saw that the Humane League was having a 50% off dog fee sale, so I stopped in and called the boy…about another dog. He had arrived and perused the kennels with me when he spotted Mandy (her original name). She was said to be quite timid and very afraid of the floors. But once we leashed her up and took her outside, she was a new and spirited dog.
It’s been an adjustment for all of us. Thankfully Molly gets along well (so far) with other dogs and kids, and she’s potty trained and doesn’t chew. I stop by and walk her every day after work and when I’m visiting the boy, but otherwise she’s entirely in his care. My cat has yet to meet the dog, and that’s probably for the best. The truth is, Darrell, my cat, will need to be rehomed at some point. With a combination of my travel and the boy’s allergies, he no longer gets the attention he needs. So for now, he’s resting comfortably on the arm of my recliner, but sometime he will need to find a new home.
We are all doing well and adjusting to new training. Molly and I see my friend Laura every Wednesday at Little Black Dog Training. Molly gets to learn and develop trust with me, and I get to give her treats and try to make her do things. As I said, it’s an adjustment for all of us.
Molly has been a fun addition for all of us. It’s forced me to get off my duff and walk more often. While her leash pulling can be tough on my back, the plus side of walking more makes up for it. I can’t wait to see how she does as she comes along on road trips (she loves the car), as we try camping together in 1 tent, visiting the cabin, and all the fun things we get to do together as a family. I can’t wait 🙂