13 thoughts on “Baby Door or Doggie Door?”

  1. A darling picture and some sad news about Molly. It is part of the tragedy that we all face with our dogs since their life-cycle is always going to be causing use grief. I have known many who decide to never have another dog because of the pain of their loss, but there are so many more, less self-interested, reasons why you should have another.

    Thanks for sharing the news, no matter how painful it is. You left us all with the right message.

  2. Dear FOM,

    Condolences on your loss. At least she found you and was loved and loved others in return. There is no better reward in this life than that.

  3. Dear FOM, I’m sorry to hear that your dear friend Molly has passed away. You were both lucky to find each other for the last several years.

  4. Friend of Molly:

    The Power of the Dog

    There is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy
    Love unflinching that cannot lie–
    Perfect passsion and worship fed
    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair
    To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years which Nature permits
    Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
    And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
    To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find–it’s your own affair–
    But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
    When the spirit that answered your every mood
    Is gone–wherever it goes–for good,
    You will discover how much you care,
    And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

    We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
    When it comes to burying Christian clay.
    Our loves are not given, but only lent,
    At compound interest of cent per cent.
    Though it is not always the case, I believe,
    That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
    For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
    A short-term loan is as bad as a long–
    So why in–Heaven (before we are there)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

    ~Rudyard Kipling

  5. FOM,
    We lost our first Yellow Lab a few years back and I still think of him. You can be assured that you made Molly’s time with you special.

  6. Oh FOM, So sorry about Molly! But thank the stars she had you at the end to give her some sweetness in this world…a little taste of Heaven….

  7. FOM: Very sorry to hear about your sweet Molly. These sweet beings enter our lives and bring us great joy, but then, so often, there’s the heartbreak… How lucky she was that you found her. If we see some unexpected Supreme Court decisions in the near future, I’ll think of her. 🙂

  8. Dear FOM,

    Please accept my condolences on Molly’s passing. Even a skeptic like me is confident that there is a doggy heaven for angels like Molly.

  9. I am very sorry to report the sad news that Molly, the very first bloggie doggie, passed away several weeks ago after a long series of illnesses.

    Molly was rescued from a back yard puppy mill five years ago. She was cared for by a rescue group and then placed for adoption.

    She spent four happy years with her new family. Her mommy said that she was the sweetest dog she ever knew. Molly never complained about her life, and seemed to enjoy every minute of her new and joyous life with her beloved mistress.

    We all have a lot to learn from Molly.


    1. FOM:

      I am flying back from Iowa and just read about Molly. I am very sorry about her passing but you clearly gave her a wonderful and loving home.

      My condolences.


  10. “This always happens when everyone rushes for the door at once.”


    Likely a Dora the Explorer concert.

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