DSC_0254As I posted a couple days ago, my dog Molly was hit by a car in McLean, Virginia this week. She has been in intensive care as we tried every possible medical intervention to save her, but this afternoon we had to put down Molly. My two older sons, Leslie, and I held Molly as she was euthanized. I want to thank so many on this blog for reaching out in the last couple of days and I thought you should know. The whole family is devastated. Molly was the center of gravity for our family and I cannot express the terrible sadness that I feel in losing Molly.

In the last 24-hours, the Hope Center found far greater internal injuries to Molly, who was unable to eat and today was unable to stand. She could not breathe on her own and we found punctures in organs that were previously missed due to the severe bruising internally. Her red blood count was falling and she needed oxygen to breathe. Finally, the staff at Hope called us this morning and said that additional surgeries or interventions would not likely succeed and that we were prolonging Molly’s pain.

IMG_0327I have had four dogs, but I must admit Molly was my favorite. We were inseparable and would take long walks every day together. Molly always had to be touching a family member — often putting her head on your foot or her paw on your lap. I called her my “prom queen” because she would pester you until you acknowledged that she was the most beautiful thing in the room . . . and she was. I have never seen a more perfect dog. She was loving, loyal, and friendly to everyone. There is such a hole left by her departure and it is difficult to image how we got along three years ago before she arrived.

Thanks again everyone for your kinds words and thoughts.



107 thoughts on “FAREWELL MOLLY TURLEY”

  1. May she be guided by loving souls, nurtured and cherished, and return to a loving home in her own good time.

  2. Professor Turley, my truly heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved dog, Molly. Dogs are wonderful creatures who show us all the meaning of joy and unconditional love.

    Molly was a beautiful dog. I’m glad that her people were able to be with her and comfort her at the end. I know she loved you all to her last breath, just as I I know she will be missed and remembered by you and your family always.

    I also want to say thanks to any number of the commenters here at your blog. I’m a fifty-two year old man but even so, several of the comments and stories told in them moved me to tears. After reading them, I had to go out and spend some extra time with my own dogs today, and that was good, and I am thankful that I could.

  3. Condolences to you and yours in your loss. May your happy memories sustain you through the grieving process. Molly was truly a lovely, lovely lady!

    Sympathy and Hugs to your entire family.

  4. My sincerest, heartfelt condolences on you loss of Molly. I know the pain of losing a furry, loving member of the family

  5. Prof. Turley,
    I’m so sorry to learn of Molly’s death. The decision to end the life of a family pet is excruciating. Thank you for sharing Molly with us. She was a beautiful dog.

  6. Professor Turley,
    I am so sorry for your loss…dogs have a special place in an owner’s heart for the unconditional love they never cease to bestow on a family. Prof. Molly was not only a well loved Turley family member but a scholar as well, specially versed in the field of animal liability to which I am eternal grateful for her instruction.

  7. I am particularly concerned about the trauma to your son, who may feel some responsibility as well as the loss, and outraged that the driver would leave a boy and his injured dog without seeking help for them or, at least, contacting the parents and waiting for them to arrive.

    I, too, have lost dearly loved dogs and when it is sudden and a young dog it is particularly painful. You never forget but it helps to have another dog in the family.

  8. I sent my Phoenix, 14 year old rescue dog (she rescued me) on up ahead of me over 2 years ago. I still miss her dearly, even though I’ve gotten two other rescue dogs and love them just as much as I loved her. I mourn with you and your family and all those who loved Molly. Here is a poem that is comforting to me.

    Vein of Gold ….by e.allen

    And in thine eyes a glimmer of hope
    That resurrects the damp from these pale days
    Mixing with the crushed powder of a previously saturated heart
    Wrung out and dry from the possibilities of hope
    The destitution of despair
    And as too does a rosebud in winter
    Dream of spring bloom
    We fall at the feet of what we cannot change
    The seasons of love, of hurt, of pain, of joy
    Move through us like wind through barley
    Allowing the noise of life abound
    And you say you want to fly
    Fly away with me
    But why would you
    When I will never leave
    But remain forever in your heart
    As a vein of gold

  9. JT,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of Molly.

    David B.,

    Your story brought tears to my eyes, thank you and your daughter.

    We that have loved and lost our beloved companions know the deep ache of losing the gift of devotion and pure love. Molly is so beautiful. Rest well dear heart.

  10. My wife and I know only to too well the heartbreak of losing a beloved pet. I hope this dogs “Last will and testament” helps in some way…

    “Before humans die they write their last will and testament. They give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If with my paws I could do the same, this what I’d ask . . .

    To a poor and lonely stray, I give my happy home,
    my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys,
    the lap, which I loved so much,
    the tender, loving touch,
    the hand that stroked my fur and sweet voice which called my name.
    I will to the sad, scared shelter pet,
    the place I had in my human’s loving heart of which there seemed no bounds.
    So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again,
    for the loss and pain are more than I stand.”
    Instead, go find an unloved pet– one whose life has held no joy or hope,
    and give MY place to HIM.
    This is the only thing that I can give.
    The love I left behind.
    This is my inheritance!
    My Will and My Last Testament.”

    Author Unknown

  11. Really sorry to read that, Jonathan. Sounds like a great dog and friend.

  12. Saddest day of my life was putting down my long-time (16yrs) Beagle friend, but he needed to be freed from his suffering more than i needed him to stay with me. i’ll never forget him and have since gotten another, different breed dog to guide me – and i love him too (and i’m sure my heart will break again). We’re only here for a short while – surround yourself and your family with these precious biological love instructors while you can.

    My condolences and hope for your recovery with another beautiful creature.

  13. A donation has been made to Columbus Dog Connection in Molly’s honor. CDC takes dogs who have worn out their welcome at the local shelter and are to be put down. They foster these dogs and find them homes. CDC also help improve conditions at county shelters in the poorer parts of the State.

  14. Professor Turley I’m so sorry to hear about Molly! She was such a beautiful dog, and certainly contributed to one of the best torts classes ever.

  15. What a beautiful dog. What a painful loss for you and your family. I’m so sorry for you all.

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