Monday, January 06, 2014

Miss Molly

We had to say goodbye to our dog Molly today. 



She had been struggling since the summer and her health declined rapidly over the Christmas holidays. We finally made the decision, and summoned up the courage to let her go.




Molly was a wonderful playmate and confidante for the kids when they were growing up. She heard all the secrets of growing children, and gave them lots of attention and affection. She was part of every family milestone, heartbreak, celebration, and vacation for more than 14 years. 
We often called her "Miss Molly" because she could be quite a princess. She hated getting dirty, or getting wet, and despised camping. She sure gave us lots of funny memories over the years.




But mostly Molly was a loving and faithful companion for me. Whatever I was doing and wherever I was in the house, Molly was within 3 feet of me at all times.







Molly really was a quilty dog, and a great quilt model. She loved quilts almost as much as I do, and could often be found snuggled up in a quilt somewhere in the house.
We were so blessed to have her as part of our family.

She leaves a hole in our lives that cannot be mended.

57 comments:

Sherry said...

My deepest sympathies on your loss. I understand exactly what you are going through.

Your wonderful memories will help ease the pain in time.

Quilty, dog parent hugs from me to you and your family.

Glenda said...

We are never ready to say goodbye. Love is such a gift where ere we find it and I wish you all comfort and joy in time.

beaquilter said...

aww, so sorry to hear this....
You need some quilting therapy I think ;)

Cathy said...

Oh Kathy, that is so sad! Such a hard decision to have to make!

Deb A said...

Oh no. That is one of the hardest decisions but she will always be looking down at you with a smile while sitting on a quilt as your guardian angel. My heart goes out to you and your family with the loss of Miss Molly. Hugs.

Ellen said...

Such a sad and hard thing to do. She was a good dog and has left you with many years of love and good memories.

Elaine M said...

Sorry to hear this news. Wonderful pictures of lovely Miss Molly.

Terri in BC said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Molly is almost the spitting image of my Daisy, and I can't imagine what you must be going through. Prayers go out to you and your family.

Carol said...

That is so sad...I'm sorry for your loss! Our pets become so much of our lives and leave a huge void when they're gone. :O(

Debra said...

Kathy, So sorry to hear about Molly. I have enjoyed seeing her on your blog. I know the loss of such a faithful companion and family member is very hard. My heart goes out to you and your family. Hugs.

Denise :) said...

Kathy, my heart hurts for you. Our pets are such true and sweet companions...sending prayers and hugs your way. I'm so sorry. :)

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

Holding you and Molly in the pocket of my heart. I have a damaged quilt that is still beautiful and as I've lost pets I've wrapped them for burial in sections of it.

all the best, Sharyn/KalamaQuilts

Andee said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of Molly. She was adorable and her poses among quilts will be missed. So hard to lose our animal buddies...quilty hugs to you and your family.

sophie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's hard for people without them to understand just how hard it is to lose a pet. They become part of our family, too. Miss Molly seemed like a sweet companion.

Deanna W said...

Ah so sad to hear. They do manage to leave a big hole in our hearts when they are gone. Perhaps you cannot mend the hole but maybe "patch" it up! Sending lots of hugs to you friend.

Ivani said...

Oh no Kathy, I am so sorry. I know what you and your family are feeling, the same happened with our loved Chiquita. It is a hard decision and reading your post I got tears on my eyes remembering all we had pass through. We still love her and will pass the days Moly will be in your heart and good memories forever.
So sad.
Hugs

Quilt Rat said...

Oh, Kathy....it is always incredibly difficult to have to say goodbye to our furry family members....keep your memories close

Kathy S. said...

So sorry for your loss of Miss Molly, Kathy. It's so hard to lose such a loving pet. Hugs.

Nell's Quilts said...

So sorry to hear about Miss Molly. I always enjoyed the pictures of her modelling on your quilts. I know what a tough decision it is to give up a loved pet. Been there. Nellie

Frog Quilter said...

Sending understanding wishes your way. I know the pain of letting a loved one go. Lots of hugs.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

So sorry to hear about your Miss Molly! I have a Mr Max, I know what you mean about constant companion! I often think about the day we will have to do this. When you love them so much, you can't see them suffer. It is such a loss but you will always have those wonderful memories!

julieQ said...

I am so sorry, Kathy...so sorry!!

swooze said...

Hugs Kathy. I am so sorry for your loss.

scraphappy said...

I am so sorry to hear about Molly. I always enjoyed seeing her little smiling face on your quilts. I hope that she isn't suffering anymore.

Design Originals by KC said...

So sorry for your loss Kathy... I have a dog that is wonderful but senile at 15 1/2 years old... we are waiting for that same day... Kathi

Suzanne said...

I'm sorry, I know it hurts

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad you have such wonderful memories.

Angie said...

It sounds like Miss Molly was a wonderful companion! It's never easy to say good-bye to our pets - my sympathies to you.

SoozeM said...

So sorry to hear about Miss Molly, it's so sad to lose a furry family member.

Sally Ann said...

Hi kathy,
So sorry to hear about Miss Molly. they really do become a member of the family. we put our golden retriever down a few months ago. heartbreaking but better for them. You will always have all your quilt modelling pictures to remember her bye!!

The Cozy Quilter said...

So sad to hear about Miss Molly. She was such a good companion for all of you. Sending hugs your way!

Quilting Nonnie said...

I am so sorry for you and your family. Losing Molly is so terribly difficult. I have a dog and a cat, have had animals all my married life. My heart goes out to you.

katyquilts said...

I am so sorry. Molly was lucky to have a family that loved her so.

AnnieO said...

Oh, dear! So sorry that moment had to come to say goodbye. She'll be in your hearts and memories forever!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

So very sorry to read about your Molly...

margaret said...

sorry to read about Molly, hard to know what to say to you but I am sure in time you will look back and remember all the joy she brought to all the family.

Debbie said...

How lucky you were to have such a wonder friend. It is so hard to say good-bye...

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is so difficult to say goodbye to our faithful furry companions ... hopefully your memories of her will give you some comfort.

Mary said...

So sorry for your loss! Been there, done that, hated it.

Gari in AL said...

We have almost come to that time with our Buffy. She doesn't follow as much but spends a great deal of time sleeping (and snoring). She was the friend who filled the void for my husband when we said good-bye to Watson: both cherished friends/family. As you have read, many are reliving their pain with you and send their comfort to you.

Dresden Quilter said...

I am sorry for your loss.

Susan P said...

Oh Kathy, sending warm hugs your way. So sorry.

Sandi said...

Only those whose hearts have been filled with a four-legged friend can understand the pain. It does take courage to make that decision and that day stays with you forever. I know you are thankful for all the good times. In pray for you and your family

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Too sad
Quilts hugs
Linda

Sarah said...

We lost our beautiful dog six months ago so know what you are going through!

Dar said...

So sorry for your loss. I know the hole that she left in your heart. I have one too with the loss of a beloved pet this summer. Cyber hugs ((( )))) from me.

Mary said...

So sorry for your loss. The fur babies really steal a piece of ones heart. We were distressed over the weekend as our oldest cat stayed away for 3 nights, but we were lucky this time and he is back. Wishing you comfort and beloved memories to cherish forever

Candace said...

Molly sounds like a wonderful friend, who had a wonderful life. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Sheila said...

Oh Kathy. I'm so sorry to hear about Miss Molly.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I'm so sorry for your loss of Miss Molly. We are almost at the same place with one of our dogs. They just grab hold of our hearts, and become such a big part of our lives. Our family memories have them all thru them. I know it will be hard to not have your 'shadow' with you.

Jackie J said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss, I know how much Miss Molly meant to all of you.

Colleen said...

Oh, how sad :( I can empathize with you as we had to make the decision 3 years ago to have our beloved 14 year old kitty put to sleep two days after Christmas. She had kidney disease, diagnosed that Sept., and went down hill rapidly. Even knowing it's the right thing to do for them, it's not an easy decision to make. Our KC loved a flannel rag quilt I had made so when we had her cremated I bought a memory box for her and included, among other things, a small "quilt" from leftover blocks of her favorite quilt.

(((HUGS))) to you.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Sorry to read your news.. ((hugs))

marcille said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is, we lost our dog Molly in May 2013 and our dog Charlie has cancer (and sadly, we will have to make the same decision in the very near future).

Again, my sympathies to you and your family.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I'm behind on my blog reading... So sorry for your loss Kathy. Our fur babies give us so much love. Hugs to you.

Kate said...

So sorry to hear about Miss Molly, she certainly knew how to model your quilts.

Lesley said...

Kathy, I missed this original post. So sorry for your loss...I know how difficult this must be. Take care...