Molly is an adorable Dachshund/Beagle mix who was abandoned with her daughter, Mary, outside a local veterinary clinic in the middle of June. After waiting faithfully in the sweltering heat all day for an owner who never returned, Molly and Mary were picked up by one of the clinic’s clients and taken home with her. She kept them in her garage for three days, still without air conditioning and with minimal human interaction, while trying to find them a home.
On June 20th, Molly and Mary were dumped at Healing Hearts Animal Rescue in Nashville, TN. They were both so scared that they had to be carried through the front door. However, in a quiet environment, with lots of love and support, the dogs began to recover. Mary, just two years old, was the first to respond, eagerly greeting visitors and lavishing kisses on them. With her puppy-like face and outgoing personality, Mary was quickly adopted.
Molly, however, has needed more time. She is four years old and appears to have been abused by children in her past because she shakes violently and attempts to bolt if she is in the presence of children from babies to elementary age. With adults, both men and women, she usually feels comfortable so long as there are not a lot of people.
The experience of being abandoned twice has clearly left its mark on Molly. This was most evident at her first vet visit last week. Molly refused to enter her foster mom’s car at all. When picked up and placed on the passenger seat, Molly seemed calm at first, but as the car ride progressed, she began hyperventilating, shaking uncontrollably and repeatedly attempted to climb over the back of the seat.
Her foster mom tried to reassure Molly and petted her constantly, but Molly clearly did not believe her. Molly’s last two car rides had ended with being dumped and she was convinced that it was about to happen again.
Once they arrived at VetMed, Molly completed a brief exam, Bordetella shot and fecal exam with the gentle, soft-spoken Dr. Harris. For the ride home, Molly was a very different dog. She laid calmly on the car seat and accepted petting.
Dogs naturally want to bond with their owners and are incredibly loyal. Even a dog like Molly, whose trust has been broken repeatedly, can learn to trust again and that most people are safe.
Molly loves to snuggle on the sofa and often begs for belly rubs. She enjoys carrying her toys around the house and is learning how to play with them. Molly walks well on-leash and enjoys playing with other dogs, both large and small. She is comfortable with cats and respectful toward them. Molly is perfectly housetrained and cratetrained, so she would be fine in apartment or a house.