Molly arrived at our door step yesterday, thanks to the wonderful efforts of Ned Clancy who sprung Molly from a local shelter. Molly was microchipped, her owner was contacted, but shockingly, her owner left Molly to die in the shelter. Thanks to the efforts of DRC, Molly WILL have a happy ending!

This poor little lamb was covered in mats, soaked in urine and had feces matted in her paws and fur. The first order of business was taking her in to the clinic to shave off the mats and bathe her... and what a lovely little lady was found underneath all the filth! She has severe infections in both ears, a tumor on her gums and a peri-anal tumor (both which will need to be biopsied). It also became apparent that this poor little darling is likely completely deaf. On Wednesday Molly goes to a professional groomer to tidy up her clip job and get her looking more like a little lady!

It breaks my heart that as of yet, Molly does not seek out humans for comfort. Why would she? Look how she has been treated. But I have no doubt that with patience and love that this angel will come out of her shell and be a loving and loyal friend. Already she has started wagging her tail a little and has learned the pleasure of a good butt rub! 

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Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on February 6, 2014 at 12:07pm

Yes, it is, Deborah.  And Molly (now Rue) is coming along, thanks to Kelly's care.  I think her forever home is just around the corner!

Comment by Deborah Moore on February 6, 2014 at 7:51am

She is beautiful! Once she gets her footing, she will be so loyal, so grateful. Deaf dogs are just as trainable as hearing dogs - with just a few tiny adjustments. And a deaf doodle can be as bouncy, happy and loving as a hearing one. <3

When dogs are totally shut down, I've seen it take 6 months or longer for them to feel comfortable and confident. Each step forward is such a victory for them! :-)

Comment by Kelly Blackwood on December 17, 2013 at 1:26pm

The hearing problems may be due to the chronic ear infections but are likely irreversible. Sometimes I think she hears a little bit. But if she's sleeping and you call her name or click your fingers right next to her ears... she just doesn't hear it. Nevertheless, each day I see a little bit of progress... wagging her tail a little more, improved appetite, approaching us a little more, slightly more interest

in her surroundings. I would not be surprised if it took months for Molly to really shine, but I have no doubt whatsoever that there is a very special girl inside there.

Comment by Colin Melville on December 15, 2013 at 7:17pm
That's what I was thinking and hoping. If she had an ear infection left untreated for years tho who knows how much damage has been done. Poor sweet little pup, hopefully she'll come out of her shell with some TLC!
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on December 15, 2013 at 5:51pm

Is it possible that the hearing problem is due to the ear infections? 

Comment by Kelly Blackwood on December 15, 2013 at 4:19pm

Amazingly, she does seem to be housebroken. She trots outside to the grass, does her business, then trots right back inside and goes back to her bed. 

I'll get more photos of her once she gets spruced up at the groomers. :-)

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on December 15, 2013 at 3:57pm

Our hope is that she becomes trusting enough to seek out some of the wonderful things a good life can offer her. Maybe after a few days/weeks of resting and  watching you all.......   You are the perfect foster for her. Thank you sooooo much for caring for this gentle soul.  Is she housebroken at all? That would at least tell us someone cared enough once to have her inside.  My heart is just breaking for her. I am so glad we rescued her.  Even shaved down, she is very pretty.

Comment by Kelly Blackwood on December 15, 2013 at 3:30pm

Yes, Nancy, she still has the little apricot spot on her head (I love it too!)

I shudder to think what this little soul has been through. There are 2 dog beds downstairs and she just goes from one to the other and does nothing else but sleep. She is not inquisitive and does not interact with us or our 2 doodles. She just seems completely shell shocked. I know she will come around, but it really does break my heart. How many years has this dog been completely neglected? 

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on December 15, 2013 at 3:20pm

Does her apricot spot on top of her head still show?  That is such a wonderfully unique marking.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on December 15, 2013 at 3:19pm

As we drove home, Skip and I had a discussion about her hearing, and suspected that she might be deaf.  Thank you so much for treating her physical problems as well as showing her that life can be good and humans can offer comfort and snuggles.   I just know that there is someone out there who would love to give Molly a quiet life filled with love.

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