Friday, March 19, 2010

How Molly Came to be.....

September 22nd I was just perusing Craigslist.  Sort of my daily thing.  Sometimes you can find some of the best deals on there.  Well as I do each time, I was looking at the pet section and there was this ad for a a Dachshund.  Now I knew better than to shoot off and e-mail but... tsk .. I did..   I wish I had the original listing to show but I have the e-mail that started it all. ( names & numbers are edited for safety reasons )

Here it is..

Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 7:40 AM

I live in ............., have a nice yard for a dog and two little girls that would enjoy her. My cell is ..................  I'd like to know a few things.  How old is she, is she a nipper and are you asking a rehoming fee as there was none listed in the listing so I am assuming you are just in dire need to give her to someone who can care for her and spoil her.  The pure bred part doesn't concern me as if she is not spayed she would have that done immediately.

Let me know.
......................... ( the link no longer works but I hang onto it for memories sake )

Now..   I didn't think I'd get a reply as Dachsie's are pretty cute and I figured the re-homing fee wouldn't be much.  The ad didn't state that there was one but when someone says it's a purebred you just know there is going to be one.

Her reply..

  A.H. wrote:

I am not completely sure how old she is. She is in kind of a funny situation. My husband's sister bought her when she was a puppy, but they decided they didn't want her because she barked too much. They kept her outside by herself and never paid attention to her. Then one weekend they asked if I could babysit her. I said sure, and my sister-in-law told me to leave her in her crate all weekend, not to let her in my house, and if she ran away, to try not to get her back. Of course I let the dog in my house and she bonded with my chihuahua and my kids.... then when my sister-in-law came back, I told her that if they didn't want the dog I would be happy to keep her. So she said "fine" and just ditched the dog. She is a sweet sweet dog. She loves to cuddle. I have a two year old girl and a nine month old boy, and she is AMAZING with both of them. Seriously.... she will come sit by my baby and he grabs her by the eyelids and tail and stuff and she just sits there! She has never bitten anyone since I have had her. I think they had her for about two-and a half years and we had her between six months and a year, so she might be between 3 and 4?? I am pretty sure she is not fixed. She has a slight problem at my sister-in-laws house with wetting on the floor when they would try to keep her inside, but while I had her, I just made sure she was let out a little more often than my chihuahua and she was fine. She started barking more when she was around my mom's two chihuahuas because they are really misbehaved dogs, but when she is just with my other dog she isn't like that. So she just needs positive influences and an great owner that wants to help make her a great dog! I have already started that since she came to me, and she has become a great dog.
I am not asking a rehoming fee, I just really want my dog to go to a great home and I don't want to have to give her back to my sister-in-law because I would never wish that on her.
Anyways, sorry I wrote so much. If you are still interested, please let me know. I have gotten two other responses, but they are people that just said "how old how much" and I am kind of weary of the character of people like that on craigslist.
Thank you for your time, again.

the wetting on the floor kinda made me worry as with the barking..
But she ended up calling me and I decided what the heck.  Go and see. What harm could it do.

I brought her home that very day.  The woman didn't ask to see my home, if it had a yard as I had said or anything.  She didn't ask how I would care for Molly.  Nothing, not one question.  I am .. still to this day .. amazed.  I could NEVER let one of my furkins go to someone without pretty much getting into their lives and seeing how one of them would live.  It wouldn't happen either way but that's how it would be if my situation forced me to make that horrible choice.

So after Molly came to be with us.. I wrote another note to the previous "owner"
Hi there I had a few questions for you.  
Has Molly had been vaccinated, if so is she in need of being updated?   Has she been wormed?  Did you take her to either of the vets here.  Just would like to know so I could be sure to call the right one for records as I go to..................  She did very well her first evening.  Has she previously been kenneled at home?  We picked one up for her and she took to it very well.  Are there any commands that she knows/been trained to do anything special?  She seems to really enjoying being walked.  She's been on several today and seems really good with a harness.  I hate walking them with collars I'm always afraid I will choke them if I need to pull them out of harms way.   Any favorite snacks?  Does she like canned dog food and if so what brand?   I don't regularly give wet food to my pets as I think it's pretty bad for them but it's like cake you just have to have some once in a while you know?  :) 

Anyhoo that's the few questions I had for now.  If you can think of anything else to share please feel free.  She seems to be adjusting well and my family loves her.  She will be well adored I believe.  :) 


I made a few remarks in bold on my thoughts ...

She replied.. 

I'm really glad you wrote. I have been thinking about her alot and hoping she did well her first day away. I don't know about her vaccinations. My sister-in-law had her for the period of time when she would have gotten most of her vaccines. I don't know about the worming either. I haven't taken her to either of the vets here yet.  (what the girl told me they had been living in this area for quite some time ????????)
We did not kennel her, but my sister-in-law did. They would stick her in it when they went camping, and only let her out to go to the bathroom for two days. She would bark and bark.... so I am surprised that she likes it after that. Most small dogs do feel comfortable in them though. I tried to teach her to sit and stay, but she just did not get it. Snacks are snacks as far as she is concerned. The only snacks she didn't like were these weird all-natural organic dog treats that my mother in law brought over once. For some reason, she just would not eat ( hmmm funny she loves em...) One of the best snacks is the garlic and yeast tablets. My parents used to get them from the pet store, and they are really good for keeping fleas away and keeping the coat healthy.  ( her coat was dull and she was covered in fleas :( )They make the dog's breath smell like garlic, but god knows that would be an improvement for Molly :P We never really gave them canned food just because it gets expensive, but seriously, that little piggy will eat ANYTHING. It's all about how much you want to spoil her. hahaha.
I'm glad that she is fitting in. I hope she is behaving! It's a lot easier to give up a pet when you know they have gone to a good place and you know they are doing well. At least, it's easier on me.
I hope your kids like her. She has always been really good with kids, even babies. She seems to enjoy being mauled by little ones.
Don't be surprised when she kills her first mole and leaves it on your (so far no moles.. )

So a few weeks passed and A.H. had said if Molly wasn't working out for me that she would take her back ..
This e-mail started out with a REALLY bad morning where I made the foolish assumption that I would be able to walk Molly to from the front door to the side yard to potty.   She took off, ran approx 2 blocks where I FINALLY got a hold of her.   I was, to be honest, livid with her and ready to call of being a dog Mommy forever.

The note..

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:15 PM, .........................................wrote:
Good evening.
I wanted to see if you were still open to taking Molly back.   Although she is meshing well with us, she is not meshing well with my kitties.  No attacking or anything but she simply will not let them come out of hiding when she is not in her lil house.  We're having to keep her in her lil house more than I personally would like as I hate having to coop an animal up. ( I never mentioned the nearly committing doggiecide.. )If you can not due to living arrangements still I will place an add on Craigslist and have no fear I will go to the persons home to be sure she would be living in a good home with a fenced yard.
Anyhoo I didn't want to make you feel as though you had to take her back  I just thought I would ask you about it before placing an ad.  I was going to have my husband ask at the Casino where he works as he mentioned showing her photo to people and several of the older ladies ooing and awing over her so I think we would be able to find her a good forever home that doesn't have existing kitties or perhaps only has one kitty that is lonely and wants a little doggy companion to snooze with in the evening.
Let me know.


After this note was sent I was still seething as I was driving my daughter to school,  telling her I was sorry that Molly would be going to a new home.    She was heart broken..   I called Aaron and told him and he said ... if she doesn't make you happy then do what you need to do to be happy and have her happy as well ...

So I sat.. and I hemmed and I haw'd..  I even write up a CL ad that I kept.  I kept it now ... as a reminded of what a fool I could have been.

Here it is...

Gentle standard smooth hair red Dachshund in need of a forever home.  She is approximately 3-4 years old,  I was told she is a purebred and definitely looks it.  She has a wonderful personality, very snugly, loves to take walks and is excellent with my two children, one of which is under 2 years old.  She also LOVES cats but sadly they do not love her hence my re-homing.  Explanation: I have cats and when she is out of her Crate she will pretty much hunt them down and keep them pinned in a hiding spot.  Makes life miserable for the cats.  

I am asking a small re-homing fee to ensure that she does truly find a forever home.  She comes with her collar with a little bell on it so you know where she is. A retractable lead which looks similar to this:
A Yuppie Puppy Anti-Pull Mesh Harness which is exactly as shown in the photo link:
Info about the harness for those who are curious:
She will also come with a large bag of dog food which is what we've had her on since we've had her in our home.  The bag is approx half full.  She was a little over weight when we first got her and is slowly slimming down with a good diet and exercise. She will also come with a nearly full box of biscuits and some small beef flavored raw hide chews.  2 mini tennis balls and a twisted rope toy. 

My heart breaks each time I read it.  as I said.. it's a reminder of what a dip I could have been.

Finally ... a few days later I got a reply to my note:


I'm sorry to hear that. I had prepared myself for the fact that she might not find a permanent home immediately after me, simply because she needed a lot of work. I appreciate what you have done so far though - the stress level in my home has decreased so much without my father in law constantly nagging about an extra dog. I would be very grateful if you found her another home. I trust your judgement as much as my own. Please let me know how it goes. Molly is a great dog and I want the very best for her.

I was never told she needed a lot of work.  *sigh*  The home that I picked her up from had several dogs.. I never understood why they would get "rid" of just one.

By the time I had gotten her reply I had totally cooled down, sat and talked with my husband and made the choice to stick it out and work with Molly.

I decided to send one more reply .. knowing that she wouldn't answer me.  


Good evening.   
After sending that note I sat down and did some soul searching with Molly.  I just had a crummy day and she was being a poop on top of it.   We had a long Mom to Dog daughter talk, a bit of a barking match, a stare off and now we're working at making it work.   She has pretty much left the cats alone other than a random chase.  We really do adore her and want to make her part of the family.  I just didn't realize she needed as much work as she does.  But I see it as a mountain that my husband and I will climb with her and come out good in the end.  So far so good.

Have a few more questions for you about her.

Was she clicker trained at all?   I have one and I'm working with it to help her learn good behaviors but she seems almost terrified of it which led me to believe she may have been around one in the past but had it used as a distraction for negative behavior. 

When her nails were clipped how were they done?  I've been considering using a dremel so sand them down with which is pretty common practice.  I just want to see if there was another method for trimming used. 

Does she know any basic commands?  I can't remember if I had asked that in a previous e-mail or not so I thought I'd ask again.  I'd hate to try and train her with a basic command I'm used to with dogs if she has learned something totally different.  Don't want to confuse her. 

Did you have her on a certain style of dog food?  I think I asked the day I picked her up but I can't remember. 

If at all possible could you find out about her shot/vet record from your sister in law?  I want to take her in but I'd hate to have her get shots she may not need. 

Anyhoo that's all for now.  I'm sorry to be a pain in the ass with all the questions.  It's just hard to know a pooch and what they need/ came from to adjusting them into a new life.  Want to keep it simple and easy for her as the weeks go.  :) 



If you'd like to see photos of Molly I have a public album via Picasa you can view.

Sent 10-10-2009.  It's been long enough to get a reply. 

Anyhoo ...
never posting that CL ad to re-home was one of the best decisions I've ever made.  We have made it through many milestones ( as I call them ) and look forward to making it through many more.

Mom & Dad to Molly Sept 22nd, 2009.  Her first photo.  :)

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