Friday, 22 October 2010

Molly Moves

I'm afraid it's only the human again. I have no news on Tia yet. I'm due to call the lady who has her tonight and ask what's been happening.

I wish I could say I have no news on Molly either. I know this blog is for cats, but I also know that many of you are interested in her progress.

The people from Guide Dogs came out this morning. I was only expecting them to give her her injection and to have the usual general chat about how we were getting on, but they asked to see her working. I took her out while they walked behind and watched. As always, we worked well together. But when we got back, they were to drop a bombshell.

They explained to me that she was struggling when she was walking. Her hips are so bad that she's apparently crossing her back legs when she steps, and when it comes to hills, the walking gets even worse. She's obviously uncomfortable when she is maneuvering me around obstacles, and they felt that it would be in her best interests to retire her.

I was stunned. To be honest, I felt more than a little guilty too. Since she started hydro and her nutritional supplements, she's been improving, so what must she have been like before? Poor thing.

Although I don't want her to go, I can't in good conscience keep working a dog who is obviously in pain. The decision has been made. By Christmas, Molly will be retired and living in a new home. My friend has agreed to have her despite the medical costs, but this is going to be a struggle. I have told him I'll input into her bills, but we're looking at about £500 per year, minimum, to keep her comfortable. I'm hoping that help comes from somewhere so that we can do this between us, but I think it's time to penny pinch. If I have to pay it all myself, I will to make sure she has a guarantee of a good home.

I'm heart-broken at this, both because she's going and because I know she must be very sore. Through it all, she's been extremely cheerful, still eager to see people and always wagging. I'm going to miss her like crazy when she's gone. Seven weeks isn't really long enough to say propper goodbyes, especially when they are overshadowed with the knowledge that time together is coming to an end.

Ah, I'm upsetting myself all over again, and crying at work is not the way to instill confidents in your patients! I will keep you posted of both her and Tia's progress.


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The Lee County Clowder said...

We are sad to hear that you are losing Molly, Tia's human. We hope Molly has a long and pain-free retirement. We hope you don't have any trouble getting around once Molly's gone from your life.

Kind of a rough Christmas present, isn't it?

Karen said...

I am sorry about Molly. This is the second Molly who is a service dog, that I have heard of having to be retired The other molly was retired last month. Are they going to give you another dog?

Kaz's Cats said...

We're sorry to hear about Molly having to retire, but we're so glad that you're working out a way to look out for her afterwards. Sending big purrs to Molly and to you through this difficult time,


Gypsy & Tasha & Karen (Mum)

Kea said...

I missed this yesterday, am behind on blogs (way too many to follow). I'm sorry, too, about Molly, but of course it's appropriate that she does retire, since she can't keep working while in pain. Poor sweetie! I'm glad she'll be well-cared for, though.

Lots of purrs and universal Light to you both!

Everycat said...

That's a sad day indeed. Many conflicting emotions there. Molly has been your friend and helper, there is a lot to celebrate in the remaining time you have with her. As your friend is adopting her, you will still be in touch with Molly I'm sure and although it doesn't seem like it now, you will be happy that she enjoys her retirement.

Whicky Wuudler