Memories of Molly & Thanks to Friends

 

molly and orioles hat

Dean Koontz wrote:

“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.”  

As most of you know from what I posted yesterday we had to have Molly Fur, the wonderful dog who saved my life after Iraq put down at the age of fourteen. I knew her loss would hit me hard, however I have always tried to conduct myself in such situations as would Mr. Spock on Star Trek, or Commander Data in Star Trek the Next Generation before he got the emotion chip implanted. That being said I knew that I would cry, however, little did I expect that every time I turned around that I be crying.

Honestly I feel a lot like Robert De Niro playing the mobster Paul Viti in the movie Analyze This, where he tells his shrink played by Billy Crystal: “The other day, I was watching a commercial with a kid playing with a couple of puppies, I cried for forty five minutes! You slap a pair of tits on me, I’m a woman!” But I digress…

Molly meant more to me than almost anything in life. I am convinced that had she not come to live with me when I was stationed in Camp Lejeune away from Judy, that I would have succumbed to despair and found a way to die without making it look like suicide. I probably would have driven off the bridge to Emerald Isle or driven into the trees lining one of the state highways on the way to or from work.

However, having Molly there kept me from this because I wondered what the effect would have been on Molly. Stanley Coren wrote:“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.”  I couldn’t do that to her, she loved me too much and would not have understood.

Having Molly with me in North Carolina gave me someone to come home to, and her cheerfulness and devotion kept me going through some of the darkest times of my life. Just having her waiting for me when I came home made all the difference and today for the first time I came home from work and Molly was not there to great me. It really hit me again, that she was gone .

mollybag

Molly was so irresistibly funny, sweet and beautiful and she lived her whole life that way, caring for Judy as much as she cared for me. Molly would sit with me on a huge bean bag chair and watch baseball, sometimes she would be looking at the television so intently I thought she had to be watching the games at least as much as she was comforting me, especially during the 2012 season when the San Francisco Giants won their second World Series title. She hardly left my side during those games.

mollgrin

Thankfully, Molly never developed the taste for beer that our now Senior Dog on Deck, Minnie has, otherwise I would have probably had to pour her out of the beanbag to chase the deer around the house.

Over the past couple of days Judy and I have been showed such care and love by family and friends, in person as well as on Facebook. Likewise I have received so many kind words and thoughts from people who follow me here or on Twitter.

I know that sometimes social media can be poisonous and filled with vitriol. However, that being said such is not always the case. There are a lot of wonderful people out there on Twitter, Facebook and in the blogosphere.  The kindness shown by people people that I have never met in person who follow me on this site and Twitter has been amazing.

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I think Molly will always be with Me

Your kindness  reduces me to tears, just like Paul Viti, and just like is happening to me right now as I wipe the tears from my eyes. But those tears are not tears of sadness. They are tears of appreciation and thanksgiving, to Molly who saved my life, and for all who have taken just a few moments of time to offer a word of kindness. Those words have enabled me to remember all those times that Molly made my life better, helped keep me alive, and in the process probably made me a better person in spite of myself.

Thank you all so much.

Blessings, Love and Peace

Padre Steve+

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4 responses to “Memories of Molly & Thanks to Friends

  1. Sharon Hale

    So sorry you’ve lost Molly. Always looked for the times when you mentioned her. Know you’ll be looking forward to seeing her on the other side. On May 12, 2015 12:43 PM, “Padre Steve’s World…Musings of a Passionately Progressive Moderate” wrote:

    > padresteve posted: ” Dean Koontz wrote: “No matter how close we are > to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, > disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good > dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as ” Respond to > this post by replying above this line > New post on *Padre Steve’s World…Musings of a Passionately > Progressive Moderate* Memories > of Molly & Thanks to Friends > by > padresteve > > > > [image: molly and orioles hat] > > > Dean Koontz wrote: > > *“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships > are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the > relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves > to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs > because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously > – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where > innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the > cruelties of this world are unknown.” * > > As most of you know from what I posted yesterday we had to have Molly Fur, > the wonderful dog who saved my life after Iraq put down at the age of > fourteen. I knew her loss would hit me hard, however I have always tried to > conduct myself in such situations as would Mr. Spock on Star Trek, or > Commander Data in Star Trek the Next Generation before he got the emotion > chip implanted. That being said I knew that I would cry, however, little > did I expect that every time I turned around that I be crying. > > Honestly I feel a lot like Robert De Niro playing the mobster Paul Viti in > the movie *Analyze This, *where he tells his shrink played by Billy > Crystal:* “The other day, I was watching a commercial with a kid playing > with a couple of puppies, I cried for forty five minutes! You slap a pair > of tits on me, I’m a woman!” *But I digress… > > Molly meant more to me than almost anything in life. I am convinced that > had she not come to live with me when I was stationed in Camp Lejeune away > from Judy, that I would have succumbed to despair and found a way to die > without making it look like suicide. I probably would have driven off the > bridge to Emerald Isle or driven into the trees lining one of the state > highways on the way to or from work. > > However, having Molly there kept me from this because I wondered what the > effect would have been

  2. Bill McReynolds

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Padre. Molly was truly a ‘one of a kind’ dog that will remain in your (and our) hearts pretty much forever. Wheewww, man… Having dogs as your children makes it doubly hard to lose them. In the ‘normal way’ of things, your kids just aren’t supposed to die before you do. Unfortunately, dogs don’t live as long as humans – but, they really do pack some serious life into those years! Plus, you’ve got a couple great characters ready to step up now in Mini Scule and the new pup. It looks like The Padre Pack is going strong, man!

  3. So very sorry for the loss of your girl. Three years ago I had to put down my best friend and smartest being I have ever known. He was a good old, happy hound dog. If I could’ve found a way to spare Java his life, God knows I would have traded mine. I wasn’t anywhere near the good, decent, warm-hearted, unselfish critter he was. I miss him now. Your remembrance of Molly made me cry too. I believe it is the fear of never having that connection again. I have to believe in the Rainbow Bridge or I’d go mad.
    Peace and Blessings, Padre. Rest in peace Molly.

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