Bearnaise Sauce Dogs


MollyThis afternoon we let Molly go.

She came to us from Vermont in the spring of 2002, just 8 weeks old. We found her through an ad in the paper, not the wisest way to find a purebred dog, and she had a full array of bad joints, both hips and both elbows. Surgeries and careful rehabbing, along with supplements and medications, gave her a good life for most of her years with us. But the past 17 months have been tough, and the past three months tougher.

Molly never met a person or a dog she did not love. At the dog day care she and Sam used to attend when she was more able, Molly worked hard to win over the one dog who didn't want to be friends with her. At the dog park, she made the rounds of the people and sat on everyone's feet. To people she loved especially, she offered the paws of love, both front paws presented gently as she sat on her haunches.

For the children and me, Molly was our first dog. We learned a lot about how NOT to train a puppy and how to have ourselves wrapped completely around her paw. When Sam came along, we all enrolled in puppy obedience and she learned the tricks she needed to become a Canine Good Citizen and a certified Therapy Dog.

My partner in ministry, Molly made home and nursing home visits, but
most of all she loved coming to church on a Sunday, when all the people
gathered. At Stevens Avenue Church (aka Small Church), our friend Ginny
counted her in the attendance figures. She participated in countless
children's sermons over the years. At North Parish Church, she made her
first entrance with the rest of the family to a worship service already
begun, singing out her "Wroo wroo!" of greeting to an astonished
congregation. At First Parish, though her movement has been more
limited, she made new friends and helped illustrate the idea that all
are indeed welcome.

Over the past year and particularly the past few months, Molly's world had narrowed along with her mobility, and so tonight I want to remember her dipping her toes in the water at East End Beach, veering off the path at the Falmouth Nature Preserve to cool off in a puddle, giving Pure Luck a fit by taking off at a clip when she saw an attractive porch in the distance while hiking on Portland Trails. I want to think of her sniffing to her heart's content in a place where her joints do not hurt anymore, where you can have as many Milk Bones as you want, and the cats hope you will chase them, because it's just for fun.

Surely so sweet a dog belongs in heaven, and we will meet again, by and by.

(Many thanks to Pat Long of LongShots for the beautiful portrait of Molly taken in April, 2008, at the Bernese Mountain Dog National Specialty.)

121 thoughts on “Molly”

  1. ((((Songbird))))
    Your posts about Molly have been beautiful records of her life–what a wonderful companion. She’ll be long remembered, and I hope those memories will be a comfort.

  2. Oh, Songbird. I’m so sorry, and I hope it’s ok if I’m crying along with you. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful dog. Hugs and prayers for the whole family.

  3. I’m so sorry, SB. She was a good, good dog who was loved so strong and well. Rest well, sweet molly.

  4. Lots of prayers and love. I am certain she romps in heaven and awaits you patiently. I know well the pain of losing a beloved companion and hold you in that space. Blessings, Christine

  5. I am soo very sorry Songbird to hear about dear Molly. What a wonderful tribute you offer of her.

  6. ((((((SB and Family!!!)))))
    Much love to all of you!
    Run free with no pain Molly!!!!

  7. Oh, so sorry for your parting with a dear Dogfriend… The Bagpiper and I are sitting by the woodstove tonight with Zoe, (our Border Collie), reflecting on Molly’s gifts. We have been blessed to know her.

  8. We send greenies and a proper nose touch… and purrs of comfort.
    Our hooman bean says she is praying and believes that Molly will play and sniff and wroooo roooo with joy with the angels.
    and Tiria
    (and Polgara but she’s napping)

  9. (((((((Songbird)))))))
    I’m hoping that Molly and Cub have found each other by now, and are trading out play postures and Paws of Love together.
    Mourning your family’s loss, but rejoicing in the difference beautiful Miss Molly made in this world.

  10. Songbird, I am grieving with you. What a dear, wonderful dog. Sweet Molly, I believe that some day your humans will see you running free again.

  11. I am so sorry. She was such a beauty and even tho we never met we grew to love her through the stories and photos. You are in our prayers.

  12. I’m crying.
    I’m glad I had a chance to meet her.
    Hugs for the grief you must be feeling ….

  13. Songbird, I am so sorry, and grieving with you. What a dear, wonderful dog, now running free and wroo-wrooing to her heart’s content.

  14. Oh, dear Molly, sprint over that rainbow bridge!
    We’ll miss your winsome face and your mom’s reports on you.
    ((((Songbird and family))))

  15. I mostly lurk here, but I want to express my condolences… I’m so sorry to hear about Molly. I’ve only been following along for about 3 months (if that) and I’ve come to love Molly in the short time and over the great distance I’ve known her. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling, knowing her so well!

  16. Oh,no,no,no. I was hoping somehow that it wasn’t true. I’m so sorry. Molly taught us all a lot. Prayers for her people and for Sam.

  17. Oh, Songbird…my heart aches for you all. Prayers and good wishes for all those who loved Molly. I’m sure that she has received her “little golden tail” and is happily playing with the heavenly hosts.
    May we all be as loving as Molly, and bear the light of Christ half so well as she.

  18. Ahhh Songbird, I am SO SORRY… she was very lovely in every way…much love to you and all her other people.

  19. Recently saw a Bernese in a TV ad and immediately stated to my husband “A Molly Dog”. Upon questioning, I responded “A Bearnaise Sauce Dog”. She has touched my heart through your blogs. God Bless. I know you will be reunited. Prayers abound.

  20. We are so sorry. When Libby arrived I told her that her goal in life was to be as sweet and as understanding as Molly, because that is what big dogs are for. I so wish I had met her irl, but I feel I know and love her through your writing…and I’m crying with and for you all today.
    She and Cub and Maisie (my best dog ever) are surely continuing their ceaseless mission to love everyone.
    Hugs, love and prayers xxx

  21. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know how much Molly meant to you all, and what joy she brought you.(((((Songbird))))

  22. (((((Songbird))))) What a beautiful tribute to a friend well loved. I am so sorry for your loss.

  23. Martha and family I am so very sorry for your loss! What a beautiful girl she was. Thoughts and prayers will be with you in the coming weeks as I know what an empty hole she has left in your lives!

  24. Oh Songbird,
    I cry with you. Molly was such a wonderful dog. I will miss her paws of love and her happy wroo wroo. She was such a wonderful dog and the world was a better place for having her in it.
    Peace and much love,

  25. I know that you loved her so much. She knew that too. I am so sorry. I am glad she is now getting to chase cats just for fun.

  26. Love you. My heart breaks with yours.
    The light perpetual is already shining on her…

  27. What a blessing each of you have been to the other these many years. I am so sorry for your loss (((((Songbird)))))

  28. Tears and hugs for all of you. We know this will happen when we take on an animal companion (unless we leave him or her first) but somehow it never gets easier. I’m sorry I never got to meet her. And a special pat for Sam, who must be feeling bereft as well.

  29. I am so sorry for your pain, and grateful for the relief of Molly’s. You have my prayers.

  30. O Songbird. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I only knew about Molly through your posts in the last week that I have been reading them, but it was so evident that you and she had (and still have!) special gifts. May God be there to comfort you and your family in your grief and may Molly be running without pain.

  31. I’m so sorry for your loss. Even through the ether, Molly’s goodness and sweetness has been palpable. Thinking of you.

  32. I”m so sorry to hear of Molly’s passing. I too have come to feel that I knew her through your blogging of her adventures. There are so many hearts that she touched over her years, and she will be missed. Delilah (our BMD) and I send you all and especially Sam our condolences and know that you will all be together one day.

  33. I’m so sorry. Crying for you — but rejoicing for Molly because her joints don’t hurt any longer.

  34. Yesterday, Ptolli celebrated her 10th birthday in Heaven and I hope Molly joined the party. It’s a beautiful place with luscious green grass, perfect for rolling in to get that itch in the middle of the back… A deep running brook with places where a dog can swim if she wants to or wade if she’d rather, where the water tastes, well, heavenly. There are huge shade trees that rustle in the breeze, so that after a dip in the brook and a nice shake, a long nap is in order… And as a dog dreams of her family who loved her so much, interesting smells waft by… Promises of things to explore… Later, though, after a rest… And when she wakes up, all the aches and pains are gone and she is as perfect as she was meant to be… And because all things are perfect there, and because no one will suffer there, be it in body or in heart, time will pass differently and so for her, it will only be a moment before YOU are there with her… and then all will be right. It is only us who must wait and be brave and LIVE. Hugs to you all.

  35. I’m so sorry. I know firsthand how much you can love a dog, and how much it hurts to lose them. 🙁

  36. Ah, Songbird. I’m so sorry. Though I never met her, I feel like I know her from your blog. May she rest in peace and may your hearts be held with the gentlest love and care.

  37. Oh, Songbird, I’m so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. We are all grieving with you.
    I’m glad I got to meet her, too.

  38. I saw your posting on the Berner-L, and I wanted to send you my condolences. What you have written is a beautiful tribute.

  39. how heartbreaking to lose her so soon. Prayers and hugs with you. You are a wonderful Dogmom and Molly is now resting pain free at the Rainbow Bridge, playing with all the other heartdogs and heartcats and other heartcritters who are there.

  40. Forgive any typos, since I’m typing through tears. My deepest condolences to your whole family. While the human members can try to verbalize their emotions, I’m wondering how Sam is coping with his loss. My prayers are with you all.
    I can only wish I’d met Miss Molly – such a beauty, inside and out. While it’s good that her physical pain has been relieved, I know her loss has left everyone she loved with considerable emotional pain.
    Having to make the same dreaded decision for the Late Great Doggie Bear was perhaps the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but at the same time it was as if he was imploring me to end his pain. One of my first thoughts after he died was that he was finally getting to romp free in Heaven. I’m sure he’s already invited Molly to play.
    My condolences to you and your family, Songbird.

  41. (((((Songbird)))))
    Oh, the ache of a broken, grieving heart when we lose one of our furry four footed members of our family and heart. I’m so sorry and know how quiet the house seems and the depth of your sorrow.
    We let Ben go Dec. 13th, just 2 days shy of his being with us 9 years. (He was 10 1/2).
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful soul Molly was with all of us.

  42. I know she leaves holes in each of your hearts. I hope you will store many happy memories there. You are in my prayers.

  43. Oh, {{{{Songbird}}}}! I am so sorry that Molly is gone. But I swear that I can picture her standing at the pearly gates, welcoming newcomers with a gentle “wroo-wroo” and a paw, graciously given.

  44. Songbird, joining you in grieving the loss of Molly and celebrating her new freedom. All of heaven must be wrooing. Bless you and your family and Sam this day and may all your needs be met.
    A faithful lurker who is most grateful for your gifts.

  45. Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. I never got to meet Molly in person (in dog?) but have always loved her via your words and pictures. I’ll be sure to give Rocky some extra rubbing behind the ears tonight.
    ((((Songbird et al)))))

  46. oh Songbird,
    I am so sorry. I have loved Molly too, through your writing about her…she sounded like a most Amazing Sweet Spirit. Tears for you and your family in your loss…sigh. My heart and prayers are with you.

  47. Oh! I am so sorry to read this….
    Love and prayers to your whole family and to Sam.

  48. What a blessed gift Molly was, and a teacher to you and to all of us. I was watching the WKC show last night, and was thinking of her as the Berner was shown. That dog was nowhere near as beautiful a specimen (in every sense) as Molly. Thank you for sharing her with us all, and many hugs in your grief.

  49. We lost our beloved dog, Woody, a year ago this week. It was horrible for us, as I can tell it has been for you. Your Molly sounds very much like my Woody. I hope that Woody was one of the dogs who welcomed Molly into heaven. I think they’d like each other.
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers. You’ve just lost a beloved family member. The first few months are so hard.

  50. Dear Songbird, how painful for you to lose such a partner in ministry and in life. Prayers are with you and your whole family. I picture Molly with my heartdog Munro at the Rainbow Bridge – he would have welcomed her well. Thank you for sharing her with us here on your blog.

  51. I’m so sorry; she obviously was a wonderful friend, teacher, and companion in ministry, but for much too short a time. Prayers of thanksgiving for her life and consolation for you who miss her.

  52. I am so sorry to hear that it was time for Molly to go. I hope that she was greeted on the other side by my loved companion, Addie.

  53. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful dog. Our pets have to be one of God’s best gifts to us, and their loss one of the deepest human pains. (((o)))

  54. Molly touched my life through you as she touched many others’. My deepest sympathy for you and your family.

  55. I think you must know the passage in The Lovely Bones where the dog arrives in Heaven. *That* was the part of the book that made me cry. If there is a heaven worth going to, Molly will be waiting there.
    I’m so sorry for how much you miss her.

  56. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful Molly. What a blessing she was to you and so many others. There are dogs, and then there are Dogs. Molly was a capital D dog, and those kind just must be in Heaven. (((SB))))

  57. Oh, SB, my heart aches for you. I have bid farewell to beloved dogs myself, and I know the ache that weighs in your chest and the tears that sting behind your eyes. I am sending you hugs and the healing power of joy-filled memories of Molly. She joins some mighty fine company in her new home, but she misses your love and gentle affection. Blessings to you and prayers for your heart (and those of your family).
    Anne (Altar Ego)

  58. I’m so, so sorry. Sending you hugs and prayers.
    That is a beautiful portrait.

  59. I am so sad, and sorry, to hear about Molly. It breaks my heart, even though I suppose she is now set free. *HUG*

  60. ((((((((SB))))))) I’m so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Molly.
    Love, Psalmist, Rosie, and Jenny

  61. {{{{{Songbird}}}}} I know how hard this is. I hope Molly is running through the fields with our Cody and Katie on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, all of them happy and whole.

  62. Such a beautifu photo, and many happy memories, but right now I guess they do little to ease the ache in your heart. ((Songbird))) and family.

  63. (((((Songbird))))) So very, very sorry for you and your family’s loss. Molly was truly a wonder!

  64. {{{{Songbird and family}}}}.
    We will miss you girl, and all the wonderful posts about you. Thanks for sharing her with us.

  65. Hugs! Just hugs. My own blog post tells about several pets we’ve had to let go. It hurts. I’m sorry.

  66. Thank you for sharing your Molly with all of us. I am sorry for your loss. Molly was a beautiful pet and a loyal friend to all of you. We all miss Molly. Prayers of comfort for you and yours.

  67. I’m late to post, but I am truly sorry for your loss. May God hold you in the palm of God’s own hand and grant you solace.

  68. I’m so very sorry for you and your family. Treat yourself well in your grief – you are in my prayers.

  69. Songbird, while reading the Friday Fives about pets just now, I think Molly stopped by. Maybe. I don’t know what her bark sounded like, but the word verification was Browrow. LOL! (((((SB))))) Thinking of you and Molly today.

  70. Sandy and I will never forget our wonderful visits with you and Molly. My heart is heavy at your loss, but one day I pray we will meet again.

  71. I’m so sorry for your loss, Songbird. I wish you comfort and hope in your mourning.

  72. I just read about you losing your beloved Molly. Even though we know the length of our pet’s life will never match ours, it is still so very hard to let them go. Prayers for you and your family.

  73. Good-bye Molly. I wish you could have met my little dog Jazz. Love and prayers to all.

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