sleep gently sweet Molly

a pet shop window smudged from her tiny nose pressing against the glass

three little girls creeping from their beds in the middle of the night to sleep with her on the kitchen floor so that she wouldn’t be frightened in her new home

summer vacations

Christmas holidays

bounding through the tall hay in the pastures at the farm

long meandering walks in the autumn woods

ploughing through deep snow drifts

my garden


always with us – always happy

her morning walks with Ralph became difficult



yesterday she left us the same way that she came to our family

in my arms

sleep gently sweet puppy

our little Molly Dolly

painting by my dad, George Chase

Thanks for reading

  • Wayne Harrison

    Sorry to hear of Molly’s passing. She was a very lucky dog to be in your family!

  • Nathalie Godbout

    Oh Michelle, I’m so sorry. I am tearful reading this beautiful post. Such a lucky dog to have lived such a full life in the arms of a loving family. Hugs to you all.

  • oh dear,very sad for you and the family michelle–that little doggie was so sweet—so sad…

    • it happened so quickly – we were just not ready…

  • Janice

    Oh Michelle, I am so sorry. I always loved seeing Molly, even if just her nose under the fence watching everyone walk by.

    • she was so nosey! Thanks for your kind words

  • Kaitie

    She was a perfect puppy. So much unconditional love to our whole family. I am going to miss her so much. xo

  • Sending you a big hug. Nothing quite ever fills the gaps left by our devoted pets. I hope they are playing in open fields and will greet us warmly when it’s our turn. XO

  • Betty MacMIllan

    I swore I would never cry at the office !!!

  • Meggie

    I miss that beautiful pup. What an amazing dog

  • katherine harriman

    It is always hard to loose ones we love from this natural world, yet she is always in your heart and it sounds like she has left some beautiful heart goes out to you all in this sad time.

    • so hard – thanks for your kind words

  • karen powell

    pets change our life for the better , they impact our emotions as much as our children do, 2007 i had to put to rest my cat 21 yrs from old age complications ,,,it still hurts…remember the good times…
    your heart will heal

  • I know you don’t know me, but I’ve come to appreciate you from your delightful blog. I was so surprised to read about your Molly; she was so much a part of your lives that even she was a part of the blog. Tears streamed down my face as I read your beautiful tribute to her, and I know your hearts will be broken for quite a long time. Isn’t it strange how they seem to creep into our lives so quickly and gently, and then leave such big footprints when they go. It will be different at the farm without her, but I truly believe she’ll be there with you in her own loving way.

    • Thank you for your thoughtful note!

  • It sounds like she had a life filled with love. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Heidi Eaton

    So sorry for your loss. Our dogs are part of our families. I dread the day I loose my dear Rocky Road. He’s now 13 and slowing down. Have to lift him up onto the bed. He used to take an easy flying leap onto it. He’d catch a ball mid-air, now he can’t see it, nor hear it :(. But, his tail is still wagging, he loves his walks, camping and being with his family.

    • I remember when you got him. Enjoy him while you can…

  • Susan O’Brien

    Dear Michelle Ralph and Girls:
    Know that we are thinking of you all at this difficult time!! Molly was a sweet pup and we will forever have her fur at our house!!! She sure took to Chris!! Take care and have a great trip to Italy!!
    Chris and Susan

    • She loved Chris for sure! His poor sweater…
      Thanks for thinking of us.

  • becky

    i am so sorry for all of you. mom and dad’s diago passed a week ago. he went to sleep and never woke up. it totally broke our hearts. micheline’s best buddy – she loved him with all her heart. they truly become like a child to us – loving us no matter what. lyddie is diagos sister and slowing down day by day. we know her time is near. we truly feel for all of you. remember – shes probably in an incredible field watching over you. take care, xo

    • Give my love to your mom and dad. Thanks so much for thinking of us.

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