Adopt Molly a Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut Cocker Spaniel / Labrador Retriever /
Meet Molly. This pretty girl has been fortunate to have a consistent, stable home her entire life. She was adopted as a puppy with one of her siblings, Maggie, and is currently living with a mom and dad, her sibling, and now a 4-year-old toddler. Molly has been great with all her human family members and other dogs in the extended family but has continuous conflict with Maggie. The dogs have been together for years, but their aggression towards each other has increased. They have been through formal training, and the family has tried separating them, but that seems to have made it worse, and when they come back together, they will fight more. Molly is not an aggressive dog, and neither is Maggie — this is a sibling issue. It's not uncommon to see aggression and rivalry between siblings, which is one reason we typically don't adopt them out together. Molly is a very loved pup, and finding her a new home is a tough decision for her family. Since she tends to do better with kids and other dogs, they felt she was the more adoptable of the two and reached out to rescue for help. Her current mom, Hailey, shared this update: "I'd say Molly is moderate on the energy scale, she will run and play in the yard, but she's also content with laying at your feet. She does fine on a leash, we don't really use a leash very often, only for vet visits or to the groomer and occasionally on a walk. We used to take the dogs on more walks when we lived in our old neighborhood with more of a walking area, but now we live further out in the country, so we just let them play in the yard with us. We have a 4-year-old and Molly does great with her, she's affectionate, and loves to give my daughter a big sloppy kiss. She has not been around many other kids because our other dog Maggie is not super friendly with kids other than our daughter, but I don't feel like kids would be an issue for Molly at all. Molly's personality is very goofy. We laugh and say that she has the personality of a puppy. She is not goofy in the sense of being dumb - she is very smart and knows all of her commands. Instead, she is goofy as in running and looking back and then running straight into a wall, lol. I'm not sure that I would say she is shy, but she is definitely not the dominant one when it comes to her and Maggie. Judging by her body language in certain situations, I can tell that she is not confident in stressful situations. For example, if she is nervous, she will come and sit on top of my feet or try her best to get up under me. She is 100% house trained, we used to do crates at our previous home, and she was fine with that. The house we live in now has a large laundry room, so we have turned that into the dogs' room for sleeping and eating, and that's where they stay during the day if we are not home. She greets people well and will bark, of course, like most dogs when someone new comes into our home or yard, but she is fine once they greet her. I just want you to know that we love Molly to death. She was our baby before we had our daughter, so this is not an easy decision for us. But I know that with the way things are going with Maggie and Molly fighting and the degree in which they fight that it would be best for them to be separated. This is our last resort, we've tried many things and they are just not working. I think Molly would do well with someone who has lots of time to spend with her because she's used to me being home during the day. Although I don't think this is an absolute must, I do think it would help her transition a lot smoother because she is going to be pretty nervous at first since she has always been with us and with Maggie, so it will be a lot of change all at once." Molly will be going to her new foster home this week and will be fostered with two other dogs. FOSTER MOM UPDATE - 9/25 Molly has been in her foster home 10 days and is being fostered with two dogs and grandkids who visit regularly. She was nervous when she first arrived and would pace and pant, which is understandable after losing the only home she’s known since she was a puppy. After about a week, she started to settle into and trust her new environment and is very connected to her foster mom, Cindy. She’s respectful with the other dogs in her home, but not interested in play and is mostly focused on her humans. Cindy checked in to share this update. “Molly was definitely nervous when she first arrived, she would pant and pace, and had a hard time settling down the first few days. She had great house manners from the start. She’s housetrained, knows her basic commands, and will come when you call her. She walks fine on leash in the neighborhood, but will pull when she sees wildlife or when we are on the trails. She’s calmer in the neighborhood. Molly did not get regular walks in her prior home so she just needs practice. We are walking 2-3 miles a day so she is getting lots of it. Initially, she was needy for affection and was always trying to give kisses and get pets. I started ignoring her pushy behavior and now she’s much better. She connects quickly with her person and follows me around everywhere. She can now relax at my feet while I am working and loves to hangout on the couch when watching tv. She also sleeps through the night without issue now, and will jump on the bed and stay until we get up. We have not been using the crate, and she’s not destructive in the house. I have left her up to 7 hours and she has been fine...my dad comes to check on the dogs twice a day when I work.. Holly has been good with every person she has met including young children. My 4 year-old grandson played fetch with her and she loved that. She is very calm around the kids. She doesn't mind their loud play noises and is not a jumper on people or kids. She has also been fine with all the family dogs but mostly ignores them. They try to play with her and she’s not interested. I believe she would be happiest in a home as the only dog, not that she can't get along or live with other dogs, she’s just not interested. If a family or person is looking for a playmate or companion for their dog, she is not it. I would say her energy level is moderate and that she would do best with an owner who has a flexible schedule and knows how to lead. She can be pushy in new situations, and needs an owner to lead and does best with some structure. She is a social, confident dog once she settles in and is most happy when she’s getting affection from her people.” If you are looking for an affectionate family dog who has good house manners and will be great with your kids and visitors, Molly is an excellent choice. She'd be a great only dog, and would do best in a calm neighborhood vs the city, with a family who has flexible work schedule. Molly will be coming to town mid-Oct. BREED ESTIMATE: Cocker Spaniel/Lab mix GENDER: Female APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 59 lbs APPROXIMATE AGE: ~ 6 years old COAT TYPE: Medium - Soft, fluffy coat that needs grooming ADOPTION FEE: $400 OTHER INFO: utd on shots/spayed/microchipped LOCATION: Rock Hill, SC FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go tohttps://worthydog.org/adopt/adoption-application/ and complete the application. You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go tohttps://worthydog.org/volunteer/foster-application/ and fill out an application. Worthy Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.
September 17 on Adopt-a-Pet.com