"Mama Dog" is happy, healthy and shiny in NH. She continues to fascinate me as I get to know her.
In the house she is "top dog"...knows the routine, knows when we get up/go to bed and assists with
the children, esp. my young daughter, with whom she's developed an exceptionally close bond.
Valerie was experiencing nightmares that had her running into my room at night in tears. Now
as soon as she elicits distress noises "Mama Dog" runs to her room, hops on her bed and presses
against her. I can always tell if Valerie had a bad night because MamaDog is in her room the
next morning instead of routing me out of bed!
She is less quiet these days. She "talks" in little moans, yips and squeaks, especially
when she's happy which is most of the time. She will bark if someone comes to the door
until I answer it and tell the dogs, "It's ok" then they both settle. When the children
come home she gets very happy, esp. when it's "her" little girl, then she dances on her
hind legs and "talks" like crazy.
We had a family gathering of about a dozen people last weekend, and that was a little overwhelming.
MamaDog got downright scared so I put her in my room and made it Off Limits to everyone.
When people eventually settled down, some outside, others scattered about the house, I let
Marlise out to socialize with the small groups which were less overwhelming. She was
still nervous, but not frightened as before, and eventually she settled down on her pillow in
the corner where she could observe without being in the midst of things.
She is doing great with "come" (98% success rate) and is learning "sit" and we're working
on stay...she seems to know the hand signal for stay but it isn't consistent.
Typical of herding breeds, she likes everyone to be together and she and Hope (another herder)
love to "work the herd" when the kids go outside to run around.
I'm going to try to attach some pictures...my tech skills are pretty poor so bear with me.
Hope you don't mind the lengthy update....I love to go on and on about my dogs!
Have a happy Memorial Day -
Hi, Shirley -
We've had Marlise (Mollie) for a month now and couldn't be happier. She is a GREAT little dog!
The first few days she was shy with my daughter who, despite her size, can be very loud.
However, this changed one night when my daughter woke up crying from a nightmare...Mollie
was in her room by her bed when I got there and stayed with Valerie for the rest of the night.
Now MamaDog has a new "pup".
We are still all getting to know each other. Your warnings about Mollie's fondness for stuffed
animals was confirmed....she got three of them....Val is a lot more careful about leaving her
stuffed toys around (finally!). Mollie also has a fondness for socks...I kept finding socks
all over the house and blaming the children, but then I noticed MY socks appearing in odd places...if
we leave a sock where Mollie can reach it she'll walk around with it in her mouth and then lay down
on it. She doesn't chew it or anything, she just lays down on it. Both dogs love it when I do
laundry, and niether one is eager to move off the laundry pile when it's time to load the washing
Mollie definitely knows "home" now. We've been going for walks, at first only after dark,
when it's quieter and one is less overwhelmed with sights and sounds, but tonight we went
while it was still daylight and she did fine with barking dogs and kids playing but is still
frightened of passing cars. She is certainly car-wise.
She is also a talker. She vocalizes when she yawns, when she settles down for the night,
or when my alarm goes off in the morning. Having two dogs has forced the "snooze" button
into obsolescence because as soon as they hear the alarm they come into my room and I get
two noses in the face. If I turn over, Mollie just hops on the bed and pushes me toward
the edge where Hope is waiting. I haven't got a chance.
We did have a scare a couple of weeks ago...noticed MamaDog licking at her belly and when I examined
her I noticed her suture line was swollen and oozing a small amount of clear fluid.
I thought her suture line was splitting open and I raced her to the vet,
who said it's just a mild allergic reaction to the suture material. She prescribed
an antibiotic and 2X/day washing with presurgical cleanser (Chlorhexedrine?) and in
3 days the problem cleared up.
Her fur has come in beautiful, thick and glossy and her white-tipped tail is always wagging.
She's getting to know our neighbors although she's gotten very territorial and barks at anyone
walking by. She takes very seriously her position as Sovereign Remover of All Squirrels,
Chipmunks and Small Furry Creatures From Backyard Environment.
I keep thinking that somebody, somewhere must miss this little dog....if it were me,
I'd still be looking for her, but then I wouldn't have let her go in the first place.
We are all (even the cats) glad to have her.
Hi, Shirley -
Marlise has been with us for one week and she's doing great! Her name has
evolved from Marlise to Marli to Mollie, and we seem to have settled on
that. The first day was hard for her; she preferred being outdoors to in
and when inside, she tended to stay by the door. Over the next 24 hours
she and Hope really bonded and she relaxed a lot. They run around the yard
and play like crazy...Mollie moves like a little jackrabbit and wears Hope
out...they are so funny!
She no longer approaches me or my husband with her head down, and has even
become more assertive at "cuddle time," refusing to give way to Hope
(fortunately, I have two arms so there are no hurt feelings). She is fine
with the cats, and there appears to be a friendship forming between her and
one of the cats...they touch noses often and seem comfortable in each
I have not used the crate since her first night here, as there is no need.
In fact, Hope seems more at ease since Mollie came to live with us so I
haven't been confining her either. If I go out both dogs appear to simply
lay down and wait quietly. I am trying to get Mollie used to riding in the
car. The first ride was to the vet's, which she didn't like very much.
While we waited she became a different dog...her ears and tail drooped, her
head was down...she looked so sad, if she were human her face would have
been awash in tears (my vet, who has two Corgis of her own, says Mollie
appears to be in robust good health and is a lovely dog). She was pleased
to get back into the car and when I opened the door and she saw she was back
home she nearly dragged me to the door. She may be little, but she sure is
And she is so smart....still, training her is a different kind of challenge.
Having lived on her own she is used to doing things a certain way, and I
have to keep that in mind when I try to get her to change those ways. I'm
going slowly, gaining her trust and learning how to speak her language.
She is a great dog, a perfect pet and ideal companion. We are lucky to
Many thanks to you and everyone at Save A Dog who was involved in her
rescue. I'll send a pic just as soon as I figure out how to download them
from the camera.