The Healing Power of Puppies (Part 2)by Dr. Janice Elenbaas on 05/09/12
The only thing that made me smile after Bugsy passed away, was pictures of puppies! It took my mind off my grief and worry about Murphy. My husband and I poured over websites of anything doodle! There were Shepadoodles, Sheepadoodles, Aussiedoodles and naturally, my favorite, Goldendoodles. Although the Sheepadoodles were unbelievably adorable, they had no tails! I can’t imagine coming home and not having a tail wagging party!
The Ultimate Tail-Waggin Party?
We found our little Molly in Blacksburg, Virginia. The breeder, Dr. Kelly (a local veterinarian) had a litter of Standard Goldendoodles. The kennels were in such a tranquil, clean, lush environment. There was lots of yard area for the dogs and the puppies to run and play. Our group was in a kennel, all anxiously waiting to see new faces. But the strangest feeling came over me…. For some reason, none of these adorable little faces called out to me. I am the dog lover of all dog lovers and yet I was numb inside. Maybe this was all too soon. Then I looked over at another kennel. There was Molly and her sister with their paws up on the door and tails furiously wagging. I picked them both up and was immediately covered with puppy kisses. My heart melted and I knew that one of these girls was coming home with us. How to decide?
How could I resist this face?
After watching them run and play and visiting with their parents, we had our little girl. Her dad was smaller than our usual Standard Poodle. He was only 30 lbs. but her mom was a 55lb white English Golden – a real beauty.
We introduced her to Murphy, hoping and praying that they actually liked each other.
"Molly meet Murphy - Murphy, Molly."
Within hours of being home, Murphy was running and playing with his new little sister. Over the next few days, there was some adjusting to do, but Murphy gradually became himself again. He enjoyed his food, wanted to go for walks and play…all the things that stopped after he lost his brother. Molly is 6 months old now and they have been together for 4 months.
I think he likes her!
Murphy is still not the same dog. But I am not the same person either. A light has been dimmed for both of us. I know that we will get back to full speed one day. For now, we snuggle a lot, play with Molly and go for lots of long, healing walks.
Life will never be the same without our Bugsy but we all cope the best we can. Molly has made us laugh, and brought my Murphy back to life.
"I'm telling you Molly if we sit down they will feed us here!"
If you are having difficulty coping with the loss of a beloved canine friend, there are support groups out there. I recommend contacting the wonderful people at For Paws Hospice.
Molly has been a wonderful help to me in overcoming the loss of my beloved Bugsy but in addition she has certainly been a huge help to Murphy as well. Never underestimate the healing power of puppies!