Well, in the end, we said goodbye to Molly. It just wasn’t the best thing to get sibling pups, and they were beginning to roam quite far from home if they were off-leash together. I feared for our neighbor’s chickens on a daily basis. Rather than keep one tied up all the time, or spend a lot of money to get an invisible fence, we decided to go ahead and let Molly have a new home. She has a new playmate there (a Border Collie), as well as an older owner who will make her a special pet who gets to go in the house. I think she’ll be happier. But it was awfully sad to say goodbye, and even sadder to end up in the McDonalds drive-thru behind her. Sniff. That’s what happens when there’s only one McDonald’s within 30 miles.
Here are Molly and Mingo, playing together one last time. That crazed look in her eye is because she just caught scent of something, right as I snapped the shot.
And now all Mingo has for a friend is his big, green ball.
Honestly though. We thought Mingo would be super sad and mope around for awhile after Molly left, but he seems perfectly content. He sleeps right outside our slider door at night, and hasn’t wandered off the property at all. I think he knows the rules a little better than she did, and doesn’t mind following them. He’s a good dog. As I suspected, having just one dog around makes it a lot easier to pay attention to him, and he even gets to come in on the rug a little more often. So I think this will be a good change.