Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happy Birthday, Molly!

Molly, our bluetick/ treeing walker coonhound recently celebrated her 13th birthday. We adopted Molly 5 years ago when she was 8 years old. She has been a wonderful addition to our family!

Here's how her regular vet check-up went a few weeks ago:

Vet: Awww! 13 years old! She must be slowing down a lot now.

Amanda: Well, no, not really. She runs around barking at everything, all the time.

Vet: Well, she certainly must not have as much energy as she used to.

Amanda: She's pretty active... she's still the first one up every morning and then she runs around and barks all the time.

Vet: But she's probably sleeping quite a lot, isn't she?

Amanda: Ummm. Well, no, we kinda wish she would sleep a lot more...instead of running around and barking ALL the time.

And so it went. Molly is still very active, barks the most out of the three hounds, and continues to grow various lumps at an amazing rate. She suffers from allergies that affect her airway, so she does cough and hack quite a lot at times, but meds control it for the most part. Our biggest problem with her lately is the fact that she is getting red, raw sores on her skin, probably allergy related. Other than that, she is always happy, full of energy and LOUD, like any good hound should be!

As energetic as Molly is, she can also relax with the best of them. We probably have hundreds of pictures of Molly in various states of "The Nap."

We are so happy to have you in our lives, Molly-pup. Happy, Happy Birthday!!


Wimsey said...

Happy Birthday Molly! Wow, 13 years. Hope you have many more barking at everything.


Bernie said...

Happy Birthday Molly! You are one beautiful hound. Mom loved the shot of you guys on the couch barking out the window. Bernie does that every day. It's a real hound thing, I think. I'm tall enough to see out the window, so I don't need to jump up. Anyway, hope you have a howling good birthday.

Bentley said...

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Molly, Happy birthday to you! Ah-Roo-roo-roo!


PS - mom loves the napping pictures and she wishes she could relax that completely!

Emma Rose said...

Happy Birthday Molly and Congrats on your Gold Hydrant Award. We came over from Life With Dogs to visit, and we will be back! We love to make new friends and you guys look like a lot of fun!

Emma Rose and The Duchess

houndstooth said...

Awww! We have one who will be turning 14 in a week. The seniors are really something special! Happy Birthday, Molly!

Edie and Gus said...

We were surprised by the Gold Hydrant Award from Life With Dogs! And a big congrats to Marmie and Bentley too. Bloodhounds are not usually known for their ability to win awards, bad behavior kind of gets in the way!

Sheryl said...

Happy Birthday Molly. I love your pictures.

We have a little dog who is now 10 years old. The last time we were to the vet he told me to keep her from jumping. Are you kidding me she can jump higher then the counter from a sitting position when a treat is involved.

Edie and Gus said...

I love when vets give that kind of advice! Sometimes you wonder if they've ever had their own dog!!

D.K. Wall said...

Happy Birthday Molly. And salutes for some great sleeping poses.