Balance lessons from my three-legged dog….

About eighteen months ago my family’s life was forever changed when we welcomed the gorgeous Molly into our lives. This malamute-cattle dog cross (who is never cross) has been through some tough times, including a car accident that claimed one of her back legs, but she is still a bright spark that we are fortunate to have in our lives.


Oh, that nose…

More than that, Molly has taught me a lot about what balance means. Kind of ironic really…

  1. Wake up early and explore the new day before the world starts getting busy again.
  2. Go for a walk before breakfast; there is a whole world contained in your neighbourhood.
  3. Sometimes good things are worth waiting for. Bury the bone, and dig it up when the time is right.
  4. Treat everyone you meet as a potential friend: you never know who is going to be able to scratch that itch you’ve been trying to reach all day.
  5. When you are happy let the world know! Sharing is good! Wag that tail!
  6. Sometimes the only thing to do is lie outside with the sun on your belly and the wind in you hair.
  7. Dirt is good. Go out and dance in the rain, laugh in the storm, and make mud pies: they’ll clean your soul more than soap ever could.
  8. We all need a treat every now and again. Beg for it. Eat it with a giant sloppy grin on your face. Have a nap and enjoy your full tummy.
  9. There is little in the world that cannot be solved by a run, a big drink of water, and a well-earned nap.
  10. Be curious – not just the realm of cats you know. Sniff around, dig a little, keep wonder close at hand.
  11. One accident, can change your life, but not you. Just keep going – the world is still as beautiful, and you are stronger than you think you are.


Thank you Molly, for being a girl’s best friend. For sharing apples and pears with me, paying rapt attention to whatever soliloquies I give during the day when I am home alone, and for giving the best hugs.

Tell me, dear reader, what lessons have your furry friends taught you?

5 thoughts on “Balance lessons from my three-legged dog….

  1. okay, i LUV that last pic of u, but i didn’t know the whole backstory behind ur precious pooch!! that is just amazing, and i sorta feel like number 10 u have there is epic and SO on point. don’t worry, Molly, i’ve got a gimp leg too but still run like a demon. 🙂

  2. I’ve always said cattle dogs are just about the cutest, even tempered, smartest dogs out there. Your darling doggie looks just gorgeous. Sadly I don’t have a furry friend at the moment, living in a flat, but I grew up with a beautiful golden retriever and 3 cats so you could say I’m an animal lover!

    Great post 🙂

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