Montana Outdoors

March 3, 2013

Invitation to a walk

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:56 pm


This is Molly. We adopted her from an animal shelter five years ago and she turned twelve on January third. It has been a rewarding experience for all of us and there should be many good years still remaining.


  1. Oh, how wonderful…. what a sweetie…

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — March 3, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    • She is a very sweet dog. She has appreciated having a good home finally and especially having folks who actually listen to her and appreciate her presence.

      Comment by montucky — March 3, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

  2. Here here to many more good years. Such a sweet dog!

    Comment by twoscamps — March 3, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    • We took her, hoping to give her a few good years, and are very pleased that now we can expect quite a few more.

      Comment by montucky — March 3, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

  3. She’s beautiful! Bless her heart! =)

    Comment by Tricia — March 3, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    • It broke our hearts to think that such a sweet, gentle creature was just turned in to the shelter, unwanted. My, how her attitude has changed!

      Comment by montucky — March 3, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

  4. She’s quite a beauty. That little spot of color on top of her head reminds me of the old verse: there was a little girl that had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. Granted, the verse isn’t a perfect fit, but I’ll bet it’s close enough!

    Comment by shoreacres — March 3, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    • You know, I can say that this little girl has never had a single “horrid” day since we got her. Such an even-tempered creature!

      Comment by montucky — March 3, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

  5. Nice looking dog. I hope she really does like to get out on the trail with you from time to time.


    Comment by knightofswords — March 3, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    • Like to get out? That’s her passion! I had heard that her breed requires a lot of exercise and it’s very true. We walk a minimum of 3 miles a day, often more, and she is always more than willing to go. No trail is too steep.

      Comment by montucky — March 3, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

  6. I like to think she is raising her left eyebrow, Spock-like in this photo.

    Comment by jomegat — March 3, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    • Since Molly came to live with us, we learned to speak “Pointer” very fluently. In this photo, she is very Spock-like. Since her tail is not all the way up, she’s saying that she is a little annoyed that I am taking pictures instead of hiking with her, and the raised eyebrow is her way of asking when we will get under way.

      Comment by montucky — March 3, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

  7. What a cute, expressive face. I’m sure she doesn’t get denied her walk very often!

    Comment by Candace — March 4, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    • Never. She asks for very little and her walks are her most important.

      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

  8. She looks lovely! She seems to be saying ‘What are you dithering around for, with that camera?’ :)

    Comment by Jo Woolf — March 4, 2013 @ 1:26 am

  9. What a great photo of Molly, Dad! Give some love to the pup for me. I love you, too! ;D

    Comment by Juls — March 4, 2013 @ 1:46 am

  10. Molly is a beautiful dog. She looks like she could wear a human out in no time at all.

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — March 4, 2013 @ 5:27 am

    • I’ve been able to tire her out several times, but there is no quit in her at all.

      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

  11. She looks like a darling angel!

    Comment by bentehaarstad — March 4, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    • She is really sweet and has appreciated having a good home finally.

      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

  12. Nothing much better than walking with a bird dog in my eyes.

    Comment by Grampy — March 4, 2013 @ 6:11 am

    • True! I wish I could know, just for a little while, what she can sense with that nose!

      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

  13. Happy Belated Birthday, Molly!

    Comment by bearyweather — March 4, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    • She doesn’t seem to be as old as she is. She has amazing stamina.

      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

  14. So that would make her 84 in human years. She looks pretty good for her age.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 4, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    • She gets plenty of good exercise and a very good diet. I’m pleased with her overall condition.

      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

  15. Awww, what a sweetheart! Miss Molly, I am so pleased to meet you. :) I love that you can just see her personality shine through – and it’s all heart and eagerness. What a special friend she must be to you. When I was an ACO and worked in the shelter, I would really “sell” the older dogs; you would be glad to know how many of us were glad NOT have to deal with puppy-hood again :) Was her front right leg where the coyote got her? I just love looking at her expressive face!

    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — March 4, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    • That was a growth on her leg, fortunately a benign one. The coyote nipped the other end.

      When our previous dog died, my wife just didn’t want to go through that heart-break again, but we finally decided that if we could take a dog who had no other chance to be happy and give her a few good years it would be very worthwhile. She pays us back every day!

      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2013 @ 12:02 am

  16. Molly is one lucky girl! Give her a butt scratch for me and yourself a pat on the back.

    Comment by Dave at collinda — March 4, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    • She gets lots of scratches and hugs and knows that she is a part of our family.

      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2013 @ 12:03 am

  17. From one dog lover to another, she is a beauty! And a great trail companion I bet, too!

    Comment by WildBill — March 4, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    • She is always more than ready to go for a walk, a hike or a ride. Lots of heart!

      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2013 @ 12:03 am

  18. An excellent photo of Molly — such a fine dawg! Give her ears a scritchey-scratch for me.

    Comment by Kinzel, Charles H. — March 4, 2013 @ 9:19 am

  19. She is a beauty!

    Comment by Roberta — March 4, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    • When we got here we knew very little about her breed, but we have been very happily impressed. She’s very gentle and loyal and yet more rugged than we imagined. Sure had the “bird dog” instincts!

      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2013 @ 12:05 am

  20. What a face…. Yep…let’s go!

    Comment by seekraz — March 4, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    • Yes, always. Put on a jacket, jingle some keys, mention “walk” or “ride” and it’s on!

      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2013 @ 12:07 am

  21. Oh that face, what a beauty!! She looks so very healthy, too…. Such a girl. :)

    Comment by FeyGirl — March 5, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    • Fortunately, she is very healthy and in very good condition for her age. We will work hard to keep her that way!

      Comment by montucky — March 6, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  22. she looks like a dear being ~

    Comment by Tammie — March 5, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

  23. Molly sure looks like a sweet dog and a great companion for a walk! Thanks for sharing your friend with us. :-)

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — March 6, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    • She’s great! Always more than eager for an outing, big or small. Such friends are very rare.

      Comment by montucky — March 6, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

  24. nice looking dog and a great looking hiking companion

    Comment by skouba — March 6, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    • She enjoys an outing so much, Stacey, that she makes it more enjoyable for me!

      Comment by montucky — March 6, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  25. Oh what a lovely dog, and a sweet look she sends you, patiently waiting to continue the hike. I understand your wife┬┤s thought about not wanting to go through a heat-breaking farewell again, one become so attached to a loyal and trusty animal. Molly looks beautifully healthy, I wish you many good years together.

    Comment by Giiid — March 7, 2013 @ 4:35 am

    • Thank you Giid. We know we will outlive her, but we’re content, knowing that we have given her many good years that she would not have had otherwise and we will probably adopt another after she is gone. There are so many animals who need good homes! She would approve.

      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2013 @ 12:10 am

  26. How lovely. If You are giving to her great life, I am sure that she gives a lot of joy to You and Your family. I feel very happy that You adopted Molly.

    Comment by Sartenada — March 8, 2013 @ 12:39 am

    • It is a circumstance that has worked out wonderfully for everyone involved!

      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

  27. Such a sweet face. I am glad she found you and you found her….

    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — March 8, 2013 @ 1:06 am

    • I am very glad too. I wish I could take in more!

      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

  28. Pleased to meet you, Molly!
    She’s a beauty!

    Comment by Fergiemoto — March 8, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    • She’s a tired gal tonight. We had a good hike in the forest today.

      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

  29. Beautiful dog with so much expression in her eyes ! Who wouldn’t want to go for a walk with her ? I know my little beagle would be only too happy to share a walk/run/play with her ;) Do you know what her breed is ?
    I can tell there is much happiness for her in your family. And for you also.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — March 9, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    • Yes, we have enjoyed seeing her become a real dog. She didn’t have that before. I even had to show her that a clear mountain stream was good to drink… and jump in.

      She is an English Pointer, and comparing her to photos of them that I see, she must be close to pure breed.

      Comment by montucky — March 9, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

      • Thanks for your reply, montucky. The dog we had before Ninio-the-Beagle was a lovely blending between an English Pointer and a Dalmatian. The hunter in her loved our daily walks to the woods, even more in the mountains. Mouchette lived 17 years, we adopted her in Africa, brought her back home and she will always remain in my heart. Your Molly has some of her looks too.

        Comment by isathreadsoflife — March 10, 2013 @ 12:52 am

        • We never forget the dogs in our lives, do we! They are always an important part of our lives… and our memories.

          Comment by montucky — March 10, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

  30. She’s a beauty!! Aren’t dogs the absolute best?!?!?

    Comment by Marcie — March 9, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

  31. She is incredible! Happy belated birthday Molly, wishing you many more beautiful years ahead, filled with lots of long walks, cuddles & happiness!

    Comment by The Lonely Dogs — March 9, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    • I hope the time she has had with us and the good years still ahead will make up for the first part of her life which I don’t think was very pleasant. At least now she has a feeling of self-worth and respect. It was wonderful, but bittersweet to see he make the transition.

      Comment by montucky — March 9, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

  32. beautiful portrait!

    Comment by kcjewel — March 10, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    • Thanks Jewel. She is always moving, so getting a photo when she is not in motion is difficult.

      Comment by montucky — March 10, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  33. She is beautiful, and looks like she would be a wonderful companion outdoors.

    Comment by kateri — March 10, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    • I love to be outdoors and she does too. We make a good pair.

      Comment by montucky — March 10, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  34. She beckons. Hard to resist.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — March 12, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

  35. What. A. Beauty. Love that face =)

    Comment by Tricia — March 16, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

  36. Does she look like you? (you know what they say about owners and their dogs…..) Would she be part beagle, part……?

    Comment by janina — March 23, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    • Molly and I really don’t look like each other, which is her good fortune. She is an English Pointer and looks very much like her breed. I think she is pure breed, or close to it by her looks and traits and actions. Wonderful dog!

      Comment by montucky — March 23, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

  37. Congrats on the shelter adoption, that’s an excellent thing to do.

    Comment by Watching Seasons — March 31, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    • Yes, it has turned out very well for her and for us too!

      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

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