August 24, 2009 - January 17, 2020
At the 2009 MCOA Specialty in Fontana, NC, I saw Spot (no, not spots but Spot), aka Ch Wynwoods BC Spot At The Top. He first caught my eye when Denise Hyer brought her beautiful boy into the health clinic. The rest of the week I watched him, evaluated him with a critical eye, and touched him whenever I got the chance. I fell in love!
Then, in the puppy classes, I noticed Denise showing a pretty brindle bitch who moved liked a dream. Shelby also caught my eye and when I learned from Denise that she was planning a breeding between Spot and Kizzy (Ch River's Edge Kismet of Wynwood), the mother of little Shelby, I knew I was interested in seeing how those puppies would turn out. I wasn't disappointed and so began the journey of bringing Miss Mollie into our home and our lives.
I always swore I would never put a puppy on a plane. I've had nightmares about the possiblities of disaster. However, when it came time to plan the trip to pick Mollie up in Portland, Oregon, it was instantly obvious that it would be at least twice as expensive and twice the length of trip to drive to get her as it would be to fly. So, fly I did. On November 9, 2009, I boarded the plane with Mollie in tow.
I walked into the Portland airport carrying Mollie as much over my shoulder as in my arms. She was a tanky girl weighing in somewhere around 28-30 lbs. Somehow, perhaps because God smiled on me, I was able to convince the counter clerk that she was fine in the soft carry on crate and had plenty of room. He grudgingly allowed me to go ahead and carry her on instead of having to put her in the usual kennel and check her with the luggage. We proceeded through the security checkpoint without a hitch and went to the gate to wait. Finally, I was boarded on the plane with Mollie safely established on the floor at my feet. She rode there, throughout the four hour flight, completely content. I opened the top of the end by her head (although I had been admonished by the clerk not to) and directed the air vent toward her. She would occasionally stir from her puppy naps to look up at me as if to check if we were still "OK". I would reassure her all was well and she would quietly go back to sleep
When we arrived and exited the secure area, Phil was there to meet us. Once we got out to the truck, I pulled Mollie out of her tight quarters to let her stretch her legs and eat and drink and potty. I looked at Phil as he got his first look at the pretty little girl. I knew it was love at first sight. Over the coming days, Mollie quickly cemented her place in our lives and in our hearts. In some ways, she reminded us a lot of Nellie and the sweet, easy going, well behaved puppy that she was when she came into our lives. Mollie's arrival brought great joy.
Through the years, Mollie met every expectation we ever dared hope for her and, most importantly, became my best friend. Mollie was a beautiful fawn with big bone, a broad head and a nice chest. She was solid as a rock with great muscle, stamina, and smooth movement. She was sweet, well mannered, and curious with a solid good temperament. As a pup, it didn't take her long to figure out that in our house she would be a princess and to act accordingly. Until her very last breath, Mollie was the undisputed Queen.
I have thanked Denise Hyer repeatedly over the years for the priceless gift she gave us in the form of Mollie. We got everything we hoped for and then some. We were confident that Denise bred solid mastiffs with appropriate temperaments. What we didn't dare hope for was the invaluable gift Mollie's spotless temperament would be. She was a joy to take anywhere. It was such a pleasure to have the experience of walking her through a crowd of dogs and know that she would be dependably good natured. It was miraculous to watch her responses to other dogs not as good natured as she was and to see her not take their bad humor personally but to dismiss it as their bad day, always forgiving and moving on. She was consistently calm and sweet while meeting new people and welcomed the curiousity of children with great gentleness. Mollie dependably set the tone in our household, especially when a new dog was welcomed within our walls, by setting the example the other dogs looked to for guidance.
Mollie lived up to our dreams and expectations one weekend in July 2010 by completing her championship with a solid sweep. At the Dallas, TX three day show, Mollie took WB and BOW all three days for two three-point majors and a four-point major. It was very exciting and couldn't have been more fun. Best of all, Mollie seemed to get her mojo back after struggling with her usual enjoyment for the show environment. She went on to be her usual happy, showy self after finishing her championship and seemed to relish the Best of Breed routine, even earning nod for Best of Breed over the top dogs in the country. After competing for a healthy run in the Breed ring, earning her Grand Championship, and proving her quality as the number one Owner-Handler Mastiff in the country in 2013, Mollie enjoyed relaxing and a spoiled retirement with trips back to the ring when showing as a Veteran was warranted. When she set foot back in the ring, she literally smiled and made those around her smile with her.
As Mollie aged and grayed, I tried to focus on the days I had left with her, not the fear I had of losing her. Now, with her heartbeat missing from the world, I am grateful to have had all the quiet moments we shared, knowing we knew all there was to know about each other, relishing the lengthy hugs, sharing the choice morsels from my dinner plate, and comforting each other in difficult times. Mollie was a "one in a million" dog, and most importantly, best friend. I know she is with me, even as I wish I could reach out and touch her. And I know I will see her again.
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