Paula has been an online writer for over 10 years. Her work often focuses on growing and maintaining her garden or pet care.
Our Beagle, Molly
Our Family's Dogs and Stories
I love not only my dogs, but all my family's dogs as well. How fun is it to meet a new "member of the family," as it were? With all the various breeds and mixes of dogs out there, it's a joy to recall some of my most favorite family members.
Time flies by faster for our canine friends, and its good to remember days gone by with some of our "best friends". I think back to some that are no longer with us.
Our beagle, Molly, has many cousins it turns out. They are not related by blood, but they are definitely family. This is dedicated to a few of them.
As for Molly, I was so lucky to find her at a shelter in Arkansas, on the border of Texas and Arkansas. We lived in Texarkana for a time. We were told she is 100% beagle, but I am not sure about that. I don't care if she is or isn't. She has been with us for 13 years now and I am so glad we found her. She is a great fit for me.
As she gets older, I appreciate each day with her more and more. I am humbled and impressed by what an impact animals have on our lives. I never knew they could mean so much. As they age, dogs and cats have their own little struggles as well. We all need each other. Below, I share some of their stories.
A Baby Pug, named Molly
Baby Pug "Cousins"
This is a sweet picture of one of the little Pug's that was born to my Uncle's two main dogs. For a time, they did raise little Pugs, and many families came to treasure the Pugs that came from that line.
This picture was taken on Christmas Day one year. This new little pug was brought along to the festivities and to be shown off a little. Here we were in the back yard, and I couldn't believe my eyes at how cute and lovable they were.
My own father came to own two of the Pugs from this family. I can't begin to tell you the joy and love they brought to his life! He would take them on walks all the time, and they were a happy little family.
My father eventually passed away, before his Pugs did. Looking back, we still get such joy knowing he loved and appreciated those little dogs so much. They brought much happiness and comfort to his life. As anyone with a beloved pet would know, our animals are truly a big part of our lives. They give out so much love, appreciation, joy, peace, etc. I can't say enough about this little pug, and their siblings!
This Is Moe—A Shih Tzu
Pets From Shelters—A Poll
Mo, Short for Moses—A Shih Tzu Dog
Mo is my parent's dog. He has had an interesting journey, to say the least! My Mom has wanted a pet for some time, but honestly, couldn't seem to find the right one. It seemed that time after time, she would get a dog, only to find out they couldn't "manage" it, or find a good "fit."
As you can imagine, this caused me some concern for a poor dog to get a new home only to have to find another new one. They were always careful and considerate how they did it, but still, I felt badly for the little dogs. It wasn't that many, maybe a couple. It was enough, but to the point if I wondered if she was meant to own a dog. Maybe having a dog wasn't the best for their family.
Well, along came Mo, a cute little Shih Tzu that needed a home! She fell in love immediately. Mo is with them years later, and Mo loves his new home and his owners love him to pieces. Its a cute story of a family that finally found the right fit, and they all just love the situation.
As for his name, it was chosen by one of my nephews, who thought Moses would be a cute name. Then, they all decided that Mo would be even cuter, and that stuck!
Once, Mo was at an event in the town where they live, and as usual, was a "hit" with everyone who came across his path. One man really took a liking to Mo, and insisted he might have been his dog in years past. He wanted to take Mo home with him! My Mom said she got him from a shelter, where no one wanted him. She wasn't about to let him go now.
Did you know that Mo has his own little photographer? I kid you not, he is so loved, that one of my parents friends who is a photographer, loves to take his picture professionally. They are really well done! This photographer is one of many people that have offered to take Mo home with them if my parents should ever not want him anymore. I find this all so sweet, because he was found at a shelter. All of us need to consider looking at a homeless animal shelter or home first, before going other routes. You never know why or how a dog or cat can end up at one. It can end up bringing a life long happiness to all parties involved!
Mo loves to go on daily walks, and loves to play with toys. He loves a little treat now and then, and really loves the nighttime routines before bed. He is allowed up on the bed while they watch TV, and have popcorn and sometimes wine. He feels like a little king at the end of the day. Then, when its time to go to sleep, he goes into his little crate that he loves and feels comfortable in.
I am so happy for my parents to own this little sweet Shih Tzu dog. He brings so much joy to their lives, and vice versa.
Stella, a White Labrador Dog
Stella is a very sweet white lab, that belongs to my sister's family in Southern California. She is their second lab, that was brought into the family during a very difficult time. Their first lab, Abby, got cancer, and survived that for quite some time, including an amputation of a leg, etc.
Eventually, Abby passed away, and they were heartbroken. She was a very loved dog. Stella helped to make that time and transition much better for Abby and therefore the family.
Stella is a beautiful dog with lots of love and energy.
Cash, a Beautiful Black Labrador
Cash—The Black Labrador
Cash is a very wild, fun, happy and sweet dog! My nephew really wanted to get him when he was a puppy. This is the same family mentioned above with Stella and Abby. Abby was now gone, after losing her to cancer.
They found Cash, and decided to get him as a puppy. They couldn't be more excited, but they had no idea how excited Cash would be as well! A very precious and energetic little puppy, he brought and continues to bring so much joy to their lives!
They have had to do some training teaching of course. I love his name, its a very cool name that seems to fit him well.
Between Stella and Cash, these two dogs bring more joy and fun to this family than they could have anticipated! I love to go and visit them and see their joyful little faces and they always bring smiles wherever they go.
For a special treat, they love to go on walks, but especially on walks to the beach! So much fun.
Dog Breeding - A Poll
Stella and Cash —White and Black Labradors
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Paula Rene on March 19, 2016:
Hello Jodah, thank you! I can't imagine life without our precious pets either. I love both animals in nature, and our domesticated ones. Feeling thankful here today.
Paula Rene on March 19, 2016:
Hello Rolly, It was a joy to share. I have never personally owned a pug, but have had several close family members who have owned pugs. They are indeed a very special breed of dog. I love the look they have and the character, etc. Thanks for sharing the traits about pugs that you did, and for the nice comment. Hugs from the USA to you!
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 15, 2016:
Lovely hub Paula. I love our furry friends. I can't imagine being in a family that pets weren't a part of.
Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on March 15, 2016:
Thanks for this walk down memory lane of pets. The pug was a special breed who captured my heart for several years. A well rounded dog with a faithful and loving personality. Excellent hub... thank you for sharing...
Hugs from Canada