Meet Molly

I had a cocker spaniel name Daffy for 15 years.  She was atypical in every way in that she developed almost every know canine affliction known to man.  Her medical chart was so extensive that my "primary" vet (not her neurologist) had to archive older parts so it would fit in their system.

She passed in 2007 at which time I was heartbroken, as was my girlfriend.

We try to give to ASPCA as much as possible and receive their quarterly newsletter here in NJ.  One of the shelters is special in that they specialize in abused, neglected or unwanted zoo animals who have special needs.  A horse with 3 legs, tigers with missing teeth, giraffe with a broken neck....all are welcome at the Popcorn Park Zoo.  They also have a high rate of dogs and cats with disabilities since they strive to accept animals no one else wants.  

Last February we were reading their newsletter when we noticed a dog named Molly that looked eerily like Daffy.  Molly too was female, black with white markings and had the same face as Daffy.  While reading her story it stated that Molly was found wandering the streets of Barnegat on a bitter cold night banging her head against a garage door.  She was emaciated, dehydrated, full of fleas and ticks and in general poor health.  When the patrol officers tried to get her in to their car she snapped at them and they labelled her "dangerous".  

Once at Popcorn Park Zoo they immediately began administering medical care and attention to Molly.  They soon discovered one more problem:  She was blind.  Due to years of neglect her one eye had developed a severe cataract that had displaced her lens.  The other was competely opaque from dryness.

While we were moved Courtney and I decided it was best to wait upon adopting a dog due to our work schedules.  About 3 months later Courtney asked if we could go to Popcorn Park Zoo and see the animals.  After visiting the "Zoo" portion we went in to see the cats and dogs.  Immediately upon entering we saw Molly sitting on a caretakers lap.  She was still unadopted!  We inquired why there was no interest in her.  
They said that over 100 people had looked at her but everyone said NO the minute they heard she was blind.   Courtney and I took the adoption papers home and returned 2 weeks later to pick Molly up.  I wish I could say that we certain this was the right move.  The truth was we were scared but in our hearts knew we had to do this....we soon found out why.

Molly was given an exam by the house vet that told us she had some oozing from one of her breasts.  Long story short this was MRSA.  Our personal vet, Andrea Cermele, who is one in a million, took great care in examining Molly.  Her first exam lasted over an hour.  We discovered the breast was pre-cancerous and obviously infected.   Dr. Cermele decided it was best to remove her breast.  11 visits later she's in great health!

Molly is everything one could ask for from a dog who is blind.  She learned where and how many steps in 5 minutes. (We live on the second floor) Figured out where the comfy spots are on the couch and has been a trip since day one.  Not one person who meets Molly Pickles even knows she's blind and most think I'm kidding when I tell them!  She has been a blessing in our lives and I ask God to bless all of you who love and care for animals that many people purposefully avoid.  

Thanks for reading and God Bless!


Todd & Courtney

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