Molly – McNab/Heeler mix born August 2012 in
KY. I bought her at a pet store in November 2012. All shots and vet
checkups are up to date. Spayed in 2013, no health issues. She gets a
little heat rash under her pink arm pits in the summer, but a little
cream calms it right down.
I fell in love with her adorable, loving
personality and since we have a boxer with a cropped tail, it was too
cute to have another tail less dog. I spoke with the breeder, who
explained that the heelers are herding dogs and the tails are cropped so
the sheep and goats don’t bite their tails.
Molly is the Alpha dog in the house, pushy to be
first out the door or get the treat that fell on the floor. I try
whenever possible to counter act that behavior and ask her to sit and
wait. The dogs eat at will and share food from the 2 bowls I put down.
If Molly is chewing on a bone and I don’t want her
to have it any longer, she lets me take the bone. No hesitation or
possessiveness or growl ever. If we are playing fetch, it is harder for
her to let go of the ball or toy, because she is very intense with the
play. So we taught her to sit and “leave it” so we can pick it up
without fighting for it.
Personality: Alert, curious, happy and always ready
for a command. Keen eye contact, always looking for a clue of what I am
going to do or ask next. Eager to please and she hoots at me and gives
me her paw if she really wants something. Mornings are fun and full of
yowling and excited squeaky yawns and pouncing around the mellow boxer
and the family, waiting to go out for a run and get fed.
Molly loves to chew marrow bones and likes to play
with her blankets. She does not touch anything that isn’t hers. Maybe a
pencil or a popsicle stick that fell on the floor, but she is not
destructive at all. She is an oral dog, licks anything she wants to know
more about and if you have exposed skin – she will sneak in a lick, or
if the boxer was out and about, she gets her ears and face licked as a
welcome back! Molly greets all dogs, kids, people, delivery guys like
UPS/Fed Ex with a friendly welcoming wag and wants to be pet. I don’t
recall if she has ever met a cat – we don’t have any in the
Off leash Molly listens to voice, whistle and hand
commands. She will run ahead and circle back to check on us. An open
palm “off” keeps her from jumping up and she sits when told, before
opening the door to go out or to put on a leash. She would be a
fantastic agility or Frisbee dog. She jumps in the air to catch a ball
and anticipates the direction and distance of the throw. We have an
invisible fence that enforces the boundries of the yard. Both dogs no
longer wear the collar, since they stay in the yard.
Restful time is spent lounging on her back with
feet in the air or snuggled with her blanket that she sometimes chews
on. She also likes to squeeze into the “bread bowl” with the boxer or
lay on top of her. She loves being outside and would be out there all
day if we were with her. She likes to be with people. She is not a
loner. We laugh daily at Molly’s antics and funny playtime pranks or the
way she talks back.
My job has changed from full time work at home, to
a minimum of 4 days on the road, and since my husband works long hours
at the office, I do not find it acceptable to keep Molly locked in the
house for 9+ hours a day. I just can’t do that to her and I won’t have
time to take her for the daily morning run. She is an outdoor dog that
loves to romp and play and be busy. She would be miserable and bored
inside all day. I am hoping her new home will be with a family on a farm
or with a family that hikes regularly, plays outside and has land for
her to be outside most of the day with other people or animals.