Molly Day: It’s a dog’s life

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Diane Day with Molly on her lap

Michael Day’s desire for another dog began very soon after the Leamington, Ontario couple’s Cockapoo, Pepper, died of a heart condition.  So restless was Michael for another canine companion that he secretly called a Brantford pet store and “drove like hell” after reserving a six week old Llasa Apso puppy.  He brought the puppy home and his wife, Diane, was immediately smitten.

Their grown children thought the parents were a little crazy after Michael and Diane  bought their little dog an extensive wardrobe, beginning with a pooch pack they bought in Naples, Florida, during a road trip.  Molly was seen cruising the shore of Lake Erie, wearing said pooch pack aboard Michael’s Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Class.  In November, 2003, she made quite a stir in her leather skull cap, red “doggles”, a brand of goggles made for dogs, and with all her toenails painted purple.  Molly loves to point her mustache into the wind; she lasts about two hours, then starts digging her claws into Michael’s back to let him know it’s time to stop.  If he doesn’t respond as soon as she likes, she puts her paws against his back and pushes with all four legs straight out.  That always works.

 

Molly also likes to sail on the Days’ little sloop, “Day by Day”, wearing a yellow life jacket, on sunny days wearing a pair of movie star sunglasses.  Once, while out on Lake Erie, a storm blew in and before they knew it, the intrepid Days were struggling through two and three metre waves.  Molly’s one and only bout with seasickness did nothing to thwart her sailor’s spirit.

 

Whenever Michael is in the basement practising his trombone, Molly lies around quietly until he plays “When the Saints Come Marching In”.  Then her head rises, her ears perk up, and she’s off like a shot.  She races down the basement steps, runs full tilt, and stands in front of him until he stops playing, at which point she offers a paw in appreciation.  No other song has this effect on her and the Days have no idea how her little routine started.

 

One of Molly’s more serious antics is helping Michael at his book signings.  People like Molly’s presence as she is something of a celebrity. One of her escapades that involved destroying a cell phone in an SUV without touching it, was adapted for Michael’s first novel, Overload.  

 

About the cell phone.  Diane, Michael and Molly Day were out for a drive in the SUV one Sunday afternoon.  They had just picked up take-out coffee from Tim Horton’s, including a Timbit for the princess.  Proceeding along Highway 18 East between Kingsville and Leamington along the lake, the seats were folded down in back as Molly likes to wander around while driving.

 

Diane placed her coffee in one of the two cup holders near the floor.  Her cell phone rested in the other.  Just when Molly was preparing to hop up onto the console arm rest from the back, the traffic light ahead changed to amber.  Michael doesn’t like to run red lights, so he braked abruptly. Molly sailed clean over the armrest, landing squarely on Michael’s coffee filled paper cup which promptly exploded , filling the cup holder holding the cell phone with coffee.  The phone began buzzing and vibrating.  Molly yipped, Diane screamed, and Michael muttered about both lost coffee and busted cell phone.  Crisis averted.

 

Molly is also a dog with a job, albeit a cushy one.  She frequently boards at the Leamington Veterinary Clinic when the Days go out of town.  Iinstead of spending her days in a kennel, she has reception area privileges and performs as professional greeter.  For these days of labour she wears a nurse’s uniform.  The attendants are very fond of her, as is Molly’s vet, Dr. Dana, who takes Molly home at night to the comforts of her apartment.  Molly Day truly gives meaning to the expression, “it’s a dog’s life”.

 

Molly had surgery a few weeks ago. She had a cyst on her hind left leg removed, along with some warts.  Her fur looks like a patchwork quilt which must be difficult for such a fashion conscious animal. Diane Day writes that she’s such a good girl, she never bothers with her stitches and takes her medicine very well.  Good Dogs Canada wishes Molly good health and long life ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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