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    GREAT story! congrats and thanks to for hanging in there!
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    Way to go Paul!!! Great job!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul young View Post
    Molly has completed her HRCH Title!

    Diagnosed with CMO as a puppy, she was not expected to live to see her 1st birthday. We were told that even if she did, she probably would not be able to perform as a working retriever. She beat all the odds, and while she was THE most difficult (stubborn) dog I have trained, she taught me quite a few things along the way. Her stubborness is probably why she survived. I am proud to say she is working with me at last and that she will be able to assume the duty of chief hunting dog next season. I plan to pursue the MH title with her, as well.-Paul
    Paul,
    I understand the difficulty of your teams achievement!
    I am very happy for you!!!

    Very WELL DONE!!!!


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    Thanks for the explanation. But what a horrible thing to go through. How could she even eat? I can only imagine the struggle you and Molly have been through just for her to survive. To succeed at this level is an inspiration.
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    Congrats Paul and Molly! How about a pic of your girl with her ribbon.
    Hihope Hiland Heathen of Perth CD, RE, CGC, TDI

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    Congratulations! I love the way you stuck with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmylabs23139 View Post
    Congrats Paul and Molly! How about a pic of your girl with her ribbon.
    Will try to put one up tonight. As it so happens, it's the best picture she has ever had taken of her.-Paul
    there's no good reason to fatten up a retriever.

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    To answer the question as to how Molly ate as a puppy, for months I had to hold her in my lap and spoon feed her gruel. She was diagnosed at Tufts by a specialist of young dog head and neck diseases after a lot of tests. While her jaw was obviously deformed, they were far more concerned about lessions in her skull. They expected those lessions to fuse her jaw.







    Any damage done by this disease is completed by the time the dog's bone growth ends. Molly made it through, but we were told she'd never be able to pick up a duck. She proved the experts wrong.

    As Paul said, her tail fell off after a simple case of cold tail. Her tail had always felt colder to touch than normal. The expert at Tufts told us that her tail bones were probably deformed as well, and therefore with the swelling of inflamation the circulation had been cut off. But we did not x-ray the tail before it fell off, so we have no proof. We now call her our Dobrador, because she looks far more like a shiny black Doberman than she does a Lab.

    Molly sits slower than normal, and her movement when running is not quite right. She has yelped when we've lifted her from her middle to hold her still for grooming. This leads us to believe there may be more problems in her spine, but we've chosen to not run further tests to find out, because we'd do nothing differently with her. She can run and hunt as long as she's able.

    There is a reason Molly is ours. When I flew to pick her up, there were two female puppies left. I had first pick female and Molly had been chosen as the birdiest, etc, etc and held for me. The other female pup was destined to fly over seas for a breeding program. I had my choice of the two pups, and stuck with Molly. Had I chosen her sister, I have no doubts that Molly wouldn't be here today.

    Here's a photo of Paul and Molly with their HRCH title ribbon.


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    Thanks for the pic. Molly sure looks like she is loving life and very happy. As someone who has also held a labs head so they could eat and drink for a time I know just how much love and dedication it takes.
    Hard to type because it brings tears to my eyes remembering the spirit of my guy.
    Hihope Hiland Heathen of Perth CD, RE, CGC, TDI

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    Fate sure is a strange thing. Congrats again! What a great story! In the pic she looks shaved or is that my imagination?

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