Senior Dog Who Can’t Climb Onto Bed Anymore Sleeps With Dad’s Shirt Instead
Molly has been with her family since she was only a little puppy, and has treasured every minute of her life with them. Her people are her dearest buddies, and she has to be near them every second of every day – even while they’re sleeping.
When Travis Wahl moved back into his parents’ house, he was most happy to finally be back with Molly again. The pair are extraordinarily close, and even though Molly is over 14 years old now, Wahl still views her as the small puppy he received back when he was 12.
“She’s been with me slightly more than half of my life,” Wahl told The Dodo. “She enjoys seeing me play guitar. Sometimes I sing her Barry Manilow’s ‘Copacabana’ but modify the words to fit her like, ‘Her name was Molly. She is a good girl … etc.’”
Growing up, Molly used to sleep in someone’s bed every single night. She’s now quite large and very elderly, and getting on and off the beds is much more difficult for her than it used to be. Molly is still adjusting to not being able to sleep in her family’s beds every night, so she now sleeps with one of Wahl’s shirts every night to stay near to him.
Molly will pick whatever shirt she finds on the floor or someplace nearby, and snuggle up with it for the night. She seemed to enjoy the ability to sleep with anything that has Wahl’s scent, as if she were still sharing a bed with him as she used to. If she can’t locate a shirt, she’ll grab anything she can find, whether it’s a towel or a sock …
… filthy or clean. As long as it belongs to Wahl, she’s going to sleep with it.
“She used to sleep in whichever bed anyone would allow her into,” Wahl recalled. “The last time I saw her sleep on a bed was probably July 4th, 2013. I don’t believe she bothers that she can’t go on my bed as long as she gets to sleep in my room every night.”
Although Molly is older and less able to perform the same tasks as she once could, she still cares for her family with the same intensity she did when she was a puppy, and they, of course, share her affection.
Wahl remarked, “She’s like a great wine.” “She gets better as she gets older. She was a decent girl in the beginning and is now the best girl.