Tributes pour in for volunteer therapy dog who was “force of nature”

Tributes have been paid to Ashgate Hospicecare’s much-loved therapy dog Molly after she sadly died following a short illness.  

Molly, a blue roan Cocker Spaniel, provided companionship and friendship to the patients, families, staff and volunteers as a Pets As Therapy dog during her year volunteering at the hospice. 

She died on 12th March, aged nine, after being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease just before Christmas.  

Her owner, Peter May, says Molly was a “force of nature”, who supported him through a difficult period in his life after his beloved wife Diane Mary May died in the hospice’s care in 2017. 

Diane and Peter had always discussed the idea of training Molly to become a Pets As Therapy volunteer dog and Peter fulfilled this in his wife’s memory. 

Peter said: “Molly was born to be a Pets As Therapy dog and insisted on meeting and greeting everybody she met whether they were patients, staff or volunteers. 

“She was a typical Cocker Spaniel, always happy, ready to work and eager to please! To 
a greater or lesser extent Molly cajoled me through the dark days that followed after her mum Diane May died. 

“During her brief life, I was always proud and privileged to be her owner. When the pandemic unfolded, Molly struggled to understand the virus and its implications and for several weeks would stand in front of Peter demanding to go and see all her friends at the hospice.  

Peter says although Molly liked everybody she met, some of the staff were more popular, but only because they were the ones that had the treats and biscuits. 

He added: “Molly always gave value for money. This seems evident to me by virtue of all the wonderful comments and tributes that have been posted on Facebook following the sad news. 

“Each hospice visit only lasted about an hour or so as I was always mindful of Molly’s welfare.  I always had a quiet afternoon after a visit  apart from Molly’s snoring of course. 

“Her dedication to what she was doing always filled me with pride and her loss will be felt deeply for a very long time.”

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