Little Malorie, a 6 pound grey poodle arrived at a local shelter with her lifelong companion, another small poodle.  Sadly, while Old Dog Haven was looking for a Final Refuge home for the pair, Malorie’s buddy passed away.  Malorie was very dependent on her friend so she needed to find another friend in a new home.  She also had an infected mouth, very few teeth and was not spayed.

Fortunately, a long-time ODH home already had two FR pups (one very little chocolate poodle, Anna, and a white poodle mix, Ella Mae) that were ready for a new sister.  The resident dog Milo was also very mellow, so this seemed like a good match. As it turned out, it was a great match!

A wonderful ODH transport volunteer brought Mali to her new home, and it was love at first sight.  The initial greetings went very well – even with a weekly visit from Gracie, a young Collie visitor, Malorie discovered that that though she’s very large, she’s very gentle so it isn’t scary at all.

Malorie is a very bright and agile pup.  She discovered that the top of the sofa and the arms of a stuffed chair were VERY good places to do some serious napping.  The sofa is a big favorite since the other two little pups nap there as well. She likes to greet everyone she meets and ‘found her voice’ on the second day!  It seems that each time Malorie goes outside it is important to sound the alarm and let everyone know that she has arrived and will monitor all outdoor activity.  Then, of course, her little sister Anna joins in…then Milo provides his support and Gracie rounds out the chorus with a very robust Collie bark!  Fortunately this ‘joyful noise’ is short lived and once the yard is secure, all enjoy hanging out in the lovely spring weather.

Mali’s ODH Mom and Dad (and pack) are very pleased to have her and very grateful to Old Dog Haven for making sure that she has the best veterinary care.

Update:  Malorie had several health issues during the over 4 years with her family – including one very large uterine tumor that had to be removed a year and a half ago.  She made it through all the challenges like the brave little pup she is.  However, recently, her back pain wasn’t well controlled by medication and she developed a corneal ulcer that was resistant to treatment.  It was a very hard decision for her foster family, but they sent her on when it was time.  Malorie was a major force in her family for a wonderfully long time – she was a champion cuddler – her dad’s lap was a favorite spot, always slept under the covers next to her mom (even in very hot weather), and loved to putter around in the back yard and explore every single smell.  Malorie will always be remembered as a very loving, brave and spunky girl.  Her family already misses her very, very much.

A favorite perch

Mali and her buddy Gracie ‘sharing’ the chair

Outside with her even smaller sister Anna

Layers of poodles