(79) Quirks and a Call: Silly Things Dogs Do and Resources for Veterans and Family Caregivers

Molly, the service dog

Golly, Miss Molly

A Blog about a Service Dog and her Veteran with PTSD

(Supporting the Veteran and the Family Caregiver)


Frolic and Flub 

Did you ever watch the 1965 television show, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies? It featured the Nash family with four boys and a sheepdog named Ladd. Ladd and the youngest two boys, Trevor and Tracy, always found trouble with their oversized, furry companion. The comedy reminds me of our Molly and the trouble she often finds.

Since the past few Molly blogs discussed heavy subjects (in addition to talking about Molly’s weight problem), I thought I should lighten up a bit (oh, no, another fat joke—sorry Molly). I will share a few of Molly’s quirks with you before sharing a list of resources released by the VA in its annual calendar.

Molly Quirks 

  • She snores like a freight train and can even snore with her eyes openMolly on her back with leggs up
  • Molly hides her rawhide bone under William’s pillow when he and I leave for the day; she retrieves the bone and eats it once we return
  • When we give the command, relax, she rolls over on her back with her legs in the air, more like surrender
  • Her favorite forbidden snacks that she swipes from the counter are chocolate cupcakes and unsalted butter
  • She is the world’s first 140-pound lapdog (well, maybe not the first)
  • Skunks and little dogs top her list of pet peeves
  • When she walks, she sounds like a troupe of tap dancers because of her double dewclaws
  • She takes on male bucks but hides from the magpies
  • Molly shies away from the camera

The Molly Blog Team would love to hear about your pet’s quirks. You can either use the feedback section at the end of this blog or fill out the comment form listed after the resources guide.

The Important Stuff

This list comes from the VA’s 2015 Calendar, “The VA & You: A Partnership of Care.” 

VA Resources Phone Number Website
Veteran Benefits 1-800-827-1000 www.va.gov or  www.ebenefits.va.gov
Health Eligibility and Enrollment 1-877-222-8387 www.va.gov/healthbenefits
VA Facility Locator 1-877-222-8387 www.myhealth.va.gov
Agent Orange Helpline 1-800-749-8387 www.va.gov/agentorange
Burial and Memorials 1-800-827-1000 www.cem.va.gov
Center for Minority Veterans Call your local VA www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans
Devices for the Deaf (TDD) Dial 711
Education Benefits and Services 1-888-442-4551 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill
Gulf War Helpline 1-800-749-8387 www.va.gov/gulfwar
Homeless Veterans 1-877-424-3838 www.va.gov/homeless
Home Loans 1-888-827-3702 www.homeloans.va.gov
Life Insurance 1-800-669-8477 www.insurance.va.gov
Mental Health Call your local VA www.mentalhealth.va.gov
MOVE! Program Call your local VA www.move.va.gov
MyHealtheVet 1-877-327-0022 www.myhealth.va.gov
National Center for PTSD Call your local VA or 1-802-296-6300 www.ptsd.va.gov
Returning OEF/OIF/OND Service Members 1-866-606-8216 www.oefoif.va.gov
Survivor Benefits 1-800-827-1000 www.vba.va.gov/survivors
VA Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274 www.caregiver.va.gov
VA Mobile Health https://mobilehealth.va.gov
VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention www.prevention.va.gov
VA National Center for Patient Safety www.patientsafety.va.gov
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press “1” www.veteranscrisisline.net
Women Veterans Call Center 1-855-829-6636 www.womenshealth.va.gov

Molly shys away from camera Share a Pet Quirk? 

Molly would feel much better if she knew other pets had quirks, too. Care to share your pet’s quirks? Please fill out the comment form below or respond as feedback at the end of the blog.

Photo credits: pculbrethgraft

About the blogger 

Dr. Penelope “Penny” Culbreth-Graft is a retired city manager and graduate professor. She lives with her disabled Vietnam Veteran husband, William, and his service dog, Molly, on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. She writes, paints, cares for her husband, and spends time with her grandchildren.