Meet Mollie

There’s a new member of the Sugarplum family…meet Miss Mollie!

Do you see those blue eyes?! We didn’t have a freaking chance! But let me back up…last weekend, Little Miss and I wanted out of the house, so we decided on Chick-Fil-A and Target…a solid Saturday, right?! After lunch, we were crossing the parking lot to Target, when we heard dogs barking. Turns out, it was the same rescue group we’d adopted Maggie, so we stopped to say hello. Mistake #1.

I blame it on the Chick-Fil-A buzz (their sauce is powerful), but next thing I knew, Little Miss had a little pup in her arms. Mistake #2 I told her, ‘Don’t get any ideas!! We are not getting another dog.’  There was even excessive finger-waggling involved, so clearly I meant business!

Then I looked into the puppy’s eyes, and I felt my resolve start to crumble. I sent this pic to my friend Sheaffer and my aunt (both avid, yet realistic, dog people), and told them to talk me out of it. They both responded, ‘No ma’am, I can’t. That’s your dog!!’ Mistake #3.

Things started snowballing then…we called the teenager and he arrived in minutes, and fell in love a second later. Looking at my kids faces, I knew this puppy was ours.

What breed is she?

She’s a rescue, so we can’t be completely sure, but the vet thinks she’s a Corgi/Border Collie mix. Maybe some Aussie, too. There are a few breeds that could account for her blue eyes. She has the long body and short legs of a Corgi, but her coat is short and silky. Her big ears crack me up, especially since they flop when she runs.

Where’d you find her?

She was abandoned pretty early, and brought to a shelter in Paris, Texas. From there, Texas Little Cuties (a local shelter that rescues dogs and cats scheduled to be euthanized) saved her and brought her to our area. TLC brings their dogs to PetSmart (at 121 & Custer) every weekend for adoption. Funny enough, we ‘accidentally’ found Maggie the same way four years ago. Darn you Chick-Fil-A for sharing a parking lot with PetSmart!! #kidding

How old is she?

She’s about 14 weeks and 12 pounds, and already growing so fast! There’s conflicting guesses on her final size, somewhere between 20-50 pounds!!! So I guess we’ll wait and see. Until then, we love having a little pup to snuggle, and hope she’ll trust us enough to stay this affectionate when she’s grown.

Did you name her?

We used to always joke that it was a good thing Maggie already had a name, because there’s no way the four of us could ever agree on one. But naming Mollie was actually pretty easy…we knew we wanted a M name to go with Maggie, so we narrowed it down to a couple and gave it a few days to see what stuck. The top choices were Millie, Moxie (my pick), and Mollie…in the end, we let the kids decide. Mr. SP calls her Hot Ta-Mollie. #har

What does Maggie think of the new puppy?

We actually brought Mollie home on a foster basis for a night or two before officially adopting her. Since Maggie was already part of our family, we wanted to make sure she was okay with adding a new friend. (She’s always been more of a people-dog, than a dog’s dog.) 

Maggie was sweet and gentle the first day, then super annoyed the next. I think the novelty wore off and she was ticked to no longer be the only diva dog of the house…she even sulked for a day! But she came around pretty quickly, and now they play together constantly, and nap side-by-side. It’s so fun to see Maggie act like a puppy again, and Mollie is training quickly by watching her.

Were you looking to add another dog to your family?

Um, no! The kids have actually been asking for another dog for a couple of years. “Maggie needs a friend!” “Maggie gets lonely when we’re gone!” But Mr. SP and I had no interest in having two dogs. Neither of us ever had two growing up, so it just wasn’t something we were familiar with.

Funny enough, as soon as Mr. SP caught wind of what we were doing at PetSmart last weekend, he stopped answering his phone! Ha, like that would stop me! But we took a family vote after fostering her for a few days, and it was a unanimous YES!

How is the house-training going?

It’s not as bad as I’d imagined (Maggie was 2 when we adopted her, so I hadn’t had a puppy since I was a kid), and she’s learning quickly. Fortunately, we have a tiled Laundry Room, so we have somewhere to keep her that’s easily cleaned. She still has about one accident a day in the house (Folex is my best friend), but no accidents in the Laundry Room at night!

Having an older dog makes it easier because Mollie just follows Maggie around, and does what she does. In fact, she can already sit for a treat!


It’s incredible how much she’s already enhanced our lives, and to see the joy the two pups bring us. True we’re making a lot of trips to the backyard, and folding laundry is a whole new challenge #socks…but it’s all so worth it. I have a feeling we’ll never go back to just one dog again! Welcome to the family, Mollie Sugarplum!

Read Maggie’s adoption story here, and see all kinds of puppy-spam on my Instagram Story.

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  1. Molly is adorable, those blue eyes look so smart! She’ll definitely be a wonderful addition to your family 😀

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  2. MEM wrote:

    Congratulations on Mollie! We adopted a second dog (male), we named “Teddy”, on Father’s Day of this year. We already had an 11 year old rescue, “Trudy”, (female) and I wanted to get her a buddy. Both are mixtures of chihuahua and dachshund and some other wonderfulnesses. Teddy looks up to Trudy like a big sister and since he is anywhere from 2-4 years old, was already housebroken, pretty much. Both dogs came from high-kill shelters – one in the Virgin Islands and one in South Carolina. I can tell you for sure that two dogs are better than one – twice the love and in our case, not twice the work. They eat together, take walks together, sleep together, etc.
    I am so glad you chose to adopt, not shop! Maybe you will inspire others?

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  3. Sandy wrote:

    O M Gosh-that face!! Congrats! Maggie will be happier and feel less alone in the long run. Mollie is stealing the show right now, but you can still let Maggie know she is #1- feed her first, etc. Oh, what fun!
    Keep socks off the floor or they end up stuck in the chewer’s inte$tine$=vet bill$! Not fun.
    Thanks for sharing and making our day!!

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  4. Susie wrote:

    Congratulations!!! We have three rescue pups and our house would not be the same without them. Your story makes want to get another puppy.. YIKES!

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  5. Oh my goodness, she is so cute!!!! Congratulations!

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  6. Shay Shull wrote:

    Yessssssssss!! Oh Mollie!! You are PERFECT!!! Two dogs are way better than one 🙂 .

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  7. Judy Clark wrote:

    OH MY GOODNESS! That is the cutest puppy. Good for you for adopting her. We did the same thing 10 years ago. Had no interest in having a dog since we lost ours 16 years before. After all we were retired, wanted to travel etc…. Then I went to the boxer rescue. It was all over. Miss Lexi adopted us. She truly helped me through a very troubled time. She moved cross country from GA to TX and has adjusted so well. We love her so much.
    I know that Maggie will enjoy her new playmate. She looks very smart too!
    God Bless!

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  8. Lori S H wrote:

    Oh my gosh! She is just the cutest! I love her color and eye combo. Those ears are too adorable!

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  9. OMG- that Maggie sulking picture with Mollie looking up at her is KILLING me!!! Love it so much!! Your family is growing and they couldn’t be cuter!

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    • Lisa wrote:

      I totally agree, you can tell she is not happy about the situation 😉 Love this!

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  10. Michelle Samuels wrote:

    How cute! My family actually did the same thing – we went out to dinner one night and there was a local adoption group at the pet store next door, and my sister wandered in while we waited for our food…. And next thing you know, we adopted a little floof named Bindi! But seriously, having that already trained dog at home is SUPER helpful when it comes to training the new pup. We did this twice, and both times the pup got the hang of things pretty easily and ended up very well behaved. Also, based on those paws, I almost wonder if Mollie isnt part Bassett Hound… Aside from the head, she looks just like one!

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    • MEM wrote:

      I was thinking Bassett hound too!

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  11. Robin wrote:

    OMG – you are killin me! I have puppy fever so bad! We already have 1 dog (rescue) and I have always said “No” to 2 dogs, but…….

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  12. sydnee wrote:

    What a gorgeous dog, love her eyes! We’re a cat family but pets add so much joy!

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  13. Carla wrote:

    She is adorable! Puppies really do learn faster when they have older dogs to emulate — at least that’s been our experience. FWIW, I thought she was part basset hound when I saw her pictures. Congratulations!

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  14. Diana wrote:

    Your daughter’s skirt in the last picture looks identical to the plaid of our high school skirts! Brings back memories!

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  15. Michelle Nordstrom wrote:

    So happy for you! But I’ve always had a thing for Maggie so if she’s ever decided she can’t handle the craziness of a puppy, she can come to Illinois to live with us.

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  16. Jennifer wrote:

    Congratulations! She is adorable and I love the pictures of the two dogs together!

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  17. Mollie Sugarplum is PERFECT for your family. AND THOSE EYES!!!! I’m so glad you listened to me. You’re welcome, Mollie. 😉

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  18. Rachel Steck wrote:

    Those eyes – who could resist. She and her big sister are beauties!

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  19. Shana wrote:

    Those eyes! I can see how you would not be able to resist! My husband and daughter have been begging for a second dog too (same story….our dog must get lonely and needs a friend!). I will be sure not to show them this post. LOL! Congratulations. She’s beautiful.

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  20. Kristen wrote:

    Mollie is adorable! Congrats on the new addition.

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  21. Laura Greenfield wrote:

    First of all, I applaud you for getting your dogs from a rescue. All of our dogs came to us that way. They are the best! Some people do not even know there are pure breed rescues out there!

    Both of your dogs are super cute. Maggie has the same face as my almost 15 year old Rusty. Mollie does have that Corgi body for sure. By the way, we have a Doxie mix’s and her name is Moxie. So great choice for a future dog.

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  22. Trisha Saunders wrote:

    Those eyes!!!! How could anyone resist that face! Congrats to your family!

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  23. Cristi wrote:

    Congratulations! Aren’t dogs just the best? What a GREAT way to celebrate November and all that it represents. Love and lots of licks to you and your beautiful family this holiday season!

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  24. Darcy wrote:

    So cute! We have always had Border Collies (we live on a ranch, and we train them to work cattle) and I think you’ll find out she’s very smart. Our puppies always loved an old men’s sock that we knotted a few times – they preferred to chew on that over anything else.

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  25. Patti wrote:

    LOVE!!!!! Congratulations…welcome home Mollie!!

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  26. Linda wrote:

    Thanks so much for your adoption! I love your fashion style but I have never commented on your blog till now. Bless you for taking in one of God’s precious creatures. I know He will bless you greatly for it!

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  27. She is precious. Those eyes. Ummm yeah, you never stood a chance! We have (or inherited from our oldest daughter) a corgi mix (we think retriever/corgi). He’s a sweet dog, and just under 40 lbs. We currently have four living under one roof. Wouldn’t trade all the unconditional love they dish out daily.

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  28. Tracy W. wrote:

    Congrats!!! I don’t think I would have been able to say no to those eyes either! Beautiful! I love the picture of Maggie not wanting any part of poor Mollie. Priceless. Enjoy her and love her to pieces! xo

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  29. Emily wrote:

    Puppies. They really do open a whole new chamber of your heart. Have fun, she is adorbs!

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  30. Zanetta wrote:

    Ahh, my little home town has influenced your blog. Paris is a charming small town and evidently our shelter has some great additions. My dog was rescued 10 years ago and he turned out to be a rare breed. Not sure what we will do when he’s gone but I’m thankful to the person who found him on a highway and dropped him off in Paris.
    Those eyes…how has Mollie not been adopted already? She’s found a sweet new home.

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  31. Awwww … what a sweetie! She is seriously too cute. We had a similar afternoon six years ago after lunch at Rubio’s … walked across the parking lot to get the dry cleaning, ended up with a sweet rescue who we named Parker! He stole our hearts and now has the run of our house. Congrats on your new family member!! xo

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  32. um, yeah, no way you could walk away from that face… and those eyes. curious if they’ll stay blue. pixel’s were a blue like that as a puppy, but then changed after a few months. congrats on the new family member! and… mental note to avoid that target on a saturday! #icanthandlethree

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  33. Sonja Jaggers wrote:

    I saw this on Facebook earlier and commented, but had to read the blog, too! Thank you for sharing your story on Mollie. I loved reading about Maggie years ago! I have been fostering a momma kitty and five kittens since April, and have officially adopted the three kittens who weren’t adopted. They are my three girls! Have fun with your girls! They must feel very special having a wonderful home! 🙂

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  34. Christina wrote:

    Mollie is adorable! I love those blue eyes! Such a sweet story!! 🙂 Could you please link the outfit you are wearing with Mollie in your purse? (specifically the sweater and shirt underneath) Thank you! Christina

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    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much, Christina!! The sweater is Loft from last year, and the shirt is this classic plaid from Old Navy:

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      • Christina wrote:

        Thanks so much for replying. I’ll hsve to see if Loft has something similar this year. Happy Birthday and have a fun Birthday week!!!! 😊

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  35. Sharon wrote:

    Oh my goodness! Love this story…so timely! We adopted our precious girl from Texas Little Cuties almost two years ago. We named our girl Madison, she is black and about 98% shih tzu (my husband had her dna tested…why😳??) anyway, she has been an absolute joy and I’ve lately been thinking that perhaps we should find her a sister….and I was just this morning thinking about TLC..I will show this to hubby and maybe he will give in…
    Mollie and Maggie are both precious and so lucky to have found their forever homes with your lovely family.🐶🐶Thanks for sharing this sweet story!

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  36. Christal wrote:

    Such a sweet post! You know you are never getting out of a shelter without a pet when you bring your kids with you…but what a wonderful addition. Folex was my friend when we were housetraining our puppy too. 🙂

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  37. Maryellen wrote:

    We adopted our puppy, Milly, 2 months ago and though she was only 8 weeks at the time, we started using these bells to help with potty training and, within a couple of days, she was already ringing them when she needed to go out ( After about a week, she started messing with us ringing them whenever she wanted to go out to play but we responded every time she rang the bells and, if she didn’t “go” after a few minutes out, we’d bring her right back in. She caught on pretty quickly that bells = go potty! Now, she mostly only rings for their intended purpose :). And, we haven’t had even one accident in weeks (knock wood). Good luck!

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  38. Tarah wrote:

    Oh my gosh – she’s SO CUTE! Those eyes are so beautiful! Congratulations on your new addition!!

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  39. Laura Bervig wrote:

    She is just the stinkin cutest dog I’ve ever seen….she fits in perfectly with your uber cute family!!!

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  40. Nancy wrote:

    You know someone is going to reach out to you and want to use her in either print or video commercials. Those eyes!

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  41. Jill wrote:

    You can find out what breed she is (and what Maggie is) by buying them each a Pet Wisdom DNA kit.

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  42. Elle wrote:

    Love your blog! I was interested in the leggings/tunics (hooray for coverage with style!) post. But then the eyes got me 😉 I never thought we would be a two dog family, but a couple years ago our amazing Pitt mix was diagoned with a brain disorder. I freaked out and the kids and I (husband was away. Oops!) rescued another dog. Our older one was so awesome I wanted her to “train” our next one. It brought our older dog back to life for two full years!! We just had to put her down last week and I can’t believe how sad our “new” dog is-as are we of course. The kids are BEGGING for another dog. I can’t believe how much we miss having two dogs. I’m starting to consider it…
    And Happy Birthday!

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  43. Joanna wrote:

    She’adorable! Who wouldn’t want to adopt her with those blue eyes and big ears. Ha! I think Maggie & Mollie will be great friends. Mollie will learn from Maggie and Maggie will stay young because of a puppy to play with. Win/win! I’m thinking you have a house full of grins at the moment.

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  44. Allison wrote:

    OMG the pic where your first dog is side-eye-ing her is HYSTERICAL!

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  45. Debbie wrote:

    Mollie is adorable! I’m glad Maggie has decided it’s ok to have a little sister!

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  46. Kristie W. wrote:

    Miss Mollie is sooo cute! Love the pic of her on Maggie.

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  47. Michelle wrote:

    Congratulations on your new addition! But OMG, those eyes! She’s so cute, I’m not sure even I could say no.

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  48. Jenny wrote:

    She is adorable…not sure how anyone could say no to those blue eyes and those floppy ears……

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  49. MARIA wrote:

    I´m so glad you adopted instead of buying a puppy. You´ll never regret it. The expression in her eyes changed completely, that´s because she knows now she has a “home sweet home”.

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