Molly was just an 8-month-old puppy when she first arrived at the Dogs Trust Animal Shelter in Loughborough.
She was the sweetest little girl and the workers thought it was only a matter of time before she found a home.
But somehow, nobody ever warmed up to this mix-breed beauty. Today, it has been 11 years and she still yearns to find a family that will love and accept her.
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Molly’s shelter handlers believe that her anxious tendencies around strangers could be one of the primary reasons why she is repeatedly overlooked.
Being raised in a shelter environment has taken a toll on her emotionally, and she finds it challenging to interact with too many humans or pets at a time.
However, she bonds extremely well on a one-to-one basis, and is very protective of the ones she loves.
Over the decade, watching other shelter animals get adopted has also been hard for Molly. This has made her quite sensitive and the shelter thinks that she would do well in a home without any other pets.
While she shares a great rapport with both male and female handlers, she still gets nervous around men. An ideal situation for her would be to have a single adult female as her forever mom.
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It’s heartbreaking to think that most of Molly’s “shortcomings” are solely manifestations of the vulnerable shelter environment.
The poor girl keeps staring at every visitor who passes her by, eagerly hoping that they will give her a chance. But there seems to be no end to her disappointment.
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The shelter has desperately reached out to the community in hopes of finding a patient and understanding owner for Molly.
She is a special girl who deserves a great life out of the shelter, and we must not let her down. Let’s get the word out for her and help her find her dream forever home.
Click the video below to watch Molly’s sweet disposition as she hangs out with her handlers.
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!