Molly, an adorable Bernese mountain dog puppy is our Sawtelle dog. Despite being the runt and not bred for show, the beauty and intelligence of the breed became evident to me as soon as she joined our household. We got her the week before I started reading the book, and I honestly did not make the connection immediately. I started thinking about her more and more as I read about training and dog relationships. She is so attentive and looks directly into your eyes. I am amazed how she quickly learns from our dogs Jake and Lily.
Molly was my image of the Sawtelle pups, but for two differences. I could not imagine her living in a kennel for more than her first 7 weeks. She is a house dog. The other contrast of Molly with my image of a Sawtelle dog is sad. Molly's breed does not have a long lifespan. I like to imagine the Sawtelle dogs being a long-lived breed with relatively few problems.