Molly Visits the Country (and the Hermit Cookie recipe link!)

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IMG_7949 Molly’s Version: The human puppies are a lot of fun but the don’t like to sleep anywhere near as much as I do. I think I have to teach them the joys of a good dog-nap.IMG_7930 We went to this giant house with so much grass and flowers and smells and the best part: PEOPLE! I learned that even if Alpha mommy isnt on the same floor as me or home at all I can still play (I discovered “playing house” in tents with the human puppies) and eventually she comes back. I heard there is a lake, and someone told on me that poodles are actually quite strong swimmers, but it thundered so we didn’t have to go down!
Human Version: Molly seemed to love the car ride, she got to sleep which with 2 active children is not an easy feat! I wasn’t sure if I should let her off lead at the cottage or not so we tested it out and she actually did pretty well, the only thing is she is such a people dog that she will follow anyone looking for some cuddles, She stayed on the property but its a large property so sometimes that meant she would get out of eyeshot, so we are digging up the old stake from Molly (the springer) and Mustache, so that MollyIMG_7953 (the poodle) can be out with us and stay safe too when we are working or otherwise occupied and can’t follow her around. She inherited a few dog bowls and other paraphenalia from Mustache and then we dropped the kids off at their other grandparents and Molly met “Crazy Daisy” a very excitable cocker spaniel. They got along really well, and played in Daisy’s yard. The kids just can’t get enough of Molly and were sad she couldnt stay at “Mammies” with them. We didn’t do much training except come, as that was pretty important in the country. We did get a lot of opportunities to tackle stairs and it seems her solution is to go as fast as possible up or down them which is adorable. and She is FAST when she runs she runs at full tilt and is a good workout to try to keep up! for a little dog she has a mean stride!

  IMG_7956You can really see how small she is here beside the forget-me-nots!

Hermit Cookies

Since Molly has joined us we have been eating some delicious dishes that I cannot wait to share with you.  first, the cookies that I will forever associate with Molly:

http://foodess.com/6057-spiced-date-raisin-cookies-hermit-cookies.html

I modified this recipe slightly as I only had medjool dates and chopping them for cookies wasn’t working so well so I did 1/3 cup dates, 1/3 cup dried apricots and 1/3 cup raisins. and we used pecans due to a walnut allergy in the house. I used real butter in this recipe as we are testing the lactose/dairy intolerance but I am fairly sure it would work well with a vegetable shortening (I find the margarine’s like Earth Balance don’t quite impart the necessary texture and have better luck with shortening)

A day in the city. Or Molly’s first day with the Tabah’s

IMG_7908Molly’s Version: Today I spent my first day in my new home. Its kinda loud here, even when IMG_7914the kids aren’t home but I am slowly figuring out what all the noises are. and DOGS! and PEOPLE! and SQUIRRELS! but the people don’t always want to say Hi and the big dogs want me to play with them. The pet store and vet people are very nice though! I didnt so much like the goo thats supposed to “protect” me from something called a tick. I am tired since we walked the human puppies to school, then we went to the dog park then we went out again after a nice midday nap to the stores and I got a new bed! I met a baby, some nice small dogs and I met 2 other matching human puppies aIMG_7921nd the other human puppies all LOVED me.   The downside to my day was when Alpha took the human puppies for dinner and I had to chill alone in the crate :/ but they came back!

Humans version: We had such a fun first day with Molly but boy was it busy. She learned (fairly well) to walk on a leash beside or behind the leash holder, this is amazing! She still pulls a fair bit though and I worry she is putting too much pressure on her joints when she does that so I ordered her a special harness that doesnt allow a dog to pull, its made by the same company that made the gentle leaders that we used in puppy training for guide dogs so its very reassuring to me that they have now made harnesses! We went twice to the dog run, we will keep going back as she is very happy to go in but if too many large dogs come running she looks to me for protection/comfort but she doesnt ask to leave, or otherwise show strong discomfort I think its just getting used to the dogs. there is also a special area just for small dogs, but there were no small dogs there today 😦 though we met ChloeIMG_7910, the dog next door that I haven’t met in all the years I live here. Molly is tired from her day and has discovered the comfort of the bed. I am hoping I can face the whimpers and crate train her soon but for now we are all happier and more rested with her co-sleeping. When the twins had their bath she was scratching her ear and I caught a great picture that looks like “awww please no bath, I am not that dirty”. Having Molly here has brought so much joy into the house, I have joked that she has a secret identity and her super power is transfering psychotropics to the environment around her. Agent Prozac. She did well in the crate when we left, though any noise she thinks is us returning so that I think will take some time for her to understand the different sounds that come from the hallway.

**Blog Followers: welcome to a new section of this blog. the adventures of Mini Poodle Molly who just joined our family. These posts will not have recipes and are a nice way for my friends and family as well as the wonderful family who allowed us to adopt Molly to follow her adaptation and growth! I hope you enjoy her and my rantings as much as we enjoy each other!