For those of you who don't know, Molly is our precocious nine-year old cocker spaniel. She is a buff-colored diva with a love of toys, children and belly rubs! She makes her thoughts known through dictation to her human mom, Lota.
(See a whole bunch of new photos at the bottom of this page, including some of cousin Chilly!)
Barks and hugs to all of you loyal fans! Mom has finally gotten around to putting down in words all the "neat" stuff we have been involved in as a family over the last 10 months. Because she has been so tardy, Mom is allowing me to tell my favorite stories, and Jordan to tell his favorite stories. We're not going to go in any particular order (despite Mom's desire to do so)! She calls this "stream of consciousness" approach crazy, but I think it is perfectly normal! So here goes:
Coffee - yum!
I have learned that I like -- no, love -- coffee. Here is a photo of me drinking some of Lori's best brew when we visited her at her lakehouse (Lake Anna, Bumpass, VA). We have been there twice now -- this time was in July 2008 -- and we had the run of the place. We were ther again in August, but this time we had to behave ourselves (rats!) because Lori's family was there. Mom and Dad got to visit with them, but we stayed in the wagon so we wouldn't be in the way!
Starry-eyed About Starbuck!
Okay, so most of you know that I have this thing about goldenretreivers. Dad thinks I'm jealous because I'm not as big as they are, and he thinks I want to be. Well, there may be some truth to that, and I frankly really started to like Starbuck (Toni's newest). He is a much younger dog, and he wants to play all the time. I kinda liked that about him. Could this be a May-December romance in the works?
Meeting New Friends
Throughout our travels over the last six months, we've been to campgrounds in the Texas hill country, the Smoky Mountains, Hilton Head and Austin. Almost everywhere we went, I got to make new friends -- especially with the little people - kids, I think is what the big people call them. All I have to do is wag my tail and roll over for a belly rub -- it works every time. Then if I'm really lucky, I get to give those little people -- my new friends -- a big, wet kiss. They laugh and rub their faces, and I usually have a taste of chocolate or mustard -- um um good!
We also got to meet new four-legged friends as well! In the photo above, Jordan and I are enjoying ice cream with Truffles at his mom's birthday party in Austin. We loved Truffles, and he really enjoyed playing with us. Dad and Truffles played with a lens cleaning cloth, and Truffles decided to hide it -- in his tummy! Yep, that's right -- Truffles ate the cloth. It kinda made him sick, and the vet had to take it out for him. Good news -- Truffles is ok, and back to eating lots of cheese and ice cream! We love you T-boy!
Feeling My Age - Sometimes...
Well, Mom is making me tell you this... I celebrated my 10th birthday in January, and despite my best efforts, I am feeling my age every now and then. I have a little more gray around my eyes and nose, but Daddy says it just makes makes me more pretty than ever (blush)! I have had a few little episodes where I can't move for a few minutes -- I get really scared. Mom always scoops me up immediately and cradles me in her arms. After a few minutes, I'm ok and ready to go -- take a nap!
Aunt Lori Comes to Visit
My very favorite Aunt Lori came to visit me in Buffalo Gap! Mom pick her up at the airport, and I just couldn't wait to see her. I paced and paced and paced until finally they got home. I just hugged and hugged and hugged Aunt Lori. It was so good to see her, and she scratches me just right behind my ears. I tried to sleep with her, but Mom & Dad made me stay in their room.
I think Aunt Lori had a really god time here. Lord knows that everyone tried to fix their special cuisine for her. I think the humans ate more during that long weekend than usual, and they had some really good wine too! Jordan and I did get a few nibbles as well -- amazing what happens when those humans open more than one of those bottles of fermented grape juice!
The photo above is of Lori and me relaxing by the firepit near the pool at home! What fun!
Walking is Good For Us
One of our favorite times with Mom & Dad is when they ask us "Do you want to go for a walk?" Most of the time, that means we are just going outside for a quick potty break. But, about 4 or 5 times a week when we are home in Buffalo Gap, it means a really, really long walk down to Nana & Papa's house -- about 2 miles. Oh, it is so exciting -- there are these man-made tunnels along the way (Mom & Dad call them culverts, and say that they are to keep the rainwater that runs down the bar ditches from washing out the driveways and roads.) Jordan and I are desperate to stick our noses in each and every one of these tunnels -- but Mom & Dad are so stubborn about not letting us do that! They tell us that there are really bad things that live in those culverts -- like rattlesnakes or foxes or racoons. But the one thing that they seem to be most afraid of are these black kitty-cats that have one or two stripes down their backs. I think Mom & Dad call these kitties "skunks." I really want to meet one and give them a sniff -- rumor has it that they are really aromatic! Maybe one day we'll find one on our walk -- after all, walking is good for us! The photo above is of us walking while we were at Hilton Head.
Standing Guard is Our Highest Priority
One thing Jordan and I had to work out early in our sibling relationship is who guards what, and when. So, here's the master plan... I ensure that everyone inside is alerted if there is a threat outside the house or Waggin' Wagon. Jordan's responsibility is to ensure that everyone inside is alerted if there is a threat inside. Now, we are told many, many times by the humans that most of these threats really aren't threats. But, we have to persevere beacuse standing guard is our highest priority!
There are a few things that I'm not happy about, and because I'm "precocious," I'm going to tell you about them. First of all, what is this wind all about? I can't even stand still and take care of business. It blows from morning until night, and then until morning again. Sometimes the sky turns brown, and sometimes there are these ugly clouds that spit fire and ice -- and then it's pretty again. Mom & Dad cuddle with us, but it still is scary...
Now, the next thing that bothers me is this big hole in the back yard that looks like a big bath tub. As a matter of fact, Mom tried to get both Jordan and me to get in it -- is she crazy?? It did cool us off a little bit, but it messed up my "fur-do". I hope they don't try that again!!
Speaking of "fur-do", we are going to a new groomer, and she is really nice. She gives us the Texas short haircuts, but she has been putting bows in my ears -- BOWS IN MY EARS-- I can't stand it!! Mom & Dad and Uncle Tom and Aunt Ruth Ann laughed at me because I tried so hard to get those @$**$% bows out of my ears. Thankfully, Mom told them to not put them in this time....
At the Compound here, we canines outnumber the humans two to one, but half of us weigh 5 lbs or less. You wouldn't believe how small Chilly is -- 1 1/2 lbs. and full of spit and vinegar!! I really want to play with her, but I can't get her to stop moving long enough! It's a puzzle.....
We got to travel back to Maryland, and visit Aunt Lori. I really miss her 'cause she really gives me good belly rubs! Here's a big "bark-out" to Aunt Lori and thanks for making us so comfortable!
Molly loves Aunt Lori's hugs!
December 2007 It's been two months since Mom has taken time to write for me, so we're both sorry it's been so long. This has been an exhausting and confusing two months. Jordan and I went to the day spa (Best Friends) at home in Maryland, and the first day we came home and OUR BED WAS GONE!! Mom and Dad acted like nothing was wrong, although they were a little grumpy -- something call "sleep deprivation" but I don't understand what that is. The second day we came home and OUR CHAIRS WERE GONE!! Jordan and I ran through the house barking ferociously because we just knew that something was wrong. Mom and Dad just tried to comfort us, but it was very confusing. We went to Aunt Lori's house to sleep -- now that didn't make sense, but by this time we were so tired, we just wanted to go to sleep -- anywhere! Aunt Lori made our stay incredibly pleasant, and we want to come back and visit really soon!!
Right now we are in Texas - a place that Mom and Dad seem to really love. It's awfully dry here, and there are these things called "goat heads" that stick in my paw when we go walking. But, we're getting used to it -- one thing we really like is that we have Mom and Dad to ourselves almost all the time -- that's pretty special. I have been practicing my "diva-dom" and am getting really good at it!!
Mom and Dad say that we're "going out on the road" in February. Jordan and I really don't understand what that means, but Jordan thinks we're finally going to get a ride in the big car they call the "Waggin' Wagon." I'll get Mom to write more really soon! Meanwhile, send treats and barks our way!
Molly tells Santa what she wants for Christmas!!
November 2007 Today is the first day Mom has taken time to write down all the things I've been telling her since we started this trip on November 4. Mom & Dad have been telling us for months that we were going to have a new vehicle (they called it a "land yacht") and that the new vehicle would be our home. Well, we finally got to see it last Friday when we went to San Antonio, but Jordan & I still haven't seen the inside yet. Dad hasn't been much fun the last couple of days -- he reads these manuals, then walks out to the "land yacht" and spends hours looking at switches, batteries, hoses, gauges, and stuff. Then he comes back in and looks at the manuals -- says something about the fact that they "were written by engineers for engineers!" Jordan & I know to leave him alone when he's in that mood!! While we were at the nice place in San Antonio, we played a mean trick on Aunt Ruth Ann. We wrapped our leashes around her ankles, and then Jordan slipped away. We didn't mean for her to hit the ground that hard, though -- and we're really glad she's ok now!! Despite all the hubbub, Mom and Dad, along with Aunt Ruth Ann, Uncle Tom, Nana, Papaw and Aunt Betsy, still have given us lots of love and treats. Life is good!!