Our Girl Molly

It seems like it has been a while since my last Molly update, and since she is coming up on her six months birthdate, this seemed as good a time as ever.

The big news this week is that I got and started using Molly’s new training harness for our walks. 

The face piece attaches to a collar and both pieces attach to her regular collar. 

I did not like the idea of using anything that looked like a muzzle but it seems okay.  We have only used it twice.  She seems to be getting used to it and forgets she has it on at times.   I have been using the clicker and giving her lots of treats to keep her motivated.  It does seem to help a lot as far as keeping her at a manageable pace and walking nicely.  It doesn’t really help her avoid distractions like barking dogs or free range cats, but mostly she just sits down and refuses to budge when we encounter anything that grabs her attention.   We will see how it goes!

Molly has found her voice but I don’t find it that much of an issue.ย  Her bark is really low-pitched and she doesn’t go on and on – or even use it all that often.ย  In our yard she is fairly laid back.

She LOVES company and was in her glory when granddaughter Genie came by on Tuesday morning and then came back yesterday morning – with her fiance Alec.

Alec was trying to pose Molly.
While Genie was losing it.
Nailed it!

It is funny how dogs come into our lives with perfect timing.

Casey ๐Ÿ’ž

Casey was the first dog that Dan and I adopted together. She was so beautiful, so smart, and so empathetic. She was the perfect dog for us at a time when my aging Mother spent a lot of time with us and when we had young grandchildren here on a regular basis. She was the most devoted care giver and protector – to Mom, our grandbabies, and to our little blind cat, Suzie.

Kat

With Casey aging, we brought home Kat. She was never as responsible or serious as Casey but she made an adorable companion for our growing grandchildren, a great walking partner for me at a time when I was struggling with health issues, and a perfect travelling companion for Dan and I. She was such a sweet little dog.

Molly

After losing our little Kat so suddenly and tragically from congenital heart failure this spring, I was not anxious to have another dog in the house. I didn’t know if I would ever be ready to take on another such loss after Casey and Kat. Then… Dan suggested I needed the companionship and security when he was at work. I started poking around the want ads looking for a midsize dog – nothing as ‘vulnerable’ as Kat was. Just a good healthy dog.

I saw an ad for Molly and she just seemed right. She was destined to be MUCH bigger than Dan had in mind but I had been looking at sheep dogs for a long time and they have a reputation for being good, solid, easy going dogs. And Molly was so cute!

So Molly it was, and at a time when my priority is my health and fitness Molly is perfect. She is my inspiration to get up every morning, get active, and keep active. She is the epitome of affection and entertainment. She is a bit of a challenge at times but she fits our current lifestyle amazingly well. I look forward to many years ahead with her and seeing how far we can go together. The potential is unfathomable. ๐Ÿ˜Š

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day! ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒž

Letting Go

Following a few weeks of what seemed to be an on again, off again, up and down doggy cold, our little Kat took a decidedly bad turn for the worse.ย ย ย  I took her to our vet clinic for x-rays and examination to get to the bottom of her health issues.ย  Fortunately, the veterinarian I was able to get her in to see was the very competent and compassionate, Dr. Broberg.ย ย  Unfortunately, the diagnosis was devastating.ย  Our little Kat was suffering from catastrophic congenital heart failure and her lungs were filled with fluid.ย 

Dr. Broberg put her on oxygen and tried diuretics to clear her lungs, to give us a few more weeks or possibly months, with our sweet little girl.ย  Unfortunately, things did not go as hoped for and the next step was a twenty-four hour hospital.ย  We were not willing to put her through the anxiety and suffering that this would cause our Kat,ย  for what would inevitably be our short term gain. We chose to let her go now – sooner than later.

Last night, Dan and I were with Kat, as she was put to sleep.    She went quickly and peacefully.  We were and remain devastated.   But we are also grateful that the end came as gently as possible for all of us, grateful that we had the means to provide the care our little girl deserved to the very end, and ever so grateful for the countless memories that we have to cherish.

Nine years of tail wagging, squirrel chasing, snack sneaking, snuggles and cuddles fun wrapped up in one little King Charles Cavalier named Kat:

Together Again – Kat and CaseyRIP๐Ÿ’ž

Five Weeks In!

I am five weeks into my spring fitness routine so it seems like a good time for another update.

First I just want to say that last week there was a full moon from Hell. If it could go wrong, it did, and on Saturday things went right off the rails.

NOW for the good news!

  • I managed to get through it all without coming unhinged. One step at a time… And I kept up my dancersize EVERY day. And yes, I had my glass of wine almost every evening – four out of seven for sure – but on Saturday I had two. ๐Ÿ˜‚
  • I lost a pound and a half this week. I know, that is meagre and it could come back next week, but it is better news than putting on a pound and a half. I am feeling better and that is what it is all about. Also, my body is tightening up and my weight is shifting so my clothes are starting to fit a bit better. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • My dog, Kat is doing MUCH better today. I heard her cough/choke a little bit once this morning but she may have been faking it because she loves her coconut oil/honey/cinnamon mixture – Like Maddy used to do after I gave her a mini ice cream bar for a sore throat one day. (She even got her siblings on board. It sounded like the plague had hit when they came over. ๐Ÿคฃ)
  • Sun is shining, snow is melting, and my seedlings are sprouting like a darn. ๐ŸŒž
  • Yay! Another week of spring fitness down. ๐Ÿค—
Zdancerliz’ has a number of YouTube videos that I have been working out with. This military themed one was a new one that I tried this morning. Despite the fact that I have the grace and co-ordination of Gumbi’s girlfriend, I was able to keep up with most of it without injuring myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰
I have used this You Tube meditation by Rasa Pura a few times lately and find it super relaxing. ๐Ÿ˜Œ
Kat – looking, and I am sure feeling, much better. ๐Ÿ’—

That’s it for today. Take care and have a great day. ๐Ÿ’ž

January 21st – Great Outdoors

It has been a beautiful day so far.ย  We are in the single minus digits – Celcius, the sun is shining, and the wind is tolerable – so far.ย  Kat and I went outside to feed the squirrels and birds.ย  It was pleasant enough that I even shovelled a little snow. ๐Ÿ‘โ˜ƒ๏ธ

Kat is recovering nicely from her dental surgery.ย  She had her last dose of painkiller this morning so other than being on a soft food diet, she should be her old self tomorrow.ย  She is still not super happy with me but she will definitely appreciate her dental healthcare at some point – when she can gnaw through her food without pain.

Last night, I finally got in the kitchen and made a real home cooked meal.ย  Okay… There was limited cooking involved as I made taco salads.

Turning tortilla shells into salad bowls – brush shells with olive oil, press between two salad bowl molds, cook at 350 degrees for six minutes, flip over and remove bottom pan, return to oven until crispy
Remove salad bowls from oven
Brown the beef & Add Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
Prepare lettuce, red pepper, green onions, radishes, tomato, and olives. Assemble cheese & salad dressing.
Supper is served! (The salad part is under the meat and cheese)
And for desert – Presidents Choice Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cluster cheesecake ๐Ÿ˜

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!

January 19th – Cheesey Biscuits

Another January morning in Saskatchewan!ย  Things are relatively iced over from our recent storm and the mercury has dropped out of the thermometer.ย  Fun stuff!

Kat is more her own self today – unfortunately.ย  Her appetite is back and she is not happy that she is not being allowed her usual crispy, crunchy diet.ย  She does not take kindly to my snacking and not sharing so maybe, hopefully, we will both drop a few pounds in the next couple of weeks.

Last night, was another super easy supper. (Last one for a while!). I pulled a container of homemade chicken soup out of the freezer and made a pan of cheese biscuits.

Chicken Soup
Cheesy Biscuits
From ‘The New Purity Cook Book’

* I do not knead the dough or roll out the biscuits. I have tried it and the results just weren’t there for me. Once I mix in the cheese and work in the last of the flour, I scoop the dough out with a serving spoon and drop it onto a cookie sheet, allow unbaked biscuits to sit for fifteen minutes, and then move to pre-heated oven and bake for the full fifteen minutes. I made 12 good sized biscuits.

I used to make these biscuits frequently when the kids were home but it has been ages since I made a batch. All things considered, I thought they turned out great.

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!

January 18th – The Kat Came Back

Kat had her dental surgery yesterday and came back home late in the afternoon. She seemed a bit wobbly and is still less perky than usual, but I know she will be better off for having had the surgery. ๐Ÿ’ž

Feeling Floppy

Dan wasn’t home for supper last night and between picking up Kat and getting her settled in when we got home, I wasn’t into cooking anything. I took the easy way out (AGAIN) and nuked a frozen ‘meal’ Dan had picked up for work. I cannot say I was a real fan, but then I am not a real fan of macaroni and there was a lot of spicy cheese sauce on it (overly saucy anything isn’t my thing). Dan would probably have enjoyed it as a work lunch.

Supper was served.

After supper, I talked to my sister Lorraine. It was a continuation of a talk that had been running off and on all afternoon. She agreed that my supper wasn’t really a showcase of my culinary expertise so I asked her if she could share something a little more photogenic and impressive. Ta Da!

Cranky’s Baked Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
  • Vegetable spaghettini
  • Meat Sauce: Cranky spiced hamburger, peppers, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, oregano, mushrooms, and garlic.
  • Cheese: Saputo mozza

This is just one of the dishes that Lorraine and her husband Jerry offered when they operated their popular Cranky’s food truck. We never had the opportunity to visit their truck during the seasons they were operating but we have taste tested a lot of their ‘family and friends’ meals and never been left disappointed. Jerry, who is generally the entrรฉe chef, used to make a memorable Steak Neptune. Lorraine never met a side dish she didn’t slay. I have tried, and failed, to make Baked Beans anything close to hers. Relatives aside, they are great people, work hard as hell at everything they do, and play hard enough to keep life interesting.

That’s it for today. Take care and have a nice evening!

January 17th – Onion Soup For The Win

Dan and I have been unwell for a few days now.ย  While we are both on the mend, we needed something to get us solidly back on our feet.ย  Last night, we did what we do when drastic times call for drastic measures.ย ย  We cooked up a supper of Baked Onion Soup – hot, delicious, and naturally healing.

Dan cooked – I recorded the process. We made it for two, but it can easily be adjusted to serve one or more. (I often make it for myself if I happen to be alone for supper).

Caramelize two good sized onions in butter. It takes patience and attention but keep on it until the onions are cooked down and turn a nice light brown.
Add low salt beef broth and bring to a boil.
Pour into jumbo cups and top with homemade croutons.
Which in turn is topped with shredded cheese.
Bake in 425 degree F oven until cheese melts, then broil until cheese is brown and bubbly.
Supper is served!

* I make our croutons in our T-fal Air Frier by cubing a loaf of bread (preferably cheese bread), spread out the cubes on two cookie sheets. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with shredded Parmesan Cheese and desired spices (I use seasoning salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning). Cook in air frier, one tray at a time for 10 minutes. Remove from air frier and return to cookie sheets until cool, crisp and completely dry.

It may not be what a doctor would order – but it sure made us feel better (chest congestion is gone, sinuses are cleared, and throat is soothed) and there were no side effects! ๐Ÿ˜

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!

* Kat is at the vet’s for her surgery. Everything is looking good so far. They have to pull a couple of small teeth. The vet is to call back once she is done. I can’t wait to have her home. ๐Ÿค—

January 6th – Deep Freeze

Our weather isn’t getting any better today. ย  It is 32 below celsius and holding.ย  Dan was out shoveling the foot of snow that we got over the last couple of days.ย  I feel for him but every day is a day closer to spring! ๐ŸŒท

Yesterday, we did some more after Christmas cleanup and took turns letting Kat in and out.ย  She keeps thinking she wants to go outside but changes her mind as soon as she gets there.

Winter sucks!

We ended up losing track of time while we were chasing down stray pine needles so our supper last night was a quick pizza that we whipped up together – with the help of the Pillsbury doughboy who provided the prepared pizza dough.

Dan chopped the ham, red onions, mushrooms and olives.ย  I strong-armed the crust out of the container, spread it out on the pan, brushed it with a light coating of sauce, and assembled the toppings that Dan had chopped, while adding a generous layer of pre-sliced pepperoni.

Which was followed by a thick layer of shredded cheese.

A few minutes of baking, followed by a couple of minutes under the broiler and tada! Supper is served.ย 

That is it for today! Hardly the most ambitious culinary experience, but it is already the sixth day of my Canadian meal plan and we have managed to avoid TV dinners and takeout so far. ๐Ÿ‘

Take care, keep warm, and have a great day! ๐Ÿ’ž

November 17th – Puppy Love

There are few things that make a house a home like having a pet to share it with. Dan and I have had a dog from day one together. Nowadays, it is Dan and I and our Cavalier ‘Kat’.

Today in honour of Kat – and Casey and Scraps, I offer a few ‘words of wisdom’ on the mighty, marvelous dogs that we have shared our home with.

“If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

– Will Rogers

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.”

– Dean Koontz
Casey dog๐Ÿ’ž RIP

“The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.”

– Robert Falcon Scott

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.”

– CJ Frick

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.”

– Robert Wagner

“Grandma, if you want a dog to come to you, you can’t yell at her. You have to sound like you want to give her a hug.”

– 2 year old Maddy B.
Maddy & Kat – hugs and puppy kisses๐Ÿ’ž

“Happiness is a warm puppy”.

Charles M. Schultz

“Dogs do speak but only to those who know how to listen.”

– Orhan Panuk
Kat – “Yes I have your blanket.” ๐Ÿ˜

That is it for today! Take care and have a great day. ๐Ÿ’ž

September 12th – Simply Sunday

Some days are just about ‘Peace of Mind’. That is today. Just a day for Sunday morning ham and eggs, spending time with Dan, rest and relaxation, fresh air, and hanging out with our little dog, Kat.

Overcast morning
Kat, hanging out and about
Summer fading
Sunday morning visitor
The sun breaks through

That is it for today. A peaceful, pleasant Sunday. Life is good. ๐ŸŒž

Take care and have a good day! See you tomorrow. ๐Ÿ’ž