This month we’re ‘Chasing the Tale’ of Rachel & Molly
A DELIGHTFUL DUO
What a delight it was to have Rachel Reed, and her divine Kelpie x Chow Chow, Molly, on our recent photo shoot. Rachel, an established PR & Marketing Consultant has also practiced as a Marriage Celebrant for the last 4 years. The special bond she shares with Molly was obvious and resulted in some pretty stunning photos too. We asked Rachel all about life with Molly…
LIFE WITH MOLLY
How did Molly come into your life?
Molly was my husband’s dog when we first met and quickly became my adopted fur baby. He had rescued her from the RSPCA when she was 3 years old. The funniest thing is that for my 1st birthday my grandparents gave me a soft toy dog l nicknamed long dog and still have to this day. Long dog is the spitting image, including colouring and size, as Molly so I often joke that I got my real life long dog finally.
DOG OR PEOPLE PERSON?
Molly is so much a people person when we go to the dog park we often have to encourage her to go and socialise with the other dogs. If she had it her way she would spend all her time by our side. She loves when people come over to visit and will sit at their feet, lean into them and stare up at them from her big brown eyes.
TRAITS & QUIRKS
Molly is the most loveable and friendly dog. She is fantastic company and follows you around everywhere and sits and watches you or sleeps near you while you work or cook. She makes friends with every visitor to our house instantly and even wins over people scared of dogs (like my mum!) or those pesky ‘cat people’.
Molly is very much a creature of habit and loves routine in her own space. She HATES bin day and will run into our bedroom and tuck herself into the corner of the bed and the bedside table to hide when she hears the garbage truck at 6am. She also hates thunderstorms and lightening and will try and stay as close as possible to you at all times when a storm is brewing. On a good note, if you are sleeping in longer than she deems necessary she will appear at the side of the bed and nose your arm till you wake up and then she proceeds to put two paws around your hand or arm and hold onto you so you can’t stop patting her. These are the lengths the goes to for remaining close to you.
BRUNCH & BINGE
Molly loves to go to Neon Tiger in Malvern for brunch. They have a great outdoor area that even has heaters in winter and they have dog bowls for water and even bring out a treat or two for her if she is lucky.
If Molly is very lucky once in a while she is allowed up onto a blanket onto the couch to cuddle up. Mostly in winter this is a cheap hot water bottle so I am all for it! Not so much when I need to vacuum the couch afterwards.
Molly is not too fussed what we watch… she enjoys a bit of Billions with Dad and always up for a chick flick with mum. She even sat through Gone with the Wind recently which is 3 hours long. As long as she is with us she doesn’t mind what’s on the telly.
LOVE & KISSES
How has having Molly changed your life?
Molly just makes us smile from morning till night. As I mostly work from home I find her company so comforting and chat to her and tell her things all day long. I can be having a tough day and I just look at her and smile instantly. She makes me feel an overwhelming sense of love and gratitude that she is in my life every day. When we go away for a weekend or a long holiday I can’t stop thinking about coming home to see her! I usually start chanting Molly, Molly, Molly when we are getting close to home (much to my husband’s annoyance!)
Who gets more kisses? Partner or Molly?!
Ooohhh tough one because nights that I am allowed to snuggle her on the couch on her blanket I think she definitely wins that one.
ONE PERFECT DAY
Molly’s perfect day is that we get up by 7:30am and let her out for a quick toilet visit, followed by her breakfast which is a scoop of dry kibble. She will then follow us while we get ready ensuring that someone is taking her for walk.
Once she works out that is happening she has to sniff your runners while you are putting them on and starts getting pretty excited. Once her lead comes out of the drawer she knows it’s on and starts wagging her tail like crazy. A 15 minute walk to the dog park where she can roam around and run and chase birds and dogs gets her energy going before we head home.
She eagerly watches you while you eat breakfast hoping a sneaky crust of toast might come her way – or a bit of banana which she loves – and let’s face it, she usually gets a tiny bit of something! Then if I am working from home I move her bed into the office under the window where she can soak up some sun and sleep for most of the day. She generally only gets up if she hears the postman or a delivery at the door.
As soon as the sun goes down and it gets dark she goes and waits near her food bowl for her dinner. She gets her scoop of dry kibble once we have eaten… and ok sometimes a tiny bit of a left over here or there. Then that’s it for her. We move her bed in front of the TV and she goes to sleep curled up in a tiny ball. Often if she’s dropped into a very deep sleep she starts barking in her sleep as she dreams she is chasing dogs or birds.
CRAZY DOG MUM??
Definitely love Molly to death but I wouldn’t say I am a crazy dog mum as that conjures up images of people who dress their dogs up in frilly dress clothes, enter them in dog shows and have professional photo shoots (not that there is anything wrong with these things!!). I love her so much and she is definitely a part of as much of our life as possible but we still recognise she is a dog and make sure she doesn’t get too spoilt and forget that.