Bubba & Mollykins

No, this is not a love story but a very simple one about two different dogs from two different beginnings in life. Both pups are as cute as buttons although they aren’t quite pups anymore but I will always refer to them as pups. One is black in color and the other is black and white. One is Pompey (aka Bubba) and one is Molly (aka Mollykins). Bubba is a Pug (he’s the black one) while Mollykins (she’s the black & white one) is a Border Collie. Both are extremely playful and have great dispositions. Neither would hurt a fly however if you tread on their territory you may be able to hear their playful growls. Although Molly got quite protective of the bay window in the living room for anything that dared come into the front yard. This was her territory! And Bubba had to sit higher on the couch than anyone else. This was his territory!

Here is Molly’s story (as told by her):

Hi! My name is Molly and I am 3 1/2 years young. My hometown is Vancouver, BC where I was discovered with my brothers and sisters at the age of 5 weeks in a dumpster. Luckily, people in the neighborhood heard us crying and rescued us. We were sent to the Vancouver City Pound where I met my mom. She was a volunteer there waiting to find the perfect dog for her and it turned out to be me! At first, my mom only fostered me because she wasn’t sure she could handle a dog but after 4 months of fostering, she couldn’t get enough of me and I was adopted! The first year of my life was pretty rough and have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis so I can’t run and play on pavement or else my joints will hurt. Occasionally I need to take it easy or else my muscles will get inflamed and I won’t be able to walk so my mom keeps a close eye on me.

I love to play tug of war with my family and growl because it makes me feel tough. My favorite thing to do is hike with my friends and family although I hate it when I get ticks on me because it’s very uncomfortable for me when they have to be removed.  Sometimes I get so excited that I can’t help but wiggle until my tail hits my face.

I’m a traveling dog and will probably continue to because wherever my mom and dad go, I go too (or sometimes they stick me with my grandparents which is super fun and they allow me up on the chair to snuggle). Either way, I know I’m always with loving family.

Here is Bubba’s story (as told by him):

I’ve been in custody from the time I was six weeks old and I’m currently 4 1/2 years old (in human years that is). Anyway my owners think I’m perfect and they’re right. I mean, who am I to argue with them? Just to set the record straight my name is Pompey who was the behind the scenes caretaker of a brothel in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and in the play, Pompey is used to show the audience what is going on in the story. Boy, could I tell you stories! But that’s for another time.

I was a resident of Colorado for the majority of the time I’ve been on this wonderful earth and even though my owners think I’m perfect I couldn’t have asked for better owners. They really are sweet (and I get away with just about anything – shhh, but don’t tell them that, I’ve got a good thing going here). I’m a mountain dog by heart and I will chase snow until it melts and in Colorado that could be for several months. Of course if we get a foot of snow you won’t be able to find me when I jump in a snow bank.

Just to puff my chest a bit – I’m AKC registered and if it weren’t for my tail I probably would have been a show dog except my tail doesn’t have the correct corkscrew (well, what do you expect, after all this is a wine review). Seems that the “show people” want a tail that corkscrews 2 1/2 turns, I only have 1 1/2 turns. But I’m a cuddler and I always need to be around someone. And I think Molly’s pretty cool too. I love when we get together.

What about you? Any pet stories?

Well, on with the wine reviews.

Santa Margherita 2009 Pinot Grigio. Yellow in color with floral aromas (much like a fresh bouquet of flowers) and golden delicious apple flavor and a smooth silky finish. $20.99, 90 rating. Pair this with bacon-wrapped sea scallops, white rice sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, broccoli drizzled with a balsamic glaze, and an onion roll on the side. This was scrumptious!

Altos Las Hormigas 2009 Mendoza Malbec. Upon opening this wine a deep purple color greeted licorice, fennel, and plum pleasingly on the nose, followed by red & black raspberries, maybe a bit of boysenberry jam and pepper flavors on the palate. This wine ended with a smooth European chocolate finish with a hint of blueberries. $8.99, 88 rating. Pair this with grilled Italian sausage with peppers and onions on a grinder roll. This wine got better as the night rolled on.

Jacuzzi Vineyards 2009 Bianco di Sei Sorelle Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Bartlett pear and peach notes on the nose with a hint of mixed nuts complement the peach and pear flavors with a smooth oaky finish. This is a very nice white wine even a red wine lover would enjoy! Boy, am I getting soft in my old age 🙂 $18.00, 88 rating. Pair this with fresh scrod with a Dijon mustard marinade, brown rice, and broccoli & cauliflower vegetables drizzled with your favorite cheese (you can also get this in a handy vegetable steamer bag – cheese included). Ingredients for the scrod marinade are as follows:

2 tablespoons white wine (the above mentioned wine is a good choice)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon (add more if using fresh tarragon)
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
Dash of garlic powder

Whisk ingredients and brush over scrod and pour remaining marinade over scrod (any white fish will do though) and bake at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes depending on thickness of the scrod fillets.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…