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We introduced the dogs to the farm this weekend. It’s been so cool to watch them starting to explore these new surroundings. Since their obedience to recall is virtually zero unless we happen to be waving a bit of bacon at them, we’re keeping them on long leads. The perimeter fences would probably keep them in, but since the time we watched Blizzard pop through a cat flap and disappear down the street, we’ve been pretty cautious. We don’t want them going to visit the sheep next door either. They might not notice Blizzard, who does kind of resemble a small lamb, but I don’t think Gunner would blend in so well!

Blizzard's nest

Blizzard’s nest

Surveying the olive grove

Surveying the olive grove

Gunner at sundown

Gunner at sundown

Gunner seems to be aiming for a role as a field mouse spotter. At least we think that’s what got him all excited and exploring the long grass this morning. He wasn’t successful though. And he didn’t notice the rabbits hopping around a short distance away!

Not sure what Blizzard’s job will be. Farm mascot perhaps? Or chief aroma judge. She does love to stand around and just sniff. It would take a very very long time to walk the boundary at her natural pace! Several weeks perhaps.

Our dogs love extra virgin olive oil, so I’m sure they’re looking forward to harvest time as much as we are! I wasn’t sure if they would like olive oil, but they like the stronger peppery oils as much as the milder ones. I did a mini (well very mini, maybe nano) controlled trial recently to try and see whether they really like it, or would just eat anything! Both dogs rejected raw kale, but ate kale massaged with extra virgin olive oil. EVOO massaged kale was my favourite new salad last year. Delicious with slivers of mango and crumbled feta. FFx

Massaged kale salad

Massaged kale salad, aidamollenkamp.com