One of the rituals around here these days is Molly the blind Poodle enjoying her two large dog cookies every morning and evening. Because she takes forever to eat them — anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, and no, they aren’t that big — we put her in the giant crate that came with Molly and Priscilla when they returned to us several months ago. (The two girls love this thing, and this is where they always go to sleep for the night.)
Molly likes to play with her cookies, pushing them around, nosing them, chewing a bit here and there, and turning it into quite a project. This is why it takes her so long, and this is why she needs a protected space to enjoy it, because there are certain dogs who would not appreciate the dilly-dallying when it comes to eating something tasty and would swoop in to help themselves.
Despite the length of time Molly devotes to this, she always leaves some cookie fragments behind, which blind Millie the Lab discovered quite a while ago. Millie knows when it’s Molly’s cookie time, and she parks herself right outside the crate, waiting to hop inside as soon as we let Molly out. There’s also the chance that Molly will push or drop some cookie pieces through the crate sides. You can see just how close to the edge Molly is with those cookies when I took these photos … so the random “cookie drop” just might happen!
In case you’re wondering, yes, Millie gets her own cookie treats in the morning. Also, “Millie” and “Molly” apparently sound identical to Millie, who comes running whenever we call for Molly … though we suspect this has more to do with her anticipating it’s Molly’s cookie time and maybe-just-maybe she can get to the cookies first!
So once Molly has finally finished her cookies, the ever-patient Millie is poised at the gate, waiting to burst in as Molly departs. We call this the “Millie and Molly shuffle.” This is what it looks like:
Some days there are just crumbs left, other times a good-sized piece of cookie. No matter, Millie believes it is worth the wait!