Meanwhile, I've been spending a lot of time with Sophie the Puppy. She is finally off of goat's milk completely (I was still putting her kibble in it ... guess you could say, I'm not good at knowing when to quit). And she's learning all kinds of things. Things we accomplished this week:
More training with LEAVE IT. She actually left a Kentucky-Fried Chicken breast on the floor and focused on me, instead!
Getting used to her Mutt Mat. I love this! I just say, "GO TO MAT" and she looks at me for a moment or two and then goes to her mat!!! I tried it outside this morning, but we're not ready for that. Too many distractions ... children laughing; airplane overhead; birds singing; trash cans being rolled up; etc. I have hope, though! Eventually, she's supposed to focus on me and not the distractions.
So much to learn!!!
AND, I just purchased a vintage Nelke doll from eBay. He's in poor shape and, gulp, sadly, he's a clown, too (clowns scare me) ... but I have been searching around for the soft, stockinet dolls of my dad's babyhood for some time now. Evidently, the companies Nelke and Mawaphil were the two for which I've been searching. I'll post a photo of the little guy when he arrives. I'm sure being old and soiled will not improve his creepy clown self, but he is still a little piece of nostalgia.