Tonight Tipper gets to meet mom. It's a little more complicated than intended since there were mechanical issues with one flight and while she got herself on another one, it's coming into a completely different airport. No big deal, just an adjustment in plans. And meeting in a busy parking lot is less than optimal, but still do-able. Since mom gets in late, I've already set up the air mattress, complete with loud mechanical inflating noises. The good news? Instead of peeing on my rug to express her discontent (I did take her for a walk immediately before for a reason...), she headed into her crate. Granted, she's still in there, I suppose waiting to be sure I'm not going to make even more loud noises first. Still, progress. And there's this:
Yes, there is actual physical contact there. I started snuggling with Tipper on the chaise and Harvey joined us after some thought. Tipper never even turned her head away and shortly after Harvey joined us, she relaxed and rested her head on my leg, as you can see here. A few second later, Harvey decided to shift positions and laid down with her head on her flank - and again, not a single doggie twitch. Yay! Although, they are getting along so well, I could be in trouble.
And this pretty girl is Mercy. they think she's a Weimeraner/Catahoula Hound dog mix and to say she's timid is an understatement. The rescue asked a couple of us who live near the day care to take her for walks because she's not just timid, but a flight risk as well. I made a pre-move Goodwill run this morning and stopped by the day care to meet her on the way home (thankfully before the skies opened up AGAIN). I ended up just sitting with her in the store for a good five minutes before she relaxed enough that I felt like she's trust me enough to walk with her. Not food motivated, and not into toys, but since the dog park was empty, I let her run free and boy did she love that! I ran a bit with her and she'd be a great running partner for someone. I'm told that the temporary foster in North Carolina had done some agility work with her and she did really well.
Oh, and I do still do some stuff with fiber...
I took my cousin to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Fesitval this year, and as usual I walked away with a Bosworth drop spindle. (Doesn't matter what else I look at, including Goldings...I leave with a Bosworth.) I also got some pretty orange silk hankies and have been slowly playing with that in the evenings. I remain an uneven spinner, but I got enough that I can play. This is the second batch.