A very fearsome looking warrior, isn’t she? But put her in an operating room and she can save your life. Here are some more photos of her with her brothers:
And finally, Jenn and her Mom:
After she had breakfast with us Jenn had to fly back home in uniform. When she got back she mentioned to me that she was treated so well on the plane and in the airport: much better than if she was flying in civilian clothes. I must admit that I was glad to hear that. Her first experiences are certainly better than mine were: I can still remember people throwing things and spitting on soldiers and sailors in uniform during my NROTC days, at the end of the Vietnam war.
Most of the work is now done. All that remains is to powerwash the deck, stain it and put up some lattice work to keep small creatures from getting under the deck. We also need to put in some landscaping lights, but that is really minor.
We have written here before about our thoughts on purchasing another dog. Alex, our collie is getting on in years, and we wanted to get a puppy into the house while Alex was still active enough to help train him. We also thought that having a younger dog around might keep Alex a little more active. We were going to go to some of the dog shows and start looking at the dogs that the various breeders might have had available. Of course, things have a way of working out differently than we plan.
Today we were going to the store (to buy birdseed, of all things) when we saw a little pavilion set up with a rescued pet adoption agency. They had a somewhat skinny, underfed but bright eyed collie named Maverick up for adoption.
Here is a picture of the two of them. Alex is on the left, and Maverick is on the right.
Here is another picture. Maverick is on the left, and Alex is on the right.
Now we have to blend our new family member into our family. This will be interesting. More to follow.
We are all very excited here (even when relaxed while soaking in the hot bubbles, but that is another story). One of our daughters is going to be in the area for a few weeks, working at one of the local hospitals. We have not seen her for a while now, so this is something we are all anticipating. Now, if we can just figure out a way to get our two daughters and our son in law back home at the same time: it would be a holiday (for us, at least) regardless of the time or date.