Because it is Friday, here is a picture of Punc in a hat:
She “graduated” from her intermediate obedience class this week! We may wait a little while before enrolling in the Advanced course. That aims to test them for the Canine Good Citizenship Certificate, and she’s still a little too young for some of the tests (like sitting still and nicely to be petted).
Well, it’s been a while. I have many excuses that are actually valid, and a few stories that would secure my time away as the most horrid summer ever. But, that is all over now, thankfully. And there were many, many bright spots in this summer. I met wonderful, inspiring people. I worked at a job that I love with all my heart. I learned that I am stronger than I think I am, mentally and physically. I learned that I can survive committing myself to 7 weeks of eighteen hour days, without a day off, and manage not to kill anyone. Just barely.
But another bright spot has been two small black and white things that came back with my sister from Maryland. It is a long story of how she went from getting one puppy to how two ended up spending the last several weeks at our house. But they’re sweet enough to make up for it. Panda’s ears earned her her name. Punc(tuation) began as Blackie, but we wanted to change it. I, of course, favored alliteration. The exclamation-point spots on her belly earned her the name, and our shortened nickname ensured that she was suddenly acting like quite the Punk. But, for now, I leave you with (just a few) pictures.