White Dog and Quinn were grateful for the normalcy of their regular Sunday trip to the Park. In a game of hide-and-seek with Steve's camera, both showed great imagination in their choices of hiding spots; find them if you make the photos larger.
Michael discovered when he went to the shelter to volunteer, that because of budget cuts (to focus more money on food and essentials for the dogs and cats), that Watermelon Ranch will close their adoption center at the PetSmart and will only have their facility out in the country. He is crushed but we have discussed our willingness to drive the extra distance so that he continue his work with the rescue...hopefully he will make the right decision even though it will require him to get up earlier on Sunday.
Later, Dragon (the Honorary White Dog) and his parents came over to meet AWD, Nuka, and SAWD, Puff. HWD and Nuka has a great time tail wagging and talking smack to each other but Dragon just did NOT understand why Nuka didn't take up his barked challenges when her back was turned. Puff, meanwhile stayed in her crate. We left the door open and ignored her as we visited and enjoyed a Middle Eastern feast for lunch. We eventually noticed that she had crept to the hallway and was watching; but if anyone actually looked at her, she bolted back to the crate.
Mid-afternoon Puff, dashed out of the dog door for a necessary break. After a while, Steve carried her back in and sat her in the hallway, where she remained cautiously watching. Slowly she slunk over to him and just stood shaking. Puff put her paws up on the couch seemingly asking to come up. He put her on the couch next to him and White Dog. We all carefully pretended she wasn't there. She stayed, at first cowering into the sofa's corner but gradually lying on the cushion (but ready to take off). At the end of the afternoon, Quinn slept across the doorway; Dragon on the hearth blanket; Nuka on the floor in the middle of the room; White Dog on Steve's right side and Puff restlessly half napped on his left. None of the humans dared to breathe too loudly lest the moment's magic be broken...then Puff jerked up with a start and ran to her crate...but for a instant....