After our mis-adventure in Branson last November, Cliff has decided that, for long trips away from home, he'll drive the car, pull the motorcycle behind us, and just ride the Honda around when we've arrived at our destination. So the motorcycle trailer has been his latest project.
On a different subject: on the first day of each month, my son-in-law picks me up at 5:30 AM. and takes me to watch the girls at their home. My daughter has to go in so early on that day that she'd otherwise have to drag the girls out of bed before 5 AM. Besides, there's a computer in their house with AOL, and many of my friends meet in a chat room early in the morning. No problem!
Now, on to our new dog: Sadie has accompanied me and Cliff on four of our half-hour walks in the pasture. She doesn't stray far from us, unless Buddy shows up... which he often does. And she wasn't too good at listening to me when I'd call her when he was enticing her away, although I always managed to catch her before she got away.
We found out on her first evening here that she loves "people food". I don't intend to give her much of it, but I'm using it to my advantage now: I took a piece of Bologna, cut it into the tiniest pieces, put them in a baggie, and placed it in my coat pocket. When she'd range too far off, I'd say, "Here Sadie", and when she came to me, she'd get a taste of Bologna. I started this yesterday, and now she even comes to me when Buddy is begging her to join him in the woods. That gives me a chance to snap her leash on.
She does, indeed, seem to have kennel cough, but since she's improving, and not in any discomfort, I decided we'd wait until Friday to have the vet check her out; we'll be going then to get the stitches from her neutering procedure removed, anyway. When she's outside taking a walk with us, she hardly coughs at all.