In other news, I decided to get a dog. I spend a good deal of time alone in the house and the house stays empty quite a lot, so thought it might not be a bad idea to have a companion. I would like a standard poodle, but am not a fan of purchasing full-bred dogs when there are so many mutts out there in need of homes. I was able to find a very mixed dog with some poodle in her. Her name is Missy Bouffant and she is 3 1/2 months old and just as sweet as can be. She came from a woman who runs an informal rescue and kept her inside, so she is used to using a doggie door and being on a leash. She is almost completely housebroken, which is really good for me since I have to work for at least 7 hours a night. I have a tie out that allows her to go through the doggie door to be inside or outside and it works pretty well, as long as she keeps from getting wrapped around the table leg or porch post. After a mere $140 trip to Petco for the free dog, we have another happy member of the family.
So that is the animal update for the Doyle household, it's always something here.