Society Page: Ms. Abby arrived Friday night with her entourage, David & Serafina, to begin a weekend long love affair with our Dog Mac. Those two were making everything except live puppies (Abby is "fixed") and doing lots of licking face to face for three days, that is, between Abby's intense concentration on Squirrel containment. Abby is the first dog I've ever seen (she's a blue/grey beautifully colored loving Staffordshire Terrier) that will focus, concentrate, and literally stalk her intended victims. Of course she didn't really catch one, but she may just stand out there 10-15 minutes in one position with foot raised ready to pounce if the opportunity came about. She would chase a squirrel up into the tree finally, then follow it from tree to tree until she would be called back to give Mac some more licks. What a fabulous visit by Ms. Abby. Sadly, Mac has reached the age whtere the "Tutoring" must be considered. His lifelong pal Porter came over Friday night to say hello, and was attacked seriously enough to force Mac into his kennel. Repeated efforts to bring them back together were unsuccessful and Mac showed he has reached the age where the woman in his life is to be protected from others at all costs. Now that Abby's gone, will he have to grovel to win Porter's devoted pal-ship back? David and Serafina brought a welcome diversion from kitchen talk, so the whole weekend was spent with dogs, or at some great spot to eat. We had two fabulous evening dinners, first one at Clark-Lewis down on Water Street near OMSI. In an older renovated warehouse, the space is open but very loud. Luckily the food was exceptional. Last night, we spent a very wonderful two hours at Bluehour. Whew! We are NOT used to eating that well, and it's showed this morning. But, thanks, Serafina, for treating us to a Bluehour treat! We got to see David's film about Baseball's foibles, a documentary work in progress, and that really is going to become something I think. We spent a couple hours on the beach at the river with the dogs where Mac punched onto retriever duty while Abby waited near shore for his every return so she could grab the stick and run. Abby did not seem to want to actually swim! We had our first meal with the kitchen half in half out, i.e., didn't find everything we needed, and used cooking methods only involving the stovetop......so we see where that adventure's headed. After tomorrow, we won't even HAVE a stove or dishwasher.........or sink. We'll see what happens. We're prepared with the toaster oven, micro, bread machine, bathtub washings, etc. The hummingbird food will be cooked out on the propane cooktop. Oh well, thank you David and Serafina for the visit. Another great time because we're lucky to know great people in many places. Mark & Rodger.
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