She stayed with me this weekend when her Dad and sister headed to the city for a fun weekend with family. She wanted to help on our stall at the Million Paws Walk. We borrowed a lovely little terrier cross called Millie from the adoption centre at the RSPCA (pictured with Stella, above). Stella worked really hard on our free "brush and shine" corner, spraying dogs with coconut oil and brushing them until they glowed. And every dog got a treat. She was amazing and I was incredibly proud of her.
Millie was sprayed, brushed, fed treats and walked. Her water bowl was continuously replenished. She sat with us and put her head in Stella's lap. She was an absolutely delightful little dog. When we had to return Millie to the RSPCA van there were tears. (I felt terrible. I would love to get her a dog but I know the majority of the work would fall on me. And I am just not ready/too busy/ on a main road/not properly fenced/have enough pets already/making excuses?).
Every night after her shower, she puts on her Dad's old T-shirt for bed. And then she will spend as much time as we will let her playing "teachers", an imaginary world where she teaches her class of students. Her roll is called and marked, her whiteboard lists the day's activities; her wall is covered in charts and diagrams. As I watch her teach, I focus on the nape of her neck and the curve of her shoulder blade and I just love her to bits.
"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."
Joining in with Jodi at che and fidel
An update on Millie: today she found a new home with a lovely family on 20 acres. It will be perfect for her. I will tell Stella in the morning...