A big day all around
She is doing much, much better at not fussing in the crate, which was a big issue for her when we were babysitting her. I crated her in the car, given that I had Andrew along and it was extremely windy, so I didn't feel like I needed another distraction. She gave one tiny whimper about halfway home, but didn't pursue it.
I then crated her while I was trying to get Andrew's lunch ready/him dressed for the bus. She barked for less than a minute -- and then hushed. And best of all, the crate wasn't even covered! We used to have to cover her like a canary. Carol's really worked wonders with her in the past month.
She has Bob wrapped around her paw. He says she's so quiet and mellow in his office that a couple times he almost forgot she was there.
Anyway, after Andrew left for school, I took Nettie out to play in the snow ... in places it had drifted deep enough to come up to her tummy -- not that that stopped her much!
Then, when I went to work, my boss told me that I'm getting a job I applied for five months ago: I'm switching to be features editor, instead of running the night desk. It's a lateral move, but a chance to get experience in an area I haven't done, and it will mean working days.
Bob joked that getting Nettie clearly sealed the deal for this switch, and it does mean that we're going to have to figure out a new routine and I'll have to work to figure out the training/socialization time. It was easy when I worked nights -- dog time was when Andrew was in school. In the short term, it's actually a tiny bummer to switch to days. I was enjoying being a full-time mom in the mornings, and I'll have to stop volunteering in Andrew's class every Monday.
But, comparable jobs at my level don't come open often, and I knew I wanted off nights before Andrew went to first grade -- otherwise, I would have only seen him for about an hour every morning, from the time he woke up until he got on the bus. And I did not want that. It's hard to believe, but first grade for Andrew is only 6 1/2 months off, so I had to take this opportunity while it came.
We'll figure it out! And I think Nettie will be an easier pup than a certain stubborn black Lab we love!