... to raise a one-year-old labrador retriever.
Ev was out bonding with the neighbors the other night, and in between fishing stories and beers she got the full scoop on our auxilliary dog, whose name is Sydney. She belongs to the house behind us, but she isn't housebroken so they don't let her in ... and they don't believe in chaining her ... so she wanders around freely, visiting several of us. She spends the night with our landlords from time to time and has bonded mightily with all their children. When they aren't available she comes down the hill to sleep in our cars. She's managed to make friends with our old dog, so they visit a little every day.
The problem is, we live right on a fairly busy road that people use to commute to Carbondale, and they drive fast. Lots of pets lose their lives on our road. Sydney has been known to chase the landlords car for a half mile until they stop and let her in, and she runs right up the middle of the road to do it.
So, when our landlords move in June, they'll be going further out in the country on more land and her owners have encouraged them to take Sydney when they go.
Don't tell Ev, but I'll sort of miss her.