The weather has been kind of odd here the last two months or so, but the past week and a half (when it hasn't been raining) it has been BEAUTIFUL!!
We have found that Riley has a LOVE for "all things outdoors". Crawling in the grass, riding in her stroller, standing on the deck watching the bubble machine, taking a walk in the wagon, and most recently, playing with our neighbor's dog, Max.
We "met" Max a few weeks ago. We thought he was a stray because he didn't have a collar. Now, anyone who knows Chandler and has spent any amount of time with her knows she's a little (ok, a lot) intimidated by dogs.
Max trotted up to our Explorer one day as Chandler was getting out. They both just stood there looking at each other. Max didn't jump on her. He didn't sniff her. He didn't bark. He just looked. I could see the panic in Chandler's face, but I assured her that he looked like a nice dog and he was probably just lost and lonely.
Chandler went inside to get a bowl of water for Max... because all lost dogs need a fresh drink! :) When she came back she put the bowl on the front steps and sat down "near, but not TOO near" the bowl. Max took a little drink, sniffed us a little and then sat down next to Chandler. I tried not too intervene too much, I wanted her to decide what to do on her own.
She befriended Max and for the next half hour they ran and jumped all over our yard (front and back). Chandler fell in love with Max and watching her transformation from "scared of dogs" to running and playing with Max made me love Max too!
A little while later we heard our neighbor across the street calling for Max... I knew it was too good to be true. He already had a home.
Chandler cried when I told her we needed to take him to his house. She was convinced that Max would like it at our house more... that's all I'll say about that. :)
We took him home, but he still visits us quite often.
Yesterday was a gorgeous day so we played outside...
Max came for a visit...