I am totally going to regret saying this. Five inside is my dream situation. One young, two prime, one aged, one biscuit eater. Or two aged. I say I will regret it because every time I talk about dog numbers I either gain two in some way that can't be helped, or have a medical scare. Or both. Urp. Y'all forget I said any of this, k?
2. Lora wants to know if you find that your dogs are better or worse after time off from training?
This depends on the training involved. Sam needs constant tuning on his service dog work. Play "work" is take it or leave it with any dog I have ever had. With stockdog training, I had a couple who soured in between if allowed to do other interesting things. I believe these were dogs that didn't really have a strong start to begin with.
3. What is your favorite power tool? What power tool do you wish you had?
My favorite is my cordless drill/screwdriver, not even a close runner up. I have been jonesing for a chain saw for three years now. No baby chain saws. I want a Husqvarna Rancher 20" Get-Those-Dead-Trees-Offa-My-Land.
4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A sheep farmer. Seriously. Only in Montana, not necessarily North Carolina. I have relatives who farmed in Montana. My mom visited them and told me tons of what she thought were horror stories. Yeah, terrible! "Please, don't throw me into that briar patch!"
5. How many of your friends are not "dog people"?
I have probably half and half, because I can divide my intense friend-making times along one fault line. On one side my normal life revolved around education, on the other it revolves around dogs. I maintain both groups of friendships largely via the internet. This would seem odd, but I guess it is similar to the days before easy travel, when housewives did a lot of letter writing. That is my story and I'm sticking to it.