Somebody asked in a comment about the dog. Yes, he is still hanging around and still won't go away. Frankly he is really getting on my nerves. He has his own little bed on the porch, but that hasn't stopped him from pulling the cushions off my porch chairs to sleep on at night, and he chews on my pillows and has pulled the fluff out of a couple of them.
I'm feeding him twice a day, but he still feels the need to chew on whatever is left laying around the porch...like shoes or this fishing tackle.
This was the little plastic box that contained the fishing tackle.
He also apparently feels the urge to knock over the trash can while we're gone (we don't have a garage in this house) and scatter the contents all over the yard. He scratches on the door and howls for someone to come play with him. He barks in the middle of the night to warn us when there is a possum or raccoon or an owl nearby.
But then again, he wags his little stump and runs down the path to greet John when he gets home from work. And he curls up next to me and lays his head on my lap when I sit on the steps. And it's kind of cute how he follows me around and waits for me to pat him on the head every time I go outside. And he's been real good with the kids. Just look at this face. How can I call the pound?And yes, our very, very, old golden retriever, Bliss, is still around too. I'm sure she is wishing she could still run like she used to, with all this room to roam. But she hobbles around, and wheezes, and avoids Jackson as much as possible. She has taken a swim or two in the pond, I was surprised she still had it in her. But you can find her most of the time in her favorite spot curled up under the kitchen table waiting for food to drop.
By the way, I forgot to mention until my dad left a comment, I did call the humane society but there is a waiting list. So Jackson is on the waiting list. We'll consider ourselves foster parents in the meantime. I'm sure he'll make a wonderful pet for someone with a garage and without pillows and tackle boxes on their front porch.