Monday, June 11, 2007

Spotted... Little Girl, Knitting in Public?

Ok no, so I didn't spot a little girl knitting in public this weekend, but did you Knit In Public on Saturday? The Manch Vegas group set up shop at a park in Manchester, but sadly we got rain all day and it sounds like they didn't get any outside response due to the weather... I'm not sure how Cyndi's event at Yarn & Fiber went, but I'm guessing they opted to knit in the hallway near the store instead of the park in Windham. I hadn't planned to participate in either, as Saturday was my 12 year anniversary (un-wedded bliss!) and we were also running around trying to get 20 things done in half a daypicking up a Spotted Little Girl, our new houseguest Dottie (click for her Petfinder page).

So, does my usual Sunday KIP count? I worked on my lace headband (
Gina's lovely lace pattern, Heather's beautiful yarn) at Matt's racing... and was even asked the obnoxious question if I had or would knit willie warmers. Um, yea no... didn't The Yarn Harlot already explain this most un-useful idea??!!

My view while sitting to knit under the sunshade...

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The wonderful and always looking for leftover food Stratton (mentioned in a previous post, the track mascot of sorts) came over to visit and soak up my shade... note to self, must remember to bring Strat some cookies next week... he's used to me always having a few and I keep forgetting!

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Can you see the lovely lace pattern being formed? This is the Amanda version of Gina's pattern and I love that its a pretty easy to remember, 4 row repeat. Once you get going, it really goes quick!

Now for the spotted little girl... ever wonder what a miniature dalmatian might look like? Meet Dottie...

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Dottie is our newest houseguest and such a beautiful little girl...

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She had to have a bath as soon as we got her home, since the poor baby had managed to poop all over herself in the transport on the way up (and no, they didn't even offer a paper towel when they handed her to us...). She really didn't seem to mind at all, almost had a "thank you" look on her face as Matt was washing her... she didn't care much for being wrapped in a towel however!

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Dottie is certainly part dalmatian, but I'm dying to know her overall make-up. We're starting to think she has pointer in her, as she holds one of her front paws up and kinda points her tail out when she's standing "on guard" outside.... well, when she's not shaking like a leaf... You see, little miss dottie is a very, very shy and scared little girl. Her profile says she lived most of her young life in an outside pen with other dogs. I'm beginning to think that pen was all this poor baby ever knew and that she didn't have much human interaction or much of a life outside the pen. Everything is brand new and somewhat scary to her and she is taking her time warming up to things. When we first brought her in the house, she seemed thrilled to find other doggies, esp Zeus (its funny how all the little dogs love him - I'm thinking its because he moves slower than the spazzoids, Lola & Tut!). With some time, she has started to warm up quite nicely to Matt & I, esp inside the house. We've even gotten a few kisses (which is big for a dog so shy - she's showing that she is starting to trust us). She still has her moments where she needs to escape back to one of her "safe caves" (she seems to like to have walls of sorts around her - whether it be the back of the couch, a blanket to hide under or the crate to peer out of), but does enjoy snuggling up to watch tv with you. Going outside is a different story... poor baby shakes and wants to bolt back inside where its safe. I don't think she understands the wonderful open space or the bright sunshine (she squints when its extra bright), but we're working on it with her and getting her to trust that its a good thing. I know she's going to make a wonderful little companion to someone, she just needs a forever family who is understanding of her shyness... someone who will be both patient and kind, and show her how much love she deserves....

You can see her tiny, petite size next to our kids...

Hangin' with Lola...

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Teutul trying really hard to get her to play...

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Scoping the yard with Zeus... (I absolutely adore this picture...there's several in the "series" from this morning's photo shoot actually... lol)

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Dottie already has an approved application and we're looking at going to meet her possible new family late in the week. If you're interested though, definitely let me know... you just never know if when a person meets a foster face to face, they sometimes do decide its not the right dog for them...

Addendum posted Tuesday 6/12 ~ What a difference a day makes! Dottie is really coming around and warming up very nicely as she learns that our home is safe and full of love. We were thrilled when she braved the big world outside to pee last night and even more excited when she peed AND pooed outside this morning. She's even started to ask to go out (at least we believe that's what she's doing) and has shown us all her little voice. This morning she started to engage our dogs in play. She's always going to have shyness in her when it comes to strangers and new surroundings, but with lots of love & patience, she's going to be a wonderful companion. We're so happy to get to be a part of teaching her about being a part of a loving home & family! More pics to come later...

6 comments:

Emily said...

I love the picture of Zeus and Dottie! She is just unexpectedly tiny - how cute! Pretty purple lacy knitting from Saturday too!

Amanda1 said...

Dottie is adorable. If we were in the market for a dog I would say "count me in!" But, a cat is all I can manage right now! I know, how pathetic am I right? ha ha

Sonya said...

She is adorable!

Kare said...

Dottie looks so shy and sweet. Don't you wish that dogs could talk?
Your knitting looks great, as usual. : )

Cole said...

Dottie sounds like a perfect name for such a sweet heart! Socks look great too.
I didn't have chance to knit in public Saturday -- but I did knit.

SleepyEyes said...

OOOOHHHH! The headband looks like it's almost done!!! I can't wait to see it on you!!!! Which of Heather's yarns are you using? I'm sure I've asked you a million times already.....

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