In which Patches and Riley meet, and Riley, of course, disgraces himself, though not in the way you might think.
It was a million billion degrees today, with a dewpoint of 1.6 trillion, so we left the ancient border collie in the kitchen with the window AC going and a fan whirring in his general direction; loaded Riley, a goofy squeaky dog toy, and some birthday presents into the back of the Jeep; and sped off for Minnetonka.
Would Riley be civil to the sweet new member of the family? Or would he disgrace himself?
Patches was apprehensive when we first arrived. She wasn't sure if Riley was friend or foe, and so she skulked, tail tucked, for the first five minutes.
Then they sniffed each other, and made friends.
And then Riley dashed down the hill to a secluded, wooded corner of the yard and rolled in something extremely disgusting (our best estimation: deer diarrhea), and won himself two baths. One with dish soap, one with shampoo. Two because the first didn't begin to cut the odor.
Patches was highly amused. She also tried to drink out of the hose.
After that they raced around the yard in fast, big circles for a while. She is about three times faster, and twice as nimble. We don't think she's Spitz after all; she has very definite herding instincts and was very good at cutting Riley off and nipping at his back end (which made him whirl around and growl). They had a great time.
Then we all went inside and had birthday cake, and Patches hid under the curio cabinet, one of the many dens she has already scoped out for herself after less than a week of living there.
Oh my god she has a cute face.
She also likes hanging out under the lilac bush.
After a couple of hours, we left. Riley did not want to admit that he was wiped out, but I wouldn't be lying if I told you that he fell asleep in the Jeep standing up, with his head pressed against my arm.
Boscoe sniffed him when we got home and said, "Whoa! You could use a bath, buddy!" And he could actually use a third bath, but I hate to disturb him. He's sound asleep on his fleece mat.