Tuesday, March 10, 2009

World, meet Ella. Ella, meet world.

OK, I know I've been rather uncommunicative lately. It's been a fairly ...ummm... busy month or two. Things are getting better. The loss of Diz was rough, as I am sure any pet lover would understand. But as much as we miss him, life goes on. Work is still interesting, as usual (to think they pay me to be a microbiologist... suckers), plus we have a new addition to the lab.

Not a grad student, nor an undergrad intern. Certainly not a post-doc (we don't have the funds). Anyway, let me introduce her. She's young; A graduate of the school of hard knocks, with Honors. She has been at work with me every day for the last 4 weeks and has shown that she has a great capacity for learning, though she is a bit tentative with new people.

Now let me introduce Ella, the new Lab Dog:



The house was just too quiet without a pup.

She's about 5 months old, and an Australian Shepherd mix, according to the shelter. She's a very smart little gal, and eager to please. During the day, she hangs out under my desk or in my chair if I'm in the lab, and has made friends with just about everyone in the office. When I have to be elsewhere, she has stayed with our lab manager, the previously mentioned Lab Goddess. I'm very lucky to be in an environment where dogs are a welcome part of office life, and I have the opportunity to train an office-friendly dog from the get-go.

Once the teething is done, we should be good...

8 comments:

Ann-Aël said...

She is so cute !!! Keep her first puppy for us ! (I'm sure James will say yes... hum... pretty sure...)

Lab Boy said...

Sorry Ann-Ael, she was slated by the shelter before we adopted her. So no puppies unless they did a really poor job of it. (Also sorry about the lack of accent on your name, I don't know how to do them on the iPod.)

irgeek said...

When you're entering text, hold your finger down on the letter you want to accent and you should get a little pop-up list of accented options. :-)

-James

Ann-Aël said...

it's ok, I don't need the accent ! (although I think you can do by changing the keypad in a french one... with the "earth" button, that must have a real name, but I don't know this kind of things...)
Too bad for the puppy, I guess we'll have to go to a shelter too !! Well, in a few years, though...

Lab Boy said...

James, thanks for the tip.

Ann-Aël, I can do the accent now, so all is well.
As for a puppy, there are plenty in shelters that need a home. No need to breed more, really.

I don't know how spayed turned into slated. Typo plus autocorrect can do odd things, I guess.

spurge said...

That is one cute pup.

Does it try and herd everyone?

Lab Boy said...

Heh, yup. She's a natural herder. It's funny as hell with kids.

spurge said...

I loave watching herding dogs do there thing.

Amazing that we could breed such specific behaviors into a breed.