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...