Frequently referred to as Lily the Reading Dog when she’s out working as a Bright Spot therapy dog, at home when she’s up to her fun-loving, curious antics, we call her Silly Lily. I must confess, my dogs are not perfect all the time – well – except for James. That wonderful dog is simply a good boy all the time. The girls, can be mischievous. Females!
With cold weather settling in, the mice are taking up residence in this 1792 farmhouse of ours. Not to be alarmed. Silly Lily, aka Mouse Catcher, is on the look-out. She’s mighty quick and has actually caught a couple, which we’ve had to pry out of her mouth. As an English Setter, she’s got a keen sense of smell. No need for a cat in this house. She once mounted the kitchen table, sensing a mouse hanging out in the ceiling above.
Yesterday, it was on top of the kitchen table she appeared again, as I came running into the house after retrieving a package from the UPS man. I realized that I had placed my lunch on the kitchen table and was just ready to sit down and eat when the delivery man pulled up the driveway. Silly Lily, atop the table, had devoured the sandwich and my glass of milk, leaving empty plate and glass for me on the placemat. Well… I had left temptation in plain view. Really – what’s a sandwich and a glass of milk? I’m glad she enjoyed it. Got to keep a sense of humor with this troop. Annabelle looked at me with a wide-eyed expression on her face. I think she was grateful that Lily was up there on the table. No doubt which of the canines had commited the deed.
Once that Bright Spot therapy dog vest is in place on her body, Lily gets right into the mode of good therapy dog behavior. Maybe she should wear her vest in the house! Gosh, everyone deserves a break from work to let their hair ( or fur) down. I love this spirited girl! It’s a joy to watch her interact with the first and second grade readers at the school. They adore her and she radiates with happiness.