In such times, you get a dog!
This is Martha, our new puppy. She's just about five months old. We picked her up last weekend with much help and support from our various Portland-area relatives.
She's an Old English Sheepdog. I've always wanted a sheepdog; beautiful breed, nice personalities. And, yes, before you say anything, I know about the grooming. Those coats require a bit of brushing. Right now, she still has her puppy coat, though.
Good news is that she's fairly mellow, even for a puppy. We're working on early housebreaking but she seems to be getting the idea.
And she dotes on Timothy! She's always interested in what he's doing and has surprised him with more than one sneak-around-the-side face lick.
More updates to come, of course.