Tonight I'm primarily posting Pepper pictures, pursuant to Feline and Furball Friday. Today after work I took a stab at teaching her to come when called and to sit on command. With a few hints from Tuffy (no, really!) she didn't do that badly.
That's right: sit!
Trying to make her sit by gently pushing at her rump didn't work. She just ran away. But when she saw Tuffy sit and then get a dog biscuit, she followed her rival's example. The third time, she did it without a demonstration.
Of course, to reward Tuffy's behavior and preserve detente between the two dogs, I had to reward Tuffy too, with more dog biscuits than she actually wanted. y from John's new garden. I'm convinced Tuffy still sees that spot as the place to bury treats, and Pepper considers it a great place to dig them up - but only if she doesn't get caught.
Pepper is still spending most of her time on the couch, though, when she isn't checking up on me as I move from room to room. Se doesn't actually like to be crowded or surrounded or kissed; she just wants to be in a vicinity. I'm sure eventually she will welcome the attention and show us actual affection, but she's not there yet.
Tomorrow: a surprise. Probably.