Fall Foliage, Day 57 - Felton and Wilmington, Delaware, and Quakertown, Pennsylvania
This morning I attempted to sleep off a headache before we went to run errands.
Our first stop was picking up my sewing machine!! Mr. Hayes (of Hayes Sewing Machine) was also kind enough to show us the proper way to clean lint out of it for the future.
Then we stopped for gas before heading out to Quakertown, PA, for our meet and greet with “Ricky.” He was picked up as a stray on October 29 and since then had a vet checkup, a flea bath, and was fixed. When we first met him he ran around the lobby a little bit before sitting for us (with a little incentive from some hot dog slices). Outside in the off-leash play area he ran around, checked his messages, then came right back to us. He seemed like a great fit for us in terms of activity level, so we decided to move forward with the adoption!!
While we were signing paperwork we also got to see him inside - he was interested in the cats but not aggressive, and when the parrot made a loud sound and startled him he ran over to me.
We decided to rename him (though I’m sure our friends named Ricky would love having a dog sharing their name). I said that he looked like he should be wearing a bowtie since he’s black with a white chest/stomach/paws, so Christian suggested butler names - specifically Alfred. And thus Alf/Alfie/Alfred joined our family! He does still have a touch of kennel cough, but the agency sent us home with antibiotics for him to take, along with a cone to keep him from licking his healing ‘fixing’ incision.
We stopped at a nearby Petsmart for essentials before the Amazon stuff arrives - namely a proper harness and leash for him to stop choking himself when he walks, a bed, bowls, and a tag for his collar with our information.
We also stopped by a hardware store to get materials for Christian’s next project.
I had the dog bed on my lap and Alfie fell asleep in it on the car ride home, snuggled up to me. He was a perfect angel on the 2-hour ride back to the campground.
When we got back, we went for a nice walk around the campground, then got a little work done before turning in for the night. Alfie had fallen asleep on the LoveSac (most expensive dog bed ever!), but went to his own bed without complaints. He seems to already know the command “go to bed” - or he’s very good at inferring where we’re pointing.