This morning, before I left for Symphony rehearsals, Ziva played run and fetch in the yard with me. Then we came in the house and played tug o' war (she always wins, but she has to work for it). When I was almost out of time, I saw her standing at the storm door, looking out at the brightening day. I ran for a camera and grabbed a few shots. I'll show the last one first, because I think it makes a good representative portrait of Ziva.
Here are some other shots, in chronological order, with a little variety of expression. Note in the first one how the glass bears evidence of canine exhalation.
And here's the first shot again, to round the form (sorry, I think like a composer of music, what a surprise!).
Yesterday Ziva was introduced to some of the folks at our favorite animal hospital, where they still fondly remember our late Photon, who breathed her last in July of 2013. Ziva's medical checkup was positive all around. A close examination of teeth and other indicators showed that she is likely between a year and 14 months old, which is consistent with a September 2013 date of birth that was listed in her adoption papers. She is not expected to grow significantly taller, so we will work to keep her weight where it is, or even shed a pound or two.