Visitor wise we humans have also received a lot from the people coming to say hello. During my 4 days away in the UK visiting family we were both very touched by the number of people that both provided and offered their support and help and not just to Esther while she was on her own but for the weeks ahead as well. From people providing moral support and encouragement to practical help of puppy sitting, puppy training visits and Leela walking we have received a lot of kind words and offers from people in San Jose. Thank you.
It feels like we are moving to a new phase of puppy development.
All of which says absolutely nothing about just how good it felt to come home to see everyone. I felt excited all the way home, not just at the thought of seeing Esther but about Leela and the pups as well. I actually arrived home while Esther was walking Leela so got my first glimpse of them as they approached the house. She couldn't see me at first but as she stepped out from behind a car she spotted me, recognition dawned and she bolted towards me with her entire body wagging. (Leela was quite excited too). I got a similar reception inside with a puppy pile on.
It was a wonderful homecoming.