Find the seat, good dog!
As usual -- it was gusty.
Funny little story: We waited in line quite a while to get in, due to the new security measures and metal detectors. I thought going through a metal detector would be a great new experience for Alfie! I asked the officer if he wanted us to go through separately, or together. He said together -- and that if the detector went off, we'd just have to get "wanded" by another officer. We went through together and Alfie was fine despite the LOUD beeping when --yes-- we set it off. I obediently went over to get "wanded." The lady there said (no kidding): "Oh, you don't have to come here unless you set it off. Did you set it off?" Seemed to be on the honor system! I was oh so tempted to say no and avoid the hassle, but of course I'm too honest. She used her metal-detecting wand on Alfie and that DID make him jump -- it seemed a very threatening gesture, plus it beeped too (collar and tags). She shrugged and said, "go ahead," and off we went. I guess we just don't look that suspicious, hehe!
We worked lots and lots and LOTS of stairs. Then we found elevators...and bathrooms. With bathrooms on so many floors, the capitol is a great training location. I did my best not to give him any hints so that he could practice finding and decision-making on his own. Fun!
Loved this big live oak...
...and the peaceful, manicured grounds.
Couldn't resist this shot! Plus, a chance to practice down/stay in the presence of pigeons and passersby.
And to close, another thing I'll remember about Alf: when in the car, he's usually good about curling up in the passenger-side floorboard. But the moment I turn the AC on "outside air"...he's up and resting his chin like this, drinking in the smells. There's just enough space for him to stand comfortably between the seats. He can't see much but I don't think that matters -- he can smell it ALL!