In the apartment, on the leash, around people, around other dogs, and even around feeding times, Éva is generally calm and alert to the point that she seems depressed and fearful still. But, when she encounters sand, and occasionally a large, grassy field without other people around, something clicks and she becomes an excitable dog, running in circles with her tail between her legs.
I didn’t get her in mid-air, but it was close. It’s hard to imagine this dog didn’t have the confidence to walk down stairs a couple of months ago.
English Ivy Hedera helix, a creeping vine commonly planted around buildings, is invasive in Georgia. I had heard about its invasive nature, but hadn’t ever seen it outside of planted areas in the north. Here, it covers, and possibly smothers, trees and the ground in natural areas.
A bamboo species, likely non-native since many bamboos were introduced when the New World was settled, lines riparians zones in many of the urban parks in Atlanta.
Éva’s gaining more confidence and trust, and acting more as a dog, than a frightened mouse.