Introducing Augusta Rae, or as she is affectionately referred to when not causing trouble and needs no middle name calling, "Augie." Augie was abandoned at a park in a quiet island beach town near Corpus Christi and sat in a shelter for five months (!) before a Houston dog rescue put out an alert for her. Six hours of driving later, she is now officially a Houstonian. Augie appears to be a Jack Russell/Dachshund mix and is *nothing* like Martha - which is probably a good thing considering that no dog wants to be constantly compared to the best dog there ever was.
I will write more soon, but the short story is this: I miss Martha like crazy, but I am doing really well and getting back to daily life. Thank you for all the nice things you said about Martha and the well-wishes from the past few weeks. I SO appreciate them.