Cricket was a sad little stray, covered in mud and mats, underweight  (11 pounds), and scared, when she was taken to the wonderful people at the Mitchell County (NC) Animal Rescue shelter.  (Send them a donation!)   She’s been with us for seven weeks as of this writing, and she’s turned from a scared timid little stray to a happy, affectionate, playful, delightful little dog.  (She’s apparently a Silky Terrier.)  She loves sitting or sleeping cuddled up to us, and loves playing in her big fenced yard.   Seeing her transformed has been a joy and a delight.  She’s a great new family member.