RJM, your HO is a "delicate flower" sometimes! He is the only man I've ever known to share my phobia, only in his case I think it is more of a dislike than a full blown phobia. Thank goodness for you.
I can imagine Gizzie is somewhat puzzled by a dog smaller than he is. Sweet Nemo...I hope he doesn't have a luxating patella, or has this already been confirmed? Nothing worth having is ever "free". One way or another, it always costs us something.
Elliot enjoyed the photos. I think he misses his friend. Apparently he knew all about the changes in your life as he received an email from the HO, and just assumed I knew.
So you don't think I'm off my game when it comes to being observant, I did notice immediately that all the knobs are safely tucked away on your cook top! Good idea, and much safer for those times when Ruby wants to cook!