Hey, GTers, can I ask for some good thoughts in my general direction today? I'm leaving Buster the wonder puppy home all day alone for the first time since I first brought him home, when his incessant barking enraged all my neighbors.

He's about 1,000% more confident than when I first adopted him, and I've been gradually increasing the amount of time I've left him home alone on evenings and weekends (sadly, he didn't take to crate training—too much time at the pound, I think, and he just can't view being shut in a small space as safe). I'm really hopeful that he'll be okay—he's been doing so much better—but I'm also afraid I'll get a call from my landlord any minute.

So. Happy, calm puppy thoughts in the direction of LA today? I will be very grateful!