Southern California life seems to agree with Nero. He's taking full advantage of the sunshine and comfortable temps. And he's bonded with Piper, a slightly off-center yet lovable mutt that lives in the house where we are temporarily squatting.
Apartment hunting is proving a challenge, as I had been warned it would be. Most apartment owners ban dogs, but often allow cats. Clearly, felines saturating everything in smelly piss and shredding anything within reach is far more desirable to landlords than sweet puppies who spend their days playing with their toys and cuddling with their overly attentive owners.
So much for West Coast tolerance. Meow!