But first.... meet Bean.
Bean is Alicia's Jack Russell, and you might even say the official mascot of Whitmere. At horse shows, you can sometimes find him on a leash by the ring (though he finds the leash demeaning and offensive because he's far too aware of socially acceptable behavior to run away or go where he doesn't belong). At away shows, he's usually happily perched in the dash of the RV ready to greet us between rounds. When we are home, he's almost always at the barn (unless he's seen the weather channel and doesn't think the weather will suit his taste) and almost always chasing, carrying, or throwing a ball roughly the same size as he is. When Bean is at Whitmere and Alicia is not, he sits like a statue at the end of the aisle and stares at the driveway until she returns. During these times, he cannot be comforted and will not be distracted, and will in fact spurn any efforts you might make to lift his spirits.
He has perfected the art of appearing starving and adorable if treats are in the vicinity, and is usually very successful at convincing any and all nearby humans to feed him: