I took this shot of Molly two days ago–this is how she looks at me these days, intense, searching for understanding. She has evolved gradually into this behavior. She now responds well to a few hand signals. As she approaches her fourth year, I notice that she holds her stares longer than she used to. If I hold my hand up high, she will come. If I put my hand out, she will put her left paw in my palm. We don’t overdo the training. She is a border collie mix with, perhaps, a little cattle dog thrown in. Clearly, she is instinctively a working dog maturing into the dog she wants to be.