I was in working on the weekend again, and as luck would have it, was able to bring my dog with me. Look closely at the provided photo - it shows a nice big smudge mark from when Louise was barking at the doberman outside. It was the only time she was noisy, and I was the only one working upstairs, so it was okay. But I did have to calm her down after a bit.
I suppose I will have to clean the window now.
Happy news - I checked my FedEx tracking number, and some RAM for the ibook should arrive today. Since I still only have the base 256 MB that came with the ibook, this is a much needed upgrade. Many thanks to the generous person who made this happen.