During the time between the introduction of New Dog and LWK's shadow boxing, the household socks stayed securely in their proper places. (Proper place in this context means "where they were last left by a human," not necessarily where they belonged. Further, I make no value judgments about the quality of housekeeping in our home.) I started to hope that things were approaching a new normalcy when the first sock appeared at the bottom of the stairs well out of reach of the baby gate at the top. This sock, upon closer scrutiny, was recently laundered and bore the unmistakable signs of having been "plucked." Wondering if it was a fluke, I took it back to the pile of laundry on the folding table and found its mate and took the opportunity to fold the rest of the pile.
About a week later, with a fresh source now piled on the folding table, I found two socks on the stairs. Neither being the mate of the other, I took them back and, once again, folded the pile.
The following couple of weeks was somewhat disjointed in the household with outside obligations creeping in and distracting us from our normal household jobs. We were getting the minimum done we needed to be able to function (i.e. have clean clothes to wear) but the folding the pile was definitely low on the list of things to do.
It seemed LWK was taking full opportunity of the lull in our attention to laundry folding because large collections of 3 to 5 socks appeared at the back door. In fact, so many socks were being hauled up the stairs that I collected a big pile by the phone and soon was able to match pairs. I have often suggested that every member of the household should contribute to the laundry process in some way. I didn't expect the contribution to come from such an unexpected quarter, especially because the helper doesn't even wear clothes.