Those of you who have been following the exploits of Ray and I will already know that one of his favorite places to visit downtown is the Lululemon store*. He has been there many times now and appears to be quite comfortable going in and waiting near their biscuit bowl for his treats.
Although he used to be very cautious, and tensed up when anybody came close to him, he was generally less stressed by women who approached than by men. We can only assume that something in his history dictated significant reservations about men. The staff at our Lululemon store were almost all young women so we took advantage of his “preference” and used them to train him.
Just recently we were in there again and the store was not very busy. Many of the staff now know him by sight, and some even by name, so there was an almost constant stream of attention. As soon as one young woman had said “Hi Ray” or “Hi Puppy” and stroked him, another one appeared from somewhere and wanted to do the same. He must have been admired, and touched, by half a dozen or so young women during his time there.
We are under no illusions that it was the biscuit bowl that was keeping him there however, he did a great job of accepting the constant attention. A year ago this would not have been likely. Two years ago it would have been quite impossible! Come to think of it, I had to tread very carefully with him myself two years ago!
Perseverance, professional guidance, and a dog willing to adapt in order to please (and get treats!) …. what a combination!
The Snow Pile – November 6, 2014
The Lululemon Touch – November 24, 2014
Rainy Days ‘n’ Sundays – December 4, 2014
Open Letter from Ray – December 22, 2014