One day at the end of last October I got Ray ready for his walk and, as I had no particular agenda in mind, I let him pick the route.
He went down to “his” park and checked out various scents but then, instead of heading downtown which I would have expected (Lululemon and TD Bank = treats!), he totally turned around and headed past our street until the road came to a “T” junction at which he made an immediate right turn and worked his way over to a main East-West road. He knew exactly where he was going because this same road goes past OMHS*.
We duly arrived at OMHS and, as is usual, the word went out that Ray was around for anybody who had a few minutes free to come and say “Hi!” After a moment or two, Heather appeared and received the expected ecstatic greeting that Ray saves for her. In fact, given that a jumping 75lb dog can be a bit of a hazard, she usually has to go through the routine of quickly turning away in order to discourage such behaviour. Once he settles down, she allows a more controlled greeting to happen.
We chatted for a while and then I asked her whether she would mind taking care of him for a few minutes while I took advantage of their “facilities”, after which we would be heading home. When I came back into the OMHS lobby area, there was no sign of either Ray or Heather so I started looking around for them. Perhaps Heather had taken him back to her office? Perhaps she had taken him outside?
I eventually found them both in the OMHS “shop” (a room where they sell pets’ toys and supplies) and, given the time of year, Heather had been dressing up Ray in a Halloween costume – a banana split!
*Oakville & Milton Humane Society