All the advice about how to create a successful Blog generally includes variety in subject matter. This Blog is about one dog so I try to make it as interesting as possible within the obvious limitations of having only one subject!
Lululemon figures prominently in my Posts simply because they are prominent in Ray’s life and while I have consciously been alert to different events for Posts, I could not resist this one ….. another Lululemon story.
We had been out walking with Ray and decided to head back home via downtown Oakville. As soon as Ray realized where we were going, his pace picked up; his gait became very light and springy (I am always in awe watching him like that. How can he make 75lbs on the move look effortless?) , and his tail was held high. He was excited! This was no surprise to us, but he was due for a disappointment because Lululemon would not be open at this time. of day.
As we approached the store, Ray pulled diagonally across the sidewalk and up to the front doors of a darkened Lululemon. We just watched, and waited for the appropriate time when he would understand that they were closed and we could continue on our way home. Ray was not understanding anything of the sort, but just stood and stared through the front door.
It was then that we noticed, at the back of the store, a group of people sitting on the floor clearly participating in some program. When Ray stares he generally gets attention and, true to past performance, we saw a young lady in the group turn and look at Ray. He immediately went into his sit position and focused totally on the young lady.
The class was disrupted as more people turned to look at this dog who was sitting outside the store and staring at them through the front door. Clearly they were Lululemon staff, and some may have even recognized Ray because the young lady who saw him first got up and walked over to the biscuit bowl. She then unlocked the front door and gave Ray his treat!
Ray was happy. We were happy that Ray was happy. What a perfect walk!
I often hear about people who do not walk their dog. Either the dog does not get a regular walk, or they arrange for somebody else to do it. That is such a shame because apart from the obvious (hopefully) benefits, it is so rewarding as one sees the dog showing its personality. That moment of watching Ray “lasering” the group and then sitting as soon as he saw a response was quite magical. The fact that his actions achieved the desired result will no doubt assure us of more situations of a similar nature!