Ray is an interesting dog! We don’t always understand why he does what he does, but we know it will bring smiles to those who see him.
Carol and I both needed new boots for the winter and, given our conditions over the winter period, good traction was a primary feature required. We therefore took Ray on a longer walk than usual so that we could look at boots available at our Hikers Haven store.
As is necessary in these situations, one of us will hold Ray’s leash and monitor him and any nearby activities, while the other one goes about their business. The store was not particular busy and so one or two staff members came over and said “Hi” to Ray while I was trying on different boots. He handled it extremely well and, in fact, lay down with his front legs crossed and just generally looked around. Being surrounded by footwear, clothing, tents and a variety of other camping and hiking supplies clearly did not excite him.
When I had decided which boots were best for me, I took charge of Ray while Carol went through the same process of boot evaluation. I was sitting next to a sloping board on which were fixed a number of round stones of various sizes. It was obviously a place to test the traction on boots that were going to be expected to handle a rugged terrain.
As I was looking at it, Ray decided to get up and start moving around however, there was not much room in our area due to the product displays and allowing for staff to come past us to take boots off the shelves. I asked Ray to come back to where I was and then to sit. He decided (as only Ray would) to climb up the stone covered board; turn around and promptly sit! Seeing a large dog sitting on a sloping, stone covered board probably “made the day” of a number of people there!
On our way home, we decided to stop at Tim Horton’s and get coffees for us and a plain Timbit for Ray (He is so spoiled). Being a food serving business, Ray is not allowed inside however there was an empty metal bench seat outside just waiting for us! Carol sat on one end of it, and I sat a sufficient distance away so that our coffees, and his Timbit bag, would be between us and all was well.
Ray sat very well in anticipation of his pieces of Timbit (we break off pieces to give to him) and we were enjoying our coffees until he decided that he wanted to also sit on the seat …. between us! As fast as were moving our stuff out of the way, he was coming up; turning himself around, and then taking a sit position. A smaller dog would have been seen as cute, if noticed at all. When Ray sits however, he is the same as height as us when we are sitting. It was an impromptu and free few moments of entertainment for people arriving, leaving, or simply passing by!
There’s never a dull moment when you have Ray with you!