Given the time of year, it seemed to me that it would be very appropriate to give a card (from Ray!) to the various businesses that have opened their doors, and their hearts, to him.
They deserved to know that Ray’s socializing skills have dramatically improved, partly as a result of their acceptance of him.
The plan was to use up some heavy stock, colored paper. Fold it in two to produce the card shape; mount a 5″ x 7″ Ray photograph on the front, and then write something inside. Voila! A Christmas card from Ray!
It all came together rather well, and so our first delivery was planned around taking Ray on a walk to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society. Of course he was spoiled as usual with treats and strokes, and we duly handed over the envelope. The lady opened the envelope and sighed at Ray’s pic on the front. She then opened the card and started to read it, but put it down. With a wipe of her eyes, she said that she would read it later.
It seemed a good time to leave her with her emotions, so we left and headed downtown to the Lululemon store. There is one particular lady there that just loves Ray’s visits, and so we gave her the envelope and proceeded to give Ray some pieces of biscuit from their bowl. When Ray finished, the lady had turned away and seemed busy so we headed for the doors. As we turned out and passed the store window, I just happen to glance in. She was wiping her eyes!
All the other cards carried a similar message, but carried unique comments that would relate specifically to the recipient business.
In a culture where emotions are so often hidden (buried?), it was so nice to see a free expression of feelings however, we were rather hoping for a more joyous response! Thinking about it though, tears of joy more than qualify wouldn’t you think?
With those experiences behind us, the cards for TD Canada Trust Bank, Fantastico Pizza, North Oakville Animal Hospital, The Ark and The Fairy Dog Mother were delivered and, after each delivery, we made a strategic exit so they could be alone with their emotions… if necessary!