This past Sunday we had a glorious sunny day with temperatures around +10C… generally unheard of here at the end of February! We decided to take advantage of it and drive down to Bronte (a small village within Oakville’s boundaries).
Once there, our primary goal was to find a particular cake shop which was selling cupcakes as a fund raiser for Ray’s Humane Society. After that (and after Carol and I had devoured a cupcake each), we took Ray on a walk alongside Bronte Harbor and through some park areas in that vicinity.
One thing that was immediately obvious was the number of people out just enjoying the day. The other thing was the number of dogs being taken out for walks! Ray was introduced to so many in such a short time period, ranging from “little squeaky toy” dogs, through to dogs his size and larger. He was really good and stayed very calm when a little dog grabbed his nose with its paws. He was also very good when a four month old Saint Bernard (a little smaller than Ray, but probably a little heavier!) showed an interest in saying “Hi!”
As we were heading back home, I had to reflect that Ray reacted so well at all his “meetings” that no dog could have behaved better than him. Most of them were equally social, but there were a few that were badly behaved/anti-social. On a couple of occasions, an apparently social dog turned into a rather nasty snarling dog when it got close but Ray, (just got to love him) just turned his head (“Do I still get my treat?”) and ignored the other dog.
Considering his background? We’re proud of you buddy!