Now that Ray’s book is officially “out there”, it is time to do what I can to let the world know that it exists!
At this point in time, one obligation I have is to recognize everybody, and every business, that has been involved with Ray… hence the recent gifts of a copy of the book to key people at the Oakville & Milton Humane Society. Not only was it a pleasure to say “thank you” to them for all they have done for Ray, but if they enjoy reading about him, they may well promote the book to colleagues, family and friends!
Anybody who uses the search field on this Blog and enters Lululemon, will see a considerable list of Posts that mention the store. Lululemon has been a store that has always welcomed Ray, and the staff were sufficiently interested to ask about him and his background. In Ray’s early visits there, they kept a respectful distance but still gave him lots of friendly body language which he slowly responded to as he became more confident that all was well. There have been a couple of “lunge and bark” incidents, but the staff were undeterred and still treated him like the special dog that he is.
They have made a considerable positive impact over the past 3 years as we worked on Ray’s insecurities, and his social skills, and were therefore on my list of businesses that deserve a book copy. The book was given to them a few days ago, and obviously included a note thanking all the staff for the attention that they have given Ray. It was very well received, after which a comment was made which I was not expecting…
“If you would like to sell the book from here, we can put a table up in the corner by the door, and you can have a few hours of book signings!”
Given their product range (i.e. nothing at all to do with dogs), it is so gratifying to find a business with such a “social service” outlook. At a time when most businesses seem to be totally profit focused, and will organize their staff accordingly, it is so refreshing to experience one that encourages a social component from their staff.
On behalf of Ray, I will say thank you to Lululemon for all that their staff here have done, and please keep that table ready because I may well take you up on that offer!