Yesterday started off with a very slightly cooler temperature so I harnessed and leashed Ray and went to our front door. He followed me!
When I opened the door and went outside, Ray glanced back at Carol but followed me onto our front porch! When I stepped off the front porch to go down the steps, Ray swiftly put his rear on the porch floor and was clearly going no further!
After some gentle tugging and lots of coaxing, he stood up and turned towards the front door. As soon as it was opened, he went inside and went straight to Carol.
After a brief discussion, we decided to try again, but this time Carol would also be coaxing him out. He initially hesitated going through the front door again but, with my “C’mon Ray!” and “C’mon buddy!” and Carol’s “Ray…. go! repeated a few times, he followed me outside. We went through the same “performance” to get him across the porch and ultimately onto our driveway. As Ray decided to slowly work his way down the driveway towards the sidewalk (sniffing all the way!), Carol went back inside.
We made it to the sidewalk and then he looked around for Carol! Just at that moment, he heard some laughter from next door and one of the voices he recognized (favorably) immediately. After a lovely facial expression of total indecision, he was off down the sidewalk and up the neighbor’s driveway where he met the couple who live there, their son and his girlfriend, and McKenzie (a Scottie dog who he greets through our back fence periodically)!
He decided that he had to say hello to “the girlfriend”, who he had never met before, and so he was duly treated after which he and McKenzie went through the usual social rituals.
A few moments later, almost as if he suddenly realized that Carol was not around, he headed down the steps from their porch and onto their driveway with me 6ft away, and on the other end of a tight leash! There was no mistake about his intent as he went down the sidewalk; back up our driveway, and up to the front door. Upon opening the front door for him, he went straight inside and found Carol!
The whole exercise was a little less than I would have liked…….. but it was a start! Next time? Who knows!