I often browse through my earlier Posts, just as a way of recalling the “world according to Ray” at a given time in the past! This morning, I revisited a Post from near Christmas 2014 (link below):
Ray had lived with us for 21 months at that time, and reading the “Thank You” to both Lululemon and TD Bank, it occurred to me just how significant they were, and still are, in Ray’s world.
With Ray being my first dog, I had never considered the impact of dog friendly businesses and/or staff that would not only appreciate a canine visitor periodically, but would also cooperate with training!
Both those businesses are on the very top of his places to visit whenever we go downtown, and they are also very high on our list. They both not only played a significant role in getting him more comfortable around people, but also helped him develop social skills (of which he initially had none).
Ray pretty much introduced us to Lululemon because of their large bowl of biscuits, and the TD bank was on our route regularly for banking reasons. However, upon reflection, I can highly recommend introducing any dog, and certainly dogs with issues, to all the dog friendly businesses that you have within reach! You just never know how important they may become in your dog’s development.
We are so pleased with both those businesses because they accepted Ray without question, even though we went into great detail about his issues and potential reactions to certain circumstances. Both businesses experienced his lunge and bark routine, but both persevered with us and here we are, 2 years later…. and Ray still loves to visit and (probably more importantly) they still love to see him.
A Merry Christmas to all dog friendly stores, and especially the staff! 🙂