Some of the seasonal outdoor patios are already open, and so we now have to watch Ray carefully whenever we pass one.
The problem is simply that Ray’s nose can easily reach over (or through) the patio railings and investigate nearby food! We just recently passed one where two tables up against the railings were being used, and therefore had food on them. Ray effortlessly reached up and did a brief analysis of what was on the plates. The diners were, fortunately, amused.
I recently saw a video (on YouTube) of a dog stealing a french-fry off a plate. The dog was so precise and gentle, and reminded me of my early experience of Ray doing the same thing but with a full slice of toast!
Therein is an obvious challenge for us. With the summer patios being set up and starting to be used, and as we have to pass them in order to go anywhere in our downtown area … Ray becomes a bit of a liability! With his canine burglary skills, and that long tongue, he is likely to help himself to anything that is on the edge of a diner’s plate.
Ray always walks on our left, so the solution to position ourselves between him and the patios would create other potential issues. I guess our only solution is to cross the road when we approach a patio, or manipulate our routes such that patios are approached from the opposite direction. Life can get complicated.