Yesterday, Ray and I went for a car ride to our local landfill site! I had an item to dispose of which was not part of the regular pickup schedule arrangements.
Carol was away for most of the day and had the restraining system for Ray in her car, so I rigged up an arrangement with various leashes … which actually worked very well. He had sufficient movement to have his front paws on the centre console (between the front seats), and could also lay down on the rear seat of he wished. We were all set!
When we reached our destination, we were greeted by a man who was clearly drawn to dogs. He gave Ray a big smile (through a closed window) and happily waved at him. Ray’s response was to aggressively lung and bark at him! Was it because he was sensitive due to Carol’s absence? He was in a strange place? He was over sensitive due to his meds reduction?
On our way home, I decided to go through a Tim’s Drive-Thru and treat myself to a latte and Ray to a plain TimBit. It was only as I drove into the Drive-Thru entrance that I thought about Ray’s earlier behavior. If he performs in the same manner when the young lady reaches out to give me my drink and Ray’s TimBit, both items are likely to go flying as she leaps backwards!
We approached the pay/pickup window with some degree of trepidation. Ray was sitting up such that his head was very close to mine. I was waiting for him to either try and lunge across in front of me (his restraints would have prevented him from going very far), or suddenly going behind me … which is typically where he goes in an attempt to intercept the incoming treat!
As the drive-thru window slid open, and the young lady handed me our order, there was no movement from Ray. His eyes were just fixated on the little brown bag which contained his treat. He behaved so well that I parked the car and gave him a few pieces of his TimBit, after which we headed for home.
What’s the difference between the landfill site and Tim Hortons? A possible TimBit?