When we send dogs home from Board & Train, we often feel a bit of loss. Each dog becomes a part of our family for the three to five weeks they live with us. Emails and texts like this one absolutely make our day. They remind us why we pour our hearts and hard work into each dog and their people — and gives us a little glimpse of our ripple effect out in the world.
We rarely eat out, but I couldn’t resist seeing how Molly would do, so I tried it today. Two parked horses, people walking by, a dog that came up and snooted our girl from behind, more people walking by, two loud excavating trucks rumbled past… We encountered a little bit of everything!
Molly was wonderful. Yes, she stood up a few times, but I put her right back on a ‘Down’. For most of our time there, she was facing the horses. And when the horses’ humans were ready to leave, I stood up and Molly and I faced the curb to watch them together. They took quite a bit of time turning their horses around parallel to the curb, then getting on, then waiting for car traffic to pass. That was fun. But now Molly wants a horse.
When the horses were gone, we walked up one side of Old Town and down the other. She was right beside me, neither ahead, nor lagging.
Who’s a good dog?
We’ll meet after Thanksgiving and we’ll look forward to learning more from the maestro.