In a coffee shop the usual scene is a line-up of people waiting for their drinks, looking down texting or checking Facebook. Rarely do we get to know the names of the neighbours in line. Today Jedi entered Starbucks for the first time. 8 people were in line and each of them turned around and smiled at Jedi. Many of them asked me questions about her. It was our lucky day today because in line there were two fully-uniformed paramedics. Jedi got to meet some heroes today. They ordered their drinks and stood aside and waited for me. They both introduced themselves to me and allowed me to take their picture with Jedi. What a lovely outing for this pup in training. She not only experienced shopping carts, wet floor signs, people, kids, smells, but she also made people smile. A gift that only a dog seems to be able to do.
Today Jedi did so well with her first "real" social training. She enjoyed everyone and showed no signs of fear at all. I walked her through the smelly fish area at Loblaws and she stayed focused on me even through the smell. Dogs are such a gift to humans. They change the aura of society and help people smile more. Have you hugged a dog today?