This past Memorial Holiday weekend was a perfect time to be out and about. Our dogs went pretty much everywhere with us… because they can! What I mean by that is their behavior, obedience and temperament opens just about every door available to dogs.
Granted our two dogs are quite striking as a pair wherever they go, but at every stop along the way this weekend, they drew a small crowd… from The Gap, to the extremely crowded New Balance store, to the surprisingly not so crowded Apple Store, to the outdoor mall… everywhere we went, they were like a kid magnet.
Our dogs weigh more than most kids, so it is absolutely imperative that Manu & Chouka have perfect and flawless social skills… especially when first approached. We would have made some nice coin this weekend had we been given a dollar for every photo that was recorded of them.
Their obedience also becomes such a topic of conversation. We met an international mix of peeps from as far down under as Australia, and even many non-English speaking visitors from Japan. Our dogs are the perfect liaison to meeting so many people of which we would otherwise pass right by.
No language barrier for this lil’ Asian girl, who was completely enamored by Manu… she was squealing with delight!! Yet Manu never budged from his passive command (apologies, not my best photo). She was obsessed with picking up Manu’s foot (dunno why), but the point being is to illustrate that Manu was compliant to whatever this little girl did, which he is trained to do. It was such a blast just sitting and watching her enjoy herself with Manu.
They insisted on taking in some of their favorite outdoor art in Santa Monica before heading home Saturday afternoon… ya know, it makes ’em feel well-travelled and cultured!
Manu and Chouka create lasting positive memories in the minds of many…!!!