|We're still waiting for his "big boy" vest to come. It should be here this week.|
Having a puppy with you brings out a lot of people. Before we left, I had Dante in a "down" just to the side of Target's door to practice staying with distractions as people walked in and out, and this guy squats down 3 feet in front of him, and call to him to come. It isn't the first time it had happened (and it drives me CRAZY!), and usually Dante tries to get up. But this time, Dante stayed and looked at me. Win! The guy looked at me like he was insulted, and I said that he is in training, and that he is not supposed to get up. He said "Oh." and kept walking. He so did not get the significance of this, but I was really proud of Dante. A few minutes later, I overheard him tell the people he was with "Do you see him? He is in training to be a service dog." I love when people I talk to keep educating more people!
A few minutes later, this lady comes up behind me and says, "Excuse me. Where did you get his vest? I am training my service dog and am looking for one." I know that the simplest Google search can bring up hundreds of different vests and service dog gear, so I doubted her validity, and was not going to say this, so I replied, "He came with it." She than asked "Where did you buy him? How much did he cost?" I explained that I was a volunteer, and was issued Dante and the vest from CCI. Some people I just can't help but say "What!?!?!"