Jeff wanted to go to the Tractor Supply store today. We don't own a tractor, nor do we need supplies for one. Jeff assured me they had lots of cool stuff there, and he thought we could bring the dogs in the store. So, I thought it would be a good opportunity to get Oreo out and about to a new environment and to see new people.
We walked in the store, and were greeted warmly by the staff. They told us about other dogs who had come in recently and peed on their feet! Then, they told us about other dogs, and even a sheep (gasp!) who proceeded to poop around the store. Clearly, they did not care that our two small, potty trained animals were in the store. In fact, I think they enjoyed having the dogs come shop!
Both Oreo and Misty were shy around the nice people, but they sniffed the strangers hands and allowed brief touches. They didn't act like friendly, slobbering Labradors, but I was happy that neither ran the opposite direction.
Once we had spent some time there, and heard all about everyone else's dog, I decided to show off a bit. I had Oreo lay down and cross his paws. He did. Twice, with every ounce of cuteness in his precious soul.
Here in a strange place, with a bunch of strange people, my timid, shy dog was performing!
Just an hour earlier, Oreo had refused to "go potty" in his own backyard, because our neighbor happened to be outside in his yard! Oreo just barked his head off, and ran inside.
I can't figure him out.