Arko went to my favorite store ever for the first time—Costco! I was a bit disappointed in the beginning. Right as we walked to the entrance, a small, fluffy, white “service dog” with an NSAR patch and ID walked out. Luckily, it didn’t see Arko. But my face was like 🙄. Arko was a rockstar today. He’s currently in a fear period, and has been getting spooked by little noises that didn’t phase him before. But he heard all kinds of clanking metal today and didn’t do more than flinch. I was so proud! And, the best part of the day: as we were in the checkout line, I heard a woman say, “Gorgeous dog you’ve got there.” I glanced up to smile and thank her, and saw a large gray-sable Standard Poodle at her side, in a perfect heel, with a service dog vest. I said, “Oh, thank you! You too!” And watched as she got in line behind me, and the Poodle settled down at her side. It looked at Arko, Arko looked at it, and they both returned their attention to their handlers. Not only was it incredible to see an actual fully-trained working team in action, but in one of my favorite breeds, too! If the lady with the Poodle ever reads this: your dog’s behavior was impeccable. I wish we could have chatted a bit longer! I was just focused on keeping Arko focused. I hope we see this team again somewhere! .
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