Last week, we took Shiva to meet Santa in support of raising funds for the Nova Scotia SPCA. A friend from agility class was kind enough to film the introduction. To completely spoil the ending I am going to tell you now that no Clauses were harmed in the making of this video.
I should have known how awesome it would be. The combination of a gigantic bookstore, a ridiculous amount of excited dogs, and a lot of Christmas cheer pretty much guarantees a good time. While we waited around for our photo, I got the chance to meet many gorgeous dogs and their amazingly friendly people, completely falling in love with a huge bloodhound name Clydesdale. I wonder if he still thinks of me…
Shiva behaved marvelously. She only jumped on three or four tables and only stole a handful of treats. No books were chewed, though I think a few tomes may have been knocked off a few shelves. In fact, she only barked once the whole time. And it wasn’t even her fault! (To the man who “only has cats”, next time please don’t stick your face directly into a strange dog’s face. It can only end in tears. Probably yours. But I do appreciate you not freaking out at us.) The best moment was when several Chapters staff members came over to say hello. Shiva let all three of them pet her for over five minutes.
I could have cried.
I admit to being nervous about setting her on Santa’s knee. I found out after the snapping of the photo that the man in the suit was actually a popular local trainer from Lietash. If I had known that before I wouldn’t have been nearly so anxious about her taking his head off. You can tell by my expression in the photo I wanted to get it all over with before anything could happen.
It truly was a fantastic afternoon. The bookstore staff all seemed very knowledgable; they all approached each dog in a non-threatening manner and understood if a few carefully arranged displays ended up not so carefully arranged. When you can get a crowd of around two dozen dogs sharing a small space and no major fights break out, I think it is a win. Everyone was very respectful of everyone else’s space. Something I haven’t always found. Any potential altercations were swiftly averted by the maneuverings of the dogs’ owners.
I’m so glad we decided to take the risk and go this year. It illustrates how far Shiva has come in the last twelve months. It illustrates how far I have come in the last twelve months. This holiday season we have a lot to celebrate.