Clancy had a major socialisation experience yesterday.
First we visited the company that will print and distribute my next book, on Socialisation (which may actually include some of the exploits of a certain Brunswick boy). First he had to climb up a few stairs. He seems to have this under control now. While the details of my book were being discussed, he curled up on a little towel at my feet and went to sleep. He obviously trusts me to be his literary agent.
Over to my mother’s house, where he continued to sleep while my brother and I had lunch. He just woke up to say hello to Chris, a local council maintenance man.
When we went out, he was a bit upset in the car. He really doesn’t like the heat, and was trying to climb up on my shoulders to get out of the sun. This was even with the air conditioning on.
Then we arrived at The Glen, a big outer suburban shopping mall. Clancy is only just getting the hang of walking on lead, so I was quite proud when he trotted through the car park and into the Mall.
As we went in, Clancy could hardly believe it. It was crowded, there were people everywhere and he was wagging his tail in desperate excitement to say hello to them all. We had a very long walk, it was noisy and there were trolleys, baby strollers and all sorts of people everywhere. One little girl stopped and asked if she could pat him. Thanks to our education programs starting in kindergarten, kids are learning to ask first. He licked her enthusiastically.
Then I sat in the bank with Clancy on my lap while my brother transacted some family business. Lots of people commented on him and some approached for a pat. A man came up and asked how big he would grow. He said he wanted to get a big dog. A woman asked whether he was a Jack Russell Foxie cross. He gets that a lot. One woman in particular was so taken with him that she asked whether she could take a photograph. Then I asked her to take a photograph for me, of Clancy with her daughter.
This is the result.
Clancy was so tired after all this that I had to carry him to the car. We both slept very soundly that night.