I wasn't sure if Jade was ready, but again, she amazed me, as usual. She was just as calm and relaxed as could be, as she always is when on the job. I brought her a small blanket that I'd crocheted a long time ago to help her feel more comfortable. It's the same blanket I keep on her bed.
We entered the mall where the theater is located and Jade's been in there several times in the past. Nothing unusual, but it was fairly packed; which was odd for a Monday evening. We found out why when we arrived to see some people dressed in costume as Star Trekies. Jade's used to being in large crowds and that doesn't phase her at all. Once we bought our tickets, we headed for the elevator, because as I've stated on my blog many times, the one thing you should NEVER do as a SD handler is to take your dog on an escalator. It's way too dangerous for your dog, but some handlers are less inclined to consider their dog's safety. Jade is great with elevators....never had a problem. The first time she got on an elevator was at the mall, and it was as though she'd ridden in them her whole life.
|Jade at 11 weeks|
What an amazing dog! I swear this dog NEVER ceases to amaze me. She makes me proud!
The one very NOT new experience we had was all the folks at the theater staring at us as we entered the building, waited in line, entered the theater, exited the theater, etc. I really don't like people staring at us, but I suppose it's to be expected. People don't usually see service dogs every day, although I wish they did. I wish there were more of them out and about. There's always at least one small child that says something like, "Look mommy, there's a dog!" or "Hey that lady has a dog!" Can't get anything passed the children, especially a dog! :)
|Jade hanging out with buddies|
I really don't mind people asking questions, inquiring about her training, her breed or making conversation about service dogs, etc. I don't even mind when people stop to tell me about their Uncle's friend's service dog, etc. as long as I'm not in a rush, and I'm MORE than willing to take a moment to help educate others on the value of service dogs and such, or even to let someone pet her, especially children...that is, IF THEY ASK!
In summary, it was the very first time Jade attended the movies with me, and she was masterful! It was as though she'd been doing this her whole life. You amaze me, Jade! You're the BEST DOG in the world!