Just got back from downtown SA taking Spock on his first visit to "downtown" as a dry run for next week. Me and several other local Delta Pet Partner SA therapy dog teams are participating in mock evaluations for the National Pet Partners Conference being held here in San Antonio next weekend. https://petpartners.org/act/pet-part...nference-2019/
Since Spock has never been to "the city" I wanted to make a practice run downtown to the Marriott RiverCenter hotel where Pet Partners conference is being held. Spock did great on the practice run and we experienced a plethora of new things to him including:
1. First big city visit & crossing at crosswalk intersections
2. First time in a parking garage
3. First time in an elevator
4. First time seeing electric scooters go past
5. First time interacting with lots of families and tourists walking by on sidewalk.
6. First time seeing Fire Truck & Ambulance up close with sirens wailing.
7. First time seeing vagrants walk by (just a couple and he remained calm, which was my biggest concern prior to trip) Spocksdad & Spock at Marriott RiverCenter Hotel
He did great with the tourists, many admiring him while we sat in shade on sidewalk. He was more interested in a colony of tiny ants working to gather up food particles on sidewalk!
"Let Me Look At Those Neat Ants, Dad!"
Wouldn't you know, as were finishing up our visit, a large fire truck and ambulance, sirens wailing, came down street and pulled into Marriott's drive thru, while my daughter was taking our picture! I'm surprised Spock remained calm and didn't start howling, like he does with pack at home.
Next week for the event, the therapy teams will have free valet parking so things will be easier. Surprisingly, this Marriott hotel has a No Pets policy, whereas the Grand Hyatt across the street at convention center, where my daughter works, is pet friendly... So, the No Pets hotel is hosting Pet Partners convention....go figure?
Spock rode up the elevator with myself and my daughter and he did okay. I think Eva in same situation would be slightly different.