Yesterday Stephen got to go on a long drive out to East Texas to watch some baseball. A little league baseball tournament is a sensory overload for a 6 month old pup! Wow!!
There’s food EVERYWHERE! French fries, nachos, popcorn, candy, hot dogs, chips, more candy, more french fries. On the ground, on peoples laps, on hands, on faces. The smells wafting through the air and trailing on the ground. Babies crying. Moms and Dads and coaches yelling. Lots of clapping and screaming. Cleats clomping by followed by bags and coolers on rollers. Balls flying through the air.
He met LOTS of kids. Kids who wanted to hug and kiss. Kids who were afraid. Kids who wanted to feed him chewing gum. Kids who wanted to just sit with him.
On our drive out we stopped at Buc-ee’s for gas fill-up and potty break. This person does not like Buc-ee’s. It is sensory overload for me and more than I like to deal with. But I thought it might be an interesting stop for Stephen. And it was. We encountered LOTS of oohing and aahhhing. Lots of “can we pet?” Lots of smells. Good and bad. Both at Buc-ee’s and the ball game there were lots of legs to maneuver around.
We had many opportunities to educate about puppies and guide dogs and service dogs. About good behavior. For pups and kids.
It all required a good deal of patience. And Stephen had what it took!
Stephen has been out and about ALOT lately. Spending LOTS of time in the car. Fortunately for us both he’s a very good traveler!
Stephen got to meet all the “Powers That Be” in Somervell County. The county auditor, the county attorney, the county judge, lots of clerks. A whole bunch of nice folks. He learned a lot about county government.
We had a couple of fun outings with our fellow puppy buddies
A soccer game
The local feed store
The Toyota service department
He’s learning all about public bathrooms
He attended a funeral at the National Cemetery in Dallas. He really liked hearing TAPS.
And he did a bit of shopping with Mom. Oh, the aromas of new clothes!!
He’s been to banks and post offices and church and the grocery store. And LOTS of restaurants.
Stephen is such a gift to my psyche! He finds such JOY in everything he does. The world is just full of new and wondrous things everywhere you look – and sniff.
I hope you can go out and find some Wonders in your world this week!