Zoe and I stopped for a burrito on our way back from an errand at Benson’s. People seemed surprised at this, and delighted to see a dog out for dinner. I’ve also taken her for pizza and for ice cream, including a Yelp ice cream meetup. She gets a few token crumbs and whatever I drop, and sometimes strangers pet her. This fulfills her mission on Earth as a dog.
Dogs are welcome on the patio at Chipotle, and those tables are heavy and hold her leash nicely. I like to take Zoe places when the weather is okay for leaving a dog in a car for long enough to pick up a prescription or a gallon of milk or a burrito. She also enjoys the drive-thru bank, pharmacy, and coffee purveyors. One takeout place within walking distance of the house lets me bring her in up to the counter.
Having company is nice on errands, she gets practice with new people so we can get through CGC and TDI test sometime this year, and we both get out of the house for once. We’d do it more if she didn’t hate wearing a car harness so much.
I don’t know how close this puts me to becoming that person who brings her dog everywhere in a purse, ultimately dying childless and leaving her entire estate to the dog. I did catch myself carrying on a “conversation” with her in Benson’s, but that was about how I don’t want her shoplifting squeaky toys, and how they moved the location of the gravy.
In public, I don’t like to leave her alone. I fear that someone will steal her. I don’t know why someone would want to steal a spayed six-year-old mutt with allergies, cataracts, knee problems, no tail, and severe brattiness issues. But they could. I just assume that everyone else loves her as much as I do. I mean, I took her home for life after hanging out with her for five minutes in a Petsmart parking lot.
Here’s my real secret: I don’t bring Zoe along because I feel bad for her or I’m lonely. It’s because I can’t eat a burrito without a large portion of the filling falling out, and she’s my cleanup crew. YOU’RE WELCOME, WOLF ROAD CHIPOTLE STAFF.
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