Last night, the Helping Paws Big Dogs made the Tuesday night commuters feel as if they'd stepped into a canine version of the Steve Martin spoof, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles". Sixteen dogs and twenty or so humans gathered at the Fort Snelling train platform to give the dogs experience riding a different form of public transit - light rail.
Charlie and Judy . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill and Thor, Sue and Mischa
On the train, the dogs got a great chance to practice their "unders", experience the motion of the moving train, and hear the soft "whoosh" of the automatic doors. Once we arrived at the airport, we took the airport tram to the terminal to practice various cues in the airport baggage and ticketing areas. We rode elevators, took stairs (practicing "step"), retrieved objects, loose leash walked, and as a special bonus, put smiles on many a weary travelers face.
We even had time for a group photo on the stairs in the airport tram boarding area. A big thanks to Lynn and Judy!