Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Planes, Trains And Automobiles

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.

Sue/Mischa, Marie and Dozer ... Brio and Sue, Hemi and Cathy

We even had time for a group photo on the stairs in the airport tram boarding area. A big thanks to Lynn and Judy!



cigs.excellent said...

Beautiful dogs

m said...

Stumbled in and just wanted to say hi. Lovely, thanks for the previous post as well "I am a foster home" it was touching and something that has got me thinking. Thanks!

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lefobserver said...

hi from greece.beautiful dogs

Casper said...

Awesome! Wish doggies could ride public transportation everywhere.