Mom took me on an adventure to two different stores. First we went to Menards, a big home store. All the clerks are so nice and greeted us with a smile. We walked up and down the isles and mom has me sit now and then. I did a great job checking out these holiday decorations. The blow up decorations were a bit scary at first because they make so much noise, but I got used to them pretty quickly. 
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Service dog in training.
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Wow, Christmas blow up stuff. The propellers on the airplane go around and the globe has snow blowing around.
Next, mom took me out to the garden center. She chatted with a lady asking how I was doing with my training. She told mom there is a service dog in the store almost every day. I sat nicely and didn't even try to drink out of the fountains.
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Rocky in the garden center
We rode on a big glass elevator. I was kinda nervous about that, so we took the stairs on the way back down. Then we walked around the food area. I didn't sniff or pull at all! She asked me to sit, but I decided to lay down instead. 
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Rocky in the grocery isle.
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Can we go now?
I did so well she decided to try the medium sized mall in the area. We walked in on the lower level and down a big long hall. The floor was marble and felt different on my feet. After a few steps I stopped sniffing and walked nicely with mom. There was music playing and lots of people in the center of the mall. She had me sit every third window or so. The kiosk workers all smiled and waved at us, but we didn't stop to visit. We rode on the elevator two times in this mall. The first time made me a bit nervous because it makes a funny noise. Mom noticed and took me out the nearest exit for a potty break. Then we walked around some more and saw all kinds of people. The longer we were there the more comfortable I got. I didn't like parking and sitting very long so mom kept me moving. She didn't get any pictures here because it was quite busy.  I liked looking down from the mezzanines to the areas below. I am much more relaxed when I get to see what is making all the noises. We saw seniors with walkers, wheelchairs, baby strollers, little children and all sorts of people with shopping bags. I wasn't nervous at all when we took the elevator back down. Mom walked past two coffee shops and even let me watch the children in the play area. Have I mentioned I really like little kids? Mom suspects I lived with toddlers at my first home, but I don't really remember. We stayed there about 1/2 hour and then went home. Mom told dad she had a lot of fun and I did an awesome job! Maybe we can go back again soon. 
 


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