Tonight, for our final class of the semester, our professor (who is Chinese) took us to a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown.
Hudson and I took the El there, which the dog was decidedly against. I think I’ve mentioned before that he does not like anything bigger than a car and mechanical, and especially not train-like objects. He especially does not like getting on at an above-ground station. He was panting with anxiety when we stood on the platform, and spent the entire journey popping up at every stop in the hopes that we could get off NOW.
Anyhow, so we eventually got there, and we settle in and eat. The professor invited several attorneys to come join us, so we could pick their brains about working in the field they worked in. It was a very congenial (and delicious!) dinner.
The boyfriend came to pick me up afterwards. He’d’ve taken me there to begin with, except that he was at a dinner for graduating grad students at his school.
As we were walking to the car, we walked past some of those lion statues you see outside of some restaurants. Hudson came to a halt, terrified enough of the statue that he was cringing, his belly almost touching the pavement. I walked closer to the statue, letting him stay at the end of the leash, and started praising him and encouraging him. I got NOWHERE.
Then, I had a moment of inspiration. I started petting and praising the statue.
Hudson got over his fear of the statue in record time. Suddenly, it was just interesting! He sniffed it enthusiastically, and I praised and petted him generously.
The boyfriend looked at the numerous statues we still had to walk by, and said, “It’s going to be a long walk!”
Hudson, however, had gotten over his fear and was just fine. He wanted to sniff each of the statues, but there was no more fear.
I guess I just have to convince him that everything is a good dog, and he’ll be okay?