Why I'm a Dog Walker

I've been trying to leash a new client's dog for almost a week without any luck.  He is afraid and runs away before I can reach his collar.  The frustration of it is hard to keep down and I know I have to maintain a calm and soothing attitude for him - dogs can tell if you're nervous or upset.  Yesterday was different though.  Yesterday he sat next to me on the floor and I slowly, very slowly, reached over and started petting him on the head and neck.  I could see the fear in his eyes disappear as he moved his head over and placed it on my leg.  His name is Dallas and I couldn't help but hear the old line... "Dallas, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

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