Customers would wonder who belonged to the ping pong and tennis balls they would find in most nooks and crannies in the store and children would be encouraged to gently roll the balls down the aisle for Maddie to chase.
For all of us who work at the store and for many of our regular customers, Maddie showed no shame in coming up to you whether you were standing at the register or sitting at one of the tables in the back and gently pawing your leg. This meant - feed me! She was asking for a treat. I was one of the worst offenders. I'd put a small handful of her favorite treats in my pocket and she would follow me around the store and tap my leg repeatedly until I gave her a treat (or until Sharon caught me and stopped me!) Even our guest artists, the mailman (who gave her a treat most days) and the UPS and FedEx guys knew Maddie and how to get on her good side.
She was a little put out when Jessica and Scott got their dog, Ava. Maddie was head dog, queen of the store and when that little puppy made one of her first appearances Maddie was not quite sure what to do with her. Ava wanted to play, Maddie was suspicious. I remember we had an event at the Dots store and Maddie would look at Ava prancing around like, "Wait, I'm the head dog around here. Who is this interloper?" Maddie did come to tolerate and even like Ava but it was fun watching the interaction between the two.
|Mark encouraging Maddie to check out the big mailbox Sharon found at a barn sale.|