Some absolutely adorable photos showing a crew of service dogs watching a musical in a theater went viral.
In happened in Canada, where a group of service dogs attended the performance of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” as part of their training, the Huff Post reports. The extremely cute images show the dogs while taking at least four rows at the Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ontario.
This event was part of the two years training program, meant to prepare the dogs in order to assist their handlers through various situations like quick movements, a theater atmosphere or unfamiliar lights or sounds, the BBC News reports.
“It’s important to prepare the dogs for any activity the handler may like to attend,” Laura Mackenzie, owner of K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, where the dogs are being trained told CBC radio. “The theater gives us the opportunity to expose the dogs to different stimuli such as lights, loud noises and movement of varying degrees. The dogs must remain relaxed in tight quarters for an extended period of time.”
ICYMI: We had some pawsitivly adorable audience members from K-9 Country Inn Service Dogs during last weeks Relaxed Performance of #sfBillyElliot. Our Next Relaxed Performance is #sfNeverending on October 2nd. https://t.co/xaBwx65W8J pic.twitter.com/otyNjm5pUS
— Stratford Festival (@stratfest) August 15, 2019
Almost all of them behaved more than expected, as they were pretty calm and quiet during the event. However, few of the dogs seemed to lose their patience during the four hour long show.
“They were all extremely well-behaved,” Stratford Festival spokesperson Ann Swerdfager told the CBC radio. “I was in the lobby when they came in, then they took their seats, then got out of their seats at intermission and went back. All of the things we learn as humans when we start going to the theater.”
While Ms Mackenzie added that “all of the dogs were fantastic and remained relaxed throughout the performance. Some even watched through the cracks of the seats.”
As about the viral photo of the dogs’ unit, the K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs’ owner said it “was taken after the show, with the handlers standing nearby, but surely they would have stayed that way throughout the show if we let them.”
On the other hand, Laura Mackenzie declared herself extremely satisfied about the event’s positive resonance. She also said they’re planning more events like this in the future.
“The positive reaction to our outing is both shocking and amazing. We are hoping that our adorable photo will be a good opportunity to educate the public about service dogs and accommodating people with disabilities,”she said.
Meanwhile in Canada….https://t.co/yMD3l3yYxI
— Canada in Austria (@CanAmbAustria) August 21, 2019