The dog was so still that at first I thought it was a lawn ornament, put there by the owners of the shop. As I got closer, I saw that the dog was real, but that it was utterly intent on its owner’s return.
I always feel apprehensive when I see a nice dog like this left alone on a sidewalk, however briefly. I feel the animal’s vulnerability, which, in a busy urban setting, is real. What a relief when the owner came out, and the two were reunited; happy dog!