Okay, I'm at work here, but I have to stop for a minute just to recognize a Lomax achievement.
I've noticed in the last few weeks that -- usual playtime wiggliness aside -- Lomax has been easier to handle and control in general. He's walking much more consistently on a loose lead in excellent heel position, he's a little more focused (or easier to bring back to focus in the face of distraction), he just seems more grown up all of a sudden.
So when the fire alarm went off in my office building about 30 minutes ago, I thought nothing of it. I just picked up his leash (and my latte, because really -- who knows how long we'll be standing out there, and if it's a real emergency I want to be fully caffeinated and alert, right?) and walked calmly to the nearest emergency exit.
In the midst of a crowded stairwell, loud "whoop-whoop-whoop" alarm sounds and flashing emergency lights, I hardly even noticed that Lomax was perfectly calm and steady. It was only after we were all standing outside talking, when someone asked me if he had freaked out, that I realized what an excellent job he'd done.
So I rewarded him with a little greeting and ear-rubbing time from his many admirers before the fire marshall gave us the "all clear" to return to the building.
It was a false alarm, fortunately. If there's ever actual smoke and fire, I make no guarantees.