The hockey game is done and the crowds exit the stadium beside Toronto Animal Services. I've got Georgie with me and I'm trying to find a spot to take her photo where we aren't in the midst of the throng.
I find a spot and pull out my camera. After a few shots, someone comes up from behind and asks if she can pet my dog. Without looking around, I explain that Georgie is from the shelter but sure she can pet her.
The girl turns out to be a high school student. She steps around me, pets Georgie and starts to coo over her. Then there's a surge from behind me and suddenly there are at least a dozen of the girl's classmates all trying to do the same. Georgie is being swarmed and I'm worried until I look down and realize she's luxuriating in all the attention.
The high schoolers ooh and ahh and offer up all sorts of wisdom on how to take care of Georgie. At least five of them say they want to take her home. Then, a few minutes later, their bus arrives and they're gone.
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