In front of the restaurant’s watching patrons, the man spoke one word to Luke. “Stay,” he said. Then the man turned around and left. The dog dutifully obeyed the command as he watched his human drive away. But, as the hours passed, one person couldn’t just look on and do nothing.
The woman was one of the restaurant’s employees – and she felt she had to intervene. Knowing that Luke had been abandoned, she attempted to get him to end his vigil. She tried without success, however. The dog refused to move and let his owner down. There was nothing that the woman could do to shift him.
What she could do, though, was to keep Luke as comfortable as she could, and she brought him food so he wouldn’t starve. But the dog remained loyal to the master who had left him – and he stayed put just as he had been ordered to. Needless to say, his human never came back.