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. And the dog dutifully obeyed the command, even after his owner drove away. But as the hours passed, there was at least one person who felt that they 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 therefore let his owner down. In fact, 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 so 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.