However, as we were getting our chairs situated I turned my back on Bizz very briefly and everyone suddenly screamed. Bizz had leaped onto the edge of the fire pit - thus freaking out everyone else on the patio. I nearly had a heart attack. He was immediately rescued and except for a brief period where he was attempting to connect with a very large white poodle he was kept within a few inches of me. At one point he was sitting on a bench between myself and a very nice woman and her tiny baby. I knew Bizz liked feet since he continuously steals my shoes, but it was confirmed when he spent the whole time sniffing the baby's foot.
So, my little white dog nearly became a hot dog - literally. Ellen says her fluffy nephew knows no fear. I think he just has curiosity to spare plus an incredible leaping ability. No matter what I'm very pleased to say we survived this outing though I have now crossed fire pits off my list of things we can do.