"Oh no," I cried facetiously, "I think my dog is dead."
I bent over Ray, put my hand on his side and said "Are you OK Ray?"
Ray weakly raised his front paw an inch or two to expose a little bit of his belly.
Only a belly rub could save him now.
I scrubbed him up a bit and continued on my way. Ray's front leg slowly repositioned itself and he returned to dead dog mode.