One should never take lightly the value of protection; anywhere, anytime. That's why, even in a casual, open environment like the Santa Fe Farmers Market, you can't be too careful. This shopper is not relying on "concealed carry" weaponry like we have in Texas. He's just prepared for any eventuality with a semi-hidden, highly-trained canine should protective or attack services be needed. And don't ever underestimate the old adage " big things comes in small packages" because the next person you encounter just may be "packing chihuahua". You've been warned.