Well we had a BIG outing to the AKC dog show. This is Grimm’s first really big outing (though we did a roller derby bout the weekend before technically our home rink is dog friendly so he wasn’t officially working at the time). My friend Alexandria show’s her SDiT Liberty’s Chroma Winds of Fortune “Handsome” and we enjoyed getting to meet up with them and spend some time watching Handsome compete.
Grimm had an excellent day. He was not bothered by the other dogs or people and managed to behave himself very well. I am so proud of how this boy is coming along. We enjoyed watching the Standard Poodles show though I think Grimm actually preferred the Siberian Huskies.
I just found a new fun thing to do, Wassailing. I grew up singing the Carol, Here we come a Wassailing. I had no idea what “wassailing” really was or how much fun it could be. I’ve been missing out. Lucky for me a town nearby has a Wassail Festival for Christmas. What is wassail you may ask? It is apple cider. Basically a festival of apple cider tasting, carols, lights, and celebrating all the fun small businesses. It was wonderful, though incredibly crowded. Grimm did amazing, followed all of his commands, tucked between my legs as I told him to (which mostly kept him from being stepped on, glad we’ve been working on that one). We enjoyed our wassail and the atmosphere until we were a bit too sloshy. Now I’m looking forward to next year.
This year for Thanksgiving Grimm enjoyed himself watching the dog show. Then of course we had to do some Black Friday shopping. I bought him a couple of little boy’s shirts at the thrift store to help him stay warm as it is getting colder. He is feeling pretty stylish now. He particularly seems to like the vest, but I think I may need to take it in at the sides a little (but who knows he is growing so fast). Then we took a huge step forward in training, we went shopping at Michael’s and CCA. These are not pet friendly shops so Grimm put on his big boy vest and his best poodle behavior. I won’t say he was perfect, he wasn’t, but he was very very good. It was still very busy at Michael’s though we avoided the worst of the sale times (we didn’t go Thursday evening or anything). We were nearly stepped on several times but we handled it. CCA was pretty distracting with all of the strange smells (it is another thrift shop), but he did just as he was told and stayed close even with kids shouting “puppy” at him. Look who is being a mature boy. Well, until next time anyway.