My majestic boy is 41weeks old.  I can’t believe how grown up he is.



39weeks, and pictures from a training outing at Lowe’s.  As you can see Tim was having some fun with filters when he took our pictures.

Grimm is just starting to enter adolescence and he has entered a bit of a fear stage.  We are spending more time “reviewing” these days.  The weather also hasn’t been that great which means he has less of a chance to get his energy out in outdoor play which can make it more difficult for him to focus during training.  Some things I wanted to point out in this picture series is the way Grimm is sitting/standing between my legs.  I taught Grimm “through” months ago to keep him tucked out of the way in crowds.  We used it a fair bit when we went “Wassailing” in Denton.  The funny thing about training clever dogs is that they tend to put things together for themselves in ways you didn’t really plan.  Grimm has decided that whenever we stop for more than 30seconds he should “through”, and then after a minute he sits.  At first I was a bit annoyed by this turn of events (because I was not expecting it, not in control, and he is ramming his nose against my legs/butt to get there which is rude LOL).  However I found that as he sits and leans against my legs he actually stabilizes me and I like it.  I will have to decide if I want to “fix” this or let him continue with it as an automatic behavior.


This week we had a big adventure, we went out to visit our friend’s Alexandria Papperman and her SDiT Liberty’s Chroma Winds of Fortune (Handsome) for a play date at their place.  Grimm was a little intimidated by Handsome at first (Handsome is very big) but after a little while he warmed up.  He also got to meet Trophy and Trouble the Border Collies, and Sin the cat.  He would have liked to bring Sin home with him, but we told him she just wasn’t that in to him.  Poor Grimm, the cats never appreciate him quite like he appreciates them.  He had a great time hanging out with us though.


When we made it home we were excited to find that Grimm’s new harness had arrived!!  Courtesy of Purple Poodles I had this custom made for our specific needs.  It is lined in black fleece with purple webbing and neon green embroidery.  There is a matching collar that is a little difficult to see with his ear floof.  The handle is for our future use (hopefully) but looks very nice.  I have a paracord pullstrap that matches it but I plan to get (or make) a matching braided fleece pullstrap.  I am so excited by how well made this harness is and how nice it looks on him.  I think he will really enjoy wearing this when he works.


37weeks.  Freyja is still his best friend, they do everything together.  We made a trip to 5Below, he is doing so well on outings now, I’m really proud of him.  The boys had a bunch of gift cards from Christmas so they did some shopping, Grimm and I just poked around a bit.  He is definitely in need of a clipping now, the new clippers should be here in the next couple of days so “freshly groomed” pics will be up soon I’m sure.


You may be wondering why I included a picture of Halloween in a tunnel.  Well we’ve been planning to set up an agility course for the dogs and we happened to find this tunnel at the thrift store.  We thought it would be a good starting place.  Hallow thinks it is a good kitty tunnel.  Hopefully she will let the dogs play too.

What gear?

We decided to have some fun playing with gear.  Grimm usually wears his Goody Shack vest for outings but I wanted to see what color really looks best on him.  He is a goof ball when I’m trying to get pictures of course.  The neon green pack actually belongs to Freyja, she wears it for hiking.  Some day, if he works really hard, maybe he will get to wear the Finely Tooled harness.  I think it looks nice on him.