Working Gear

Grimm’s working set up is pretty much complete now.  I’m pretty happy with how everything has come out.  The harness and collar are by Purple Poodles.  The pack is a Molle pouch from Amazon.  “In Training” button is from Creative Clam.  The Poodle key fob is from Hearts Sewn Together.  The braided leather leash and training tab were made by a vendor at a local dog show (I absolutely adore them, my favorite leashes by far).  I made the leather slip lead to use as a head halter and am very pleased with how it came out.  The leash wrap says “Service Dog” on the reverse side.  The skull patch and Molle pouch are velcro so I can switch for some of my other patches.  I bought this one second hand but I think it is just a mass produced patch available at places like Hot Topic.  I still need a pull strap, just haven’t decided what type would be most comfortable.  I have a purple and black paracord one that I made but I don’t really like paracord.  I’m leaning towards either braided leather like my leash or fleece that would match the harness.

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Working

We had a big day over the weekend.  Took a trip to “Third Monday Trade Days” which is basically a big out door flea market.  They are not pet friendly but have started allowing small dogs that can be carried, and obviously Service Dogs.  Grimm did wonderfully ignoring all of the people (it was so crowded, super overwhelming for me), tiny dogs in strollers and carriers, and all of the food trucks and food on the ground.  Eventually it got pretty warm and my hips started to hurt so we ended our outing after stopping to buy some jerky (my  youngest son loves jerky).

We stopped at a QT to grab drinks.  Grimm did have a bit of trouble with the direction the cold case doors open, not his fault I need to figure out how I position both of us to make that work LOL.  He drank his water from a kiddie cup in the parking lot then we were off for lunch.  This was only Grimm’s second time at a restaurant and the first time sitting inside (last time we sat on a semi-indoor patio, he has sat inside at Starbucks).  He did so well, tucked under the table and just slept on my feet while we ate.

I know we have a long way to go with training and there will still be setbacks but I appreciate how well he is doing and the partnership we are developing.  One day at a time.

Poodles are refined

Before I owned a poodle I thought they were dignified and refined dogs.  Then I adopted Poppy.  Of course Poppy is a miniature poodle and a bit of a mess anyway so I would hate to judge a whole breed (and three types too) based on her.  Then Grimm came along…well….yeah….  At least he is cute.

Hiking

Saturday was my birthday and one of my favorite things to do is go hiking.  I can’t do nearly as much or as serious hiking as I used to but we managed a pretty good walk along “Goatman’s Bridge” (there is a pretty good ghost story that goes with it).  It was a nice day out, I think we all had a good time.  I know Grimm enjoyed himself though he was a little disappointed I didn’t let him go swimming.  Not going to lie, it was a lot more hiking than I probably should have done and I’m really feeling it now (and probably will be for quite a while) but it was definitely worth it.

After our hike we head to Starbucks for some coffee.  Grimm switched to his vest and changed right to “working mode” (not that he was at all ill behaved on the hike I just didn’t make him walk perfectly next to me the whole time).  He kept his nose to himself, waited politely while we ordered and tucked under the table while we played a couple rounds of rummy and drank our coffee.  Then we decided to check out a thrift store (didn’t find anything, we did have to educate some of the staff on SD etiquette), and finished off the day at Half Price Books.  Grimm was wonderful at HPB, stayed at my feet while I shopped for dog books, and stayed still against me when I sat on the flood (I guess I kind of ran out of energy.  He didn’t even move when people joined us in the aisle.  We may make a full fledged SD out of him yet.