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.
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.
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.
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.