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.
What better way to celebrate, and get some training in, than at a local Mardi Gras parade and carnival? Terror’s Roller Derby Team participated in the parade again this year. I was definitely not able to skate or walk the parade but Yarrow and helped out at the booth handing out flyers and talking about Derby.
Yarrow mostly laid on her mat like a good girl while we watched the booth. We had a couple of snaffoos. There was a gentleman who would not take “no” for a answer when asking about petting (the public really needs to learn about service dog etiquette) and she had some puppy moments with a team mates dog who looks a lot like Freyja, but hey, she is still a puppy. It was a very active and stimulating environment for her so there was a lot to take in. Walking around, or should I say rolling around, was a little intense for her. A little boy rushed us with his light saber and glow sticks and that was a little much for both of us (nearly made me jump out of the chair). She decided blocking the chair so I couldn’t go was the best move LOL. But we got a lot of compliments on her behavior. A Police Officer stopped me to tell me what a wonderful dog she is, he just couldn’t stop saying how great of a partner I have. Made me really happy. We watched Tim in a Crawfish eating contest. Yarrow was a little put out he didn’t share with her (and he totally could have, he didn’t even win… poor puppy). I got to eat a crawfish stuffed baked potato which was excellent. I also experienced how people treat you in a wheelchair. It is different, very much like you are a child. Still we had a great time. I don’t know what the future holds, either for me, or for Yarrow. But I am hopeful.
Some days I need a little bit of help but the wheelchair is too much, or just inconvenient to use. Enter the rolator. We purchased this primarily for use in places like Scarborough Fair where trying to use the wheelchair would be almost impossible but walking all day without help is almost impossible for me. Poppy thinks I bought it for her of course, she loves rides in the “wheely chair” and now on the rolator seat. I will be working on Yarrow’s heeling next to the rolator.
Well after waiting for 6months my chair finally arrived. Here is my super helper demoing it for me. Custom fitted, made just for me. Yarrow is not at all afraid of it, she actually works very nicely next to it. I am struggling a bit accepting that I need a chair. Some days I can still skate, other days I can barely walk. I know I need to utilize mobility aids to help save my joints on bad days.
We went to the local dog show. It happens twice a year and we try to make it. I got to meet up with a friend and fellow handler who was showing her gorgeous SDiT. Yarrow was not quite ready for the chaos of the dog show yet so she had to stay home this time, maybe by the time the summer show rolls around. I did buy her a pretty collar. I’ve decided this will be her working colors; purple, grey/black, and red. I think it looks stunning on her. She is such a pretty girl and looking so grown up now.