Has it really been a year?


It is hard to believe but it has actually been just over a year since I made the drive to pick Grimm up from his breeder.  His first outing was to Lowe’s and his first “Public Access Outing” was to Home Depot (because they have big animatronics).  Well, Lowe’s was a little late getting their display up this year but we made a trip out to take some pictures.  I can’t even imagine my life without this guy now.

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Art Museum

We had a lovely family trip to Dallas Museum of Art last weekend.  I am lucky to have a very supportive family (and friends, we met up with our best friend and his son).  The weather has been poor but it was actually a pretty good day.  I enjoyed getting to see the art and Grimm did a great job, even rode in an elevator several times.  Tim commented how funny it is that people were more interested in him than the art at the museum.  He ignores it, but it is funny.

 

After the museum we stopped at a Cafe Brazil for lunch.  It was a little different than our normal restaurant, just a little smaller inside.  Grimm likes to take space next to the table instead of under and that isn’t an issue because we typically sit next to a wall.  That wasn’t possible with the layout of this restaurant which I did have to remind him of when he tried to stretch out to rest.  Our waiter had just transferred from the Denton location and already knew us, it was fun seeing a familiar face.  Also a reminder we eat at Cafe Brazil a lot.

Spirit

Everyone who knows me knows my favorite thing is Halloween.  Grimm arrived home last year just in time for the Halloween displays in Lowe’s to be his first training outings.  This year I took him to do pictures with the Lowe’s displays but everything was put up on shelves where we couldn’t interact with them (too bad, maybe more will come in soon) and Home Depot didn’t have their stuff in yet.  I was however excited to find that Spirit had opened early this year.  This gave me a chance to let Grimm experience many large animatronics that he wouldn’t normally get to see, and I just enjoy Spirit.  Grimm was excellent, the animatronics did not throw him off nor was he put off by the masks or weapons.  He is ready for Halloween.

More Grooming

Grooming has become a big part of my life now.  I thought I understood how much work went in to grooming a poodle, but Poppy is much smaller than Grimm and I don’t have to keep her as clean and tidy since she doesn’t do public access work.  Grimm needs bathed every other week.  His face and feet should really be shaved every time he is bathed and I like his body shaved down every 4 weeks or so.  In between his teeth need brushed, his ears need cleaned, and his top knot and tail need combed out.  Grimm of course would like nothing more than to be dirty.  He is adapting to the grooming life but he definitely isn’t a froofy poodle like Poppy.

Grimm’s first trip to a doctor’s office

Our Saturday at the Dog Show was followed by a chaotic Sunday.  We woke up a little late as we were pretty worn out by our big day at the show.  Like most Sundays we had shopping to do, as well as a run to Costco for a few essentials.  Tim woke up feeling off that morning.  He told me his vision wasn’t right, he couldn’t see like he should.  At first we thought it was allergies and he took some Benadryl.

 

I got ready to go and Tim said he thought maybe a Migraine was coming on so he took his Excedrine as well.  At this point he told me he thought all was well.  I rounded up Grimm and my youngest and we headed for Costco.   When we arrived at Costco Tim said he was still feeling odd, not like a Migraine at all.  I took Grimm and my son in to get our necessities and he called his brother.  When I came out he told me he had tingling in his hands and he just didn’t feel right.  So off to Urgent Care we went.  We made it just before they closed.   Grimm behaved perfectly, tucked under my chair the entire time and ignored the staff.  I’m very proud of him.  He took all of the new sights, sounds, and smells in stride.  Was a gentleman when Tim’s brother and SIL came to meet us.

 

At the time the doctor declared the episode an Atypical Migraine, gave him an injection and prescribed some migraine medication.  All tests came back normal.  However since he has had recurrent dizzy spells and Monday (a week later) he had another similar spell.  This time we were at the hospital visiting my mother who was in a car accident.  We rushed him to the ER and wound up spending the night.  The doctor in the ER managed to locate a blood clot in his lower leg (the one that he broke and is still in a boot).  However the clot has not broken apart or shifted, nothing is in his lung or other arteries.  The doctor said a large piece would have to move to take out a “young healthy man like him.”  So we still don’t know exactly what is causing the “episodes”.  All testing they did came back normal, they keep commenting on how healthy he is.  Right now the only options we have are Vasovagel Syncope (which he does have but looks way different than this), Stress induced Seizures (but these keep happening at low stress times which seems odd), or something similar to POTS type syncope (the blood getting caught in his leg because of the boot + blood clot cause syncope episodes).  Hopefully they will clear up when the boot comes off and the clot is cleared.

Dallas Dog Show

July 7th we attended the Dallas Dog Show.  We usually attend on a Friday but this time we had to go on Saturday.  It was much busier than we are used to.   I was not sure how Grimm would do, he accompanied me to the show in December but he is in full adolescent mode now and hasn’t done a lot of work around other dogs in the past few months.  While his focus is not perfect I shouldn’t have given it a second thought, he was perfect.

 

Laying around watching me while I watch the dogs in the ring is BORING.  Poor Grimm.  He alerted a couple of times as Dallas Market Hall is kept cold for the dogs and that causes my Reynauds to flare which he wasn’t pleased about.  We checked out the vendors and I bought him a few new natural chews to try out.  He really enjoyed the Beef Trachea that I let him chew on while we watched Best in Show (sometimes you have to take a little break, even when working).  I also got to buy a new leash from my favorite vendor.  Now I have a nice new 6ft braided leather leash with clips on both ends that I can use as a waist leash or over the shoulder leash as needed.  I love it, it is super soft and pretty.  I got many nice compliments on how pretty he is but also how well behaved he is which feels even better.  He’s growing up to be a great boy.

Protocol for Relaxation

As it is summer and we have to be a little more low key, work brains a bit more.  We decided to work on Dr. Karen Overall’s Relaxation Protocol for a while.  I have used this before with rescue dogs and high energy dogs that struggled to relax.  I thought it would be a nice break for us to work on as long down stays are something I really don’t love teaching and it gives us something else to do during training.  We are a week in and Grimm has gotten the hang of it pretty well.  He is no longer disappointed that we aren’t “doing the exciting things” and lays right down on his mat.  Hoping it will help with long down stays when we are out in places like doctor’s offices in the future.

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Happy First Day of Summer?

Hello Summer!!!  All of the kids are out of school, the pools are open, time for the beach, and vacations….  Wait, my kids are homeschooled and I haven’t left the house willingly in a month.  As anyone in TX can tell you it has been “Summer” for FOREVER and it doesn’t look like it will be improving any time soon.  For those of us with chronic health problems like MCAS and POTS summer is a hard time of the year.  Last week I had to leave the house in the middle of the day 3 days in a row of doctor’s appts and it was AWFUL.  My allergist advised wearing light cotton, a cooling vest, staying hydrated, and staying indoors during the day.  I heard I should go nocturnal until summer is over.  Works for me, unfortunately I think we would keep poor Tim up all night.  I do feel sort of bad as I watch all of the other kids enjoying their summers, swimming, going to the lake, camping.  I can’t handle the sun or the heat and neither can Terror so we don’t go anywhere that isn’t air conditioned for months.

 

Tim is still on crutches.  He got out of the cast last week but he doesn’t start weight bearing until tomorrow and won’t be off of crutches for several more weeks.  The combination of Tim’s broken leg and the oppressive heat changed some of my training plans.  I had intended to start wheelchair training with Grimm but I wanted Tim to help with that so it looks like we may be waiting a while longer, possibly until fall.  I also wanted to start taking Grimm on more of my normal outings.  While I am working on this we are not leaving the house much right now and have to plan to get as much done as possible which makes it a struggle.  I have to purposefully plan to bring one of the kids with me to handle any unexpected issues as Tim cannot push a cart, carry anything, or really do much at all right now.  We are figuring it out and he is doing very well on the outings he is joining me for.  He has had a couple more restaurant trips, and several trips to Costco now.

First Birthday

Well I’m really late posting these.  Grimm’s Birthday is May 2nd.  I wanted to do some nice photos but I was sick that week so just some pictures of him enjoying his birthday present will have to do.  It is hard to believe that this handsome guy is the ball of fluff I brought home.  He has been everything I could have hoped for, and our adventure is just getting started.