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.


Science Puppy

Headed outside for a science project with the boys.  Grimm decided to tag along and help out.  Science is a lot of fun.

We also took a trip to Petsmart.  This was Grimm’s first time at a Pet store.  He has completed his puppy shots (still need to finish canine influenza) so I felt it was safe to make the trip.  Pet stores are pretty chaotic, particularly Petsmart being so large and having a boarding facility, groomer, and training classes inside.  Overall Grimm did great.  Lots of small dogs barking at him, he did some excited whining but nothing big.  He was a little distracted but overall he walked nicely and was able to refocus.  He showed no interest in the small animals in the cages, perhaps because they are in cages.  According to the scale he is now 30.2lbs, we’ll see if the scale at the vet’s office agrees.


Since he was such a good boy we picked up a new toy (a fuzzy candy corn, think we’ll get the matching pumpkin next time) and some new training treats.  We decided to give Pet Botanics Minis in Bacon flavor a try.  I like small treats, easier for me than having to break things up.

First Grooming

Well, after a week of settling in Grimm got his first official poodle groom.  Would you look at that, he has a face.  He looked like a mud monster for a while there.  This is just the first of many grooms in little man’s future.  Can’t say he loved it but I think he will live.  He also had a trip to the vet for another round of shots (he is now almost finished with shots and his rabies is done).  He weighs in at 20lbs at 14weeks.  We’ll see how he grows.

A dark puppy arrives

After a great deal of thought, and contacting many breeders, I decided that best decision for now as to go with a well bred Standard Poodle puppy.  Grimm joined our home at 13weeks old on August 5th (his birthday is May 2nd 2017).  He has settled in well, even Poppy tolerates him pretty well.  His father is 80lbs, but he may never be large enough to do mobility work for me.  I am fine with that as he is smart and has a wonderful temperament which means he should be great for all of the other tasks I need.  Right now, after everything, I need steady.  Grimm is steady.

Puppy Progress

Whew, been so busy sort of forgot about updating.  So it has been a month and we are all adjusting.  Moppet is very different than my last few puppies.  A dog who actually wants to please people, crazy.  She is energetic, and demanding, but biddable.  We struggle a bit with settling into a routine.  She sure does love to fetch.


I miss Yarrow like part of me.  Can’t wait for her to be home.   We go to Comic-palooza in Mid-May for another Derby Bout (because it is all about Derby here).  The girls are going to stay at K9AI for the weekend and we should be picking Yarrow up then.  Sounds like she will be ready, and her two months will be officially up.  Not sure if Mops will be coming back with us or not.  I am sure she will be assessed while she is there, and I have a couple of concerns we need to discuss as far as her future is concerned.  We’ll see.  Until then we will just keep working on basics and socialization.


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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.

Thanksgiving Day


Every year on Thanksgiving we watch the dog show together.  I don’t know that the dogs really care but I enjoy it.  This year my Mother In Law gave me this neat mug.  So I enjoyed my coffee while watching the dog show.  Now I always have an extra spoon.  After the show I finished up Thanksgiving dinner and then we did some shopping.  I hope that Yarrow will be ready for our outings by this time next year.

Big Dog

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What is that I see?  Yarrow fits in the big dog harness!!!  This is a huge deal for both of us.  This harness belonged to my first SDiT (I had to give him up because I broke out in a horrible rash if he touched me, I am now being tested for MCAD).  Not only does this harness have sentimental value, it shows just how large she has gotten.  My biggest concern with Yarrow was height.  I’ve been afraid she would stay short and stocky and never be tall enough for mobility.  However when she stands by my side I can take hold of both handles on this harness.  Obviously she is far too young for actual mobility work, but she is now officially tall enough and heavy enough for light mobility (I have lost a lot of weight because of my health issues).

Yarrow was very excited to wear the new harness.  We worked on some placement skills and a little leading, she pulled my son a little using the momentum handle (not hard, just learning the lead command) and we did some work on waiting at the front door in harness.  So much work for the puppy.  Such a happy face.


Playtime is equally as important as training to a young and growing dog.  Yarrow loves running and playing with her sister Freyja.  Now that the weather is getting cooler (high 80’s and 90’s instead of 100) it is far nicer for running in the yard.  I finally admitted to myself that my children had outgrown their swing set 😦  We sold it to a very nice family for their small children.  Not for much, but every little bit helps when you have sky high medical bills.  I put it into the collection for Yarrow’s board and train (hoping she can go in January around her first birthday).  She will be going to stay with a friend who runs a wonderful program.  Anyway, the yard seems much larger now, though I did keep the jungle gym.  Climbing is fun for everyone.

Another trip to Petsmart

We took another short trip to Petsmart for a weigh in and to continue exposure to people and other animals.  Yarrow did even better this time than she has in the past with ignoring other dogs and people.  Though she is definitely entering adolescence and having some issues with distraction, bouncing, and just general foolishness when we are out (I know I have not spent nearly enough time training her lately either) she did really well for being in a petshop.  Scale says 52.4, so she is still growing though she has slowed a little.  I am feeling pretty good about her making weight.  She also seems to have put on about an inch in the last week, she looks suddenly tall standing next to Freyja.

While we were out we decided to try an outing in vest.  We went to Lowe’s so it would be low pressure.  We weren’t really shopping for anything, just looking at Halloween decorations and bathroom fixtures to finally fix the boys’ bathroom.  It did take a little while to get Yarrow calmed down enough to walk across the parking lot without pulling.  She was still very excited from the petshop (next time we will do our “formal” outing on a different day from petshop trip, LOL).  However she did very well once we were inside.  She is very serious in her vest.  She had no fear walking beside the cart, or next to the Halloween decorations.  She walked up to the life sized witch and gave it a sniff (gave her a little leeway on that as it was a display model in a garden store) and looked up at all of the inflatables when I pointed to them but seemed completely disinterested.  No sign of fear.

We checked out shower stalls, new vanities, and tile.  Then took a walk through the cement section with no concern on Yarrow’s part.  I was feeling pretty worn out so we headed back to the car.  I do think we found the bathroom fixtures we wanted.  Yarrow was far better than I expected.  Laid at my feet when we stopped, ignored people who pointed at her, and walked next to me politely most of the time (good for a dog who hasn’t had nearly enough heel work on leash out of the house).  I am hoping to do more work in Lowe’s and maybe Half Price Books in the next few weeks.