The air is getting brisk, there is a certain magic afoot. What is that…It’s pumpkin time!!!
We loaded up the dogs and the boys and headed out to Pumpkin Palooza. Everyone had a great time checking out pumpkins and even meeting Snoopy. Grimm got to meet some sheep, piglets, and even an Alpaca at the petting zoo. How about that for socialization time.
What is more fun than a day at the fair ground with dogs? Not much that I can think of. Grimm didn’t make this outing alone, his buddies Freyja and Blue got to come along. After all, they call it “Dog Days” and they wanted in on the fun. My youngest son has been putting a lot of work into his dog (that is Freyja the husky x GSD) and I am quite proud of the two of them. She was actually fully trained and well behaved at one time but we sort of let her slip a little in the leash manners and greeting behaviors department so she tends to pull a bit and believes everyone wants bounced. They did pretty well though, he kept her reigned in and she didn’t bounce anyone. Little Blue stole the show enjoying all the small children who flock to her. She just enjoys cruising around and snagging treats from the booths. Grimm got to meet many poodles of all sizes and had a grand time in the puppy pools. Maybe next year he can compete in the dance off or singing competitions? Well, maybe not. Freyja was sad we didn’t stay for the “dog singing” we’re pretty sure she can win that one.
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.
The rain is gone, the weather is nice again, hubby mowed. You know what that means, puppy play time in the yard. All 4 of the beasties accompanied me into the yard for some frolic time. I know, you are all jealous of my magnificent service dog in training and my fluffy beasts. Poppy thinks she is a goat.