Winter Dog Show 2017

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.

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Here we Come a Wassailing

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.

Happy Thanksgiving

This year for Thanksgiving Grimm enjoyed himself watching the dog show.  Then of course we had to do some Black Friday shopping.  I bought him a couple of little boy’s shirts at the thrift store to help him stay warm as it is getting colder.  He is feeling pretty stylish now.  He particularly seems to like the vest, but I think I may need to take it in at the sides a little (but who knows he is growing so fast).  Then we took a huge step forward in training, we went shopping at Michael’s and CCA.  These are not pet friendly shops so Grimm put on his big boy vest and his best poodle behavior.  I won’t say he was perfect, he wasn’t, but he was very very good.  It was still very busy at Michael’s though we avoided the worst of the sale times (we didn’t go Thursday evening or anything).  We were nearly stepped on several times but we handled it.  CCA was pretty distracting with all of the strange smells (it is another thrift shop), but he did just as he was told and stayed close even with kids shouting “puppy” at him.  Look who is being a mature boy.  Well, until next time anyway.

It’s beginning to look like Christmas

Well it may not be Thanksgiving yet but in Lowe’s it is beginning to look at lot like Christmas.  Grimm and I checked out the Christmas trees, inflatable decorations, a light show that made sounds like fireworks, and this giant “Joy” light display.  We also did some more work on tasking out of the house (ignore the goofy face he makes, Tim was talking to us).  He is getting so good at his outings.  He is in need of another grooming though.

Happy Halloween

Why yes, Grimm did get all dressed up for Halloween.  Why not? He is the bestest poodle boy.  Halloween happened to fall on a Tuesday which means Grimm is 25weeks old in these pictures, getting big Grimm Beast.  While he did not get to go Trick or Treating (awww…no treats for Grimm) he had a great time greeting all of the kids who came to our door.  The masks and costumes didn’t bother him at all.  How soon can we have Halloween again?

Starbucks anyone?

The weather is getting cooler, houses are decorated, haunted houses are open.  Did I mention it is Pumpkin Spice Latte Season (if you don’t like PSL that is fine, I happen to love it and don’t want to hear how bad it is for me)?  It is still pretty warm here in TX, not that shocking to those of us who have lived here for years.  However it is cool enough to make it nice enough to sit outside on the patio at Starbucks, which means it is time to start practicing Grimm’s under table settle.  Someday he will use these skills at restaurants, but for now he can’t stay still long enough for a full meal.