Looking Good

Because sometimes he manages to look pretty stunning.  Here is Grimm doing a training outing at Lowe’s.  Notice he is not in any of his gear, just working on a flat collar.  He still managed to heel, navigate around obstacles (and people), follow commands when directed (including holding multiple stays), and perform several tasks, he also retrieved his leash for me when I released him after this picture.  Because he is a good boy.



Some one got another hair cut, I even did his top knot this time (first time using scissors on the top knot and I think I did a good job too).  We decided to do an Advanced Obedience Class, to get some time in working around other dogs, it is something Grimm struggles with as he isn’t as confident with other dogs.  We had a lot of fun together and it really improved his focus during heel work.  But the biggest news of all….Grimm earned his CGC!  He probably could have easily passed it as a puppy but I have a lot of anxiety, particularly around testing, and I didn’t want to just reach out to an evaluator to test.  This really helped MY confidence.  We also made some friends.  So say hello to  The Darkness Spoke CGC.  He looks proud doesn’t he?

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.

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.


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.

Bout Time

Another Saturday, another roller derby bout.  Grimm is used to going to the rink, but I don’t usually expect him to be “on duty” there.  He was a little put out with me when he realized he was in gear and working at the bout on Saturday.  All of the kids were great, they ignored him like they are supposed to, even when sitting right next to him.  He watched closely as “his kids” skated onto the track.  It was very hot, luckily we had water (he stole my water bottle).  Bouts are long but we managed with a nice break for some walking (and potty time) at half time.


After the bout we went out to our favorite post derby eatery, Cafe Brazil.  Grimm is learning to handle restaurants like a champ.  He settled in by the wall and took a nap while we ate and chatted, ignoring the waiter and other diners.  It was much more comfortable in the diner than at the rink.

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.