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.
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.
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 likes his post grooming treats. He is a sucker for Starbucks.
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.
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.
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.
Grimm’s working set up is pretty much complete now. I’m pretty happy with how everything has come out. The harness and collar are by Purple Poodles. The pack is a Molle pouch from Amazon. “In Training” button is from Creative Clam. The Poodle key fob is from Hearts Sewn Together. The braided leather leash and training tab were made by a vendor at a local dog show (I absolutely adore them, my favorite leashes by far). I made the leather slip lead to use as a head halter and am very pleased with how it came out. The leash wrap says “Service Dog” on the reverse side. The skull patch and Molle pouch are velcro so I can switch for some of my other patches. I bought this one second hand but I think it is just a mass produced patch available at places like Hot Topic. I still need a pull strap, just haven’t decided what type would be most comfortable. I have a purple and black paracord one that I made but I don’t really like paracord. I’m leaning towards either braided leather like my leash or fleece that would match the harness.