Hello again to all my friends and readers. Well, it is over. Finally. Yup, I’m talking about obedience school. Last week, Freddie and I took our final exam and we both passed with flying colors. That’s me and Freddie at the graduation ceremony, showing off one of our moves , and of course, our blue ribbons.. I think Bob was a little surprised because there are a couple of commands I would rather not do unless there is a mega treat to be had, but I did them during the exam. That’s all that counts. I think Freddie’s mom is going to take him to an advanced course with the possibility of him getting a service dog certification. I, on the other hand, will satisfy myself with my undergraduate degree and retire from academia. Bob and I are at a point that if neither one of us gets any smarter, we’re OK with that. We plan to concentrate on comfort and companionship.
I must add however, that while Bob didn’t get anything to show for his involvement in my training, he did get something else. I know, although he didn’t mention it, that he was feeling a little left out when all he got was the bill and, well, of course, me. So I was surprised and pleased when he came home from his shift at the kennel and he told me that he had been selected volunteer of the month. I secretly wondered if they had run out of volunteers or if he was the only one left that hadn’t been so recognized, but, not to tread on his integrity, I chose to remain silent. Actually, they said it was because of his enthusiasm and positive attitude while supporting the cause, and I guess I can’t argue with that. So, I am happy for him, even if he didn’t get a blue ribbon.
It looks like I am going to be headed to the groomers again, probably while you are reading this. Bob moved my appointments from 6 weeks to 8 weeks. I have to admit, I am getting a little frizzy around the edges, but with winter coming, Bob said letting it grow is cheaper then buying me a coat. Just kidding. I have a nice coat. It’s just that Bob has never been able to quite figure out how it should fit. He seems to have a little problem with Velcro , plus, I guess I’m supposed to stand still. The last time he tried, I walked funny for two days. Gotta do something though. A couple of our morning walks have been a little frosty, especially when you are this close to the ground.
Halloween night Bob and I went to a small party. There were about 8 of us including a young lady celebrating her twelfth birthday. We had it outside around a fire pit as it was kind of cold. The birthday girl and her little sister as well as their mom and dad dressed up for the occasion. Their dad hung a sheet over the garage doors and showed Halloween movies. They also had a trampoline with balloons that the kids could break jumping up and down. We didn’t see any witches or ghosts, but Bob said I was scary enough. Mr. Comedian. Living with him isn’t a piece of cake (now he has me saying it) either you know. My favorite part however was when I again got to see Bella, the Shiatsu. She was as beautiful as I remembered her, especially in her sweater with a big pumpkin on the back. I also was wearing my best harness with my name on it, which, before the evening was over, I had managed to wiggle halfway out of before Bob caught me. Later he wrapped me in a blanket and held me on his lap for a while. I had a great time and slept in the car on the way home.
Well, I guess that is going to do it for now. Wishing you all a belated Happy Halloween. To all my friends and readers, this is Kramer saying “keep a smile on your face and a treat in your pocket”. And good luck to all my pals still waiting for forever homes. It will happen.
Til next time, this is your favorite Pekinese