Kramer’s Korner

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


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2 Responses to Kramer’s Korner

  1. quiall says:

    It is always fun to read about your antics Kramer. You are wise to keep Bob contented, he is after all the one with the opposable thumbs. Good luck trying to get any treats without him. Oh and congratulations on graduating!


  2. scifihammy says:

    Yay! Congratulations to both you and Bob! 😀
    Well done on competing the obedience course and graduating – it’s a grand Blue Ribbon! – And to Bob for getting a little recognition for all his volunteering and making a difference to the other lost animals. 🙂
    Yes, it must be chilly so close to a frosty ground, so it’s good you get to sport a longer coat. 🙂
    And the Halloween party sounds like great fun. 😀


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