After living with us for over a year, his royal highness Rupert has deemed me worthy, and bestowed upon me the honour of being allowed to groom him without restraining him with a halter and leadrope. This is progress indeed! While he was nibbling treats (okay, he was bribed a bit), he let me work on his coat with the shedding blade for as long as I pleased. I'm sure it had to do with how itchy his coat is now that he's finally shedding profusely, but it was nice not being snubbed for a change.
The camera angle, btw, is extremely flattering...Rupert isn't nearly as slim and trim as he looks here!