Skoll decided coats are for sissies and greatly protests when I put his on him. I will need to locate a coat he can't squirm out of so easily, for his own good, since it'll only get colder from here.
SNOW!!! We got a few inches that day and a few more today and he is enjoying it greatly. His first reaction to his first American snow (I'm sure he had plenty in Canada) was "ewwww, cold and wet and you expect me to go out THERE?" but then I guess he realized what it was and got very silly and playful. He likes to bury his nose in it and then prance around with a small mound on the tip of his nose.
He still thinks cats are fun to chase but I'm starting to be able to distract him mid-focus and then he leaves my poor (very angry) cat alone. He's also starting to be able to be put off with a hiss from her; I think the last time he ignored her hiss she smacked him a good one. She's continuing to regain her old confidence and is currently sleeping about 3ft from his crate (he either hasn't noticed her or decided against reacting, he's still awake). He's been tucked in for the night for about an hour but seems to prefer remaining awake until I stop making noise on the computer. He hasn't screamed in his crate in several days, any barking (usually at the cat) is easily silenced with a "Quiet!" and he now willingly goes in and out of it so I think he's remembered that he is indeed crate trained. Last night he tucked himself in at around 10:30... was petting him when all of a sudden he got up and flopped in there instead of laying on me.
Stairs he still hesitates sometimes on. For the most part, "upstairs" and "downstairs" as commands are what work best. He'll go up and down the 1st set of steps on his own as well, and if he's expecting food after a walk he'll climb the 2nd set (that's the scary one) as well. He does airplane ears and makes it plain that he still doesn't like that set of stairs, but at least he's not planting his feet and refusing to go up or down anymore. I can't lug a 95# beast considering I'm only a little heavier than he is!
We can also walk by strangers without anchoring and barking! He still will growl or bark if he sees someone in the distance for some reason, but if we have to pass them on the sidewalk or if they're walking the same way we are the most he does is lean over for a sniff. No greeting strangers yet until I figure out why he likes some people and not others. He's much more on guard with strangers at night and that's been mostly when he's barked at dogs/people while out on a walk recently.