Grim has started to get whiny and vocal when he's tired. He is 'asking' to go to his kennel...which is the only place he feels he can sleep. With several people at home, he's been out of his kennel for longer periods of time, and I forget that he may need a nap. Playing like a maniac in the snow is wearing him out, too.
He gets too 'distracted' to eat some days, so I sit by his bowl to encourage him to eat. If he won't eat, I start to hand feed him his kibble. I did this twice today, and he finally finished nearly the entire bowl. I went to wash the bowl, and he sat right next to me watching. Then I went to fill it for tomorrow, and he was right there. If he comes in from outside and I'm not right there, he will start searching the house for me. When I'm hand feeding him, he'll suddenly stop, look me right in the eye and start nuzzling and licking my face. I tell him "I love you, too, bub!"
I laid down on the floor with him earlier while he was working on his knuckle bone. When it started to get away from him, I moved it back to him and blocked it from getting away from him. When he has an itch but is too busy to scratch it, I will scratch it for him. He likes clean, cold water..so I change the water bowls several times a day. He waits while I'm changing the water, and will take a long drink from both bowls even when he wouldn't touch it before I changed it.
He is absolutely my little prince. He wags his tail while he's eating and drinking. I've had mainly male GSDs, but I've not seen this level of devotion and needing to be right by my side. When the sun goes down, he starts laying in front of the back door. This is the only door we use. He has never growled at me or acted like he was upset if I'm in his food or touching a high value toy. He is perfect in my eyes...which is why I call him my little prince.
I could not have asked for a better shepherd. Sorry if I gush too much over him... but he's just a great pup.