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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
18-55mm lens
ISO 800 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Hey, everyone! Today I have a review for one of my all time favorite companies: Ruffwear. Ruffwear makes high quality and incredibly durable products for dogs of all sizes. They offer jackets, collars, harnesses, backpacks, toys, beds, bowls and everything in-between. I have several of their products for the dogs, and they are my go to company for harnesses and rough and tumble coats.

Today's review is on their newest harness, the Front Range. It's an easy on, easy off harness for everyday wear. It can be used as either a back clip or front clip, comes in four colors (grey, pink, orange and blue) and five sizes (from a 13" girth to a 42" girth!). It has reflective piping and was quick to dry after the beach on Sunday.
This harness came out a few months ago, and while my review is later than most I took quite a while to test them out on my dogs. As I mentioned, we have quite a few Ruffwear items and they have set a very, very high standard for me, especially their other harness, the WebMaster. I wanted to be certain that this harness would live up to my expectations of Ruffwear, and it more than surpassed them!

First off, the sizing. This has been the first harness that both Nola, Pike and Olivia can wear. I have Ruffwear's other harness, and while the measurements are the same, that one only fits Nola. It hits Pike's erhm, junk in an unfortunate way (although it's admittedly hilarious to walk him walk in it) and Olivia isn't chesty enough yet for it to fit well, even when sized right.
The Front Range doesn't hit anywhere near the belly for Pike, fits better in the chest for Olivia and is adjustable for Nola's deeper chest and thin neck and head. Do you know how impossible it is to find a harness that easily fits three very different dogs? It's amazing!

I'm normally not a fan of front clip harnesses. I don't like the way most pull across the shoulders, and I've never needed to use one. Olivia is way too short and doesn't pull much (she's only 6 months old though), Lincoln is too young and small, Nola doesn't pull and Pike HATES to walk more than a foot in front of me. However, I love the way the Front Range is cut. Doesn't impede shoulder movement and while I was unsure of the front clip at first, given it's reinforced nylon webbing instead of metal, it's very sturdy.

I'm probably not the best to test that feature though, as neither of my dogs that can test it are pullers, but I do like having it for a bit more control if need be!

The ID pouch holder is really cool. My crew wear collars even when I use a harness, but the option is super handy. It's a tight nylon string tucked into a securely Velcroed pouch. Nola and Olivia took turns wearing this harness at the beach, and not even the sand working into the velcro made it open.

It's a bit difficult to adjust, and Pike's longer fur does cling to the inner lining, but other than than I am thrilled with it! 5/5 stars!

You can even pull a Nola and use them as ear muffs.

Dachshund Mommy

Thursday, January 22, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life: Dream

I'm a bit early for this (or not, given how I'm posting every Thursday and this is the 4th one. Either way, I had nothing to post for today!), but here is the 4th photo in the 52 Snapshots of Life challenge.


My dream dog.

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 800 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dachshund Nola Debates: "Exploiting" Our Pets

Hey, everyone! Finally have a debate post for ya. ;)

I picked today's topic due to a Facebook conversation a couple of weeks ago. One of my good friends, Lauren from ZoePhee, got an interesting discussion going on about exploiting our pets. I believe the adorable Grumpy Cat was the main point of conversation, but pet bloggers were also brought up. I feel pretty strongly about this, and pretty baffled at the same time, so let's get to it! As always, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below and refer to our debate photo!

First off, let's see what the actual definition of exploit is (verb form, according to my MacBook):

we should exploit this new technology: utilizeharnessusemake use ofturn/put to good usemake the most ofcapitalize onbenefit frominformal cash in on.exploiting the workerstake advantage ofabuseimpose ontreat unfairlymisuseill-treatinformal walk (all) overtake for a riderip off.

With that in mind, let's begin.

As I mentioned above, the infamous Grumpy Cat was the spark of the original Facebook debate. People are, apparently, up in arms that Grumpy Cat is "unhappy", "stressed", "tired", "sad" ect, over her fame and would rather be at home. If you can slog through it, this excuse for an article goes into more detail of just how horrid Grumpy Cat's life is. Reading a few different ones of a similar vein and some comments on varying sites, people have a similar hate for bloggers.
On the other hand, you have people who are enraged that someone is making money off their beloved pet probably because they wish they'd've thought of it first. The fact that the animal is well cared for means nothing. Clearly, they are the devil incarnate and should be burned at the stake.

This was too perfect not to use. #SorryNotSorry

I could barely type that bullshit out. A lot of people are genuinely upset about it. Like, a lot of people.   Our government is using Orwell's 1984 as a how-to guide, I can't open Facebook without seeing dozens of police brutality reports, people are jobless and starving and homeless, we're at war, we're in debt, children, animals and the elderly are being abused every single second....and you're upset that someone is making money off their well cared for pet, and that the pet might not have chosen that life.




You have no idea how much fun I had perusing Pinterest for these delightful images.

That aside...if you can even push something like that's a few things people seem to miss:

- You are not the animal's owner. You don't know them, and therefore aren't one to say if the animal is unhappy. Perhaps she really has been unhappy a few times, but so what? That's life. Pike completely shuts down at the vet. He's terrified. Should I stop taking him just because it's something he doesn't like?
Okay, that might not be the fairest analogy. I'm sure someone is thinking "well, one is necessary and the other is not!", and fair point. Here's another for you: Pike isn't a big fan of car rides, but he LOVES the beach. Should I stop taking him because of the 20 minute car ride, when he enjoys the 2-4 hours we're there? I can't make my dogs' lives sunshine and roses 24/7, as much as I'd like to. We live in a real world, and it's not always perfect.

- The cat is well cared for and loved. What else really matters?

- Pets aren't people. They don't think like people, act like people, or feel in the same regard people do (thank god for that!).

- What, exactly, is wrong with making money off your pet?

- It's not your animal!

Since starting this blog nearly 4 years ago, I've made a surprising (to me, at least) amount of money, both in products and monetary compensation. If I had to put a number on it, I'd say it's in the $4,000 range. Since this blog is about my dog (and now dogs), and I wouldn't have made a dime without Miss Nola, Nola has brought in all that money. While I didn't set out to make money off the blog,  and I'm certainly not getting rich on it, I won't lie and say I don't find it an enjoyable perk, and will happily keep making money off my dogs in the future.

Think about it. You follow my blog on a regular basis, and you see my dogs are extremely well cared for. They're happy, in perfect health, and want for nothing. They receive the best food I can afford, the best vet care, individual training, consistent exercise and unlimited love and affection. I take their photos and video, which they all love (though none quite like Nola), and I put them online. Not a single thing with them would change if I wasn't blogging.

I see no reason to be upset over an animal "earning its keep", if you will. If they're well cared for and loved, who cares?

This wasn't my most cohesively written debate post, but I'm exhausted with a splitting headache and literally slapped this together last minute. I'm off to bed (it's Monday night as I write this)!

Dachshund Mommy

Monday, January 19, 2015

Girls' Beach Day

This was Olivia's first trip to the beach, and for being on the cusp of entering a fear phase, she did wonderful! I've said it before and I'll say it again: having a well trained adult dog to show a puppy the ropes is amazing. Liv took so many cues from how Nola acted, and by the end of the walk (around 2-2.5 miles) she was perfect.

Not too many decent pictures this time. The snowbirds were down and being their usual obnoxious selves, and consequently the beach was full of trash. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they're here. Working in the vacation industry tends to make you appreciate them! However, for the most part they're assholes who litter the beach worse than the college spring breakers. This isn't your home. Treat our beaches with respect, and it wouldn't kill you to say excuse me or thank you. Fuckers.

I also had a major case of hanger (when you get extremely, homicidally angry due to being hungry. It's a real thing.).

"I'd like to pose here."


"Like a boss."

"She keeps treats right here!!"

The snowbirds were behind us. That water is funky due to the rain we've had.

Didn't stop Nola from explore it though.


Such good girls.

Liv even follows Nola's automatic stop and sit when I stop.

"You have got to buy this dog a striping knife."

"I see the snowbirds. Can I chase them like I chase the sea birds?"

The girls as so different. While the She Devil was off exploring the shells and water, chasing the birds and occasionally checking in.....

Livvy just wanted snuggles.

"Kiss ass."

What's this?! Nola fetching?!

Haha, no.

These next couple pictures illustrate what I was talking about with Nola teaching Olivia. They were in the middle of a heated game of chase;

I called them back, and Nola immediately turns and comes at me. Olivia was slowly to process this and kept going for a few steps.

Until she realized Nola wasn't in the game anymore and it was time to be serious.

Another fetching fake-out.

The end!