Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Training Goals for February Update

     Hi, all! I'm doing great in my training goals! Figured I'd show you some of my training when it was "in progress", so you can get the full effect when I show you my finished videos next Monday. Here you go:

                                                        Back Up:
                                                       If you can't see the video, view it here


                                        Stop!:
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrKU2yS12Gs

                                  Pick it up/hold it
                                       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgRhwsueD-c


      Mom kind of shoved pick it up/hold it on the back burner for most of the month, and we're scrambling to get it down before I show y'all on Monday! In the video you're mostly seeing the pick it up aspect of it, as Mom's teaching pick it up and hold it as separate behaviors at first.

     Now I need your ideas! I need 1 more cue to learn for March's challenge, and I want some feedback. What I will be doing:
Cover your eyes/shame!
Balance on a yoga ball
Take a bow
Fading out the yogurt lid on my shut a door trick

The cues I already know:
sit
down
stay
come
up
off
leave it
over
high five
fist bump
shake hands
spin (counterclockwise)
let's go (basically a loose heel on either side)
bang
move your ass
bedtime (go under the covers)
which hand?
go find!
where's your ball?
touch (both hand and an object)
give kisses
look here/focus

     Only requirement is no sit pretty/beg type tricks, as they're very stressful on Dachshund backs.

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Monday, February 25, 2013

More New Additions!

     Hi, all! So on Friday Mom showed you this picture:
 And said I'd show you what new animal we're bottle feeding in today's post. So here goes!


You wanna know? (insert girly squeal at my epic cuteness)

     
        TWIN GOAT BABIES!!!! They're 8 day old (they were 5 days when we got them) LaMancha x Boer doelings (girl babies) named Violet (black and white) and Vinca (white and cream).
They're very sweet, and follow the peeps around when they're in the goat pen. They eat about 5-6 bottles of milk a day, each.

     Since we will hopefully sell Tulip and her twins today, we got these two girls to add to Daisy and any girl babies Daisy might have. Aren't they precious!

     And since this blog is called Dachshund Nola and not Animal Hoarders: Goat Edition, here's a picture of beautiful ME to brighten your day.

One of my nicknames is "Buggy Buggy Big Ears". I'm not sure why. 


Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Violet

Daisy meets the twins 

We (R to L: me, Auggie, Boston, Phoenix) meet Vinca. 

Vinca



Vinca again

Violet 

Violet 
Then 5 day old Vinca next to 2 week old Clover
"What is this strange creature that has invaded my inner sanctum, and stolen my paparazzi?" 

"Yeah, that's right Mom. Feel bad when you see this face, that's right. Look into my big, sad brown eyes, there you go....."

Success!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Charlotte Saturday



Stop by the Dachsies With Moxie to join the raffle to help pay for their new sibling's adoption! Read about it here

Friday, February 22, 2013

February Photo Challenge: Week 3

     Hi, all! Dachshund Mommy here with week 3 of the February Photo A Day Challenge, and I'll be answering a few questions.

     Y'all asked a few questions about our little farm on yesterday's post, so here's the answer!

"Your neighbors are very tolerant! Does it get noisy?"
     Since the goat pen (all pens, actually) are kept very clean, there's no issue with smell. Our goats are also of a breed that is very quiet, so there's no issue with noise, either. Heck, the Doxie Mafia is louder than the goats. :D

(about the twins and mama goat)
"Weren't you going to keep one of the twins?"
     We were, but the girl twin's (the only one we were interested in keeping) personality is utterly horrendous. Just like her mother's. And since the boy is a "nutter", obviously, he's useless to us. ;)

"What do you do with all those eggs everyday?"
     We cook and bake a lot, so we use eggs there. We eat lots of scrambled eggs/egg sandwiches ect, and of course the dogs get eggs a lot. (Nola's become quite good about opening the eggs). We're also going to start selling eggs at the local farmer's market once it opens.

     Hope that cleared some stuff up! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask! I love answering y'all.

     On the the photos! Which of these is your favorite, and why?

Hugs,
Dachshund Mommy

Day 15: Inside your fridge
It's actually more like 8-10 dozen....

Day 16: Perfect
This beautiful little rose survived the torrential rain storm we had.

Day 17: In your hand
Nola's clicker
Day 18: Something you don't like
I hate our neighbor. With a passion. 

Day 19: I am...
Sarcastic
Neurotic
Worried
Smart
Funny
Passionate
A smart ass
Sweet
Blunt
Kind
Random
Stubborn
Loud
Bossy
Strong
Quick
Determined
Sensitive
Loving


Day 20: Where you stood
No, Nola's not nearly as tall as this pic makes it look (her head is about mid shin on me, and I'm 5' 7"). She's sitting in front of me a bit, which gives an odd angle.
Excuse the bad focus; I used a self timer and auto focus, all while wrangling a Doxie who was expecting training, not a photo shoot.
I do like that this picture shows the focus Nola has on me. 


Day 21: Full
Check back on Monday to see what fun little babies we're bottle feeding (no, it's not a dog!)!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Another Farm Tour

     Hi, all! I had nothing new to post about, so I figured I'd give y'all another tour of the little farm.
A couple weeks ago we got 6 chicks, so that makes:
1 ME
3 Minions
2 cats
1 cockatiel
7 pheasants
3 peafowl
18 chickens
2 ducks
4 goats (three of which we will be selling)

    Crazy!

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nol
Male pheasant (left) and Raja

Eggs!




We get anywhere from 8 to 14 eggs a day. 

The twins will be 2 weeks old on Saturday!

The pain in the ass ducks

Our purty rose

Female pheasant. One of them escaped the day before yesterday, and we caught her last night. 

Dachshund Mommy: Of course, Nola is incredibly well behaved around the fowl. Around the goats (you know, the animals that could easily kill her), she's a barking menace. True to the Doxie standard; "brave to the point of brash".

The goat's house

Goat pen

Chicken nuggets  baby chicks

Daisy likes Mom's camera strap. 



Daisy meets a chick

Ducks again



"Damn goat is a bigger camera hog that I am" And yes, that's my spine you can see. No, I'm not underweight. ;)

"The girls"



Freaky, isn't she? Her name is RedNeck 

What we frequently go out and see

ME with a peahen 

Yup, tomatoes in February.