Friday, August 30, 2013

Still no Internet

LHey y'all! Dachshund Mommy here today. We still have no Internet!

Thank you all for the wonderful advice on possibly doing therapy work with Nola! I've been emailing back and forth with on of the nursing homes in our city, and I'm going to call them tomorrow to try and work out a time to take Nola to visit. An aptitude test, if you will. If it works out, this will be Nola's first experience with something like this, so I'm interested in gauging her response to the challenge. 

EDIT: Nola goes in next week to see the residents! 

Therapy work is something I really want to do with Miss Nola. I think it would be such a rewarding experience for the both of us. 

Now to totally get ahead of myself, there seems to be two major therapy dog organizations, TDI (Therapy Dogs International) and Delta/Pet Partners. I've read conflicting info on the two. Which do you prefer, and why? From what I've seen, Delta requires retesting every 2 years and can be a more difficult test. Delta is also what our local therapy dog group is under. With TDI, your dog gets their therapy dog status as a title, much like the CGC. Admittedly. I really like that about them. 
So, your thoughts please!

Hugs,
Dachshund Mommy

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

F-Ing Mediacom and Considering Therapy Work

Hey, y'all! Today was suppose to be a review day, but since our POS Internet isn't working I can't do as planned since I'm stuck with the iPhone's 3G.

Mom's been seriously considering getting me tested to be a therapy dog. I'll turn it over to her now. 

Thanks, Boo. I am really, really interested in Nola becoming a therapy dog. Now that she's almost 3, she's finally fully mature and has calmed down (very slightly :p) a bit. She's turned into an incredible little girl, not that I'm biased or anything. 
I know a few of you have or had therapy dogs, and I need your advice and opinions. I don't know much about the ins and outs of therapy work, so any good sites or info would be great. Just what kinds of therapy work are there? I think Nola would do best in a nursing home setting, but I want to explore all my options. If y'all think she'd excel in a certain situation (roughly of course since you don't know her in real life), do share! Also, which organization is best?

In my total novice opinion, here's what I think Nola has going for her:

* She's well trained and listens pretty perfectly

* She has her Canine Good Citizen

* She has a solid temperament 

* She's friendly without being in your face and obnoxious 

* She's a good size (11lbs) to sit on people's laps

* She's used to and comfortable with rough handling 

* She enjoys having a job

* She thrives when she can work as a team with me

* She's very in-tune with moods and emotions, and when someone's feeling down she's calm, gentle and a great comfort

* She's a "people dog" as opposed to a "dog dog". Meaning she prefers people to other dogs. 

* She's not shy

* She works well with distractions

* She's healthy, UTD with her rabies, had her initial core vaccines, is heartworm and parasite free. 

What I think works against her:

* She is very, very handler focused. Very handler focused. 

* She doesn't really like other dogs. She's not aggressive, but she doesn't want anything to do with them and is scared of golden retriever sized dogs due to being charged several times. 


Lets hear your thoughts! Be honest. ;)

Dachshund Nola and Dachshund Mommy



Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Favorite Photo and I Love Good Customer Service

     Hi, everybody! A few days ago Mom did a mini photo shoot of yours truly, and she now has a new favorite pic of me:

     Sigh...some much gawjussness in such a itty bitty body. Sigh. Gawjuss.


     I love good customer service. To me, the service makes the business. I don't care how awesome your product is; if your service sucks I'm not going to support you.
A few weeks ago Mom ordered me a collar from Hilltop Leather Shop, one of our very favorite places for collars. I already had a collar and leash from them (go here to read the review I did on them), but since Mom's a collar whore with no self-control I needed another a new leather collar we wanted to buy from Hilltop.
The collar arrived, absolutely beautiful (I'm wearing it in the above photo and the header). It has my name engraved on it in a fancy script-y font. I wore the collar for about 2 weeks straight, and the engraving color started to come off. My older collar from them is still in perfect condition after months of hard wear, so Mom was a bit upset this collar was having (totally cosmetic, but still) issues. We sent an email to Hilltop letting them know about the issue and we sent photos, and just 10 hours later we heard back from them. They apologized profusely, and are going to replace the nameplate for free, and even cover the return shipping costs. How awesome is that?!
So if you need a new collar or leash, check out Hilltop Leather Shop! You can't beat the quality, prices and awesome customer service.
Purple is the new one, blue is old.

Old one.

New one.

Random naked and fit weenie!


Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

(This is not a review/advertisement/ect. HLS doesn't even know I'm writing this, and we purchased the collar with our own green papers. We were not at all compensated for this.)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Nola the Bunny

     Hey, y'all! Yesterday I went to see my Grandpa (Mom's bio dad), and I got to go for a little adventure. Grandpa lives in the country and has 20ish acres, most of which is woods and a giant field. This time of year, the field is full of peanuts! I got to run though it, dig some up and snacked on them.
The plants are almost knee high on Mom, and that means they're way over my head. I didn't let that slow me down! When plants are too tall for me, I bunny hop to see over them. This is me at the peanut field:

     It'd be a nice place to let me off leash, but there's a German Shepherd dog that belongs to Grandpa's neighbors that isn't contained, and Mom didn't want me off leash were she couldn't grab me fast if need be.

      Here are a few iPhone pictures; Mom left the Nikon in the car since she had to pick me (very muddy) up to lift me over a barbed wire fence and couldn't juggle the camera too.

The white thing on my harness is a Bounce dryer sheet. Rub it on you and tie it to you or shove it in a pocket, and it helps keep mosquitos away.



I have no clue why the phone took the picture like this. Bizarre. 



Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

August Photo Challenge: Week 3

     Hey, y'all! It's week 3 of the August Photo a Day Challenge. Remember several posts back where I posted some collar pictures and asked for you help with picking one (key word: one) for Nola's birthday? Well, I made my choice. I picked:
This one, in black leather, silver hardware and aqua stones
     And the matching leash to the above. Oops. And this one:
In black leather, silver hardware, purple stones. Every girl needs some bling, right? (at least, that's how I justified getting an extra collar)

     These collars are not cheap (like, at all), but I've heard such raving reviews that I had to get one (or in this case, two and a leash). I'm pretty happy though; the company takes barter and they took my iPod Nano I no longer use in exchange for $100 worth of products. I purchased $200 worth of stuff for just under $90. Pretty good!
Yeah, some people think it's ridiculous to spend that much on dog gear. But I don't care; I have a high profile dog (LOL!) and she deserves it. :D


     Which of these pictures is your favorite?

Hugs,
Dachshund Mommy
Day 15: The best
These tiny little oranges are some the tartest, most delicious citrus I've had. And they're in our backyard!

Day 16: Cooking
Day 17: Exercise 
Day 18: Someone you spoke to today

Day 19: Lost
The character was lost on this page.

Day 20: Stars

Day 21: Slow




Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review Day

     Hey, y'all! It's review day again, but before I get to that I wanted to address a comment from Tuesday's post. It was from Emma the GBGV, and she mentioned that she didn't realize I'm so small. It's true, I look bigger in pictures than I really am. I'm 11lbs, and just under 10" tall at the withers (shoulders). Here are some pictures that show my real size:


Mom's 5' 7", to give you an idea of my height.



   Now onto the review! First up is a collar from Hounds 2 Designs, a company that makes beautiful collars (both martingale and quick release), leashes and the popular Freedom No-Pull harness. Here's a little about them:


Raise your hand if you are a collar addict....Yeah? Me too.
Alisha and 3 Hounds (taken 2006)My 2 Hounds Design adventure began in 2003 when I needed an outlet for my creative energy and wanted to find that special martingale dog collar for my two retired racing Greyhounds. What started out as a way to create something special for my own hounds turned into my passion and I am lucky to be living my dream, and doing what I love.
My educational background is in Physics (B.S., and M.S.) and Mathematics (B.A.). The research skills I learned in school and in my short career as a Project Manager combined with my creative side is what fuels me.
What started as a one-woman show has turned into a team effort. I have hand selected my team of employees so that each person has different strengths that help make 2HD who we are today. I am lucky to live in what used to be a textile Mecca, where a large part of the world's furniture was once sewn. Many of those jobs have gone overseas, so it really means a lot to me to be able to help employ some of the people who have lost their jobs.
My team and I have worked long and hard to perfect the art of collar making. We only use premium hardware, first quality fabrics, and all of our collars are available lined with a super soft cuddle satin lining. We spend a great deal of time searching and establishing relationships with fabric and ribbon dealers all over the world. From Hand loomed Laotian Silk to French Jacquard Ribbon to Asian Silk Brocades, and even Scalamandre Silks, I choose each fabric or ribbon myself to create a stunning selection of dog collars!
And the best part? I am able to give more and do more for the canine community than I ever could if I worked a 9-5 job. We often donate products for fundraisers, we have hosted several programs in which a percentage of profits from a particular collar collection were given to groups, and we love hosting auctions to help raise money for adoption groups. In the almost 10 years that we have been in business, we have helped raise more than $500,000 for adoption groups all over the world.



      I picked the pretty teal cherry blossom collar to test out, in quick release style. The material of the collar makes it a bad idea for every day use, but is beautiful for outings or special occasions. My neck is just under 11", so Hounds 2 Designs made me a collar just for my size (goes from 7-12").
Their collars come in these sizes: XS (7-11"), S (10-14"), M (14-18"), L (16-20"), XL (20-26"), XXL (26-32") and they make custom sizes if you're bigger or smaller than that. They also come in four styles (martingale, quick release martingale, quick release and tag collar), 3 widths (1", 1.5" and 2") and two hardware choices (brass or silver).





PROS:
Pretty
Lots of choices
Durable from the use I gave it
Lots of sizes
Good customer service
Well made
Made in USA
Company is very involved in rescue

CONS:
A bit expensive
I wish the D ring on the smaller sized collars wasn't so thick. It wouldn't fit my Rubit tag clip; in fact Mom broke one of them trying to get it on!

     4/5 stars.

     Up next is a review of Himalayan Dog Chews, both their chewy and their Yaky Nuggets. Here's a bit about them:

Himalayan Dog Chew comes from an ancient recipe of the people of the Himalayas. In the mountains at more than 15,000 feet, it is made using traditional methods with Yak and Cow Milk, and all natural products with no chemicals or preservatives.   

The idea of Himalayan Dog Chew began in 2005 when two friends - Suman and Nishes - discovered that a popular mountain treat was loved by their dogs. One day, Nishes invited Suman to his house for dinner he spotted Nishes’s dog chewing on Himalayan hard cheese that are chewed by the people of the Himalayas for centuries. Out of curiosity, the founders tried the cheese on more dogs of their friends and families. The result encouraged the founders to do extensive research about the cheese for canine purpose for four years.   On Sunday, September 2nd of 2007, Himalayan’s first product – the Himalayan Dog Chew – was sold in a small dog show Fair in Bellingham, Washington. 
After producing Himalayan Dog Chew at Nishes’s kitchen for three months, the operation was moved to Seattle under Sujan K Shrestha’s leadership in January 2008.   Under guidance and support from Mr. Ram Bahadur Shrestha, Himalayan Corporation was then founded (incorporated in the State of Washington) by the two friends, along with Sujan and Surendra Shrestha in late 2008. 
The following year, our products were available at stores across US and Canadian states. Started in the kitchen at Nishes's house, the operation finally moved to a 17,000 sq. ft. space at our current location in Mukilteo, Washington in 2011. At the same time, we launched our new lines of products - the Yaky Yam, Nugget and Puff.   Himalayan Dog Chew was first sold at a Fair in Bellingham, WA in 2007. Currently, our products are available at many stores in the USA, Canada and Japan, and employ 25 people in production and support. Remaining within the USDA and Washington States guides and rules, we implement codes and conduct at all levels and operations. We prioritize our customer's satisfaction as the highest for both - humans and canines.   We were recognized "Best in Show - Overall" by the The Daily News at the Global Pet Expo in 2011, where over 4,000 companies related to Pets participated from over 50 countries. In 2012, we were awarded the "Best in Show" in the New Dog Product Category which was competed by over 900 best companies of the world at the same expo.   

We are currently the corporate sponsor for support to build a new Dog Park in association with the City of Mukilteo and Japanese Gulch Group in Mukilteo, and for KAT Center to lessen the ongoing problems with street and stray dogs of Kathmandu. In addition to helping these canines of the world, we have also supported Healing the Children Foundation, who provide treatments to thousands of children around the globe, with medical trips including one to the Nepal Orthopedic Hospital and have donated laptops to various libraries of rural Nepal. With promotions for sustainable future and environment, we continue to find new ways to bring the best products and at the same time give back to help all who need them

     I really liked the chew! It lasted a good amount of time for me (hour and a half), didn't stink like bully sticks, didn't leave a mess and was very tasty.
The Yaky I could take or leave, but I'm a bit of a treat snob. They're a very hard treat (almost like a mini chew) and I prefer soft and smelly treats. The Minions 3 liked them though!







PROS:
Natural
Fairly healthy
Long lasting
No stink
No mess
Tasty


CONS:
Pricy

     Overall, I give them 4/5 stars.


     Now we have Thirsty Milo, which is a super cool portable doggie bowl and water holder. Here's a bit about it:

It's a doggy fact that dogs are made of 80‰ water and need to stay that way to be healthy, happy and active, so it's important to make sure there's always plenty of clean, fresh water available.
It's easy at home but, if your one the many dog lovers who love to share their lives and days with their dogs, ensuring your best friend has enough water to meet his/her needs, especially on hot days with the extra activity they rack up, can be a headache.
The story behind the bowl...
After I first fetched Milo home (and he'd had all his jabs) I wanted to take him everywhere with me. I looked for a portable water bowl that I thought met my life style needs as a dog owner that combined funk, fun, function, style, volume, true portability and ease of use. As it turns out, there wasn't one!
The name, if you're interested, came from me getting fed up of asking "Are you Thirsty Milo?". I designed a bowl so he wouldn't have to be...
Who's it for?
The Thirsty Milo® is ideal for anyone one really, especially those of us with eye for style and who like to share their lives and their days out and about with the four legged members of the family, such as:
  • Day Trips.
  • Road trips.
  • Train Journeys.
  • Bus/Coach Journeys.
  • Lazy days at the beach.
  • Great for the city and out in the sticks.
  • Boating. (and it's been designed to float (with the lid on), even when full, so you have don't have to say good bye if it ends up in the water.)
  • Or however you choose to fill your life. If you've got a dog you'll want one these bad boys...
  • It doesn't have to be just for the pooch. the Thirsty Milo has been put to great use by miniature horses ,cat lovers and even ferret lovers too...


     It's a great idea, and looks pretty cool too! I love how it floats even if you fill it, and it's lightweight even when full. It's great for hiking, boating, beach trips, car rides, or whatever you need! It comes in two colors (orange or pink), and is about $20 per bowl (I say about, because it's a British product and I'm using Google to convert the amount to USD).

     I have no clue what stupid iPhoto is doing, but each time I upload the pictures of the Thirsty Milo they come up as totally different pictures. GRRR! Here's what it looks like:

PROS:
Cool looking
Durable
Floats!
2 colors
Decent price
Light
Dishwasher safe
UV resistant
Recyclable
2 year guarantee
Holds a lot of water

CONS:
Only comes in one size, and when you're as small as I am it can be an excess for your peep to tote around.

     4/5 stars.


     And lastly we have Paww, a company that makes leashes, cool and inconspicuous poop bags, a bowl that turns into a Frisbee, and the Treat Toob.
I was sent the Pick Pocket Pouch (poop bag holder) and the Treat Toob to review.

     First up, the Pick Pocket Pouch (PPP). I love how the PPP doesn't flop and bounce around like traditional poop bag holders. It also doesn't add bulk and weight to the leash handle, and is inconspicuous unlike most obvious, ugly poop bag holders. It attaches to your dog's leash, collar or even harness with velcro. I found it worked best with nylon or rope leashes, as it slipped around a lot on my leather leash, even with the velcro tightened down all the way.


PROS:
Sleek
Inconspicuous
Attaches to leash, harness or collar
Several colors
Two sizes
Easy on, easy off

CONS:
Slips around on leather

     Next up is the Treat Toob. The Treat Toob is a treat dispenser that lets you take messy treats on the go. You fill it with whatever treat your dog likes (peanut butter, liverwurst, yogurt, purees, ect), and you squeeze the treat out as your dog licks it. When your pup's done, just flip the cap back on and shove it in a pocket.




PROS:
Great idea
Lots of colors
Dishwasher safe
Flip top lid
Great for on the go training

CONS:
Be very careful flipping the lid open with one finger. You might wind up pushing the lid off and wearing whatever you have in it. Just ask Mom.

Not good for yogurt or similar consistency foods, as it squirts too fast and makes a mess. Peanut butter and similar textures work best.


Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tractor Supply Trip

     Hey, everybody! A new Tractor Supply Co. opened in our town a couple weeks ago, and on Sunday the peeps took ME (just ME; the Minions 3 aren't as well behaved as I am) there to look around. Fun Fact: All Tractor Supplies are pet friendly!
We prefer to support smaller businesses, and buy our chicken food and bedding from smaller feed stores. However, TSC had a much better deal on oyster shells (chickens need calcium in their diets to promote strong eggshells), so we decided to make a little socialization and training experience out of it. And it'd been piss pouring rain half the week, so we had nothing else to do!

     I was wonderfully behaved, of course. DM: Nola's finally done with the many (many, many) fear periods Dachshunds go through. She's turning into a very well behaved and confident dog! This TSC had a really weird air conditioning system; when it turned on the air rushed along a flexible tunnel on the ceiling, making a very loud "whoosh" and banging sound (polythene ducting). Nola looked up and startled a bit, but didn't bark and recovered very quickly. 
Of course, training and socializing plays a huge roll, but part of it is her natural adult temperament. I love it.

     Mom says I'm a treat snob. There was a big dog biscuit in the middle of the treat aisle, and Mom didn't even have to tell me to leave it. I sniffed it, turned up my nose, and sauntered away, BOL! All my treats are natural/organic/limited ingredient/high quality/grain free, and I guess I've been spoiled. :p
My harness is a Ruffwear Webmaster, for anyone who's wondering.

Let's go down this row!

Do we need chicken food?

No? Okay!

Yes?

Down/stay

Hearing the freaky AC

Momma LOVES alpacas 

It was raining, and I did not want to pose!


Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola