Friday, November 29, 2013

Wieners Don't Like the Cold: Reviews of My Coats and Jackets

     Hey, everyone! Hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    If you're a Dachshund, then anything lower than say....64 is frigid to you. I'm a Florida girl, and I can tell you right now I want nothing to do with the cold unless I'm sufficiently bundled up. Just between you and me, sometimes I sleep in a little hoodie on cold winter nights , in addition to sleeping in a sleeping bag under two quilts and pressed against Mom.  So today I'm sharing some reviews for my coats and jackets. Let's get to it!



     The first one is the Ruffwear Climate Changer, a quick drying, breathable fleece dog jacket. We are HUGE Ruffwear fans, and I'm thrilled to partner with them again.

     The Climate Changer comes in three colors (Grey, Purple and Orange) and six sizes (XXS, which is my size, XS, S, M, L, XL). It has reflective edging, a zipper closure along the side, and has an active fit so you can have full range of motion and not be restricted.
Something I was pleasantly surprised by was the way it fit along my chest and belly. A lot of coats and jackets are snug to the chest but tend to gape around the belly (especially if you're lean like yours truly), letting cold air in and making you chilled. That's not the case with the Climate Changer; it fits snugly to the chest and stays closely to the sides and belly so you're nice and toasty.



Winky


Little sleeves for little legs.






PROS:
Lots of sizes
Comfortable
Warm
Reflective
Good fit
Washable
Active fit
Well made
Durable
Cute little sleeves


CONS:
No collar/harness opening (HUGE con for me)
It's a bit of a PITA to put on if you don't like being zipped in (I don't mid, but the Minions do!)

     4/5 stars!



     Next up we have one of my favorite coats ever (and I have quite the wardrobe), custom made just for me by the Etsy shop Dox and Dane. Such an awesome name!

     Dox and Dane make coats for any and all breeds or mixes, totally custom for them. When I say custom, I mean custom. You pick pretty much everything about your coat in addition to having it made to your exact size. You pick the outside color of your coat, the inside fleece, the trim, any decorations/embellishments, collar or harness opening, everything!


    I've done a lot of reviews as y'all know, and I've come to truly appreciate good customer service. If I don't get good service, I'm not supporting the company, not matter how good their product is. The service I received with Dox and Dane was some of the best I've ever encountered. The shop owner was warm and friendly, and walked Mom through the measuring process and included us as we picked fabrics, trim and decorations. She sent us pictures so we could choose exactly what we wanted, and was extremely helpful and patient. I would definitely get another coat from them!








PROS:
Totally custom
Covers the belly
Warm
Easy on/off
Phenomenal service
Adorable
Comfortable
Custom harness opening
Stylish
Made in USA
Fast process considering how custom it is

CONS:
Hm...not a thing!

     5/5 stars!



     Next up is a fleecy coat from The Cozy Hound. The Cozy Hound offers coats specifically for Dachshunds (although they'll made them for any dog) that are practical, warm, and adorable. They also carry socks and purse charms for the peeps. Here's a little about them:


The Cozy Hound started in 2008 under the name Happy Feet Socks.After expanding the business to include dog coats & a
few pet products the name was changed to The Cozy Hound in
2010.
 
As an owner of Dachshunds...Max,Lilly,Oscar & our newest
Winston, I found it difficult to find coats to fit my dogs.After
some research I decided to put my sewing skills to work and make them all coats.After showing my finished products to friends & family.....a new home based business was launched.
 
My business is located on the Key Peninsula near Gig Harbor,
Washington.I am fortunate to have my sewing room window
facing the beautiful Puget Sound in the distance through the trees...What a great work space!!!!!
 
Currently I sell my coats, socks and pet accessories at
Dog Shows, Craft Shows, Christmas Baazars and now on the Web.
 
Most of my coats are practical styles to keep your pet warm &
cozy. The majority are reversible.. so it's like getting two coats in one.
 



     My coat is an adorable double layer teal with swirls of light blue, yellow, pink and purple. The inside is warm purple fleece, and it has a cute button at the chest. It closes at the neck and girth. The Cozy Hound can also add a harness or collar opening, which mine has.

     I really like this coat! It's super warm, comfortable to wear, and is really easy to get on and off.  The velcro closures are strong and sturdy, and the fleece doesn't attract too many burrs/stickers.
While it is incredibly warm, I wish their was more chest and belly coverage, at least for us lady hounds.







PROS:
Cute
Warm
Cozy
Comfortable
Easy on/off
Harness opening
Great prices
Good service
Double layer
Cute button

CONS:
Website is a little confusing/ordering process isn't clear
No belly coverage


    4/5 stars!

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

     Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans! Here's what I'm thankful for on this lovely holiday:

  • My family

  • The Minions (Mom made me say that)
ME and Boston

ME and Phoenix 

ME and Augustine 

  • The beautiful Sunshine State I call home

  • Collars


  • Good health

  • Blogville and all my wonderful furiends
  • Clothes to keep me warm

  • A roof over my head
  • The beach

  • Photo shoots!
  • The chickens

  • Flowers

  • Treats/food

  • Books
  • Christmas lights

  • A happy, crazy life

     Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

    Hey, y'all! I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for Christmas. You know, now that it's nearly December and not August (ehm, Walmart, I'm looking at you) it's time to get ready for the tree, the food, the decorations, the food, the lights, the food, the cold days, the food.... I'm seeing a theme here.
Anyway, we always get our tree and put up our decorations the day after Thanksgiving. That also means we bring out my sparkling likeness, Pearl. Pearl is the Christmas Dachshund that Mom and Sugar made two years ago. Isn't she cute!



     Mom designed her and Sugar put her together.

     My third (DM: holy shit, I can't believe it's been 3 years!) Gotcha Day is also coming up. So exciting!

     It's not even December yet, but I've already gotten two Christmas cards (the peeps have gotten 0, but Mom says that's not an important tidbit....)! As soon as the decorations come out Mom will do my Christmas photo shoot (and before you ask, yes: I have a Christmas collar!) and we'll get to work makin' n sendin' our cards. I think we're going with Shutterfly again this year, but please share who you use!
Here are a few of last year's pics:



Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Monday, November 25, 2013

I Dodged Probing (or, to be politically correct, My Trip to The Vet)

     Hey, everyone! On Friday, I had a ghastly experience: I had my annual exam at the vet. You don't even want to know what they did to me the last time I was there (but if you're curious, I had my butt expressed!!!). 
It was just a quick check up, and thankfully they stayed mostly at my front end and nothing was placed where it didn't belong, if you get my drift. I'm in perfect health; no parasites, perfect teeth, clean ears, strong heartbeat, all my organs where they're suppose to be, great muscle tone. I'm in perfect condition and weigh in at a delicate 10lbs, 8ozs.

     I was very well behaved in the waiting room and during check out, but once we headed into the room all bets where off. I didn't want anything to do with anyone besides Mom and Sweetie (who came along to photograph the ordeal and lend me some much needed moral support), and was a quivering ball of nerves. I'm usually a confident and aloof girl, but not this day! I wanted Mommy. DM: Even nervous, Nola thankfully has a fairly even temper and complied perfectly with the exam. I was quaking in my proverbial boots (DM: actually, she was shaking in my boobs; she firmly situated herself on my chest and had to be pried off).
It wound up not being too terribly bad, in the end. I didn't get probed, and I didn't get any shots since we're doing limited vaccines and I'll be getting my last or second to last set (excluding the 3 year rabies) next year, and we went to WhatABurger afterwards. I ate fries (DM: With ketchup. My mother insisted that's what little Kielbasa wanted) and nearly half of Mom's burger. There are few things in this world that can't be fixed with a little fast food, in my opinion.



"Look, ma! Here comes another Dachshund. Wow, he's an older fellow. And chunky. "
"B, not everyone can be the super model you are. But you're right; unless he has a medical condition he should NOT look like that."

I heard my name. What do they want with me?
Oh shit! I know what happens here! GET ME THE HELL OUTTA DODGE!

If I close my eyes, none of this is going on. Denial is just a river in Egypt.
DM: I literally had to pry her off me. Her paws where wrapped around my arm and/or shoved down my shirt.

NO NO NO NO NO NO!



Treacherous bitch.

"What is the matter with you?! Didn't your mother ever tell you it's rude to go shouting a lady's weight?"

And at checkout, a model citizen.

Thank dog, let's leave.

"Yes, I'll have 23 cheeseburgers, 3 orders of fries, a slushie, a shake, a large Coke, and a small sunday. Didya get that?"
DM: Off topic and totally not helping my addiction, but don't you just love this collar? It's the Paco Collars Mini Swirl and I loooove it.


That was exhausting.


Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola