Friday, May 30, 2014

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Udderly Fantastic Tug Toys

     Hi, all! Today I have a great tug toy to share with you called Udder Tugs (that sounds kinda...wrong, LOL!) made by Mutt School, an Etsy shop. These tugs, as you might've been able to gather from the name, are made from fleece and the rubber inflation tubes used to milk cows. Isn't that neat?


    Both Pike and I love to tug (as you can tell in the header), although I can be pretty picky about the tugs I'll use. For the most part, we play with Skineez or a medium sized fleece tug. Both are fun, and I have a particular soft sport for the Skineez, but Mom throws the tug as a reward when we release them, and the tugs we usually use are pretty light and don't go far at all when tossed. These Udder Tugs solve that problem! The rubber part is in the middle (see below), and the fleece part sticks out a few inches on either end. The rubber gives just enough weight that you can really pitch them, but isn't so heavy you could hurt your dog if they accidentally got knocked by one.
For whatever reason, neither of us will tug on the rubber part. We'll pick it up by that, but only tug on the fleece part. I'm not sure if it's because we can't get a good grip on it, or if it's simply because we're used to softer tugs. Either way, we really enjoyed these tugs!
Our favorite is the red one.




Sorry, no pictures of them in action. Mom has to be very careful with Pike when we play tug, since he doesn't have the bite inhibition I do yet. Last time she tried to take photos while tugging with him, she got shin ripped off.


     They aren't a toy you just leave laying around on the floor. You should be actively engaged with your dog when they're playing with these, and they should be put away when not in use. Don't want any pups chewing them up!



    We both loved these, and would recommend them!

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Thursday, May 29, 2014

52 Weeks of Nola: Week 20 and 21

 Week 20: Play

38mm
1/500
f/5
ISO 800

I'm insanely happy with how this turned out, especially the bokeh. This is in my top 3 for the photos I've done so far. It sums up Nola's tenacity with the tug perfectly. 
 Week 21: Motion

55mm
1/125
f/5.6
ISO 400

Not exactly the look I was aiming for, since this was my first time experimenting with this type of shooting, but I'm quite happy with the results. I like how the pinwheel's colors bounce around in Nola's gorgeous eyes.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Holy Hairball

This is how much hair mom got off of Rauol. His coat was mutilated by a Furminator (these are horrid! Don't use them), so it'll never be as nice as Pike's is, but it looks and feels so much better now.

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Visit to Pike's Breeder's and Meet...

     Hi, everyone! Yesterday, the peeps, Pike and I went to visit Pike's breeder, and also to get Sweetie (my grandma) and Sugar's (my grandpa) new dog. Actually, he's mostly just Sugar's dog; Sugar has found his heart dog! DM: The heart dog bond is a beautiful thing. Nola is my heart dog, and I'm thrilled my dad has found his.
 He's a 4-5 (DM: can't remember which) Miniature American Shepherd, like Pike. He's a red tri, and is a little...special. You see, his breeder sold him to a family to work cattle on their ranch, which he did for several years. Sadly, not only did his owner die and the owner's children didn't want a dog so they returned him to his breeder, he got hurt by a cow. Kicked in the face, specifically. It damaged his left eye severely, leaving him totally blind on that side, caused some nerve damage to his face, and messed him up a bit in the head. Despite all that, he's a wonderful, sweet, tolerant dog. His name is Raoul.
You can see how his face is a bit sunken in on the side with the bad eye.

Before Mom groomed him
After.

He's 35lbs, although he's a bit overweight and should probably weigh more like 30lbs.

Freckled feet!











      Here are some pictures of Pike's mother, father and aunt and uncle (DM:I think, anyway. I may have heard that wrong!). There's no pictures of me or Pike with them, since Mom was more focused on keeping us behaving than getting group pictures.
Us on the way there.
This is Juliet. Mom adores her. She's a blue merle with copper and white trim.

Pike's dad, Momo. He's crated because he didn't get along with Raoul. He's a black tri.

Juliet again.

And again. Isn't she pretty?

Pike's dad.

Pike's mom, Possum. She's a blue merle with white trim, and no copper.

Juliet's brother, a red merle with white and copper trim.


Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola 




Sunday, May 25, 2014

Black and White Sunday: Simply Beautiful


Nikon D3100, 18-55mm Nikkor lens
45mm
1/25
f/5.3
ISO 3200 



Join me and my co-host Sugar for the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop! Grab the badge and link up!

Friday, May 23, 2014

May PetBox

     Hi, everyone! It's time to show you what came in my May PetBox! But first, I wanted to mention the great promotion PetBox currently has going. From now until the 31st of May, use the code NOLA10 to receive a whopping 50% off your first PetBox! How cool is that?




     On to the goodies! I'm sorry about the lack of photos; it appears that our PetBox photos got lost along with several dozen others. Thanks, you POS computer. :(


  • The HydroBall. This thing is really cool. It's a medium sized (tennis ball or slightly larger) blue ball that you can soak in water, and as your dog plays with it the water releases. You can freeze it, too! Pike really liked this, since he's a chewing little beast right now.

  • Cheddar Cheese Crunch Woofs. These treats are absolutely delicious! You put them in the microwave, and they puff up into mouth watering little snack bites. DM: Fair warning - they stink. 

  • Slurpabowls. Slurpabowls are reusable and recyclable bowls that can fit up to two cups of water or food. They're really light and fold up quite small, so they're easy to slip into your bag or even clip to your dog's leash. Mom plans on putting these in the car for our summer beach trips.

  • Tick Twister. We live in Florida. Ticks are a nasty and inevitable fact of life here. Thankfully, we haven't needed to use it yet, but it's just a matter of time. Gross.


  • Slurp and Fresh. A water additive that eliminates bad breath and helps reduce plaque and tarter build up. Not something that's needed here (daily brushing, my friends!), but I'm sure many dogs and owners would find this useful.

     Overall, I was very happy with this month's box! I love and recommend PetBox.


     And since the stupid computer ate the photos that were suppose to go in this post, enjoy this one of me and Pike (who's 15 weeks old today, holy crap!) from yesterday.


Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Us


     This was suppose to be my 20th photo in the 52 weeks of Nola challenge, but our POS computer ate the photo. Grrr!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SWS: DM's Gotcha Day!

Hello, hello Blogville! It's time for another installment of Say What Sweetie (SWS)! Nola has graciouslsy allowed me to post since today is DM's (Dachshund Mommy) Gotcha Day!!!!

That's right! More years ago than I care to admit, I became the proud mother of DM. (I realize a Gotcha Day generally refers to an adoption day...in this case, it's a birthday!)

DM has been much like Nola...a first child, a learning experience, a delight, a smart ass, a smart cookie. We love her dearly! Join us in wishing DM a happy, happy birthday!



Happy birthday, DM!!!

Until next time, warmest wishes, Blogville!
~Sweetie~


Monday, May 19, 2014

A Pike Update

     Hi, everyone! Here's an update on the Merle Moron. I have to say, I kinda love him. He's a wonderful playmate, a perfect snuggle buddy, and worships the ground I walk on, just like a proper groupie should! He turned 14 weeks old on Friday, and as of yesterday we've had him 3 weeks.

     House training is going wonderfully. He's totally mastered sit in any situation, with or without reward. Recall is going great. Focus is great, albeit short. He's quite clingy with both me and Mom, but he's cute, so I guess it's okay.
He's growing like a weed! He's in an awkward stage where all his parts look wrong for his body, but underneath the weird you can see him turning into a nice looking dog. His puppy coat is shedding a bit, and his legs are getting long. His nose is now almost totally black (DM: insert epic sadness :( ), and his copper trim is getting darker and bigger. His merling is also growing more contrasting.

    He needs SO much grooming! For as big a diva as I am, I require no primping. BoyPuppy gets brushed every night, gets his fur trimmed (feet, legs, butt) weekly, 2x weekly nail trimming (okay, I get that, too), nightly teeth brushing (ditto), and gets a bath every other day. Everything sticks to his fur, plus he throughly enjoys rolling in - and eating - chicken shit. Oy. Idiot.
Speaking of which, he's started herding the chickens a bit. It's hilarious to watch!










So you can see how his merle is different on both sides.

Recall

Recall




I'll give you one guess as to why he's called the Merle Moron.







His ears have been all over the place. One day they're prick, one day drop, the next day rose.


Recall


DM: she's pretty protective of him. Not in an aggressive way, at all, just very watchful.


Down



"It's an exhausting job, little BoyPuppy."

Beach recall.

"She's a little special, Pike. But we love her anyway. Mostly." - Nola to Pike



Yesterday's photo, in color.



Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola