Monday, January 30, 2017

And Then There Were Two....

I don't know how this happened. Really, I don't. 

Actually, I do. Blame Salem, and her non-catlike self that has made me enjoy having a cat. I swore this would never happen, but it has.

I'd like to introduce you to the newest addition to the Dachshund Nola family, an 8 week old, fluffy tabby girl kitten. 

This is Lucinda! Also called Lucy, Luce, Lucifer, and little devil child. 




She was born to a young mama cat that had a very rough time before my mom found and rescued her (my mom is turning into such an animal nut. I love it!). She was quite pregnant and had her kittens a couple weeks after being saved. She gave birth to 5 healthy babies, 2 girls and 3 boys. Since mama cat was (and still is) with my mom, I was lucky enough to see and be involved with everything from day one. I actually got to witness the birth, and assisted with a stuck kitten!

Just born, a tiny 2oz!



Luce is the bravest, sweetest, more curious little thing ever. She's a little prickly around the dogs at times, then other times she gets along famously. She likes Salem (Salem has a love/hate relationship with her right now), eats like a little pig, and LOVES to play. She plays way more than Salem did at this age, but she is a much healthier and more robust baby than Salem was. She's also incredibly smart!
Nola is thrilled to have another kitten!

The MonChi just ate, and wasn't too happy with the kitten trying to clean off her face. 

This was definitely more of a hate moment. ;)






I can't believe I now have two cats, but I really couldn't be happier. They're the perfect mix, and both are definitely more doglike than catlike!


That said, this is my last cat. Two's my limit, and I'm so happy with the mix we have. Welcome, little Luce!

Goodbye!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Black and White Sunday


Nikon D3300
35mm lens
1/640
f/1.8
ISO 400 

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Tasty and Joyful with The Honest Kitchen! #TryTHK

Hey, guys!

We were sent a bag of treats in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Quick review for you all today! We're big fans of The Honest Kitchen and Nola is SO excited to try their new Joyful Jerky treats. Jerky type treats are one of her favorites, and these were no exception.



These Joyful treats come in both fillets and bites, in single protein chicken and beef flavors. Available in 3.25oz and 4oz resealable bags, there are several large "sheets" of jerky in the bag.

Yaaaa...it's empty. Told you the dogs liked it. 


The flavor is spot on according to little MonChi; they're definitely a high value treat in her book. They're non-greasy (yay!) and have no unpleasant odor. Matter of fact, they smell pretty good. ;)


This was the absolute smallest piece in the bag.

They're a bit tough to tear into smaller chunks, and the original pieces are pretty huge. I also wish there was a bit more in the bags.

Other than that though, they're a delicious and high protein treat!


Monday, January 23, 2017

A Dachshund and A Beaglet

Little Lachlan is now (about) 5 months old! She is such a sweet little puppy, and she and Nola get along so well.  Nola's play style includes a lot of body slamming, chasing, and high pitched screaming, and that tends to scare Pike. Lachlan takes it in stride and entices Nola to chase and wrestle, and they keep each other busy in the yard.

She's 15lbs now, according to the hold-the-pup-subtract-my-weight method, and is growing like a weed...especially in the ear department. I made a flirt pole for her, and that has made such a difference. Finally have a nice energy outlet and something that seems to calm and focus her spazzy mind. As soon as she sees it she just lights up.


We did have a little scare two-ish weeks ago where she hurt a rear leg, but after a few days of crate rest she was back to normal. She's such an active, rough and tumble pup that is was bound to happen at some point, but it scared me. Nola had a similar issue and on the same leg at about that age.

Lachlan's a very cheerful little dog, though she's timid and uncomfortable with new situations. We're working on it, but I think a good bit of it is just her nature. In her own routine and in familiar places she's just fine, but anything new (even new rooms in the house, since she didn't get any free reign in the beginning) makes her very cautious and hesitant.
I have noticed a very big difference in how she's developed and progressed mentally and emotionally compared to Nola and Pike. Lachlan was a rescue with a pretty rough start, and I've no doubt that that's contributed to some of her little ticks. She did not get the vital time with her mother and siblings that all puppies need, and it's definitely showing. Perhaps that'll be a post in the future.

She's definitely starting to get into a more trying stage (people always moan about how difficult 9-12 month puppies are, but I would happily take that over 3 to 8 months old. Ugh), but we're working through it. It's tough, for sure, but I'm remaining myself it'll be over soon.

She wants to badly to play with Salem, buy she's a bit intimidated by her, even though she's now double Salem's weight and Salem's never so much as hissed at her (or anyone, come to think of it).



She makes Nola, a dachshund, sound quiet. And Nola is vocal for everything. ;) She tosses her head back and sounds like the finest Bloodhound.

I haven't taken the DSLR out around her lately since she thinks the strap is a travel sized flirt pole, so these are older camera and more recent phone shots.



She's changed so much since this!

"Amateur."
She's much taller now!








Nola doesn't mind this, which says something about how close they are!


Teething...


"Make her stop."

She has no clue how to stack.. None. 

Always dirty. Always. 



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Black and...Color Sunday


Nikon D3300
35mm lens
1/2,500
f/1.8
ISO 100 
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Staying Powered While Adventuring #ChewyInfluencer

Hey, guys!

                    I received a free product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.




About a week or two  ago we discovered a nice little park that's just a ten minute drive from home. It has playgrounds, ball fields, a large lake, trails, a big open field and is pretty hilly for Florida; nearly every we've ventured over to do some Florida hiking. Needless to say, Nola has been loving it! (Poor Lachlan hurt her leg last week and has been resting it, so she's stayed home. She's better now and will be going too soon!)




It's the perfect place for photos and even some off leash running, and it's been a great way to get some energy burned off for Nola. However, Little Miss needs to refuel to stay at peak condition!

Enter Merrick Power Bites Treats, courtesy of our friends at Chewy.com. These grain free treats are packed with protein for their tiny size, and come in a variety of flavors, including rabbit, beef and chicken. Because I'm a dork, I picked the Turducken flavor for Tiny Terror, and she's quite happy with the selection.



At 5 calories per treat, these are great for photo shoots, training, or just because. The smell isn't strong at all, and the non-greasy texture is a welcome relief for this dog mom. Though already small, they can be broken in half if need be. There's a very nice amount in the bag, and for the price it's unbeatable. I think these'll be a stable in the treat cabinet from now on!





Monday, January 16, 2017

Don't Touch! - 5 Reasons Why It's Not My Job to Run a Petting Zoo

Hi, everyone!

A few days ago my good friend Lauren from ZoePhee wrote a great post about Dogs Not Liking Hugs, and it - along with a truly awful experence at the beach on Friday that I will get to shortly - inspired today's post. I wanted to talk a bit about what it's like to have a small dog that people tend to treat as a free for all when it comes to touching, and why I no longer allow strangers to interact with my dogs.




As a whole, people are absolutely terrible about interacting with dogs, both their own and strange ones. Joe Blow does not give a damn if a dog is uncomfortable, so long as he can paw at the dog to his heart's content. And people wonder why there's such an epidemic of dog bites....

It happens to all dogs, of all breeds and sizes. However, in my experience it is so much worse with a small dog. When I had Roxie, our foster pit bull, almost no one came up to us and NEVER touched her without permission, even though you couldn't find a sweeter dog than Rox. Similarly, when Layla (Mastiff) was still with us no one tried to pet her, and usually gave us a wide berth, even though she was a puppy and very friendly.

On the other hand, everyone makes grabby hands at my small dogs, no matter what I say to them. It doesn't matter if they're not engaging with the person, if they're behind me, if I'm blocking them, or they're being carried. People see small dog and instantly think that they're allowed to manhandle it as much as they please.
I've had people try and pick my dogs up, grab their leash and try and tug the dog towards them, tug at their ears or lift up their feet, try and lift them onto their back legs, ect and it makes me so furious. It's dangerous and stupid.

Any dog can bite. A small dog is still a dog, and dogs are not robots. Any dog can have an off day, even if they're well trained, well bred, and well socialized. Not all dogs like being pet by strangers, and many don't enjoy the way most people pet dogs (right on top of the head, ect). When a dog is throwing  so many signals that she's uncomfortable, the person needs to respect that and back off, not continue to push the dog into something she doesn't want to do.

After Friday's incident, I'm no longer allowing strangers to interact with my dogs. No petting, no holding, trying to call them away from me. Nothing. It's not because my dogs are unfriendly. They're stable, sweet, and easygoing for the most part (Pike...it depends on the day). It's not because not because I'm scared they'll bite, for their risk is minimal. However, it's important to remember all dogs can and will bite if pushed far enough.
It's not even because I don't like people (well....;)). It's simply the fact that my dog is my priority, not total strangers.

Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. I'm not running a petting zoo. It's not my job to fulfill someone's asinine need to touch things that don't belong to them, and my dog doesn't need to be on constant display. 
  2. I know my dog...but I don't know the person. I know my dog well enough to gauge how she'll react to most situations at any given time. I know when she'll be okay with someone and when she really won't be. However, I don't know this stranger wanting to get their hands on my dog.  I don't know how they'll react, and that's not a gamble I'm willing to take. Just because they tolerate it doesn't mean they should have to. 
  3. I'm covering my own ass, even though there's almost no risk of anything happening.
  4. Most strangers make my skin crawl when they touch my dogs. It's the strangest and most uncomfortable situation, and I hate it.
  5. As mentioned early, Joe Blow Public has no idea on proper dog handling and body language. I'm not putting my dog in an uncomfortable situation when it's not necessary. My duty is to my dog's safety and comfort, not someone else's enjoyment. 

Of course there are exceptions, like when my dogs genuinely want to interact with someone and that person is agreeable (the pups are the best judgers of character, I swear), or when we're around dog savvy people (like BlogPaws, which Nola enjoyed and made several friends). Family and our vet team of course have full access, if the dogs are agreeable - and they always are.




Another worthwhile reason is injury prevention. When strangers roughly grab at my dogs legs or ears, yank at her leash as hard as possible to pull her to them, or god forbid try and pick her up, there's a risk of injury to my dog. She is 9.5lb, and her breed is prone to back issues. Pike's one front leg is weak due to his regrown dewclaw removal surgery, and the subsequent issues that happened. Lachlan is a baby, with puppy-breakability.

It is entirely possibly to still be a good breed and dog ambassador without serving my pups up on a silver platter. They are well trained, calm, quiet and focused while in public. I would personally much rather see a trained dog connecting and engaging with its owner than shoving itself at everyone for outside attention. While out and about, I need my dog's focus. Strangers do not.


So there you have it! That's why I  say no when someone asks to pet my dogs, and if they do it without permission or ignore my no...well, I'm not afraid to let them have it. ;)


So what about you? Where do you stand on strangers and your dog? Do you have any stories about people ignoring your dog's cues?

- Dachshund Mommy



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
1/1000
f/1.8
ISO 400
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Friday, January 13, 2017

An Exciting Week

Our week has consisted of me battling a cold, so we've done a whole lot of this:


Yeah. Very exciting. Next week I'll hopefully be back in full swing, and sharing our latest adventures!