Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Everyone, Meet....

Pike, formally AK's The Watchman!

     That's right! My brother's/minion's name is Pike. Named after Joe Pike from Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels, it fits him perfectly. 

    DM: I am so, so happy to have Pike in the family. He is everything I could ever ask for in a puppy for both myself and Nola. He's smart, quiet, easy going, playful, happy and just a great boy. He's very smart and eager for attention and approval. 
Nola's laid down the rules, and he fully respects her as the boss. That didn't stop them from playing and running zoomies around the bedroom for over an hour last night! Nola's getting along incredibly well with him; they sleep on the bed together, go in each other's crates both together and alone, play, chew toys next to each other, ect. Nola is helping me teach him, and it's obvious that Pike absolutely adores Nola. I couldn't be happier with how the new addition has turned out. Today we're heading out to my parents' land, and I can't wait to see how Nola and Pike enjoy their first adventure together.

    Below are two (crappy, shaky iPhone videos) of Nola and Pike. In the first, they're being crazy and playing. The second is Pike's first training session after being introduced to the clicker. Nola taught him to sit, and in the video I'm just reinforcing it.

Kisses and Tail Wags and Hugs,
Dachshund Nola and Dachshund Mommy (and Pike, too!)

Monday, April 28, 2014

One of These Things Is Not Like The Other....

Meet my new minion! 

He's a 12 week old Miniature American Shepherd (most people probably know him as a Miniature Australian Shepherd, but the proper term is Miniature American Shepherd) blue merle male with two blue eyes.

    DM: We brought him home yesterday, and he's incredible. There was some tension between him and Nola early last night, but once Nola firmly established his rules they played some and Nola allowed him into bed with her. 

    He is so, so calm. Quiet, smart, easy going and just a great puppy. No accidents yet, and only two nips! He learned "sot" last night  by watching Nola do it and copying her, then I reinforced it with the clicker and treats. He's learning a recall from Nola, as well. She's being a good teacher!

    He's about 7-8lbs, and is taller than Nola so he's over 11" in hight. He's precious, and his temperament is exactly what Nola needs. 
He's very alert and attentive for still being a baby, and his focus is great. He doesn't have anywhere near the drive Nola does, so working with him was an interesting contrast. Nola is very focused, very intent on figuring out what it is she's suppose to do. She's pushy and forward and not afraid to push to test out what's wanted. He doesn't do that, at all. He looks to me for direction. I told my dad last night that they're both scarily smart, and the difference between them is Nola thinks before listening, and Puppy just obeys. I have to admit, I prefer my challenging little shit headed girl's temper, but he fits so well here. We've had sporting, working and hound breeds, so I'm excited to work with my first herder.

     He's actually a working bred dog; a lot of the dogs in his line herd on farms. It was so cool to see all his relatives!

    As you can probably tell, he doesn't have a name. I've tossed around a lot, but nothing really fits. If you have suggestions, please share! I'd love for the to be New Orleans themed, but that's not a requirement at all. City name theme is out the window for non-Dachshund additions. He is sweet, gentle, quiet, smart, and very easy going. I don't like overly common names, I like relatively short and quick names, and I'm not a fan of most common male dog names, as you can see.
 My current name list is:

Bond (as in James Bond)
Pike (favorite character the little guy resembles in looks and personality)
Ranger (ditto above)

     Welcome to Blogville, little pup!

Dachshund Nola and DM

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Black and White Sunday: Cuddles

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

Friday, April 25, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Best Bully Sticks

     Hi, all! Mom isn't feeling too well, so today's review will be short and sweet!

     A couple of weeks ago I was asked to do a review and giveaway for Best Bully Sticks (on Facebook here), an online company that sells a wide array of dog chews, including (shockingly) bully sticks, antlers, fish and other types of chews. I was sent some bully sticks, a medium sized bone and a split elk antler.

   I was very, very happy with the bully sticks! They're made from non-China sourced beef (New Zealand, or perhaps Brazil, I believe) that free range, and while they still have a distinctively nasty bully stick smell, it's not nearly as bad as others. There's also no messy residue like some types have, they were super tasty and didn't upset my stomach.
I'm still working through some moose antlers Mom got me, but the nibble I had of the elk antler was really yummy as well.
The bone... I wouldn't recommend. Mom gave it to me in my crate, where she could watch me and supervise, and within three minutes of chewing a large piece broke of. I'm a very careful chewer, and while I have extremely powerful jaws for being 10lbs, I'm not an aggressive chewer on bones. If I hadn't spit the splinter out, and Mom wasn't watching me, I could've choke! I would advise against the bones.

This angle makes me look fat. I'm not.

See? Ripped!

     On to the giveaway! Best Bully Sticks has generously offered one of my readers the prize of 25 6" odor free bully sticks, just for you! US residents only, sorry. To be entered in the giveaway, comment below and tell me where you like to sleep. You won't be entered if this info isn't provided. Also leave your email address so I can contact you if you win! This giveaway will run until Wednesday, and the winner will be notified by email. Good luck!

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hoping You Guys Can Help Us Out

     Hey, y'all! Dachshund Mommy here today. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Easter! We visited with some family and lazed around for most of the day. I eagerly waited for today to come, since Miss Nola has a special new collar that should be delivered this afternoon. Ah, the life of an addict! ;) :p
New bling

    I have two questions I've been pondering and researching for the past few weeks, and I'm hoping to get some insight for you, my lovely viewers. One is a fun - albeit incredibly expensive - topic and the other isn't quite as enjoyable. We'll get to the not-so-fun part first.

     Nola has been on Comfortis, which is an oral flea preventative, since late last summer. It's been working incredibly - until now, that is. If you don't know, Nola is allergic to fleas (in addition to several foods), so flea prevention is a year round problem and issue for us. We're also in Florida, so you can imagine the fun in that! That's why I was so excited, and consequently so disappointed, with Comfortis. It worked so flawlessly up until about two months ago that Nola had no scratching, no bumps, and not a single flea. Now I've seen 4 fleas feeding on her and she's almost constantly itching. If she didn't have flea allergies, I probably wouldn't even be able to tell that Comfortis' effectiveness has waned. Alas, it only takes one flea bite to set off a reaction in an allergic dog. :(
I probably won't take her off the Comfortis for several reasons. First, it's working for the most part, i.e. keeping away an infestation or even a mild case of fleas. Two, there's no nasty topical that sits on her sensitive skin and gets all over the house. Third, there's no issue of it washing off.

     I'm looking into using essential oils to help keep away the few fleas the Comfortis isn't getting. From what I've read, it seems to be the safest and most effective way to take care of a problem such as ours.  I'll also be getting some brewer's yeast (no garlic; she's too small to take the minimal risk of giving it) and possibly some diatomaceous earth and seeing if that does anything. I sound like such a hippie, but I've exhausted the conventional/traditional methods so what the hell. Has anyone used things like this with their dog? How did it work? Is there anything you'd suggest doing?

     And now for the better topic: I'm saving for a new camera and lens! I've loved my Nikon D3100, but it has several glitches that I've been struggling with the past 10 months or so, and I've finally decided to bite the bullet and get something new. I'm already set on the lens I'll get (35mm f/1.8 Nikkor), but I'm not sure on the body. I want to stick with Nikon, since I already have one Nikkor lens, I'm familiar with shooting on them and they feel better in my hands. I'm thinking either the D3200, D7000/7100 and D5300. Also looked a bit into the D90. What do you shoot with, and for any other photo enthusiasts, what would you suggest and why?

Dachshund Mommy

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Charlotte Saturday

A few people have asked if Charlotte was Nola's daughter, so I figured I'd clear that up now. No,  Mousy was not Nola's daughter, or in any way related to her. Nola is a spayed female and has never had a litter. :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

PetBox: March and April

     Hey, y'all! I'm a SpokesDoggy for PetBox, a pet subscription box for your dog or cat, so here's what I've thought of them so far. March was crazy busy, so we missed posted about it then. Ooops!

     First up, the March box. I absolutely loved this! Everything in it was incredible. It had:

  • Skineez tug toy, which is my favorite kind of toy ever.

  • Organic Oscar shampoo and conditioner, which turns out to be one of the only shampoos I can use on my sensitive skin.

  • BOGO (Buy One Give One) sample bag of kibble. I'm on home cooked, but these make great training treats!

  • GRIN: Joint Treats. Tasty!

  • Vetericyn Wound Care Spray. Thankfully we haven't needed to use this, but with four active dogs in the house and living on a mini farm, it's bound to come in handy.

    This box gets a 5/5 star rating!

     Now, April's box. In contrast with March's box, I wasn't a big fan of this box. There was one thing that is the most incredible invention ever, but everything else is just really...meh. This box contained:
  • VIVAMUNE Healthy Chews for gut, skin and joints. Contains soy, which I'm allergic to. Even if I wasn't, Mom doesn't feed us (or herself) any soy.

  • Little bow tie, unsure of where it's from. Cute, and Auggie liked it.

  • GRIN Dental Chews. I've been sent three PetBoxes so far, and all of them have had GRIN products. Decent treats with okay ingredients, and they're tasty.

  • Urine Off! Spray. Always a good thing to have on hand.

  • The Fifth Paw. OMD this is the coolest thing ever! You attach it to your leash and you can clip your poop bag holder, keys and used poop bags to it. No more carrying a bag of warm dog poop in your hand. This was the only thing I (well, actually it was more Mom's thing than mine...) were really happy with.

  • Life Is Pawfect, The Petographer. Little book of dogs dressed up and posed. Not Mom's thing, and I obviously can't do anything with it.

     This box gets a 2.5/5 rating. 

     The first PetBox we were sent was nice, the second phenomenal, and the third was bleh. Interested to see what next month brings!

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Disclaimer: I'm sent free boxes in exchange for honest reviews and advertisement. All opinions are totally my own.