Monday, August 31, 2015

That Time I Called My Dog an Asshole in Public


It's no secret that I have a filthy, filthy mouth. I've never been shy about swearing on the blog, and it's even more prevalent in real life. However, it sunk to a new low at our last beach trip.

Let me set the scene for you. Nola and I, walking along on a seemingly deserted beach, just turning the corner at the only large grouping of sea grasses. The grasses obstruct your view for a bit. Nola was off leash, and while she's always paying attention to me, she does like to run ahead a little bit and pester any crabs she can find scuttling along.
She'd found one, and was happily pouncing on it. It was quite windy, so I raised my voice enough to call out over the crashing waves to call out: "Nola! Stop being an asshole to the crab!"
Much to my chagrin, an older couple came wandering out from behind the grasses as soon as the words left my mouth. They looked at me, aghast, and I could do nothing but shrug through my embarrassment.

It got me to thinking about the nicknames I call the pups. Of course, there's the innocuous ones like Bug for Nola, or Pike Puppy for Pike. Then there's the...ah, others. Such as:
Twat Waffle
Bitch Cookie
Beast Child
Douche Butt (that's alllll Pike)

There's more, I assure you.

The Bitch Cookie in question.

What names do you call your dogs?

- Dachshund Mommy

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 1100

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Dogster Frozen Dog Treats

Disclaimer: I received free products in exchange for an honest review. I am not monetarily compensated, and all opinions are my own.

Hey, everyone!

Today I have a review for you on Dogsters Healthy Frozen Dog Treats. These treats are all natural, and contain no added dairy. They're a fun, tasty summer snack for dogs of all sizes. They come in Peanut Butter and Cheese flavor, or Mint flavor. There's four in a box, and they're available from most grocery stores.

The dogs LOVED these! While we've been having some truly lovely, low humidity weather these past few days, it's still in the low 90s and upper 80s, and warm in the sun. They appreciated these! 

There was no digestive upset, and all the dogs enjoyed them. Even picky Pike was happily slurping away at his. They're a great snack for the warmer months, and I would purchase them in the future. :)

- Dachshund Mommy

Thursday, August 27, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life: Week 35


Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 1100

Not too bad for such a high ISO! I completely forgot about the prompt until the late evening, hence the settings. Ooops. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Our Biggest Adventure Yet: Planning Stages

Hello, everyone!

I'm so happy to announce that next year, Nola and I will be traveling to Europe (backpacking- at least to some degree - more than likely)! This has been a dream of mine for years, and I'm finally at a point that it's nearly possible.

I hope to be able to save enough by the spring of 2016, and if not it'd be that fall. I haven't quite decided yet how long we'll be over there, but it will mostly like be around 4-6 weeks. We'll mostly be traversing Italy, though I want to see so much more. Rome, Venice, and Florence will be must sees, and I want to visit the Amalfi Coast as one of my all time favorite books is set there. Aside from that...who knows?

My parents will be keeping the others dogs and Finn (the bird) while we're away.
Some people can't fathom the idea of taking their dog with them, but it really doesn't bother me. Despite the extra steps and slight limits that come along with brining Nola, nothing makes me happier than sharing this dream with the dog of my heart. Plus, just imagine the blogging and photo ops! ;) I've been carefully researching and stalking following a few other bloggers who've taken their dogs internationally with them, so I'll be well prepared.

Right now I'm just in the save-every-single-penny-that-isn't-absolutely-vital stage, and researching the crap out of everything. Lots of number crunching and careful budgeting. As someone that's never been gifted in math, it's a headache. It's still worth it, though!

I'll most likely be doing progress updates every month (if I remember) for the remainder of the year, and then more frequently as it gets closer to that time. I'm excited to share this journey with you all!

Have you ever been abroad? Tell me your adventures!

- Dachshund Mommy

Monday, August 24, 2015

6 Things No One Told Me About Owning Small Dogs

Happy Monday, everyone!

Before Nola came into my life, I had no real concept of owning small dogs. I grew up with Mastiffs, so the idea of going from a 120lb+ dog that weighed more than I do to a dog that doesn't even hit me calf high made my head spin.
Being the overachieving thing I am, I researched the heck out of owning a small dog. I found a lot of information that was very helpful (like they get, really cold, really easy), and of course you'd get the pros:
"You will hardly spend anything in food costs!" "So easy to travel with." "So much more widely accepted."
And the cons (which are all just created by bad breeding and lazy owners):
"Good luck training that." "Barks all the time!" "Don't let them near kids."

But there are a few things that no one mentioned about having a pint sized pup, things I blindly stumbled into with no idea that this was a legitimate thing with the little guys. I'm here to give any potential new owners a heads up for what you're getting into, and for those that already have small dogs....ya feel me, right?

No matter how klutzy you were before, you will develop the grace of a dancer in order to avoid trampling you dog

I'm not exactly clumsy, but I never thought I was capable of the footwork I can do to avoid stepping on Nola before I got her. While I may go careening off into the wall or doorframe with a string of nasty curses flying from my mouth (ouchgodfuckingdamnitnolafuckfuckfuckMOVEyoulittleshitouch!), I can count on one hand the times she's accidentally kicked or stepped on in the nearly 5 years she's lived here.

No matter how big your bed is, they defy the laws of physics and take up every single inch of space.

Nola is famous for plunking herself dead center on the bed and not moving. I didn't know my body could contort in the ways is does in order to accommodate her 10lb body in my queen sized bed. Thank you, yoga.

 Short trashcans are ideal for stealth snitching

Big dogs tend to knock smaller trash cans about in their attempt to find a tasty snack. Nola just stretches on her tiptoes, delicately selects what she wants (she has a strangle affinity for paper towels), and takes it without leaving a single trace behind. You know, aside from those paper towel shreds. She says she doesn't know how those got there, though.

Overcompensating for their small sizes is a thing

This girl has a massive bucket overflowing with toys of all shapes and sizes. Without fail, she'll go for her soccer ball sized tennis ball, 5ft long stuffed snake, or a similarly disproportionally large toy. 
Hmmmm....wiener dog, compensating. Ha...ha!!

In order to save your spine from permeant disfigurement, tug is best played on the bed, couch, or similarly elevated surface.

Nola loves, and I do mean loves, to tug. I'm not abnormally tall (about 5'7"), but bending over to play it with my 9" tall terror is brutal on the back. I can't tell you how much better it is to have her at a higher level. 
Of course, she takes the opportunity to fling herself off the bed once the game is over, causing my heart to leap into my throat every time. She doesn't seem to care she's shortening my lifespan.

They have a sick sense of humor, and live for making you nearly pee yourself from being startled

Her very favorite game is to hide under the bed, patiently waiting until I step to the bed. Once I'm there, she shoves her cold, wet nose into my ankle bone, relishing in my voice-cracking squeal of fright. She's evil, I tell you.

These are the things people neglected to mention to me before I hopped on the small dog bandwagon. What about you? What "warnings" would you give out?

- Dachshund Mommy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 400 

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Nature's Logic Dry Dog Food

Hey, everyone!

Today I'm working Nature's Logic to bring you a review of Nature's Logic All Life Stages Dry Kibble. Nature's Logic makes high quality wet and dry food for both dogs and cats, as well as treats, supplements, and even cat litter. Here's a little about them:

In 2005, founder of Nature’s Logic, Scott Freeman, started developing the concept for a pet food focusing on the benefits of whole food nutrition without using added synthetic supplements widely used in the pet food industry to meet the nutritional analytical levels of dog and cat food.
One company and a long time veterinarian friend had similar approaches to nutrition but mainly in the realm of supplements. Their work and vision made a lasting impression on Scott to see if it was possible to do complete pet diets with the same rationale of providing all essential nutrients from whole foods rather than depending on synthetics to easily and cheaply meet requirements.
In late 2005 the first test batches of Nature’s Logic were created and by January 2006 some of the first product was being retailed in the USA.
Since nothing like this had ever been created, Scott sent the dry dog and cat food for AAFCO feeding trials to have them substantiated for All Life Stages. They passed without any problems and recently the canine canned diets have also been substantiated for All Life Stages.
The ultimate goal of Nature’s Logic is to provide the most nutritious and safest product that people can feel good about feeding their canine and feline family members.

Nature's Logic produces high quality foods at a very reasonable price, which something that I really appreciate. Even though my dogs are small, food expenses aren't cheap! On a 26lb bag goes for about $60 depending on the formula you choose, and it's available in  4.4lb, 15.4lb and 26.4lb sizes.

Their kibble is high protein, meat based, relatively low carb, and completely free of: MSGs, hydrolyzed protein, corn, wheat, rice, soy, tapioca, peas, potatoes, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. This makes it a fabulous options for dogs that may struggle with yeast issues!

Their dog food line of kibble comes in the following flavors: chicken (single protein), beef, lamb, duck and salmon, venison, rabbit, and sardine (single protein).

We were sent the Lamb formula to try out. Here's the ingredients:
Lamb Meal, Millet, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pumpkin Seed, Yeast Culture, Spray Dried Pork Liver, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Montmorillonite Clay, Dried Kelp, Spray Dried Lamb Plasma, Dried Tomato, Almonds, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Carrot, Dried Apple, Menhaden Fish Meal, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Apricot, Dried Blueberry, Dried Spinach, Dried Broccoli, Dried Cranberry, Parsley, Dried Artichoke, Rosemary, Dried Mushroom, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium bifidium Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Pineapple Extract, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract

As you can see, it's not technically a grain free food as it does contain millet. However, millet is one of the highest quality grains available, and is gluten free. To be frank,  I'd much rather feed a grain inclusive food with millet as the only grain than a grain free food that's chock full of potatoes (*cough* I'm looking at you, Taste of The Wild *cough). I'd be perfectly comfortable feeding Nola this, even though she eats a grain free diet otherwise.

I love the kibble size!

Pike and Liv were the test subjects here, and since they're very different dogs I was curious to see how they'd do. They've been on the food for over two weeks now.

Pike is about 8lbs, 18 months old and off the wall hyper active. He has trouble holding weight, and can be very picky. He's been getting 1 cup a day.
Olivia is 13 months old, 11lbs and  lower activity than Pike but still bouncy, and is a very easy keeping (read: she gets fat if I don't watch her closely). She's been getting about 1/2 cup a day.

One issue Olivia was having prior to Nature's Logic was some reddish staining of her fur around her armpits and between her toes. She also had gunky ears. Both issues have completely disappeared on this food!

They both love the food, and Pike still willingly eats it every day. Pike's holding his weight just fine, and Olivia isn't gaining. Their poop is small, firm, and low odor (oh, the joys of the dog world!). Ears are clean and their coats absolutely gleam. Olivia as less "doggy smell",  and Pike's not shedding quite as much as before.
I am so thrilled with this food, and will be adding it to my rotation. I highly recommend!

- Dachshund Mommy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Beach day!

Sunday was a beach day here! It was really cloudy and windy, with a constant light smattering of rain, so I didn't get too many photos and they aren't the best - I was too busy wiping down the lens every few seconds to shoot in manual! I forgot how much automatic sucks. It's been months since I've used it!

This walk was 5 miles total, with about 2mi of off leash running. It was such a blast!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Guest Post: Pet Insurance for Dachshunds

This is a guest post that I am being compensated for.

Pet Insurance for Dachshunds? Yep!

If you're an astute Dachshund parent or fan (which we know you are because you're here!) the you know Dachshunds are susceptible to potential hereditary disorders including inter-vertebral disc disease, heart issues and stomach bloat.

And if you've ever had the unfortunate experience of visiting a veterinary hospital you know that treating these issues is NOT cheap!

One solution to combat unexpected vet bills is pet health insurance. In a nutshell it covers up to 90% of veterinary treatment for hereditary disorders, accidents and illnesses.

It's not for everyone, but if you consider your Wiener part of the family (again, if you're here, you probably do) then take some time to learn about pet insurance plans for pet insurance for Dachshunds and see if it's something that might benefit your family.

Do you guys have pet insurance for your pets? Share your thoughts on it below!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 800 

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sibling Saturday: I Will Not Share

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Nola's never been one to share, despite Livvy's tentative begging. 

Liv was promptly banished from Nola's space. 

Then decided her own yogurt tasted better, much to Nola's satisfaction.