Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Is Here!

The first traces of fall are finally here in north Florida. Days in the mid-low 80s, faint breezes, a few rainy days but mostly glorious weather. Slightly earlier sunsets with more dramatic lighting!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 200 
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Here, Chicky Chicky....

Some new arrivals to our little flock! 23 chickens of various breeds, and 2 Guinea keets! Aren't they just the cutest things?

"Mmmm...a nugget!"
Don't worry, Nola won't hurt them. She's completely under my control here with her "leave it".

This one and the one below are gunieas. 

Here's two of the silkies. So cute, and they have feathery feet!

Monday, September 21, 2015

10 Things You Should Never Say To A Small Dog Owner

Hey, everyone!

A few days ago Walks With Rama wrote a great post about 10 Irritating Situations Owners of Large/Guarding Breeds Must Face, and it's fantastic. I grew up with Mastiffs, and vividly remember some of the things she mentions! People can be beyond stupid and tactless sometimes....

Anyway, it got me thinking about being on the "other side", and the things people will say to small dog owners. I've had some of the most "did you really just say that?" moments, both in person and online. Walks With Rama's post made me want to do the small dogs' version!

10. "Hey, an ankle biter!"

Just. Shut. Up. This is usually said by some super macho guy wrangling a large dog that he absolutely cannot handle. This has happened several times at the off leash beach, and it both annoys and amuses me. Here I am, with my "ankle biter" calmly preforming an off leash heel, and there you are, with your over-excited or flat out aggressive large dog straining at the end of its leash. Ass. 

She is not amused. 

9. "Oh, your dachshund is an 'intense' dog? Right."

No, she's not a Border Collie, nor is she a German Shepherd. However, just because she small does not mean she's not an intense, intelligent, high energy dog. Terriers and Dachshunds may be small, but the pack a punch.  You're welcome to spend the day with her if you think otherwise.....

8. "Should she be doing...that?"

I do so love this one. I've heard it more times than I can count while on walks with her, when I post active photos, when running her, ect. I fail to see how her size correlates with her activity level. She is obviously fit and is keeping up without problem. You do realize this is a hunting breed, right?

7. "Why don't you get a cat?"

This one boggles me. The only similarities between my dogs and a cat are their weights, and Nola climbs trees. If I wanted a cat, I'd get a cat. I wanted a dog, so I got one (and then some). Mine are just fun-sized.

It's Cat-Dog!

6. "They're cute, but they aren't real dogs."

How? How exactly are they not real dogs? They can do whatever a big dog can, except for a few exceptions like guide work and IPO/protection work. Jackass.

Looks real. Feels real. Smells real. Acts real. Is real!

5. "She's cute! So's the other girl!"

Not all small dogs are girls, if you can believe that. While I appreciate Nola nearly always being correctly pegged as a girl despite being swathed in blue, the constant mis-judging of Pike's gender is really bruising his masculine ego. He says so himself.

Not a girl. Just wishes he was. 

4. "Why are you forcing her to walk? They make purses for them, you know."

This one usually comes from small dog owners of the Chihuahua and fluffy white things variety, and it drives me bug-fuck. Her legs fully function, and she's a tornado of energy. She is perfectly capable of walking, and prefers it to being carried.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against putting your dog in a bag - if you don't use it as its main form of transport. Nola is "bag trained", and will ride in a carrier or purse in big crowds or places where dogs aren't allowed on the ground. It's an important skill IMO, but it shouldn't be their life!

Just try and carry me. Go ahead, I dare you. 

3. "Well isn't that...cute." *insert condescending smile* "I'm sure you'll have fun."

This one is at dog events. Apparently my small dog is incapable of being taught anything, so when we're competing she's not a contender. It happened both with her Canine Good Citizen and at rally. And would you look at that, she passed both with flying colors.
As Shakespeare said:

2. "They're awful with kids!"

It seems my dogs forgot the memo on that one! They all adore kids, especially young ones. Pike will heel perfectly for a three year old, and Nola is best friends with aforementioned 3 year old. They're best friends! You won't find a gentler, more loving dog with kids than Nola. Her usual Tasmanian Devil persona just melts away around kids.

She's not at all stressed here. It was 95 degrees out, and she always holds her ears like that before being tossed a treat. 

1. "I want one! They're like living stuffed animals!"

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It would appear that I've been harboring some grudges, haha! What about you? What annoying things do you hear when out with your dogs?

- Dachshund Mommy

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 400 

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Weruva Grain Free Steak Frites Canned Food

Hey, everyone!

It's time again for our monthly review! If you don't know what is....well, where have you been? ;) is a fantastic online company that offers a huge array of dog and cat products. They super fast shipping, and they have the best customer service I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I buy all my dog things there!

This month I chose Weruva Steak Frites with Beef, Pumpkin, and Sweet Potatoes. It's a grain and gluten free canned food, and is suitable for all life stages. It comes in either a case of 24 5.5oz cans, or 12 14oz cans. The prices range from $40-50, and while that's a little pricey, it's not bad when you have small dogs or feed a rotation style diet like I do.

Here are the ingredients:

Water sufficient for processing, beef, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, beef lung, beef kidney, potato starch, xanthan gum, sunflower seed oil, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, guaranteed analysis: crude protein (min) 8%, crude fat (min) 1.4%, crude fiber (max) 0.5%, moisture (max) 85%, ash (max) 1.2%, calories: 120 in a 5.5 oz can, 300 in a 14 oz can

They offer several other flavors, and have a wide range of cat items, too. It's more of a stew or soup style than a chunky style, and it's easy to tell what's in it.
It does have a faint odor, but nothing too unpleasant. All the dogs were salivating over it, even my picky ones. It's consistency is perfect for mixing into kibble, and that really stretches out its lifespan.

My dogs are used to switching foods cold turkey throughout the week, since I feed kibble, dehydrated, canned and raw depending on the day. That said though, there was no stomach upset or gas at all in any of the dogs.

Overall, I'm quite happy with Weruva and will feed it again! Highly recommend!

- Dachshund Mommy