Monday, May 30, 2016

Kitten Season: We're Fostering!

Hey, everyone!

I don't know about where you all are, but here in North Florida, it's kitten season. The shelters and rescues are overcapacity with cats, especially kittens 4 months and under. Every other Craigslist ad is "free kittens"; the same holds true for local Facebook groups. People are dropping cats everywhere, and it's incredibly sad.

We're currently fostering a 4-ish week old abandoned kitten. She's tiny, thin, and was infested with fleas (I have never in my life seen so many fleas on one animal), but is okay aside from being malnourished. Her name is Salem. She's very quiet and placid, but is starting to perk up. She likes to play with my hair, and is very snuggly and sweet. Nola is oscillating between frantic mothering, and wanting to play with her, in between adorable bouts of cuddling.

Trying to give a little size reference; here she is next to my iPhone 6.

She's still being bottle fed a few times a day, but is also eating a wet food/milk replacer mix and using a litter box. I am not a cat person, but I'm a little in love with this tiny baby!

- Dachshund Mommy

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Dog Mom Files: I Don't Schedule Anything

Hey, everyone!

I've been wanting to share a little more on my "dog parenting" style lately, and figured what better way to do that than a cute mini series! These will be fairly sporadic (you know me....), but I wanted to have a section where we could all talk about the ways we raise and guide our pups. Let's jump right in!

Whatever you do, always make time to stop and smell the flowers!

Today's topic is all about schedules. Some are diligent about feeding, walking, playing, ect at a specific time every day, while others are more of a "we'll get there...eventually" mentality. Neither approach is wrong, and you have to do what works best for your pets and your lifestyle!

Personally, I don't follow a schedule for my dogs. At all. My work time is all over, not to mention  I'm too lazy to be strict about things, haha. Everyone gets what they need, it's just a matter of when. I will say that this is only once the dogs are reliably potty trained. Until then, the precision of their schedule would make any drill sergeant weep with envy.

They'll eat anywhere between 6am and 2pm. We walk sometime in the morning (usually, though lately it's just getting way too hot), and Nola and I walk at night. We play whenever the mood strikes, and the same goes for training. It's time to start winding down at about 8:30pm, though bedtime is anywhere from 10pm to 2am. As for potty breaks, it's after eating and right before bed without fail. Otherwise, I just watch the cues. Nola goes to the door and taps it to be let out, and if I don't hear here, she'll come find me and lead me over to the door. Quite convenient, let me tell you!

The biggest benefit of this, in my experience at least, is my dogs are able to go with the flow more. Not just in our home, but I firmly believe that this kind of life has helped Nola be able to do anything and take it in stride. They aren't stressed if certain times aren't met, because they aren't codependent on a certain expectations. This is incredible helpful when the time changes, too! People will always go on Facebook and bemoan that Fido is up an hour earlier begging for food, and Nola's over here with Que Sera Sera as her soundtrack.

"Whatever will be, will be...the future's not ours to see...que sera sera!"

What about you? How do you manage your pup's time?

- Dachshund Mommy

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jasmine Time

The jasmine was in full bloom a couple weeks ago, and made for a lovely background!

I really, really like this one. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

My Dog's Too Good For Blogging

Hey, everyone!

I always love reading the hilarious tales of "bad dog" antics whenever I'm scrolling through my blog roll, as well as Facebook and Instagram. They're always funnier when they're not happening to you, it's true, but some of these bloggers make me crack up when they recount their dog anecdotes. Not only is it amusing, it's a great insight that bloggers don't have perfect dogs. It's a much needed reality check sometimes, I think!


Here on my blog though, I don't share any naughty behavior from The Tiny Terror. Why? Well, to be perfectly honest.....

My dog is too good for blogging.

"Who, me???"

Yep, it's true. There's no funny recounts of mischief because Nola almost never does anything bad, so long as her physical and mental needs are met. She doesn't chew what she isn't suppose to (she barely chews what she is suppose to). She doesn't destroy anything. She doesn't bother other animals. She's not a digger. So long as she's with me, she's not an escape artist. Save for one incident in over five years, she's never blown me off during training.  She's great with kids. She's at ease in new situations. She's nearly obscenely well behaved. 
Her only issue is she'll pee inside if I use any kind of ear wash on her, even if I let her outside immediately after.... I'm usually not one to think dogs are vindictive by nature, but sometimes she makes me wonder with that, because she won't potty inside otherwise. 

Normally, I love this about her. The first 18 months were rough for us, and she must have gotten all her mischief out during that time, because now she's damn near perfect and that must be my reward for all our hardships. ;) 
However, when it comes to blogging, this girl often leaves me scrambling for new material. I can only be like "look at these pretty pictures of my pretty dog" so many times, you know? I'll admit to asking her to be a little wicked, just for a blog post. She gives me a baleful look, and continues on with her bad good self. Oh, well! I'm not too bummed about my goody-two-shoes pup. ;)

It's a hard life, but someone's gotta live it. 
Does anyone else have a dog like Nola, a pup that's almost too good?

- Dachshund Mommy

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 800 
Join me and my co-host Sugar for the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop! Grab the badge and link up!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Nail Time With Primal Treats!

Hey, everyone!

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

It's my birthday today and I'm sick (happy birthday to me...), so this will be short!

As I've mentioned before, Nola's nails have been a constant battle for months and months, first with counter conditioning her to the dremel and then working on getting the length way down. We're finally at a point where Nola is good about nail grinding, and her nails are nice and short. They still need done every other day, and makes it easy to keep the experience positive with Primal Munchies!

These single ingredient, US made treats come in several flavors, and are a high value reward that works for any variety of situations. They come in different sizes chunks that are easy to break up, or feed whole. I break them into pieces for training, but give the whole chunks for nail grooming since it takes about 1-2 nails for her to eat them. 

They do have a smell, but it's not terribly strong and washes off easily. These are high quality treats that Nola loves, and I'm very happy with. 

- Dachshund Mommy

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Beach Day!

A beach day from a couple weeks ago I forgot to share!

The sea foam was horrible that day!

Pure joy!

Just over here, being majestic. 

She found a crab, but it thankfully scuttled off into the water before either of them could inflict damage on their opponent.