Thursday, June 30, 2016

Things You Should Never Say to A Dachshund Owner

Hey, everyone!

If you have a dachshund, then I'm sure it's not surprise to know that I can't take Nola anywhere without getting a flurry of comments and exclamations over her. If you don't have a dachshund...well, I can't take Nola anywhere without getting a flurry of comments and exclamations. :p They're just one of those breeds that draws a lot of attention.
Normally, I'm fine with speaking with people about Nola and the breed in general (well, as fine as any cranky introvert can be around people :p). However, there's some things that people say about my dog's breed that just set my teeth on edge, and here they are!

5. "I was bitten by one of those."

....and? Do you think my well behaved dog, who isn't even anywhere near you, is going to suddenly go ballistic and tear your face off? 
No. That's not how that works. I was bitten in the face by a Dalmatian as a young child, but I would never in a million years tell a Dal owner that, especially right off the bat! I also don't think that a Dal is going to bite me just because it's a Dal!

Does this face look liked it'd bite you? Only if you intended to harm me. 

4. "My brother/best friend/aunt/mistress had a Dachshund, but he was a lot..." 
gestures with hands to show about a foot of space 
"...wider than she is."

I hate this one. People are always boggled that Nola isn't fat, and if they aren't asking why she's so "skinny" (she is far from skinny), they're informing me of just how fat this dachshund they know of is. 

3. "My brother/best friend/aunt/mistress had a Dachshund. He was paralyzed from a back issue."

This one is just flat out upsetting, and is usually the first thing someone says. I know her breed has a high chance of IVDD and other back issues, I know there's a roughly 1 in 4 chance, I know, okay? I don't need you to bring one of my worst fears to the forefront of my thoughts. 

2. "Those fuckers never shut up!"

Or some variation of that. Yes, they can be loud. Hell, it's a full on symphony here anytime a firetruck or ambulance goes by. However, my dog isn't making a peep at that moment, and almost never barks in public. Therefore, you're wrong.

1. "Look, a wiener/hotdog/sausage dog!"

That's all I have to say about that.

That's a little more ranty than I intended, but those people bring out the worse in me. :p

- Dachshund Mommy

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dachshund Nola At #BlogPaws

Hello, everyone!

    This post is sponsored by Wellness® Pet Food and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I have been selected as a Sponsored Blogger to attend the BlogPaws 2016 Conference on behalf of Wellness, however we only work with brands we love. BlogPaws and my Sponsor are not responsible for the content of this article.

As you all know, Nola and I flew out to BlogPaws 2016 last Wednesday, courtesy of our awesome sponsor, Wellness® Pet Food. I'm going to give you a recap on the events! It inspired some post ideas I hope to get out in the next week or two, for sure! Let's get right to what happened at BlogPaws. It may be a bit long, so sorry in advance!

We left early that morning on a Southwest flight, and Nola did so well! I was anxious, so that made her a little twitchy, but once she was settled under the seat on the plane, she went right to sleep. We wound up sitting on the tarmac in Dallas for over an hour, and it was boiling hot, so that was quite unpleasant. The flight attendants were adamant that she would not come out from her carrier under the seat, despite the lack of airflow down there. So, whenever they weren't by my seat, I opened the zipper and let her hang the front of her body out of carrier, and simply pushed her head in and set my foot in front of the open carrier door whenever the flight attendants pass. No one was the wiser. ;)

After that and a very confusing trip through the Phoenix airport, where I managed to get us lost twice, we took a taxi (Uber would not work for me) to the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass resort. We were greeted by two smartly dressed bellhops, had the car door opened for us, and our luggage quickly moved to a cart to wait for us to be ready. After checking in at the friendly front desk, and spying some fellow dog bloggers in the hotel lounge, we headed off for a lovely room on the second floor, a bellhop and our luggage trailing along behind us. Once situated, it was time to check out the suite. I've never stayed in a "fancy" hotel, and the room was quite nice! Large bathroom with a separate shower and tub, big bed, leather chair (that Nola decided was made just for her), flat screen TV, and balcony with a pretty view. Nola was thrilled to finally be out of her carrier, and enjoyed tearing around the room at a frantic pace as I unpacked.

It really wasn't that hot - or at least, not to a Floridian. Without the humidity, it felt cooler than Florida.

After a potty break, it was time to head down for tea with The American Animal Hospital Association, where we saw several familiar faces! Nola was a little cranky after such a long flight and lack of exercise, but handled it all well, including the PetSmart pre-conference dinner. I was having a rough time, totally frazzled from stress and exhaustion, so Wednesday was hard on us. I can't thank Denise from Denise's Dog Dish enough for how kind and welcoming she and her husband (and adorable Shasta!) were. They made a rough time bearable!

After passing out and sleeping like a rock Wednesday night, Nola and I were up fairly early Thursday morning. Remember, Phoenix is 2 hours behind our time, so our schedule was completely off. That was okay, though! We lazed in bed for an hour and a half, and then had a long walk around the beautiful grounds of the resort. After that we had brunch with Virbac and Mr. N and April from Tenacious Little Terrier, then attended our first session/workshop: Legal Dos and Don'ts.

"I has some brunch?"

We sat with Mr. N and his mama, and Alison from Sarcastic Dog. Nola, who is usually very much a one person dog, really liked Alison, and even initiated interaction! That almost never happens with anyone apart from me and close family. The session was fairly well done, and Nola did fantastic, hanging out and napping in her stroller the entire time.

A stroller was invaluable to us. Seriously cannot recommend one enough!

We peeked into the exhibit hall, and who do we see? Our sponsor's booth, Wellness! With Nola tucked happily into her sling, we made our way over to say high. Both the girls working were so friendly and welcome! Nola even snapped a pic with one of them. ;)

After going back to our room, it was time for dinner. The food was good the entire time we were there, and there was lots of options for gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian. We even got to have dinner with the Wellness ladies, and our Instagram friend TheBrokeDog. It was lovely to speak with them! Nola had quite the fan base at that table, as she sat comfortably in her stroller and politely behaved. From then on, we always got smiles and a friendly "hey, Nola!" when we saw them. :)

This pose cracks me up!

Then on Friday we had breakfast, three workshops, and lunch. That was a bit of a hectic day, but thankfully it ended early. Nola and I popped in on Sugar's early 15th birthday party, then went back to our room, ordered room service, and crashed.

That's Sugar just by Nola's right ear.

And then Saturday happened, and I woke up so sick (period, but for me, it knocks me on my ass) at around 4:30am. Spent the morning puking, then shuffled myself and a very concerned Nola down to Wellness's VIP breakfast. Amanda of Dog Mom Days was so sweet to my sick self, and it was a nice and laid back time. They had great swag bags with some crack like treats that Nola goes nuts for, and a lovely breakfast spread.
Nola and the "other Amanda", from Dog Mom Days! She was awesome!

Nola, me, and Bernard from Dog and His Boy. He had the best style!

After that, Nola and I headed up to our room for a little bit, came back for one short workshop, and then napped back in our room until the Nose to Nose awards. We had dine and were so excited when one of our favorite blogs, Montecristo Travels, won! We did walk the red carpet, as you can see here:


I couldn't have asked more from Nola. She did so, so well! Even when some other dogs were incredibly rude or people pet her (in her stroller and carrier....) without asking, she took it in stride. Such a good dog.

So yeah! That was what we did at Blog Paws 2016. :)

- Dachshund Mommy

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Influencer Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Aftermath

Look for a recap of BlogPaws sometime this week, but for today...well, we're recovering. :p

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Black and White Sunday: When Nola Met Sugar

Nola meets Sugar at BlogPaws

We fly home today; I am still sick (that time of the month, for me, means crippling cramps, nausea/stomach issues, headache and body aches), and am not looking forward to this long flight. We have a bitch of a layover in Houston. Cannot wait to go home though!

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

Friday, June 24, 2016

BlogPaws, #2

Hi, everyone,

Today's post recaps yesterday's BlogPaws events. The day overall went better - I wasn't as sorely tempted to hop on the next plane back home due to sheer exhaustion and being overwhelmed. ;) Still, I can't wait to go home, haha. Not to say I'm not enjoying myself, but Nola and I are both so. so. tired. Like full body drained exhausting.

Yesterday we had a brunch, then went to a 3 hour workshop (Legal Dos and Don'ts), then Nola needed a break so we headed back to our room for an hour or so for a quick nap and some yoga, then happy hour and then dinner. As I'm writing this, we're getting ready to go to bed, and I'm debating skipping breakfast so I can sleep a little more. :p Aside from that, I believe there's 3 workshops for us tomorrow and a short visit to the exhibit hall, then retiring early.

"I has some brunch?"

Spencer from Spencer the Goldendoodle

In Legal Dos and Don'ts

Mr. N from Tenacious Little Terrier

Getting some love from Sarcastic Dog's writer Allison 

Pee break

Meeting Boca from Rubicon Days

Sleeping. The stroller has been invaluable 

Meeting Sugar from Sugar the Golden Retriever. Nola looks chubby, since she's been eating all day the past two days!


With a Wellness Rep

Exhibit Hall

Yappy hours

Wanting some dinner

Evening walk. There's so many rabbits here!

Love her

Ready for Bed