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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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