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 Chewy.com 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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Dog World: 5 Years In and I No Longer Give a Fuck

Hey, everyone!

Today's post is about something that's been on my mind a lot lately, especially when I log into Facebook and see the myriad posts, pages and shares about various aspects of the dog world. As I'm sure you're well aware, every single thing we do (or don't do) with our dogs is hotly debated, from  feeding to training to travel to exercise. No matter what you do, someone has something to say about it. And that's not even mentioning the rampant dog world cliques!

Nola is my first dog, and I've been heavily involved in the dog world since she was about eight months old (she'll be six in October). Forums, Facebook, and of course the blogging community has helped fueled my dog addiction...and also made me strongly dislike the vast majority of the canine community.

As a newbie, I used to be so, so fanatic in my views, and boo to anyone who disagreed with my methods. I "knew" my way was the right way, and it wasn't anyone's place to say otherwise. Training? Force free. Food? Homemade only. Altering? 6 months, and not a moment later. Rehoming? Only terrible people did that. Travel? Only short road trips, because anything else must be too stressful, and dogs needed routine. Vaccines? Every year, and exactly as the vet said.
So on and so forth, ect ect. If there was a topic, I had an opinion. My way, or the highway and all that. I hadn't had much experience, and boy, did it show. I'll occasionally look through old blog or Facebook posts and just cringe at the naiveté of it all. If only my then-self knew what was in store....

Fast forward a few years and several views-changing experiences, and I hated the vast majority of the dog world. The catty remarks, the snobbery, the black and white views, the sheer lack of change...everything I was so adamant about in the beginning had shifted, becoming something I couldn't stand to be a part of.
I'd had my eyes opened in a major way, especially in the past eighteen months or so. My views on food changed hugely, and I now feed everything from kibble to raw to canned. My views on spaying and neutering changed drastically, as did my vaccine protocol. I've been through rehomes, I've experienced both shelter and breeder dogs, nursed a dying dog back to health, and have traveled a good deal with Miss Nola (and you all know we're planning a European voyage this fall...guess that shows how much my travel views have changed!).
Really the only place my views haven't shifted is with training. I still train without adversities, using positive reinforcement and a compassionate attitude.

So...I quit. I quit caring about what anyone else was doing with his or her dogs. I quit the forums, the Facebook groups. I know what works for me and mine.  I know what works for my dog may not work for others, and that's okay. I know that people won't always agree with what I'm doing, and that's okay, too. I know longer give a fuck, and that makes me happier than all the other things put together. ;)

If people disagree...well, they can suck it and I move on. 

What about you? Have your views changed since you first became a dog owner? If so, how?

- Dachshund Mommy