My Three Doxsons

My Three Doxsons
Miss Peaches, Foozie and Spaatz

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Small American Nesting Hound

The Small American Nesting Hound is alive and well and may be taking up a bit of your personal space right now. Whether you are sleeping, watching TV or just reading your email, you may have one of these creatures on your lap or stuffed in tightly against you.
If you are like me and have more than one of theses uber cuddlers you may find yourself pinned down unable to move. If you've ever gotten a cramp in your leg in one of these situations, it may be difficult to rouse them. When you shift yourself, even a small amount, they just readjust themselves and your back where you started.

In the winter, if you live where it gets cold this is not so bad, and may even save on the heating bills. There is the hazard though of when you first sit down there may be a collection of Nylabones and other chewy toys that are really uncomfortable to sit on. I have enforced the no bones on the bed rule. The couch is a different story. Once Spaatz was using my leg as a place to prop up his bone so he could chew on it better. No, no, no, this is definitely not working. Take that thing elsewhere. There is an order to all this nesting and cuddling though. everyone has their "spot". Sandie, the most recently acquired hound bends this rule a bit. She is a little behind in the ways of the dachshund, but she is learning slowly from my learned staff of professionals. She is very endearing though and sometimes I wake to find her head on my pillow next to me sleeping like a person. I find this to be kinda sweet. That she is, to the core.
Apon waking, Spaatz will nudge his way under my hand, and if I move it he will do it again. Then, most likely Sandie will try to get her head in there too. Followed by Fooze and Miss Peach will grumble that she is not being patted as well.
So if you find yourself fortunate enough to own a Nesting Hound or two, or three, or more you know how sweet and fun they are. If not, what are you waiting for? You know you want one. Go ahead, that's how it starts.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thank you Miss Peachy

Brave Bearded Beauty
I'd like to thank my bearded beauty for coming to the rescue. Last night whilst I was trying to secure things about the house, Miss Peachy took care of a situation for me. We were supposed to get a storm that could pack a tornado, (it didn't even rain hard). I'm okay with no tornado, but being a gardener was hoping for some much needed rain. Anyway I was tuning into the TV to check out the radar when Peachy was in the corner of the living room raising quite the ruckus. A bit more than the usual late bus dropping off the neighbor kid bark. I implored her to settle down so I could check on the weather when I realized the cause for her alarm. There was a snake in the house. My first look had me a little startled as it seemed to be a good size snake. She tangled with it a bit and it hid under a small piece of furniture at the bottom of the stairs. I told all the dogs to step back. I called my husband, he said he would be right there, and for me to keep an eye on it. Fortunately his shop is right around the corner. I kept an eye on it, it came out from under it's hiding place and unfortunately went under the stairs. Oh great, a snake in the closet under the stairs. The good part was I realized it was just a big garter snake. Not any real danger to Peach.
 I figured when my husband arrived I would send in Peachy and he could be on the other side in case the snake tried to escape. This didn't work. It had disappeared. I'm in there moving stuff around, she is sniffing like mad. I was thinking if we find it in this tight space I'm probably going to scream. No snake. Well, this is super, I have a snake in the house and I don't no where it is. My husband went back to work, and I went about putting my groceries away etc.
A short while later Miss Peach let me know the snake was back under that piece of furniture again. Okay, were going to let her take care of this, I'm not going to let this keep me tiptoeing about the house until this snake decides to move his whole family in here. I moved the little hutch it was hiding under, Peach went in and grabbed it, let it go and it quickly dashed under the couch. Everyone was interested now, all ready for it, I pulled out the couch. Peach didn't want to share her snake so she ran in and grabbed it and gave it the death shake, and it was all over. Thank you my sweet little Peach. I did discard the body myself, but was glad to have my team here headed by wire hair dachshund Miss Peachy. She got an extra chewy treat and a good beard wash and tooth brushing.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It was a dachshund holiday!

Sandie, Rupert, Foozie, Spaatz and Miss Peaches
Hello dachshund lover's! We  just had an extra dachshund staying here with us. His name is Rupert, although he is affectionately known as RuRu, or Rutabaga, or as I sometimes call him- Rooster. Rupert is a very sweet dachshund, quite friendly. But he can be kinda mischievous. Rupert is one of my daughter's dachshunds, we both have 4. Yes, it's kinda an illness and it's catching, so beware.We put up some gates to keep the dogs in the kitchen while we were out. Now My dogs are content to stay in bounds, in fact you don't have to secure the gates. The gate could be lying down in the doorway and they still won't pass, but Rupert needs to get out of any confinement just because he must.
This was a big adventure for Rupert, flying up from Florida. Did you know if your doctor signs a note for you saying you need a therapy dog with you to keep calm while you travel they can travel for free? My daughter was able to do this with Rupert. I saw the form, you can have up to 3 dogs. I found this to be quite interesting, and will keep this in mind in the future.
Probably one of Rupert's favorite moments was when the dogs got a squirrel and he got to play too. Dachshund live for that kind of stuff, and it was a first for him. The only problem is when it's over they don't want it to end. Mr. squirrel is no fun anymore when he has xx's in his eyes.
I find when you have multiple dachshund's, once you have more than 2 it doesn't matter when one more is around. I do imagine that does tap out at some point. I know I've seen people with more than me so I haven't quite attained the "crazy dachshund lady" status yet. Not quite.Whenever we get together with my daughter and her dogs there is always a lot of barking, but always a lot of fun and laughter too.
Maybe another squirrel will come out to play

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dachshund Owners- You Know the Drill

Drabble knows how dachshunds operate. If you are like me, you are all to familiar with this drill. While the mighty dachshund is surely an invaluable security system, they are a little hair trigger.
If you have more than one dachshund, then there may be an "instigator". In my case I have two of them. Foozy is a barking instigator from way back, anything, doesn't matter if it's a half mile away. If he can hear it, see it, or smell it, it is an intruder and the warning must be issued. Then there is Sandie, who isn't too sharp (although terribly sweet), she barks at everything, but then she won't stop.
Sandie- Marathon barker
I think the classic moment was a couple weeks ago. We have a little fenced in area in the back yard where they can hang out. I could hear them all barking, so I went to investigate, when I looked to see what was going on, they were all barking , but facing different sides of the fence. They weren't even barking at the same thing. They were all just barking at the world.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Time to Shave the Wire Hairs

Yes, it's gotten to be that time of year when an older gals thoughts turn to shaving the wire haired dachshunds. It's just something that's just gotta be done.
Sandie Poo
As you can see Sandie is in full mop here. Maybe I should have called her Dusty. Sandie knows when I bring her in the bathroom and put her on the sink somethings gonna happen. Maybe just getting her teeth brushed or some drops in her ears, but this time it probably took an hour and a half to get all that fur off her. Considering how long it was, she was minimally squirmy.
A little less Sandie Poo

When it was all done I must of taken at least a pound of fur off her. I think I know why they leave that skirt of fur on the underside of schnauzer's, because you think your done, and there's still all that stuff underneath. On a dachshund there's not a lot of clearance under there so you have to be creative to get to it.
I must say that Sandie IS a new dog now. She's so happy! She has a spring in her step, and wants to lick you even more than before. That's somehow not possible. My husband says, if you lost over 10% of your weight in an hour, you'd be happy too. I certainly would. A haircut won't do it.
Miss Peaches was a breeze after Sandie. She doesn't have that dense long hair. It's just like this curly blonde stuff on top. I shave it off and she turns into a redhead.
I always leave the eyebrows ,beard and mustache on. I don't want them to lose their wire hair charm. The cut keeps them cool for the warm months ahead, keeps the bugs down by giving them less places to hide, and right now it helps with all the dirt and twigs and stuff that gets dragged in on the furry undercarriage they sport. They are both really pleased with their new do's, and Spaatz and Fooze stood by during the whole shave and were almost disappointed they didn't get one too
Dachshunds are ready for summer

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Big April Dachshund Birthday Party

April is a big month here for dachshund birthdays. We know that Peaches,  birthday is on the second of April. Foozie, we know from the records we got from the SPCA when we got him that he was also born in April, but not the day. April fool's day seemed totally appropriate for him. Peachy just turned 9 and Fooze is 8. Getting a little grey around the muzzle both of them.
So I went all out and made them a cake, I had hoped I could get a nice photo op with them all sitting at the table waiting for cake. Not happening. This is the best I could do. On the floor with Miss Peaches testing the icing. This is a dog cake recipe, with shredded carrots and peanut butter, no sugar. The icing is a fat free cream cheese with a smidge of honey. Actually not bad. The cake is bland as dirt, but all doggie friendly ingredients.
Yesterday was all about making special things for the dogs. Not only did I make the cake but their favorite dog food too. I recently started making them dog food from scratch. It's from Dr Fox, who is a vet with a weekly column in the newspaper. All healthy stuff for the dogs. I must say their coats have taken on a noticeable luster. Especially Spaatz. Soo smooth and shiny. I started with ground venison this time. You can use chicken or beef. Best thing is they LOVE it. They go ape-shit at supper time. The thing is it calls for spirulina, which is a blue-green algae supplement full of protein, vitamins and minerals. That's great, but it turns the food green. Real green.
I freeze portions and take them out as needed 
Fortunately the dogs don't care. There's also brown rice and bits of chopped apple and blueberries. There are other options like sweet potatoes, it depends on what I have on hand. My sister asked if I tasted it, nope, you lose me at the spirulina. Although it's probably healthy for anyone.
Mmm-cake
Peachy, being the girl that she is, was finding the dessert was not too bad either. Well, I didn't get that perfect photo with the dogs with party hats on, sitting in front of the cake whilst they wait for happy birthday to be sung before they "woof" down the cake. They were very happy, I gave them each a sliver. Seems to be sleep inducing, everyone is napping now. No one begging to sit on my lap. Anyone interested in spoiling your dogs rotten by making the homemade dog food can find the recipe here.
pet-care-dr-fox-shares-his-home-prepared-dog-food-recipe

Saturday, March 28, 2015

THE GOLDEN GIRLS


Ah, yes my Golden Girls, Miss Peachy and Sandie Poo. An unlikely pair of friends. Peachy is the diva dog here, and we weren't certain they would get along at all, let alone be friends.
When it came time to see if we might adopt Sandie out of her unhappy situation we took Peach with us so they could meet on neutral ground to see if they might dislike each other from the get go. Fortunately there were no fireworks.                                                                            
Now it finds them often as two peas in a pod. They both sport the wire hair coat which seems impervious to the elements. The sub zero temperatures this winter didn't phase them as they kept hunting while I tried to coax them inside.
Sandie will always be the less dominant of the two, but they still can be very competitive, always wanting to see what the other is up to.
In retrospect I am so glad that Sandie has come to stay. She would never be as happy in a house with 17 cats as she is here with 3 other dachshunds, besides the fact she was so sickly. Here, she has true friends to play with and a pack of wieners to cuddle up with when ever she needs them.