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A Dog’s Space

In All About Me, Favorites, Shelley Widhalm on February 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

I love my comfy bed.

I love my comfy bed.

My favorite spaces involve getting attention.

That means I like being wherever there are people, such as PetSmart, out on walks and my BFF Shelley’s apartment, as long as she’s sitting next to me telling me about my extraordinary cuteness.

I need a daily dose of attention – about 20 hours worth – or I get bored. I start sighing and doing my dog-groan, revealing my frustrations. Before bedtime, I like to grab my big white teddy bear by the neck and start pawing, as if I’m a puppy getting milk from my mama.

I make lots of noises as I release the tensions of my day.

I need attention when I sleep (I won’t sleep alone, unless everyone has left to go to silly work), when I eat and when I chew my rawhides. I want to make sure I’m being noticed (and hence loved).

Another favorite space of mine is Shelley’s dad’s backyard, where I can run along the fence barking at humans, birds and animals. I check the shed for the feral cats, who for some reason don’t want to be friends. I want to be their friends. I want to befriend the birds, too, which I try to quietly run after until they fly up, and that’s when I say, “Goodbye, put please come back. I want to play.”

I also like big snow drifts to climb up, but not water puddles to splash though, so I daintily step around the unwanted water. I like warm concrete, but not when it’s cold, though I love the snow when I’m running around the back yard, the slippery smooth feel underneath my spinning feet. I love turning into a furry snowball as I come inside and shake off, getting a rubdown before I can be indoors. When I dry off, I go back out, doing this all day long because it’s fun.

That’s because my favorite space is inside or outside, or really, wherever I am.

The Joy of Being a Dog (cont.)

In All About Me, Being Cute, Shelley Widhalm on February 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

Here are some photos that demonstrate the joy of a dog’s life without having to deal with all that 9-to-5 busyness humans seem to love.

I'm very comfy with my pink dog-bone pillow.

I’m very comfy with my pink dog-bone pillow.

I'm kinda hanging out.

I’m kinda hanging out.

I like this space, because I can look out the window.

I like this space, because I can look out the window.

My Dog Resume

In All About Me, Seeking attention, Shelley Widhalm on February 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

Here is my resume, demonstrating my best effort to make the most out of being an unpaid human companion.

P.O. Box 9
Loveland, CO 80537

SUMMARY: A long-haired miniature dachshund, I am experienced in catching and fetching, toy delivery, food tasting and hole-digging.

• Jan. 2009-present: Companion to humans, dog model in videos and photos, ball catcher, toy retriever, food sampler and hole-digger for the Widhalm residence.
• Feb. 2008-Jan. 2009: Puppy-in-training, learning basic commands and dog obedience skills.

• Intermediate dog training: Learned advanced dog tricks and agility skills, received in 2010, PetSmart.
• Puppy kindergarten: Learned basic commands, such as sit, lie down, come, stay, stand and shake (I don’t like that one), received in 2009, PetSmart.

• Cutest dachshund ever, as rewarded by everyone.
• Most petted, beloved, cuddliest and loving dog, rewarded by my BFF Shelley.

• Dog blogging.
• Canine poetry.
• Typing, 20 wpm.
• Digging, 3 inches/hour.
• Smelling, (all the time).
• Running (really fast).

The Joy of Being a Dog

In Chasing smells, Dog communication, Shelley Widhalm on February 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

I love the smell of spring grass (obviously this is from last year).

I love the smell of spring grass (obviously this is from last year).

Describing the joy of being a dog cannot fit in a blog and would require a volume of encyclopedias.

But I’ll try to summarize it for you.

Dogs see, smell and understand the world different from their human counterparts, experiencing joy from immersion in their surroundings by way of the ears and nose.

They approach the world first through its smells of different types and intensities, using sight as a secondary sense, which for humans is their primary sense. They see in a limited range of colors, those of blue, yellow and green.

They like to track and explore the smells they encounter to obtain information, separating the smells into distinct odors without blending them. When meeting other dogs, they engage in mutual sniffing to greet each other and gather information about sex, breed and mood.

They hear high-pitched sounds and can identify a sound’s direction and source better than humans can. They communicate with the source of the sounds through a variety of barks from whines to growls, each with a different meaning.

When sounds and smells are present, they use the information they gather to interpret and respond to their world.

They require more sleep than humans, partly because they are animals and also because they’re bored. They’re creatures of comfort that need attention and depend on humans for their activities, such as going on walks, playing and eating.

They naturally like to run and don’t need any motivation to do so. They like to run from scent to scent and expel their pent-up energy.

Dogs rely on their sense of smell, their hearing and their need for exercise to live their fullest in their world.