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Cute dachshund in need of more attention

In All About Me, Being Cute, Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on June 29, 2014 at 11:30 am

Zoey needs attention. Now!

Zoey needs attention. Now!

I wish my BFF Shelley spent every free moment of her vacation with me.

But she failed to give me the time of day during her week off from Sunday, June 15, through Monday, June 23. She had to do writing and work on editing her novel, whatever it is called – something like “The Life and Times of Zoey, the Cutest Dachshund from Coast to Coast.”

She fit me in around her schedule, taking me on walks when it was convenient for her and playing with, cuddling and loving me when she had “the time.” Instead of staying home all day to keep me company, she took off to go to the coffee shop to write, even if it was for a way shorter time than when she had to go to stupid work.

When she does go off to her job, she leaves me all day, but thankfully her fiancé works slightly different hours, so he gets home earlier than she does, and he plays with me until he starts cooking dinner.

In other words, he does give me attention.

Okay, okay, so does Shelley.

Here is what she wrote about her vacation and the time she spent writing and editing. She didn’t even mention me once by the way. Not even one time.


Canine Play

In All About Me, Being Cute, Play time, Shelley Widhalm, The importance of play, Vacations on June 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

Zoey the dachshund is cute eating ice cream. She believes that she's cute no matter what she does.

Zoey the dachshund is cute eating ice cream. She believes that she’s cute no matter what she does.

My BFF Shelley is on vacation, which means more play time for me.

Dogs need play time for several reasons, including muscle development, mental stimulation and the loved-and-included feeling.

Play adds to a dog’s physical activity, in addition to regular walks, running in the backyard or dog park, and running around the house (as long as there’s carpet and not slippery tile or hardwood floors, where you slide and rapidly spin your paws).

Here are a few ways to play with your dog:

• Catch with a Frisbee or ball; fetch with a ball or toy.
• Chase around furniture in the house or in a grassy area outside.
• Tug-of-war (gentle, of course) with ropes or stuffed animals.
• Slide-in-a-bed by sitting on your doggie bed with your wiener dog toy in your mouth that can be used as a pull, allowing you to go sliding across the floor.
• Keep-away where your BFF runs her arms underneath the bedspread, so you can try to grab her hands with your jaws. (In my case, I bite gently, so Shelley willingly lets me play this game, though dog trainers would probably say a big no, because I am using my jaws in play.)
• Chew the vet-recommended rawhide, the chew toy, the Nylabone or anything else dogs can chew, destroy and make noise while doing it. I like Tupperware containers, especially when my BFF has to throw them away. It’s like I win!

Lastly, play is a way to develop a bond with your BFF, because you are spending time together, communicating in your individual ways while understanding one another and engaging in an enjoyable activity you both love.

Canny Canine Blogger

In All About Me, Being Cute, Shelley Widhalm on June 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

I'm kinda hanging out.

I’m kinda hanging out.

I’m debating whether I should blog this week because the topic is revision as a final step of the writing process.

For one, I only write blogs, and the rest of the time, I play, run, go on walks and eat treats and, if I must, my dog food.

Second, there’s nothing to revise about me because I am a very darling, cute miniature dachshund. This photo demonstrates just how cute I am on a scale of 1-10 as 10 + cute.


I, however, can admit that I could lose a couple of pounds, because I love to eat table food and treats (I get both on occasion from two different people, and I act all innocent like, as if they should give me something because I am so, so hungry and also very cute standing on my hind legs with my front paws crossing, as if I’m saying, “Dude.)

I may exercise, but I consume too many calories, and being a dachshund, I have that low-rider bone structure that makes one pound look like two. So, I guess I have to go on a diet. That means eat more of my organic dog food and fewer treats and table scraps. Plus, Shelley’s going to make me run more, and go on more walks. I guess it’s a good thing it’s summer.

See this photo of me out in the grass among lovely nature. I’m cute, aren’t I?