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Dog Blogger’s Year in Review

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on December 28, 2014 at 11:30 am

Zoey the Dashchund is cute even when she sleeps.

Zoey the Dashchund is cute even when she sleeps.

There is no end to my cuteness and, as the cutest dachshund ever, I had a lot of stories and photos to share over this past year.

As 2014 draws to a close—the year I turned six on Dec. 20, by the way—I figured it’s time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished as a dog blogger and canine poet

First off, I proved that I am the CEO of Cuteness, the cutest dachshund worldwide and the cutest, prettiest, darling-est dog ever.

I made sure that dog owners realized the importance of loving their pets, paying attention to them (like all of the time) and giving them lots of treats. I explained the elements of responsible pet ownership, while telling really interesting stories from my own life. And I shared a few of the poems I wrote as a talented canine poet (who needs opposable thumbs to type?).

I also wrote about cats, but not too much because I’ve been noticing that they’re not that friendly (at least to me). I’m a very nice, equal opportunity dog who wants to be friends with dogs my size or smaller (not big dogs—too scary!), cats, birds, geese and anything else in the animal kingdom. I just want to be all inclusive.

Anyway, in 2015, I’ll blog about the dog life, my life and how best to love on and treat dogs like us (and cats, too).

A Dog’s Big Day (i.e. my birthday!)

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on December 21, 2014 at 11:30 am

This is an obvious way to love your dog by hosting a birthday party just for them. Zoey's birthday is Dec. 20, and she would like you to put the date in your calendar.

This is an obvious way to love your dog by hosting a birthday party just for them. Zoey’s birthday is Dec. 20, and she would like you to put the date in your calendar.

I turned six yesterday on Saturday, Dec. 20, five days before Christmas.

For that reason, I want to let the world know that my wish list for my birthday also applies to Christmas.

Here is what I want for my big day and then on the holiday:

  • Treats, particularly soft and chewy, chicken- or beef-flavored, bones.
  • Stuffed animals that are larger than me, so that I can grab them by the scruff and shake, shake, shake, in imitation of my wild side.
  • Balls for fetch, that once I tire of chasing, I chew off the outer layers, rolling the ball between my paws to pull apart every seam. My BFF Shelley doesn’t like it when I do this.
  • No new clothes (I am forced to wear them, and I put up with it, because I’m a nice dog and all).
  • Love and lots of attention, preferably 24-7.
  • Play dates with other dogs (as long as they’re my size or smaller) and cats. I just love cats, but they seem, for some reason I can’t figure out, to not like me so much.
  • Table food, instead of dog food.

So, did you take notes? I am waiting patiently for my presents—oh, and some love, too.

Dogs and the Holidays

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on December 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

I am anticipating getting lots of Christmas presents.

I am anticipating getting lots of Christmas presents.

I love the holidays because my BFF Shelley takes me out to the dog-friendly shopping malls. I get to be carried inside the store, where I can see all the sale items.

Being carried is advantageous when you’re a long-haired miniature dachshund with short legs.

What I see and smell is all low to the ground. I want the apex of vantage points to search out potential dog lovers, so that when they see me, they remark on my cuteness and want to pet me.

I want to be able to see everything from the human eye level to the ground, instead of relying on my sense of smell and knowledge of feet and shoes. That’s because my two aims in life are finding, eating and getting food (a top priority) and, second, getting attention. Attention results in petting sessions, playtime and cuddles.

Attention also reminds me that I’m cute and as the cutest dachshund this side of the Mississippi, I need the occasional reminder. That way I never doubt my state of cuteness and remain confident at all times. I think we all need to hear positive feedback, whether we’re human or a dog or a cat. (Yep, I like cats because they’re my size and potential friends – sometimes; I just don’t get why some cats don’t like dogs and get all hissy about it.)

Top 12 Tips for Loving Your Dog

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on December 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

Zoey the Cute Dachshund wants you to love her (and give her treats).

Zoey the Cute Dachshund wants you to love her (and give her treats).

I deserve treats. I deserve to be carried on walks if I don’t want to get my feet cold or am a bit peeked. And I deserve to get presents for my birthday, Christmas and any dog-related holidays. (My birthday is in 13 days on Dec. 20, when I will turn 6.)

In other words, I deserve to be loved, admired, cared for and pampered.

Here are my suggestions for expressing puppy love:

  • Kiss me in the morning.
  • Let me kiss you back with doggie licks.
  • Give me treats whenever you leave.
  • Kiss me before you leave.
  • Don’t leave me for too long.
  • If you have to leave me for more than eight hours, send me to Doggie Day Camp.
  • Quickly come back and let me know that you missed me. I certainly let you know that I missed you with my tail wags and exposed belly.
  • Make sure my blanket is set up on our bed, so that I can have extra softness for sleeping.
  • Take me on walks, but carry me when I’m tired (see above).
  • Love me all the time.
  • Tell me how cute I am, or did I already say that?

I don’t have a 12th one, so just continue loving me, unconditional and constant. Or how about keep me as your screensaver on your phone, computer and any other electronic device? Keep pictures of me wherever possible to be a reminder that you love, love me.