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The Benefits of Dog-ins

In Dog Blogger, Dog-ins on February 22, 2015 at 11:30 am

I am playing with my canine pal, Sophie. She's the golden retriever, and I am the very cute dachshund. Oh, okay, we're both cute.

I am playing with my canine pal, Sophie. She’s the golden retriever, and I am the very cute dachshund. Oh, okay, we’re both cute.

My BFF and co-blogger Shelley blogged about write-ins this week, so I thought I would invent something called a dog-in.

With write-ins, writers don’t bark, growl or howl but write with other people. I prefer barking alone, especially at loud trucks, trains, noises that go bang and other dogs, my tail wagging as I’m saying, “Here I am. Let’s play.”

Shelley said that write-ins give her a reason to show up for writing and to do the writing. I don’t need exterior motivation to bark and will just bark, stopping when Shelley says stop (well, for 30 seconds, and then I start up again).

In my creation of dog-ins, the gathering would be a way for dogs to get together and bark, growl and chat, because we already have outlets for our other interests, such as doggie day camps, doggie play dates and dog parks to walk and run off leash and meet up with other of our friends going leash-less.

With dog-ins, we’d be able to discuss dog-related topics, comparing notes on our training, the types of treats we get, how much time we get to run, how many walks we take and how we do playtime.

We could research best practices and identify what needs to be improved in our home lives.

We could learn new ways of approaching our daily lives.

And we could commiserate when things aren’t quite how we like them to be (such as when we don’t get our favorite treats or we’re left alone while our person goes off to work).

But it doesn’t work that way.

Humans have the control and take us to our play dates, day camps and dog parks, not letting us organize our own societies with our own approaches to socializing and being together.

It’s kind of not fair.

See how my BFF Shelley writes about write-ins in her blog at shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com.

Dog Blogger Loves Treats!

In Dog Treats, Treating Your Dog Well on February 15, 2015 at 11:30 am

I love treats, such as this rawhide stick.

I love treats, such as this rawhide stick.

I am motivated by what should motivate all cute dogs—praise, getting pets and, of course, the T word.

You got it. Treats!

My BFF Shelley blogged this week about character motivation and the difference between what characters want and what they need.

I want treats. I need treats. It’s the same thing.

I want to talk about another of my want/needs. When we go on walks, I want to sniff around and catch up on the gossip from the other dogs, get a little exercise and meet people who will stop and pet me, saying how cute I am.

I want/need to run around a backyard, but Shelley does not have a backyard. Walking on a leash isn’t the same thing. Just imagine if you were told where to walk and had to follow the same route every time your person got off work. Yeah, I thought so.

Plus, I hate how when I want to sniff a smell and really understand the source and identify how long it’s been there and why, Shelley pulls on my harness. I’ve got to move along, she says.

Do you see me telling her to move along when she stops to greet someone she knows? Instead, I wag my tail and stare at that person until he or she give me my much deserved pet and remarks about my cuteness.

So to wrap up, I want/need attention, playtime, love and more treats. I like rawhide the best.

Dogs and Love

In Canine Love, Loving Your Dog, Valentine's Day on February 8, 2015 at 11:30 am

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means that I need to be shown some love.

Not that it would be hard to love me, because I am very, extremely cute. In fact, I’m the cutest dachshund to set paw on this earth.

I don’t believe in one-way love, or that unrequited kind, because I love back. I love lots of people and greet everyone with a tail wag, jumps in the air (I can’t control my excitement as I bounce up and down, reaching my front paws in the air) and, if they let me, kisses. I love other animals (except big dogs). And I even love cats.

To show us love on Valentine’s Day, the big day of romance, card giving and candy, give us our own valentine.

Here are some suggestions I have:

  • Give us an extra special treat (I like rawhides, heated-up milk bones and pepperoni sticks).
  • Give us extra long playtime, because play is good for mental stimulation and physical exercise.
  • Take us on an extra walk, because we love to explore smells, or let us run extra long, because again the smells are fascinating and running is something we love to do.
  • Take us somewhere that allows pets, such as a coffee shop or retail store, so that we can spend extra time with you and meet new people.
  • Spend extra time with us, just because you love us and we love you back.
  • And a present would be nice, too. I like stuffed animals, balls to chew up (not to chase) and Nylabones (I really, really like to chew, even though I’m six and not a puppy anymore).

Lastly, say that you love us and that we’re cute in the lovey-dovey voice, because we do understand.

Taking Cute Dog Photos

In Dog Photos, Photography, Taking Photos of Your Dog on February 1, 2015 at 11:30 am

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Taking photographs of your dog is something you should do, if not every day, at least every other day. Or once a week. You want to mark our growing up, our good moments (such as birthdays—mine is Dec. 20, by the way) and our interactions with other dogs, cats and people (and even the occasional bird, reptile or other creature).

To take good photos, capture us in a moment of play or when we have a smile on our faces. Cut out the extraneous background and make us the focal point. Make sure the background isn’t too busy with lots of colors, lines and objects. And make sure nothing is sticking out of our heads.

Focus on lighting and sharpness. Get rid of red eye. Capture our movement with lots of clicks. Hold the camera steady by taking a breath and holding it while you release the shutter or hit the button on your phone.

And, remember, give us treats if we’re camera shy, so that we’ll think of it as another trick we get to do for a reward. Or sneak up on us and click away, so that you get us when we are being real and ourselves (which for me is cute, cute and extra cute!).

Here are a few good photos that my BFF took of me, Cute Zoey, and I’ll explain what makes them good:

It looks like I'm posing for the camera. Well, I am. The lighting is good, and I am the central object of the photo.

It looks like I’m posing for the camera. Well, I am. The lighting is good, and I am the central object of the photo.

Though I am not looking at the camera, it does seem like I am in deep thought. The only bad thing about this photo is the bed at the top of the frame. Oh well.

Though I am not looking at the camera, it does seem like I am in deep thought. The only bad thing about this photo is the bed at the top of the frame. Oh well.

I am part of this sculpture in this photo. I am framed perfectly to show off my cuteness.

I am part of this sculpture in this photo. I am framed perfectly to show off my cuteness.