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Dog Blogger Deals with Rejection

In Cute Dogs, Dog Blogger, Dogs Needing Attention on March 29, 2015 at 11:30 am

As a very cute dachshund, it’s rare that I get rejected, but when I do, it’s because the person doesn’t like dogs or it’s a cat doing the I’m-not-interested-in-you kind of stuff.

It became a little too personal when I entered a couple of cute dog contests but didn’t win.

I felt rejected. I grieved and went under the bed, my pouting spot.

And I grieved some more.

But to make myself feel better, here are some photos to demonstrate my cuteness factor.

Please give me some attention.

Please give me some attention.

Um, if you're going to not pay me any attention, I'll take a nap. I'm cute when I nap.

Um, if you’re going to not pay me any attention, I’ll take a nap. I’m cute when I nap.

I give up. I am not getting attention. I am sad. But I'm still cute.

I give up. I am not getting attention. I am sad. But I’m still cute.

(See my writing partner Shelley’s blog about handling rejection as a writer at shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com.)

Where the Dogs Like to Hang

In Dog Spots, Where Dogs Hang Out on March 22, 2015 at 11:30 am

I like to hang out on the bed next to my teddy bears.

I like to hang out on the bed next to my teddy bears.

I have several spots where I like to hang out to find comfort or to get away when I’m not getting my way.

My favorite place is on people’s laps, because I love attention and that physical contact that lets me know I’m a loved (and very cute) long-haired miniature dachshund.

My name’s Zoey, but you can call me Princess. Or Honey. Or Darling. Or Sweetie.

Second to laps, I like to be on the bed, resting, napping and sleeping.

I like to be outside getting exercise, running and, if I must, walking, even if I’m attached to a leash. On these walks, I have my favorite potty spots, and if it’s cold, I turn right around and head back to the door. I don’t need to be outside, getting my paws all wet and cold.

In the back yard where I get to run, I like to bark at the birds, letting them become aware of my presence, and I like to sit in the sunshine, blinking into the light.

I like the patio where I also can run and make patterns in the snow, or if it’s warm, it’s a place to sniff around and identify the grill smells. I like to explore and stop and run, and then scratch at the door, saying, “I’m done. Let me in now!”

If I’m not having the best of times, or if I’m not getting my way or need some alone time, I like to go under the bed. I’ll put my snout on my paws, usually pulling a pouty expression. I’m trying to let people know I’m upset and something needs to change. That change should be coordinated with the issuing of treats as an apology and an “I love you,” so here you go.

I also like to be in the private apartment gym on a blanket on the mat where I get my treat.

I am motivated by treats.

And love.

And my favorite spots.

Dealing with No-Treats Block

In Being Cute, Liking Dog Treats on March 15, 2015 at 11:30 am

I want treats but am not getting any, so therefore I am pouting.

I want treats but am not getting any, so therefore I am pouting.

I find that when I don’t get treats, I pout.

Why? Because I need to be reminded that I’m cute, loved and worthy of the attention that comes from being the receiver of treats.

Treats are the extra in life that go above and beyond the dog food that provides basic nutritional needs, though treats can be nutritious, too.

Here are the treats I like:

  • Rawhide, because I can chew for a few minutes to a whole hour, depending on the type. Rawhide wrapped in dried bacon is good for chewing and the flavor, while straightforward rawhide gives me something to rotate in my paws as I chew along the edges, scraping off the plaque from my teeth.
  • Milkbones that are heated in the microwave for 20 seconds, because they taste like freshly baked crackers.
  • Round things with meaty middles that I like to crunch to get to the center. I make lots of crumbs and eat it all up, because I can’t waste good food.
  • Puppy beef sticks, because they are spicy and meaty and extra tasty.
  • Anything that humans eat, except for onions, chocolate, grapes and raisins, because those foods aren’t good for our digestive systems. I love cheese, carrots, apples, bananas and yogurt.

Here are a couple of photos of me indulging in treats (to both demonstrate what I like and to show how cute I am).

I am chewing on a rawhide in the sunshine.

I am chewing on a rawhide in the sunshine.

I am very much enjoying my rawhide stick.

I am very much enjoying my rawhide stick.

(See my writing partner Shelley’s blog on dealing with writer’s block at shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com.)

What Your Dog’s Barking is Telling You

In Barking Dogs, Dog Barks, What the Barking Means on March 8, 2015 at 5:30 am

I'm telling you, "Come here and pet me! Now!"

I’m telling you, “Come here and pet me! Now!”

I get centered when I bark and when I get petted. I bark for attention, you know that whole philosophy question of thinking and being.

As a very cute miniature dachshund, I want to let the noises, or the maker of those noises, even trucks and trains, know that I am here. I may be on the fifth floor of an apartment, but I am convinced that my barking brings awareness to the noise causers of my existence. In other words, I bark, therefore I am.

As a master of barking, I thought I would provide a cheat sheet on how to figure out what the different barks mean.

The first is a general bark that means here I am. Notice me. Look at me. Acknowledge my existing.

Here are some other bark meanings:

  • If dogs yelp, they might be hurt or terrified.
  • If they growl, it’s likely they’re fearful, angry or demonstrating threat to another animal or human.
  • When repeated barking occurs, they’re telling you they’re excited.

I also bark for my own reasons:

  • Loud bark near a big dog: I think I’m the bigger dog.
  • Growl, or snarl: I’m protecting my BFF from intruders and other big dogs.
  • Happy play bark, with rump in the air: Play with me, now!
  • A quick, repetitive yelp: Get my teddy bear or toy (even though I could get it myself).
  • Tongue-out pants: I’m totally excited, or tired after exciting play-time.
  • Howl: A loud, squealing noise hurts my ears, so I’m covering up the noises with my own.
  • Silent, plus not to be found: I’m usually underneath the bed and before I go, I wait for you to see me, so that you will know I’m mad at you, usually for ignoring me and not making me the center of your attention.
  • Silent, cuddled next to you: This happens when I want dog-person time.

So, therefore, for all concerned, I bark and when I bark, life has meaning.

(See my writing partner Shelley’s blog about finding meaning in writing at shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com.)

Dog Blogger Pontificates on Her Cuteness Factor

In Canine Photos, Cute Dogs, Dog Blogger on March 1, 2015 at 11:30 am

There is no way you can critique my cuteness. It’s a matter of being positively adorable, as you can see in these photos.


I look cute in my mechanics shirt. I know how to fix broken hearts with my love!


I look cute when I have a bow in my fur.


And I look cute in a hat, though I am a bit reluctant to wear things on my head.

(See my writing partner Shelley’s blog on giving critiques on writing at shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com.)