Zoey

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Zoey the Cute Dachshund brags on her cuteness factor

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on October 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

I wanted to share some new photos of a very cute dachshund (that’s me) to demonstrate cute dogs rule.

Being cute is hard work, but it’s something I like doing.

I like attention. I like being told I’m cute, pretty, beautiful, poised and darling.

I am Zoey. Call me the Cutest Dachshund ever.

I am cute as I help Shelley, my BFF, take notes for her work.

I am cute as I help Shelley, my BFF, take notes for her work.

Here I am as a very cute puppy with my BFF Shelley.

Here I am as a very cute puppy with my BFF Shelley.

And I'm cute hanging out with my teddy bear, Lenny the Leopard. He's one of my other friends.

And I’m cute hanging out with my teddy bear, Lenny the Leopard. He’s one of my other friends.

Giving Dogs Healthy Doses of Attention

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on October 11, 2015 at 11:30 am

I'm at the coffee shop waiting for someone to stop by and say hi, so I get attention!

I’m at the coffee shop waiting for someone to stop by and say hi, so I get attention!

I need, require, deserve and desire attention.

My name is Zoey, and I’m the cutest dachshund in the www, or whole wide world. Here’s why.

Dog training books recommend dogs get daily attention through walks, exercise and play time. They need love and attention, as well as stimulation to keep their minds active and to be socialized.

If they don’t receive this attention, they can be harder to train and become disobedient and destructive. When left alone, they may chew on shoes and furniture, get into trash and mark beds and floors (puppies chew as part of the teething process, but adult dogs should have learned acceptable behaviors and identified the difference between the chewable and not so chewable options).

Seeking immediate attention, they may resort to jumping up, barking, whining, pawing and dropping a toy or ball into the lap. These behaviors are cute in a puppy, but adult dogs need to know about positive ways of seeking attention, such as sitting nicely or playing with their dog toys on their own.

Dogs need to have some independence, so don’t reward them if they’re continuously demanding your notice. Help them develop their own interests by giving them something new to chew.

Don’t reward them for poor behavior, such as barking or pawing at you, because the attention only temporarily stops their undesirable behavior. They’ve learned they can get a response out of you and will do it again.

As soon as they return to good behavior, reward them for that.

Finally, don’t leave a dog for more than eight hours a day. Then they’ll really have a reason to complain and bark and behave poorly.

Work-life balance (or seeking pets)

In Being Cute, Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on October 4, 2015 at 5:30 am

I am seeking attention, and I get it, because I'm really cute!

I am seeking attention, and I get it, because I’m really cute!

I love to get attention, and I love to get pets, so what I do is hang out with my BFF Shelley as she writes and stare down the passersby.

As they approach, I sit taller and wiggle my tail, focusing my attention on them, as if I’m saying, “Here I am, here I am.”

Seventy-five percent of the time—this is when Shelley and I are at the coffee shop and she’s writing and I’m on the lookout—people stop and say, “Isn’t she cute?” They pause, and Shelley—thankfully—asks them if they want to pet me. And they usually say yes, and I always say yes.

They stop, and I get the attention I need and deserve.

I hear things like I’m a magnet, I’m pretty, I’m beautiful, I have a cute face, I’m darling, and I’m lovable. I’m such a lover. I’m a good girl.

In fact, I’m the cutest dachshund ever. Wouldn’t you agree from seeing my pictures?

I am cute hanging out on my bed with my teddy bear.

I am cute hanging out on my bed with my teddy bear.

Here I'm getting ready to take a nap on two pillows!

Here I’m getting ready to take a nap on two pillows!

(See my writing partner Shelley’s blog about the work-life balance at shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com)