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Dog Grammar—Or, What Errors Bug a Dog

In A Dog's Need for Attention, Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs on August 6, 2017 at 11:30 am


I get lots of attention as one of my friends readies me for a walk. See my pink coat and leash!

I’m cute, and I’m a princess, and I’m also a Dog Grammarian.

That means I like proper grammar as much as I like proper pets.

First, I’ll explain how to conduct a proper petting procedure of a cute dog. I come up to you with a tail wiggle, or I invite you to rush over to me, employing the same tactic, and I gaze at you with my big brown eyes (think Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl”). I tell you to stop what you’re doing, reach out a hand and get down to the business of rubbing behind my ears, petting my belly and saying, “Isn’t she so cute?” Or “pretty.” Or “beautiful.”

Oh … I’m supposed to talk about grammar.

I don’t like run-on sentences, though I like to run around the yard and play tug-of-war and go on long walks, or not so long, because I get carried part of the way, and I like to be the center of attention, and I like …

I hate misplaced or misused commas. This is how commas are supposed to work: they separate thoughts and ideas, such as two complete sentences separated by the words “and” or “but.” They do not replace periods. They may or may not be used before the word “and” when a series of words are listed, but that all depends.

I don’t like missing periods at the end of a sentence Period.

I hate it when capital letters are used when the letters should be small or vice-versa, though I’m always a capital CZ for Cute Zoey.

I hate it when someone says “First,” without a “Second,” which I just did, but I was trying to explain …

I hate ellipses. I want to know what you’re thinking, not have to guess. I’m not a mind reader. I’m a dog.

I hate misspelled words or mixed-up words like “their,” “they’re” and “there” and “lie,” “lay” and “laid.” I lie down. I’m over here, not there. I’m eating my treat.

And last but not least I don’t like negative constructions. I like to be positive, or mostly. I am most certainly positive when I get treats. I am positive when I get petted. And I get extra, extra cheerful when my bowl is full of good things to eat.

Cute Dog Advice: How to Get Attention

In A Dog's Need for Attention, Center of attention, Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs, On Being Cute, Zoey the Cute Dachshund on July 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm


I am cute waiting for attention at a coffee shop.

My favorite thing in life is to be petted, and I found the best way to get what I want.

Greet people.

This is how I do it. While my BFF and sidekick Shelley does boring work on her laptop, sitting outside the coffee shop, I sit on her lap and wait. I’m a lapdog, and she’s got me the lapdog alongside her laptop (or close enough). Or, think of it as Top Dog (and a lap!).

As customers of our favorite downtown Loveland coffee shop (or Starbucks, too) walk by, I stare at them and wiggle my tail, hoping they’ll notice me. If they look my way, I smile, showing off my white, nearly-daily brushed teeth, and look some more. They usually stop, and here’s the kicker, my BFF asks those being greeted by me if they want to say hello.

Duh. Of course they do.

I let them pet me, and I sigh with happiness. They use several adjectives to describe me: cute, adorable, pretty and beautiful. They say I have a beautiful coat (sable colored) and look like a girl with my floppy, black-tipped ears and two kohl black lines extending from the edges of my large, brown eyes.

Some say I’m spoiled.


I just need treats and love and attention, just like cats and humans.

Anyway, the customers who get my special greeting go in for their coffee and often come out for a second round. On it goes, my continual revolving door of hellos. I get to give a greeting and get back a big pet and lots of love.

This greeting tactic I’ve developed is mentioned in my BFF’s newsletter, Shell’s Ink Spot, which releases the first of the month. The section where I get a big spotlight and even more attention is called Puppy News (or a puppy update on Zoey, the CEO of Cuteness). For the July issue, she wrote:

Zoey is my sidekick and occasional writing partner. I like to take my lapdog to work on my laptop, sitting outside my favorite coffee shop. She greets customers as they come in the door with a tail wag and intense stares, welcoming anyone and everyone to stop and pet her. She loves people, and she helps me be more social. I still can focus, but I get fun little breaks of people saying how cute and adorable she is, and she eats it up, seeking even more attention. People remember her name first before they recall mine, though our names go together: Shelley and Zoey, or S and Z.

If you want to receive her newsletter, send her an email at shellsinkservices@gmail.com.


Zoey shows off Christmas photo

In A Dog's Need for Attention, A Dog's Toys, Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs, Uncategorized on December 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

zoeynaughtyMy BFF Shelley, who took this photo, thinks I’m saying, “Should I be naughty or not so naughty? Either way, Love Me!”

That may be true, but I’m also saying, give me some treats.

I’m awaiting Christmas, when I will be sure to get wrapped presents that will included toys, treats and more treats. The tradition at our house is my human family exchanges presents and then focuses on me as I unwrap my presents. I do it on my own, using my teeth, ripping the paper to shreds. That’s almost as fun as getting a present … almost.

Each year, I get a toy or two, some edible treats and a set of small rawhide treats, which I rip out from the package or try to, and then Shelley takes one out and gives it to me. I ignore everyone else and get to chewing. It’s a Merry Christmas indeed!

A dog’s take on running

In A Dog's Exercise Needs, A Dog's Need for Attention, All About Me on November 13, 2016 at 11:30 am

Aren't I cute?

Here’s a photo of me running inside the house.

My BFF Shelley hurt herself from doing too much running.

She pulled a muscle in her hip, and she realized she better stop for a little while—she says she’ll give it three days and then try to run a mile (a mile! that’s really far for short legs!).

I know when to stop running. And walking, too.

This is how I do walks. I walk and I walk, and then I don’t walk whenever I’m tired or want to slow down to smell the flowers. Or, I take a seat to wait for the people on the sidewalk to stop and pet me.

That’s because I want attention.

I walk for exercise—actually I’m forced to, but really, I’m on the hunt for people to tell me I’m cute and pretty and beautiful—all of it—and to pet me. I don’t care who the president is or any of that kind of stuff, because I just want to be acknowledged as the cutest dachshund in the whole wide world, my own version of www.

It doesn’t matter, because I know I’ll always have food (I love the soft kind I get now because I hurt my back and had some digestion issues). It’s mixed with my hard food that’s a little more boring but somehow has the flavor of the soft stuff mixed in, so I eat it. I guess I get tricked every time I come to the floor for breakfast and dinner.

And then after I eat, we go on a walk, so very routine and boring. No, not boring, because I get attention. That’s right, I get attention. I love the world!

A dog’s attention needs

In A Dog's Exercise Needs, A Dog's Need for Attention, Cute Dogs, Going on walks, Uncategorized on September 18, 2016 at 11:30 am


I’m so cute, everyone wants to pet me, even with a long, long reach.

Dogs are social animals and need lots of attention.

I, in particular, need lots of attention, and like to be told that I’m cute, pretty and beautiful and to get lots of pets. But because I don’t get my cuteness factor pointed out every day (though I should), I have some more basic attention needs.

Here’s how to give us some attention and also establish routines that let us know we’re loved (and who’s the leader of the pack):

  • Give us at least 30 minutes of exercise a day to keep us healthy.
  • Offer regular playtimes, so that we can build a relationship with you and have fun.
  • Do tricks with us to improve our mental stamina and prowess, such as shake and spin.
  • Do obedience training with us to let us know you’re the leader and that also encourages us to be good. When you say “sit,” “lie down” and “stay,” we know what you want and respect your consistency. Of course, treats help.
  • Pet us through belly rubs, head patting and massages to create an emotional bond. I could use pets all day long (and cuddles, too).
  • Be there when we eat, or at least ask us to sit for food and treats. I free-range eat but wait until my BFF Shelley is home to eat (unless I’m really hungry and then go ahead and eat, but it’s boring).
  • Set the same time every night for bedtime, so that we have an expectation of when to settle down. Shelley and I agreed the day I came home as a 9-week-old puppy that I’d share her bed with her. I whined so much, Shelley, as a new- and first-time puppy owner, couldn’t take it and said, “Tonight only.” As if. I retrained her on that one.

These are just a few ways to provide a pattern for our day and to let us know what to expect, thereby establishing a good routine for us to follow.


A dog’s exercise needs

In A Dog's Exercise Needs, A Dog's Need for Attention, Cute Dogs on August 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

Taking your dog for runs and walks is important to get them the exercise they need.

I, however, prefer to be carried.

Sure, I’m a fully functioning (and very cute) long-haired miniature dachshund with a big name, Zoey. But I like to walk home and not away from home, hence the carry.

I did a little research and found out I need to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day—some dogs that are bigger than me need two hours. The exercise needs of dogs are based on their age, breed, size and overall health.

Puppies especially need lots of exercise, because they need to burn off their excessive energy. If they don’t get what they need, they might be destructive. I remember when I was a puppy, I would go on my walks and run around the backyard, probably for two or three hours, but I also would chew. I chewed the bottom ends of furniture, the bottoms of shoes and my toys.

As I matured (and knew better), I focused my chewing on my rawhide and Nylabones, plus a few yogurt containers. I love licking out the insides and hearing the crackle of the container.

If it’s too hot or too cold, I’d rather not go out, because it’s not safe for my health, and it’s uncomfortable. It’s better to have me do tricks to engage my mind (my BFF Shelley and I do them every night before bedtime—I’m so good at the doggie handshake, I make it into a wave when I’m extra excited). Other options for getting us to move are throwing our toys, playing chase with us around the house or having us run up and down the stairs (the doggie version of a Stairmaster).

Other places to get us our exercise are dog parks and doggie day care. I prefer my walks, though, because I like the routine. And then I like the treats I get at night for showing off my tricks.

Basically, I’m a good girl.

And always, I’m cute.

Dogs and the holidays

In A Dog's Need for Attention, Being Cute, Best friends on December 20, 2015 at 11:30 am


I’m winter ready in my bow and jacket.

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 of 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.)

A Dog’s Best Environment

In A Dog's Need for Attention, Loving Your Dog on June 7, 2015 at 11:30 am

As you can see, I'm quite happy in my doggie bed with my best friend, Lenny the Leopard.

As you can see, I’m quite happy in my doggie bed with my best friend, Lenny the Leopard.

The best settings for dogs are those in which they receive attention.

Dogs need about 24 hours of attention a day—okay, that might not be the correct answer, because dogs need to sleep and nap, and their owners have to work.

The amount of attention dogs need varies according to their personality, age and needs.

Dogs can be left alone while their owners work, do errands and engage in other activities, but puppies can’t be left alone as long as adult dogs and shouldn’t be left in their kennels, if they’re being kennel trained, for more than four hours.

According to online research I conducted, the average dog gets an hour or two of playtime, walking and other types of exercise a day. That should be enough attention to keep us happy, as long as we get the physical and mental stimulation to keep our bodies and minds active.

Mental stimulation can come from toys, playtime with humans, other dogs and food puzzles like Kongs, and training activities, such as teaching us to sit, lie down and do other tricks and navigate through agility courses.

Some dogs experience separation anxiety, becoming agitated when their owners leave them alone or they don’t receive the attention they need. This is a matter for the dog’s veterinarian to handle or referring to books and online materials on the subject.

At the other end, avoid giving dogs attention whenever they demand it, a matter for spoiling them, and instead give it when you want to and are able. It’s okay to ignore our attention-seeking behaviors, because we eventually will entertain ourselves and resort to our own devices, such as taking a nap or playing with our toys.

I seek attention, by the way, by making cute squealing noises, jumping on my hind legs or bringing out the toys (which are put away in my toy box, which I don’t really like because I want them all over the house). In fact, my favorite activity is napping, and that’s what I like to do when I’m alone in the house.

My BFF often comes home to find me on or under the bed, sleeping or just waking up because I heard her come in. I love to tease my BFF by going under the bed, so that she has to lure me out with treats, and I snatch them to get more. She’s doing the treat bribe, so that I’ll come out from down under and go on a walk.

Yeah, she wants to give me attention, and I’m playing games with her. It’s because I want my walk and to eat the treats, too (the whole cake cliché thing).