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Back to Blogging (after a long PAWS)

In Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs, Dog Blogger, On Being Cute on June 4, 2017 at 11:00 am

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I am really cute, and I know it. I also can write!

Hi Everybody, Friends and All!

I know you’ve missed me because I’m the cutest dachshund in the world. Call me Zoey or Cute Zoey. I know I’m cute because I get told. I hear through word of mouth, and that’s how I market my identity. Cute Darling Dachshund Me!

I wasn’t blogging for awhile because my BFF Shelley started a writing and editing business, Shell’s Ink Services, and I had to help her. That’s because I’m the CEO of Cuteness. I’m going to blog once a month about how to treat and love your dog and how to do dog behavior training–not that I need any because I’m all about goodness and being good. Just look at my face. Adorable, I know.

Shelley used a photo of me in her blog this week about creating a blogging voice. I have a loud barking voice, and I bark at big dogs and trucks and wheels and things that move. I don’t bark at cats, because I love cats!

Here’s the link:

https://wordpress.com/post/shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com/1574

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Dog Blogger’s Year in Review

In Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs, Dog Blogger on January 1, 2017 at 11:30 am

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I’m opening my Christmas presents. I’m wearing my Christmas shirt!

I am a very talented and cute dachshund named Zoey.

Nearly every week in 2016, I “sat” at the laptop (I’m a lapdog, too!) and wrote a blog about … well, mainly about me.

It’s because I like to “shake” things up as I “roll” with the flow.

Am I funny? I can do tricks and write my trick words into my post.

I’ve been blogging since 2011 about my life as a cute dachshund, sharing stories and photos to demonstrate the fact.

In 2016, I blogged about several things, including:

  • Being both a dog blogger and a canine poet able to write poems from a dog’s perspective.
  • Understanding dog behavior and what dogs need and want from their owners. I wrote about how pet owners—I call mine my BFF—need to let us know how much we mean to them, pay attention to us (like all of the time) and give us lots of treats (even healthy ones).
  • Realizing the elements of responsible pet ownership, like giving us healthy food without too many unhealthy table scraps, avoiding giving us chocolate and onions, and taking us on regular walks.
  • And, most importantly, telling really interesting stories from my own life.

I also wrote about cats, even though most of them don’t like me too much. I like cats, birds, geese and anything else in the animal kingdom, but not dogs, at least those larger than me. I bark at them, and they look at me as if I’m silly, so I bark again, while also wiggling my tail. They then ignore me.

I don’t like it, so I’ve concluded that cats are safer; they’re not keen on dogs, and I can just pretend they are.

In 2017, I may take a small break from blogging as my BFF and I figure out our blogging goals for the year. Like her, I’m not getting very many Likes, which I don’t understand, because I’m totally cute and fun and the best dog ever!

A dog’s dislike of bath time!

In Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs, Dog Blogger on October 23, 2016 at 11:30 am

 

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I survived getting a bath, but I don’t like it!

My BFF Shelley gave me a bath this morning, and I felt very tortured.

I realized it’s been six weeks since I got cleaned, but still … it just isn’t fun to have water pouring on my head as I’m trying to breathe and be a dog. Add insult to injury, I also had to get my teeth brushed and my ears cleaned, and the whole process was like entering the dungeon of dachshund down under.

My name is Zoey, and I’m the cutest dachshund ever, or the cutest, cleanest dog in the world.

Shelley was sick for two days, and I stayed by her side, even waiting patiently for a walk—she skipped them the first day—and this is how she repays me? Giving me a bath? I don’t understand.

She is better now, but I’m not. I’m still mad. I’m a mad dog. Not a bad dog.

Because besides being cute, I’m good. As always.

Zoey the cute dog invites guest blogger

In Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs, Dog Blogger, On Being Cute on July 17, 2016 at 11:30 am

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Zoey the Cute Dachshund normally writes her blogs in her voice, but this week she’s invited me to be a guest blogger.

The caveat is I have to talk about her.

I’ll start from the beginning, or the back story—I got Zoey, which means “life” in Greek, when she was nine weeks old and weighed 2.8 pounds. I brought her to the house, and she immediately took off to explore.

Zoey and I went through puppy kindergarten and intermediate training. We worked on tricks. And we became BFFs.

She was my first dog, so I started reading books about dog training and behavior, including a couple of books in the Dummies series. I liked the bright yellow cover for “Dachshunds for Dummies,” as well as the title, because who’s the bigger dummy when the dog is the boss?

I learned about Zoey’s breed and how to handle any issues, like barking, but really, she won the big bark battle. She barks at wheels and large dogs, and she glares at me when I say in my snappy, alpha voice, “No bark.”

Zoey likes dogs that are her size or smaller and cats, unless they’re bigger than her. She hides her tail, or if she’s safe in my arms or on the patio, she does her bark thing.

Zoey also likes, or I should say, loves people. We go on lots of walks, where I alternate carrying her and setting her on the ground, because I like to take long walks, and she has short legs.

On our walks, she stops at nearly everybody, practically running up to them to see if they’ll say “hello” and pet her. I keep her leash tugged tight, reading the body language of my sidewalk neighbors, and if they seem interested, Zoey gets to share herself.

She gets told she’s cute, pretty and beautiful.

She gets oohs and aahs.

And she triggers stories and memories of dogs lost to old age or disease, dogs at home and how many and their breeds, and dogs from their childhoods. We hear about why they love dogs. We hear about their bonds with the animals. And we learn a few training tips.

Zoey opens up conversations, gives people a moment to get lost in her loving nature and provides a dash of happiness, because nothing bad has happened to her. She’s all about loving and being loved.

And that, I believe, is what makes her a magnet.

Dog blogger’s year in review

In All About Me, Being Cute, Dog Blogger, Treating Your Dog Well on December 27, 2015 at 7:56 pm

ZoeyChristmas-2I like the end of the year, because my birthday is on Dec. 20—I turned seven—and I get lots of presents then and on Christmas.

Using my paws and teeth, I rip off the wrapping paper to find treats, toys and doggie teddy bears. My BFF Shelley always takes a video of me having fun, which lasts about two minutes as I get to the prize.

I also like the end of the year because I can be reflective and think ahead at the same time. I blogged nearly every week in 2015—and in fact have been blogging since 2011—about my life as a cute dachshund, sharing stories and photos to demonstrate the fact.

I blogged about being both a dog blogger and a canine poet able to write poems from a dog’s perspective.

I wrote about dog behavior and what dogs need and want from their owners. I wrote about how pet owners—I call mine my BFF—need to let us know how much we mean to them, pay attention to us (like all of the time) and give us lots of treats (even healthy ones).

I explained the elements of responsible pet ownership, while telling really interesting stories from my own life.

And I wrote about cats, even though most of them don’t like me too much. I like cats, birds, geese and anything else in the animal kingdom, but not dogs, at least those larger than me. I bark at them, and they look at me as if I’m silly, so I bark again, while also wiggling my tail. I can’t tell if I want to be friends or not. That’s why cats are safer; they’re not keen on dogs, and I can just pretend they are.

In 2016, I’ll continue blogging about the dog life, my life and how best to love on and care for your pet dog (or cat, or other animal). I may be taking off the month of January from blogging, because my BFF will be recovering from surgery, and I need to give her some love and attention after all that she’s done for me.ZoeyChristmas 2013-1.jpg

A dog’s need for attention

In Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs, Dog Blogger on December 13, 2015 at 11:30 am

I wish my BFF Shelley would stop going on and on about National Novel Writing Month, where she spent lots of time in November paying attention to her writing more than to me.

Anyway, I’m feeling a bit pouty, so I thought I’d just post some photos instead.

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Here I’m getting ready to take a nap on two pillows! I’m pouting a little as I seek attention.

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Here’s a close-up of me before taking the same nap. I am so, so cute! And I need attention!

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I’m cute when I’m sleeping. And needing attention, still!

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.)

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.

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

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

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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.)

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 sets goals for 2015

In Dog Blogger, New Year's Resolutions on January 4, 2015 at 11:30 am

I am chewing on a treat. I love treats!

I am chewing on a treat. I love treats!

As a dog (a very cute one, in fact), I’m not exactly one to come up with impossible New Year’s resolutions to carry out over the next year. Rather, I live in the moment.

I have two major goals each year and each day: getting yummy food and getting attention.

The attention bit comes from the fact that I am a really cute long-haired miniature dachshund. Wherever I go, people want to pet me, often remarking how cute I am, and I just eat it up. In fact, I’m probably the cutest, prettiest and most fascinating dog in the world.

My name is Zoey, and I’m six years old. I weigh 10 pounds, though there isn’t anything small about me and my big personality. I love to play hard, run down the hall or in big yards and chew Nylabones, rawhides and my toys.

This year, I have come up with sub-goal to my major goals that I want to blog about. For instance, when my BFF Shelley reads books about dog behavior to try to understand complicated me, I will write about what she learned and simplify it for her so she gets it. I will talk about my really interesting life. And I will tell a few canine tales.

So here’s to a Happy 2015 Blogging Year.

And as an extra treat, here is another photo of cute me.

I am cute as I wait for attention as my BFF Shelley types on her laptop at a coffee shop.

I am cute as I wait for attention as my BFF Shelley types on her laptop at a coffee shop.