Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’

Birthdays and Presents (Oh My!)

In All About Me, Birthdays, Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs, On Being Cute on April 30, 2018 at 5:30 pm

My BFF Shelley wrote a blog about her birthday but made sure to include me, the cutest dachshund ever. I haven’t been blogging for a while but plan to get back at it. I got busy with my toys and rawhide!

Here’s Shelley’s blog:

Today is my birthday, and it is the last day of National Poetry Month.

Someone told me I’m lucky to have my birthday during this special month. I agree, though I can’t remember how old I am.

To celebrate, I thought I’d take a break from writing and editing and spend the day with my cute puppy, Zoey. She’s nine, so she’s actually not a puppy. I just think of her that way because when she walks, she bounces.

Here are some pictures of Zoey the cutest dachshund ever, including one of her as a birthday girl!

Zoey opens some of her presents for her second birthday.  She gets to open presents for birthdays and Christmas holidays and typically gets treats, rawhide and a couple of toys.

Zoey hangs out with some of her toys, including her favorite stuffed bunny!

Zoey loves teddy bears that are her size, but has a toy box full of them from mini to extra large.

Dog Days of Winter

In Dog Blogger, Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on November 17, 2014 at 2:04 am

Zoey's cuteness factor is framed in this snow sculpture.

Zoey’s cuteness factor is framed in this snow sculpture.

If I were to journal about my life, I would, as the cutest dachshund ever, write about how I start each day cuddling with my BFF Shelley and then when she starts getting up, I zoom under the bed.

That’s because I don’t want her to take me on my morning walk. It doesn’t matter that I have to go potty. The point is I don’t want to leave my warm bubble of sleepy time, especially now with temperatures at 0 degrees. Plus, when it rains or snows, like it is now, I don’t want to get my paws wet.

For some reason and nearly every day, Shelley lures me out from under with treats that she puts in a three-part path that gets me every time, though I tell myself, “Stay.” I don’t, letting my hunger overcome my desire for comfort.

So, here’s what happens: I eat the treats and feel a hand come under my belly. I’m placed on the counter. My harness is put on and the leash snapped in place. I’m taken down the hall to the elevator and placed on the elevator floor. At the ground floor and outside, I walk two steps to a planter bed, go potty and run back to the door.

I am done. I want to go back upstairs to warm, coziness. And that’s just my morning.

Shelley goes to work, and I just hang out, sleeping and barking at noises. When Shelley comes home, she walks me again and takes me somewhere where people love on me, and then we go to bed.

It’s a good life, even if the morning routine I’m subjected to is not how I want to start my day.

A Dog Blogger’s Platform

In Dog Writing, Shelley Widhalm on April 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

I am on a window ledge as I blog about platforms.

I am on a window ledge as I blog about platforms.

My platform is simple.

I am a cute dachshund, and people love me, so those who aren’t familiar with my cute dog looks should realize they’re missing out. What they’re missing is called puppy love, loving your dog and the dog-BFF friendship.

That’s why I blog. I want to let people know how to care for and treat your dog (i.e. giving your dogs lots of treats, playtime and love), tidbits about dog behavior and an insight into how dogs think.

As I provide this invaluable information, I also want to tell a few stories about my life and my relationships with my BFF Shelley, other dogs (I don’t like big dogs), cats and all animals and birds. I like things that move (except for those big, scary dogs).

This is what I learned from blogging:

• Blogs should be updated often, so I blog weekly, just like my BFF at shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com.
• They need to have passion, and that’s what I have. I’m passionate about getting attention and being recognized for my 10-plus level of cuteness.
• They need to be creative and distinct from other blogs. How many dogs do you know that blog? And how many of those dogs have been blogging for three years?
• And they should build an audience of readers. I guess I need to work on that one, although everyone should automatically want to know about me.

A Dog’s Take on Bee Hives

In Being Cute, Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on March 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

Here I am among pretty flowers. No bees, though.

Here I am among pretty flowers. No bees, though.

I don’t have much to say about the birds, the bees and writing, like my BFF Shelley, given that I had a big spay surgery when I was just a pup.

Here’s a cute photo of me with a cone around my neck following my surgery in spring 2009.

Afterward, I was brought to Shelley in a big blanket. I looked very sleepy and went home and took a big nap, cuddled in Shelley’s lap.

Now, I’m in good health, probably because I have pet insurance and you know how that goes.

If Shelley stops my pet insurance, then something, like an injury or health care, will happen to me, I’m sure.

In her blog this week, Shelley compares writing to hive activity. Here’s a link to her blog:


Showing Support for My BFF

In Being Cute, Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on November 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

I love the writing of my BFF!

I love the writing of my BFF!

Here’s my BFF Shelley’s blog on NaNoWriMo. I’m taking this month off because I’m experiencing doggie depression at her neglect while she writes, writes, writes. So check out her blog, “The NaNoWriMo Challenge”:

For the first time, I am taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge.

Every year I come up with multiple reasons why I don’t want to participate, such as: I work; I’m tired; I’m not disciplined enough to write daily; and, best of all, I’m already in the middle of a novel.

This year I am not writing a novel, because of the pleasure of procrastination and the excuse that I’m editing another novel. I’ve convinced myself that I can only work on one major writing project at a time.

Hardly true, considering that as a reporter, I don’t write one article, then go onto the next, but write several articles at once – otherwise, I’d be given one of those pretty pink slips.

Throwing all excuses and insecurities aside, I am committed to write by the end of this month a young adult, coming-of-age novel that I’ve been pondering for months.

I’m participating in the annual novel writing project that brings together writers worldwide who aim to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That is 1,666 words a day, totally doable, because when I write I aim for 1,000 to 2,000 words.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to do fast writing, not actually to write something perfect. You can write a crappy first draft and just let go, expelling the cranky editor, procrastinator and creative excuse maker.

So far, I’ve written 6,017 words, but 3,249 words were from an outline and short story starter I wrote last month.

Each Sunday, I will check in and let you know about the process of daily writing, as well as give tips on daily dedication, motivation and inspiration.

So, here’s to NaNoWriMo!

Zoey: Blogging Honor

In Seeking attention, Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on October 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I’m really proud of my BFF Shelley. She got her blog published Oct. 24 as a guest blog on mystery writer Patricia Stoltey’s blog, patriciastoltey.blogspot.com.

I give her two barks and a high paw five. Next week, it’s back to me and being a very darn cute dachshund.

Here’s her blog, called “On Finding my Words.” Please check it out:


Dog Blogging (in a timely manner)

In All About Me, My Story, Shelley Widhalm, Uncategorized on October 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

Zoey is posing with her BFF Shelley.

Zoey is posing with her BFF Shelley.

Unlike my BFF Shelley, I do not procrastinate.

I post my blog every Sunday about interesting things having to do with dogs, caring for dogs, understanding and communicating with dogs, and paying attention to a particular dog.

I am that particular dog.

My name is Zoey, and I am the cutest dachshund in the world. I have been told that I am cute, beautiful and pretty.

I get stopped all the time for petting sessions, photographs and conversations about my high level of cuteness.

And I meet all kinds of people, though I don’t do so well with other dogs (especially if they are big).

Given all this, I should be telling my story. I call my story, or blog, “Zoey’s Paw,” because I have my paw on all things worldly, as well as use my paws to write.

During my first year of blogging in 2009, I told the story of how my BFF and I met in a pet store. I was a wee nine weeks old and weighed 2.8 pounds (I now weigh 10).

My BFF asked to hold me, and I leaned my head against her chest, causing her to be a goner. Can you blame her? I was so adorable back then (and now) with two-inch whiskers, large melty-brown eyes and a black stripe down my back (that has since disappeared).

Shelley left me at the store and returned with her mom the next day, and I did the same lean-my-head-on-the-mom’s-chest thing. I got to ride home in a big car, see the big world and enter my new home.

“She acts like this is her home,” the mom said as I pranced around on the carpet, sniffing out my future place of residence.

Shelley took me to puppy kindergarten and intermediate training; she read books about dogs and my particular breed; and she worked hard at my training.

What did I do in return?

I loved and love Shelley unconditionally (well, except during bath time), and I draw attention to her by drawing attention to me. Lots of people know my name before they know hers – even so, I get her to talk more and be more social.

I’ve been good for her, as she has been for me.

It’s called puppy love but not just that; it’s forming a partnership and a friendship, plus a boundless, energetic BFF.

Dog Blogger

In Being Cute, Seeking attention, Shelley Widhalm, Uncategorized on September 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

Zoey the Lapdog is hard at work blogging on her borrowed laptop.

Zoey the Lapdog is hard at work blogging on her borrowed laptop.

I’ve got my paw on the secrets of blogging.

My name is Zoey, and as the CEO of Cuteness, I write as “Zoey’s Paw.” I am a cute, darling and pretty miniature long-haired dachshund with a big personality in life and on the page.

I started blogging in June 2008 as a co-blogger with my BFF Shelley, who writes as “Shell’s Ink.” She writes about the process of writing and the writer’s life, while I write about the dog’s life, anything from why I like and deserve treats to why dogs need attention, playtime, exercise and walks.

My blogs are based on research from books about dogs and some online stuff, too, plus personal experience. This, I believe, makes them interesting and insightful, while also providing material on dog behavior, personality and survival needs, plus plushy but just as necessary wants.

Blogging isn’t just for humans, but is beneficial for dogs (and maybe even cats) to do for several reasons, including:

• I learn new stuff, like what my different barks communicate to humans.
• I’m a better researcher, which adds to my skills of digging and smelling while running around outside or taking leash walks. I can better understand and put into words what I’m experiencing instead of just experiencing it; i.e. I’m smarter.
• I connect with other humans who love dogs and the few canines out there who do blog (we’re an elite bunch).
• I’m a better writer, because practice makes perfect.

And last but not least, I get to see my photos all over the web, plus expand my fan club so they can admire me and see just how cute I am. After all, I am the CEO of Cuteness.

See my BFF Shelley’s blog at shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com