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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!

Dogs can like poetry!

In Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs, Dog Poet on November 6, 2016 at 11:30 am

PoetryAnthology1 2016.jpgMy BFF Shelley read her poetry in a poetry reading last week, and to my chagrin, I wasn’t able to go.

I’m furry and four-legged and don’t have one of those special vest things that would let me be her assistant, going wherever she goes. That means I had to wait in the car—Shelley takes me on errands, just so we can have more time together. I put my jowl on my paws and closed my eyes, waiting and waiting—forever.

I thought she was only reading three poems, which should have taken three minutes, but she was gone much longer than that. She actually stayed to listen to the other poets read their poems, too, and that took a couple of long hours. I fell asleep in my sadness at the forever-seeming separation.

Anyway, here’s what Shelley blogged about during her poetry reading:

https://shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com/?p=1324

Paw on NaNoWriMo

In NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month on November 1, 2015 at 11:30 am

I'm hanging out at one of my BFF Shelley's favorite writing spot at a Loveland coffee shop.

I’m hanging out at one of my BFF Shelley’s favorite writing spot at a Loveland coffee shop.

My BFF and writing partner, Shelley, is planning to do National Novel Writing Month this month, so I wanted to cheer her on. I also think it’s cool she’ll let me participate, at least sit on her lap while she works away at her favorite coffee shop in downtown Loveland.

Here is what she blogged about her plans to write 50,000 words in one month. One month! That’s a lot of words,

https://shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/gearing-up-for-nanowrimo-with-some-hesitation/

My doggie journal is important, too

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on September 20, 2015 at 5:30 am

I am posing next to my journal (which has a picture of me on the cover).

I am posing next to my journal (which has a picture of me on the cover).

As a dog blogger, I keep a journal so that I can come up with good ideas for writing.

I noticed that as I journal about the dog life, being a cute dog and relate what my BFF and co-blogger Shelley writes about writing to my dog world, I come up with other ideas to write about. Basically, I’ve started writing about my life, because it’s so interesting.

Like yesterday, I went on a walk with Shelley and her friend down Fourth Street and back, and I sniffed around a large light pole, walking around and around it. Two dogs had just walked by it, and I’d barked at them and then I wanted to see what they’d been up to.

Shelley’s friend said that I must be checking my email.

Email? No, I don’t get email.

I just sniff and explore the world, and once a week I write about it. Why? Because I’m cute Zoey and I’ve got lots of stories to tell.

Why dogs and cats need their own magazines

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on September 6, 2015 at 11:30 am

I am sitting atop some newspapers. Now, I need a photo of me on top of magazines written just for dogs.

I am sitting atop some newspapers. Now, I need a photo of me on top of magazines written just for dogs.

Dogs (and cats, too) should have magazines geared toward dogs (and cats) who are able to read.

I’m a dog. I can read. And I’m cute.

People have magazines for every hobby, interest, craft and political leaning, plus celebrity gossip, news and entertainment.

But dogs, what do we get? Magazines geared toward humans about training your pet, caring for your pet and doing pet-related things. The magazines aren’t meant for us and our interests.

I propose that the following magazines be published:

  • Dogs
  • Us, Weekly (for Dogs)
  • National Dog and Geography
  • Time (to Play with Your Human)
  • Dog’s Digest
  • The Dog
  • Dog Style

I could go on and on, but this gives the basic idea that there is something missing. We dogs need our news and entertainment not just in the forms of balls, toys and treats, but in selection of reading material.

Thanks,

Your Dog Friend

Zoey the dog blogger would like some attention (please!)

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on August 23, 2015 at 1:05 am

I am very good at writing blogs. Now I just need some readers!

I am very good at writing blogs. Now I just need some readers!

I noticed no one really reads my blog. It’s probably because I’m a dog, and dog bloggers aren’t as common as people bloggers.

I don’t know what to do about it. Should I keep writing, because I like to write about the world around me (particularly smells and sounds—and I do love to bark!), or should I focus on running around the outdoors sniffing and sorting the components of everything I smell? Should I live contextually out in the world, or textually within the text of what I create?

Should I do this, this writing?

I don’t know. I would like a Like or two or three to let me know that there’s meaning in what I do. An audience, someone to hear my utterances.

Dogs hanging out at the coffee shop

In Coffee Shops, Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on July 26, 2015 at 11:30 am

I am cute waiting for attention at a coffee shop.

I am cute waiting for attention at a coffee shop.

I love going to the coffee shop, not that I drink coffee or engage in conversation but because it’s a place and a way for me to get attention.

My name is Zoey, and I am a very cute long-haired miniature dachshund.

I have methods for getting attention, including looking cute (that’s a given). I stare at the people walking by, straining forward on my front paws and lifting my chin with my tail wiggling. “Look at me, aren’t I cute?” I stare and wink and keep staring. Sometimes it works, and people come back, saying, “I know she wants me to pet her.”
Well, duh.

I get petted and told I’m cute, pretty and beautiful and lots of other adjectives about my sable-colored coat and brown eyes—I’ve even been told I have a dainty, feminine face and am very regal in my stance. Yep, I’m Queen Bee of the Dachshund World.

When my petter moves on, I seek out the next one. I’m a profiler on the stakeout for my next lover of dogs who needs to stop and give me some genuine fur-rubbing.

As my BFF Shelley works on her laptop, I am the epitome of a lapdog seeking attention anywhere and everywhere I can get it. She’s addicted to caffeine, and I’m addicted to getting petted, loved, appreciated, acknowledged and having attention poured on me, like sugar, so sweet on a hot summer day.

It’s a dog’s life, this sitting around relaxing at the coffee shop.

Dog Blogger Loves Treats!

In Dog Treats, Treating Your Dog Well on February 15, 2015 at 11:30 am

I love treats, such as this rawhide stick.

I love treats, such as this rawhide stick.

I am motivated by what should motivate all cute dogs—praise, getting pets and, of course, the T word.

You got it. Treats!

My BFF Shelley blogged this week about character motivation and the difference between what characters want and what they need.

I want treats. I need treats. It’s the same thing.

I want to talk about another of my want/needs. When we go on walks, I want to sniff around and catch up on the gossip from the other dogs, get a little exercise and meet people who will stop and pet me, saying how cute I am.

I want/need to run around a backyard, but Shelley does not have a backyard. Walking on a leash isn’t the same thing. Just imagine if you were told where to walk and had to follow the same route every time your person got off work. Yeah, I thought so.

Plus, I hate how when I want to sniff a smell and really understand the source and identify how long it’s been there and why, Shelley pulls on my harness. I’ve got to move along, she says.

Do you see me telling her to move along when she stops to greet someone she knows? Instead, I wag my tail and stare at that person until he or she give me my much deserved pet and remarks about my cuteness.

So to wrap up, I want/need attention, playtime, love and more treats. I like rawhide the best.

Taking Cute Dog Photos

In Dog Photos, Photography, Taking Photos of Your Dog on February 1, 2015 at 11:30 am

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Taking photographs of your dog is something you should do, if not every day, at least every other day. Or once a week. You want to mark our growing up, our good moments (such as birthdays—mine is Dec. 20, by the way) and our interactions with other dogs, cats and people (and even the occasional bird, reptile or other creature).

To take good photos, capture us in a moment of play or when we have a smile on our faces. Cut out the extraneous background and make us the focal point. Make sure the background isn’t too busy with lots of colors, lines and objects. And make sure nothing is sticking out of our heads.

Focus on lighting and sharpness. Get rid of red eye. Capture our movement with lots of clicks. Hold the camera steady by taking a breath and holding it while you release the shutter or hit the button on your phone.

And, remember, give us treats if we’re camera shy, so that we’ll think of it as another trick we get to do for a reward. Or sneak up on us and click away, so that you get us when we are being real and ourselves (which for me is cute, cute and extra cute!).

Here are a few good photos that my BFF took of me, Cute Zoey, and I’ll explain what makes them good:

It looks like I'm posing for the camera. Well, I am. The lighting is good, and I am the central object of the photo.

It looks like I’m posing for the camera. Well, I am. The lighting is good, and I am the central object of the photo.

Though I am not looking at the camera, it does seem like I am in deep thought. The only bad thing about this photo is the bed at the top of the frame. Oh well.

Though I am not looking at the camera, it does seem like I am in deep thought. The only bad thing about this photo is the bed at the top of the frame. Oh well.

I am part of this sculpture in this photo. I am framed perfectly to show off my cuteness.

I am part of this sculpture in this photo. I am framed perfectly to show off my cuteness.

Dog Blogger gives advice on loving your dog

In Cute Dachshunds, Cute Dogs, On Being Cute on January 25, 2015 at 4:30 am

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I am flashy cute, i.e. a superstar. I am extra, extra cute as the cutest dachshund on the planet. My name is Zoey, and I just turned six.

Here are a few ways to make dogs like us feel like superstars:

Number one is to give us treats. I get treats for going potty, standing on my hind legs showing off “pretty,” and doing tricks, like sit, lie down, spin and up.

Also:

  • Play with us at least once a day to give us exercise, stimulate our minds and provide a release of our pent-up energy.
  • Take us on a walk or two every day, so that we get exercise (to keep us agile and flexible) and we can explore smells.
  • Give us a place to run, which is one of our favorite things to do, especially when we get to run from scent to scent to track down food or something entertaining. Let us run for at least 20 to 30 minutes a day.
  • Encourage us to do mental exercises, such as food puzzle toys, agility courses, obedience and trick training, and chew toys.
  • Give us stimulating smells of different types and intensities, because this is our primary sense with sight as secondary. We find entertainment in tracking and exploring smells we encounter to obtain information, separating the smells into distinct odors without blending them. We use this information to interpret and respond to our environment.
  • Provide us with a comfortable spot to sleep that’s all our own. We require more sleep than humans, partly because we’re animals and also because we’re bored.

And, of course, love us and let us love you back, because we are yours after all.