Posts Tagged ‘Loving Your Dog’

Dogs and the Holidays

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on December 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

I am anticipating getting lots of Christmas presents.

I am anticipating getting lots of Christmas presents.

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 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.)

Top 12 Tips for Loving Your Dog

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on December 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

Zoey the Cute Dachshund wants you to love her (and give her treats).

Zoey the Cute Dachshund wants you to love her (and give her treats).

I deserve treats. I deserve to be carried on walks if I don’t want to get my feet cold or am a bit peeked. And I deserve to get presents for my birthday, Christmas and any dog-related holidays. (My birthday is in 13 days on Dec. 20, when I will turn 6.)

In other words, I deserve to be loved, admired, cared for and pampered.

Here are my suggestions for expressing puppy love:

  • Kiss me in the morning.
  • Let me kiss you back with doggie licks.
  • Give me treats whenever you leave.
  • Kiss me before you leave.
  • Don’t leave me for too long.
  • If you have to leave me for more than eight hours, send me to Doggie Day Camp.
  • Quickly come back and let me know that you missed me. I certainly let you know that I missed you with my tail wags and exposed belly.
  • Make sure my blanket is set up on our bed, so that I can have extra softness for sleeping.
  • Take me on walks, but carry me when I’m tired (see above).
  • Love me all the time.
  • Tell me how cute I am, or did I already say that?

I don’t have a 12th one, so just continue loving me, unconditional and constant. Or how about keep me as your screensaver on your phone, computer and any other electronic device? Keep pictures of me wherever possible to be a reminder that you love, love me.

Don’t freeze out your dog (please)

In Shelley Widhalm, What's important on January 12, 2014 at 11:30 am

Zoey is cozy warm underneath her BFF Shelley's winter jacket.

Zoey is cozy warm underneath her BFF Shelley’s winter jacket.

Dogs are not livestock to be left out in the bitter Midwest cold, especially if we live in warmer climates that are part of the big January 2014 freeze.

When temperatures are subzero, I don’t think even livestock should have to brave the elements. They lack the blubber and fur coats meant for arctic conditions, because they’re acclimated to warmer weather.

I learned about dogs in Tennessee dying after being left unattended outdoors and saw a photo of a snow-covered dog biting through a cage, his paw raised in dying rage at the cruelty done to him.

It kind of ruined my day to see that other animals are suffering in the world.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a tool used in psychology, applies to animals, too, because we need food, clothing and shelter. Shelter! That means indoors and outdoors only when temperatures are Goldilocks-like, not too hot or too cold.

Don’t leave us in cars when you can see your breath or shiver, or when you sweat.

Don’t tie us up when you don’t have a fence.

Don’t put us in kennels outdoors, because you can’t predict if it will rain, snow or the wind will rattle our cages, causing injury.

Do know that you can kennel us indoors for up to four hours.

Don’t leave us for more than eight hours a day.

Love us. Care for us. We look to you for our Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which at the higher levels includes the social-emotional needs.

We need exercise. We need to go on walks. We need to play. And we need your love.

Got it?