Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Walleye

Pretty Jasmine and her Walleye

Pretty Jasmine and her Walleye

Whenever I’m out with Jasmine, I always get inquiries about her eye.  Generally, the inquiry goes, “Does your dog have a blind eye?”  I shake my head and say, “No, she has one blue eye and one brown eye.”  A woman responded today, “Oh, just like David Bowie!”

Her blue eye actually has a technical term–it’s called a Walleye.  A Walleye is “A blue- or pearl- colored eye caused by a whitening of the iris.”  In Jasmine’s case, her iris is not only a beautiful blue but the sclera around the iris is also a pearly bluish white.  She also has a fleck of blue in her brown eye.

This Walleye is a major breed “fault” in all dachshunds except her coloring–dapple.  Her beautiful silver dapple markings make her more unique and pretty.  I love her coloring, and because of her unusual features, she attracts a lot of attention wherever she goes.  Well, it’s not only her unusual coloring and bright blue eye.  She’s just so darn cute that people can’t help but smile.

Of course, I’m a bit biased.  Um…no…she’s just darn cute. 🙂

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Pedicure? Nope.

Jasmine doesn’t like her nails clipped.  She also doesn’t care for her paws to be touched.  That made it hard for me to soak and treat her abscesses in the past, but it’s also causing issues for my maintaining her nails.

Regular clippers haven’t been an option because she’s so squirmy, so I decided to try to grind her nails down with a Dremel.  Being the total sucker that I am, I ordered the “Peticure” Safe Guard fitting for a Dremel.  This is a cover for the Dremel to shield most of the grinding tool and head with adjustable holes that expose a small area to grind the nail.  Frankly, it’s a crappy $20 piece of plastic.  I thought it was going to be more sturdy and provide some other benefit than a housing/shield.  Nope.  They also have a line of battery-operated rotary tools with the housing built in, but you’re better off with a more versatile Dremel rotary tool (and one that’s more reliable AND less expensive as well).

The issue, however, isn’t the Peticure.  It’s the noise and vibration of the Dremel coupled with a resistant and scared dog.  If the Dremel is off, Jasmine’s fine–she sniffs it and looks at it with curiosity.  However, once that motor starts running, her fear kicks in…and her legs kick out.  I barely got the tool to her nail when she started pulling, bucking and kicking.  Whoa!  I stopped and had her calm down.  I then tried again…and as soon as the Dremel turned on, she wanted NOTHING to do with it.

I’d love to keep her nails trimmed myself, but she doesn’t like hubby holding her and would even like it less if I were holding her and he was doing the trimming.  So it’s off to the groomers we go.

I suppose you can’t win all the battles, and in the grand scheme of things, this is a tiny one.  I’d rather win the “come when called” battle (she’s doing well with that one).  This one, I can let go.

UPDATE: So I took Jasmine to the groomer at Petco to get her nails trimmed.  She put Jasmine up on the table and Jasmine stood there (albeit, scared to death and tail tucked between her legs) and tolerated the nail trimming without even a slight squirm.  She stood there, completely still and got her nails trimmed.  Grrrr!!!  Why wouldn’t she do that for me?  I picked up a set of trimmers while I was there.  I’m going to try this again.

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Poop Patrol

Note: Don’t read this if dog poop grosses you out.  Really.

That being said, baby wipes are my friends these days.  Why?  Because of Jasmine’s recent poop residue incidents.

It started when I brought Jasmine on the bed one day, and I noticed that she left behind a poop stain on the sheets.  EEEEEEEEEWWWWWWW!  Apparently, she had “poop residue” on her behind, and when she came up on the bed, some of it smeared onto the sheets.  Oh, gross.

The worst incident was what I call the “pearls of poop” incident.  One day, I noticed something dangling off Jasmine’s backside after she came into the house.  Apparently, she had ingested one of my hairs, and…how do I put this…the hair had co-mingled with her poop in a way that made the poop into a string of pearls that were dangling out of her butt.  She was not happy to have it there, but she was less happy when I cleaned it up and pulled the remainder of the hair out.

Unfortunately, I have now resorted to checking Jasmine each time after she goes.  She gets a quick wipe with a baby wipe to ensure that she’s poop-free.  And about 50% of the time, she is.  That means that 50% of the time, she isn’t.  Thus, I need to continue to clean her up if I want a poop-free house.  I’m on permanent poop patrol.

Oh, the joys of dog ownership.

Have a nice weekend!  😀

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10 Things I Love About Jasmine

One of my favorite Dachshund-focused blogs is Who’s Your Dachshund, a co-op of 10 bloggers writing about their favorite wee members of their families.  One of the bloggers wrote about how he loves the Frito’s corn chip smell of his Dachshund (although he’d rather not have his couch smell like Frito’s).  It made me think of the many little things I love about Jasmine.  Here are 10 (and there will be more) in no particular order:

  1. Snoring. Totally un-ladylike, she snores louder than my husband.  I’ve read that small dogs tend to do this due to their shorter snouts.  I think it’s adorable.
  2. Pillow fluffer. She loves to fluff her pillows and blankets before lying down.  She uses her mouth and paws to move them around until they are JUST so.  My princess!
  3. “Hooves of Thunder.” You would think that such a small dog could never make such a noise, but when she runs down the hallway, you would think that she weighs about 30 pounds.  The Par-Rump Par-Rump Par-rump of her feet and the Jingle-Jangle-Jingle of her collar tags makes it clear that she’s happily on her way.
  4. “Frito Feet.” I too love the smell of her corn-chip feet.  One of the dogs from my childhood also had corn-chip feet.  I wonder now if he had a little Dachshund in him.
  5. “Snaggle Tooth.” Her upper lip often gets caught and you can see bits of her teeth.  It gives her face a slightly silly look, especially when she tilts her head sideways.  We call it “Snaggle Tooth.”  I love it!
  6. Pure joy. Jasmine shows pure joy and exuberance when you utter the word “Bone” or her favorite activity “Go For Rides.”  She jumps, wags her tail furiously and just exudes this joy that’s fully contagious.
  7. No lonely bathroom trips. Jasmine insists on joining me in the bathroom.  Otherwise, she sits outside the door and scratches on it to be let in and whines.  She now makes sure to destroy something if she’s left on the “outside.”  No lonely bathroom trips for me.
  8. Bounce. She loves the smell of Bounce fabric softener.  My bathroom rug has turned into the “ultimate” scratch-and-sniff pad.
  9. Turtle. She loves to climb under her pillows and buck and spin them all when they’re on her back.  We call it playing “Turtle.”  She has particularly taken to this game with her pillow in the car.  It’s fun to watch–but not when I’m driving.
  10. Back seat driver. Speaking of driving, she stands on her hind legs and puts her front paws on the back of the driver seat and tries to sniff my ear.  It’s almost like she’s trying to tell me where to turn.  It’s very cute.
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Watch Dog

Jasmine isn’t the best watch dog.  When someone knocks on the door, Jasmine doesn’t bat an eyelash.  My sweet, often comatose dog just continues in her soft slumber while a potential axe murderer awaits behind the door.  Unfortunately, Jasmine does growl (at times) when hubby comes through the door.  I don’t know if it’s because it’s him or because the door opening has startled her…well, I do but I hate to admit it.  She growls at him when he comes into the room too quickly as well.

Imagine my surprise today when she growled for no apparent reason.  She was chewing on her rawhide bone when she suddenly growled.  I looked at her for a second and she growled again.  I put aside my laptop and went into the kitchen to look out the window.  I had forgotten that I had set out some items for a local Freecycler to pick up.  She was in the driveway walking back to her car with the box I set out for her.  I had not heard her pull up, get out of the car or walk on my front porch.  But Jasmine had and growled to warn me.

No, she’s not the best watch dog in the world but she’s showing some signs of promise!  I love these little behaviors…it makes me happy to see her do normal doggie things.  Go, Jasmine!

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Rabies Vaccinations and Invasion of Privacy

I was at the city Animal Services office to renew Jasmine’s dog license and to provide proof of her Rabies vaccination the other day.  Of course, I had to peruse the available doggies…oh they were so cute.  There was a cute little dachshund there, but he was a puppy (bad for Jasmine) and a totally unsocialized stray (even worse for Jasmine), so I didn’t bring him home.  I know we’ll find the right dog sometime…it will just take some time.

When I got home, I coincidentally had an email from the Veterinary clinic where I take Jasmine.  They sent me a note that stated:

“As a courtesy to our clients we want to inform you that the City of San Jose is now requiring us to notify them of Rabies vaccines administered at our clinic.  We are required to send your name, address, phone number and pet’s information to the City of San Jose after we administer a rabies vaccine to your pet.  In the past, the veterinary field has resisted policing Rabies vaccines and the city has not enforced the California State Health and Safety Code that applies to this issue. Recently, however, the city is enforcing the code and requiring veterinarians to comply or risk losing their California Veterinary License.  This change is effective immediately as the city began enforcing State Health and Safety Code 121690 (e) and (h) as of July 1, 2008.”

I have a really big problem with this.  Veterinarians are VERY concerned about turning over this data to the city.  They feel that people might opt to NOT have their animals vaccinated if it means that their information will be turned over to the city.  It’s another reason why people dislike government…let’s just trample all over our right to privacy for the purpose of taxation.  I know…it’s rarely ever that simple, but I’m really uneasy about the larger implications.

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Good For Jasmine, Good For Me

Jasmine doesn’t like walkies.  She gets very hyper-sensitive.  She jumps at fast movement (oh, those EVIL tumbling leaves jumping out at her to bite her), slinks her shoulders and tucks her head down, peeks around every hedge and tree to make sure nothing is threatening is there…oh poor ‘Fraidy Dog!  Jasmine would rather be smack dab in the middle of one of her fluffy pillows than doing something as frightening and taxing like exercising!

Truth be told, if it wasn’t for my concern for Jasmine’s health and well being, I’d be smack dab in the middle of one of my fluffy cushions rather than walking her around the neighborhood.  It’s simple–we both don’t like walks. I hate exercising.  I always have, with the exception of some cardio/aerobic/dance classes that are more fun than exercise.  Otherwise, I find exercising tremendously tedious, boring and a pain in the rear (literally and figuratively).  I’d rather be a couch potato.  So would Jasmine.

When I got Jasmine, I knew that the responsibilities would make me do things I don’t like to do.  I walk Jasmine to help socialize her and because she needs the exercise to stay healthy.  That it benefits MY health is a bonus.  That we both DON’T like it…well, I know that it’s my responsibility as a dog owner to do whatever I can to give her a healthy, happy life.  So, daily walks are going to be in the cards for a long, long time.

I DO like walks when my husband is along with us.  He and I get to spend time together, stroll, enjoy the day and talk.  It’s a nice way to just be together without the hustle and bustle of daily life.  🙂

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Love and Defiance

I had a two-day conference this past weekend, so I stayed at a friend’s house near the venue to avoid driving hours to and from each day.  Of course, that meant leaving Jasmine alone with hubby for a couple of days and a night.  Jasmine was not thrilled with sole cohabitation with my husband, and she showed her displeasure by peeing on the carpet while he was out at the hardware store.

He had taken her out before leaving, so he knew it wasn’t because of her “needing” to go…it was a clear message that she was NOT happy to be with him.  She sulked all weekend.  She refused to eat on Saturday night, and ate just a little of her breakfast on Sunday morning.  When it was time to go to bed, she went into the bedroom to make sure HE was in bed, and then came trotting out to her pillow in the living room.  She spent the night there rather than in the bedroom in her soft, cozy bed with the hand-crocheted blanket (no, I didn’t crochet it FOR her…she claimed it as her own).

When I got home on Sunday afternoon, she was joyous.  She wagged her tail, jumped in my lap, licked my face, and did everything to let me know that she missed me and was glad that I was home.  My husband looked at me happily and told me that he was SO glad that she loves me so much…that I’m her PERSON and she’s MY dog.  Having her come through such a bad experience to be able to bond with me so closely–even with the knowledge that she won’t build that kind of bond with him–makes him happy.  She treated him like he was an axe murderer (you should see the looks of mistrust she gives to him), and all he cared about was the fact that she could feel and express joy.

That’s just the kind of guy he is.  Jasmine and I are really lucky.

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There’s a Dachshund In My Bed

I once said that I wouldn’t let Jasmine up on the bed anymore because I was afraid that she would want to sleep there all the time.  Well, hubby loves it when Jasmine crawls over to him for scratchies, so she’s been up on the bed with us fairly often.  Now, she doesn’t get to sleep there, she just gets to spend some time with us on the bed.  When it’s time to turn out the lights, I put her back into her bed on the floor next to me, and she quickly settles down and goes to sleep.

Some mornings when I can’t face the 6:15 a.m. wake-up call (ala doggie jumping up on the side of the bed with wagging tail and smiling face), I have been known to also pick her up, place her next to me and go back to sleep.  She snuggles into me quickly and is snoring within a minute.  When I awaken and get out of bed, she rolls on her back and tries to look cute to stall the inevitable…removal from the big bed.

Hubby says that he wouldn’t mind if Jasmine slept in the bed with us, but I’m trying not to let that happen.  There’s nothing wrong with it, but I’d like the dogs (yes, I’m already considering that we’ll have more than one!) to have their own space and us to have ours.  I don’t mind that Jasmine comes into our space and shares it with us, but I’d like to keep the consistency of her sleeping in her bed at night.  It’s SO hard to do…snuggling with that sweet little dog is really nice.  🙂

Do you let your dog(s) sleep with you?  Have they taken over your bed?


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Easy Rider

My husband has recently started using public transportation to get to work.  His company subsidizes the use of CalTrain.  We’re about 3 miles away from the train station.  Since the weather is still good, he’s been taking his bike to/from the station and the office.

The exercise has been great for him, and it has also prompted me to dust off my bicycle and start riding again.  Of course, Jasmine is not going to be able to keep up with a 10-15 MPH ride, so I ordered a doggie basket for my bike.  It is supposed to arrive via UPS tomorrow.

We’ve been taking weekend rides as well as our Sunday walks down to Starbucks.  The Starbucks trips give all of us about 45 minutes of walking time, while the rides have been shorter–around 30 minutes.  However, Jasmine has not been able to share in our rides, so I’m looking forward to having her with us when we explore the neighborhood.

I’m not sure how well she’s going to take to the basket.  I know that she loves to go for car rides, but those rides are more enclosed and she also has room to run around in the back seat.  She also has a tendency to play as we ride in the car–she loves playing “turtle” with her pillow and she has also discovered that burrowing under the fleecy cushion of the back seat sling is great fun.  The basket–the Solvit Tagalong Deluxe–is nice and soft on the inside, but it’s not made for jumping, running or burrowing.  It has a safety leash to keep her from jumping out and a sun shield for warm days.

We’ll just have to see if she takes to the new mode of transportation–and whether my currently-weak thighs can take another 11 pounds of pedal weight.  🙂  I’ll let you know!

Measure twice before ordering!

Measure twice before ordering!

UPDATE: Um, make sure to measure your dog BEFORE you get one of these carriers. Jasmine, a moderate sized mini at about 10.5 pounds, just fits carrier.  She has to curl around a bit to fit, but she seems okay.  I was worried at first because I couldn’t get her to sit down it it and it seemed WAY too small.  Of course, with anything new she’s somewhat uncomfortable, so I’m going to take small steps to get her accustomed to the carrier before we venture out on the bike.  I put one of her blankets in there to make it a bit more familiar and comfy.  I have a feeling that a little pink cushion will be inhabiting the bottom of the carrier soon!

UPDATE 2: AAARRRGGGHHHHH! Unfortunately, the metal bracket that comes with the carrier does NOT fit on my bike.  My bike’s front brakes are wired through the handlebar stem and down the front stem of the bike where it then yokes onto the front brakes.  Of course, the brake line is in the exact area where the bracket’s brace leans onto the stem.  The brace is about 1.5 inches wide and pushes against the brake line.  I spoke to the owner of the shop where I bought the basket, and he told me that I’d probably have the same problems (or worse–instability) with other baskets.  So, it’s probably time to think about a doggie trailer.  Oh boy!

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