Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Rainy Season Blues

on November 28, 2008

On Tuesday, it rained cats and dogs.  It was chilly, wet and miserable.  Welcome to winter in California!

It was still dry early Tuesday morning, so I had no problems getting Jasmine to go outside for her morning business.  Her mid-day break was another story.  I called her to go outside, and she came running.  You could almost see the skid marks her paws made when she saw what was awaiting her–lots of rain.  She stopped, turned around, and cowered in the corner.

I picked her up and put her on the covered patio.  There were a few drips here and there, but it was relatively dry.  It’s been some time since she had to go outside during a storm, so we’re going through the learning process again.  Which means she didn’t go.  She stood there, shivering like I was putting her through the most cruel torture in the world.  She also gave me the “sad puppy” look (how DO they do that?) that said, “I’m so miserable Mom, please rescue me!”

Twenty minutes and thirty or so “do your business” commands later, the dry spot was STILL dry.  Of course, I was not.  I was damp, cold and miserable.  Of course, my “sad puppy” look had NO impact on little Jasmine.

Oh, I can’t wait to see what happens when we’re living in snow country!  Does anyone have any experience with indoor potty systems?  Sheesh.  😦

One response to “Rainy Season Blues

  1. sophie's human says:

    Sophie is trained to use “wee pads” (biodegradable from Drs. Foster and Smith) in an extra bathroom in the middle of the night or if home alone.

    However, when it rains, a rain coat that covers her head to tail is effective in getting her out. When it’s cold or snowing a coat over a sweatshirt sleeve (with holes cut for the front paws) and musher’s secret – great stuff, on the paws (also Dr’s F & S.) is great at getting us out for a walk even in a blizzard.

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