Life with Jasmine, Juliet and Buttercup, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with THREE rescued miniature dachshunds


Jasmine took a step back when Hubby arrived here.  Jasmine and I had been together, alone, for over a month.  During that month, I rarely had a visitor.  She had lots of time with me while I got the new house set up, and when I started working, she quickly adjusted to the new routine.  However, Hubby’s arrival at the house marked a step back for her.

While Jasmine blossomed during that month alone, her behavior immediately changed in Hubby’s presence.  Her normally bouncy, bunny-like hoppity hoppity happiness was replaced with hunched shoulders, raised ears and suspicion.  She would show happiness to me, but as soon as he would enter a room, she would become subdued and wary.

I was really worried that this would be her demeanor going forward.  I was wrong.  I needed to give her time to adjust to her new reality, and as of today, she has once again found her equillibrium.  Hubby has been home with her all day while I have been at work.  While she has been ignoring him for the most part, she had to go outside this afternoon.  She did something that she hasn’t done with him since he got here–she approached him and sat calmly behind him, waiting for him to notice her.  When he did, he asked Jasmine whether she wanted to go outside.  She jumped up and he walked to the back door and opened it.  She watched him for a minute, and then ran outside to do her “business.”

When I got home, she greeted me with the bouncy joy that she showed me when I was alone with her–this time, with Hubby in the room.  I suppose Jasmine has accepted that he’s here to stay.  And with that, she’s now free to bounce around like a bunny when she’s happy.  Her joy is mine.  It’s nice that we’re all finally home.

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Daddy’s Home!

Hubby finally made the final move out here.  Jasmine and I have been here by ourselves since mid-April, and while Jasmine has been enjoying my undivided attention, it’s been pretty lonely here.  Hubby was out on the left coast wrapping up things with the other house while I got our house settled and got my Mom moved and settled.

In this last month, Jasmine has really blossomed.  She has come out of her shell much more.  She bounces around with happiness (her current nickname is Bunny), she romps around the yard sniffing all the new critter smells, and she’s getting more vocal and outgoing every day.  Hubby has been here for just one day, but I can tell the difference between how Jasmine interacted with him before and now.  She’s less nervous with him in the room than before.  While she’s not bounding with joy due to his presence, she seems more accepting of him.

He’s going to be working out of the house, so she’ll be with him all day Monday through Friday.  I think it’s the start of a beautiful friendship.  I have a feeling that this time together will help them build a bond that has been missing since Jasmine came into our lives.  At very least, I think there will be a truce between these two.

I do have to admit that I love that she misses me and is so happy when I come home.  But I think that would be the same regardless of her relationship with Hubby.  I just hope Jasmine finally accepts him as a pack member…one that she can trust and rely on.  As much as I love Jasmine, I know he loves her just as much.

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The Beginnings of Acceptance

I think the Starbucks experience has prompted even more positive change for Jasmine.

Jasmine has been sitting on my husband’s lap during our Starbucks visits.  He has also begun picking her up more and placing her in the car, on his lap, etc.  It’s been hard on him because she just cowers in fear when he tries, but we discussed the issue and he has decided to take a no-nonsense (but gentle) attitude towards these situations.  So I’ve been going inside to get the coffee, and hubby has been picking Jasmine up and putting her into his lap.  A few minutes later, I emerge with our beverages, and Jasmine greets me from the safety of hubby’s lap.

Now, this weekend we were at home watching tv when I decided to go snuggle with hubby in his recliner.  Jasmine, not wanting to be left out, came running and was jumping on the side of the chair to get my attention.  It was so funny…she didn’t want to be left out and insisted on being with us.  I picked her up and put her in our laps and we had some nice snuggle time together as a family.  I then slowly crawled off the chair to see what she’d do.  She crawled off as well.  However, I kept sitting at the foot of the chair, and to my amazement, she crawled back on the chair–and onto my husband’s lap.  There, she was lavished with pets and scratchies, and she finally FINALLY relaxed and just gave in to the comfort of being close to him.  She closed her eyes and put her head down on his tummy.  For once, she let her guard down and just enjoyed the pets.

I was elated that after 13 months, she has finally started to accept him as a family member and let her guard down.  Just the look on her face–and my husband’s–said it all.


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