Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Morning Bonding Time

As things become more crazed around here, I’ve been giving Jasmine some attention every morning.  She comes up on the bed to snuggle and sleep for an hour or so (depending on when she awakens and asks for “up” time).  When I get up, I greet her with a happy “good morning” and she gets up, stretches, wags her tail and bulldozes her face in the blankets.  I give her body rubs and her tail goes faster.  I then put her down on the floor, let her outside and fix breakfast for us both.

As I eat (she’s faster than I am), I give her bits of my apple.  Yes, I know I shouldn’t feed her while I’m eating…but she doesn’t beg.  And apples are good for her.  Yeah.  That’s it!

After I finish breakfast, I usually check email.  I bring Jasmine up on my lap and she snoozes as I read, click and type.  I got up to go get another cup of coffee this morning, and when I returned, I found that Jasmine jumped up on the chair to take advantage of the warm spot I left.  Hm…does she love me or does she love my body heat?  When we’re in bed, she always snuggles close to Hubby.  He’s the “Human Heater,” so I’m guessing that his body heat is much more attractive than mine…AND he’s the scratchie King…he’ll give Jasmine scratchies for hours if she’ll let him.  Ooops…I am rambling again.

Our current morning routine gives Jasmine a little normalcy before I turn into a whirling, packing dervish.  These next few weeks are going to be pretty taxing on us all, and we all need a little “normal” to stay sane.  And I do readily admit that mornings help me as well.  Warm puppy on the lap…oh, how nice!

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Away From Home

I have been out of town for the last week on business. Jasmine had a lot of adjustments to make–she was home alone with my husband all week.

For the first 2 1/2 days, Jasmine wouldn’t eat. She shunned the food that my husband left for her, and she cowered and ran away from him. She even hid from him when it was time for bed–so well, in fact, that my husband couldn’t find her one night. He finally spotted her hiding place the next night–behind the living room curtains! Smart doggie! 🙂

I was worried about how she would do while I was gone. This was my first trip away with my husband home taking care of her. I was really hoping that the two of them would bond and get used to one another.  Well, I’m happy to report that Jasmine will now eat when he’s in the room, she comes up to him for pets, and she looks at him expectantly for treats.  She still hid from him this morning when he went to take her out, but we’ve taken a giant step towards a relationship between the two.  I’m back on the road on Tuesday, so I’m hoping that they will continue to bond and build a lasting friendship.  I can tell they both want it!

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