Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Jasmine the Burrower

It’s getting chilly. Mornings are in the 30’s. Days…they are still fair, but the evenings have also been brisk.

We keep the house temp fairly cool–especially at night. Jasmine has finally discovered the joys of burrowing through this experience. Instead of fluffing her fleece blankets, Jasmine has been diving under them and using her nose, mouth and paws to encase herself in their warmth. At first glance, she doesn’t even look like she’s there, but upon a more careful examination, there’s a little rise and fall happening as Jasmine snoozes. Uh, the snoring is a dead give-away as well.

Now that Jasmine is comfortable with not being able to see everything around her as she rests, I think it might be a great time to get her a comfy burrowing bed for her winter comfort. FetchDog has a great looking one called the Cozy Cave that looks well-made, comfortable and (most importantly) easy to care for. Since Jasmine’s incontinence hasn’t entirely disappeared (she sometimes has some issues when she’s in a very deep sleep), being able to launder the entire bed is important.

Jasmine becomes more relaxed and animated every day. She’s playing, demanding attention, romping in the leaves and attacking her “flea” toy. Burrowing is another step in the right direction.

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Badger Dog

Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt and flush out badgers from their burrows. Thus, Dachshunds are often comfortable in situations where they can burrow–under the covers, in most households these days.

Jasmine has a favorite burrowing spot–behind my back. When I’m sitting on the floor with my back against a table, chair, wall or cabinet, Jasmine crawls in the space between the surface and the small of my back. Her head sticks out so she can accept some pets, and her butt sticks out because, well, she’s longer than I am wide.  Thank goodness.  🙂

Jasmine just discovered a new place to burrow…under our bed! This morning, after being taken outside by my husband in the wee early hours of the morning, she ran back into the bedroom with a “play with me” attitude. I was still in bed, and I decided to ignore her. After some whining, running around, ear flapping and all around rowdiness, things seemed to calm down. Then, I heard some scratching on the carpet and some strange noises. I let it go for awhile, and when things became calm and quiet I got up to investigate. Jasmine was nowhere to be found. I heard another noise, and I looked under the bed. There she was! I called to her and she crawled out. She was happy to see me (Mom finally got up!) but in a minute or two, she went back under.

I’m glad that she’s getting more confident and is exploring mre. I’m also glad that her natural instincts are kicking in…badger dog indeed!  We recently changed her morning routine–my husband is now taking charge of her morning care and feeding to help him bond with her–and I have already noticed a change in her disposition.  I think the more we can socialize her and have her accept people other than me, the happier she will be in the long run.

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