Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Rainy Season Blues

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.  😦

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Not a Water Dog

Jasmine is not a water dog–in many ways.

First, Jasmine doesn’t like sprinklers, rain or even wet pavement.  Sprinklers and rain are particularly bad.  She cowers away from both.  I have a feeling this has to do with how she was treated at the Puppy Mill.  They often hose down the pens to clean them–and the dogs as well.  This kind of treatment would make any dog a bit phobic.

Second, Jasmine also doesn’t like to DRINK water.  She rarely drinks from her water bowl.  We noticed this when we first got her.  In order to make sure she’s properly hydrated, we mix her wet food with a lot of water before mixing it into her dry kibble.  It makes a meat-flavored water/gravy.  She laps it up before she eats the kibble.  Problem solved.  The only time I hear her drinking water is after a walk.  Otherwise, we have a lonely water bowl.

Third, hen it comes to baths, Jasmine has been less hesitant and a lot less scared of the experience.  I think the warm water is beginning to become more pleasurable for her, and she gets lots of praise and love when she’s done.  Of course, the sweet smelling shampoo isn’t her favorite…she tried to roll in cat poop the day after her last bath.  What I don’t get is if she loves the sweet smell of Bounce fabric softener, why not the shampoo?  Maybe they should make Bounce-scented shampoo for doggies?  I’d buy it!

Now that the rainy season is upon us, we’re back to cowering under the roof overhang while going outside to “do her business.”  I can’t wait to see what it it’s like when we’re in snow country!

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Rain Rain Go Away

It’s raining cats and dogs here.  We’re expecting several inches over this weekend and winds up to 70 MPH.

Jasmine doesn’t like sprinklers, let alone rain.  This morning, we went outside for her early morning “business.”  She wouldn’t stay with me under the large golf umbrella and was getting soaked, so I took her over to the side of the house under the covered walkway.  She reluctantly peed but didn’t poop, and she whined the entire time.  I don’t blame her.  I wouldn’t want to have to “go” in these conditions.

Now I have to watch her like a hawk so she doesn’t have an accident inside.  I would have to scold her if she did, but I really hate to blame her…it’s pretty terrible out there today and will be through Sunday.

I wonder what it’s like for people in the snow belt?  How do dachshunds go during a heavy snow storm?  Hm…anyone???

NOON UPDATE: Well, I took Jasmine back to the covered spot (which is pretty wet but still sheltered a bit from the rain), and she pooped.  I praised her and praised her and immediately let her go inside.  She was happy to oblige.  Good doggie!  She has also become a “natural” foot warmer.  Jasmine has taken to sitting on my feet today.  GOOOOOD doggie!!!

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