Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Shiver Shiver

Jasmine sometimes shivers and shakes. I don’t know if it’s because she’s cold, afraid, happy or wants attention.

Our routine is that we get up in the morning and we go outside. She relieves herself, I praise her, and then she gets brushed. She loves to be brushed. She sits right in front of me and enjoys the contact and the feel of the brush. However, she also sits there and shakes and shivers. It’s a little chilly in the morning these days, but it’s not cold. She also shivers when she’s afraid of my husband, as well as sitting in the yard after a long, pleasant walk.

Maybe it’s like goosebumps? A seizure? A prelude to a doggy full-body shake? Or is she just nervous for some reason that I can’t fathom?

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Grrrr…

Jasmine has started to growl at times. She growls when people come into her territory–that includes the house and the yard. Today, someone was walking by our house as we were sitting on the front lawn. Had the person just walked by, I don’t think Jasmine would have growled. However, the person said hello, and then…”grrrrr.”

Jasmine growled at a friend who came to visit the other day, and she sometimes growls at my husband! Yipes! We’re starting obedience school after Labor Day weekend, so I hope to address that issue (as well as others) then.

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Fraidy Dog

Jasmine is really afraid of my husband, Tom. She’s afraid of all new things, but she’s been around Tom ever since she came to our home, but for some reason, he makes her tremble. I think whomever owned the puppy mill was a grey-haired man. She was afraid of one of my neighbors that is also grey-haired, but not too afraid of the guy across the street (brown hair). She’s wary of all new people, but she doesn’t seem to freak out as much when women are around…perhaps, we women have softer voices.

She’s a Fraidy Dog, but a cute one at that. I’m hoping to continue to expose her to new things and socialize her to the world. She deserves to experience it all without fear.

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