Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Our Favorite Things

My thoughts on car safety have prompted me to think about the things that I have acquired and now regularly use for Jasmine.  Here are a few of my/her favorite things (I don’t think you can easily fit them into the song, but hey, it doesn’t ALWAYS have to rhyme!).  Sorry if some of these are listed in prior postings…AND note that I have no interest or affiliation with any of these products or companies.  🙂

Food and Treats

Toys

  • Kong Toys – Dental Kong with Rope – Unfortunately, this product doesn’t appear on the Kong site; it has probably been discontinued, so I better hurry and get another one.  Jasmine’s rope has been happily shredded.  She does like the small Classic Kong when it’s filled with cheese (which dog wouldn’t?).
  • Flying Screaming Monkey toy – No, it’s not a dog toy.  But it is Jasmine’s absolute favorite toy.  The first time she heard that monkey scream and saw it fly, it was love at first sight.  She went tearing across the room, picked up the poor little monkey and shook it like crazy.  I’ve been watching her very closely as she plays with this toy, and I removed the button eyes with a pair of pliers.  She will be graduating to her second monkey soon.
  • Any rope toy – Jasmine loves rope toys.  We play a bit of Tug, but she mainly loves to shred the ropes.  This extends to toys that have ropes built into them including the mini-size Chuck-A-Duck from Fat Cat, Inc’s Doggy Hoots line.  If you haven’t checked out their colorful, whimsical toys, you’re missing out!  Boy are they fun!

Accessories

  • Puppia Dog Harness – Nicely made harness.  Apparently, I stumbled upon a doggie fashion empire.  The Bobsleigh coat with the faux fur trimmed hood might be appropriate for winters in New Hampshire and Jasmine will be fashionable as well as warm.  Um, maybe NOT.
  • Pet Hair Eliminator brush – With rubber bristles, this brush is great for short-haired dogs and also doubles as a lint/hair removal brush.  I also have a standard bristle brush, but Jasmine prefers this one.  It’s gentle on her, and she loves the way it feels when I brush her neck and chest.  She stretches her neck like a howling coyote and just melts when I brush her…
  • Custom leashes and collars – Check out my “What I Made” blog for instructions on how to make your own.  It’s easy and you can make them from any cool fabric you find.
  • Fluffy pillows – When I first got Jasmine, a local Freecycle participant gave me a doggie bed.  Her dachsund had passed away, and she was happy that another dachshund would have use of it.  She also gave me a dog carrier.  One of the first pictures I took of Jasmine is her on the bed…and I sent the Freecylcler the picture.  I have also made Jasmine a series of pillows.  Given the unbelieveable cost of dog beds at the pet store ($60 for a pillow???), I went to the fabric store, bought some fabric (muslin for the pillow, fleece and baby terry cloth for the cover) and some fiber fill and created some simple pillows.  I made the pillows out of the muslin and then made covers with the fabric for easy laundering.  Total cost to make a $60-sized pillow:  About $10.  The extra fabric was used to make a small winter jacket and some blankets as well.
  • Drs. Foster and Smith Deluxe Quilted Rear Seat Hammock – Yes, this is the “sling” that I wrote about in the last post (and forgot the link).  I got two of the single hammocks and used giant snaps from the fabric store to attatch them together (if you don’t there’s a gap in the middle).  This way, I can take out just half of the hammock when there’s a 3rd person in the car (usually my Mom) and still have the safety hammock in place for Jasmine.

Sorry for the long post.  I’m sure I’ll have more to say about products later!

Disclaimer:  All discussion about products on this blog are made independently and are solely stories and/or opinions based upon personal experiences with the products.  I am not affiliated with any company producing or selling these products.

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Bone!

Jasmine has been showing more interest in toys and chewing, so I thought I’d get ahead of the game and get her some things to keep her occupied.  She likes rope-toys and things she can shred 🙂 as well as things to chew.  I brought her to a business meeting one day (the person I was meeting with is a dog-lover) and she got her first taste of rawhide–love at first chew.  So, home came a bag of small rawhide chewies.

I gave her a chewie yesterday, and after a few minutes of destruction, she decided she was done.  However, instead of just leaving it on the floor, Jasmine decided that she had to hide her “bone.”  She was with me in the home office, so she looked for nooks and crannies to conceal the bone.  It was SO cute!  She’d hide the bone, then go and search for it.  She would then move it to a new location and search for it again.  She did this again this morning–such a fun and entertaining exercise!  I’m sure that if I allowed her to take the chewie outside, she’d bury it.

It’s so great to see her acting like a regular dog.  She runs and romps with me on walks, she wags her tail in anticipation of a training session (treats are mandatory, of course), and she refuses to go into the kitchen (her safe enclosure) when she knows I’m getting ready to go out.  Go Jasmine!

She has also learned “Sit,” “Stand” and “Down” thus far.  “Stay,” well that’s going to take a might bit longer.  She also comes (to me) when called.  Good doggie!

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