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Pool Time Safety Tips for Dogs

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August 2014 was the hottest month ever recorded. So, while summer may feel like it’s starting to wind down, we can likely expect some hot weather throughout August. And that could mean trouble for our four-legged friends.

As this article on the dangers associated with hot weather points out, heat exhaustion is a very real threat for dogs. So, it’s important to help them cool off as temperatures soar.

If you plan to enjoy some time by the pool with your dog in these last weeks of summer, that’s certainly a great way to help your dog stay cool. But it means you’ll need to be extra cautious and protect your dog from possible pool-related dangers.

Here are a few pool time safety rules to keep in mind:

Don’t assume your dog can swim. Because we’re all so familiar with the “doggy paddle,” often we assume that all dogs can swim. PriorityPetHospital.com points out that that simply isn’t true. However, the article notes, if your dog does like being in the water, it’s important to immediately train them how to find the stairs, which is their only option for getting out of the pool. It suggests using a landmark—like a patio chair—to help them learn where the stairs are as you train.

Keep your pet away from pool chemicals. If you’re a pool owner, then you know the number of chemicals required to keep a pool safe for humans. This article provides a comprehensive list of those chemicals and gives a good idea of just how toxic they are. Be sure your pool chemicals are locked away so that your pet can’t get anywhere near them and clean up any spills or leaks immediately. And though a pool’s chemical levels should be safe for dogs, it’s still a good idea to be on the look out for any signs of irritation, such as red eyes or skin reactions.

Cool them off with these treats. Taking a dip in the pool will definitely help your pet stay cool, but they’ll need some extra help cooling off when they aren’t in the water. A frozen dog treat can do the trick. These tasty options, include chicken pops and frozen banana treats. They are especially great to whip out when you’re barbecuing by the pool. They make for an effective distraction so that your four-legged family members won’t be as attracted to “human” foods, especially those that can be dangerous for them such as corn cobs and bones.

Protect their feet. Your pet’s paws are very sensitive. As this article from Banfield Pet Hospital recommends, always check a surface yourself before allowing your dog to walk on it. Before entering the pool area, place your own bare foot on the surface for 10 seconds. Banfield notes that if the surface feels too hot for you then it is definitely too hot for your dog.

These last weeks of summer can be fun and refreshing for your dog—especially when you head to the pool. But if you do decide to let them take a dip, be sure you know how to keep them safe from common pool-related dangers.

Vee Cecil is passionate about wellness. She often studies the topic and shares her findings on her recently-launched blog. She is also a Kentucky-based wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor.

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The Ween Awakes from Hibernation!

Oh where, oh where has that wiener dog been?

Yes, it has been some time since our last update here on WagsAhoy.com about the adventures of our fearless sausage pup, Gilligan. That doesn’t mean nothing has been going on, though… quite the contrary!

FullSizeRenderSince we last checked in with you, Gilligan’s parents have gotten hitched! That’s right: Gilly’s Mama and Papa have “made it official” and are now back in the U.S. from a lovely honeymoon in Europe.

Our wonderful Ween is unfortunately not comfortable enough around crowds to have participated in the wedding in person (“in dog?” No, dogs are people too, ok…), but he did attend in spirit by wearing his lovely tux bandana to match Papa’s groomsmen attire.

While they were away getting married, Gilligan stayed with 3 fabulous family friends and had an absolute blast! We are excited to tell you more about all the fun.


Pretty stylish humans, right?

It wouldn’t be a proper wedding of Gilligan’s folks without dachshund themed drink coozies, table cards, and more!


They even got a couple of dachshund themed gifts, including this cute little card featuring a couple of German teckel “soulmates:”


That’s all for now, but stay tuned for Adventures in Weensitting, Weenymoon Mischief, and our next installment of “Barks and Books,” where we will continue with reviews of Stella Dillenbeck’s Dachshund Rescue Series.

See you next time!

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DIY Mother’s Day Card

Today we’re going to show you how we made Mother’s Day count, and how you can too, with an irresistibly adorable homemade pup-themed card!

Incidentally, this guide can be used for making similar homemade cards for any occasion, so even if you read this after Mother’s Day we hope you will take the opportunity to really make a loved one’s day, showing them how much you care by taking the time to craft a unique card such as this.


What you will need:
  • Scissors (small)
  • Durable paper (we used recycled paper shopping bag material, but feel free to use colored construction paper or anything else you like)
  • Tissue paper (again, we used recycled tissue paper to a neat effect; you can do what we did or just use standard tissue paper/ other soft paper of your choosing)
  • Scotch tape
  • Exacto blade
  • Pencil
  • Cutting surface (matte board recommended; we used a piece of durable ply cardboard from a shipping box in this demo ONLY because a matte board was not handy)
Optional materials:
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • “Card bling” (rhinestones, pieces of nature, glittery stuff, etc. – if this is your thing, go nuts!)
  • Glue (for your card bling)

 Step 1: Prepare the Tissue Paper
Crumpled tissue paper doesn’t need to be thrown away! It’s so pretty! Recycle it!

If you’re using fresh construction paper, go ahead and skip this step, BUT we would highly recommend hanging on to tissue paper in the future so you can do this. It is good for the environment and achieves a nice effect.

Get your ironing board out, plug your iron in, and turn it on to the lowest setting (this is important because of how delicate the tissue paper is).

Then, carefully lay your tissue paper piece out flat on the ironing board, making sure to avoid quick movements that may result in a tear.

Gently iron the tissue paper, making sure not to go too slowly as you want to achieve a uniform “bake” across the sheet of paper.

When you are done, you will have a relatively flat piece of tissue paper, with mild (pretty) wrinkles throughout it. The particular purple tissue paper we used also reacted to the heat by turning more pinkish, which you can see in the photo below. It is possible that the heat will also affect the color pigment of your tissue paper, in which case it is important to make sure the iron is applied uniformly across the whole sheet (to avoid color inconsistencies).

Can you see the pink imprint of the iron?
Step 2: Cut the Card Body Paper

If you happen to use the type of paper we did, you’ll want to start by undoing the seams of the paper bag and laying it out flat, as below.

*Disclaimer: You will notice we did a lot of our cutting and folding right on the ironing board. A hard flat surface is recommended, so don’t be like us in this case!


One really happy thing about using a recycled paper grocery bag is that there are already folds along the bag! It turns out that these folds make for pretty good ready-to-go card borders!


We have the luxury in this case not to measure precisely, since we will not be using an envelope for the card (which would require us to fit the envelope’s dimensions). Deciding that the first three rectangular “sections” look like a pretty good size, we proceed to fold the paper over, achieving double thickness for a sturdy card stock (and in this case also hiding the designs on the reverse side of the original grocery bag!).

Once the paper is folded in half, we cut it so that we’re left with a double-thick piece that is roughly the size we want for our card, folded open. We say “roughly” because you will want to leave about an extra 1/4″ on each side to help smooth the edges.


Our piece looks like this:


Note that one side happens to have a crease through it that we would ideally want gone. If this happens in your case, you can try to flatten it out by hand, or use the iron again at a low setting. We also chose to make this side the exterior of the card, because it will be covered with tissue paper in the end and the crease will likely be covered, whereas the inside of the card will leave the paper exposed and we want that part as flat as possible.


Then, with the “interior” side of the card facing up, cut about 1/4″ off of each of the three exposed edges (the folded edge will not be exposed; no need to cut it), on the top-most layer of paper only. This will leave the layer below it about 1/4″ longer. Then, fold the bottom layer over the top layer (including the folded edge just for a consistent look) so that you have a neat 1/4″ border resembling the below:

Cause giving Mom a paper cut is not cool!
‘Cause giving Mom a paper cut is not cool!

Next, carefully fold this sheet in half to create the card crease, starting at the edge and working your way back toward the crease, and being careful to apply plenty of pressure at the edges to ensure that your 1/4″ folds remain in place.


Congratulations! Your card body is complete!


Step 3: Prepare a Stencil

You may have any number of traceable nicknacks or ready-to-go stencils to use. For our card, we created a new dachshund stencil, by simply drawing it on a scrap piece of grocery bag paper, then using an exacto knife to cut the stencil out. If you decide to make your own like we did, make sure to measure your card ahead of time to ensure you make a stencil that is the perfect size to fit within the card how you want it to.


Step 4: Set the Tissue Paper in Place

Place your card body open-face-up in the middle of an ironed sheet of tissue paper, as below:


Then, carefully cut around the edges of only the right side of the card (leaving the left to add the stencil to), leaving a good inch or so around each of the top, bottom, and right edges:


Then, fold the tissue paper over these three edges, and use very small pieces of scotch tape to pin them in place at the corners and near the seam (a little vertical “snip” of the tissue paper at the top and bottom near the seam will help you fold the top and bottom flaps over):


Next, we’re going to fold the lefthand flap of tissue paper over the card body, pulling it as taut as possible.


Decide where you want your stenciled image to appear, and lightly mark the center of the spot with a pencil.


Step 5: Add Your Stenciled Image

Cutting the stencil into the tissue paper is the most delicate part of the card-making process, so take your time and go slowly when drawing on and cutting the soft paper.

First, with the left side of the tissue paper “open” as below, line up your stencil where you want it to go, making sure that it is aligned in the reverse direction of how you want it to appear on the front of the card (since you’ll be flipping it over to the right when you’re done cutting):


Then, carefully trace your stencil onto the paper, holding the stencil as steady as possible, and taking care to draw very lightly so as not to damage the paper.


Once you’ve traced your stencil image onto the tissue paper, lay it on top of your cutting board (matte board, thick cardboard, etc.), making sure the paper is as flat as possible. Then, use your exacto knife to slowly cut the image out. Take deep breaths and move slowly (image of cutting not shown here because we were too busy concentrating)!

When we were done, we were left with the below cute cut-out.


Unfortunately, the dachshund image was a little too far to the right (which could have been avoided with more careful measuring)! We fixed this by folding the tissue paper towards the seam of the card body, to shift the dachshund image about a 1/4″ to the left, and create a neat little crease design element on the front of the card in the process.

Once satisfied with the placement of the cut-out on the face of the card, the next step is to trim the edges of the tissue paper, once again leaving an edge that you will fold over the edges of the card body and secure into place with bits of scotch tape, like we did with the other side before making the stencil.

You will want to ensure that the tissue paper fits relatively tightly onto the cover of the card body, to minimize any flaps and ensure your image is as clear as possible.



Step 6: Complete Your Card!

Once your card is fastened and together, take some time to press it tightly in place along the seams and creases, adding some extra strength to fasten it and help bind the bits of tape, etc.

To help flatten the card, we found that ironing it lightly was very effective, and gave the added touch of pressing the stencil cutout more firmly on the card body, eliminating any “flap” of the tissue paper and tightening the design. Be very careful if using this method to be gentle when running the iron over the stencil, so as not to damage any of the delicate edges. Our card became a little more pink from this step, so again be mindful of whether the iron affects the color of your tissue paper.


Now the only thing left to do is to add any additional “bling” you like, and most important of all: write a message on the inside telling Mom that you love her! We won’t tell you how to do these parts because that it all you!

We hope you enjoyed this DIY card-making lesson! If you have any questions about bits of the process we did not cover in detail, please leave a paw-ment below and we’ll be happy to answer!

Happy Mother’s Day! ❤

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A Ween Afoot!

Gilligan loves feet! In honor of his foot fetish, today’s black and white photos bring you a firsthand (firstfoot?) glimpse into the ensuing cuteness when Weens is “afoot.” Enjoy!


Ok, so he was a little camera shy for this one…
And this one just has feet in the background… but clearly Gilligan is comfortable with the arrangement. 😉

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Barks and Books – Dachshund Rescue Series (Pt. 2)

Book lovers, welcome to our fifth installment of Gilligan’s Barks and Books book reviews!

Ever since Gilligan arrived in his new forever home, one of his favorite pastimes has been to curl up next to Papa while he enjoys a good read. It didn't take too long before Gilly started nudging at Papa to include him somehow in whatever activity this was. One thing led to another, and Papa found that Gilligan actually enjoys sitting quietly while the book is being read aloud. And thus, the tradition of "Gilly's story-time" was born.

Last time in our fourth installment, we kicked off our review of the Dachshund-themed 🙂 short stories of author Stella Dillenbeck’s “Dachshund Rescue Series” by bringing you feedback on the first 6 books in the series.

Today, we explore the next 6 books, through book #12.

About the Books

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.10.42 PMThere are 24 books in total, not all of which have been published. Since the stories are short (roughly 5,000 words each), we will be sharing reviews of 6 of them at a time.

With some variation, each book is inspired by a different type of Dachshund and follows the life of one (and in some cases multiple) Dachshund(s), and deals with different stories and events in the animals’ and humans’ lives ranging from happy to heartbreaking.

Each of the below reviews contains a link to where you can purchase the book online. The books are only 99 cents each, with the exception of book #4, which is FREE. Every penny of your purchase is donated to the New Mexico Dachshund Rescue.

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 About the Author

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.06.21 PMLiving in Oregon for more than 53 years, Stella Dillenbeck and her husband moved to New Mexico in 2006 where they became involved with New Mexico Dachshund Rescue. Hearing so many Dachshund stories that needed to be told, Stella began writing soon after retiring.


 The Reviews

Without further ado, below is our review of each of the six books, giving you the title of the book; what type of Dachshund the book is inspired by; a brief plot introduction; our overall thoughts; and finally our rating (all reviews are rated out of a pawsible 5 paws).

7. Grover, the Feisty One

Inspired by the Wirehaired Dachshund
Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 9.09.25 AMNo series where each book is dedicated to a different Dachshund could be complete without including the Wirehaired Dachshund.

Grover, the Feisty One comes across as a story set in a very practical world. It revolves around the romance between a male investigator of animal cruelty cases and a female veterinary tech who meet each other when the former brings an abandoned wirehaired puppy to the latter’s vet office. The story proceeds to follow a romance that ensues, painting vivid pictures of the practical considerations not only of how they care for Grover, but also their professional/career development and the topic of work/life balance.

The exploration of the character of the Dachshund, Grover, leaves a little bit to be desired as it seems the story revolves more around the human characters, but overall the story does do a good job of establishing the Dachshund as central, and illustrating his personality often and with examples of how he behaves throughout the important benchmarks in the story.

There are several twists and turns in the plot, all of which capture the reader because of how practical and “real” they feel.

Our Rating for Grover, the Feisty One:


There are poignant moments throughout what is undoubtedly a human story, and while this does not stand out as the strongest yet in the series, it is solid all the way through, and the character development is engaging and well-conceived throughout.

8. Uncle Trucky’s Sidekick

Inspired by the Enormous Standard Red Dachshund

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The eighth installment introduces us to a lovable new Dachshund character, Biggs (whose name is appropriate because he is, well, big) as well as several fun human characters, including the main “Uncle Trucky” character whose perspective as a loner/nomadic trucker is fresh to the series.

Overall, while the book is full of heartwarming illustrations and well-conceived characters, the bulk of the story lacks compelling drama and conflict, making it somewhat less stirring than many of the previous installments in the series; these moments happen close to the beginning and the end with minimal meaningful impact on the overall narrative.

Our Rating for Uncle Trucky’s Sidekick:


Uncle Trucky’s Sidekick is uniquely enjoyable for its fresh imagery and painted scenes, but does not stand out as being among the strongest in the series.

9. Sir Walter Raleigh

Inspired by the Service and Therapy Dachshunds

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Sir Walter Raleigh gives us a very cute new Dachshund character, and also adds well to the series by exploring the new sphere of the service dog world. The premise of a beautiful young puppy who is initially overlooked, and then serves a laudable purpose as a therapeutic dog for an unfortunate young woman, has all of the makings of good drama and heartfelt character development.

Overall, the story has good flow, and we enjoy taking the journey with the characters as they develop their relationships and survive a bit of crisis along the way.

One of the main themes is the exploration of the risk of and struggle with depression that comes with the territory of becoming significantly handicapped. We get to experience the triumph of overcoming some of these challenges through the love and support of family, community, and of course an extremely cute lap dog.

Our Rating for Sir Walter Raleigh:


Sir Walter Raleigh is once again more of a human story than it is a story about the Dachshund character. While the Dachshund is a sort of glue that brings the human characters together and bonds them, and he certainly has moments within the story where he is central to the narrative, the majority of the time he is calmly sitting on a lap for the human character’s comfort. The subject matter is fresh and feels relevant, though the reader is left wanting a bit more backstory on the main characters that could bring them to life and add context.

10. Gold Rush

Inspired by the Longhaired Wheaten Dachshund


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Gold Rush revolves around identical twins that initially move into their first house together. Instantly, as the reader you wonder how this will work, especially if one twin becomes involved in a romantic relationship. You also immediately want to understand more about who the twins are, their vocations, and their schedules that would allow for them to properly care for the puppy Dachshund that their parents bestow upon them early in the story.

Thankfully, all of this is resolved and addressed quite well as the chapters unfold. Gold Rush‘s Dachshund character, Goldi, is well-written and feels rather real in terms of her puppy and Dachshund behaviors as well as all of the challenges described with caring for her.

When romance does in fact come calling for the main human characters, there is a bit of digression in the story that takes us away from the Dachshund character. We feel good for the human characters, and Goldi is reintroduced, but we are left wanting a bit more of a significant endnote for Goldi in the story. Lucky for us, we get just that in the next novel, which is a sequel!

Our Rating for Gold Rush: 


When the story sets out, it presents an elephant in the room where the reader knows there might be complications if romance starts to unfold for one or both of the twin characters who have just moved into a house together. The novel does a fantastic job of anticipating this and then allowing these scenarios to unfold. What is left feeling unfinished is waiting for us to revisit in the exciting sequel.

*SPOILER ALERT* The below books 11 and 12 are not yet published. Keep checking back with Dillenbeck’s Dachshund Rescue Series official webpage to catch them as they are released.
11. Finding Gold

A Tribute to Dachshund Rescuers Everywhere
Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.21.00 PMFinding Gold expands upon what feels like an unfinished story from book 10, and brings us a twisting and turning drama, full of heartbreaking loss and pain for our characters, as well as meaningful and unlikely happy moments as the story resolves.

While a lot of questions are raised throughout the prior book and this one about various hypothetical situations within the dynamic of the closely bonded twin sister characters, by the end of the second book we have explored all of these questions and more, with a good balance of strong character writing as well as tying in of the main Dachshund character.

Finding Gold is both dark and uplifting, a story about overcoming tremendous loss that is painted with whimsy, but also with some realism in terms of the various ways in which people respond to the loss of a loved one.

Our Rating for Finding Gold: 


Building upon the momentum of the previous book, the eleventh novel in the series is packed with harrowing drama and thought-provoking depictions of human characters and their various means of dealing with significant trauma and loss. While some of the plot events may come across as a bit far-fetched, the character writing and detailed descriptions are so well-done that the reader accepts these, and the result is a tremendous human story that also delivers the spotlight for the Dachshund character that the prior book leaves the reader craving. This is certainly one of the strongest stories in the series thus far.

12. Modoc Point Pups

Inspired by the Overweight Standard Red Dachshund

The twelfth book follows the two prior installments in exploring main characters that are sisters. It takes the narrative further by exploring a significant “flashback” that gives us some great backstory on the sisters’ upbringing, then taking us through the major events in their lives that bring us to the main timeframe in the story when they are both older ladies finally taking care of the dogs that they could never have in their youth.

The Dachshund characters are somewhat secondary to the human drama throughout, but are nevertheless well written. Clancy, the main character and overweight red Dachshund whom the book is dedicated to, is compelling because of his “waddling” characterizations; because obesity in Dachshunds is a very common and real health risk for the breed; and because we get good descriptions of concrete steps that are taken to allow Clancy to slim down.

Our Rating for Modoc Point Pups: 


Dillenbeck writes well with the sister dynamic, and it is a pleasure to see this theme continued and expanded upon with Modoc Point Pups. The elements of character writing are clearly more developed and start to exhibit a higher degree of depth and complexity than the earlier works, showing a clear progression in strength. As the series continues, the stories seem to increasingly be more human, perhaps because the human characters themselves seem to be more and more vivid as the series develops.

Earlier reviews have focused on Ben Bova’s Grand Tour series, which consists of over 20 science fiction novels about the expansion of human civilization to the rest of the solar system, and beyond. We’re excited to bring you more reviews of books from this series in the future. We also took a more academic and deep thought-provoking turn and reviewed Peter Singer’s Practical Ethics: Third Edition in our third installment.

In upcoming episodes of our Barks and Books book reviews, we’ll be bringing you Farside by Ben Bova (of the Grand Tour series),  Paddle Your Own Canoe by actor Nick Offerman of the popular television series Parks and Recreation, and the next six books of the “Dachshund Rescue Series” once they are made available.

See you then!

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Disclosure: Author Stella Dillenbeck has offered free manuscripts of her books to the author of this blog in exchange for honest reviews and direct feedback; the author of this blog receives no financial compensation for these reviews, or in any way that is associated with the sales of the Dachshund Rescue Series books. Links in this article that lead to books by other authors and other media will bring the user to that work’s page on Amazon.com. The links themselves are generated using the Amazon Affiliate program, which means that the author of this site will earn a small sales commission on any purchases of items accessed through these links. Book and other product reviews on WagsAhoy.com are always the honest opinion of the author.

Photos courtesy of New Mexico Dachshund Rescue and author Stella Dillenbeck.

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Puglet – New Arrival!

20140806_161835Gilligan has mixed feelings about his spotlight being stolen for today's post, but we just couldn't resist sharing with you these photos of a new arrival: a sweet 8-week-old baby pug! She just arrived at a dear friend's house this weekend, and doesn't even have a name yet!


Look. At. That. FACE!
Note the size of the hand for scale. She is super tiny, about the size of a guinea pig!
It wasn’t long into this series of photos before she got sleepy and started cozying up into her new mama’s arms. Is this a lethal dose of cuteness or what?

She may be a great deal less sophisticated than our oblong hero, but we hope you’ll agree she’s pretty darn precious. We hope to bring you more soon once we arrange an in-person introduction between the two!

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Sunpup in Sepia


Just loving the continuation of the thaw! Check out our exploration of the improving outdoors situation in yesterday’s post entitled “Thaw Good in the Hood.”

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Thaw Good in the Hood

We’re back for another FitDog Friday! And that’s because it is finally getting warm enough for successful walks around the neighborhood again! Yay!

Last time, we showed you how walks with Gilligan continued to be thwarted by the cold and mounds of snow, continuing in the fashion of our prior “Wiener in the Trenches” post, showing Gilligan’s “I give up on this walk” stance in response. Today, we celebrate the triumph of being able to accomplish a complete walk in the neighborhood again, with some special photos and video to share with you!

Well, here we are in the final week of February, and we’re finally starting to see some sunny days, and some lovely thaw. Ah, yes!


We’ve been able to accomplish several walks this week. Check out a clip from yesterday’s before we share a few photos from today’s wonderfully sunny stroll. 🙂

Finally able to relax after catching up on his pee-mail, Gilligan started today’s walk just basking in the warmth of the sunshine.

“Oh my DOG, that feels good!”

Now that’s not to say that the grass is back and Spring has sprung around these parts. Oh no, we’re still a ways from that. The below photo will give you a glimpse at the mounds of ice and snow that we’ve needed to tackle. Check out the bed of ice still partially present on the driveway.

My, thank goodness for that plow!

Just think, this is the nicest it’s been here for about three weeks!


There was still a decent amount of ice and snow around, which meant Gilligan periodically wanted to stop for a break from walking on the ice, and just sit in the sun again.


As if today’s walk couldn’t get any more wonderful, WE FOUND TREASURE on our way home! It had been buried under ice in the sidewalk, but was just thawed out enough to retrieve now. What was it, you ask?

A pi cutter!

See? Not a typo.

See you next time, and have a great weekend! 🙂

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A Wiener to Warm Your Heart

Before the reds of St. Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year celebrations start to change to the greens of St. Patricks Day, march madness, and the onset of spring, we figured we’d share a little of the mischief of our photography fun and bring you this special heart-warming treat.

This past Valentine’s Day, we brought you a glimpse of a special Valentine card that Gilligan and his Papa got for Gilligan’s Mama, purchased from our friends over at What’s Up Dox Dachshund Shoppe. For those of you who did not see the card, here is an image of it below:

Check out our original post from this past Feb. 14th for more information!

Ten days, five snow days, and a good amount of chocolate later, we’ve decided to bring you our own rendition/ “take” on this Valentine’s Day card:


We just couldn’t resist. You’ll notice a few differences between the original composition and ours, namely:

  • Colors: We just grabbed the nearest striped background and cushion we could set up, and weren’t too picky about trying to match the colors.
  • The Heart: Our more ornate heart is actually a box of chocolates. NOTE: All of the chocolates in the box were eaten before we used the box for this photo shoot, to ensure there was no risk of Gilligan eating one (in case you’re not aware, chocolate is VERY poisonous for dogs).
  • Gilligan’s Pose: The original photo displays a more relaxed pose. We would attribute this to the dog being on a more soft surface. In order to get the pose exact we would have needed to wait until the perfect moment when Gilligan was napping and relaxing, then place the heart on him, and then take the photo, with perfect lighting. As it was, Gilly needed some motivation to sit still with the heart box on him, so he appears somewhat alert because there was a nummy piece of broccoli off-camera, waiting for him once he performed his “Stay” command for the pose.


What do YOU think? Did we do the original justice, or did we take a few too many artistic liberties?

All in all we hope you’ll agree that our model did a fantastic job. ❤

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This post was inspired by the Monday Mischief Blog Hop, traditionally hosted by Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog Blog , Luna, a Dog’s Life , and My Brown Newfies for setting up this hop in the past and inspiring this post. Unfortunately, as of the publication of this post it does not appear that a link has been set up for this week. Has Monday Mischief been officially discontinued? Roh no! We will provide an update once available.

Cover Your Wiener


Gilligan just loves snuggling into and around the covers, whether it be those of his own bed, or of the human bed (as depicted here).

He also loves to leave himself “partially exposed” so he can look up at his Mama or Papa with this adorable peekaboo face.

This is a Blog Hop! A big thanks as always to  Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola for hosting Black and White Sunday!


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