Roxy is an elephant hunter in her spare time. But don’t worry, she prefers the stuffed variety over the real thing.
I was calmly sitting in the chair in the living room when Roxy jumped up on my lap. Understandable since she thinks it’s her chair. Then Sydney joined her, and finally Pixie had to jump up as well. This chair was not meant for the four of us, but we made it work. For a while at least – until Pix ended up under Sydney and could breathe.
We had our first foster/adoption home study last night. Thankfully it went well, and the girls were wonderfully behaved. Just a small amount, for a dachshund, of barking! Roxy even greeted the social worked with a kiss on the hand and a tail wag. I’m going to call that a success!
Today I though it might be fun to share a few of the things we do to make it easier on us and the girls when we have guests over.
Tips for entertaining your dachshunds when visitors come over:
1. Give them a new bone or treat to chew on.
2. Fill their toys with food to distract them.
3. Pull out all the off-limits-because-they-eat-them toys.
4. If possible, go for a long walk or throw a ball for a while before the guests come over.
5. When all else fails, smile and move on. They will eventually stop barking, and all dachshund owners know that on one can resist a cute little dachshund!
When cleaning out a closet last week I found a couple of rope toys we have been hiding from Roxy since last summer. She, of course, tries to eat them, so they are usually off limits. But, instead of leaving them in hiding, I tossed them into a basket in the corner – not thinking that the girls would actually find them since they were in a room that is usually blocked off.
Well, Sydney is smarted than I am! Within about ten minutes she had one of the toys out in the living room and was begging for me to throw it for her. Over and over and over and over again.
But, how can you resist that face? You can’t. And I have the sore arm to prove it this morning. Pixie also can’t resist a playful Sydney, so she quickly decided to steal the toy in a failed attempt to get Sydney to play with her instead.
Pixie is just trying to play, but Syd gets pretty upset whenever her toys are stolen. Thankfully Pix gets bored pretty quickly, and soon went back to sleeping under a blanket on the couch, because it is still cold here in KY!
Syd was happy to have her toy back, plus the other two she found with it. She took it to bed with us Saturday night, and played again all day Sunday. We don’t have to worry about her getting overweight!
Roxy is getting in one last nap before going to her yearly vet appointment. We are thankfully she has been healthy this year!
I was trying to take a picture of Roxy, but Pix was jealous I wasn’t paying attention to her. It’s pretty obvious that she is the spoiled baby!
So there you go – Roxy and Pixie’s tail. Right after this Rox saw something outside that needed to be barked at, so that was the end of picture taking for the evening.
With Spring weather finally arriving we have been able to take the girls on walks again. A couple of night ago I took all three for a walk alone, and other than Sydney being scared of a train going past, we didn’t really have any problems. They only barked at one dog we passed, and even that was only a bark a piece, so I’m not too worried!
Here is a picture of Sydney and Roxy after we returned from our walk. They were clearly worn out, but happy! We need to get these girls in shape again before they head to Florida and the beach at the end of summer.
Sydney is all ready for bed. I guess she wants a slumber party in the living room tonight.
Pixie turned four on Saturday. She still looks and acts like a puppy, even though she hasn’t been one for years now. But, we like that about her, and so does Sydney when it’s play time.
She is sometimes wild, and barks more than we’d like, but she still much prefers to sit together on the couch and watch the squirrel family in the tree behind our loft. (and of course bark at anyone who happens to walk past.)