Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Simple Gift for Your Shelter Friends

Do you have a momma who is hopeless at sewing.  Like sewing to her is hem-tape and fixing a missing button? Or maybe you have a mom who can't cook very good so baking Christmas Cookies for your friends is just not gonna happen. Perhaps your momma wants to make crafts for others but you have discouraged her from doing so because everything she makes looks like it came directly from a kindergarten classroom. Maybe you are lucky like me and you hit the trifecta and have a mom who can't sew, bake, or craft! 

If that is you...take heart..for I bring you good tidings of great joy!  You can still give a shelter pet a great gift this year!

Today I typed up a list of items that the local animal shelter needs.  I found the list on their website...so I just copied and pasted it.  (Pretty easy...even for my paws.)

Then I asked mom if when we went for our walkie if we could just ask people in our neighborhood if they had any of the items on the list that they would donate.

Mom brought our red wagon on the walk and before we were even half-way home the wagon was filled up!!!

Now I am going to ride with my mom to the shelter and donate all of the stuff we got to the doggies and kitties.  We took a Christmas Card along with us for our neighbors to sign....so we have that to give them too.

It was easy, free, and fun. Best of all my momma didn't have to "make" anything...which is good because that would have just been embarrassing.

Merry Christmas!

Karli


Thursday, December 15, 2011

I Need a Home for Christmas

Short bloggy today.  I have lots to do to get ready for my 1st Christmas with my new family.  This is such an exciting time for me.  I love the pretty twinkling lights that mom put everywhere and the smell of pine in the air. 

Unfortunately, for many of my friends, this is another sad year.  Many are abused, cold, hungry and lonely.  They are strays or in shelters waiting for someone to love them.

Some people say that getting a dog for Christmas is not a good idea because pets are not gifts they are commitments.

I say we are both.  We will give you our love, our loyalty, our kisses, and our devotion.  We commit to you for as long as we live. 

Do you have to give up somethings for your pet?  Yep! Your loneliness, sadness, money for food and vet care, heart and usually a part of your bed.

Are we worth it?

Absolutely!

The dogs in this video only want one thing for Christmas; a home.  There are thousands more of them in animal shelters and rescue groups.

Please consider adopting a pet for Christmas. 

 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Karli's Interview with Daniel The Beagle- His Miraculous Story and Family

You have seen him on Anderson Cooper, you heard about him on the news and you know his story but now you get to hear from Daniel The Beagle directly.  Please watch the video of his story and then read my interview with Daniel.
Hi Daniel! I am so pleased to meet you. Your story is so inspiring! I heard you were named after a famous character from the Bible, Daniel who survived being thrown into the lion’s den. How do you like your name? It seems very fitting.

Yes, I am named after Daniel in the lion’s den, a fitting name and I do like it, especially the many times I am called to give kisses...and get some too!

I love giving kisses too! You were suppose to be put to sleep in October with 18 other dogs...is that correct?

I was scheduled to die on October 3 in a gas chamber.

But a miracle happened and you survived! I know a little about miracles too because on the day I was suppose to die there was a “freak” ice storm. (God) The next day I was rescued. I am so glad you survived because now you can help get rid of gas chambers. Did you know what was gonna happen when they put you in there?

I did know what was happening and my heart still breaks for the dogs that died that day.

Oh my! I am so sorry. It must have been so scary when those people locked you in the gas chamber. Do you ever have nightmares about it?

I do have nightmares at times but one of my family members always comforts me, including my canine siblings.

Oh that is so nice. Could you please tell us a little more about your fur-brothers and sisters? I hear there are doxies in your family!!!

My oldest sibling is a Doxie, Rommel, he is 10 and is so sweet.
My Doxie sister Greta is 7 and is also really sweet. I am trying to get her to play with me.
My brother Spartacus is half Beagle/Half Doxie and I love him very much. I follow him when he runs to the door and barks.
My Pit Bull sister Shelby is my favorite. She is a therapy dog and I look up to her too. My dad takes her to the hospital every week to visit people. he wrote a book about her (Shelby's Grace) to help the image of Pit Bulls.

Oh my goodness! That is amazing Daniel. Your whole family is so committed to helping people and animals! Your mom and dad are pawsome people, can you tell us a little more about them?

I do love my mom and dad very much. My mom is so loving to all of us. I follow her around the house with my brother Spartacus. My dad is great too. He is a motivational speaker so he talks about me often.

Because of your situation, a new law is being passed: Daniel's Law. So far 16 states have banned the gas chamber.

I know Daniel's Law will pass in Pennsylvania and then we hope to take on the rest of the country so animals lives can be saved. My dad said we will figure out a game plan soon!

We are all so glad you survived Daniel. You are truly a miracle dog who was obviously spared because you have an important message to share.

My dad says I have so many lessons on animal respect and compassion AND so many for humans too. He is working on them every day (I am excited to be a part of all this).

I know you work with Eleventh Hour Rescue; are there other organizations you would like our doggy friends to support?

11th Hour rescue will always be part of our life. Pilots N Paws are also good friends along with The FernDog Rescue Foundation and Pitty rescues and all who help animals in need.

I'm sure it has been very exciting getting to travel around and tell your story. You are famous! Lots of my friends want to know what has been the neatest thing you have been able to do?

On Monday, Japanese TV visited our home and it was awesome. They were so nice. My story will help many homeless dogs in Japan. So, now my story is worldwide!

(Oh also...some of my girlfriends are asking if you are single?) Tee hee!

I am single! (I just blushed!) Love, Daniel

You can find out more about Daniel The Beagle Dwyer at www.danielthebeagle.com Read more about Daniels Law and how you can help here: Daniels Law

Find out more about Daniel’s sister Shelby go here: Daniel's Sister Shelby

You can find Shelby’s Grace at several online stores.

To read more about Daniel's dad, Joe Dwyer click here!


Pictures courtesy of Daniel TheBeagle Dwyer and Joe Dwyer.
Video courtesy of YouTube.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Return of Snack Attack - How to get treats without really trying.

I posted this blog a while back but I figured that since we are almost to Christmas and New Years, this may be the perfect time to go over a few tips to get treats!

So, as many of you know I am on a bit of a diet. I’m not really overweight…just a little puffy and being that I’m bald every ounce shows. I know I need to watch what I eat but the same old kibble morning and night gets so monotonous. From time to time a doxie just needs treats! I have found recently however that mom has become increasingly stingy with handing them out. (I find this incredibly unfair as I often see her stuffing cookies down her throat when dad isn’t looking.) But that’s a different story.


I have developed some techniques on how to get more treats with minimal effort. These techniques have been working pretty well for me so I thought I would share them with you in hopes that you too will be able to procure adequate amounts of yummy snacks.



1. The Bait and Switch- Get one of your skinny siblings to beg for a treat and then when your human is handing them out stroll over and look up with your most pathetic look. The guilt will get to them and soon you’ll be devouring a yummy bite.



2. The Cold Shoulder – If I withhold snuggles and licks from my mom she gets all worried that something is wrong and is practically begging for my affection. This technique requires some willpower but it works nine times out of ten. Eventually she bribes me with cheese and I am gulping down delight and getting a belly rub. 1 stone, two birds.



3. The Whimper – Humans are defenseless against this sound. Don’t overdo it, but every 3 minutes or so let out a small, weak, and pitiful whine while staring at the treat cupboard. Then just wait for the snacks to come rolling your way.


4. The Weakest Link – In my house this is my dad. He feels bad for being at work all day and not playing with us enough so I often go to him and beg for treats because I know it will usually work. If you can manage to sit pretty or do some other simple trick, the weaker link will almost always give in.


5. The Steal – This technique can be difficult to master without getting into a wee bit of trouble but with practice you can learn to quickly and secretly steal almost anything off of your humans plate while another pack member acts as the distracter. If you are an only pet, go to the door and bark like someone is outside and then when your human goes to investigate run back to the plate and lick up your favorite side.



These are my top 5 SNACK ATTACKS. I would love to hear how you get your yummies so leave me a comment. Let’s share the love here Weenies!

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to look at my other pages and to clicky clicky on the ads. Even if you don't buy anything you can help raise money for doxies just by looking at the ads.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Engagement - Again

Yip Yap Friends!

I am working on a big story that I will be posting on Monday.  I really hope you will all read it! 
Since it is taking up a bit of my time, along with all the pre-Christmas activities, I decided for the next few days I would re-post some of my earlier blogs and bring you some updates.

This is a story about my engagement.


I knew it was going to be a magical night from the moment my amber brown eyes opened that morning.  He was looking at me with a mischievous look and was trying hard to hide his secret but his tail started thumping on the bed and he said, "Tonight we are going to eat our kibble out on the porch....alone."  I felt my haunches quiver and I mustered up enough composure to say, "Ok".  All that day he was super sweet. He let me eat his left over breakfast kibble crumbs, licked my ears, and showed me some new dead critters in the yard to roll in.  At around 4:30 I awoke from my mid-afternoon nap and mom helped me get my daily bath and rubbed me down with lotion.  I slipped into my pink and white stripped frock and pranced downstairs to see if Austin was ready for dinner.  I couldn't find him anywhere but then when I went out the back door I spotted him, freshly brushed and waiting for me on a picnic blanket.  Before I could even say a thing he started singing my favorite Blake Shelton song.

"If you'll be my soft and sweet
I'll be your strong and steady
You'll be my glass of wine
I'll be your shot of whiskey
You'll be my sunny day
I'll be your shade tree
You'll be my honeysuckle
I'll be your honey bee"

His howl was so seductive. I was putty in his paws.  He waddled up next to me, licked my face and said. "Woof!"

Oh wow! This was getting steamy.  He presented a lovely dinner of salmon Little Cesar's and pupperoni treats along with two strawberry dach-eri's. (My favorite drink.)  He whispered sweet nothings into my bald ear and gently licked the crumbs off of my snoot. I was overcome with love as I looked into his dark brown eyes.  And then.....it happened.  The moment I've been waiting for since we met.  He nuzzled up to my neck and said, "Honey, I love you. Be my doxie-bride." Tears started filling my eyes and I looked down as he presented the most gorgeous ring I have ever seen.

"Yip, yip, yip, Yes!!!" was all I could say. 

So now we are officially engaged to be wed.  Mr. and Mrs. Austin Landgraf....I love the sound of that.  We haven't set a date yet but you will be the first to know when we do.




Our Wedding is in 134 days! You are all invited! It will take place online.  You can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/106729172768145/?ref=ts
The Wonderful Wiener Wedding of Karli the Naked Dachshund and Austin Landgraf.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No Greater Love!

On Sunday mom and dad went to church but we all had to stay home.  Our church doesn't allow dogs. I know...crazy right?  Anyhow the fella's and I were trying to watch Charles Stanley so we could learn about Jesus too, but the little foster sissies get yipping, chasing and humping stuff, so it was too distracting. (I probably shouldn't have put the name of Jesus in the same sentence as humping....but that  is what happened.)

So, when mom got home I asked her to tell me what she learned that day.

She told me to think about all of the friends I have. (So I did.)  Then she said to think about how much their moms and dads love them. (So I did.) Then she told me something that shocked me.  She said that no matter how much a parent loves their child, God loves them way, way more!

My mom loves me sooo much! She gives me lots of attention, food, clothes, belly rubs and kisses but she said that Jesus said he loves us way, way more!

I was barkless. 

She said that the Bible says if our parents can give us good gifts, then surely God can give us much, much more.

She asked me to think about something I had ever wanted in the past.

I remembered being in the shelter and praying I could escape and run away.

She said many times when we ask God for something he will give us even way more because He always knows what is best for us.

"Wow, Mom that is true!" I yipped, "Because instead of helping me escaped, He gave me a home!"

So, what do you need?  Have you asked the one who can really give you the best gifts at Christmas?





Friday, December 2, 2011

My Visit With Santa


Last night mom and hooman sister took us all on a very special outing.  Around 5:00 pm mom dressed us all in our holiday garb, loaded us into the Wiener-Mobile (aka the van) and took us to see Santa!

She didn’t tell any of us where we were going or who we were going to see but we all knew it was gonna be something neat!  The foster girls, Harlow and Chloe were yipping loudly, Spike and Austin barked and I just shook with excitement!

When we pulled into the parking lot of Great Bridge Veterinary Hospital I was soooo mad!  I thought, “Holy Cat Turds! She got us all dressed up to get shots!”

But before I could get too upset I saw lots of other doggies decked out in their seasonal fashions and Austin started yelling, “SANTA! SANTA!...We are going to see SANTA!”

He had been to see him before so he remembered this place.

Before I knew it we were in line with lots of doggies waiting our turn to meet the Big Man himself and give him our Christmas Lists.

There was a lovely labradoodle, a cute little Jack Russell terrier named Penelope, Meatball the Pug, and lots more.  They were all so good and didn’t bark.  The same couldn’t be said for my pack.  We are dachshunds after all, we have to let our voices be heard.

Finally we calmed down a bit and settled on moms lap until it was our turn to go see Santa.

Austin got to go back first.  He has met Santa before and he wanted to show us where to sit and how to sniff his beard. Santa said he already knew that Austin had been a very good boy all year and he was going to make sure he got a nice new pair of socks to chew on!


Chloe and Harlow went next and they giggled and wiggled the whole time. They asked for toys and treats. They completely forgot to ask for a home, so momma mentioned it to Santa who said he was sure they would get one real soon.


Next was Spike's turn. He was so nervous that he couldn’t even speak, poor boy. Santa seemed to understand and started talking to him in a quiet reassuring voice and told Spike he was one of the sweetest dogs he knew and he was going to make sure he got something extra special.

I wanted to go next so I blinked really sweet at my momma and the elves that were helping.  The next thing I knew a sprite girl elf lifted me ever so gently from my momma's arms and started to lower me onto Santa’s lap. 

In an instant a bazillion thoughts ran through my doggy brain.“Oh no! What if I forget what to say? Do I address him as Mr. Santa? Mr. Klaus? Sir? Yikes, he is sooo big!  Tee hee his beard is tickly! Wow, his red suit sure is snazzy!”

The next thing I heard was the deep, smooth voice of Santa.

“Well hello pretty lady! You have had quite a year haven’t you Miss Karli,” he said.

Yip! He knows my name!

“Uh..., I stammered…yes Santa sir.” 

“Just call me Santa,” he continued. “Is there anything special you want for your very first Christmas in your new home?”

For some reason I instantly thought of clothes. I had been looking at lots of doxie dresses lately and I thought I would ask for that.

Then I remembered my diet and thought maybe if I asked Santa he could think of a way I could eat anything I wanted without gaining weight. I was about to mention that when another idea popped into my head.

Spike has a hard time getting around and I thought maybe he could talk to God for us about making his legs work better.

My selfishness took over again and I thought it sure would be nice for Chloe and Harlow to get a home for Christmas so I could have my mom’s lap back to myself.

Oh..I know..I will ask for new squeaky toys. I love those!

I started to nervously whisper my request when a much better idea came to mind.

“Santa, I have a loving home. I sleep every night in a warm bed. I have plenty of food and toys and get lots of belly rubs. I have the best furfwends and am happier than I have ever been. For Christmas, could you help all the doggies that do not?”

“Oh  Karli, that is a big request for such a small girl,” he said. “I will try very hard but you must share your story with lots of humans. Never give up on trying to help all those who are less fortunate than you and I will also do my best.”

Then he kissed me on my snoot and I gave him a lick on his and he passed me back to my momma.

My trip to see Santa was probably one of the greatest events of my life so far. He is super nice so if you get a chance to go see him, do not be afraid.






Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Clayton's Christmas Wish

Yip Yap Friends!

I hope you all had a Ween-der-ful Thanksgiving! I sure did...but now I have to do extra crunches to work off my Turkey Tummy.

Today instead of writing a blog I wanted to share a letter I received from my buddy Clayton. He is a sweet boy who has been sick lately and I asked him to share a little more about himself.

Here is his letter.

Clayton the Christmas Tree



Wiener-deer
I met my momma, Cindy, way back when I was a pup in 1999.  For those of you young’ins who don’t remember the 90’s, it was a wild time.  Anyway, my momma was so beautiful and when she came to visit me I was wearing a blue ribbon around my neck and she fell wildly in love with me.  I was still a pup, so who could really resist? I noticed her eyes first of all.  They were sort of sad and I knew she needed me and would love me forever. I knew she had a big heart and I could see that she would always take good care of me.

We moved in together and before you know it we were best friends.  I would make my momma laugh when she was sad, give her hope when she was down and taught her lessons about patience.  (Potty training)

Momma, in return, would rub my belly, feed me yummy food, and cuddle with me when I needed her.

We were always together.

When I was a baby.
She put up with me through all of my puppyish behavior including chewing up the couch cushions and unrolling the toilet paper and “decorating” the house.

When I got a little older mom made me ramps and put them all over the house. She read that sometimes we doxies have back problems and she didn’t want that to happen to me.

That was just like my momma….always thinking of me and doing her best to make my life better.

Lately I have been ill.  I am nearly 12 so I suppose a little sickness is to be expected but apparently this is a bit more serious.  Mom has been putting on a brave face but I can tell she is very worried about me.  I try to be upbeat and give her lots of kisses but some days I am just very tired.

I have something called kidney failure. Mom takes  me to the vet quite often and I have been feeling better but I heard her talking to my sister about something called bills.  I’m not sure exactly what bills are but I know it has something to do with money.

I am just a dog…I do not have a job to help momma out with the bills but I thought maybe if I shared my story some of you may be able to help my momma out. 
Getting my medicine.

She has always taken such good care of me and for Christmas I would like for her to not have to worry about my vet bills.
Me and My Momma

In closing I would like to say that I love my mom very much and I am proud of all of her accomplishments.  She is the most beautiful, loving and thoughtful mommy I could have ever asked for.  I bet you feel the same way about your mommy!

Your friend,

Clayton

If you would like to donate to Clayton, please visit his ChipIn.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I'm Thankful For

So Thanksgiving is finally here! I am going to my grandparents house to celebrate my very first Happy Thanksgiving. It is hard to remember my life before I was rescued by D.R.N.A.

Since I got my new life things for me have been terrific. I am loved, well fed and healthy. I do not know who I am most thankful for...Katie Wehner,who networked so hard to find someone to pull me out of the shelter, Ms. Emily Fink who was my first foster after leaving the scary place, Ms. Barb and Mr. Doug Warner who fostered me once I was transported, my nice vet, Dr. McCrary who helped me heal from all of my sicknesses, or my parents who took one look at me and fell deeply in love.

I just know I am thankful for all of them and many more that I do not even know that helped me out along the way. Did you know God sent a horrible snow/ice storm on the day I was suppose to be PTS so that all the volunteers could have one more opportunity to get me? I am definitely thankful for that!

Now, I am a doxie advocate myself. I try hard to work with other doxies and humans to save the lives of other doggies who are in the situation I once found myself. I have made lots of friends doing this important work...friends I may not have met in canine but who I know share the same passions. I am thankful for each and every one of them because they are daily working so hard to make a difference. Some people save children from starving, some give shelter to the homeless, some build churches in far off lands and other comfort the lonely and sick. God sent me to help doggies who need a loving, safe home. We all have our place.

Sure...I would like to be a famous doxie model....who wouldn't, but if I can help just one dog, then I have succeeded in life. I am so thankful for all of you who have saved just one dog...because at one time...it was ME! In honor of all of you I would like to share this video.




For Thanksgiving and the Christmas Season I challenge you to do what you can for doggies. My friend Wolter suggested that we all give something up for 1 month and use the money we save to give to animal rescue. I didn't really have anything to give up, so instead I decided to reward myself for every day that I went walking with my mom. I am paying myself $1.00 per day I walk which will equal $30.00 at the end of the month. If we all did something like this, think of the good we could do! 

I am sending my money to Bella's Fund. Bella's Fund is in honor of sweet Bella Goodin who passed away after being attacked by an off-leash dog. The purpose of the fund is to be able to provide medical care to doggies who need it and to help pull them out of shelters. You can find more information here. Bella's Fund

Please take time today to write down three things you are thankful for.
1. My furwends and family.
2. My honey Austino
3. Clothes that keep my heiney warm. :)

God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving,


Karli

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Karli's Interview with Roxy-Superstar of YouTube


Please Watch Video First
Yip Yap Friends! This is my interview with Roxy, the star of Run Roxy Run. Roxy's video has been seen by over 44 thousand people/doggies/animals. This is a very inspiring video and I am so honored to get to yip yap with such a super star.
K- Roxy thank you so much for yipping with me. You are so famous and I am so excited to get this exclusive interview with you. How old are you and where do you live?
R - I just turned six! I live in Seattle, WA.

K - How old were you when you went down with back problems? What happened?

R - I began having back problems about two years ago. I'm not too sure what happened, I guess I may have jumped off of something wrong when my human wasn't looking. Originally the vet said I would never walk again, but lately I have been able to move my back legs a little bit, and even stand up! Of course, for running, I have to use my cart.
K - Yes, we wieners have a mind of our own and if we want to jump then we jump. I am so glad to hear about the progress with your back legs. What was the hardest part about making your cart? Lifting the hammer? Sawing? (anything you want to share)


R - I think the hardest part about making the cart was dealing with the jumper cables. I ended up getting all tangled up in them, and then realized I didn't need them to begin with. Also, my human's boyfriend kept following me around with a camera. I didn't mind, as long as he didn't get in my way!
K - Do you have a facebook page because I'm sure lots of doggies would like to be your friend?
R - I don't have a Facebook page right now, but maybe I can get my human to help me with that. For now, anyone who wants to talk to me can email me at RoxTheDoxy@gmail.com and I'll get back to them as soon as I can! I would love to hear from other dogs! 

K - Oh I hope you get a Facebook page real soon. I'll be your first friend. :) Describe your human(s).
R - My human is a great girl named Rebekah. She works as a hairdresser and loves to shower me with toys and treats. I live with her and her boyfriend, Matt. He helps me with the computer. He says that I'm spoiled, but deep down I think he really likes me.

K - I think he must love you! You are so sweet, how could he resist? What is the most important thing you want people to learn from your video?
R - I never thought anyone would see my video, and I'm so happy people have and seem to be enjoying it! If anything, I want my video to help people (and doggies) realize that we all go through setbacks in life, but if you really want to you can overcome any obstacle and achieve anything! 

K - That is really good advice Roxy. By the way, what is your favorite treat?

R - Hm... That's a tough one. I like Bully Sticks and Greenies, but if I had to choose a favorite treat overall, I would have to choose peanut butter. I love peanut butter!
K - Mmmm peanut butter is soooo yummy. Do you have a favorite toy?
R - I have a Kong Frog that I absolutely love! It's almost twice my size, but we have a lot of fun. I like when my human hides it under blankets and I have to go find it.
K - Do you have any brothers/sisters?

R - I don't live with any other doggies, but I live with three really nice cats. I grew up with a Black Lab and a Pit Bull mix that I still see quite often. They're like my (really) big brothers.

K - Besides being very creative, do you have any other special skills/talents?

R - I think I'm pretty good at burrowing under things, like blankets and clothes. Also, I can play dead really well if a human points their fingers at me and says "Bang!"
K - Wow that is pawsome! I really want to learn that shooting trick. Anything you want your fans to know about you?
R -All in all, I'm just a miniature Dachshund from the city that likes to play and have fun. My back legs may not work so well, but I'm very happy all the same, and I hope no one out there, whether dog, cat, bird, human or otherwise, lets anything get them down. Always have fun and be happy! That's what I do!

Thanks for interviewing me!
<3 Roxy


K - Roxy you have inspired so many with your video. Thanks so much for barking with me. I'm sure you'll be getting lots of fan mail.


Be sure to paw out a letter to Roxy and send it to her @ RoxTheDoxy@gmail.com

BARK AT YA LATER!

Karli the Naked Wiener







Saturday, November 12, 2011

Don't Miss This!


Yip Yap Friends!

I have amazing news! Tomorrow, right here on my blog, I will be posting my interview with a HUGE SUPERSTAR!!!! I can't reveal who it is but I will give you some clues.

It is a girl.

She is super famous.

You love her and if you don't it is only because you haven't met her.

She loves peanut butter.  Tee hee, okay that is sort of a trick cuz after all who doesn't?

Be sure to tune in tomorrow and read the full interview and be sure to tell you furfwends.

Karli

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Canine Cooking with Karli - Pumpkin Beef Gravy

Halloween is over but pumpkins are still abundant.  I carved a pumpkin with my daddy and sister and saved all of the guts to make some treats and to put in my food.  Pumpkin is really good for doggies and it is low in calories for those of us who are trying to watch our figure.

I decided to share my Pumpkin Beef Gravy with you via video.  To make this recipe you will need:

1 Cup Pumpkin
1 Cup of Beef Broth (Low sodium)
2 Tbsp of Wheat Flour (Rice flour if you are on a grain free diet)
1/2 cup of plain yogurt
1 teaspoon of dry ginger (This is good for joints and has antioxidents. It is a natural anti-inflamatory)
2 Tbsp of Fish Oil (This is good for your heart, skin and fur.)

video

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sausage Dog Stroll Safety



On Friday I received horrible news from my best buddy Weezer Bob in Arizona. He had gone on a walk with his momma and sister Bella and they were attacked by a big doggy that was not on a leash. Bella suffered serious injuries and died.  Bella was recently adopted from a shelter and had already suffered a great deal throughout her life.  She was finally in a great home with loving parents, Weezer Bob, Bella and Toby the Cats.  She enjoyed laying out in her yard and soaking up the sun.  She loved her brother and was almost healthy enough to go to a park that her family told her about.  Because a careless human didn’t restrain their doggy, Bella never made it to that park alive.  This was a senseless tragedy; a death of a sweet girl who was just starting to really live. So, for Bella, my momma and I decided we should discuss keeping safe while going out for walks.



Love your leash!

Never, ever go out on a walk without wearing your collar and leash.  You are so much safer! Your collar should have all your contact information on it in case you accidentally get loose.  Your collar, preferably a comfy harness type, should fit you well and not be too big or small.  I highly recommend Hug-A-Dog Harness because of the way they fit. 

Some people think doggies should be able to run free and I love running free at my grammy and grandpa’s house because they have a huge fenced in yard but it is very dangerous to run in public for several reasons.

First of all, you could get lost or hit by a car.  Since us wieners are so cute, we may even get dog-napped!

There are mean, mean people who may poison you because they don’t like doggies.

You may come across a bigger dog or wild animal that will eat you!

You may be mistaken as dangerous and shot or killed by a person or policeman.

Finally because it is illegal! …..or is it?

You would think that if your parent just let your run around wild it would clearly be breaking a law but in fact only 2 states Michigan and Pennsylvania have strict statewide leash laws. Other states regulate only vicious and in heat females but most have no statewide legislation instead leaving it up to local governments.  You can check your states laws here. Leash Laws

Please check with your city/county for local laws. If no leash laws exist in your town, consider submitting one in Bella’s name so we can all be safer.


Be Seen!

When you go out on your walky with your parents be sure to wear an outfit or bandanna that is bright and can be seen easily.  I love my clothes but many of you prefer to be “au natural”. Even if you hate clothes, be sure you and your momma/daddy have bright clothes on that will make it easier for cars to see you. 

If you like to take your walks in the early morning or night, a reflective tape or blinky light is a must!

Protect your Paws!

It may seem odd but doggies need to wear shoes too sometimes.  If you are gonna be walking on a very hot or cold day be sure to wear booties, shoes or socks. These little thingies are sort of annoying at first, I admit, but on cold mornings they sure make the pee walk more bearable.  My momma tried all different types on me but the ones I like best are little rubber material that stretches over my paws.  They are biodegradable and reusable. Here is the link. http://pawzdogboots.com/

Stay Warm! 

On cool and cold days be sure to wear a sweater or coat so you don’t get too cold. I have too many to pick a favorite but keep in mind if you are on a budget, Wal-Mart sells reasonably priced coats and sweaters that are very fashionable. www.walmart.com

Know your surroundings!
It may get a little boring walking in the same place but by knowing your neighborhood or walking route, it adds safety. You will learn where the aggressive dogs live, become more social, and gain confidence.  If there are doggies in your neighborhood that run loose be sure to have your parents call the authorities.

Walk Softly but Carry a Big Stick!

As Bella’s story reminds us, some people are very insensitive and will let their animals run free.  Your parents need to be prepared. They should always carry doggy doo doo bags and a cell phone. I have received many suggestions on what is the best protection for your parents to have but I have not needed to use any of them yet, so I will just list everything. A big stick, a whistle, an umbrella, an ultrasonic transducer, a taser, citronella spray, a gun, mace, pepper spray, a cane, or a bat. Obviously, some of these items may require a permit or license of some sort and your parents should feel comfortable with their decision and be able to use the item but this is a personal choice.

If you are attacked, the best defense is a good offense.  Because it can be difficult to protect more than one doggy at a time, your parents may need to walk you separately or have a stroller to tuck you in quickly.  If all else fails, it is better to be laid on than lifted in the air because of the risk of falling.

Bella’s mommy did everything she could to save her and she should be very proud of herself. I know Bella was.

In honor and memory of Bella, I ask that you share these suggestions with your friends and please if you have information to add, please leave a comment.

Love,

Karli










Sunday, October 30, 2011

Haunted Hallow-Weenie

Yippy Yappy Furfwends!

No blog today....just a scary movie.  Enjoy at your own risk!  This movie is rated PG-13 (puppy guidance 13) for violence, gore, and sexual innuendos.

Karli

video

Friday, October 28, 2011

JJ Needs Help

Yip Yap Friends,

I just wanted to update everyone on our fundraising.  So far we have raised $365.00 total for doxies/doggies.
We raised $100.00 from the Chip In For Senior Doxies.
We raised $100.00 from selling shirts at the Mid Atlantic Doxie Phest
We raised $165.00 from the Doggy Halloween Costume Parade

I cannot thank you enough for your generosity.

So far we have raised $40.00 for JJ. This ChipIn ends on Halloween.  Let's see if we can make it to our goal of $100.00!
We did such a good job raising money for The Senior Dachshunds of D.R.N.A.!  Congratulations team!  Today I am starting a new ChipIn for JJ Coleman.  JJ is a doxie friend of mine from Facebook.  He was sick for quite a while and the doggy doctor thought he may have had meningitis but then they realized he had very bad pinched nerves in his neck.  The costs to diagnose poor JJ quickly rose to over $4000.00 but his parents love him sooo much that they spent every penny on their sweet boy.  Then JJ got some good news; he received a grant to help with some of his costs.  He had surgery on September 27th and the doggy doctor said he had the worst pinched nerves they had ever seen!

He made it through surgery okay and now JJ is in pain but doing better.  The next hurdle JJ faces is getting through all of his post-surgery treatments and therapy.  This part of his journey is not covered by the grant and his momma and daddy are out of money.

If you have any spare change in your couch or dryer, please consider sending it to JJ.  He is a sweetie and has been through so much already.

Thanks friends!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Beauty and the Beasts


Once upon a time there was a pretty, pretty princess…we will call her Princess Karlita.  She lived in a majestic castle with her Mom the Queen, her dad the King and her Prince Charming Austino. She had a royal brother, Sir Barks-a-Lot and two loyal foster brothers Duke Cody of Ihatecrate and Duke Jack of Tailwag.

They lived a simple yet comfortable life.  Every day the Queen and King made sure Princess Karlita and her entourage were fed scrumptious banquets, given massages and belly rubs, took walks about the Kingdom and played with the newest and most fashionable toys. Life was good.

Then one day, a storm blew in.  The white, fluffy clouds turned dark and ominous; angry thunder shook the castle foundation. The Queen had an idea and experience had taught Princess Karlita that mommy’s ideas were always scary.

Tired of being “just the Queen” mom had decided to obtain employment and give up her life of luxury.  She wanted to be a Pet Concierge. ???? Princess Karlita didn’t even know what that was. The Queen explained she would be taking care of doggies, giving baths, sitting for them when their parents were out of town, and cleaning up after them.

The day finally arrived when the Queens first clients showed up.  A mom and dad had to go out of town and were bringing their 3 doggies to stay in the Castle for a couple of days. Princess Karlita decided she would try her best to be a good co-hostess but that was BEFORE she met them.

Three monsters stood on towering legs above the trembling Princess.  She tried to make eye contact but flinched when she saw the jowls of Mastiff Layla were larger than her own head. As brave as she tried to be a small whimper escaped her dry throat.  Fear stiffened her spine when she glanced up at Rottie Max and saw his enormous teeth crowded tightly in his mammoth mouth. Feeling faint now and unsteady on her paws, Princess Karlita tried to say “Welcome” to her guests but again her eyes met those of another beast, Pittie Diamond and without being able to help herself she let out the loudest, sharpest YIP!!!  She knew her next seconds would be spent being torn into shreds and gulped down the throats of these wiener hungry ogres.
Layla

A large pool of warm wet blood surrounded Karlita’s paws but she was too afraid to look.  She was in no pain but new soon her happy life would be over.  It was taking a long time.  She still could feel her body…her front legs…her tail…her head….????

Slowly she unclenched her eyes and looked at the blood.  It was a strange color…it wasn’t a color…it was….slobber!!!!

Max was drooling more liquid from his chin than Karlita drank in a whole day.

Max
Diamond
His tail was wagging and moving his whole massive body rapidly from left to right.  Diamond and Layla were wagging in unison.

These weren’t beasts!  They were puppies in Bear suits!

Princess Karlita started barking and barking.  She was happy to be alive! Excited to know she would reign another day! And a bit embarrassed at how frightened she had been.

The next two days past quickly and even though they didn’t play together much, Princess Karlita learned that love comes in all sizes.

She still thinks her mom, the Queen is nuts though.

The End

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Dog Parade Winners!


Yip Yap Friends!

 So much tail wagging news, so little time for my paws to type it all out!

On Saturday momma, the boys and I hosted a Doggy Halloween Costume Parade in our neighborhood. We started working on it about 1 month ago.  We passed out fliers on our walks, made signs and invited doggies we knew.  I helped my momma make gift bags for everyone and then a really nice lady named Allana Lewis from Care-A-Lot Pet Supply store donated 3 lovely gift baskets that we used as raffles. 


When the big day arrived, I was pretty nervous. I was hoping lots of doggies would show up….and a little excited that a CAT might come. (Thankfully that didn’t happen.) We had 50 gift bags ready and 25 doggies showed up!  We thought that was a pretty good showing for our first try at this. 

We had 4 winners in the costume parade.


Baylee - Prettiest

Scariest - Max the Scull and Pumpkin Boy

Funniest - Mandy the Bug
Most Unique -Bianca the Squirrel




Lohla
I loved all of the cute outfits.  There were 2 very handsome Batdogs, Riggs and Buddy. I love hero dogs! Ali, an adorable butterfly, Lohla a lovely turtle and Cricket was a charming lady-bug.  Ben came dressed as a Patriot. (Being a Steelers Fan I would have picked him for scariest. Tee hee) His brother Maxwell was a pirate…ARG!  Tucker and CeeCee were funny clown dogs. We had several pumpkin doggies: Quincy, Retten, Harley and the sweet Abby. Austin dressed as a Marine (again..he loves supporting our troops), Spike wore a Twister Game T-shirt, Jack was on the attack as a shark, and Cody was a froggy.
Buddy
Ali






Cody, Austin, Jack, and Spike
Harley and Quincy









Retten
We had lots of fun and my favorite part was giving out kisses at my Kiss-A-Wiener Booth. 

Kiss -A-Wiener


Well actually I may have liked all the snacks I got a teeny tiny bit more but mom says that is not polite to say…so I’m going with the kisses.

Some doggies didn’t dress up but came for canine support. Thanks Ms. Judy for bringing your pack.

At the end of the day we raised…..drum roll please……$80.00 for The Chesapeake Humane Society and $80.00 for Dachshund Rescue of North America.  Yippy Yappy!

I am so proud of my new doggie friends and pet parents for supporting doggies. Next year we will try again and try to reach new goals, sniff more heineys and maybe add a few more activities for the doggies. I wanted to have bobbing for Pupperoni’s but mom said we would have to wait till next time.

I would be a bad dog if I didn’t thank my sissy Penelope and her friends Alexa, Megan, Royall and Victor for helping out with registration, voting and set up.  Teenagers are nice….sometimes.


Mom said this was a pretty easy event to put together and if you wanted to try something in your neighborhood next year she would be happy to send you information.

Yikes! I think I hear Cody getting close to my food bowl. I am off to defend my kibble.

Bark at you later.

Love,

Karli