Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wiener Workout

Christmas is only 116 days away! Do you know what that means? It means you still have time to get into shape so you will look great in your family photos wearing that gaudy green and red sweater!

During the summer I tend to lose a few ounces from chasing squirrels and rolling around in worms but then if I am not careful I will balloon up a whole pound in September!

This year I am taking a proactive approach to keeping my wiener waist in check. I have developed a list of exercises to do that is sure to help me stay in Top Dog Model shape.

  • Walking! Okay...I know...this one is pretty lame. "I already do that!" you are thinking.  I do too but I am yapping about purposeful walking. Set a goal like a mile or a time limit and then once you reach it set another one. You will have to communicate to your human that slowly lumbering out to the mailbox and back just isn't cutting it.

  • Sniffing! This is not the same as walking. Now you do not have a set distance or even time limit. Just let your nose lead the way! This is not as high intensity as a purposeful walk but it is great for your brain and releasing tension. Many hoomans do not understand the concept of sniffing. They think an occasional stop at a random bush or fire hydrant should suffice. Explain that sometimes you just want to explore the neighborhood. Hoomans tend to do this with their eyes...we are much more sophisticated than them and use our sense of smell.

  • Bubble Batting! This is a new sport I recently took up and I must say although I thought this activity was just for babies or cats, I have found it to be quite exhilarating! It is easy enough that even the most uncoordinated dog can do it and yet fun enough to get your heart pumping pretty quickly. Just have your hooman blow some bubbles up in the air and then do your best to pop them with your nose, tail, paws or even tongue!!! That's right you can eat bubbles!!! My mom found BACON FLAVORED BUBBLES!! Click here for bacon bubbles!

  • Dancing! This is a personal favorite! Just ask your hooman to crank up some fast beat tunes and jump, twirl and run until your hearts content! Here is a list of my top 5 favorite dance tunes.
    1. California Girls - Katy Perry
    2. Dancing Queen - ABBA
    3. Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men
    4. The Black Eyed Peas
    5. The Lady In Red - Chris de Burgh (Favorite slow song)
  • Swimming! - Did you know that swimming for 5 minutes burns about the same amount of kibble as walking for 5 miles!! I don't know about you but for my little legs 5 miles is a long way but swimming for 5 minutes is a snap.  My brother Spike can only walk about 1/2 of a mile before he gets exhausted. He is an IVDD survivor. Swimming on the other hand is something he is really good at.  No pool? That's okay. Ask your hooman to fill up the bathtub with warm water and you can still get a great workout. Be sure your hooman stays with you to supervise. Spike wears a life jacket because he has a hard time staying upright without it. You can get a good life jacket here!

    • Doga! - Doga is yoga for dogs. It is a fun way of stretching and relaxing while spending quality time with your hooman. You may not burn up a lot of calories but it is great for your joints and keeping your back strong. To see an example Click here to learn about Doga!

    • Treading! - No...not treading water but rather walking on a treadmill. We doxies tend to dislike extreme cold weather and I personally despise rain! I do not like getting my lil paws wet at all! When the conditions outside dissuade me from exercise I like to try treading. My mom has a treadmill and although it can be scary at first, once you get the hang of it the experience can be quite fun. Here is a cute video of Spike treading.

    • Agility Training! - Okay...let me be totally honest here. I am not "into" agility training. I think it is a bit ridiculous to run around jumping through hoops, weaving in and out of sticks, and popping through little tunnels. That just seems what is the phrase I am looking for...PEOPLE PLEASING! I guess I'm a bit stubborn...but I am only comfortable strutting my stuff When and Where I want to. However, I have many friends who have told me this is great fun, terrific exercise and a great way to work out frustrations.  I have only tried it a few times and I will say watching my hooman get all freaked out just because I walked up and down a ramp was quite funny. You do not have to go to an agility course to do these exercises. Your hooman can make a course or you can purchase one relatively inexpensively here!    
    • Dog Park! - Sometimes it is fun just to get away from your own environment. I really enjoy sniffing and peeing my way around the dog park. So many markings to enjoy! So many new heineys to meet! It is a great way to get your hooman to work on on their social skills too!
    • Fetch! Chasing after balls and toys is great exercise but it really isn't my thing. Wildly running after an item and joyfully returning it to my hooman seems very "labradorish" to me. Those to please people! Sweet yet so unrefined. My hooman needs to know I am in charge so although I will occasionally retrieve...I usually do not. Don't want them to get use to that behavior.
    • Be Happy!! - That's right! Just be happy! Barking and wagging your tail will burn up lots of kibble. This is the easiest of all exercises. Be sure to practice this one alot!!!
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    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Zoe - The Doxie Mermaid

    K -Zoe it is so nice to you in canine! I flew all the way to California for this interview and boy are my arms tired! Tee hee!

    Z -Hi Karli! It's nice to meet you! I love making new pup friends!

    K - Zoe, your picture was chosen to represent Dodgerslist in their publication Dodgers Digest.  That is so exciting! Your sweet little mermaid picture is adorable and received tons of votes.  Your momma sure does love you, how long have you been with your family?

    Z - I have been living with my mommy for about 1 1/2 years after she rescued me from the animal shelter. I was dumped by either a backyard breeder or a horrible puppy mill situation when I was about 1 or 1 1/2 years old. I came in the shelter paralyzed and from what the vets say, I had been like that for at least 6-8 months or more. I was soooo full of breastmilk so I guess when the breeders were done using me with breeding the guessed 1-2 liters of my puppies, they turned me into the shelter.

    K - How did your momma find you?                     

    Z - Mommy's friend worked at the shelter. She took me out of the scary "medical room" where my fate had been decided because I was disabled.  My mommy volunteered to watch me for the weekend to keep me safe from those scary needles until an adopter or foster could be found, but mommy and I both knew on the way home from the shelter that we would be together forever no matter what obstacles came our way! She's my mommy and I'm her best princess daughter!

    K - Disabled? That must be a hooman word.  Oh..does that have something to do with you not having any legs or a tail? I think that is neato cuz you are a doxie and a mermaid. How did that happen anyway?

    Z - I was not born without legs. My paralysis starts about from my rib cage down and last year one of my legs started giving me weird painful tingling feelings. All the medicine the vets gave me, the acupuncture, the alpha stimulation, and therapy did not work. It seemed to make it worse and the only way I knew how to fix it was to start chewing off my own toes and leg! It did not hurt me at all to chew because I do not have deep pain were the nerves were regenerating.  I was in danger of infection to my system and bones I was eating. 
    After that amputation last summer, I was happy and pain free again! That was until about 3 months ago when mommy was petting me and I started twitching. I could feel my mom pet me for the 1st time in my whole life! It was a wonderful and happy moment for all of us! My superficial nerves have slowly regenerated on top of my back so I can feel you pet my fur. This quickly turned into disaster when my other leg developed the same thing it did the year before and this time I developed deep pain sensation and  my major nerve in my leg was almost completely healed. I did what I did before and started eating at myself again!     We tried more medications & therapy & without luck, the decision was made to amputate my remaining leg and tail as a precaution.
     I am happier & healthier than ever before without my legs! I have had no complications, I am healed, and loving life! I am a fighter and I am so blessed my mommy stood by my side to help me fight this difficult battle. The vets say most would have given up on me a long time ago.

    K - Wow! That is quite a story Zoe! You are so lucky to have such a great mom! Do you have any brothers or sisters?

    Z -I do! I have a 6 year old real sister that loves me just as much as my mommy does. We have a 2 year old hairless dog and also many kitties.  We love to foster kitties. When mommy brings home new born kittens that she needs to bottle feed, I try to help her by helping to keep them warm and cuddled & lick them clean just like a real mommy cat would do for them. We foster with All Texas Dachshund Rescue when we are able and I love having other weenies to play

    K - Is your life a lot different since you have dis-able-abilities?

    Z - Not that much!  I have a bedazzled wheelchair my mommy & sister decorated for me in our favorite colors, purple and green :) I usually only use my wheelchair for outside walks. Mommy has drag bags or diapers or just expresses my bladder & then let's me run freely like a normal pup around the house. I love to play with small toys and cat toys. My favorite treats are pig ears and cow hoofs. I love dressing up.  My new favorite thing to wear are baby onsies because they fit so much better without having any back limbs and  protect my tummy from rug burn. They also hold my pampers in place when I wear them.

    K - So now that you are a famous model, what other things do you want to accomplish?

    Z - I want to help other doggies with disabilities! When they contact me with questions usually mom and i can answer them or get an answer because we have been through so much. All I know is special needs dogs are very special and they deserve a happy ending when they have the fight and spirit to keep living! We have great support with All Texas Doxie Rescue. Their weenies & our human friends are the best group in the world.

    K - Thanks so much Zoe! :) You are a pawesome friend and inspiration to everyone!

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    I'm a Semper Fi Doxie!

    Yip Yap Friends!

    Wow it has been a whirlwind summer.  I apologize for not pawing out many blogs lately but I've been busier that a doxie at a squirrel farm!

    The last time we chatted I was supervising work being performed up at the future Long Dog Retreat in Michigan.  We were able to get quite a bit of work completed but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate as much as we would have liked.  It was so hot that being naked worked to my benefit!

    Then we were on the road for our new home in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

    We moved here because my dad is a Marine and he still has 2 more years before he retires.
    Jacksonville is very different from Chesapeake. We are still near the ocean...actually closer...but it is SOOOOO HOT here! Yikes!

    Also, just about every doggy in this town belongs to a Marine, a retired Marine or someone that works with Marines!

    Semper Fi is a motto of the Marines. It means "Always Faithful". 

    I plan on always being a faithful friend to you and to my family.

    I'm not sure what it will be like living in a new town, in a new house, with a new vet and making new friends but I know that I am not alone. 

    God led us here. He will not abandon us. He is Semper Fidelis...Always Faithful!!