January 24, 2017

My Mom's Poem

My mom wrote a poem the other day. This poem only took her 6 minutes to write, and although it doesn't rhyme or have any significant meaning, it has a personal meaning to her. For those dying to know the inspiration behind the poem, just email her and she'll be happy to tell you! I hope you enjoy it. My mom calls it "Those Who Sleep"...that sounds like me after a long walk in the woods!

The scent of must hangs overhead
Looming, present, swirling from afar
The sincerity of a raven’s cry
A desperate mourning plea for air.

A gently bending blade of grass
The rustling of the autumn leaves
All life absorbed from the helpless ones
All sucked from it, its green.

Glimmering, shimmering, misty eyes
The distance gazed from shore
The desperate faces of those once loved
And the memories once poured.

Once here with the one so mentioned
A casual theme of calm
Taken for granted leaving melancholy
Where the wistfulness once was.

Embedded in the beaten ground
Mark of tradition lies so deep
Engraved into the hearts and souls
Who admire those who sleep.

January 22, 2017

January is #TrainYourDogMonth...Up For The Challenge?

It's Robin, Christmas' mom, here to announce something exciting...this month is #TrainYourDogMonth! I have a challenge for you to start on Monday if you're up to the challenge. It'll be fun, so I recommend you accept the challenge!

Monday: Practice every single one of your dog's commands and tricks with them and see if they're doing them all well. Be generous and reward them for their commands and tricks, even the ones they've been doing for years!

Tuesday: Teach a new command. Commands include things like sit, stay, heel, leave it, drop it, lay down, and other basic things like that, something every dog should probably know. If you aren't sure how to teach that certain command you've chosen, Google "how to teach your dog (insert command) with positive training". You could also check out positive trainer Zak George's YouTube channel (just search Zak George on YouTube) for videos on what you're trying to teach. I recommend you try clicker training out if you haven't already. Click here to read all about clicker training!

Wednesday: Teach a new trick! Spin, bow, fetch, shake...anything fun that isn't essential or extremely important. If you aren't sure how to teach a certain command, you could always Google it or check out Zak George's videos.

Thursday: Eliminate a behavioral problem your dog has. Your dog doesn't have to be a terribly behaved dog to have behavioral issues. I'm sure every dog parent has something they wish their dog didn't do. Things like pulling on the leash, barking at the wrong time, chasing the cat, guarding food and toys, and having anxiety when you're not in the room are some examples of behavioral problems. Remember, be especially patient with your dog on this day and be sure to remain a positive trainer on this day! Also, if your dog's behavioral issue is severe and dangerous to correct, I recommend you hire a professional trainer to work with you and your pup.

Friday: Practice your dog's training out and about! Head to Petsmart, the dog park, Home Depot, or a school bus stop. Really any place with lots of distractions will do. Practice your dog's commands in this busy environment and be sure to heavily reward your pooch when they do obey, even though they're tempted by distractions. You could also practice loose leash walking and helping your dog calm down in these situations.

Saturday: Have someone else handle your dog, someone who doesn't regularly handle or interact with your pup. A family member, friend, neighbor, or even a friendly person at the dog park will do. Have them ask your dog to do their tricks and commands and observe whether or not your dog remembers his manners when with that person. Remember to tell the person to reward your dog with treats that you give them when your dog responds well!

Sunday: Today is the day your dog will shine! In front of friends, family, or whoever happens to be in the house at the time, show off your dog's new command. If you've decided to try clicker training out, teach your family how it works and how it's helped your dog. Show off your dog's new fun trick and show them that one of his behavioral problems is gone. Simply talk about everything your dog has done this week and how training has made your relationship with your dog stronger.

It doesn't take long at all each day to work with your dog if you accept this challenge. If I didn't train Chris every day, we would be a lot less closer and we wouldn't communicate as well. Training has been something we can both bond over and we can both look forward to each and every day.

Who here will be accepting the challenge?

January 21, 2017

A Skip in My Step

I've got a skip in my step today.


Because it's the weekend!

Oh, and because my mom is using treats to get me look at the flashy beast.

January 20, 2017

Rainy Day Feels

I'm yet to meet a Dachshund who appreciates rainy weather. I'll swim in the bathtub all day, but rain isn't my thing. (Even though I'm wagging my tail!)

January 19, 2017

We Took The #Mutt5Challenge

Hey, everyone! Over at Astro's blog and Hailey and Phod's blog, I heard about the Mutt 5 Challenge and decided I had to give it a try!

My mom's top 5 favorite...

Dog breeds:
Pharaoh Hound
Pit Bull

Spare-time activities
Taking me for walks
Training me
Snuggling with me
Listening to Twenty One Pilots

Ice cream flavors
Mint chocolate chip
Cookie dough
Birthday cake
Cookies & cream
Cotton candy

Favorite places 
Our church
Our old neighborhood
Dog shows
Our old house

Websites & blogs

My top 5 favorite...

My "squeaker"
My orange duck
My pink and green felt braided toy
The cats' toys (click HERE for an interesting story about that!)
Tennis balls

Spin around
Leave it
Left heel
Right heel

Spare-time activities

Going for walks with my mom
Exploring in the forest with my mom
Snuggling with my mom
Making canine and human friends on walks


I challenge you to take the #Mutt5Challenge on your blog!

January 18, 2017

Together Furever

1 universe, 9 planets, 204 countries, 809 islands, 7 seas, and I had the privilege of meeting you.

Love you, mom!

P.S. Some of you were asking about my totally pawsome vest harness. I've had it for over a year and it's held up well. It's very comfortable for me and it was on sale at Petsmart for only $7. They are usually $20-$30 at Petsmart because Petsmart likes to overprice their products, so I'm glad I got my favorite harness while I did. It is from the Grrreat Choice company and is both functional and stylish. I totally recommend it!

January 17, 2017

Georgia Weather

If you've ever lived in or been to Georgia, you'll know the weather here is weird. It's went from 12 degrees to 70 degrees in just a couple of days.

I've went from freezing my tail off on potty breaks to panting like a hot dog on walks!

Georgia weather is an interesting thing, friends!