Friday, November 28, 2014

Snuggly-warm


Jenny curls up to sleep on her "blankie"

Wow, we have from spring-like to almost sub-Artic temperatures within this week! With the windchill factor, it feels like -4°C instead of 2°C. I know it's even colder in some parts of the world but hey, it's still pretty darn cold to me!!

Jenny agrees fully with me, I'm sure. She definitely prefers to stay indoors, curled like a cooked shrimp on her "blankie", when it rains or when the temperature dips below "normal-for-humans-like-me".  During this morning's walk, we met Schröder, a 12-year-old black Dachshund-Cocker mix and Jenny had a few minutes of playtime with him, enough for both of us dog owners to forget about the cold while watching them fool around. Schröder announced most clearly when he had enough from the youngster.

No, I don't put a sweater or cape or those doggy outfits on Jenny. I'm not keen on those outfits for our pets. It's not natural for dogs to wear a sweater. They are born with their own "sweaters" which is called fur (except for the, say, Mexican Hairless, which I can fully understand their owners putting on a warm outfit when it's too cold for the Mexican Hairless to deal with). Their resistance to the cold is affected when we make them wear the "unnatural sweaters". Dogs in the wild will probably have a good laugh at our dogs in the doggy-outfits if they ever saw our dogs in suits.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rose Among Thorns...

No, Jenny's not getting married! It's a curtain...
Oh boy, it's been another couple of months since I blogged about Jenny, I'm terribly busy with endless home projects. One of which you can see in the image, it's the curtain that I sewed for our newly bought used caravan. Yup, that project is eating up my time...

Recently at our weekly dog obedience class, I realised that Jenny is the only female in the group. There are about six owners, me included, with eight dogs in our group. Anyway, three males got into a tiff and Jenny rushed to see what was happening.

Tonja, our trainer, later explained that by being the only bitch, Jenny ran to inspect the fight and was probably eyeing the strongest winning male for the possibility of fathering her off-springs. Naturally, she's not going to be getting any babies now or in the future. I do not intend to have her castrated at all.

So, yes, in a cartoony-way, one can imagine Jenny whipping out her smartphone and snapping pictures of the fight...paparazzi-Dackel...

None of us panicked when the three male dogs got into a tiff with each other. One owner gave a shout to break up the argument between the boys and they each walked away to their owners. Yes, definitely way cool from us dog owners.

Looking back at our first class, our dogs and we have come a long way. The first class was total chaos. Now, our dogs walk off-leash next to us - not formal heeling but within one to one-and-half meters in our vicinity - without any dog goofing around. Recall is also no problem. I'm the only who uses a whistle to recall my dog. The others prefer to simply call their dogs during recall. I like the whistle as I don't have to yell my head off plus it's a neutral "call" to the dogs. Whether I'm relaxed or panicked, the whistle does not give you away.

Right, more later! Have a great day and week!