Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Boys

Photo by Janis Higdon

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Break Time

Hello, everyone. My life has become a little overwhelming right now, so I have decided to take a break from blogging. I know it's been a while since I posted, but I've decided to make it official. I feel guilty twice a week when my reminder pops up on my to-do list to blog. Be rest assured, everything is fine and the boys are doing just great. You can always catch us on our Facebook page, Twitter, or email, Life with Doxies at gmail dot com (you figure it out!). Facebook is your best bet, since I am most likely to post quick statuses or links or pictures there. I will miss all of your comments, and I hope to be back soon!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wordless Wednesday #20

"I whip my hair back and forth!"

Both picture and caption courtesy of Jessica W of You Did What With Your Weiner?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Bath Time!

It was bath time in our house last night. I apologize for the poor quality photos. I forgot to get the camera ready, so I was in a rush to take the pictures after the bath. (Apparently, when your camera lens fogs up, the pictures come out foggy, too. Weird how that works....)

"If we look cute enough this time, can we never take another bath?"

Longingly gazing out of the tub, hoping they can soon run free
Kool is pretty much a drowned rat after bath time

Did Kool get a perm?

"Mom, stop taking pictures of Kool. Take a picture of me! See? I'm dry already!"

Dirty look from the prissy man who hates getting wet

The boys seem so calm in those pictures, but they go crazy when they get out. Check them out in the video!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Marymoor Meetup

A couple of weekends ago, we went on a doggie meetup to Marymoor Park and Lucky Jack's Latte. Lucky Jack's is located just outside Marymoor, and they welcome doggies. The namesake, Jack, is often found wandering around, greeting customers - human and canine alike.

This meetup group isn't limited to dachshunds. Our Pup 'N Pints group is for dogs of all shapes and sizes. We usually go to a park to get the dogs' energy out, then eat at a dog-friendly restaurant or cafe. Sometimes we'll head to a brewery to get the "pints" part of our meetup in!

While we always enjoy our doxie meetups, it's nice to socialize with other kinds of dogs, too. Swift and Kool can be a little reserved around other dogs. They finally interact with other dachshunds, so now we're working on being nice to other kinds of dogs.

Here are a few pictures from our wonderfully sunny day!

Amber and Swift sniffing something.

It must have been gross, because Amber decides to roll in it!

The Boston Terrier is Zoe. Her owner is Jessica
(a different Jessica from our doxie group).
She started the meetup and does a great job organizing.

The brown Boston's name is Kona. He and Zoe are neighbors and best friends.
They are quite the pair when you get them together!

Doxies walking next to Jack (not Lucky Jack).

Amber, our little sweetheart

Looks like somebody might have treats! Nothing else could get
Swift's and Kool's attentions like that!

Fur Monster, Tag!!

Jack is a cutie-pie! He's 10 years old. I couldn't believe it. He's so small!

What do you see in the woods, Tag?

I think Ozzie is soooo adorable! I love dogs with beards!

Swift trying to be a people, like always. I think he's hoping
that someone left a bag with treats in it.

One of our many attempts to get the doxies to look at us at the same time.

Blue Heron nests

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday #17

I usually try to keep my Wordless Wednesday posts wordless, but today, there is just too much to say about this picture!

"Look how fast my tail wags! It's always blurry in pictures."

"I love the wind in my ears."

"I love this blanket. It's my favorite color."

"What do you mean, dogs aren't allowed on people picnic tables? Aren't I a people?"

"I'm going to scratch you with my claw-like nails. No, you can't cut them! I'm going to scream. AAAAAHHHHH!!!!"

Monday, April 16, 2012

Always Stretch After a Hike!

Several weeks ago, during one of our rare sunny weather breaks, I took the boys on a hiking adventure. We hadn't been out in the woods on a "real" trail for several months. We've been around Greenlake and done a couple of urban trails, but this adventure took us out to Snohomish County near Monroe - Lord Hill Regional Park. It's close to where Janis (Lindsay's mom) lives, so we drove out to meet her, Tag, and Amber and head to the park in a convoy. We met Jessica, Chester, and Gretel at the park.

As I mentioned before, the weather was perfect. It was early February, but we always get gorgeous weather for about a week or so, and we picked the right weekend. It was sunny but not hot. The dogs wore coats but we weren't too worried about them getting overheated or too cold.

Showing off their coats and sweaters!

Well, hello, there, Kool! Are you ready to go hiking?

We took a lot of pictures. Chester and Gretel are so used to Jessica taking pictures, they just stand patiently and wait for her.

"Okay, mom. Whenever you're done, I'm ready to go."

The scenery and view were great. I thought these trees were pretty cool. I loved all the moss hanging off the branches. It was nice to go on a hike to a new park where we hadn't been before. 

The trail map was a little confusing (even for expert adventurer Jessica), so I'm not quite sure which trail we took. I do believe this is Beaver Lake, though. Unfortunately, we didn't see any beavers. I'm not sure what the dogs would have done if we had!

Beaver Lake

I really love my boys. I love watching them hike. They're just so cute in their matching red sweaters. They are great hikers, but we do have some problems working with the leash doubler. I keep saying I need to get a longer one, but I haven't yet. It might also be nice to get one where you can adjust the length of each side. Swift always pulls Kool along. Although in this picture, it looks like Kool is the one in charge!

"Come on, Swift! Doesn't that look like a beaver to you?!"

At first, I thought this water was part of the lake we saw earlier, but looking at the trail map, I'm pretty sure these pictures are of Temple Pond. So beautiful.

When all was said and done, we probably hiked 4 miles. As I mentioned in the title, you should always stretch after a hike. Did we? No. I just got in the car and drove home. I stopped to grab a pizza on the way home, and my legs were so stiff that I could barely get out of the car. Obviously, I hadn't been hiking in a while. For almost two weeks after that hike, I had trouble sitting down and getting up and walking up and down stairs. Man, am I getting old! It is now my responsibility to make sure everyone stretches after our adventureweiner meetups.

Monday, March 26, 2012

What Dogs Will Do for Their Owners

Saturday night, Lindsay and I decided to have some fun with Swift. I noticed a couple of scratches on her arms, and she said they were from Swift. His nails get so long that they turn into very sharp talons. A few weeks ago, I attempted to cut his nails but only got one paw done (and I made him bleed!). I figured it was time to try again.

I pulled out the "dog box" that holds all of my grooming supplies, along with random toys, costumes, etc. After I got Swift's nails down to a manageable length, Lindsay and I began to go through the dog box. Swift and Kool were pretty excited to see what was in there. They seemed to know it was their stuff.

Well, we attacked Swift, and this is what happened. We put every single piece of dog clothing on him. If you're familiar with the TV Show Friends, it reminds me of the episode where Joey puts on Chandler's clothes. "Could I *be* wearing any more clothes?"

He took it pretty well. I was kind of impressed. I think I am now officially a crazy dog lady.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Hike-ful Day

Mid-January, we went on one of our monthly Greenlake walks with our meetup group, Adventureweiner Club (TM) of Seattle. There hadn't been a walk scheduled for 2 months because of the weather and the holidays, so it was nice to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones.

Ardie is just the most precious wire-haired dachshund.

Kool looking for some friends

Swift says, "I see them!"

It was still a little chilly and rainy out, so everyone was dressed up in their coats and sweaters. I was surprised with the turnout - probably about 20-30 people were there with their dachshunds. I think most people missed the group and were excited to hang out again, like us. As much as it rains in Seattle, some people still get snooty about the weather, so that's why I was glad to see as many people as I did.

The Group
(Can you spot us next to the man in the red jacket?)

The Fearless Five
Sienna, Swift, Kool, Chester, and Gretel

After the 3 mile walk around Greenlake, a few of us went to lunch at the KISS Café in Ballard (a "dog-friendly" restaurant.) You can read a review of our time there over at You Did What With Your Weiner?

After lunch, we headed over to Discovery Park. I've hiked this park a total of 3 times now, and each time, I've taken a different trail. And the last two times (including this trip), I was so totally exhausted afterwards. Luckily, this time we had already eaten lunch. Last time, my sugar got so low, I almost passed out on the way home. Anyway, Discovery Park is also about 3 miles, but it isn't flat like Greenlake. It's much hillier, and there are even steps in some areas.

Kool, begging for a treat on one of our breaks

I'm walking 4 doxies!!

You can see the lighthouse we walked past

Walking 3 miles on the paved path around the lake and another 3 on rocky gravel and sand proved too much for Swift. He rubbed one of his pads raw, and it began to bleed slightly. He began to limp, but being the brave boy he is, he didn't complain. I didn't even realize he was in pain until I saw him limp. We ended up carrying him out the last half of the hike. (My friend Jessica was gracious enough to help carry him!)

Swift, loving the attention he's getting from Deb

No need to worry about Swift. The walk and hike exhausted both him and Kool, so they just rested and slept that day and the next. Swift's paw was completely healed after two days. This just shows we need to get our bodies back in shape and ready for our next trek with the Adventureweiner Club!!