Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Daisy’s Horoscope!

Strolling through the web, I found a doggy horoscope site. Since Daisy just celebrated her one year birthday on Sunday, March 13, I decided to have a little fun and see how her personality compares against these traits. My comments about how Daisy matches up to her astrological sign are in bold caps:

Baby Daisy, 2 months old, all bones underneath that fur!

Pisces
February 20 – March 20

Sensitive, gentle, intuitive and cuddly – TRUE
Weak-willed, easily led and sulky – Definitely NOT TRUE

LIKES:
…being left alone – NOPE
…lazing and doing nothing in particular – WHEN IT SUITS HER
…learning new tricks – YES

DISLIKES:
…being told off for being naughty – YES, SHE HATES THAT!
…loud noises of any kind – YES, OH YES!
…not having somewhere comfy to sleep at night – DON’T KNOW, FORTUNATELY SHE’S ALWAYS HAD A COMFY PLACE TO SLEEP!

Piscean dogs possess a gentle, patient and lovable nature. YES

One year old Daisy, the crazy, silly, toy-destroying, risk-taking, rule-defying nut we love with all our hearts.

They have many generous qualities and are friendly, good natured, sensitive to the feelings of those around them, and respond with constant tail-wagging whenever they are called. ABSOLUTELY YES!

They are deservedly popular with all kinds of people and other dogs, partly because their easygoing, affectionate, submissive natures offer no threat or challenge to neither man or dog. EASYGOING, AFFECTIONATE – YES. SUBMISSIVE – UHHH, NO. DAISY WILL STAND HER GROUND WITH ANYONE, BE IT MAN OR BEAST!

They tend to just drift along from day to day accepting their world around them and the circumstances in which they find themselves and will just patiently wait for what they want rather than taking the initiative to annoy their owners for it. NOT REALLY – DAISY HAS PLENTY OF INITIATIVE AND DOESN’T MIND ANNOYING US AT ALL! LOL OTHERWISE SHE’S VERY ACCEPTING OF NEW PLACES AND NEW PEOPLE.

They long to be recognized and dislike discipline and confinement. DAISY LOVES TINY, CONFINED PLACES – THE SMALLER, THE BETTER – BUT THE OTHER TWO ARE RIGHT ON THE MARK.

As they are also versatile and intuitive, have quick understanding, observe and listen well, they are receptive to anything new. DEFINITELY.

Intensely loyal, these dogs will always remain a faithful and dedicated companion to their owner. LET’S HOPE SO!

Because of their sensitive nature, Piscean dogs tend to suffer from various forms of skin disease, inflammations, foot disorders and lameness. LET’S HOPE NOT!

So some of these are right, others are way off the mark. Pretty standard for horoscopes, I think! What about your dog – does he/she seem to possess the characteristics of his/her astrological sign?

Strolling through the web, I found a doggy horoscope site. Since Daisy just celebrated her one year birthday on Sunday, March 13, I decided to have a little fun and see how her personality compares against these traits. My comments about how Daisy’s personality compares are in bold caps:

Pisces
February 20 – March 20

Sensitive, gentle, intuitive and cuddly – TRUE

Weak-willed, easily led and sulky – Definitely NOT TRUE

LIKES:

being left alone – NOPE
lazing and doing nothing in particular – WHEN IT SUITS HER

learning new tricks – YES

DISLIKES:

being told off for being naughty – YES, SHE HATES THAT!
loud noises of any kind – YES, OH YES!
not having somewhere comfy to sleep at night – Don’t know, she’s always had a comfy place to sleep!

Piscean dogs possess a gentle, patient and lovable nature. YES

They have many generous qualities and are friendly, good natured, sensitive to the feelings of those around them, and respond with constant tail-wagging whenever they are called. ABSOLUTELY YES!

They are deservedly popular with all kinds of people and other dogs, partly because their easygoing, affectionate, submissive natures offer no threat or challenge to neither man or dog.EASYGOING, AFFECTIONATE – YES. SUBMISSIVE – UHHHHH, NO. DAISY WILL STAND HER GROUND WITH ANYONE, BE IT MAN OR BEAST!

They tend to just drift along from day to day accepting their world around them and the circumstances in which they find themselves and will just patiently wait for what they want rather than taking the initiative to annoy their owners for it. NOT REALLY – DAISY HAS PLENTY OF INITIATIVE AND DOESN’T MIND ANNOYING US AT ALL! LOL OTHERWISE SHE’S VERY ACCEPTING OF NEW PLACES AND NEW PEOPLE.

They long to be recognized and dislike discipline and confinement. DAISY LOVES TINY, CONFINED PLACES – THE SMALLER, THE BETTER – BUT THE OTHER TWO ARE RIGHT ON THE MARK.

As they are also versatile and intuitive, have quick understanding, observe and listen well, they are receptive to anything new. DEFINITELY.

Intensely loyal, these dogs will always remain a faithful and dedicated companion to their owner.LET’S HOPE SO!

Because of their sensitive nature, Piscean dogs tend to suffer from various forms of skin disease, inflammations, foot disorders and lameness. LET’S HOPE NOT!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAISY! One Year Old Yesterday!

Yes, our little Daisy crossed the milestone birthday yesterday that propelled her from Puppy Daisy to Doggy Daisy. 🙂 Just look at how much she’s grown and changed – although she still LOVES curling up on our feet!

The first photo we took of Daisy when we brought her home. She immediately curled up on my foot!

What a big girl she is now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We celebrated by having a spa day at home. One of my friends gave Daisy a soft pink hooded bathrobe for Christmas, which almost matches DD’s robe (minus the hood).

So after a nice long walk, Daisy was treated to a lovely warm bath that gave her that sweet flowery scent we love so much. Then we put her little pink robe on her….and immediately started snapping pictures.

You all know how much Daisy hates hoods – they paralyze her with shame. LOL So what else were we to do but take pictures??!!

Not another hood!

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What was of the greatest surprise to us was that once we took the hood off, she wore that robe for hours and never once tried to wrestle it off!

Her birthday was a day of cuddles and cookies; so much cuddling and petting that I guess you could put it into the “massage” category just to round out the spa theme. 😉

Today she’s full of energy and mischief. That’s what we get for all that pampering!

Daisy may have officially reached dog-hood, but she’ll always be a puppy to us.

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I Hate Appliances!

Any increase in consumer spending is because of us. Right now – unfortunately – we’re boosting the economy single-handedly.

All of our kitchen appliances decided to die at the same time. I swear they’re in cahoots with each other.

Hey! What's all the rucus about?!

First the range went. Okay, it was 20 years old, but it was an all-in-one stove/oven/microwave, so that meant two new units. And a big patch of unfinished bare wall now exposed between the two.

Which means we have to redo the entire section  between the upper and lower cabinets around the entire work side of the kitchen. Trust me, we have no other option.

They tell me this will be good for resale. I’ll hold on to that thought.

Then I discovered lakes developing in the refrigerator. Both of the frozen and unfrozen varieties. The fridge had reached the end of its 10-12 year life….in 9 years.

Not to be outdone, the dishwasher started making weird straining sounds, and nothing coming out of it had that sparkling look that it should.

All. At. Once.

See what I mean? Cahoots. There must be Appliance Retirement Meetings going on in here after dark that we can’t even fathom.

Daisy using me as a perch to look out the window from the bed.

The stove and microwave have been installed; stove’s fine, microwave is too high. The cabinet above it is too small (it was purchased to suit the previous unit) and needs to be replaced. Which means another visit by the installer/electrician, which means another fee.

The fridge, so far, is doing fine. However, the cabinet above it is too big and has to be replaced. Apparently, they tell us, fridges are now bigger than they used to be nine years ago. Huh.

There is a BIG gaping hole where the dishwasher should be. Why, you ask? Because this 50 year old house was built by one of those rapid-fire crooked builders who put homes up faster than rabbits multiply. He’s been sued multiple times.

The major dishwasher plumbing pipe was plopped into the cement slab in a weird place so that only GE and Frigidaire products can fit in the space. We bought a Kitchen Aid. I LOVED this new unit. But yesterday the installer, who tried and tried to make it work, could simply not fit this beautiful dishwasher around the stupid pipe. It would cost $5,000 to move it 3 inches.

I want the economy to recover, but not that badly.

So back it went, and we now have a nasty gap in the cabinets where the dishwasher should be. Which means an unexpected trip back to the appliance store to pay big bucks for a dishwasher I don’t even want. On a weekend with no sales. Wonderful.

Daisy was a trooper thought all the deliveries. The gratuitous photos here are of her during the various deliveries. I kept her in the master bedroom while DH stayed with the delivery and installation guys. She was On Guard, growled a bit, barked a bit more, but mostly she was just doin’ her curious canine thing. She did herself proud.

I need an Advil.

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Destructo-Pup Meets The Computer Wire

Thank goodness it wasn’t plugged in!

Destructo-Pup strikes again

We should have known that something was wrong. We were at one end of the house, and Daisy was nowhere to be seen. We were so wrapped up in what we were doing that no one noticed the glaring absence of…..Destructo-Pup. [Insert dark musical strains of foreboding here. ;)]

As I came down the hallway and went around the corner, I saw Daisy standing in the middle of the kitchen, somewhat oddly. Normally she would be following me around, lying on the sofa (taking full advantage of her newly-acquired sofa rights!) or watching out the back window, but for her to be just standing there like a statue in the middle of the kitchen alerted me immediately that something was amiss.

And then there was that guilty look on her face…..

I said, “Oh no, what did you do!” She just stood there, frozen. The final and most telling sign that she’d done something BAD. Frozen Pup.

Under all that cuteness lies her evil twin personality, Destructo-Pup.

I looked around the family room and there it was – the computer wire was on the floor and had been chewed to within an inch of its life. Dennis The Menace – meet your canine counterpart!

And what makes it even worse – my computer battery is dead. I mean dead, as in it has no power and can’t be charged. I need a new one, and they have to be ordered through the mail. Do I really want to spend the extra $$ on a battery for a 4 year old computer?

Fortunately DD still has her old laptop and its cord miraculously fit into mine, so I’ve been using that instead. But we now keep all wires out of Destructo-Pup’s reach, except for those attached to table lamps, which are of constant concern to me. Ugh.

Pretty soon we’re going to have everything piled on top of tables, and the tables will all be made of titanium!

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Sofa Wars Lost – We Met The Enemy, And We Are Theirs

We’ve lost the Sofa Wars. Officially.

Nothing beats some soft throws and a good couch!

Actually, we surrendered. Willingly.

All the training books tell us that dogs should only be allowed on furniture when invited. We followed that directive to the letter for months. Months.

Daisy didn’t.

Most of the time she stayed on the floor, but every couple of days we’d find her quietly lying on the sofa, all snuggled up in the various throws. (We’re big on throws – we LOVE nestling underneath them! So why wouldn’t Daisy?) It was adorable!

We always felt so bad making her get down from her warm, snuggly perch; after all, part of a Havachon’s natural instinct is to find the highest point and survey her turf from above, making sure all is well in Havachon-land. Finally, we thought – “Hey, what are we fighting for? We like her up here, this works for us, why can’t we bend the rules a bit?”

How can we deny her this one little luxury?

So we did. We bent them into a pretzel. (I’m sorry, Jan Fennell! I lose one gold star!) Qualifier (aka “excuse”): I believe in picking my battles; whether with dogs, kids, or other adults, I feel it’s only necessary to fight the good fight in the face of serious wrong-doing or potential harm. This was neither.

BUT – there is a payoff from all that original rule-enforcement: when one of us is on the sofa, she never comes up without “asking permission” first. She sits on the floor near us with those perky ears raised and big brown eyes boring a hole through us. When we look at her, she rears up on her hind legs and glances from us to the sofa a couple of times. Then if we say, “Okay, come on up” and tap the sofa, up she comes, one happy little Havachon. But if we say, “No, down”, she backs off, gives us a few annoyed grumbles, and retreats to her blanket refuge.

Seriously, you can't BUY contentment like this! 🙂

Works for us! 🙂

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Daisy Hates Emeril!

I usually make my own broths, but I didn’t have time yesterday to whip up a vegetable broth so I could use it in a new recipe. (We love trying new foods, so I made a dish called Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew – it’s vegan, very healthful, and served over Basmati rice – and it was delicious!)

Anyway, I bought a container of Emeril’s organic vegetable broth and set it on the kitchen counter. Daisy was playing around on that side of the kitchen for a while, when about 10 minutes later, out of the clear blue, I hear the sound of panicky doggy claws racing in place, trying to make a mad escape from some Dreaded Foe.

I turned around and saw her legs racing, trying desperately to get traction on the wood floor, ears disappeared behind her head, and her eyes open so wide in horror that I thought the Devil himself was behind her. I wish I could have had a picture of that!

She finally got traction and ran into the family room. Then she came cautiously back into the kitchen, stretching her neck like a giraffe to peek around the pantry and starting a major high-pitched, angry barking campaign directed right at the Emeril package on the counter. I thought it was just another case of That Which Did Not Belong, but this was a different type of barking. And her antics were different too – a few barking steps aggressively forward, followed by a race back out of the room.

This played out over and over and over again. I finally put the package out of her sight. Later, I took it out again, which restarted the whole frenzy even though I was holding the package. I said “Nice package. See? It’s okay” over and over, to no avail. She wasn’t having any of it.

The cautious sniff...

So I put it on the floor and got the camera. One cautious sniff and she was off again. This has never happened with anything before, the only difference is the picture of Emeril on the front. Hmmmmm…..

I think Daisy hates Emeril!

I will NOT come any closer to That Thing!!

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Monday Morning Chuckle: Strangest Dog Names

So VIP Pet Insurance publicized a list of the top 50 strangest dog names they’ve ever heard. These are actually the names of dogs whose owners applied for pet insurance!

Here are a few of the wildest:

I may be goofy, but at least my name isn't!

Sirius Lee Handsome
Zip Drive
Muppet Bundle
Meatwad
Low Jack
Rush Limbark
Peanut Wigglebutt (can you imagine the vet calling that name out in a crowded waiting room??!)
Spatula (don’t let this one get around – those nutty celebs who name their kids things like Diva Muffin and Audio Science [I kid you not, just follow the link!] would probably steal it!)

And of course, there’s the classic old joke about a dog named Herpes because he wouldn’t heel…. 🙂

Have a happy Monday everyone!

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Daisy the Havachon Lookout

I marvel at Daisy’s antics every day, then sometimes I marvel at the fact that I marvel so much at her funny little ways. LOL! Crazy, I know, but I realized that it’s because every dog I’ve ever had has been a big dog, this is the first Small Dog Experience for me. And I’m realizing that Small Dog Experiences are very unique – it’s a whole other world!

Halt! Who goes there?!

Anyway, Daisy and I have started a little morning routine – when DD leaves for work, I open the front door so Daisy (on her tiptoes) and I can watch DD through the storm door as she gets in her car, backs down the driveway, and drives off down the road.

This is an endless source of interest to Daisy.

And it taught her something very quickly – that interesting things happen outside that front door. Interesting to a Havachon puppy, that is.

Leaves blow around the porch.

Cars occasionally go down the road.

Someone else backs out of their driveway.

And once in a GREAT while, someone actually walks by.

And so Daisy has developed a close relationship with the storm door. She just loves standing up and watching her little world go by, telling those leaves off in no uncertain terms that they should stop their frantic antics. When the weather warms up, I’ll be leaving the front door open a lot more so she can further her career as our Official Family Lookout 😉

Bye bye Mommy! Have a good day!

It’s all just SO cute!!

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Havachon Under Wraps….By Choice!

What a nut!

Yes, this blanketed torpedo shape actually is a Havachon puppy. See the tiny bit of furry tail at the top?

Daisy’s taken her blanket loving mummy impersonation to new heights. She now brings her blanket on the sofa with her, so for laughs I tossed it over her so it completely enveloped her from head to tail.

This silly girl liked it!

She ended up taking a 2-hour nap wrapped in her blanket, furthering her mummy impersonation. Even when she sat up for a minute and I could see her head turning as if she was looking around, she never came out from under that blanket.

I need to find a blanket that looks like mummy wrappings for Halloween and maybe a sarcophagus-shaped doggie bed! LOL She’d be a natural!

This is the life!

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Hey, I feel a draft back there....

Thaaaat's better!

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FDA Pet Food/Treats Recall Site

An email recently reminded me that there are almost as many pet food recalls as there are human food recalls. That jolted me a bit because unless it’s something hugely newsworthy (like the major Blue Buffalo recall), we don’t generally hear about it.

Treats are just as vulnerable as food, which is something I didn’t realize. I found the FDA website with all the latest pet food/treat recalls, so I thought I’d share that with you here. I’ve bookmarked the site so I can check it every couple of weeks to make sure nothing in our pantry is on the list.

It also tells you what ingredients are banned (I’ve heard  you can occasionally find an old bag of food being sold somewhere with a banned ingredient), why a food was recalled, and more.

Better safe than sorry!

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