Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

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

Creative Daisy-Made Interactive Dog Toys ;)

It seems to me that Daisy creates her own interactive puzzle toys.

Lookee what I did, Mommy!

Sometimes, when I’m too busy to play with her, she’ll take one of her longer blankets by the corner, dragging the rest behind her like a bridal gown train, and circle in, out, and around table legs. This causes the blanket to wrap around the legs so that eventually it gets stuck and she can’t pull it anymore.

At this point, she’ll start growling and tugging at it in a game of tug-o-war with the table. She really gets going, too – her growls get louder and louder and sometimes they even get pretty high-pitched when she’s trying to warn that table that the blanket is rightfully hers.

After that, she embarks on an all-out campaign to figure out a way to unravel the blanket from the table legs. This is the “interactive puzzle” part of her homemade game. She’ll go this way and that, and the blanket gets a little longer, then a lot shorter, and on and on until finally she gets the pattern down and untangles the blanket.

Then the Victory Dance begins, where she struts around with the blanket, head held high.

I'm pooped from trying to figure this one out!

So far none of the tables have suffered any ill-effects from her little games, because most of them are heavy and sturdy enough to withstand a Havachon’s wrath. BUT – one day she did this with a folding snack table, and what’s worse is that the table had a full glass of water on it. We were on the edge of disaster with that one!

Other times, the blanket will be underneath the kitchen table, which has a central pedestal. If the blanket is to the right of a leg, she’ll go to the left and try to grab the blanket from underneath the leg, which is impossible. But she does work hard at it, until she finally concedes defeat and simply reaches over the leg to get the blanket.

What a character!

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Ring Face Havachon

Daisy loves ring toys….for the whole 20 minutes that they last….

Hey! Where'd everybody go??

The funny thing is that she likes holding them in her mouth so that the ring sometimes covers her eyes and she can’t see where she’s going! When she was only a few months old, we thought it was just couldn’t figure out how to hold the ring so it didn’t cover her face, but she still loves doing it. And we can see that she does it on purpose!

One time she actually ran right into a piece of furniture because she had the ring positioned so that it acted like a blindfold. Silly little puppy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you see me if I can't see you??

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Daisy’s First Spring Romp – A Havachon Blur

What weird weather we’re having! Yesterday hit 81 degrees, 10 degrees higher than predicted. It was great to open all

Wheeeeeeee!

the windows and warm the house without the cost of using the furnace, but still, I’d like to enjoy spring weather without jumping straight into summer…..

Daisy just loved sitting in front of the open sliding glass door, watching the birds flit about, listening to them sing their spring welcome songs, and going into a barking frenzy whenever a squirrel flew by.

When DD got home from work, she took Daisy out for her first romp of the spring. Wow, did she ever enjoy that! It calmed her down for the rest of the evening. What a difference from last year when we first brought her home in May – she was afraid to go outside at all, and when we finally coaxed her out, she’d run 5 steps and stop, trying to eat everything in her path. Back then, the trimmed grass was actually taller than she was!

Watch out, all you birdies, here I come!

DD is planning to do this every evening until temps hit 90+ or it’s raining out. Which it’s supposed to do for the next two days, when the thermometer is supposed to drop back down 30 degrees – see what I mean about weird weather? Not slight fluctuations – MAJOR ones!

After Daisy’s run about the yard yesterday – she had so much fun that she was just a little Havachon blur – she happily panted away indoors, followed by the inevitable post-workout collapse! 🙂

Whew! What a great workout!

Spring romp aftermath! 🙂

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Monday Morning Chuckle – Dog Property Laws!

I ran across this list called Dog Property Laws and thought it was so true – and funny!

It's mine, all mine!

1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my mouth, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If I’m chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.
6. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours.
7. If it just looks like mine, it’s mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.

Have a happy, shining Monday everyone! 🙂

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Peek-A-Boo Havachon’s Hide and Seek Game

I talked in another post about Daisy’s one-eyed Havachon Sneak Peek, but when I was looking through her pictures recently, I noticed that she’s a Peek-A-Boo Puppy at heart!

She loves being under, behind, or snuggled in something and staying really quiet, then getting all excited when we finally find her. We could swear she’s laughing – “Haha Mommy, I tricked you!” It’s either a game of Peek-A-Boo or Hide and Seek!

The theme for all these photos is peek —– peek —– peek! 🙂

Peek....

....peek....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

....peek....

 

....peek....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

....peek-a-BOO!

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A Havachon’s Favorite Toy – Her Ear

What a little nut! We’ve noticed that one of Daisy’s favorite playthings is – her ear!

What a nut!

Now, I’ve seen and heard of some dogs who play with their ears, but this silly girl likes to use her paws like hands, going into all kinds of weird contortions trying to push an ear into her mouth. Her ears aren’t all that long, so it’s a stretch.

Once she’s got it, loud chewing noises cut through the room. And I mean loud, like a child who’s chewing a wad of gum with its mouth open.

She’s not chewing the solid part of her ear, she’s chewing the hair hanging beyond it. This wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that she’s creating some pretty nasty knots in her ear hair, all of which are on the underside, not visible when you look at her.

And I can’t cut them out because they’re large enough to leave a thin area of hair or a missing chunk of hair.

Seriously, with all her blankets and Nylabones, why would she want to do this? Is it akin to thumb-sucking for dogs? What on earth does she get out of it?? ::eye rolling::

Now, where did I leave that ear toy??

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Sleepytime Gal

Dogs sleep in some of the funniest ways imaginable! Contorted bodies, odd angles – you name it, they do it. We took some picture of a few of Daisy’s nutty and silly (and just plain cute!) poses over the past 10 months and thought we’d share them with you here. Makes my back hurt just looking at some of the bottom photos!

At 3 months old, Daisy looked like a puffy mass of fur! She loves sleeping on her back.

Daisy's favorite baby blanket becomes her mattress when she snoozes on the floor.

Daisy loves hanging her head over the side of the sofa when she naps!

Angled up onto the sofa arm while resting on a soft blanket is nice too!

3 months old - doesn't she look like a baby waiting to have its diaper changed?!

How can she possibly sleep like this??!!

Can this really be comfortable??

Seriously, is her spine made of rubber??

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Dogs and Wheat Allergies

We became acutely aware of wheat and gluten allergies about 10 years ago, when we discovered that DD is wheat intolerant. Back then, there weren’t many choices for the wheat-free diner, either at restaurants or at the supermarket.

Gluten-free breads were tough and crumbly and didn’t taste like real bread at all. Gluten-free pastas had terrible flavor and texture. And forget about gluten-free desserts and snacks, they were just horrible. For several years, DD actually preferred living without those things and only ate foods that were naturally gluten-free.

Now that more and more people are being diagnosed with gluten allergies, wheat allergies, or celiac disease, companies of all sizes have perfected their products, all purpose wheat-free flours, and mixes that are almost identical to their wheat-filled counterparts. Even restaurants many times offer gluten-free menus. DD is one happy diner again.

Enter Daisy.

During the first couple weeks we had her, she developed a nasty rash on her tummy that spread and became raw. Our vet said it could be an allergic reaction to something indoors, outdoors, or in her food. Well, that covered everything in Daisy’s world. His plan was to clear up the rash and then start her on an elimination program so we could figure out what it was she was reacting to. But he couldn’t do anything until he cured her of her respiratory infection, which took a while.

Keep that chicken away from me! Fowl is foul!

We couldn’t wait that long. We put on our Allergy Detective hats once again and figured out that it was chicken she was reacting to. Any time she ate chicken, she had nasty gas. I mean, n-a-s-t-y.  (Sorry for being so graphic, but this was  practically a “leave the house” situation!) And what was her puppy food primarily made from? Chicken.

Elimination program, here we come.

We switched her from a chicken blend to a beef blend and it made all the difference. Her rash cleared up on its own. And there were no more “hold-your-nose” moments.

But it got me thinking – can dogs be wheat intolerant too?

The answer is a resounding YES. And apparently the symptoms show, if you know what to look for – dull coats and/or red, flaky, itchy skin, constant head rubbing, diarrhea, vomiting, ear shaking, etc.. Fortunately, there are now wheat-free dog foods as well as wheat free recipes for dogs with this problem.

As for Daisy, we’re sticking with the poultry-free diet. But we’ll always be on the lookout for any new symptoms that might develop as she ages. Because just like people, dogs can develop new allergies later in life.

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The Many Faces of Daisy

This, again, is a case where a picture is worth a thousand words. Daisy’s facial expressions (and body language)

Mushy face....looking for some serious cuddle time

are quite far ranging, and each tells us exactly what’s going on in that cute little head of hers.

Although sometimes it’s anyone’s guess….

Mommy? Are we going to play now?

I'm mad as h***, and I'm letting everyone know about it!

Whoops! Caught in the act! I didn't hear you coming....

I...don't....feel....good....

You talkin' 'bout ME???

Daisy's youthful tantrum: "I WILL have my way!"

Service, please!

Look at my new toy! 20 whole minutes of ripping-good fun!

All in all, I'm just a silly, lovable little nut!

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