Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

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

Holiday Daisy

I think Daisy deliberately waited until the holiday season to throw her disk out of whack so she wouldn’t be forced to:

  • wear her reindeer antlers
  • wear her candy cane jingle collar
  • partake in tree decorating (aka being wrapped in garland and lights)
  • or any of the other humiliating fun Christmas traditions she tolerates enjoys.

But in the spirit of the season, I’m going to post some pictures I never got a chance to put up last year of our Daisy stealing water originally destined for the Christmas tree. In Daisy’s mind, water in anything other than her bowl is “special water” and is irresistible!

What's that over there with the water in it?

What’s that over there with the water in it?

I'll just keep it company...I'm not doing anything...

I’ll just keep it company…I’m not doing anything…

Just repositioning...nothing to worry about...tra lala...

Just repositioning…nothing to worry about…tra lala…

This is looking pretty enticing...

This is looking pretty enticing…

Maybe just a sniff...

Maybe just a sniff…

OOPS! Caught in the act!

OOPS! Caught in the act!

You're okay with me, buddy!

You’re okay with me, buddy!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all our blog friends who have been there for us all year, through the good, the bad, and the difficult!

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Daisy’s Christmas Tradition

We have two Christmases here in the Daisy family – one out of state with family, and our favorite one (which we call our real Christmas) here at home with just the four of us.

But Daisy has one tradition that she honors no matter where we celebrate – we call it “paper herding”:

Look at all the pretty paper presents I've collected!

Look at all the pretty wrapping paper presents I’ve collected!

Let's see...one...two...three...yep, looks like they're all here...

Let’s see…one…two…three…yep, looks like they’re all here…

And then, of course, comes our annual Christmas tradition…

Oh, I HATE this part of the holidays!

Oh, I HATE this part of the holidays!

...plotting....plotting...plotting...

…plotting….plotting…plotting…

We hope all our blogging buddies had fun Christmases too! Do your pets have any holiday traditions?

We’re part of the Thursday Barks and Bytes blog hop!

2 Brown Dawgs

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A Happy Havachon Christmas!

My computer is in the Geek Squad Hospital and has been for the past week, which is why I’ve been absent from the blogosphere. Hopefully I’ll get it back before 2015! I’m borrowing DD’s computer to put up my final post for 2014, which I had already done (thankfully!).

When we decorate for Christmas, we really get into the decorations – literally!

We’re all wrapped in garland

Do we have to do this EVERY year???

Do we have to do this EVERY year???

Or lights

Daisy's all lit up for Christmas!

Daisy’s all lit up for Christmas!

I love how the color from the lights spreads through her white fur, just like snow-covered outdoor lights!

I love how the color from the lights spreads through her white fur, just like snow-covered outdoor lights!

Sometimes the decorations get into us, like when this branch we cut from the bottom of the tree decided to turn DD and Daisy into reindeer:

DD's impression of a new age reindeer....

DD’s impression of a new age reindeer….

....and Daisy's impression of a canine reindeer!

….and Daisy’s impression of a canine reindeer!

This year I found a treasure within the Christmas tree as I was putting the lights up. I felt like the tree was giving us a gift of the season – nature’s beauty.

Rarely do we find a beautiful little pine cone nestled within the tree branches - a true gift from nature!

Rarely do we find a beautiful little pine cone nestled within the tree branches – a true gift from nature!

This will probably be our last post for 2014, so we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a very happy and healthy new year!

We’re part of the Thursday Barks and Bytes blog hop!

B&B Christmas2014

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A Merry Misaki Greeting!

Daisy got her first blog-buddy Christmas card this year from her good friend Misaki! She was so excited and wants to frame Misaki’s pretty picture to put up over her dog bed. 🙂

Did you see this great Christmas card Misaki sent me? I'm reading it now!

Did you see this great Christmas card Misaki sent me? I’m reading it now!

Heehee Doesn't Misaki take a beautiful picture?

Doesn’t Misaki take a beautiful picture?

I'm sending Misaki lots of puppy Christmas kisses!

I’m sending Misaki lots of puppy Christmas kisses!

We were not as efficient as Misaki in getting out our holiday greetings early – ours went out to the Misaki family only the day before we got theirs….and we thought that was early! (oops!) I guess I forgot that I needed to allow extra time for the postal service to get packages across the pond. It’s coming, Misaki! We didn’t forget! 😀

As I’m sure is the case with everyone else, we’re in the throes of holiday craziness here in the Daisy household, but since we’re decorating a newly designed living room/dining room/hallway/foyer, it’s extra fun this year.

Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season too! Today we’re part of the Thursday Barks & Bytes blog hop!

2 Brown Dawgs

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Decorated Daisy, The Holiday Havachon

Daisy may be limping her way through the holidays, but that’s not dampening her Christmas spirit! She was eager to get into – literally “into” – the fun of decorating:

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" :)

I’m beginning to look a lot like Christmas” 🙂

As a variation from wrapping herself in garland while we were decorating, this year DD adorned herself with silvery prismatic curlicues:

DD's Christmas curls!

DD’s Christmas curls!

And Mother Nature has been cooperating by giving us a beautiful wintry setting for our outdoor lights:

I love the look of colorful Christmas lights gleaming through the snow. These are in our front yard.

I love the look of colorful Christmas lights gleaming through the snow. This is a small portion of the lights in our front yard.

I had to laugh when I looked out the kitchen window and realized that from that perspective, a portion of our lights look like a big Christmas smile:

Smiling Christmas lights :)

Smiling Christmas lights 🙂

We’re going into Christmas overdrive here at Casa Daisy, so it may be a couple of weeks before we can post again. But we’ll try to visit our blog friends if at all possible. In the meantime, we wish everyone

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND A HEALTHY, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Daisy Gets In The Christmas Spirit

Daisy got her first Christmas card of the season, and she really enjoyed it! She was so engrossed in it that she would only give me a little peek over the top:

I love my Christmas card!

I love my Christmas card!

And then she got so excited about the upcoming holiday that she decided to put on a little Christmas finery.

I feel so Christmassy!

I feel so Christmassy!

What do you think? Do you like it?

What do you think? Do you like it?

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Happy Holidays!

Things in the Daisy household will be a bit too chaotic (but GOOD chaotic!) for the rest of the holiday season for us to blog, so we want to take this opportunity to wish all our blogging buddies

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

HAPPY, HEALTHY, TREAT-FILLED NEW YEAR!!!

And Daisy sends all her furry friends many mistletoe kisses! 😀

Happy Everything Everyone! :)

Happy Everything Everyone! 🙂

See you in 2013!

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Daisy’s Christmas Day Adventure

Our Christmas trip to Florida was Daisy’s first experience living in a home other than her own. She spent two solid days doing nothing but sniffing around the edges of every room like a bloodhound on the scent of its target.

She explored every piece of furniture, every pebble on the chattahoochee patio, and every fiber of carpet in every room.  What a busy girl! She usually naps during the day, but not one nap was had. By night time, she was ready for bed!

On Christmas day, Daisy “helped” us open our presents; in fact, she became one:

Now I'm as dressed up as all the presents!

After we all opened our gifts, our traditional “wrapping fight” spontaneously ignited – we ball up the wrapping paper and tissue paper and throw it at each other. It probably sounds silly, but it’s a multi-generational high-speed game of paper dodge ball while we’re all still sitting around the Christmas tree. 🙂

This year, though, it was Daisy who was bombarded with paper balls, and she LOVED it! She chased all the paper balls, jumped up to catch them, and loved being the center of attention. The aftermath was one pooped pup who fell fast asleep amid the wreckage:

That was one wild game! I can't wait 'til next Christmas!

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Travelin’ Havachon!

So….guess where we went for Christmas? I’ll give you three hints:

Where else would you see a gorgeous blue heron in a busy parking lot? You guessed it – Florida!

We definitely prefer frosty noses, building snowmen, and hot cocoa for Christmas, but we made a last minute decision to join the family down south for Christmas this year. So instead we enjoyed warm, sunny weather, flowers in bloom, and ice cold fruity Christmas punch. 🙂

The only annoying thing was that we kept singing that old Bing Crosby song about Christmas with palm trees in Hawaii…. 😛

But the best part was that little Miss Daisy had her first major travel adventure – a 2400 mile (round trip) car trip!

Lots of time to catch up on my naps!

I’m happy to say that Daisy did extremely well and surprised us with her instinctive travel smarts. Up until now, we’ve only driven 1.5 hours with her, so this was a HUGE difference! It’s a 22+ hour drive, but we stayed overnight along the way. We drove for 3-4 hours at a time, then stopped to take Daisy out. Sometimes, in unfamiliar surroundings, Daisy will just “go” when the spirit moves her (like in the middle of sidewalks! Yikes!), so we were concerned about the car and the hotel room.

Our concerns were unfounded. 😀  She was great in the car and waited for us to take her out to “unload”.

When we first started our drive, she whined quietly for a few minutes, but then settled in comfortably.

zzzzzzzzzzzzz

After our first stop, she whined a bit longer, and we realized that she’s used to cuddling if someone else is on the sofa with her. Well, DD was in the back seat with her – probably just a moving sofa to Daisy! – but she had the armrest down so she could put her water in the holder and her books in the compartment. We didn’t realize this was distressing Daisy to some degree, as she was being cut off from one of her favorite cuddlers.

Her whines got a little louder when DD piled blankets and a pillow on top of the armrest so she could snooze….with that wall of fleece between them, Daisy couldn’t see DD, and she really didn’t like that. She kept staring at me in the rear view mirror!

DD realized that when she wasn’t napping, she could move Daisy to the center of the seat and attach the center seat belt to Daisy’s car harness; that way Daisy could cuddle up next to her or even lie on DD’s lap. This created one happy little Havachon!

Snuggled up next to DD - NOW I'm a super happy passenger!

It was a bit of an adventure for us to travel with a dog as well. We’ve never done that before, since our previous dogs were large, so we read up on how to travel with a dog, booked pet-friendly hotels, and kind of felt our way along.

The only thing we didn’t like was that we had to eat in shifts. DD and I would eat in our favorite road restaurant:

Down home cookin' and a country store all in one!

….and then bring food out for DH, who stayed outside with Daisy and then ate in the car. I felt bad for my poor hubby, but he didn’t mind. First of all, we were driving in warm southern climates. Second, Cracker Barrel restaurants all have plenty of green grass to walk dogs and they have a covered porch filled with porch rockers where he could sit with Daisy on his lap. She was in her glory! And we met so many new people because of Daisy – everyone would come over to pet her and ask what kind of dog she was (most people thought she was a poodle!), which led to some long conversations. It was so much fun!

We brought Daisy’s wee-wee pads into the hotel room just in case, which turned out to be a good idea. Instead of marking the hotel carpet, she marked her wee-wee pad instead! Whew! 😉

We feel so much freer knowing that we can travel long distances easily with Daisy. It seems to me that she’ll go along with almost anything as long as we’re all together! 😀

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Havachon Holiday Hijinks….and Merry Christmas!

I’ll be going on a holiday blogging hiatus for about a week – not by choice, but by sheer necessity. Finishing up all the Christmas preparations while trying to clear up as much work as possible is always a little overwhelming at this time of the year.

I love birds, so I have a small Christmas "bird tree" in our family room. It's my favorite!

Since we’ll be missing the next Monday Mischief blog hop, I wanted to fill you in on a couple of Daisy’s Holiday Hijinks:

Daisy’s been scrupulously checking each present as it appears under the tree, and I have to say that she was satisfied giving them a good sniff and walking away….generally….except for one shimmering gold bow that seemed to draw a somewhat excessive amount of attention. A couple of “no’s” and she was able to put it behind her….for the most part!

I've been good, Santa! Look, I even let them put these antlers on me! Can you put a new Nylabone in my stocking, please?

Remember when I said that Daisy thinks water in anything other than her bowl is “special water” and she laps it up like it’s a special treat? Well, we get a real tree….with water in the base….yah. You guessed it. My solution was to spray the tree skirt with bitter apple, which makes Daisy sneeze. Did it work? Kinda….except that Daisy figured out what the perimeter of the spray zone was and just made her way around it to the back of the tree base where there was no spray. Seriously, I kid you not. (The next time we get a dog, the one requirement I’m giving at the animal shelter is for the dog with the least amount of smarts. Smart dogs are challenging! LOL)

And with that, Daisy, DD, DH and I wish all our blogging buddies and visitors a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a happy, healthy 2012! We’re looking forward to another year filled with Havachon Hijinks! 😀

Merry Christmas!

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