Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

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

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Everything Everyone! :)

Happy Everything Everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

See you in 2013!

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Monday Mischief: Turkey Haze

Well I had a post all ready for today’s Monday Mischief – the pictures were edited and the text was saved. Only one more picture needed to be added. I did a search for the title and…..nothing.

I searched through my photos, the recycle bin, unedited photos (just in case a sudden turkey-filled triptophan-induced haze was still muddling my brain), and my camera. Still nothing.

Even Daisy was searching everywhere for the missing pics.

Could they have hidden under the bed, Mommy?

Maybe they went out for a romp in the leaves?

No I’m not playing under here! Those tricky pics could be napping under my blanket!

Of course, just recently I’d gotten efficient and cleared my camera of photos I’d already edited and – supposedly – transferred to my computer. I guess I edited the photos but forgot to transfer them to my computer, so with one simple click – POOF – gone into oblivion. And I can’t reshoot them because it took me quite some time to get the most important photo. ::sigh::

Who’s responsible for this outrage?! I demand answers!

We hope all our fellow US bloggers had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Early Monday Mischief: Mommy Was Born for Mischief!

We’re about to get hit hard with Hurricane Sandy – we’re in the epicenter geographically, so we’re posting on Sunday instead of Monday because there’s every chance we won’t have power for quite some time starting tonight or tomorrow. The storm is starting tonight (Sunday) and lasting through Wednesday morning – we’ve got a ย long,ย scaryย road ahead of us! If you don’t see us online for a few days, it’s because this so-called “life-threatening Frankenstorm” has taken us down for a while. Good luck to any of our fellow bloggers who are also in the target area of the northeast!

Meanwhile, Daisy is hijacking the blog today.

Hi Blog Buddies! Daisy here. And I’m going to tell you a secret about Mommy today.

My mom really was born for mischief because she was born on Mischief Night! (Tuesday is her birthday, but she won’t let me tell you WHICH birthday it is! Heehee!) How could she doubt I would follow along?! I like to tell her that all my mischief is in honor of her birthday. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, I guess her mischievous birthday isn’t really a secret, but did you know that sometimes she gets a mischievous little gleam in her eye? When I see that, I know something’s up, but I never know what it is until it happens.

Like the time she put that Halloween skirt on me.

You’re taking Havachon humiliation to a whole new level….

Or the time she made me wear the “spa bathrobe” after my bath.

This is ridiculous……

Or when she took a picture of me soaking wet after my bath – not a girl’s best look!

This is NOT my best look!

But I know she does these things in good fun, so I go along with it. After all, if I didn’t have a good sense of humor about it, I’d have chewed up her camera by now, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Daisy Turns TWO Today!! :D

Yup, today’s Daisy’s second birthday!! WOOHOOOO! ๐Ÿ˜€

She sure has come a long way from that little tiny frightened furball we brought home almost two years ago — 2.6 months old and 2.6 pounds….most of which was hair!

Daisy, 5 months old. Just piles of hair and a sweet little face. ๐Ÿ™‚

She barely moved around that first day. She stayed underneath the coffee table or slept on my foot…that is, when we weren’t cuddling her….who could resist that tiny little face buried in all that crazy hair!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Daisy's first day home. She constantly slept on my foot!

Happy Birthday sweet little Daisy! You bring happiness, love, and laughter to us every single day!

YUM!! Birthday cookies!! (What a little character she is!)

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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. ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

The only annoying thing was that we kept singing that old Bing Crosby song about Christmas with palm trees in Hawaii…. ๐Ÿ˜›

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. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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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! ๐Ÿ˜€

Merry Christmas!

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Monday Mischief – All Wrapped Up For Christmas

This time it’s not Mischievous Daisy, but rather Mischievous Mommy….

When DD and I decorate the tree, we put on a fun Christmas CD and wrap glittering garland around our necks like flowing boas. Then we sing, laugh, and sparkle our way along until our home becomes a Christmas wonderland. (Yeah, we’re really into Christmas here!)

So this year we decided to inaugurate Daisy into our tradition.

She wasn’t very amused.

What is this crazy sparkly stuff?? And why has it taken over my body??

I refuse to look at you while wearing yet another humiliating holiday "outfit".

You better not be posting these pictures online!

This is just getting ridiculous....Dad, tell her to stop taking pictures! Uh, Dad, why are you laughing too.....

We took the garland off her right after our little photo shoot, but it just had to be done!! ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s the Mischief Monday Blog Hop! Click the box below to find lots of other mischievous pets!

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A Birthday in the Daisy Family

Taking a brief break from Daisy Doings to share something yummy with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week was DD’s birthday, so naturally I made one of her favorite dinners – homemade spaghetti and meatballs. And for her birthday cake, she requested my flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.

Happy Gluten-free Birthday DD! ๐Ÿ™‚

I was a culinary maniac for two solid days! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our little family party was lots of fun, but don’t you just hate it when your birthday falls on a weekday? You still have to work all day and you only have a few hours of party time at night, before you have to start prepping for the next workday. It’s a gyp – I think people should have a paid day off on their birthdays. ๐Ÿ™‚

Unfortunately Daisy didn’t get to partake of any birthday goodies. I make meatballs from ground turkey rather than beef, and we all know what happens to Daisy when she gets foul fowl into her tum….. She did get a couple small bits of unsauced pasta, though, which she scarfed down with gusto. In typical Daisy style. ๐Ÿ™‚

DD follows a gluten-free diet – she’s got a wheat allergy, as I mentioned in a previous post. I gotta say – with all the choices now in gluten-free dining, she doesn’t miss out on much anymore, and she can eat heartily while still staying a size zero! ::grumblegrumblegrumble::

This cake is decadently rich and incredibly sinful, but worth every bite. Depending on how you serve it – with chocolate ganache, a raspberry sauce, a caramel drizzle, or anything else your heart desires – you change it just enough to make it seem new. You can even make it in small, individual sizes for perfect dinner party servings!

Here’s the simple recipe (I halved it, which is the picture you see):

1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
18 squares bittersweet chocolate, 1 oz. each (18 oz. total)
1 cup butter, softened
6 eggs
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease one 10 inch round cake pan and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the water, salt and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved and set aside.
3. Either in the top half of a double boiler or in a microwave oven melt the bittersweet chocolate. Pour the chocolate into the bowl of an electric mixer.
4. Cut the butter into pieces and beat the butter into the chocolate, 1 piece at a time. Beat in the hot sugar-water. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Put the cake pan in a larger pan filled with boiling water halfway up the sides of the cake pan.
6. Bake cake in the water bath at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 45 minutes. The center will still look wet. Chill cake overnight in the pan. To unmold, dip the bottom of the cake pan in hot water for 10 seconds and invert onto a serving plate.

Personally, this method of removing the finished cake from the cake pan never works for me. It pulls away from the edges by itself, so that’s not a problem, but the bottom tends to stick pretty tight. Next time I’m going to bake it like I bake banana bread – with a single layer of wax paper underneath so it’ll pop out easily and I can just peel the wax paper off. Hopefully that’s the key!

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Daisy’s Easter Treat

Easter was bountiful and fun here in the Daisy household – we hope yours was too!

Our traditional roast lamb and potatoes.

As a rule, we don’t give Daisy any table food. There are plenty of reasons for this, one of which being that she has a sensitive tummy and we never know what might set it off.

As a young puppy, we discovered that she was allergic to chicken – both actual chicken and dog food made with chicken. (Which is kind of weird since she can eat eggs with no problem.)ย  She got a nasty rash on her belly from chicken dog food, and real chicken made her….shall we say, extremely aromatic, and in such a bad way that it made everyone want to leave the house.

She eats a beefy dog food now with no problem, but the one we use was only at one store locally and is no longer available, so once we reach the end of this bag, we’ll have to switch.

We thought we might want to move to a lamb dog food (no reason in particular), but we wanted to make sure lamb wouldn’t upset that delicate little Daisy tummy. So on Easter Sunday, Daisy got quite a treat – five small pieces of roast lamb from our Easter dinner.

If I say that I couldn’t even get the camera in focus before she vacuumed up those five pieces, I wouldn’t be exaggerating! They disappeared without any chewing at all – zip! – just like that. And no bad after-effects either!

YUM YUM YUM!!

She also got another treat. DD had a strawberry Italian ice and decided to let Daisy lick the inside of the cup afterward. As you can see, she just immersed her face in that cup and didn’t surface until DD pulled the cup away! It was spotless!

This was Daisy’s first Easter, and we felt particularly blessed to have her join our celebration. ๐Ÿ™‚

One contentedly pooped Easter puppy.

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