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 humiliatingย 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 Christmasย and happy holidaysย 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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Monday Mischief: Cushy Doggy Prison

Now that Daisy is starting to feel better, she’s also starting to feel energetic. She thinks she can go right back to her normal activities, which of course she can’t, since her favorite normal activities are jumping and running. ๐Ÿ™‚

The vet said this would be the most difficult time period to keep her still, and boy, was he ever right!

I know her leg still has a long way to go because she still won’t use it much, and if we pick her up the wrong way, she lets out a tiny little whimper. Fortunately that rarely happens.

BUT – during her energetic periods, it can be very hard to keep her from jumping off the couch. So we have to improvise and get a little help from our friend and Daisy’s enemy, The Gate. We expand it, turn it sideways and put it in front of her while one of us sits next to her on the couch, so she’s totally blocked in.

Drat! Foiled again!

Drat! Foiled again!

It may look like a Doggy Prison, but it certainly is a comfy one!

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Monday Mischief: The Dreaded CONE Has Appeared!!

Oh yes, it happened. The Cone of Shame has taken up residency in our home.

Daisy started licking at her stitches, and the vet happened to call to check up on her shortly after. We told her about it, and she said, “GET A CONE IMMEDIATELY!” So off DD went in search of a “comfy cone” – a soft cone that allows a dog to lie down comfortably without having a stiff foreign object around her head.

But of course, things are never that simple with Miss Daisy.

Just the opposite of the way she hangs her head and refuses to pick it up when we put a hooded coat on her, when the dreaded cone was put on, she raised her head skyward and refused to bring it back down. Like she thought she was wearing a sky funnel.

You're not serious with this thing?!

You’re not serious with this thing?!

Ever try getting a dog into a crate with their coned head sticking up like a giant flower? Daisy got stuck in the doorway hobbling in and got stuck hobbling out again.

When we got home from our brief outing, we found Daisy resting her chin on one of the crate bars rather than trying to lie flat like she usually does.

That's no halo, that's the cone's reflective edge!

That’s no halo, that’s the cone’s reflective edge!

Our solution is to start using our last dog’s crate; as she was close to 60 pounds, it’s a much bigger crate and will be far more comfortable for Daisy during her head-coned period.

There's a dog in there somewhere.....

There’s a dog in there somewhere….. She refused to lower her head!

Aside from that, I think Daisy’s coming along well. Of course she still can’t move around, but she’s starting to want to move around, which I think is a good sign. One of us has to always be sitting by her side to stop her from jumping up when she hears a sound that sets her off – she doesn’t realize her own limitations. However, she’s still experiencing some pain and we still have to give her pain meds when she needs them, but at least now we know what her pain signs are.

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Mischief Monday: THIEF!

The heat wave here in the northeast has us indoors more than any winter weather we can remember (not counting the hurricane, of course!). Temps in our area are over 100 and the humidity is so high that the heat index registers 115. That’s just not right. Florida has been cooler than this!

We’re only about half an hour from the beach, but people on the beach are actually burning their feet on the sand and ending up going to area hospitals with blisters on the soles of their feet. It’s crazy!

Daisy wants no part of the heat. She doesn’t even like temps in the 80s, let alone this steam bath we’re in. When I open the door to take her out and that blast of heat hits her, she balks like a stubborn mule and I can’t budge her. Now she’s upped the ante and runs under the bed when she sees me getting her harness and leash out! We have a walking date with a friend and her dog next week, which I made for 9 AM so hopefully we won’t melt. Also hopefully this heat wave will break and Daisy will drop her stubborn routine. Whoever heard of a dog not wanting to go out?!

Meanwhile, our container veggies didn’t do so well this year. I think it was either the brand of seeds we used or that too many seeds took and the overcrowding didn’t allow them to produce fruit, but this thief – who clearly thinks he’s a rabbit – didn’t know there weren’t any carrots beneath the lush greenery and was sizing up his attack:

squirrel carrot thief

Those carrot tops are over a foot tall now, and still no carrots can be found beneath the surface. Just roots. Oh well, hopefully next year’s crop with a different brand of seeds and more spacing will be better (though this was never a problem before). Now that the trees are gone and our yard is sunny – TOO sunny, in fact, because with this intense heat I have to keep all the blinds closed in the back of the house since we have no shade anymore – we’ll probably try to put in a real veggie patch next year.

I'll just stay in here and watch everyone else sweat, thank you very much.

I’ll just stay in here and watch everyone else sweat, thank you very much.

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Monday Mischief: Mommy’s Mistake is Daisy’s Gain

Hi friends! Daisy here.

I admit it – I’m an Opportunist Havachon. (“OH” for short, and that’s what Mommy always says when I take on this role! Coincidence? I think not.)

I wear my “OH” title proudly. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week something happened that allowed me to exercise my Opportunist skills, and I must say, I rose to the challenge quite well.

Mommy was trying to get something out of the back of the freezer, when I heard a crash followed by Mommy’s famous “OH NO-O-O!” Naturally, that was my Call To Action – I jumped down off my comfy sofa and raced into the kitchen – PAY DIRT! Ice cubes and ice shards were splayed all over the floor! Yippee! I love crunching on ice cubes!

Come to me, my slippery friend!

Come to me, my slippery friend!

AHA! Gotcha!

AHA! Gotcha!

Heehee! You make my tongue feel funny!

Heehee! You make my tongue feel funny!

Mommy says I actually helped her clean up her spill, but that’s just the facade I put on. I was really just enjoying playing with all that crunchy water! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Monday Mischief: Tea Thief!

I may not have photos of the thief in action, but Daisy and I were alone in the house when this happened.

I put a full cup of chamomile tea on a table in the family room; there was a pretty good gap between the couch and the table. I was all set – a quiet house, a publication I was looking forward to reading in total relaxation, and a cup of herbal tea at my side.

I made the mistake of going into another room to get a throw, and when I came back I found this:

Daisy tea drinkNow, I don’t make half-cups of tea, that cup was totally full when I walked out of the room for all of a minute. Someone had one heck of a fast drink!

Why are you looking at me like that?? I don't know who drank your tea!

Why are you looking at me like that?? I don’t know who drank your tea!

I later found out that we were very lucky, because chamomile plants can be toxic to dogs and cats. Fortunately Daisy had no reaction at all, maybe because it’s so diluted. But from now on ALL drinks, herbal or not, will be kept FAR away from her reach; that snack table where I had the tea seemed far enough away, but apparently this little Havachon can stretch herself into some very elongated positions!

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Monday Mischief – This Little Piggy Got Mauled

No, we’re not talking about our sweet little friendย Coccolino, Daisy loves him and would never hurt him! We’re talking about a very short-lived addition to Daisy’s toy box.

We thought Daisy’s Destructo-Pup days were over. She’s been less aggressive with her toys over the past several months, so much so that we gave her a soft toy to play with again.

I love my new soft squeaky toy....whatever it is! ;)

I love my new soft squeaky toy….whatever it is! ๐Ÿ˜‰

She did so well with it that we gave her another.

Cool! My first Halloween toy!

Cool! My first Halloween toy!

And another. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wow a squeaky in every arm! I'm in heaven!

Wow a squeaky in every arm! I’m in heaven!

Daisy LOVES soft toys with squeakers and crunchy sounds, but she always used to disassemble them within 20 minutes, including those supposedly indestructible tiger-tested toys.

Level NINE Tuffie toy, less than half an hour after Daisy got it.

Level NINE Tuffie toy, less than half an hour after Daisy got it.

But this year a friend of ours, underestimating the hidden destructive tendencies within our little cutie, gave her a hollow plastic piggy. Not a good idea. It turned our mellowing Havachon back into rabid Destructo-Pup – it was like watching a pretty girl transform into a werewolf.

Unfortunately we didn’t discover this wild transformation until the piggy had been….well, brutalized. And partially devoured.

He's not half the piggy he used to be.... :<O

He’s not half the piggy he used to be…. ย  ย  :<O

OUCH. That hadda hurt!

OUCH. That hadda hurt!

Poor thing never really stood a chance. ::sigh:: I guess you can never truly vanquish those Destructo-Pup demons. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Monday MIschief: Just Act Natural

One of Daisy’s many Mischief Philosophies is, “When caught red-handed, just act natural and no one will be any the wiser.” Unfortunately that didn’t work this time, when she tried to lay claim to DH’s Italian takeout:

Daisy and takeaway

You don’t see me….I’m not here….

Daisy and takeaway

You still there??

Umm, errrr, ::ahem:: Can you please bring me some water to go with this?

Umm, errrr, ::ahem:: Can you please bring me some water to go with this?

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Monday Mischief: Daisy’s “Tells”

How do you know when our Havachon puppy has been mischievous? Just look for her “tell”:

What makes you think I ate something?

What makes you think I ate something?

There's no evidence! I'm innocent, I tell you! ::lick lick::

There’s no evidence! I’m innocent, I tell you! ::lick lick::

"Frozen Havachon": If I freeze and don't look at you, you won't notice that I stole your sock.

“Frozen Havachon”: If I freeze and don’t look at you, you won’t notice that I stole your sock.

Nyah nyah you'll never find out what I did....

Nyah nyah you’ll never find out what I did….

Guilty or innocent? You decide! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Monday Mischief: The Packaging is Always More Fun

Daisy has discovered what kids have always known: that packaging is always more fun than whatever was in the package. And the holidays gave her many opportunities to have some fun!

Her mischief secret – get hold of that fascinating stuff before anyone’s the wiser.

Hey Mommy! Lookee what I found in that box!

Hey Mommy! Lookee what I found in that box!

Heehee I made a nest for myself!

Heehee I made a nest for myself!

Now let's get to work on this bad boy....

Now let’s get to work on this bad boy….

What do you mean you need to put it in the garbage?! It's MINE!

What do you mean you need to put it in the garbage?! It’s MINE!

As they say, one man’s trash is another pup’s treasure! ๐Ÿ˜€

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