Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

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

The Birds, The Bees, and Daisy

Ah, spring! The season “when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love”, and a young Havachon’s fancy turn to birds, bees, squirrels, chipmunks, and anything else she can chase or bark at.

Daisy, the Spring Sentinel

Our yard is green and blossoming! (Just wait until the dog days of summer, when I’ll be saying our lawn is scorching to an awful crunchy brown because of water rationing!) And with that, beautifully colored birds from reds to neon yellow to blue are visiting our bird feeder that stands only several feet away from our sliding glass door.

This is Daisy’s daily Disney Land. Once I open the blinds and pull them back, giving her full view of nature and its glories, she parks herself in front of that door like a Sphinx and watches all the little critters scampering, flying, and, sometimes, taunting her.

On really nice days, I open the sliding glass door and just leave the screen closed – that’s when her nose goes into overdrive. All I hear is sniff-sniff-sniff-sniff followed by a hard snort so she can start the process all over again.

The Taunting Squirrel has already come back looking for her, sitting up on its hind legs with its front feet on the glass, making tapping sounds and studying what lies inside, beyond the glass. No doubt looking to start his teasing routine all over again. Fortunately it was a very gray, humid day, and Daisy was napping on the couch. But the day is coming when he’ll find her at the door, and then the chaos that ensues will wake the neighborhood!

A cardinal who always visits our feeder with two females.

Here’s a peek at life in our yard; I’m hoping to get a picture of the red-crested woodpecker who lives in the tree just beyond the feeder – several generations of his family have been raised there!

A devoted couple - this pair of mourning doves is ALWAYS together!

Another guest.

Cute neon goldfinches that always visit us in a group of 5 or 6!

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A Year of “Firsts”

One of my favorite things about having a new puppy is that year of “firsts” – where everything you introduce them to is a first-time affair, and their reactions are just SO cute!

Discovery of Self – Daisy’s first little bark shocked her so much, she didn’t do it again for a few weeks! And even then it was only used sparsely. We were worried about it then (like over-anxious parents tend to do)….we’d like to have it back now!

And it took her a few months to realize she could use her nose for discovery….that’s when she started becoming a “real dog” LOL!

And the classic: let’s see if I can put this tactfully – when she first heard (and probably felt) a squeaky sound emanating from her hind quarters – she raced away from it with her tail under, then fearfully turned her head around to see if this strange sound-creature was following her! To this day, those occasional squeaks she emits still make her perk up her ears and scramble to find the culprit.

Animal Kingdom – When Daisy first discovered squirrels, chipmunks, and birds, she was only 3 months old and looked shocked to see something running around that was even smaller than she was! She stared at them through the sliding glass door and paced them across the length of it, sniffing at the wall when it continued beyond her view.

Face to Face with Technology – Discovering dogs on TV that she can’t reach, but she sure can bark at them! Sometimes different colors (especially red) and movements really get her attention, and she’ll watch TV for 1-2 minutes. One day I wasn’t feeling well and had a DVD in, and after a while Daisy got annoyed that the TV was getting more attention than her, so she glared at the characters and started growling! And it seems some people set her off – a still close-up shot of Geoffrey Palmer on sets off a growling spree you wouldn’t believe!

Unfamiliar Sounds – I really wonder how some of the different sounds she hears translate through puppy ears. If we make a long rolling “r” sound, she looks at us and then at the ceiling and around the room as the sound bounces off surfaces, trying to figure out why it’s coming from so many places. But then she ends up looking worried and wants reassuring tenderness. What could that be triggering in her head?

And whistling – oh, that’s a fun one! When we whistle she tilts her head back and forth to such extremes, you’d think she’d need a chiropractor!  And the list goes on. Any new sound sets off an adorable look of curiosity and reactions from growling to posturing to barking to head tilting or even a call to grab a toy and charge!

New “firsts” are happening all the time as this first year of Daisy’s life progresses – it’s such a precious time!

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