Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

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

Daisy’s Wish List

If Daisy could have anything she wanted, here’s what I think would be on her Wish List:

Just see how you'd like having your quirks exposed all over the internet!

~ A couch in front of the biggest window in the house, facing out so she could watch the birds and critters in luxury.

~ Blankets all over the house so she’d never have to run around looking for one.

~ Big fluffy pillows scattered about – she LOVES lying on pillows like a queen!

~ Toys that she could destroy and eat….safely.

~ A Stepford Mom who would play with her all day, pet her all day, and replace all those eaten toys (oh wait, she has that last one! LOL). And who’ll let her eat whatever table food she wants and happily follow her around with a vomit bag.

~ A continual stream of trips to new places, new friends, and a regular influx of new shoes to sniff, topple, and lick.

~ A blog tattling on her family’s silly, nutty, funny, and annoying day-to-day activities! LOL

What would be at the top of your pup’s Wish List?

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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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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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Announcing Destructo-Pup Toy Reviews!

It’s Wimps vs. Warriors. We’re talking about dog toys.

Don't underestimate the power of those Destructo-Pup teeth....

Forget “ultimate toy” claims – we have the “Ultimate Toy Tester” – Daisy, aka “Destructo-Pup” – our 15 pound Havachon.

The ultimate toy bully.

Got a toy-tough dog? Are you like us – spending more money on dog toys than food and treats combined?

Daisy puts toys through their paces better than those corporate “spokes-animals” –  tigers, German Shepherds, Dalmatians.

They claim their toys are tough? We’ll see how they stand up to a real-world toughy.

Visit our Destructo-Pup Tested Dog Toys tab on this blog for the straight poop… scoop.

We’ll give you the real low-down without any of the advertising hype.  What toys pass the Destructo-Pup Torturous Teeth Test and which ones succumb without a struggle?

Find out how long it took Destructo-Pup to do this to a Level 9 Tuffie toy:

A picture is worth a thousand words.

And follow along as we separate the Wimps from the Warriors!

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Swiss Cheese Puppy Blanket

Daisy’s first puppy blanket has held up better than any “tough” toys we’ve given her, but now – 8 months later – it’s finally succumbed to the effects of her toothy brutality. It now looks like a piece of pink Swiss cheese…

Holy blanket, Batman!! (Sorry about that, it just had to be said...)

This silly pup not only enjoys racing around with her blanket and playing tug-o-war with it, she also likes to chew her bone through the blanket! I’ve never seen a dog do that before – it’s like she’s trying to have a cushioned gnaw!

I’m afraid this blanket has almost reached its last day. I hate giving it up, though, for sentimental reasons – it was the first thing she became attached to as a new little puppy. They gave it to us when we brought her home because she loved it so much.

She now also has a fleece blanket she likes too, but the pink one just means so much. ::sigh::

But I LOVE my little pink puppy blanket!!

Oh, the heartbreaks of pet ownership! 😉

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Another Tuffie Toy Bites The Dust

Well it didn’t take long. The Tiger Tested Tuffie Toy has succumbed to a 15 pound Havachon. Yet again.

The beginning of the end for this Tuffie toy.

This toy lasted all of several weeks. And it’s a Level 9 Tuffie – they only go up to Level 10! Somehow I don’t hold out much hope for that last level either. I don’t think I’ll waste another $11-$15+ for 7 weeks of “fun”.

Tuffie toys are billed as being “the most durable dog toys”. This doesn’t give us much hope for any future toys.

At this rate, I expect that over the course of Daisy’s life, we’ll spend more on her toys than on her vet bills and dog food bills combined!

As usual, little Daisy worked at finding – or creating – the toy’s one weak spot, then she went after it like she was on a mission for MI5. She goes into a super-focused attack on a spot once she hears that first rip, eyes open wide, ears alert, little front teeth clamping and pulling, the world blocked out. She’s like a starving wild dog making its first kill in weeks.

You can't take my Tuffie away! I have more destruction to wreak on it!

Yet we can take the toy away from her without a problem; she just gives us a disappointed look. But while she’s got hold of it, she’s “in The Zone”. World class chess players should have such an intense focus!

We should have just named her Destructo.

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The Search For Tough Dog Toys Goes On….And On….

Daisy may be relatively small, but she’s got powerful jaws! We figure she’s about 15 pounds now, and she’s a solid 15 pounds – all muscle. Not what we expected when we brought that frail, bony 2.6 pound puppy into our home a mere 7 months ago!

In fact, come to think of it, yesterday Daisy turned 10 months old! 🙂

Anyway, as I’ve said before, Daisy is VERY tough on toys. We’ve been through 3 Nylabones in that short time – she’s destroyed each one in no time. Every time we got a new one, we found one that was harder and supposedly stronger, but now she even devastated the shiny, hard white one.

She has a strategy, you see – she systematically searches for the weakest spots and then attacks them mercilessly until they soon shred or tear and she’s pulling out stuffing or squeakers.

It’s really frustrating. There have been more shredded toys in our garbage than in some pet shop aisles.

Haha...I'll get you, my pretty!

The other day I went to PetSmart, and a helpful staffer pointed me in the direction of a different type of Nylabone – it’s a weird-looking thing called a Double Action Chew and is specifically made for “powerful chewers”.

We’ll see.

They haven’t tested it on our Daisy.

It’s easy to underestimate a little Havachon like Daisy – she looks so sweet, happy and friendly. And she is. But she’s also a real ruffian with her toys!

She completely destroyed a Level 7 Tuffy toy in about a week – that “Tiger Tested” toy didn’t stand a chance with Daisy! What kind of tigers are they testing these things on anyway? Aunt Ethel’s pet cat named “Tiger”??

We’re now up to the Level 9 Tuffy toy, and it’s holding up better. She found that the weakest spot is the inner binding of the ring, so she’s starting to shred that. ::sigh::

The biggest problem is that manufacturers seem to make the toughest toys in sizes suited to large dogs, so we can’t get them for Daisy. Even the PetSmart staffer thought that was ridiculous.

I also bought a crinkly-sounding flat toy called “Combat”. Sounds tough. Again….we’ll see. I’m holding that in reserve for when the Tuffy toy cries “uncle”.

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Dog Toy Bacteria Danger – Wash or Waste?

Daisy has one toy that has survived her sharp teeth for several months – it’s the only “veteran” in her toy collection. Clearly the best made toy we’ve invested in!

This is the toughest toy I've ever had!

It’s a small stuffed ring with little squares of material protruding from it like stumpy spokes. Every other “spoke” is filled with a crinkly material that makes a crunchy sound when Daisy bites it. Daisy LOVES anything with sound to it.

Lately I noticed that when she plays with this toy, the stuffed ring gets saturated. Not just wet – saturated. It’s pretty gross. Thinking about this, I became concerned about the bacteria that could be growing inside this toy and could possibly make Daisy sick.

Yup, it sure can.

Apparently, stuffed dog toys are notorious bacteria breeders. Your dog can get any number of symptoms from diarrhea to gum issues because of the bacteria growing in toys, and even if your vet gives Puppy an antibiotic to clear up the problem, poor Puppy will just keep getting re-infected if he/she keeps playing with that dirty toy.

It’s been suggested by companies like Hartz that chewing ropes and stuffed toys can “harbor all sorts of microbes”. (::shudder:: ) A US government study found that bacteria can be killed by microwaving bacteria-producers like sponges, and some dog toys can be microwaved safely too.

To keep your dog from ingesting potentially hazardous bacteria, Hartz recommends cleaning these types of toys:

  • Chewing ropes – these can be microwaved for one minute, but it’s recommended that you keep an eye on the rope just in case, and use protective covering on your hand when removing the hot rope from the microwave. An alternative is to run the rope through the hot cycle of your dishwasher without adding detergent. The water is much hotter than running hot sink water over the toy, which won’t kill bacteria.
  • Stuffed toys – wash in your washing machine on the hot water setting; flimsy toys may not be sturdy enough to withstand a wash cycle, but a better made toy will. They should also be able to go through the dryer.
  • Any toys that are breaking or that your dog can bite chunks off should be thrown away. We had a Nylabone that Daisy was able to destroy within a few days at only 4 months of age. However, we found a hard plastic Nylabone specifically made for tough chewers, and she’s been working on that for 2 months. She’s only just now starting to take small shreds off it and make good-sized dents in it. She’ll be getting a new one in the near future!

I put Daisy’s ring toy through the hot water wash with her bath towels and blankets; I use one of the “free and clear” detergents with no perfumes, dyes, etc. to make sure nothing irritating gets left behind. That magical ring went through the washer and dryer and still looks like its ol’ self! And it was only a $4 toy!

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Becoming a “Real Dog”

It’s a funny thing, but when we brought Daisy home as a young puppy, she didn’t do any “real dog” things. Things like

 


At 2 months old, I only liked cuddling with soft, warm things!

 

chasing balls or toys, chewing chew toys, wiggling her nose at every passing breeze, showing an interest in birds, squirrels and other wildlife, etc. were not part of her personality yet.

In fact, at 2.6 pounds, she couldn’t even hold the smallest chew toy steady enough to do any real chewing – we had to hold them for her, and then she’d spend about 15 seconds making an attempt at chewing before she gave up! Just about everything was too big for that tiny mouth.

Every time one of those innate characteristics kicked in, my daughter would get excited and say, “She’s becoming a real dog!” It was true – she was moving away from that extremely shy puppyhood period and discovering herself and the world around her. And with that, those canine instincts began kicking in.

Now, as happy as we are that she’s a “real dog”, there are times when we long for those pre-canine days. Like when she’s barking her head off at a poor little unsuspecting chipmunk who’s just going about his business, and we feel like those sharp shrieks she throws in are ripping holes in our eardrums.

The parallels between puppies and children are amazing if you think about it. We can’t wait for our children to walk, we’re so excited when it happens, and then they end up trying to run all around public places while we spend more time trying to get them back under control than doing whatever we went there for. We teach them how to talk and are so excited at their first words and every new phrase until they turn into nonstop chatting machines, revealing our secrets to the world, and we long for those quieter days.

And we love them both unconditionally regardless of all their silly little ways….and maybe because of them.

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Never Mix Business with Pleasure

No time for photos now, c'mon, let's play!

Hey, playtime is serious business! At least it is for our little Daisy, whose love of affection goes right out the window when she’s in play mode. In fact, she’ll actually turn her back on us if we so much as hint at petting her when she’s seriously munching on her Nylabone or sharing some one-on-one time with her chewy platypus.

After chasing platypus around for a while, Daisy will suddenly plop down mid-stride and just start chewing on this toy – her favorite ever since she destroyed her furry, squeaky giraffe – inasmuch as saying, “I’m done playing with you, now it’s just me and Platypus!”. Daisy loves to growl while wrestling with platypus – funny, little short growls that range from deep baritone (as deep as a 6 pound dog can get her growler to go)  up to high-pitched falsettos, sometimes in the same breath. It must be so frustrating not to be taken seriously when she’s playing the tough-guy role, because we just laugh and laugh when she does that! If she was human, I’m sure she’d be rolling her eyes at us!

If we try to pet her, she’ll growl all the louder (play growling, not warning growls) and romp around, holding platypus tightly between her sharp little teeth, until she finds a new spot to lie on. Then we get “the eyes” – just “the eyes” – watching us and making sure we’re not going to try that again.

Ah yes, there’s nothing like a good “tough guy” play session for a sweet little curly-haired girly-puppy! 🙂

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