Archive for August 2012

Telecommute Thursday   1 comment

Man, Deita gets all the fun!

Enjoying the sun while Mom works

Wordless Wednesday   Leave a comment

Training is exhausting!

Dentastick   4 comments

Today’s WTF moment provided by special treats.

Weirdest thing. When Miss D gets a special treat, like a milkbone, or in this case, a dentastick, she gobbles it down right away. Unless, of course, she has the option to take it outside. Then she grabs it and runs outside, rain or shine, and eats it out there. After, of course, the requisite running around like a crazy dog with a treat in her mouth!

WTF? What’s that about? Who’s chasing you, D? You hated the rain a minute ago, does eating your treat outrank that?

Munching away on my dentastick in the rain and mud.

So Hot It’s Sizzling!   9 comments

King Simba nominated us for an award! Thank you!

The rules for the award are to share 8 unusual things about yourself or your pet and pass the award along to other bloggers.

8 Unusual things about Miss D

1. Miss D loves to sleep on her back with all four feet in the air.

2. Miss D walks like a drunken fool. She’s got a funny gait and doesn’t quite know where her feet will land. But don’t feel sorry for the pup because it certainly doesn’t slow her down!

3. Miss D’s favorite snack? Flies. gross!

4. Miss D’s favorite toy? A small “blankie” I knit for her with remnants of some angora yarn from my knitting stash. She’s OBSESSED with it.

5. Best training treat so far: cheerios! gluten-free, made with oats, small, and low calorie. Oh, and Miss D will do anything for one 🙂

6. Miss D insists on pushing her food bowl over with her nose before eating. What’s that about?

7. She loves playing with her treat ball and loves the treats inside. … just her regular kibble (Shh! don’t tell her!)

8. Her favorite sleeping place is under my bed. Why? No idea.

These blogs are on FIRE!! King Simba and I follow so many of the same blogs, passing this award on to some of my other favorites.

Posted August 24, 2012 by iloveschnauzers in A day in the life

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Telecommute Thursday   1 comment

Posted August 23, 2012 by iloveschnauzers in A day in the life

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Am I in your way?   1 comment



Well, I was going to block and shape a newly finished shawl here, but Miss D had other ideas.

King Simba kindly gave me an award, but I hope he can forgive me if I hold off on my thank you post for a few more days. See, as it turns out, that toothache has become a never-ending dental saga. The words “root canal” were bandied about today. I simply can’t bring myself to focus on anything else right now. 😦

Posted August 22, 2012 by iloveschnauzers in A day in the life

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Rainy Day   8 comments


Mom’s got a toothache, it’s raining, the backyard is a pond; it’s the perfect day for curling up on the couch and doing nothing. You know, typical Sunday.

“Crate”   1 comment

Recently, I was inspired to reread a helpful booklet, The Cautious Canine – How to Help Dogs Conquer Their FearsIt provides excellent instruction on how to desensitize your pooch to new and frightening things and is my main resource for training Miss D on our walks. And I decided it was time to refresh our crate training.

My ultimate goal in refreshing this course is to be able to send Miss D to her crate when someone comes to the door. That is, when the front door is opened from the inside by me, or there’s a knock on the door, or the doorbell rings, or someone is seen approaching the front door, I want to be able to say, “Crate,” and see Miss D scurry to her crate (and away from the door) rather than barking furiously and forcing me to step outside and close the door in order to conduct my business.

This is a tremendous undertaking with a miniature schnauzer. This breed has extremely acute hearing, making them excellent early warning systems. In fact, they are sometimes paired with German shepherds to guard sheep. The schnauzer would hear something and alert the bigger dog to its approach. So barking furiously when a stranger approaches is in Deita’s nature. Add in her natural trepidation for New Things or Movement and you see my dilemma. It’s a wonder anyone visits me at all!

To get things started, I wrote down my ultimate goal and then broke it into smaller training steps. Miss D has already learned the command “Crate” means go and get into your crate. However, she has yet to learn to follow the command unless mom is standing next to or near the crate itself.

1. Learn the command, “Crate”. Check.

2. Learn the command and hand signal for “Crate.” I’m using the ASL sign for “bed”.

3. Follow the command from elsewhere in the house (mom standing at a distance from crate)

4. Follow the command when mom is standing by the front door.

5. follow command after

  • door opens
  • knock on door
  • doorbell rings
  • see someone approaching door

Obviously, this is going to take awhile.


Buy Coffee Save a Schnauzer   1 comment

A new fundraiser was just initiated for North Carolina Schnauzer Rescue, the wonderful group of people who help me foster Miss D. We will get $3.00 for every bag of coffee sold. Our coffee is a consistent blend of organic, mountain-grown arabica coffee beans from Columbian and Brazilian farms who participate in Fair Trade and Rainforest protection. Once freshly roasted and ground, a delightful, dark, rich flavor is produced. This is the link to our very own webpage where the coffee can be ordered . Thank you so much in advance for helping us rescue, vet, foster and care for the Miniature Schnauzers of North Carolina!


New Toy!   2 comments

Is there anything that’ll put a smile on one’s face faster than a new treat ball?

Miss D got a new treat ball today. It’s round and a whole lot easier for mom to fill than her other one. And as I speak, she’s in the other room, rolling it around, nosing it, pawing it, bumping it against the walls, pawing it back from under the bed.


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