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The Puddle With Leaves

Okay, so I was out doing a photo-shoot with Jess when she told me to look to the left so she could take a pic of that side of my head. I looked to the left so she could take the picture but when I did, I saw this puddle

Dachshund quirks, funny,

There was something strange about this puddle so I stared at it. Jess noticed and asked me “what is it?” and told me to “go get it”. I walked over to it and sniffed the puddle cautiously and then started barking at it.

Jess was puzzled at why I was barking at a puddle but being a dachshund, you are entitled to doing some goofy things. Jess took the opportunity to get some cute/funny pics of me while trying to find out what I was barking at.

She got her pictures and I had fun goofing off. I would bark at the puddle and then go up to it and snatch the leaves out of it!

Jess still doesn’t know why I was doing that but she thinks it was because of the wind that was blowing the leaves around in it. Us dachshunds are entitled to our secrets so I am not going to tell why ;)

A Dewy Morning

Mornings on the ranch are so beautiful. Sometimes it will be foggy, sometimes not but either way, it is always beautiful.


A dachshund outside in dew drops

This particular morning there was no fog but there was morning dew still on the grass.

Proud miniature dachshund outside in dew drops on a early morning.

A dew drop is beautiful, many can be breathtaking. A field covered in them can look like snow. Sometimes a camera does not capture the true look as if you were there yourself, but it can allow you to see what you can not.

Morning dew drops on grass that looks like snow.

Dachshund outside in dewy grass

For instance, an eye can only see so small, but a camera can enlarge what a eye can not.

Close up of dew drops on grass.

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A camera can bring you into a world of wonder and I hope that is what I just did.


A dachshund and a puddle

You see, after the big hurricane there were all these puddles everywhere. I walked all though them, some with Barbarella and some by myself. I like puddles more than her :)


See how clean she looks compared to me? P.S. See me in the top left?


Then, I came to this one. This one was different. This one had something in it.

Jess wanted me to pose with the puddle so I decided I would give her some cute, goofy photos to take of me. In this puddle, there were these bubbles; I think that is what Jess called them.

Anyway, they were a bit suspicious looking so I had to check them out. I leaned over the puddle and gave them a sniff.

I couldn’t decide what they smelled like, so I thought I might taste one of them.

And after I tried “tasting” them, they disappeared! I then started pawing where they were to see if they went under the water.

I didn’t find them again so, I guess I got them!

And so, Jess got all the pictures she wanted and I saved the puddle (and everyone else) from the bubble things! So all was good once again!

True story. No bubbles were harmed (at least I don’t think) in the making of this story ;)

Pros and Cons to rolling in Dirty, Stinky stuff

The other day I found something that smelled funny and unknown to roll in (and it’s still unknown). I didn’t know what it was, all I remember is I was sniffing, I found something that smelled funny and…that’s the last thing I remember…just kidding! I remember what happened, I rolled in it. And these were the results in the picture below.

Rolling in stinky stuff is fun, but there are some Pros and Cons about doing it and if you keep on reading you’ll read some Pros and Cons to rolling in dirty, stinky stuff I have experienced and a couple I made up.

Pros and Cons to rolling in stinky stuff outside.

Pro: Once you roll in whatever you rolled in, you smell exactly like it and you can’t wait to find more stinky stuff and roll in it too.

Con: Before you find more stinky stuff to roll in, your human finds out you rolled in something stinky and they immediately think you need a bath and give you one.

Pro: Once you’ve already rolled in something and your human can’t give you a bath at the time, you get to search for more stinky, smelly stuff to roll in and roll in it.

Con: When your human IS able to give you a bath and finds out you’re extra dirty and stinky, your bath time is doubled.

Pros and Cons to being dirty inside the house.

Pro: You get to walk around without getting a bath.

Con: Being dirty inside the house doesn’t last very long and you can’t be in your human’s lap or go lay on the couch or lay on your human’s bed.

Pro: In that short amount of time being dirty inside, you get to roll all in YOUR bed and get it smelling just like you.

Con: Your bed gets thrown in the washer, then you get a bath.

Pros and Cons to being clean.

(this time the Cons come first)

Con: You smell all clean and not at all like what you rolled in.

Pro: You get to lay on everything in the house again.

Con: You miss smelling all stinky.

Pro: Next time you go outside all clean…you can sneak away from your human and go find that smelly stuff you rolled in and repeat!

I’m not normally a doggy to roll in sticky stuff all the time (because I like to be in Amanda’s lap and lay on her bed), but when I do find something that smells funny, I just gotta roll in it.

This year’s Cucumbers

You know how last year we had big beautiful cucumbers from our garden? Well, this year they aren’t doing so hot. It’s plenty hot outside, but that’s not what I mean. Instead of being big and long, this year they are small and round. Now, they aren’t supposed to be like that and we think a deficiency in the soil is what is causing it. That’s okay though, because Jess says they are about the size of a Roma tomato and make the perfect “bite-sized” cucumbers!

They taste just as good as the normal sized ones, so I am not complaining :) We put some fertilizer on them to see if it will help the next ones grow properly. Hopefully when the next batch grows, we will have some nice big ones!

Ignore my “wetness” I just got in from “helping” water the garden.


PS. As I was typing this post, I noticed it has been almost exactly a year since we posted about the cucumbers in our garden last year!