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!

My Adventure Scar

Hey, it’s me, Zachary!  It only took me about a year but I have finally gotten my first post written! I am using Mini’s profile right now because we are having some difficulty trying to get my name to show up as the author. So, for my first post, I am going to tell you about my “Adventure Scar”.

Miniature black Dachshund, Zachary

Fixing to be released after rabbits.

Since I don’t want to eat chickens anymore, I am allowed to chase rabbits in the woods with Mini and Barbarella! On my latest rabbit chase something happened… I got my first Adventure Scar!  While the humans would have preferred that I didn’t get it, I think it’s rather cool. Well, the idea of having it is cool, not so much the healing process of it. Technically, it’s not my first scar because I have one on my right eye rim that I presumably got from a cat before I came here. I’m not telling though ;)

You see, I was off in the woods chasing a rabbit with Mini and Barbarella. It was time to go in so we all got called back. Mini and Barbarella came but when I came, I came dripping blood! Sounds gross doesn’t it? Luckily Jess and Amanda aren’t easily grossed out because they had to help me.  Anyway, back to the story. My ear was what had blood on it.  Barbarella gets minor cuts on her ears all the time when out chasing rabbits so it was nothing to panic about. Only, I had cut my ear clean through the skin when everyone else just scrapes theirs. So I had to have a trip to the VET! If you don’t faint at the sight of blood (it’s not really that gory), you can click here to see where I tore it. The vet folded my ear back and wrapped it up in some gauze so it could heal.  He said we could take it off in two or three days, so I went back home with my ear/head wrapped up looking like I had brain surgery (which I didn’t).

Dachshund with bandage on head/neck

Dachshund with bandage on head/neck

In three days, Amanda took off the bandage. I was so relived to have it off that I started scratching my head and I accidentally scratched the scab off of  my ear. I then went outside to potty and when I shook off, my ear started to bleed again! Our ears bleed a lot when something happens to them, so we had to stop the bleeding and then keep my ear from flapping when I would shake my head. It got wrapped back up at home (not so dramatic looking this time) which kept it from flapping, but I still had to be kept from scratching it. You know those cones that are put around dogs’ necks when they have an injury? Well, we thought that would be perfect for my case only, we didn’t have one. So we all loaded up into the van and headed to Petco!

Dachshunds in Petco store

Normally, I don’t go into stores because I like to pee on things and bark at other doggies, but this time I had to go so I could get my cone fitted. After the cone fitting, we just hung around in the store practicing tricks and behaving. Mini and Barbarella even got to greet a Chihuahua on his first time in Petco! We also went to see the rats and mice; they are always fun to watch.

Dachshunds in Petco store

Mini was most interested in the mice.

Dachshunds in Petco store

Most of them were resting in their little houses.

Dachshunds in Petco store

For some reason, Mini also found the ferret supplies interesting.

Since we all did so well in the store, Jess didn’t let us leave without some treats. I loved these treats by the way.

PureBites duck cat treats

I didn’t get one of those plastic cones that are more common, I got a special one that is a little more comfortable. I’d still prefer not having to wear it though. :(

Dachshund with ZenPet ZenCone on. Size small.

Jess says I look like a flashlight head with it on. LOL

So, that’s the story of my adventure scar. Once my ear is completely healed, I will see if I can post some pictures of it.

Dachshund with ZenPet ZenCone on. Size small.

*Update*

I think we fixed the problem with my name showing as the post author! Now it should say Zachary at the top!