Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Project 52: Doxie Edition

Week 1: In The Kitchen
Fifty-two weeks, of dachshunds? Can y'all handle the cuteness? :)
Texas stares me down, trying to figure out if the treat jar I'm using as a camera stand, will start popping out treats soon.
Bubbles doing what she does best. Complain, complain, complain.
I love Bubbles to death, but good Lord this dog can whine like no bodies business. Here lately if I'm doing anything other than pay attention to her, she's whining. And trust me, she can whine for .... at least 15 minutes straight. My patience is throughly shattered, and I'm giving her what I think she wants.

However, I'm done. I've been making the "she's 13, she deserves to do exactly she wants" excuse and its no longer cool. I've realized, just as with puppies, older dogs can develop bad habits if you let them.

 As of yesterday I've come up with a new plan. Bubbles starts whining and I KNOW she's had all she NEEDS... aka frequent potty breaks, water, and food. She's going to her time-out chair. Even at 13 years old, we're practicing some tough love. So far tonight we've been outside at least four times, she's had dinner (and some snacks) and has a full bowl of clean water. Other than wanting attention/thinking I'm eating from the table I'm typing at... I know she's good. :)

So to the chair (a comfy arm chair) we go!

And off she came, and the whining started again.

So back we went.

And despite the mournful stare she's giving she's staying.

Now that's she's good, I'm off to snuggle with her.




Erin said...

Lilac did a lot of that, but it was the dementia. I also realized a lot of the time that she just couldn't get comfortable. I can just imagine what a fuss she'd have thrown if she'd had a time out chair!

Erin said...

:) Bubbles likes to follow me around and stare and whine, and stare and whine. But I hadn't thought about dementia. How did you find out Lilac had that?

Erin said...

We made a visit to the vet, and they confirmed it. She was much worse at night. I think she couldn't see well in the dark, so she'd get disoriented if she woke up and didn't realize where she was. We'd wake up to her standing in a corner and barking at it at 3:00 am. During the day, she wasn't too bad, especially at first, but as it progressed it got worse. One thing that helped us a lot was giving her Melatonin at night. It was just enough to keep her asleep so that we could sleep!

Erin said...

I just came across your photo of Bubbles, and find it ironic that we have a 15 year old black and tan also named Bubbles that demonstrates nearly the same personality that you describe. When I saw the image, I thought, "I don't remember taking that photo"! The two could almost be twins, down their dots....Here is a pic of our Bubbles on Flickr:
Thanks for sharing your images!

Erin said...

During the day, she wasn't too bad, especially at first, but as it progressed it got worse.