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Has the World Gone Entirely Crazy?

As if Covid isn’t enough to contend with, have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go as it should? Where it seems the forces of the Universe are set against anything going smoothly? Yes, it was one of those.

Things happened.

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Chaos Rules or Life by Crisis Management

  • A friend I haven’t spoken to for over a year sends a message, out of the blue, with only the words, “How are you?” There was no other context to her message and yes it was her – I did check. A little odd or, perhaps, spontaneous. She was just wondering how I was, she said. After a year without communication!
  • My daughter rings to make an appointment at a medical specialist doctor and the Receptionist asks her to supply a full length photo for a the appointment. Weird. Full length?
  • Three out of three kids then had mini breakdowns of sorts on the same night, unrelated to each other, sending us scampering from one to the next in succession. It was a busy night.
  • That same night the neighbour sent me a message at 7pm that he wants to come sit on my garden bench for a while. Did he have a fight with his partner, I wonder? This is out of character. I only saw the message at 9pm whilst scampering to and fro, said kids.
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Finally late on the same day as ALL of the above:

We discovered the new pup had eaten the TV remote control, yes, the plastic controller part. The Moth’s favourite activity is to watch television and you can imagine what the Moth said when it became apparent he could not change the channels or adjust the volume. Not to mention the possible harm to the puppy, which resulted in my daughter having to check the poo for remnants of plastic when she walked the dog around our estate, for the next few days.

Not so strange, I suppose, but given that we live in an area where there are lots of tradie workmen building new homes, you have to imagine the strident scene of strange stares and comments when they see a pretty young teen, now adult, picking up dog poo on the footpath, then examining it closely, feeling it and squishing it around in her hands, (inside the doggy poo bag of course)!

It seems the little pup has a penchant for chewing anything. Here’s more evidence of her dental disasters.

And the final piece of news – we have “worms.”

Not in our bodies thank goodness; we’ve merely purchased a batch of garden-variety, soil-improving worms and installed them in their new home at the Home by the Sea.

At least the worms aren’t having a personal crisis or feeling chocked up with plastic remote controls.

“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.”

– Richard Bach
#WQWWC
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Slanging a Schnauzer

To my mind, they are irresistible bundles of fur, fun and friendship. Who wouldn’t love a Schnauzer? As hard as it is to believe, it seems there are a few folk about.

Well behaved Schnauzer Dogs

A week or so ago, we were hanging out at our favourite Dog-friendly Cafe. I have to say, Dog Friendly because unlike Europe, most cafes and establishments in Australia are not Dog Friendly, at all.

Certain cafes are open to having dogs visit their premises in dedicated zones and that’s so welcome when you have well-behaved dogs that like to be around their owners. My dogs are part of my family, you see.

My doted dogs are clean and house trained, bark only a little, if you darken our doorstep, in short: they love everyone. One of our dogs is still a puppy, who wants to meet and greet everyone, if we let her. We don’t.

Most people enjoy saying hello to a puppy, or even want to give them a quick pat on the head. One Cafe’s owner even likes to give our dogs a small piece of Brioche bun, when they come to visit.

But it was one comment from a customer, at the Dog-friendly cafe, that had me transfixed to the spot. I was so dumbstruck by this woman’s comment on seeing my puppy, that it took a few minutes, of rooting around in my brain, for a possible explanation. I wondered what she could possibly mean?

Why would she say such a thing? Did I hear her right?

First, let me introduce you to Athena, appropriately named by my daughter, or so I thought. Pretty cute, right?

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This customer, who sported a black bouffant hairdo, apparently thought otherwise, as she spied Athena settling down under the table across from her.

“What IS that?” the ‘black bouffant spat so loudly that all the patrons at the cafe could hear. “Oh, it looks like something you’d see on the bottom of a shoe!”

The bottom of a shoe? I thought.

Really? Who even says such a thing?

Sadly, it doesn’t end there with negative commentary about cute puppies.

The Schnauzer breeder, with which we are acquainted, received the following report from a puppy purchaser.

“My new “la de da” neighbour who swans around in her ‘Camilla kaftan,’ sucking on pink champagne from an equally “la de da” champagne flute just asked me if, [my Pedigree Schnauzer puppy], was a “bitzer.”

I then replied, “No she’s a purebred mini schnauzer,” as I drank my Coles mineral water from a Hungry Jacks yellow-striped glass. (Okay, to be fair I added Bickfords Lime juice). Anyway she then replies, “Oh that sounds German or something. I’m actually German with some Hungarian and Italian mixed in there.”

My sarcasm escaped and I replied, ” Oh, so you’re a bitzer then”? With that she wafted off yelling “Yann darlink, I need a refill.”

Okay, I’d had a long day and wasn’t in the mood for “Zsa Zsa Gabor,” stuff.

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Clearly, like the black bouffant, this neighbour of said puppy purchaser must be a cat person or the following pictograph is seemingly how she views a canine friend.

What do you think?

Can you see any resemblance to a stiletto or the sole of a sandal?

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Dogs with High Intelligence

Many people claim their animals understand them: both the words they speak to their dogs and their meaning. It is claimed that Schnauzer Dogs are so intelligent, they may have a vocabulary of over 50 words!

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However softly I say to the Moth, “Shall we go for a walk now?” – the Schnauzers will hear this and come running from the furthest reaches of the house, signalling their excitement and concurrence, with short high-pitched barks of excitement, the older one ballerina dancing on her hind legs then executing a quick Downward Dog Stretch any Yoga teacher would be proud of, as if to say – “I am ready to go too!”

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The Schnauzer is Emotionally close to its Owners

Not only would I propose my Schnauzer is in synch with my body’s biorhythms, but the Schnauzers have extraordinary hearing.

Even though her doggie bed is located in the neighbouring room, she hears when I roll over in bed to wake up, even before I have opened my eyes! I have said nothing, done nothing and she hears all!

How does she know I am awake?

She hears me inhale a deep breath as I begin to wake up!

The Miniature Schnauzer

As soon as I take that breath, I hear scratching at her door a millisecond later! This dog is linked so closely to me she knows that I am awake and scratches at the door telling me she wants to come and say ‘Good Morning. Of course, it must be time for her Breakfast.

They KNOW Every move you MAKE, every Breath you take…you know the rest…

Schnauzers are renowned for being food-obsessed and I see no evidence to dispute that claim.

Standard Schnauzer’s Instinctive Intelligence

The Standard Schnauzer may have the highest instinctive intelligence out of the three [sizes of Schnauzer]. That’s because they were bred for many things, making them some of the most versatile working dogs you can find! They really did it all.

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There is no doubt pets bring a special element to your life, but a schnauzer, is so human-like, it even regards itself as human.

I had a Standard Schnauzer some years back. That Dog could tell the time.

When I was working on the desktop computer, writing a post on my blog, and the clock passed 4.59 pm, she would enter the study, put her head underneath my arm, (which was invariably positioned on the computer’s mouse), and flick my hand off the computer mouse, with her powerful neck muscles.

She was letting me know it was time to start arranging or cooking dinner for the evening. Until I cooked my own dinner, she would not get hers, so there was a definite incentive for her to assist in this timely reminder!

Smart!

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A Schnauzer Working from Home

In the early years, she would be in the habit to get up from her slumber and come and tell me it was 2.40 pm which meant it was time to down tools and go and pick the kids up from school. Without fail!

What is it about pets that can turn the most unemotional, stoically, clinical person into a blubbering, child-like swooner full of soft and fuzzy ga-ga baby talk?

I have not worked out what their magic is, but I know that I was infected with this obsessional ‘bug’, the moment I laid eyes on a schnauzer.

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Making a Råtta Dog Toy

Some of you may know that we have a new puppy in our house and like all new puppies they are a bit of work, but bring lots of joy and happiness. And must be amused!

The new puppy is not directly mine, but my daughter’s. Due to the pandemic, we are frequently required to help out training, feeding and puppysitting. Which is no problem at all.

We all know puppies like to chew and this little puppy is highly animated, energetic and intelligent so she needs lots of stimulation.

Being a schnauzer, she likes the stuffed rat toys in IKEA’s range of toys.

Maybe it could be because that was their original purpose – i.e. as ratters on German farms. Whatever the reason, Schnauzers develop an affinity towards toy rats!

To this end we went to purchase an IKEA ‘Råtter,’ to keep the pup amused, but Ikea had no stock! The råtters are too popular!

No problem, I thought.

I can make something similar. Dogs aren’t too fussy about what kind, shape or colour their stuffed chew toys are? Surely?

My homemade solution included finding scrap fabric for the rat’s body,felt fro the dubious looking feet, wool for the eyes and whiskers, a string handle from a cardboard merchandise bag for a tail, (I think it came from Ella bache cosmetic purchase), and 5 to 10 minutes on the sewing machine.

It ain’t pretty but it is functional.

This is the result of the Råtta experiment:

Instead of being a furry rat, my home made version looks like a mutant platypus but what does it matter?

The puppy really likes it. Humans attach meaning to stuffed shapes, so as long as it keeps the pup away from chewing my socks, toes, shoes, furniture etc. Then all is good.

Butter would not melt in its mouth.

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Friendly Friday- Funny Furry Friends

As much as we have all seen photos of pet photos on the web, quirky or funny cat/dog videos never fail to get a laugh from their audience.

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Clever Schnauzer

I know Schnauzers are clever, food-obsessed creatures, but did you know that, too? I am sure Peggy from Where to Next? and Alejandro from Chief Writing Wolf do.

Tiffany was my beloved Standard Schnauzer. A rescue dog who was truly the most wonderful companion. I mean just look at those eyes!

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Tiffany

I have loads of Schnauzer photos. I rarely show anyone. 😉

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Our mini Schnauzer hard core hacking the laptop.

This is my contribution to Sandy’s Friendly Friday Challenge – Funny Furry Friends.

Are you joining in, too? Instructions here

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I will be back with another Friendly Friday Challenge next week.

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The Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is Back

The Friendly Friday Photographic challenge is about community and interacting with other bloggers, sharing everyday photographs of things from our world and is hosted by bloggers Amanda, here at ‘StPA’ (Something to Ponder About) and Sandy at The Sandy Chronicles.

Welcome back to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

With the new year, we welcome new host Sandy, to the Friendly Friday team. Sandy blogs at The Sandy Chronicles and is already busy planning some fun prompts for us.

Please note the Friendly Friday Photo Challenges will run for one week, from Friday to the following Thursday, when the new weekly prompt is released.

New to Friendly Friday? Unsure of what Friendly Friday is all about?

Scroll down to find out more.

Friendly Friday Weekly Prompt

The prompt for this week is

All in a Row

It might be photos of birds gathered on a wire, food, natural features like rocks, or people waiting in a queue, even friends lined up for a photo.

You are only limited by your imagination.

Maroochy river boats all in a row

Bloggers have until next Thursday to publish a post relating to the prompt, with a link back to Something to Ponder About.

Click here to take you to the Friendly Friday Instructions Page.

Technology is usually reliable however Blogger Pingbacks have been known to fail. Thus, it would be great if you could post a comment below, so we can find your Friendly Friday Photo entry!

Sandy will post the next weekly prompt at her blog – The Sandy Chronicles so be sure to check her blog next Friday.

Here is some of my interpretations, of the prompt, to get your imagination ticking over:

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Sunset over Machinery
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Schnauzers- All in a Row

What is Friendly Friday?

The weekly prompt is a guide and somewhat of a challenge, for you. It is meant to inspire, not to limit or constrain. The host bloggers would like everyone to participate as they see fit. Photos can be new or something from your albums, that the prompt has inspired in you.

You don’t need to be a ‘pro’ to join in with Friendly Friday, either. Mobile, Point and Shoot or SLR photography is perfectly acceptable.

Your blog doesn’t even have to be about photography in order to participate. We welcome your entries. Have a little fun!

I am looking forward to seeing your entry.

Amanda

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge – Week 33

dog  beachTiffany Schnauzer thought  it was a beautiful day on the beach today.

She wasn’t the only one.

The Green Ant probably thought all his Christmases had come at once, that is until he discovered the sole of my sandal.

Something to Ponder About.

 

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A Dog’s Breakfast – There is Something about a Schnauzer

Cattle dog, Corgi, Hybrid cross, Scottish terrier, Red Setter: I have had them all as pets at various stages, but to me, one dog breed stands out above all the rest. The Schnauzer. What is it about these pets that can turn the most unemotional, stoically, clinical person into a blubbering, child-like swooner full of soft and fuzzy ga-ga baby talk? I have not worked out what their magic is, but I know that I was infected with this obsessional ‘bug’, the moment I laid eyes on a schnauzer.

There is no doubt pets bring a special element to your life, but a schnauzer, is so human-like, it even regards itself as human. It does not like to live in the back yard or on a runner chain, It wants to be with you, its family, its pack, for that is when it is most content. Not only originally bred in Germany, as a ratter, the original size ( the standard) was bred also to be a family pet, so is perfectly suited to this role.

And it seems other schnauzers know that they are special.

Schnauzer picnics are organized by a group of Schnauzer owners here on a regular basis, and it is often the case that a larger dog, such as Labrador or even an imposing Bull Mastiff, will run away, (literally, with its tail between its legs), when faced with a pack of wary bearded schnauzers in the off leash area. As other Schnauzers arrive at the gate for the Schnauzer picnic, those already present, form a ‘welcoming committee‘ which patrols close to the entrance, giving new arrivals the once over. This ‘committee’ greets fellow Schnauzers enthusiastically with lots of tail wagging, sniffing and circling, yet scrutinizes negatively, with vociferous barking, any larger dogs or those without hairy muzzles who try to ‘mingle’. (The mini schnauzers are especially good at voicing their opinion).  The only exception to the rule appears to be the Scottish Terrier, (who I feel sure temporarily confuses the self appointed “Schnauzer- bouncers- come- breed snobs’) who mistake the Scottie for a ‘black Schnauzer with slightly mutant ears, badly in need of a haircut’,  and admit them to the fold. As long as it has a beard, it passes, it appears!!

Within the Schnauzer picnic group, a sub group has now established itself: the Standard Schnauzer group whose members despite greatly varying ages and lifestyles form a close knit group, who met up for a ‘dog’s breakfast’ yesterday.

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Hearing someone share a familiar anecdote about their dog, which  you have experienced yourself, is a little surprising. Uncanny how each dog is so different and yet has similar traits, mannerisms and experiences. Lots of sharing and caring happens within this group who enjoy life together, united by their four-legged family members. Included in the group are two rescue dogs, and one dog that has been re-homed. All behaved remarkably well at the breakfast. But then, that should not be so surprising. After all, they all had beards….

Something to ponder about.

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Daily Mood Meter – Snarky

Snarky

Today’s mood is not mine but that of a neighbour who has recently lodged a complaint. The word is an interesting one as I have not heard it in common use.

Snarky –

1 Sarcastic, impertinent or irreverent intone or manner; snide: Sarky is a just a cooler way of saying sarcastic

2. Testy, irritable or short tempered; irascible, having a rudely critical tone or manner: snarky humor.

“He was being so snarky with me. Yeah, snarky is a word:. google it”. Dane Cook

Snarky is described as a witty mannerism, personality or behaviour that is a combination of sarcasm and cynicism. Usually accepted as a complimentary term, snarky is sometimes mistaken for a snotty or arrogant attiitude. (this is where the neighbour’s complaint comes in) I have a neighbour who gets snarky if my dog barks more than twice! 

Synonym: George Costanzaschnauzer

Antonym: Ozzie Nelson

Pig Latin: Arkysnay

 

Something to ponder about today.

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge

Standard Schnauzers

Michelle Weekly Pet Challenge, is a great way to post your favourite animal pics. Interested? Find out more here

Two of these dogs are pets who have been surrendered to the dog rescue, unhappy, anorexic and stressed but that was some time ago. Can you pick which ones they might be?

Something to Ponder About