Illuminated Schnauzers

My humans think they are cute – they bought us lighted additions to our collars and now we are forced to be “illuminated schnauzers”.

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Can you tell from the above photo that I am not very pleased with my new luminescence?

The humans explained to us that now it is late Fall in Central Oregon and is dark early, we will all be safer on our evening walk if we have illumination. This was their excuse to run out and buy these lights.

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Well – wouldn’t a better idea = the humans wearing lights on their necks?

They are taller than us and the lights would be easier to spot from a high vantage point!

 

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Keppra Side Effects – Cuddliness?

A couple of months ago I went on Keppra (Levetiracetam) for my newly developed seizure disorder. Well one of the side effects appears to be this weird “cuddliness” I have developed with my adopted brother Mike.

Before going on Keppra, for the past 4 years Mike has been with us, I have prided myself on being aloof to Mike. He knew I tolerated him as the family pet but that was about it.

Now I continue finding myself snuggling with him. What has happened to me! (Just say ‘No’ to drugs! Well unless you must take them for medical reasons…)

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I just got groomed today so hopefully next time I post I will not look so shaggy (and hopefully not so “under the influence”!)

– Sassy

Schnauzers on a Swing

Last Friday, October 27th, our humans took us in the early evening to Sisters, Oregon as they wanted to see the opening of a show my female human is in (see the post Twigs Gallery Show – Pathways).

We wandered around downtown Sisters, and stopped at the fly fishing shop in Sisters my male human likes. We did not go into the fly fishing shop with him as sometimes they have a dog in there and my adopted brother Mike would get all “growly” and cause trouble. So we waited outside with our female human.

While waiting, she thought it would be cute to do a photoshoot on the swing outside the shop. I however did not think it was cute. Actually I was quite annoyed and I nearly slipped through one of the slat on the swing!

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See the red arrow – that’s the slat I started slipping through

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Endured a couple photos

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Enough already! Checking to see if my male human is done with shopping

Schnauzers are not toys to be posed for photographs!

The things I must endure living with (and managing) humans!

It’s My Blog Anniversary Too

I see my female human wrote on her tierneycreates blog about her 4 year Blog Anniversary. Well it is my Schnauzer Snips Blog Anniversary too, it isn’t just about her and her silly blog.

I have not written in a while as I was busy protecting my humans from UPS and Fed-Ex drivers, marauding kitties, and eating too much of their own food (I like my humans nice and trim so I constantly offer to help remove food from their plates). Also I have encouraged my humans to give me plenty of good tummy rubs, and here I am immensely enjoying tummy-rub perfection:

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Finally I am nearly 14 years old and I am not up to writing as much as I used to be. Still there is no reason not to celebrate MY blog anniversary!

Schnauzer Snips: Musings from a Highly Opinionated Miniature Schnauzer began 4 years ago in October 2013 and started as a page on my female humans tierneycreates blog, as she was too lazy to make me my own blog. A couple years later she finally made me my own blog and moved all the content.

I think she just had my blog attached to hers so she would get more readers. Sad, huh?

Well in celebration of MY Blog Anniversary, here is a reposting of my very first Schnauzer Snips post on October 28, 2013.


Life with my Arch-Nemesis: Black Kitty (October 2013)

I want to talk about my arch-nemesis, the very bane of my existence: Black Kitty.

Black Kitty is an apparently feral cat that roams my front yard from dawn till dusk.  My human family has set up the “Natural Selection Convention” in our front yard: we have numerous bird feeders luring innocent birds for a snack; and numerous neighborhood  cats who come to “visit” with the birds while they attempt to eat. Black Kitty, who thinks he is very stealth, hides under the foliage in the front yard waiting for an unsuspecting bird to peck by. I have found feathers in our yard from his clueless victims. Even worse than the “Natural Selection Convention” is the “Bird Head Injury Window”. Our front window has wooden blinds and to me (who likes to poke the individual slats out of place) it seems very clear that the window is a stopping point for anyone going forward. Alas, many birds appear to not realize you cannot keep flying through a window, and they hit it at full speed –  POW – they drop to the porch, dazed. Black Kitty keeps an eye on the porch all day watching for birdie head injury victims, which he runs over and scoops up.

I watch Black Kitty and his shenanigans all day long out the front window, it is my primary job in my family (though my humans get annoyed when they have to continually clear my paw prints off the window). All day long he stares at me and mocks me whenever he gets the chance.

This week, Black Kitty made a bold move. Usually when my human takes my brother and me for a walk, Black Kitty relocates away from our front porch area to a safer location (could it be my vicious growling that makes him move??!?!?) Black Kitty however did not move when I went to walk by this week – he boldly stood there, daring me to bite off his nose as I came within inches of his hideous face. I decided not to maul him since my human was with me and I suspected his claws are sharper than mine. Now I must struggle with the terrible realization that I have failed to strike fear and sheer terror into the heart of Black Kitty.  He may no longer take seriously my continual body slamming against the window when he nears, oh no!

Here is a photo of me waiting for my human to take me on a walk, as I watch Black Kitty carefully from the screen door.

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Learning Bad Habits?

My male human just got his first “smartphone” (not sure why humans call them that). Previously he was likely the last human on earth with a flip phone. My female human made fun of him. When she got a new smartphone, she convinced him to trade in his flip phone for her old smartphone.

Now he has discovered “phone games” and he is teaching them to me:

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The time I spend with my male human playing game with him is our private time. You will see below I am a little annoyed with my female human for interrupting us with her incessant photography (documenting my extreme cuteness as usual…)

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I am not quite sure what I am doing on the “phone game” but I play along as I like snuggling with my male human (don’t worry this is just part of my overall strategy for human management, I am not growing soft or anything).


Postscript

Speaking of growing soft, I am having a little issue related to side effects from my new medication.

Let me back up: If you remember from a previous post, I was allegedly having seizures (I do not remember them but my humans say they were happening, I just remember being sore and confused) and it was discovered I had hypothyroidism.

I went on thyroid meds and started feeling better right away. Unfortunately a couple weeks later I started having seizures again. I ended up having to go on an anti-seizure medication, Keppra.

I am doing great on the medication, no more seizures, but I am dealing with a HUGE SIDE EFFECT: it is making me mellow and cuddly. So cuddly, against my better judgement, I ended up cuddling with my adopted brother Mike and even cleaning his ear (yuck, obviously I was in a drug-induced fog)!

Of course my human captured photos of this ghastly event:

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I quickly came to my senses after a couple ear-cleaning licks and you will see in the photo below I had to give my female human with the camera and irritated glare:

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Sigh, must everything be documented??!?!?!

 

Schnauzer Quilt

I recently realized I have likely never posted about this.

Each night before I go to sleep in my bed (well technically it is my humans’ bed), I have to deal with this quilt below staring at me from the other side of the bedroom.

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You’ve probably picked up from reading my blog, that my humans are absolutely obsessed with schnauzers. My female human made this quilt in 2006 and in 2007 it was her first quilt to ever be in a show – it was in the 2007 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon.

It was her first foray I think, into something she calls “art quilting” and “improvisational quilting”. Sounds like a bunch of fluffy words to me but I am sharing them in case they mean anything to you. The quilt is called Inspired by Schnauzers and I remember my female human saying something about it being inspired by the beauty of Central Oregon and of course schnauzers (the most beautiful entities on the planet of course!)

Here are my brother Mike and I getting ready to go to sleep for the night (with that quilt glaring at us). I do not normally like photos with evidence that I sort of like my adopted brother Mike (note the semi “furry eyeball” I am giving the photographer) but since you all are my faithful readers (even though you do not mail me large packages of dog biscuits), I will share it will you.

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I am kind of sleepy so I am not giving the full “furry eyeball” I usually give when my privacy is invaded.

Yeah, yeah, I can hear all your cooing and “ahhhhhs/awwwws” from here. I had to put up with enough of them from my female human.


Postscript

I have not posted in a while as I am dealing with some medical issues. I appear to be having seizures, according to my humans. All I know is I suddenly wake up from a strange nap very confused and sore. My humans recently took me to my doctor, he rans some tests and I have something called hypothyroidism.

I got put on a medication (that they hide in my food, they are not fooling me – I know what is going on) and I think it is helping me. I could do without seizures and confusion in my life, they interfere with ongoing strategic management of my humans.

 

Shopping with Schnau

We convinced the humans to take us shopping this weekend.

The home improvement store was not particularly exciting (the humans were looking a new screen doors) but it was better than waiting in the car.

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I am sure for the humans their shopping experience was greatly enhanced by having “schnau” in their shopping cart!