A side note before we start... the photos in this post are completely irrelevant; they're just super cute photos of my two with my parents' cocker spaniel, and I wanted to use them!
I thought it might be nice to write a little update post on Winnie today. You see photos of her on the blog and on instagram, but I haven't really gone into detail about her health or behaviour since my "Archie has a Sister!" post. We've had Winnie for three months now (feels like forever!) so I thought you were over-due a little update.
If you read my first post about Winnie, you'll know that she was a little dog with some biiiiiig issues. She had all her teeth removed the same week that we got her, but thankfully, she recovered very quickly. You'd never know that she has no teeth! She eats like a champ, and the only time I really notice it is when she tries to pick up and carry around a toy... it's a bit difficult with just gums, bless her. Sadly, her teeth weren't her only issue when she came to us. She was vastly overweight (even though lots of people tried to tell me otherwise! I can assure you, a miniature dachshund should not weigh almost 8kg) and she also had some hair loss. Her weight is now totally under control! She's 5.2kg and looks so much better, as well as being far more energetic and active. Good food and daily walks have done wonders for her, and now that she's spayed, her hair loss is the only health issue we're trying to combat. Hopefully, an upcoming vet visit can shed some light on the cause of it.
Perhaps her most serious issue was a psychological one; her fear of other dogs. Winnie still absolutely hates other dogs, unless she's met them many times (like my parents' cocker, Ruby, pictured above) or they're a fellow dachshund. It took a good few weeks for her to really accept Archie, and I'd say it's only in the last 6 weeks or so that they've become "friends". They pal around together most of the time now, and I often find them snuggled up together. Even when she's spent lots of time with a different dog though, any little thing can spook her, and the barking and snapping will start. She regularly barks at my parents' dogs, especially if they try to play fight with Archie! As she has no teeth, she herself can't do any damage, but that doesn't mean another dog won't harm her if she starts growling. I've found that going on a walk is the best way to introduce Win to another dog, and we've made a little best friend, Bernie the daxie, who lives locally to us. We try and go on at least one walk together a week, and I truly think it's helped with Winnie's issues. Unfortunately, it's now Archie who does most of the barking at other dogs!
The only other thing we're trying to work on with Winnie is her housetraining; she was doing pretty well by the end of the summer, but when the bad weather hit and I went back to work, it all went out of the window and she won't even use puppy pads now! I'm finding that an early morning dog walk and
forced regular trips out to the garden are helping somewhat, so I'm sure we'll get back into a routine soon.
So there you have it! A little update on Winnie. She still has some issues, and goodness knows she's brought out some bad habits in Archie, but I love her dearly. I'm so glad we took her on, and I can't wait for you to see some of the Christmas themed photos I've already taken of her for Blogmas!
I hope you're all well,
Chloé, Archie and Winnie
(PS; Dogs are wearing jumpers by B&M and Home Bargains, Bernie's tartan coat is from The Range, Winnie's collar is from Duke Loves Fergie and her harness is from Wagytail.)