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Reminiscing about the Alps

I still can’t believe how fast the time runs by. It feels like yesterday when we were on our way to Austria for our (late) summer vacation. But it has been over four months which seems insane. Last night I went through all the pictures I’d taken and felt very nostalgic. However, that’s what pictures are for. At least for me it is. To remember the good old days (not that these days aren’t good ones, but hey) and the memories we made while climbing up mountains (one) and driving endless roads which lead to the most beautiful panoramas. I really hope Douggie had any joy at all on our trip even though the weather wasn’t always on our side. In case you are wondering, here are some of my favorites:

Our Daily Routine

It’s been a bit quite around here because at the end of the year I was trying to figure out how to continue with this page. I would like to write more instead of just posting pictures which I simply did because I didn’t have the time to write proper articles. However, I want to change that and tell a little bit more about our life and adventures (if there ever are ones).

For today, I thought I would share our daily routine with you. I know it maybe sounds a little bit dull, but I figured some might be interested in how I/we manage to even have a daily routine with two dogs and especially a puppy.

Norbert has been great the last couple of weeks, but there are still things which need a lot of work (including being house trained). Nevertheless, I kind of managed to establish a certain routine for our daily life. (Of course, only if it’s a ‘normal’ day without any meetings or grocery shopping etc.)


06:00 am – This is basically the time Norbert wakes up the first time (he already sleeps through the night – mostly) because Marcel is getting up for work. So he goes out with him and afterwards, Norbert sleeps again until 8 or 9.

8:00 am – Sometimes sooner, sometimes later, but around 8 am my actual day starts. It might be late for some people but as I study from home I might as well get an extra hour of sleep and be more active and relaxed throughout the day. When I wake up everybody else wakes up, too, but mostly it’s Douggie who wakes me up. First thing I do is go outside with Norbert because he is not quite the trustworthiest dog when it comes to peeing inside. Then we just cuddle up in bed, Douggie and Norbert play a little bit and/or I catch up on the news, and social media etc.

8:15 am – 8:45 am – Depending on the weather we take a short or a little longer morning walk. We are very fortunate to live right next to the forest which is a real blessing.

8:45 am – While the dogs eat their breakfast and the coffee machine is working I make the bed, clean up a bit (mostly collecting dog toys in the entire apartment), and then sit down to drink my coffee, read a bit, or watch some videos.

9:00 am – On good days I am fortunate enough to be at my desk at 9 so I have a lot of time to study, but most days it is more like 9:30 to 10 when I can actually start. Life is just not that consistent in our house. While I study, Douggie and Norbert can pretty much deal with themselves by now. Either they play, or sleep, or find something else to occupy them. Douggie used to sit right next to me or even sleep on my lap (which he is doing right now) while I studied, but now that Norbert is here he is more active around that time, which I am really grateful for.

I take some breaks during studying in which I cuddle or play with the two, and of course in between everything I do throughout the day I have to go outside with Norbert. He is quite good at telling us now when he has to go outside so I don’t have to watch him 24/7 anymore which is a real relief.

12:30 am – 1:00 pm – Who would have guesses, but around lunch time I actually make my lunch.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Another phase of studying in which Douggie and Norbert mostly sleep. I guess it is their actual nap time.

3:00 pm – Maybe sooner, depending on my studying progress, and the level of Douggie’s and Norbert’s restlessness, it is time for our afternoon walk. I try to make it a long one, regardless of the weather.

Whenever we are back from our walk, Douggie and Norbert get their second meal, and besides a 5-minute-period of craziness, both sleep again afterwards.

Sometimes I study some more, or I clean up a little bit, sit down with a book, or watch some tv, until Marcel comes home from work, which is at….

5:30 pm – Daddy’s home so there is a lot of excitement. We have dinner (the boys get another bowl), cuddle up on the couch, watch some tv, and just relax. In winter especially, when it is dark at around 4:30 to 5 pm, the day is pretty much done when he comes home. In the summer there is actual time and light (!) to do something more productive in the evening (though tv nights are nice too).

10 pm – 11 pm – That is basically the time everybody is too tired to stay up any longer (while Douggie sleeps through most of the entire evening), so Marcel takes the dogs outside a last time and we all go to bed.


I hope you enjoyed it. ☺️

Love and kisses,

Douggie, Norbert & Verena

Two weeks of being a big brother

Douggie & Norbert: brothers for life.

I am so happy those two get along as well as they do. It could’ve turned out different and I’m really grateful it didn’t.

From the moment I started studying and wasn’t able to give Douggie the attention he deserved 24/7 I wished for a brother to keep him company. (Of course, this isn’t the only reason we got Norbert!) I am so grateful we found little Norbert who’s become such a good friend to Douggie.

It is so much fun watching them together as they play, sleep, and even eat..

Our first days with Norbert

I’d like to say it is always funny and nice with our little baby, but who am I kidding?! Puppies can be really stressful. Thankfully Norbert is a really good one and he learns really fast. He’s already on his best way to pee outside and only outside and he’s already managing to sit on command. He still chews a lot (including Douggie’s tail and himself), but I’m certain we will get it under control.

He brings so much joy to our life and is just the sweetest little creature (next to Douggie of course!).

Fortunately he sleeps a lot, even during the night he manages to sleep for three to four hours straight which is very different to Douggie when he was a puppy. Therefore, I’m quite rested and can still concentrate on my studies.

But most of all I am grateful for his relationship with Douggie. The most important reason for me to get a second dog was so Douggie wouldn’t be all alone while I was sitting at my desk studying. And the greatest worry was those two might not get along. But they do. They play around all the time, sleep next to each other and are bonding so fast it really gives me the greatest joy. It’s so much fun watching them become friends, and I’m really looking forward to watch them grow up together. 💕

That’s everything for now. More pictures to come. 😊

Love,

Douggie, Norbert & Verena

Getting ready for a new puppy

In a couple of days our new furry family member will be with us and we (well, I guess it’s just me) couldn’t be more excited. But of course, there’s still a lot to do before the puppy’s arrival.

As we’re already experienced with puppies, I have the advantage of learning from my mistakes (and there were a lot 😃). With Douggie I really fell for those dachshund eyes and was sometimes really too soft with him, which is maybe why he’s such a spoiled dog now 😃. Nevertheless, I’m determined to do much better with our new puppy.

I’ve found this checklist very helpful, especially when you have zero experience with dogs/puppies and nobody to help you with it.

Bildergebnis für puppy checklist http://www.houseproudmagazine.com/blog/june-20th-2015


Maybe some people who already have a dog might know this: when you get a second dog you might already have everything you need more than once. I have probably six bowls, four to five leaches, several collars and four dog beds. Still, some things I just wanted to have new. So ask me in a year, I will have ten of everything (and be in the need of a much bigger apartment 🙄). But I think if you’re not a crazy person two of everything will just be enough.

As you search through the internet there are very similar check lists (like the one above) so I don’t want to give yet another one but rather tell you my experience with Douggie and maybe even some better advice.

#1: bringing the puppy home I think mostly new dogs are brought home by car. With Douggie it was easy because he wasn’t born very far from home and he was so tiny that I just held him in my arms. He didn’t mind at all so that was very easy. But fortunately we are really lucky with Douggie and not every dog is so fond of driving in the car but I’ve found it – for the very first time – rather good to hold him and make him feel safe. Alternatively, you can put him in a dog seat and sit next to him (while somebody else is driving). Feeling the presence of somebody can be a real good stress reliever.

#2: home sweet home When your puppy is in his new home you should give him some time to get to know everything. But remember to keep an eye on him (pee wise). When Douggie first came to our house (I was still living with my parents then) he ran around and looked at everything and then pooped just in front of my sister who was having breakfast. 😃 Just keep in mind there’s a little dog who’s just left his first home and his surroundings and is put up with all those new things. He might need a couple of days to get used to everything. Give him some time! You should also show him right away where he is allowed to go and where not.

#3: hungry pups Puppies (like babies) do only four things: sleep, eat, poop, and play. That’s pretty much it for the first couple of months. So it’s important to have somewhat of a routine when to give food, how much etc. You should get informed before on how much your puppy (also depending on the size) should be eating every day. (You don’t want a fat puppy, believe me, even though they’re cute!) Another tip: treats are the most important thing for learning so you should ONLY give him treats when he’s actually doing something and not just snacking or because his big brown eyes keep staring at you. (I have a dachshund, I know what I’m talking about 😆)

#4: 20 hours of sleep Puppies need a closed place to sleep. It’s simply because the minute they wake up they will want to pee and if they are able to walk around the place they will just pee in the living room and go back to sleep. But if they are put in a crate (or something like this), they will make themselves heard because (usually) they would never pee in their own bedding. Unfortunately, if you have a puppy like Douggie, he’s going to cry a lot during the night because he wants to be close to you. Let me tell you again and again: you are going to need a lot of patience!

#5: playtime Whenever the puppy is up and you’ve taken him outside (because he will need to pee after waking up!), it’s time to play. Some guides tell you to buy many toys so he can chose from them, but I’ve found this tip very unhelpful. You might buy tons of toys and all he wants is your slipper or your sock (which you should say ‘no’ to from the very beginning). Or he plays with everything and your apartment is covered in toys. Rather chose a few different ones and see which ones he likes and go from there. It prevents you from having a box full of untouched toys without a use. You should as well let him stick to his toys and don’t allow him to play with something else. He needs to know his boundaries from the beginning! (And you don’t want to wake up to chewed up sneakers!)


Puppies are exciting, but they’re also a lot of work. I remember times I actually cried because Douggie was stressing me out so much :D. The key is patience! It’s the number 1 rule with everything. No dog will be potty trained after one day, and no dog will obey right away. Just have patience with your little friend. In time everything gets easier and as they grow up they will become the best companions.

Love,

Verena