Silly Milli … part hunter, part naughty

Another episode of the adventures of Silly Milli B … 

Silly Milli seems to get longer every day. She used to fit on my desk, in front of the keyboard. I used to be able to pick her up with one hand; no more. Now I am lucky if I can pick her up with two hands – mostly because she is so crazy – always wanting to be petted, or to be ‘fighting and biting dog.’



Silly Milli is also sneaky. When I am at my computer, I often slip off my Sketcher shoes. The other night, I decided to go outside for a bit so I reached, with my feet, to put my shoes back on – but, they were nowhere to be seen. After a few minutes of wondering ‘what the heck,’ I checked Milli’s bed. Guess what! There I found both shoes. Luckily she didn’t have them for long. She has managed to chew up several shoes or sandals. Fortunately for us, they were ones we no longer wear.

Milli’s new trick is to chase chipmunks. At first she was scared of them; actually, she was scared of most anything that moved. Now – likely because she is bigger – she chases them. As you may know, we have lots of chipmunks. We used to feed them peanuts and sunflower seeds. However, last year they buried them all over our yard so we have a ‘bumpy yard’ – which makes for an interesting time when mowing the grass. This year they are surviving on the seeds from the maple tree.

Milli generally spots the chipmunks at the end of the deck or on the sidewalk. She stands at attention for a bit – and then off she goes. The chipmunks are pretty quick, though, and get away easily. And there are times when the chipmunks are within a few feet of Milli and she simply ignores them.


Our present from Milli last week – a  mouse that she tortured until it was dead.

Milli also does not like it when we put her flea and tick treatment on her back. We both had to hold her last time – but I got the worst of it. (See picture below.) Now we need to take her to have her nails trimmed …


Thanks for reading about Silly Milli. I’m sure she will have more adventures. ! I hope you return.

Silly Milli … what have we done?

About three years ago, our much adored, 17 year old black and tan miniature dachshund – Puppy-Stuff, passed away. She was most often simply known as Puppy, and formally named Gypsy (through her pure-bred paperwork). We were thoroughly heart-broken.

Since then, we often talked about getting another dachshund but we just couldn’t do it. So, instead we spent the warmer months catering to chipmunks.  (There are several blog posts about the chipmunks.) But it wasn’t the same … chipmunks don’t snuggle.

And, again, we have talked … and talked … and talked about getting another dachshund. Last week my friend sent me a notice about some dachshunds for sale in Little Falls (about an hour away from our house) at a very reasonable price. I immediately called home and gave the information to my husband. I told him it was up to him whether or not to call. I called him again around noon and he said that the Little Falls dogs were all taken; they were simply waiting for them to be picked up. And so, (insert heavy sigh here) we thought it was not to be.

Later in the afternoon – near the end of the work day – my husband called. I was in a meeting but decided to answer the call. He told me that there were two dogs now available. For whatever reason, others had decided not to take the dogs. And – they had a black and tan dachshund. I immediately left work – so we could drive to Little Falls before someone else got there. (The owner told us whoever got there first would get the dogs.)

Upon arriving home – it got even better. The owner of the dogs had called back and was leaving for Wisconsin so he offered to meet us in Milaca – just 15 miles away — with the dog. It took the owner about an hour to get to Milaca; it was one of the longest hours I’ve spent in awhile. We used that time to pick out names. We wanted a German name – so we went internet searching. We both immediately liked Millicent — Milli  for short – and hoped that the name would fit once we saw her.

We met at a Hardy’s restaurant – the parking lot; it was cold and windy. I brought a blanket with me so I quickly wrapped up the puppy and jumped in our vehicle while the two guys carried on the transaction. The owner said that our girl dog was the runt of the litter and was a bit feisty, always picking on her brother. As I partly unwrapped her, I realized just how tiny she was. She definitely is a little girl. And she is definitely Millicent.


However, I think we forgot that we were MUCH younger when we had Puppy. We could run and bend then. Since Puppy passed away, we have become very comfortable not running and not bending – for the most part. Now we have this bundle of energy that requires a lot of running after her and a lot of bending.

And, yet, it’s pretty hard to get upset with her when she snuggles. or when she ‘gives kisses’, or when she falls over backwards when she’s tugging on her Papa’s slipper, or when she gets excited when she sees you, etc. And so the fun (and exercise) begins …


Isn’t she adorable?

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