Monday, March 31, 2008

Roxy the Doxy March 30 2007 - March 28 2008

It's with a heavy heart that we report the passing of 'Roxy' on Friday, the poor girl who was bitten by a coral snake. It seemed as though she was going to pull through, but she passed 9 days after her return home from the vet. Find out more at the Palm Beach Post. Contact info at RoxyDoxy. We know that the hearts of the dachshund community goes out to Roxy's family and friends. Rest in Peace little friend, your sure were loved. (photo: the netherlands, 1995)

Related: Roxy the Doxy

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Dachshund News Roundup

Kisses! Proving once again that dachshunds are taking over the world, here's the latest dachshund news from all over the globe. Woof! Above, Kiley Cragun receives kisses her dachshund, 'Beanz' before they compete in the Best Dressed Dog contest at the Sixth Annual Yappy Days at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, Kansas. Beanz was dressed as a lion. Read all about the event at Kansas.com.

In other news, a Brooksville, Kentucky woman was saved by her dachshund who woke her up when her house was on fire and filled with smoke! She had once thought about finding another home for her doxie, but after saving her life, she will be keeping her hero. Read all about it at The Ledger Independent.

Moving to the other side of the globe, posters like the one above could be seen all over Delhi, India, in search of their top cop's dachshund. A 10,000 rupee reward was offered (about $250 - a lot of money in India) for the return of Police commissioner Yudhbir Singh Dadwal's favourite pet dog, 'Toto.' She was found on Saturday, 4 days after she went missing. There will be minor security changes at the commissioner's house after this incident, said a source. Read all about it at The Times of India. Related: Dachshunds in India


Finally, there's more dachshund interspecies nursing in the news! Let's go back to Kansas and meet 7-year-old red smooth 'Princess,' of Iola, Kansas, and her kitty. Excerpt from the Iola Register: When a LaHarpe girl brought in an orphaned litter of kittens — they’re only a few days old — one of the young felines was not getting enough nourishment from a bottle. The kitten also declined the teat from another female cat who had recently given birth at the Lynes’ rural Moran farm.
Fearing the young cat’s uncertain fate, Lynes — who has raised and sold dogs for more than 20 years — introduced the kitten to Princess, who had given birth to a litter of pups about two months ago. "The last of her pups was sold Wednesday, and she was still ready to nurse," Lynes noted.
Princess quickly bonded with the young kitten, licking the fragile animal clean and allowing the kitten to nurse.
Read all about Princess and the kitty at the Iola Register.

Related: Dachshund Interspecies Nursing (Pigs and Cats!)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Dachshund Love: Toey and the Plumber

We live to read such heart-warming dachshund stories like this. Meet 3.5-year-old smooth double dapple blind and deaf 'Toey,' and her human Bobby Hollabaugh, a plumber from Amarillo, Texas. Mr. Hollabaugh used to think that dogs belonged in the backyard until he met Toey, who sleeps in the bed between the sheets with him and his wife! Excerpt from amarillo.com: "I can't really explain it," Mr. Hollabaugh said, "but I was totally smitten the first time I saw her."
"It's changed his life," Glenda [Mrs. Hollabaugh] said. "He used to be a grouchy old man, and now the dog has turned him into the biggest baby. He's like a big ol' kid. He loves it like a child. I can't tell you how much he loves that dog."
The two are practically inseparable, together about 22 out of 24 hours a day. At night, she's in his or Glenda's lap. During the day, Toey is with Hollabaugh, either in the truck or with him in his shop on Polk Street. It's been that way since Hollabaugh first saw her.
Read all about Toey and see lots of pics at amarillo.com.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Dachshunds in Politics: Mary Matalin and James Carville

ILLUSTRATION BY JOE CIARDIELLO FOR USN&WR
Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, whatever.....our dachshunds love us no matter what our faults and our political affiliation may be. We know that Donald Rumsfeld's dachshund 'Reggie' thinks that the sun rises and sets in his dad's eyes. (We hope that Reggie is doing OK after his recent stroke. We heard that Mr. Rumsfeld was crushed when his doxie was ill).
Political unrest couldn't be more evident than in the Matalin-Carville household where they have 5 dogs and 8 cats, including 2 dachshunds. US News & World Report had a look at the couple and their love of animals. Here's an excerpt: Matalin, the GOP adviser to both Bushes and Vice President Dick Cheney, preaches the healing powers of animals. And she doesn't have to look further than hubby James, the Clinton adviser. He tells us that following the recent death of his fave Cavalier King Charles spaniel, "I haven't been the same since. I just find it hard to transfer my affections, and I was pretty close to this one." Mary playfully calls them "frou-frou dogs with bows in their hair that just brought out a different part of him." He's getting over it now thanks to one of their two miniature dachshunds. "I like that dog," fesses Carville. "Dogs are like people . . . some dogs you just like better than others."
Read the rest at US News & World Report.


The couple and their daughters, Emma, left, and Matty, gather with their dachshunds in front of a family portrait by Victor Razgulin in their Alexandria, Virginia home. Photo Source: Architectural Digest. See more photos of their home in a nice Architectural Digest feature.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dachshunds in Art: Gil Elvgren

Did someone say Woof?! Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914-February 29, 1980), born Gilette Elvgren, was an American painter of pin-up girls, advertising and illustration.
Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. In addition, he was a classical American illustrator.
His clients ranged from Brown and Bigelow and Coca-Cola to General Electric and Sealy Mattress Company. During the 1940s and 1950s he illustrated stories for a host of magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping.
Although best known for his pin-ups, his work for Coca-Cola and others depicted typical Americans — ordinary people doing everyday things.
The above image, titled Neat Trick, comes from a 1965 calendar.
Find out more about "the Norman Rockwell of Cheesecake" at the official Elvgren site.

Gil Elvgren (source: Elvgren Pinup)

Slightly Related: Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Fritz and the "Jane" Cartoon Series

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Dachshund Song



We love to sing. Just yesterday we were listening to the Weinstock & de Vries classic tune The Dachs Song, have a listen to this fun new ditty called The Dachshund Song by youtuber petemcgreet. A short song you'll be singing all day long!

Related: Meet 'Lucia,' Cover Dachshund for Bergdorf Goodman

Related: I'm A Dachshund

The New Mini Wienermobile

Ocsar Mayer has created the new Mini Wienermobile to celebrate their 125th anniversary. We're waiting for the longhair and wirehair version!



New York Giant Michael Strahan unveils the new Mini in Times Square, New York City.

Related: Wienermobile Wipes Out

Related: Crimes Against Wieners

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Meet 'Lucia,' Cover Dachshund for Bergdorf Goodman

'Lucia Lagrima,' having just appeared on the cover of Bergdorf Goodman's 2008 Spring Collections Magazine, is celebrating her status as one of New York City's newest cover girls. Wearing nothing but a silk flower tiara, she is a star on the rise.
It's a marked improvement from her former life at the SPCA of Westchester, which is located in Briarcliff Manor, New York. Oh, by the way, Lucia Lagrima is a 6.5 pound mini wire-haired who sailed through the SPCA's adoption program in one day.
Lucia's forever human is dachshund lover "Furry" Murray Weinstock, co-creator* of The Dachs Song (surely you've heard it, click that link to listen!) and other fun songs available on his CD Tails of the City. Find out more at Dog Tunes.

Currently, Lucia is looking forward to Springtime with squirrel chasing on her mind, and is eagerly awaiting the completion of a new song written about her entitled "Blue Dog: The Soul of a Clown." Woof!
*The Dachs Song's other creator is Paul de Vries , whose street organ makes the NYC Dachshund Spring and Octoberfest events very festive!

Dachshunds Are For Wine Lovers

This tote is just perfect for dachshund loving wine connoisseurs! Available at Russian Lenok Design. Speak Russian?

Slightly related: Wine for Dachshund Lovers: Long Dog Winery

Monday, March 24, 2008

Dachshund News Roundup

Woof! Meet red longhair 'Fritzie' and the legs of his human, John Graham, of Farmersville, Texas. They attended the 23rd Annual Pooch Parade in Dallas yesterday. Love the ball and chain Fritzie! Excerpt from KHOU-TV: About 75 dogs had the fortune – or misfortune, depending on their moods – to be dressed up and pranced along the road by owners who hoped to win a prize in one of four categories: small dogs, large dogs, pet owner look-alike and best dressed.
Zoey Bear, a longhaired dachshund, pulled off a clown motif, complete with a rainbow wig, red shoes, yellow glasses and a big red nose. Though she didn't win a prize, her owner said the contest was worth the hour-long drive from Farmersville.
"We enjoy it every year," [Zoey's human] Carolyn Graham said.
Read all about the pooch parade, and see photos of black and tan longhair 'Zoey Bear' (Fritzie's sister?) at KHOU-TV.


Pretty disabled black and tan longhair 'Chickie' gets ready to pull a giant egg for her human Kevin Benner in the 7th Annual Easter Bonnet Dog Parade Saturday, in Delray Beach, Florida. What a great spring costume Chickie! Excerpt from the Palm Beach Post: More than 90 pooches took to the sidewalks Saturday morning in their finest spring attire for the seventh annual Easter Bonnet Dog Parade along Atlantic Avenue.
Lesley Kenwood, 41, a flight attendant who lives in Boynton Beach, came with her 1-year-old mini Dachshund named Scout, who was dressed in a yellow chemise and matching homemade hat adorned with bumblebees and flowers.
Kenwood said it took her about two weeks to make the hat. "I wanted her to have little bumblebees to look like spring," Kenwood said. "I do this more for the fun of it, and I enjoy getting together with everybody."
Read all about the Easter Bonnet Dog parade, and see lots of doggie pics at the Palm Beach Post.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness! ~Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn"

Have a great Easter Sunday with your dachshunds.



Dachshund Easter Egg Hunt - this is a fun video by youtuber CallNeg151.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Shirley Temple

Who? You know who! Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928) is an Academy Award-winning actress most famous for being an iconic American child actor of the 1930s, who enjoyed a notable career as a diplomat as an adult. After rising to fame at the age of six with her breakthrough performance in the film Bright Eyes in 1934, she starred in a series of highly successful movies which won her widespread public adulation and saw her become the top grossing star at the American box-office during the height of the Depression. She went on to star in films as a young adult in the 1940s. In later life, she became a United States ambassador and diplomat.
Although Shirley Temple is a dog lover, we don't think that this is her red smooth dachshund; this was most likely some sort of a promotional photo. So while we can't find anything to suggest that Shirley Temple was ever owned by dachshund, it's Easter weekend, a time of renewal, and it's all about the kids and puppies and bunnies and chicks and Easter eggs and church and so forth.
Find out more about Shirley Temple at her official site or wikipedia or anywhere, really.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Dachshunds Are Better by the Dozen

There's an old saying amongst dachshund lovers: dachshunds are like potato chips.....you can't have just one! Meet Julie Skipworth of Wichita Falls, Texas, and about 8 of her 12, yes twelve, dachshunds.....all girls and one boy. Dachshund number 12 came about a month ago when Mrs. Skipworth celebrated her 50th birthday. Excerpt from the Times Record News: “I didn’t mean to get another,” she said as dogs jumped up and down at her feet. “The vet told me that 11 was enough. But then I was turning 50 and I wanted to treat myself.”
Her husband puts up with her dachshund obsession. Not only are there the dogs, but there’s dog paintings and dog plates and dog figurines and a dog mailbox.
Read all about Julie Skipworth and her doxies including Schatz, Danka, Bella, Izzy, Dirk, and Wendy at the Times Record News. Looks like a well-behaved pack. We're wondering if a baker's dozen is in the future?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Roxy, the Doxy Bitten by Coral Snake, Comes Home!


Roxy, a sick little girl. Photo from her mom.
What wonderful news, there's nothing that could make dog and dachshund lovers happier today! It's an amazing miracle, but 'Roxy,' the 11-month-old girl who was bitten and paralyzed by a coral snake on Sunday in her home in Delray Beach, Florida, and was fighting for her life at the vets for several days, came home yesterday! She will need physical therapy, but is doing great.
Beyond being a miracle, we think that Roxy is nothing less than a modern-day HEROINE for taking on that snake to protect her humans. What a special girl.
We spoke with Roxy's humans, Alethea and Jeremy Brooks, and received this wonderful update before she came home:

Thank you so much for your thoughts & prayers! It has made a difference not only to Roxy but to us. It has really given us strength & hope. I was shocked at how many people really cared & have tried to give us comfort during this difficult time.
Roxy is improving at a much faster rate than was expected! She is trying to eat on her own & can sit up for a short time on her front legs! She has started barking at the other dogs in the vets office (& growling at the cats) Her feisty spirit is back! We are relieved and proud of her!

Then the big news came yesterday when Roxy's veterinarian, Dr. Sidney D. Lehr, DVM left a heartwarming comment on Roxy's story:

I am Roxy's veterinarian, and I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I sent her home about two hours ago - walking. I wouldn't have thought this would have had such a happy ending so soon. The coral snake anti-venin I gave her on Monday was what saved her - and the TLC of my staff.
Sidney D. Lehr, DVM

Thanks so much to the Palm Beach Post for all the updates on Roxy. There was another update yesterday when Roxy came home, including an amazing video, don't miss it.

And finally, from Roxie's humans last night:

Roxy is at home & still trying to recover. She can walk in short intervals and then she sleeps for a few hours :) She now has her own web page http://www.roxydoxy.com/ & her very own email address roxy.doxy@yahoo.com

Thanks again to everyone,
Jeremy, Alethea, Roxy & Nala


Photo from mom of Roxy as a puppy.

Welcome home Roxy! We look forward to reading about your progress on your website.

Related: Roxy the Dachshund Bitten by Coral Snake; Fights for Life

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Seattle Shelter Dachshund Finds New Home

Photo: TOM REESE / THE SEATTLE TIMES

This iconic photo appeared in a page one photo on Monday in the Seattle Times (both in print and on-line) for a story about conditions at local King County's animal shelters. Isn't that another red smooth doxie in the background? Excerpt: Many readers called the newspaper and King County Animal Care and Control — and some went straight to the shelter — to see if they could adopt the brown dog. But it had been adopted last Tuesday, the same day it arrived at the Kent shelter and Seattle Times photographer Tom Reese took its picture.
Even though many people may have been disappointed they missed the chance to adopt the front-page dachshund, Al Dams [Animal Care and Control's acting manager] said he believes interest in the dog has boosted the number of other animals now being adopted.
The previous owner "did the right thing," he said — bringing it in for adoption when the owner found he or she couldn't devote the time required to care for a dog.
Read all about it at the Seattle Times.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Vintage Dachshund Beauty

Long and Short, just the way we like it. What a fantastic old postcard from the 1920s.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Roxy the Dachshund Bitten by Coral Snake; Fights for Life

Let's send lots of prayers and good wishes for red smooth 'Roxy' the Doxie who was bitten by a coral snake in her home yesterday in Delray Beach, Florida. Excerpt from the Palm Beach Post: Roxy, an 11 month-old Dachshund from Delray Beach, was fighting for her life Monday afternoon after a coral snake bite left her paralyzed. Dr. Sidney Lehr said Roxy was showing "positive" signs after anti-coral venom toxin was administered, but it was too early to tell if the canine would pull through. Read about the poor girl at the Palm Beach Post. We know that everyone is sending lots of dachshund love your way Roxy.

UPDATE: March 18th, 12N CST: Roxie survived the night and is improving. Excerpt from the Palm Beach Post: Roxy, the 11 month-old Dachshund that was left paralyzed by a coral snake bite Monday, is going to make it.
"I wouldn't have said this yesterday," said veternarian Sidney Lehr this morning. "I wouldn't have believed it. She's a little dog who got bitten by a poisonous snake."
"She has started moving her head a little, though she still can't open her mouth, needs to be tube fed and have her bladder emptied. Read the entire update at the Palm Beach Post.

Viral Dachshund Videos: "Jerry needs no help playing with his ball."


"A dachshund named Jerry plays with his ball throwing machine."

An automated ball launcher! What a great invention, we could keep ourselves busy for hours! And how smart is 'Jerry?' Nice camerawork, by the way. Thanks to Terri K. for the tip!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

An Irish Quote: For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way - good health, good luck and happiness for today and every day.

Make sure to check out more pics of green smooth dachshund 'Cici' over at
her gallery.....because it's good luck to see a dachshund online! Woof!

Day Blindness in the Wirehaired Dachshund

Retina from a dog suffering from day blindness. (Credit: Erns-Otto Ropstad, NVH)

Our dad gets all excited about innovative medical studies, especially when a dachshund is involved, but we're much more worried about when our next meal will make its appearance. For his Ph. D. degree, Ernst-Otto Ropstad of Asker, Norway, investigated the retinal disease called cone-rod dystrophy in the Norwegian population of wirehaired dachshunds. His findings are of comparative interest for the corresponding disease in humans. Read all about it at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Medicine.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

An E-mail From The Empress of Iran

Is Farah Pahlavi, the Empress of Iran, a dachshund lover? Well, everyone loves dachshunds, but was she ever a dachshund owner? OK....let's get this right and ask the question the right way: Was the Empress of Iran ever owned by a dachshund?
The above photo has circulated on the net for some time, and has been offered for sale on ebay, but the copyright seems to rest with ViewImages. There is a caption on ViewImages which states: 1st May 1962: A member of the Embassy staff holds 'Pune' the dachshund to say goodbye to Queen Farah Diba of Iran who is leaving in a limousine. (Photo by William H. Alden/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
We were curious about the history of this photo, and whether or not Pune actually belonged to The Empress. We contacted her, and were surprised to say the least, that she graciously answered our e-mail:

Dear Joey and Maggie,
Thank you for your kind email of 02 March 08. For your information, I never owned a dachshund, and cannot recall where the photo you sent me was taken. I wish you good luck and success in all your endeavors.
Farah Pahlavi


So, that's the long and short of it all. Find out more about Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran, including her contributions to culture and the emancipation of women, at her official site or wikipedia.

Friday, March 14, 2008

"Levi and Shamrocks"

Meet beautiful smooth cream piebald 'Levi' as photographed by his mom, flickr photographer geckoam. What a great photo! Looks like Levi is all set for a big St. Patrick's Day weekend. See more pics, and find out more about the rescue boy in his flickr photo set. See more pics by geckoam (including Levi's doxie family Mocha and Pepper) at flickr.

Dachshund Will Work For Food

Meet 9-year-old red smooth 'Otto,' his buddy 'Contessa,' and their humans at D & J Office Supply in Evergreen, Colorado. Otto and Contessa are the store greeters, but have to find new jobs now that the store is closing due to competition with the "big box" stores. We're betting that the big box stores don't have dachshund greeters! Excerpt from yourhub.com: The mascots at the store, Dachshund Otto, 9, and Contessa, 5, were scampering in between the counter and the customers with their own versions of fond farewells.
Read more about the store closing at yourhub.com. Best of luck to Otto and his pals.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dachshund Hush Puppies

During the War between the States when the Union forces were moving through the South the dogs would bark thereby drawing attention to the houses. In order to keep the dogs quiet the country folks would take them into the woods and give the dogs choice morsels of corn pone saying, "HUSH PUPPIES."

Hush... Hush, Sweet Dachshund. Urban myth? Read more about the origination of the term hush puppies at Google Answers.

Hattie the Dachshund and Crufts

Meet red long-hair 'Hattie,' and her human Fran Mitchell, of East Boldon, UK. Hattie made it to the final eight in the Crufts competition, but didn't win best in breed like her father and grandfather did before her. You're still a wiener Hattie! Excerpt from Sunderland Echo: Fran said: "She didn't do as well as the rest of her family but it was still absolutely brilliant. It is a wonderful thing to show off your dogs. Some people say Crufts is just another dog show. It's not, it is the best show." Read more about Hattie and Fran at Sunderland Echo.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Dachshund Evolution: 1888 Versus 2008

How have our lovable dachshunds evolved in 120 years with selective breeding? Above, an 1888 Dachshund drawing: Mr. F. Barclay Hanbury's FRITZ. Imported, by Mr. Schuller, from the Royal Kennels, Stuttgart (Germany)

Last weekend's dachshund champions from Crufts: smooth, wirehair, longhair; minis and standards (click photo to enlarge).

Related: Dachshund Evolution


Shelter Dachshunds Get Gifts of Longer, Healthier Lives

Meet adoptable dachshund friends 'Jasmine,' the red longhair, and 'Nikki,' the black and tan longhair, currently sheltered at Edmond Animal Shelter in Edmond, Oklahoma. Jasmine needs dental work, and Nikki has heartworm, both of which are conditions that the shelter is unable to provide treatment for. Enter a local organization called Paws for Life, which helps with the funds to cover the costs of special medical attention for animals at the shelter.
Read more about Jasmine and Nikki (including more pics!), and Paws for Life at the Edmond Sun. Jasmine and Nikki, close companions, are looking for a home which will adopt them both.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Dachshunds Compete in Ugliest Dog Competition

A pair of disabled dachshunds compete for the nation's ugliest dog on Sunday.
Ugly? Never! There may be a movie called The Ugly Dachshund, and we may never win best in show at Westminster or Crufts, but we're way too beautiful to ever win an Ugly Dog Contest. Excerpt from WLTX: It wasn't a dachshund or a bulldog, no, this year, the winner may not surprise many.
San Diego crowned its "ugliest dog" Sunday during the 13th annual "Ugly Dog Contest."
Some say these four-legged furballs are so ugly, they're cute, but only one dog can walk away the ugliest.
Victoria, an Italian greyhound, won the contest for the second year in a row.
The competition benefited a therapeutic riding program at the Helen Woodward Animal Center and the Rancho Coastal Humane Center.


'Victoria' the Italian Greyhound

Meet William Holden

Black and tan smooth reader 'William Holden' writes:

William Holden is my name
I am not bad but just insane


Maggie says you are one hot dog.

The other William Holden.
We see the resemblance!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Dachshund News Roundup

Proving once again that dachshunds are taking over the world, here's another bonus roundup of dachshunds in the news from all over the globe. Woof! Above, 120 doxies and their humans attended Suburban Chicagoland Dachshund Lover's Luck of the Irish Dachshund fundraiser and get-together yesterday in Grayslake, Illinois. Money was raised for Midwest Dachshund Rescue, Dachshund Rescue of North America, Almost Home Dachshund Rescue Society, and Dodger's Dachshund Orthopedic Disc Group E-mail Resource.


Jill Blasdel-Cortus, President of DRNA, holds her black and tan 'Gypsy,' during the Luck of the Irish Dachshund fundraiser. Read all about the event at The Daily Herald.


While there was no Best in Show for a dachshund at Crufts in the UK again this year, lots of doxies strutted their stuff to win titles. Above, Laura MacDonald, a 20-year-old who works in security at Norwich International Airport, took her four dachshunds to the Crufts competition on Sunday, and won a title with her doxie 'Roger.' Read all about it at Norwich Evening News. See all the wiener winners at Crufts.
Related: Dachshunds at Crufts


'Jewels,' a black and tan smooth double dapple dachshund owned by Paula and Eddie Alejos of Racine, Wisconsin, sits for a portrait with the Easter Bunny on Sunday at a pet night at Regency Mall. Read all about it at The Journal Times.


Sandy Gachassin, a member of the board of directors of the Iberia Humane Society, nuzzles with her blue-eyed red long-hair sable 'Buddy' during Walk in the Park, a fundraiser in New Iberia, Louisiana, on Saturday. Buddy was adopted from the Iberia Humane Society by Gachassin. Read all about the event at The Daily Iberian.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Susanne Erichsen

Woof! Did someone say dachshunds in fashion? Susanne Erichsen (Dec 30 1925 - Jan 13 2002) was a German beauty queen, model, and fashion entrepreneur. She was the first Miss Germany after World War II, and became a successful model after her pioneer work in pageantry. Winning the Miss Germany title of 1950 not only gave her a crown, but also a credit for 200 free cigarettes a month. She is considered one of the world's first supermodels.
She made such an impact in the American fashion world, that she inspired a common term at the time, as coined by Americans: Fräuleinwunder. Loosely, the term stood for the young, attractive, modern, confident, and desirable German women of the 50s.
But to say that she led a wholly glamorous life is far from the truth. When the Red army marched into Berlin in 1945, she was shipped off to a camp in the Ural Mountains, and did everything from mine coal to carry bricks on a Russian construction project. Newly married, her husband was sent to the Russian labor camps as well. She never saw her first husband again, and spent 2 years in the camps before returing to Germany.
We don't know the name of her pretty red longhair dachshund.
Find out more about Susanne Erichsen at this translated German wikipedia link.


Modeling Christian Dior in 1954

Cover art from her autobiography (A Mink and a Crown)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Dachshunds at Crufts

Good luck to all the dachshunds competing at Crufts in Birmingham, UK this year! Crufts is the largest dog show in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, some 23,000 dogs are expected. The hounds show on Sunday, and like Westminster, a dachshund has never won best in show. But we will always root for the underdog! This is the year! Above, arrival for Crufts with doxies in tow, 1933.

Two wirehairs in the Discover dogs part of Crufts, Thursday, March 6th, 2008. See more photos of other dogs at Crufts by Hajari-stock at flickr.

Enjoy this fun video of dachshunds from a previous Crufts show.
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