Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dachshund News Roundup!

You know fuel prices have gotten out of control when even your dog walker is adding a surcharge to the bill. From the Los Angeles Times: Melissa Roth, owner of Pet Concierge, prepares to take Olive, a 1-year-old dachshund, to the Silverlake Dog Park. With the cost of filling her tank soaring, Roth is planning to raise her fees and charge extra for clients who live more than 10 miles from her headquarters in Atwater Village. Read more about the effect of rising gas prices at the Los Angeles Times.
When you need dachshund inspiration, look no further than red smooth 'Longfellow,' who hails from Tybee Island, Georgia. Longfellow, who lost his leg when hit by a car in 2006, went on to beat out 187 dachshunds to win the 2007 Savannah Wiener Dawg Races! He's back in the news, and this time in a nice story about advances in veterinary care and overcoming devastating pet injuries at msnbc.com.

Related: Longfellow in the News

Finally, veterinary assistant Carol Tuft helps red smooth 'Billy' through the therapy pool at the new John and Ann Tickle Small Animal Hospital at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine. Read more about the 10 million dollar expansion at Knox News.

Lucky Dog

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dachshund Lovers Support Animal Birth Control

Singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton is the latest celebrity dachshund lover to join PETA in their ABC (Animal Birth Control) campaign. Looks like her dachshund, 'Lord Victor,' is proud of his mom for helping to get the word out about the importance of spaying and neutering our pets. Vanessa has this to say about her good buddy Victor: Lord Victor is an extremely handsome little man. Though he is quite humble, he definitely has a mesmerizing effect on the ladies. He is a professional cuddler and world traveler. He's overjoyed when we stumble upon a rare twig on the city sidewalks. He loves to gather these sticks and bring them home, where he then proceeds to chew them up and inevitably regurgitate them. Another pastime that we both enjoy is making cocktails. When he hears the clank of ice cubes, he rushes over to the freezer. I give him a cube, and he proudly prances over to his bed, where he revels in the crunchy goodness.
Find out more about the ABC campaign at getactive.peta.org.

Related: Vanessa Carlton and Victor


Here's dachshund lover Dita Von Teese's ABC campaign photo that we featured last year.

Related: Dita Von Teese and her Dachshunds

Did someone say 'Woof?'

Firefighter Hero Saves Dachshund

Thanks to Marene H. for the tip about this heart-warming story!
Meet lucky 4-year-old red smooth 'Blin,' who hails from Mesa, Arizona. A fire broke out at her home with her humans gone, and the neighbors called the owners, who asked if their pets were safe. The Mesa Fire Department Captain went in to rescue Blin and a turtle, but a cat is still missing. Excerpt from NBC 12 News: Mesa fire says the captain went into the home, and found the little Dachshund named “Blin” in an area where there was a moderate amount of smoke, and pulled the animal to safety. “The dog was actually hiding,” says [Blin's human] Dan Bleak, “and she actually pulled her out… the dog actually bit her, and she still pulled her out.”
Bless our heroic firemen, or in this case, heroic firewomen. Read more and see a nice news video at NBC12 News.

Beautiful Photos From Buda Wiener Races

Thanks to 'Clancy' for the tip about a 'Budaful' slideshow of dachshund photos by photographer Jay Janner which are available for purchase at the Austin American Statesman. Don't miss them!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Buda Wiener Race 2008 Champion: Tyson!

Over 550 dachshunds competed at the 11th Annual Buda Wiener Dog Races in Buda, Texas, over the weekend, and smooth black and tan 'Tyson' was crowned The Fastest Wiener Dog in Texas. Way to go Tyson! Woof Woof! 'Willie' Flores came in second, and 'Uli' came in third. There's a great video over at My Fox Austin, and another nice vid at News 8 Austin.
Congrats to everyone, looks like it was a great time.

Related: Buda Wiener Races

Still More on Acupuncture in Dachshunds

It's comforting to know that acupuncture is an alternative that helps many dachshunds suffering with back issues, or IVDD (Inter-Vertebral Disc Disease). Meet elderly black piebald 'Bea,' a rescue gal who hails from the Stillwater, Oklahoma region. Bea suddenly developed back pain, and surgery did not correct all of her issues. Excerpt from The Daily O'Collegian: Bea’s owners, Brian and Linda Henning, began looking into alternative treatments when surgery to correct back pain in November failed to restore complete use of her bowel movements.
“She doesn’t seem to be in any pain anymore, so her quality of life is really good,” Linda Henning said. “But if we could do something that inspires that nerve to make her bowel movements work, then it would be better quality of life for all of us.”
The Hennings began researching acupuncture to improve not only Bea’s bowel control, but also the use of her back legs, which occasionally drag because her back is not strong enough to support them.
Read all about Bea, and find out more about acupuncture at The Daily O'Collegian.

Related: Acupuncture in Dachshunds

Learn about dachshunds and Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) at Dodger's List. What a great resource. There's always a link to Dodger's List in the links column on your right. They have a very active discussion list, and are real pros when it comes to offering advice for IVDD dachshunds and general dachshund health.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Anne Vernon

Who? Dachshund Lover Anne Vernon, who was born Edith Antoinette Alexandrine Vignaud, is a French actress, painter and writer. Born in Saint-Denis, France, on January 24, 1925, she appeared in almost 50 film and television productions.
Following graduation from the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts, she worked as a model and then had an apprenticeship in advertising design. As an actress, Vernon played leading roles in light French films from the late '40s through the late '60s. She also occasionally appeared in British, American, and Italian films.
Miss Vernon was the subject of a 1980 French TV film detailing her work in painting, Les Peintres Enchanteurs. Her pseudonym is F.M.R., and her paintings have been in various exhibitions in Paris. She also authored French cookbooks in the late '70s.
Unfortunately, we don't know the name of her red smooth dachshund. Find out more about Anne Vernon at The Internet Movie Database.


Movie still from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Friday, April 25, 2008

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From The American Dachshund, September, 1965

Dachshund Gets New Grill at the Dentist

Meet 8-month-old red smooth piebald 'Marley,' who hails from the Denver, Colorado area. Marley's lower canines were coming up into the top of his mouth creating painful sores. He could have had some teeth extracted, but in a young pup like Marley, braces are a better option. Excerpt from CBS4: "They call it an orthodontic button and it will just be cemented to his tooth," Huff said. "Then there will be a little elastic chain, kind of like a rubber band."
On small dogs, like Marley, pulling the tooth might cause damage to the entire jaw.
Marley will need about three to four weeks to straighten out the problem tooth, but he will have to wear a retainer. In the meantime, he has to take it easy on the chew toys and the games of tug-o-war.
Read all about Marley's trip to the dentist and see a video at CBS4.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wilhelm The Wiener Rider



Rounding out Bad Boy week at The Long and Short of it All, don't miss this fun new video featuring 'Wilhelm Von Wiggleswoof' the dachshund easy rider. Willie's got his own saddlebag and even his own windshield! Woof!

Up town, down town
Little Willy really drives them wild with his run-around style
Inside, outside
Willy sends them silly with his star-shine shimmy shuffle smile

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Christian Slater, Part 2

We recently profiled actor Christian Slater in a Dachshunds in Pop Culture feature, and were wondering if anyone had any more info on the little black and tan longhair. Well, a huge thanks goes out to reader Jill, who let us know that the handsome boy's name is 'Charlie,' and that there are about a dozen photos of the dynamic duo over at the fantastic Christian-Slater.com gallery - really nice photos. Don't miss them.

Related: Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Christian Slater

The Dachshund Family Puzzle for Tots

How nice is this for young dachshund lovers! This bright eco-friendly puzzle is hand-crafted & hand painted with child-safe paints, and made from plantation-grown rubberwood, an environmentally-friendly hardwood. Find it for 30% off, just $9.06 at the Baby Center Store. Puzzle measures 9.5" x 4.25" x 1" Woof! Manufactured by ImagiPLAY.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dachshund News Roundup!

Dachshunds are the cure for what ails you! The Times Standard out of Eureka, California offers up a nice article on a local program called Prescription: Pets, the local affiliate of the Delta Society's Pet Partners Program. Through the program, volunteers are trained to visit local nursing homes and assisted living facilities with their pets. Read all about the program and 'Heidi' the doxie at The Times Standard. Woof!

'Aristotle,' a 3 month-old chocolate and tan longhair puppy, was stolen along with cash and a digital camera from the Humane Society of Huron Valley Friday night in Ann Arbor, Michigan, prompting the agency to offer a $500 reward for his safe return. The agency is concerned that he might have medical issues which need prompt attention. Read more at mlive.com.
UPDATE April 24, 7:14 AM: An Ann Arbor police officer was able to track down the stolen dachshund puppy. He noticed a homeless man carrying a dog for the first time, and later saw the pup's photo on the front page of the Ann Arbor News. He had remembered seeing the man getting a free meal at a church, so he went there and asked around to find where he was. Read all about it at mlive.com.

Pampered black and tan wirehair 'Thea Marie' enjoys staying at the Atlantic City Pet Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. About 70% of the hotel's guests are visitors from out of town. Read all about the newer business at Press of Atlantic City.


Finally, smooth chocolate and tan 'Hershey' wants to remind everyone about the dangers of xylitol in dogs, the ingredient commonly found in sugar-free gum. Hershey inhaled 15 mini-sticks of Trident, and soon found himself at the emergency vet. Two years ago, the rescue boy got into a similar predicament with a chocolate advent calendar. Read all about Hershey's misadventures at The Los Angeles Times.

Monday, April 21, 2008

UC Davis Doxie Derby Recap



Ninety-six dachshunds competed in the annual Doxie Derby weiner race as part of the University of California, Davis, annual Picnic Day on Saturday. An estimated 50,000 people turned out for the Picnic Day, of which the wiener races have been a part of for over 30 years! Woof! Excerpt from The Sacramento Bee: Nothing brings Davis together like wiener dogs. Dressed in tiny racing outfits. Competing against each other in the 50-yard dash.
Thousands packed UC Davis' Arc Pavilion on Saturday to cheer the dachshunds as they scampered across the matted gym floor, ostensibly chasing a rabbit, but more often wandering off course or bowing out to sniff each other.
"Oh well," said Geoff Straw, minutes after his dog Ginger casually ran in the opposite direction of the finish line, thereby ending her shot at Doxie Derby glory.
"At least we didn't have to chase her into the stands like last year."
Read all about the event at The Sacramento Bee.
Thanks to youtuber tearosefurymarie for posting the above video!

Buda Wiener Dog Race 2008 - Radio Ad



Enjoy this fun radio ad for the upcoming 2008 Buda Country Fair & Wiener Dog Race April 26th and 27th in Buda, Texas.

Related: Attention Buda Wiener Race Fans!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Christian Slater

It's Hollywood Bad Boy weekend at The Long and Short of it All, a perfect time to profile dachshund lover Christian Slater. Who? Christian Slater is an American actor who has starred in films such as Heathers, Kuffs, True Romance and He Was a Quiet Man. Mr. Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor and Mary Jo Slater, a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night in 1976 at the age of 7. He went on to star in many Broadway shows in the early-1980s.
He rose to fame in Hollywood after landing the role of Binx Davey in The Legend of Billie Jean (1985). He moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to pursue a further acting career after dropping out of high school. After having a starring role in the cult hit Heathers (1989), he became somewhat known as the Hollywood bad-boy, having many run-ins with the law. He is also well-known for having dated stars such as Winona Ryder, Christina Applegate, Samantha Mathis and was at one time engaged to actress/model Nina Huang.
In 2000, he married Ryan Haddon, the daughter of 70s model Dayle Haddon. The couple have two children, Jaden Christopher (b. 1999) and Eliana Sophia (b. 2001). As of early 2005 they separated and later divorced.

The above photo of Christian, wife Ryan, and their mini black and tan longhair was taken in New York in 2000. Unfortunately we don't know the name of the doxie, but if anyone has any more info, send it in!
Find out more about Christian Slater at The Internet Movie Database.


The Johnny Depp Dachshund Connection



Michelle C. writes: Dear Joey and Maggie, thought you might like this new video at youtube where Johnny Depp starts a wiener race on Jay Leno!
Thanks for the tip Michelle! Fun clip!
This segment aired on Jay Leno on June 27th, 2003 when Mr. Depp was promoting Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. But this isn't Johnny's first run-in with a dachshund. Excerpt from the now defunct British magazine Neon: On 14 September 1994, a funny thing happened to Johnny Depp. At 5am, ensconced with his new girlfriend Kate Moss in the $500-a-night Mark Hotel, East 77th Street, New York, he was inadvertently dragged into a violent and destructive incident. "I'll tell you what happened," Depp says earnestly. "I was sitting on the couch in my hotel room, when a really big dachshund jumped out of the closet. I felt it was my duty to retrieve this animal, so I chased it for 20 minutes, but it wouldn't cooperate. Finally it dived out of the window. And there I was, stuck with the evidence."
The evidence in question was a couple of broken chairs, a damaged table and a mangled lamp. With no sign of the dachshund, he was charged the same morning at Manhattan Central Booking Court with 'criminal mischief'. It was the perfect rap for Johnny Depp: essentially innocuous, verging on the quaint. He walked after writing a cheque for $9,738 to pay for the damage.


Bad Boy Johnny Depp

Friday, April 18, 2008

Bingo Was His Name

Don't miss this heart-wrenching story of the massive tributes to 'Bingo,' the famous LA dachshund, the "King of Sunset Junction," the "Four-Legged Mayor of Silver Lake." Bingo was hit by a car on Sunday, March 30th, and the outpouring of support from the community is absolutely phenomenal. Excerpt from LA Weekly: “He was the heart of the neighborhood,” [neighbor] Joe Keeper goes on. “Bingo gave a lot more than he took. He was a truly altruistic person. With a person, it’s a two-way relationship, but with Bingo, it was him giving all the time. Bingo was an extremely public person. On my birthday, he would come in and give me a kiss and he would stand on my foot. He didn’t have a bad thing to say about anybody. I mean, how many times in your life do you get to meet somebody like that? Bingo was a complete person; he just happened to be trapped in a dog’s body.”
See lots of pics, and read all about his mural and tributes at LA Weekly. We know that the hearts of the dachshund community goes out to Bingo's family and friends.

Related: 'Bingo,' the Famous LA Dachshund

Attention Buda Wiener Race Fans!

The 2008 Buda Country Fair & Wiener Dog Race is right around the corner, April 26th and 27th, in Buda Texas. Are you registered? News 8 out of Austin offers up a nice history of the races including a video interview with Diane Krecji, who brought the wiener races to Buda. Check it out.

Related: Sunday Morning Dachshund

Blind Doxie Finds Home After Appearing on UK Chat Show

Meet beautiful red longhair 'Lucy,' who hails from the Jerry Green Dog Rescue Centre in Linstead Magna, UK. She appeared as a guest last Thursday on the Paul O'Grady Show, a British comedy talk show, looking for a forever home. It looks as thought she may have found one! Read all about Lucy's adventures at Diss Express.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Giant Dachshund?

After a long day waiting for our dad to come home from work yesterday, we went outside to go for a walk and to do our duty. It was a beautiful day in the Windy City; the daffodils have just started blooming, and there were lots of spring smells to be investigated. Who should come strolling down the sidewalk but this big guy, and we had to do a double-take. Was he one of us? Was he a dachshund? Now, we're pretty big doxies ourselves, weighing in at about 20 pounds each. But this guy was HUGE.
Meet giant red smooth 'Leonardo!' Weighing in at 65 pounds, he's a big happy 2.5 year-old boy. He loves to eat the meals that his human cooks for him; his favorite is fried chicken. (We wanna go live at his house!)
We questioned his pedigree a bit, but he told us that he was 100% dachshund, and that his human paid $1,000 for him. We weren't about to doubt the big guy.

Leonardo, Maggie, and Joey

Leonardo and his human

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wieners in History: Dachshund Face on Barroom Floor


Dachshund Face on Barroom Floor

Re-enacting a jumping accident, a Dachshund Named Stretch is seen here lying on the floor of a San Francisco bar. With his splint showing, Stretch posed for Photographer Bob Campbell.
Six years ago Stretch was a pup without a home or a pub to call his own, and he accepted Bartender Paul Aro's offer of some beef jerky. Ever since then he has been hooked. So says a news story spotted by American Dachshund Obedience News Reporter Barbara Nichols (who has a special interest in Dachshund jumping).
Stretch learned that if he backed up to the rear of the tavern, got up a good head of steam, and took a flying leap, he could jump up on a bar stool.
But one day Aro waxed the floor. Stretch lost traction at the time of take-off point and slammed into the side of the stool. The attempted jump broke his right rear leg.
Which just goes to show - or does it?

Story from The American Dachshund, January 1965

Monday, April 14, 2008

Dachshund News Roundup!

Smiles! Meet little red smooth 'Buddy,' and his human Mitchell Olson, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Oshkosh Northwestern had a look at popular dog names in Oshkosh and around the United States, noting the trend to give human names to our canine friends. Here's an excerpt: “It was a difficult decision to pick his name,” Olson said of her miniature dachshund that is about 1 year old. “My husband wanted to name him something rough and tough because he’s so tiny.”
The Olsons, like many dog owners, say they went through a bunch of names the first few weeks before they finally found one that stuck. And, Buddy it was. A name, Olson said, that is not hard for the little guy to live up to.
“My son, his nickname was always Buddy and he said he wanted to name the puppy Buddy because he didn’t want to be called Buddy anymore. That’s how (the dog) got his name,” Olson said. “The name has to fit their personality, and his does.”
Read more about common dog names in Oshkosh and around the nation at the Oshkosh Northwestern.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes - and their owners - turned out for the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon fundraiser at Hills Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. Above, Royce Feour takes a break after helping his friend Michael Kanaley walk his dachshunds, 'Rocky,' front, and 'Chipper.' Chipper made the walk in the little red wagon. See more doggie pics at the Review-Journal.

Woof! We got a video shout out from our dachshund friends in Los Angeles, the LA Doxies meetup group! It looks so nice and warm there...we were cold in Chicago this weekend, but spring is almost here! 'Jake' and 'Libby' are the LA 'Joey' and 'Maggie!' How great. Hi 'Pauly!' We miss you 'Pee Wee,' come visit us soon! Here's a shout out right back at you from Joey and Maggie and all the doxies in Chicagoland!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Loyal Dachshund Dog Finds Way to Owner's Funeral



A huge thanks goes out to 'Clancy' for the tip about this story - one of the most amazing canine stories we've ever heard - dachshund or otherwise. Get ready to meet 2.5-year-old red smooth 'Sam,' who hails from Clarksville, Tennessee. Sam's human passed away on Monday, and Sam, who wears an electric fence collar, escaped his yard and was found 2.5 days later at the church where the funeral was being held. Sam had to cross busy highways to arrive at the church, which was six miles from his home. Excerpt from WKRN: Ever since Sam was a puppy, he rarely left his owner's side.
When owner Teddy Crockarell lost his battle with cancer last Monday, his wife Marcene believes Sam must have sensed something was wrong.
The dog, who wears an electric fence collar, ran away from the couple's home on Kimbrough Road.
Two and a half days later, after searching for Sam, the family arrived at a church on Trenton Road, over six miles from their home, for Teddy's funeral and discovered Sam was waiting for them.
Marcene Crockarell said, "He was just shivering and sitting there by the doors. We just lost it and all we were doing was hollering, 'Sam! Sam!' and here he comes and he was just all over all three of us."
There is no way to know what prompted Sam, who had never left home on foot, to run away and end up at a church he'd never seen, but is family has a theory.
"If he walked those six miles he was looking for his papa... but he found him, and that's what's good about this whole situation, he found him and he found his way back here," said Marcene Crockarell's son-in-law Howard.
Watch the ABC news video above.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

'Cecelia' Teaches Kids About Pets

Meet pretty red smooth 'Cecelia,' who resides at the Second Chance Animal Shelter in Killeen, Texas. Cecelia helped teach local elementary school children about pets yesterday, as part of the school's celebration of National Pet Day. Way to go Cecelia! Excerpt from the Killeen Daily Herald: All of the school's students worked together to post signs and raise awareness for National Pet Day, which the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says was Thursday.
During a pet festival on Friday, students spent some time with animals from Second Chance Animal Shelter.
Many of the animals had medical conditions, had been beaten or were left as strays on the sides of roads.
A dachshund outfitted with wheels and a Chihuahua with only one eye were some of the children's favorites. Jacklyn Asher said seeing the injured pets made her want to help them out even more.
Read all about the event at the Killeen Daily Herald.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Signs of the Dachshund Revolution Surface in Washington, DC

Dachshunds are everywhere. We're taking over the world. We control you in your homes, and we will soon control the world.
In response to statements such as those by John McCain calling Washington "the city of Satan," The Washington Post revealed the above map on Wednesday, detailing a demonic pentagram...."a roadmap for Lucifer which bores directly into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

BoingBoing uncovered the real threat however: "A giant malevolent dachshund bearing down on the Capitol! It's clearly visible (and angry) as you can see."
Are you ready for The Dachshund Revolution? Be afraid. Be very afraid. We're hoping that dachshund lovers will be spared to continue their arduous tasks as servants. Enjoy your Friday.
Related: Dachshunds in Politics: Mary Matalin and James Carville

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Celebrity Dachshund Watch: Leighton Meester

Who? Leighton Meester (pronounced "Lay-ton") (born April 9, 1986 in Marco Island, Florida) is an American actress, best known for her role as Blair Waldorf in the book-based TV show Gossip Girl. Her first acting role on a television program was on NBC's legal drama Law & Order in 1999. Other series in which Meester has appeared include CSI: Miami, 8 Simple Rules, 24, 7th Heaven, and House.
From our friends at Celebrity Dog Watcher: Leighton Meester hung out with this unknown scruffy pup during some downtime on the New York set of Gossip Girl yesterday.
See another pic of Meester with the chocolate longhair dappled doxie, and read all the dish about celebrity dogs at Celebrity Dog Watcher. Woof!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

An Update on 'Pink' the Piglet Adopted by Dachshund

We're happy to report that 'Pink,' the little piglet who was adopted and raised by momma 'Tink' the dachshund is doing great! The tiny piglet was too small to make it with his siblings, so his owner put him with 'Tink' (short for Tinkerbell) her doxie, who had just given birth to a litter of puppies. It looks as though he will remain in his home with his foster mom Tink! Excerpt from Little Rock, Arkansas' KTHV: We emailed Pink's owner who lives in West Virginia and she emailed us this update: "Pink is doing great and we had many adoption offers, but none just right for him. I think we are going to keep the little guy. He weighs about 6 or 7 lbs now and his siblings are 50+. My husband built him a stall in our new barn and he is really enjoying being there. He likes rooting around in the wood shavings. He still gets to play with his puppy sister everyday. We kept one of the puppies out of the litter. He is a sweet little pig."

Johanna
Pink's Owner

Read more about Pink and Tink, and see more pics at KTHV.

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Read an update and see more photos from a few weeks ago at Puppy in Training. Oink!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I Pity the Man



I Pity the Man
by May Fair


I pity the man who never has known
The pleasure of owning a pup;
Who never has watched his funny ways
In the business of growing up.

I pity the man who enters his gate
Alone and un-noticed at night;
No dog to welcome him joyously home
With his frantic yelps of delight.

I pity the man who never receives
In hours of bitterest woe,
Sympathy shown by a faithful dog
In a way only he seems to know.

I pity the man with a hatred of dogs;
He is missing something fine;
For the friendship between a man and his dog
Is a feeling almost divine.

(Poetry from The Favorite Issue, a supplement to The American Dachshund, April, 1953; Vintage dachshund photo: date and dog unknown; probably 1920s)

In Memoriam

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) left this world 35 years ago today. We've still yet to profile his love of his dachshund 'Lump' in a "dachshunds in pop culture" feature....it's such a daunting task. Rest in Peace dear friend.

Sassy Sammy

Kisses! Meet little dappled 'Sammy' and her human Linda Hemmann of Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Ms. Hemmann hopes to train her littermate doxies as therapy dogs, but is having some trouble with her boisterous babies. She found help with free training classes at her local SPCA. Excerpt from The York Daily Record: Having all but given up on breaking Sammy and Sadie of their incessant licking and barking habits, Hemmann hopes she's finally found the answer she's been looking for after attending the class Monday night.
First embarrassed by Sammy's loud introduction to the class, Hemmann learned quickly that a loud dog in a training class will get a lot of attention.
Both Sammy and her owner learned early the first lesson of dog training -- vinegar water.
Read all about Sammy and learn some training tips at The York Daily Record.

Monday, April 7, 2008

I'm a Great Dachshund, So Don't Badger Me



Sing it out loud! Meet black and tan longhair 'Topo,' and her brother, red longhair 'Bowie,' longtime friends of ours from Chicago, Illinois. The dynamic duo star in their big video debut here, Topo & Bowie, Dogs About Town, and it features beautiful photos and a hilarious country dachshund song that we've never heard before, DON'T MISS IT! It'll start your Monday off right. Woof!

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Dachshunds Protest to Keep Park Leash Free

Meet little red smooth 'Shorty' and his human, Santa Cruz Councilman Tony Madrigal. Shorty and scores of other canines rallied at Lighthouse Field State Beach in Santa Cruz, California, on Saturday to keep the park leash free for set hours of the day. Tell 'em all about it Shorty! Excerpt from the Santa Cruz Sentinel: For 15 years, the city had allowed dogs to be off-leash before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., but returned management of the park to the state in November. After giving dog owners four months to comply with its ruling to keep dogs leashed at the 37-acre site, State Parks warned that rangers would step up enforcement beginning March 17. Read all about the rally at the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Related: Dachshund Activism

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Note From Joey and Maggie

Dear Dachshund Friends,
It's such a beautiful spring weekend in the windy city that we're spending as much time outside as we can! We gotta work on that winter weight. We'll catch up with you on Monday with more doxie news and fun!
Maggie is always complaining that she never gets enough face time here, so enjoy some pics of Joey and Maggie at the park yesterday. WOOF! Here's a link to the 30 photos on flickr: Great Day in the Park.

Lots of Dachshund Love,
Your pals,
Joey and Maggie
The Long and Short of it All

Flickr photos link: Great Day in the Park


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