Monday, August 31, 2009
Uggh. What a bad start to the week. Well, things can only get better, right? In a horrific story out of KwaZulu-Natal, a province of South Africa, a red smooth Dachshund named 'Jasmine' was stolen from her home by poachers and used as bait to lure wild animals into illegal snares. Apparently a dog's high-pitched cries attracts the wild animals. Jasmine was one of the lucky ones though; a neighbor heard her cries about 4 hours after she went missing and rescued her just as she was surrounded by bush pigs. Read the terrifying story at The Times.
With a job description combining coach, animal keeper and entertainer, Brian Cromer, 24, a New Jersey college student, will return to the Terryville Country Fair today for a final round of five sets of pig and dachshund races.
Cromer, a seven-year veteran of David Feimster's New Jersey-based F & F Productions, is nearing the end of a career that began drag racing pet skunks at fairs.
Now, a few weeks ago, we featured a video where Dachshunds raced at a county fair in a circled pen, and then quickly ran back inside some sort of camper. The video was since removed from youtube, and we also removed the posting. We were curious how the dogs knew to race in a circle like that, unless they were trained to do so. We don't know for sure that these are the same Dachshunds in the above photo, but we think that they are.
These sort of public exhibitions - where Dachshund owners are not directly involved with the racing has us a bit concerned. Any agility or flyball fan will tell you that the hurdles these Dachshunds are jumping in the above photo are way too high for a Dachshund; they will injure their backs. Does that Dachshund look happy to you? Not to us. We see a painful "help me" look on his face.
It's a thin line to such public demonstrations as this and greyhound racing - something that Dachshund Lovers need to keep their eye on in the best interest of the Dachshund breed. This is also a thin line to Dachshunds performing in the Ringling Bros Circus, and Dachshunds racing on ice where they could be injured. Of course, it's easy to sit at your computer and judge things that happen on the other side of the country. But beware, Dachshund Lovers are watching. One wrong move, and we'll be all over you. Here's a link to F&F productions. We don't support them.
The fairs that support such activities should be boycotted and protested.
Wiener Dogs rocked(!) all over the country this past weekend, starting with the 13th Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals on Saturday in San Diego. Over 350 Dachshunds competed to be top dog. That's a lotta wiener dogs! The top 16 finalists will race again on Tuesday during the Padres game! Read more and see a fun pic at Sign On San Diego. These Wienerschnitzel races lead up to the finals that will take place in December as part of the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl weekend.
And in Reno, Nevada, hundreds cheered on over 150 Dachshunds during the Nevada State Fair on Sunday. Congrats goes out to 'Murphy' for taking the prize again this year! Way to go Murphy!
Friday, August 28, 2009
by John E. Donovan
A Dachshund sniffing round a tree
Made such a wondrous bend, sir,
He filled himself with mystery-
Not knowing his own end, sir.
Some other dogs have keener sight,
And some have greater strength, sir,
But no dogs manage, for their height,
To have so much of length, sir.
One time- at least, so people say-
One lost his tail by train, sir;
Yet two weeks passed until the day
The sad news reached his brain, sir.
The Dachshund looks a little bit
Like legs beneath a log, sir,
But once your eyes get used to it,
You see that it's a dog, sir.
The event also included a Ketchup If You Can 5K run, Tomato Launch, and Tomatopalooza (entertainment).
Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue also supported the event with a booth.
Read all about the Dachshund races and C2CDR at The Mercury.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Dear Joey and Maggie,
Fritz is a long haired dachshund living in Denver, Australia. He was looking for a new home and had not been a house dog or a pet, but guess what, he loves the indoors, cushions and cuddles and adores his two Jack Russell friends and going for walks with them in the bush and sniffing around after kangaroos. He is extremely loyal and never goes out of my sight and he loves doing a sausage roll rollovers on the carpet. I tell my friends: “it’s a dachshund thing”!
It sure is.
UPDATE: 8.27 - 7 PM: Good to hear - Studley has been returned, but Denzel is still missing according to the the Dapple Doxie website.
Police say a Dachshund puppy awaiting adoption at a Humane Society shelter in Boulder was stolen by three people after they were told they couldn't meet any animals.
Two men and a woman visited the shelter just before closing time. They were told it was too late to see any animals, and then shortly thereafter they sped away in a four-door green sedan.
Shelter workers later noticed the missing puppy, named Ferris.
See more pics of the perps at cbs4denver.
UPDATE 8.27 - 4 PM: Ferris has been returned to the shelter. Excerpt from the Daily Camera:
Two women returned Ferris about 12:30 p.m. today, said Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley. One of the women said a friend gave her the dog after someone else gave her the dog but discovered she wasn't allowed to have dogs in her home, Huntley said.
"It was a three-way transaction," Huntley said.
The first woman who received the puppy told police that she believes the thieves gave her the dog, and Huntley said investigators are interviewing the women.
"Our goal was to make sure the dog was OK," Huntley said, "and we're happy to report that he is."
Read more at the Daily Camera.
UPDATE 8.31 - 7 AM: The perps have been arrested: Excerpt from the Times-Call:
Three people suspected of stealing a dachshund puppy were arrested Friday, including a Longmont man, Boulder police said.
The three are suspected of taking Ferris, a 2-month-old dachshund, from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley on Aug. 12. Police arrested Matthew Louis Dailey, 22, of Longmont; Serina Emily Ojala, 18, a transient who had been staying near Lafayette; and Daniel Michael Klintz, 18, another transient.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Romeo was Carolyn's eighth grade graduation gift.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Our hearts go out to burlesque beauty, model, and actress Dita Von Teese, who is suffering the loss of her beloved 16-year-old smooth black and tan girl 'Greta.' Ms. Von Teese revealed the sad news on her Twitter page on August 23rd, writing, "Thank you for all the concerns about my dog Greta. She passed away peacefully at home in my arms yesterday. I miss her more than I can say."
Related: Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Dita Von Teese
Related: Dachshund Lovers Teach the ABCs
In the News We Don't Wanna Hear About Department, meet 'Max,' a 9-year-old smooth black and tan who hails from Kresgeville, Pennsylvania. Max is seen here wearing a a soft tube around his neck to keep him from irritating wounds allegedly suffered when attacked by a neighbor's dog on July 24th.
Terry Kern, Dachshund Lover, states that his neighbor's Golden Retriever came onto his property and attacked Max 3 times. After he tried to get the Golden off of Max with a tomato stake, he went inside the house and got his gun, and killed the neighboring dog. Max spent 4 days recovering at the animal hospital.
Travis Serfass, owner of 6-year-old Golden Retriever 'Tucker' says “It seems he just really wanted to kill Tucker because, for whatever reason, he just doesn't like me.”
Read all the tatty details of the unfortunate event at the Pocono Record.
Meanwhile, in Edmonton, Canada, our hearts go out to the family and friends of smooth chocolate dappled 'Charlie,' seen here, after he was killed in a pit bull attack on Saturday morning. Charlie was walking with his Dachshund sister 'Bella,' and his human Brent Brownlee when the attack occurred. Excerpt from CTV Calgary:
Brownlee said a pit bull sitting loose in a neighbour's yard lunged at Charlie, biting him several times. Brownlee said he tried to break the dog's hold on his pet, but was unsuccessful and was bitten himself on his head, cheek and hands. Charlie was put down in the hours after the attack. Bella was not injured.
Read more at CTV Calgary.
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Black and tan longhair 'Joe' is born to be wild. Hailing from greater Seattle, Washington, Joe likes "twisty roads, fast riding, and prefers Japanese motorcycles!" His human, Phil Herring, notes: Joe prefers to ride behind me, on the passenger seat, in a bizarre but well built contraption called a -- appropriately -- The Beast Rider. At first glance, The Beast Rider looks like a highly creative S&M device, but in fact, it's very functional motorcycle gear, solely designed to carry dogs on bikes.
Read all about this hot dog and see another great pic at Seattle Examiner.
Related: Wilhelm The Wiener Rider
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Monday, August 24, 2009
This will start your week off right, check out this handsome guy! Yep, this black and tan smooth's name is 'Oscar,' and he's got a new ball.....a great big ball that's just perfect for a playful boy like Oscar. His human, John E. Schultz, of the Navy Inactive Fleet Headquarters out of Portsmouth, Virginia, writes:
Dear Joey and Maggie,
I'm owned by Oscar. He's a 4.5 year old black and tan short hair mini. He's been with our family for just over 4 years now. He came to us from a friend when he was a puppy.
To say that he's high strung is a bit of an understatement. I've been reading online about this WONDERFUL breed and somewhere somebody said that they have an odd attraction to balls. Well Oscar is proof of that. He eats every single toy we give to him. We got him a professional football - he made short work of that (only a day). Then a professional basketball. That was more difficult - but in two days it was ripped apart completely.
My son and I were at the thrift store yesterday just looking around and I saw this huge 36" exercise ball. I thought, "That would be GREAT for Oscar!"
Oscar went through the normal 'daddy's here' tail wagging as I got out of the truck - but when he saw the ball he went absolutely NUTS. I mean CRAZED LIKE I'D NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE! We put the ball down in the livingroom and he chased it around the entire first floor of the house for an hour - barking 'crazily' the entire time. Eventually we put the ball away for fear he'd have a little wiener heart attack or something from the excitement. He calmed down.
I then thought it would be cool to get some pictures of. So I gathered up my kids and took him outside with the ball. Now Oscar usually sprints to the tree where the squirrels are - but his BALL was in sight.
I've attached a number of images from yesterday's ball antics for you to peruse.
After about 15 minutes - he was foaming at the mouth so we took him in the back yard and put the ball in the pool. We thought he'd jump right in - but he didn't. He doesn't go into the pool often at all. My son put him in to cool him down - and the beast that usually swims JUST enough to get to the steps and get out - swam to the ball to push it around the pool! We had to get in the pool to take him out - and when we did he just stood on the side of the pool barking at us to get the ball for him.
Needless to say Oscar slept well last night - flittering and dreaming of his new HUGE 36" chew-toy!
Oscar, John Sr., Jessica, and John Jr.
The Broken Arrow couple, who got married Aug. 15, was selected out of several applicant families to adopt a 6-year-old dachshund mix disfigured in an accident. The SPCA of Tulsa handled the adoption.
"We wanted to start a family, and what better way to do that than adopt an adorable dog?" Eric said.
"We saw her in the paper, and I said I had to have her," Jane said. "We were afraid she would already be gone."
Read all about the happy homecoming at Tulsa World. Congratulations to the Taylors and of course to Daisy!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This can mean only one thing - the 2009 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is right around the corner, September 19-20, 2009, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Via youtuber cincychamber: Fritz, the Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati mascot, and his 2009 Chicken Dance with the Stars entry.
We can't wait for Dachtober, our favorite month of the year.
The dachshund demonstration will be organized for the 15 time. Radio Krakow’s Agnieszka Kuczynska said she expected this year’s turnout would be record-breaking:
"This year’s interest has been exceptional – from Japan, Britain, Portugal. We’ve become accustomed to hosting the dogs from all over the world, but so far we haven’t had any from Japan."
Find out more about the event at this translated link on Radio Krakow.
See photos from last year's event, and watch a video you won't believe: Marsz Jamników 2008
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
See the masks in use on Dachshunds in the archives: Dachshund Revived With Oxygen After House Fire and Dachshunds in the News: New Device Helps Save Dachshund
Via Pet Project at Spartanburg, South Carolina's Herald Journal.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Watch in awe as Mother Nature gives us one of life's grandest spectacles. This is beautiful black and tan smooth 'Maggie,' and her 5 precious puppies via youtuber OldTelevisionShows.
2nd Puppy Birth
3rd Puppy Birth
4th Puppy Birth
5th Puppy Birth
Puppies at 2 weeks old
Puppies at 7 weeks old
From last Friday's races, the photographer notes: Preparing for the start of the Wiener Dog race at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington. Apparently there is a whole Wiener Dog racing subculture of which I was blissfully unaware.
Each dog had one person holding on to it at the starter's gate, and another one at the finish line with a favorite toy or treat to beckon it forward.
"He got so used to it. He's so mobile he'll back up, he'll go under stuff and turn around and spin. He goes out there and chases cats in the neighborhood," said George Bauer, Noodles' owner.
Before finding a new ride, the Bauers thought they may have to put Noodles down.
Read all about the inspirational Noodles and see another pic in a nice story at the Colorado Connection.
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.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Don't worry, because if they will be born with health risks or anything, we will fix the brother and sister before it happens.
The Devil Dog Speaks: In a funny, yet not-so-funny story accompanied by the above image, a blogger from Austin, Texas, recounts her horror on meeting a Devil Dachshund while enjoying what should have been a nice relaxing bike ride: I’ve been chased by Dobermans, German shepherds and some sort of wolf-hyena hybrid, but nothing comes close to the anger and aggression this little guy displayed.
When he first tore out of the driveway and started yapping, I thought he was just a cute little guy protecting his owner. I even slowed down so he would believe he had a chance of capture. That’s when I saw the evil in his eyes and the glistening, razor-sharp teeth gnashing with fury.
With legs about as long as my fingers, it should have been a short chase. But he kept coming. His blood was boiling. His judgment for my trespass was a long and painful death.
Read the rest of this harrowing tale at Austin 360.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Hi Joey and Maggie,
I saw on the Internet that Frankfort High School in Frankfort, Indiana has a rather interesting mascot. They are the Hot Dogs! The mascot was listed as part of an article of the 31 most interesting high school mascots. The Fighting Hot Dogs are number 22. My dachshund Huey Long is a big fan of your site and insisted I pass along the information. I have attached a picture of him.
From the Frankfort Senior High School website:
The mascot for the Frankfort Senior High School is original and unique. The Frankfort Hotdogs, it's a name that isn't exactly terrifying. But it's not the size of the dog that counts, rather it's the fight it has in it. You better believe the Frankfort Hotdogs have lots of fight.
Don't we know it.
A Wiener Dog Rally was held on Thursday at Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington. The fastest two dachshunds are going on to compete at the 13th annual Star 101.5 Wiener Dog Races at the Emerald Downs horse track in Auburn tonight. Best of luck to all the Doxies!
Meet 6-year-old 'Rosco,' the black and tan menace who rules the hallways as the dachshund mascot of Bay Pointe Retirement Community in Bremerton, Washington. Rosco will be competing in tonight's 13th annual Star 101.5 Wiener Dog race at Emerald Downs in Auburn. His human, Linda Potter, notes: "I only hope he will do them proud by staying on course. However, he does get distracted by cute, female dachshunds and no amount of training can help him there!" Read all about Rosco at the Kitsap Sun.
Related: Trash Talking Dachshunds for Upcoming Wiener Dog Rally
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Very nice. Enjoy the latest dachumercial, er, Dachshund Promotion Video from youtubers TailsForPets, who note: Dachshunds were first bred in the early 1600s in Germany. The goal was to create a fearless, elongated dog that could dig the earth from a badger burrow and fight to the death with the vicious badgers.
For 13 years, lovers of short, stubby-legged dogs have been gathering at Seattle Center for STAR 101.5's annual Wiener Dog Rally. This morning, onlookers will laugh while the poor dogs trip over their adorable little legs. Meanwhile, owners will smile proudly as they reassure themselves that their dachshunds are, despite all evidence, actually dogs and not elongated rats. The top two mutts in this rally will then compete Friday evening at Emerald Downs, a big deal in the small world of these little guys.
Wait. Elongated Rats? Maybe Mr. Thorson needs to have a Dachshund all his own so he can find out exactly what we are really all about. The event looks fun though; meet all the contestants in some fun photos at STAR 101.5.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
by Jimmy Rice
I have a little dog. She eats like a hog. She's long and She red and She sleeps in my bed.
From the American Dachshund magazine, January, 1968: "My little friend Jimmy Rice is in 2nd grade and has just had his 7th birthday," writes Irene Swyler of Springfield, VA. "The teacher asked Jimmy's class to compose a poem. Having a household of dogs, Jimmy wrote his poem about his best friend and favorite dog, Gretchen. Later, Jimmy made for me a special copy of his poem, which I enclose for others to see."
(Notice that the 2nd-grader knew how to spell Dachshund!)
All this talk about the 40th anniversary of Woodstock is making us a bit nostalgic. It doesn't get much better than this Dachshund on a VW bus, apparently taken recently in San Francisco, where love lives on.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
We really do hate it. Our pack needs to stick together! From youtuber Wyndymere: Every morning when dad goes to work, they all howl like their hearts are breaking that he's left them behind. They actually do this when we both leave as well.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Run Wiener Dog, Run! Meet 9-year-old 'Maddie,' the top dog at Moffat County Fair’s Wiener Dog Races near Craig, Colorado. Maddie beat out 15 other long dogs to take home the crown, way to go! She is seen here charging down the fairway on Friday. Read all about the Moffat County Wiener Races at the Craig Daily Press.
And finally, it's Kisses! We know Dachshund Lover Jimmy Clayton was excited to be reunited with his smooth black and tan Snickers last Friday. He had left him at the Humane Society of Louisville, Kentucky, to be neutered on Tuesday when flash floods caused an emergency evacuation of the facility. After police reports were filed and newspaper stories were written, it was discovered that he was in the good hands of an evacuation volunteer. Jimmy said he will be bringing Snickers back to be neutered and the Humane Society will throw in a tracking chip for free. Read all about it at the Courier-Journal.
Have a great Monday.
Dear Joey and Maggie,
On June first, you you posted Squirrel Patrol. In that photo is 'Lohla,' our black and cream longhair. Today, Lohla turns 1. Her and her sisters and her foster brothers and sister are all busy celebrating with a little pool party here in hot Virginia Beach, Va.
Don't miss Lohla, Ali, and Bianca in Squirrel Patrol