Monday, October 31, 2011

Poe's First Draft of 'The Raven'


Gather 'round Dearest Dachshunds, and snuggle up close and tight next to your human - it's time for the annual telling of Poe's first draft of 'The Raven!'  We post this every year at this time because, well, you can never get too much of a good thing: 

The Dachshund
Once upon a midnight dreary as I plodded weak and weary
To my bed with visions full of Slumberland’s enchanted shore.
I was taking off my socks and suddenly I spied my dachshund
Curled up like a sleeping fox in just the space that I yearned for
“Move yourself off of my bed, please, I am weary and footsore”
Quoth the dachshund, “No. You snore.”

Startled by the stillness marked by such display of cheeky snark
Quickly did I point my finger toward the bedroom’s open door.
“Get thee hence, you little brat, I’ll take no sort of sass like that,
Upon my bed I’ll stretch out flat, my wearied senses to restore.
After all my toil I crave the yielding mattress’s contour.”
Quoth the dachshund, “Try the floor.”

I had scarce the strength to quibble, “Listen here, you know that kibble
That appears as if by clockwork in your dish upon the floor?
It does not grow on the trees, nor does the salve that wards off fleas,
So I would think you’d try to please the person who buys treats galore.
If I do not get my rest, I’ll not be going to the store.”
Quoth the dachshund, “You’re a bore.”

And the dachshund, never stirring, lay just like a kitten purring,
By my lack of will inferring his was now the winning score.
Anyone who owns a dachsie must concede they’re full of moxie,
Both directly and by proxy, your commands they will ignore.
Best admit that any chance of winning you long since foreswore.
You’re the master nevermore.


Photo: 'Halloween Dwyn' by Doug Watt.
Model: 'Dwyn'
Author: Jerry Stemnock for Dachshund Delights

Have a fun and safe Halloween!
So long Dachtober. We love ya.

Get A Load Of This


Wowza!  Your Long and Short of it All host 'Joey' would LOVE to get a load of 'Maxine,' this Canadian gal is a looker!  Thanks so much to Rita, Andrew and Maxine Pacan for writing in:

A very happy Halloween to Joey and Rowdy from Maxine (Joey's long lost Canadian piebald girlfriend from another mother! haha)

Hope all is well on your end!  We're sorry to hear about Maggie, and Rowdy is super adorable!

Take care, and happy Halloweenie!

The Texarkana Howl-O-Weenie Dachshund Derby


We know they had fun yesterday in Texarkana, Texas for the Main Street Texarkana Howl-O-Weenie Dachshund Derby as part of Spooktacular Sunday.  Here, Yates Floyd of Texarkana eyes the finish line with his black and tan smooth 'Smokey.'  See more photos at the Texarkana Gazette.

Beware the Wienosaurus Rex!


Boy do we love this!  We're sure this handsome red smooth does too. Thanks so much to our pal 'Geneva' for sending in the photo taken at the 21st annual Tompkins Square Halloween dog parade in New York.  She writes:

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

Geneva here, with a great Halloween costume idea.

Personally, I find them a bit humiliating for a dog of my advanced age, but if any of my fellow dachsies are interested, this is a pretty fine get-up.

Mom calls it wienosaurus rex!

Halloweenie Wally


Thanks again to our pal 'Princess Leia,' who hails all the way from Slovenia for sending in the latest Drabble, featuring 'Wally' the Dachshund.  It's spooktacular! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Note From Joey and Rowdy: Technical Difficulties, Please Stand By


The computer at the World Headquarters of The Long And Short of it All in Chicago, Illinois, has crashed, and is getting a new hard drive installed.  Sigh.  And we had such a good Wirehair Wednesday planned for yesterday!   But hang in there - we'll be back real soon with more Dachshund news, photos, videos, history, and tales of Dachshund Love.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Visit With Florida Dachshund Rescue!



We love to chronicle the wonderful work by our tireless Dachshund rescue groups across the country, especially when we stumble upon such a well-made video!  From youtuber ResidentFilmmaker:   OYE! On Saturday, October 11th, 2011 Pookie's Bow Wow Bakery hosted Florida Dachshund Rescue to help bring Adopted Dogs into homes of Caring Families at their Winter Park location. Video Imagery by Bernie "FilmGuru" Noga. Music by SmileyJacksBaitShack.

Find out more about Florida Dachshund rescue at their website. 

Wiener Fest for Brazos Animal Shelter



The annual Wiener Fest was held on Saturday, October 22nd at Wolf Pen Creek in Bryan, Texas.  This event is a fundraiser for the Brazos Animal Shelter.  Good times?  You bet!
Video by youtuber battmedia.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

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AUTOMOTIVE FASHIONS:  THE DODGE FIREARROW

Italy's Ghia designers worked out this idea-car with Chrysler engineers - the idea being to combine svelte lines form European racers with a smooth-riding Dodge chassis that wouldn't shatter everything in your luggage.  The Firearrow is 75 1/2" wide - more than twice its 34" height - and crouches like a springing cat on its 115" wheel base.  Salient features:  V-shaped rub rail that wraps up the paint job with an effective bumper; recessed double headlights; separate hatches for luggage, spare.  Sharply raked windshield, gearshift mounted between two seats, authentic sports-car style.

Image via Esquire, August, 1954.

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Country Piebald


While perusing the pages of the new November, 2011 issue of Country Living, your Long and Short of it All host Joey let out a couple of big woofs when he turned to page 101 to discover a beautiful Piebald Dachshund named 'Dot' gracing the pages.  "Woof Woof!"  said Joey.  That means "Dot's Hot!"  Above, Dot lingers below a Pottery Barn clock in the family's mudroom. 


Here, Dot lounges on an estate-sale bench covered with oilcloth.  "I'd like to snuggle up next to her," Joey was heard to exclaim.  See more of Dot's Mission Hill, Kansas 1930's Colonial Home in the November issue of Country Living. 

Dachshunds are everywhere:  Country Living's Editor-in-Chief Sarah Gray Miller

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Those Special Dachshunds: Meet Charlie!

Deep Thoughts

Thanks so much to Stephanie Rand for writing in with the tale of her beloved handsome 'Charlie.'  Boy was he lucky to find such a wonderful home with his new human.  She writes:

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

First welcome Rowdy! You're adorable and I look forward to getting to
meet you and see you grow-up with your new pal Joey.
I have been reading your blog on a daily basis since adopting Charlie,
my older rescue Dachshund, on December 4th of last year.
I was thinking of adopting a dog for about a year prior to finding
Charlie - I did my research and found him on Petfinder. A lady - who
usually rescues cats - was forwarded an email saying Charlie was going
to be euthanized by the end of the day. She rescued him immediately
and then, after making sure he was socially adjusted, put a listing
for him on Petfinder. I was the first person to reply to her ad and I
met him a day later and then he moved into my home.

When Charlie first entered my apartment - after sniffing out the place
- he stood in the middle of the kitchen and peed while smiling and
looking right at me. It was as if he claimed territory to my apartment
- I loved his spark of personality from the start. I had been living
alone for about a year after a long-term relationship break-up. I
can't begin to express how much laughter and fun the little guy has
brought into my life on a daily basis. I like to take him to work from
time to time, we've gone to both Dachshund gatherings at Washington
Square Park and he has made some new friends on my block as well.

This summer my apartment was broken into and Charlie happened to be
home at the time. He wasn't hurt but he has stepped up his growling
and barking when he hears any noises in the hallway to make sure we
both remain safe. He has also become an extended member of my family -
this summer I took him up to Vermont to spend a week in a cabin on a
lake with my Dad and sister. He went in the lake for a swim and really
enjoyed all the new sniffs and life in the woods. He loves to visit my
Dad's house and run around the yard and take naps with his granddogdad
on the couch.

Charlie at Work


Who's a Good Boy?

Teresa Berg/DFW Dachshund Rescue on CBS News!


(If you can't see video embedded here, click the title of this post to view)

This was on CBS Sunday Morning News a few days after our Maggie's passing when we were taking some time off the blog, but thanks so much to reader Jo Anne for writing in to remind us to post this!  It's awesome!   She writes:

Hi Joey and Rowdy!

I'm just one of your many loyal blog followers and I came across a really neat video about a lady using her skills to increase adoption rates. I had never thought of doing so before, and after watching the video I sure want to follow in her footsteps!



We have featured Teresa Berg's work here in the past, and also many stories on DFW Dachshund Rescue.  Ms. Berg was featured again this week on Dogster:  Teresa Berg’s Five Tips For Better Dog Photography, so be sure and check that out.  Also, fans of her work will want to know that her 2012 Picture A New Life Calendars are ready for delivery at DFW Dachshund Rescue.  100% of the proceeds go to Dachshund Rescue.

Dachshund Humor


Smiles everyone, it's Friday!  Thanks so much to 'Tootsie,' the Bicontinental Dachshund for writing in:

Dear Rowdy & Joey,
We were so saddened by the passing of Maggie. I have loved reading your blog with my humans since they rescued me.
And welcome, welcome Rowdy to the able companionship of the J-man.
I think your rowdiness, dear Rowdy, has already inspired much fun. We love your posting about the Wiener bitch.
To welcome you, I herewith enclose one of my cartoons from my own dog blog.

We look forward to many more barks!

In admiration,
Tootsie


Make sure and check out Tootsie's adventures on her blog!  She's an American by birth and a naturalized Swiss citizen who has some wacky adventures!

Vintage Dachshund Pride


Up on a pedestal - where every Dachshund belongs.  Aren't you proud of your Dachshund?

Vintage photo circa 1910 - source unknown.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dachshunds in New Scorsese Film: HUGO



Watch closely Dachshund fanatics, and catch Martin Scorsese's first 3D movie, Hugo, an adaptation of the childrens book "Hugo Cabret," this Thanksgiving. 
Thanks to our good friend Jerry for sending this in.  Will the Dachshunds be even longer in 3D?  Can't wait to find out!

Dachshunds in Politics: Westminster Dog of the Year Contest 2011


The 2011 Westminster Dog of The Year competition took place in Victoria Tower Gardens on October 13, 2011 in London, England. The annual competition was won by Conservative MP for Tiiverton and Honiton Neil Parish with his Labrador 'Wilberforce,' who was among the 15 Conservative MPs to enter versus only two Labour MP entrants.  Politics may be a dog-eat-dog world, but for one day at least, the dogs were cute and cuddly.  Above, Harriett Baldwin MP stands in sight of Parliament with her English Cream Dachshund 'Poppy' during the competition.  Source.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I Have My Morning Coffee In My Bed



Do you prefer the German or the English version? By youtuber Detlef Cordes
who notes: Dachshund Hella having her morning coffee in bed.
 


Monday, October 17, 2011

Feeling Rowdy


Apparently your new co-host at The Long and Short of it All isn't the only one who's feeling a bit disorderly and a little boisterous.  Meet Rowdy!   Thanks so much to his human, Kris Wilson, for writing in:

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

I've been reading your delightful blog since shortly after our dachshund joined the family, about a year and a half ago.  I was so sad to hear of Maggie's passing and so glad to hear about your rescue Rowdy.  I love the name as you can tell from this guy -- this is our own sweet Rowdy taken when he was about 6 months, one of my favorite pictures.  He looks all black but in the sunlight you can see he is a very dark chocolate.  He is an absolute delight to our family.


An Indian woman at Dad's place of work said of the name 'Rowdy':  Rowdy is a very good name, something different. Indian language the meaning of ‘Rowdy’ is "courageous unprecedented king."

Who Could Blame Her?


bitch [bich]
noun

1. a female dog: The bitch won first place in the sporting dogs category.
2. a female of canines generally.

This is a dog blog!  Viral photo source unknown.

Wiener Racin'



It's our favorite time of the year - Dachtober! - and all the Dachshund events are in full swing around the country and the world.  We're not so sure where these Wiener Races were held, but the light-hearted video will kick off your week with a smile.  By vimeoer Backyard Auter who notes:  After breakfast today I saw a bunch of people walking dachshunds around downtown. I was informed that it was an annual wiener dog race. I quickly drove home and grabbed my GH2 and came back to catch the action.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Please Welcome Your New 'Long and Short of it All' Co-Host!

Who, Me?

We're pleased to announce that the exhaustive search for your new 'Long and Short of it All' co-host is now over.  Ladies and Gentlemen, please put your hands together and give a warm welcome to.....black and tan wirehaired 'Rowdy!'  Yep, things are about to get a lot more "wirey" around here!  And the search wasn't really that exhaustive - we weren't looking for a new Dachshund, but Hot Toddy (his foster name), appeared on our MidWest Dachshund Rescue facebook feed, and we immediately fell in love with his soulful little eyes.  We can't thank MidWest Dachshund Rescue enough for all that they have done to bring some joy back in our lives after the loss of our beloved 'Maggie.' 
Rowdy was born on May 2nd, so he is just over five months old.  At the vets yesterday, he weighed in at 9.4 pounds, and the vet thinks that he will be about 16 pounds when fully grown.  Rowdy came in through MWDR with 10 other puppies as a result of a few puppy mill/large breeding facilities which closed down in Missouri.  He has been fostered for several weeks by a fantastic family near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Joey and Dad went to visit him a few weeks ago to see if he was a good match for us, and Joey took to him right away - they played some, and when Joey had enough, he let out a little growl, and Rowdy respected him and went and played with his toys.  So, Joey does like to play some, and he will also teach Rowdy how to be a great dog.
He is doing well in his new home.  Potty training is a work in progress, obviously, for a young pup whose world has just been turned upside down.  But in almost 3 days, he has had just one accident in the house.  He is distracted by the city noises when we go outside to take care of business, although he is less and less distracted as each day passes.  He loves to play, he loves his toys, he loves to snuggle, and like any Dachshund, boy does he love his food!  We're slowly switching him over to raw food, which he loves.  He hasn't had any diarrhea or stomach upset, so the transition is going well.  He is fascinated when Dad is in the kitchen - he'll just sit on the floor and watch in amazement at what goes on, and his eyes light up every time a cabinet door opens. 
Naming him was a tough job, and it was down to Rowdy, Barney, Harry Callahan (call 'Cal'), Cowboy, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (call Henry), Iggy, Teddy,Wiley the Wirehair, and Murdoch (Murdach?) the Dachshund.  Rowdy, after Rowdy Yates, the Clint Eastwood character in Rawhide was always near the top though, and it sounds a little like Toddy, and he was responding to it, so Rowdy he is, both in name and spirit.  It probably didn't hurt that there was a photo of Clint Eastwood on the sidebar to your right when the decision was finally made. 
And so, a new era has begun at The Long and Short of it All. 


Mr. Crazy-Eyebrows


Joey and Rowdy




Sing it Clint! Rowdy by Clint Eastwood.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Note From The J-Man

Joey, Autumn 2008 

Dear Gentle Readers,

We'll be on vacation for a few days, but we'll be back later in the week.  Have fun in the archives while we're gone. 

Yours in Dachshund Love,
Joey.....

Friday, October 7, 2011

Molly


With heavy hearts, we report the passing of our friend 'Molly,' who hailed from McLean, Virginia.  Long-time readers of The Long and Short of it All will remember reading about this sweet gal way back in December of 2009.   Her human, Melinda Fancher, writes of her beloved one:

Dear Joey,

I was so saddened by Maggie's passing, but am glad to see the blog is back up and running.

My sweet little Molly passed away suddenly, at just 8 1/2, on September 21, 2011. She was diagnosed with IMHA, a blood disorder, on Tuesday, September 20, so losing her was a complete shock. There is a line from a Lyle Lovett song, "she wasn't good, but she had good intentions." Molly was always a bit mischievous and never let the opportunity for a good time go to waste. She had an intense love for playing with balls and destroying stuffed toys. She was a true friend to my mother when she was terminally ill, sitting quietly in my mom's lap in her final hours. I was lucky to have been her friend.

She was a grand Dachshund. 


We're so saddened with the passing of Molly and many of our Dachshund friends over the last few weeks and months.  It was painful to read about them in the comments of Maggie's passing, every single one touched our hearts.  Now, it's really time for all this to just stop.  Hug your furry friends tight and live in the moment like all dogs do, because these wonderful little animals are often with us for such a short time.

Hot Dog Tag


Just in case anyone doesn't know how hot you are, you may want to consider this "Hot Dog" dog tag available at Dog Tag Art for just $11.99, which includes engraving.  Thanks so much to our pal 'Geneva' for sending in the link!  She writes:

Greetings from Rhode Island!

Mom just bought me this super cool dog tag with a Dachshund on it. She also bought me one that says "I'm deaf," because at 15, I am!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Inspiration On Wheels



Via CBS out of Dallas-Fort Worth: They are inspiration on wheels. Two handicapped recruits to a Dallas rehabilitation program are providing the kind of hope and encouragement nobody else can. They do that without saying a single word.

Excellent.

Hounded For A Blessing


Rev. Donald DeGroat blesses red longhair 'Cassie,' at the annual Blessing of the Animals, held at the Midvale United Methodist Church in Wanaque, New Jersey. The Blessing of the Animals usually takes place on or around Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.  Source.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cute Dachshund Puppy Destroys Home



Poor Lucy....Dad may seem a little rough on the little girl, but boy did she make a mess!  An unlisted video via youtuber BusterBay, who notes:  Yes this cute 8 month old Dachshund Puppy decided to do some redecoration. Within just a few short hours she pulled a 5 gallon bucket of dog food thru the house and ate her dog bed.

If you liked this, you'll love Little Guy's Big Mess

The Lowe's Holiday/Christmas Tinsel Dachshund


Lovers of all things Long and Short may want to head to their nearest Lowe's Home Improvement store as soon as possible to pick up this season's hottest must-have:  the 1.7-foot-long Holiday Living Tinsel Dachshund Dog/Teckel/Perro Dachshund.  For indoor or outdoor use, it's sure to brighten up your home or neighborhood.  $44 at Lowe's, where you can order online and pick up at the store. 

Dachshund Relaxation: Tater Ventures For Foreign Shores



Thanks so much to Derek Prowse for sending in this video of his beloved 'Tater' enjoying the sand and surf.  He writes:  Tater and I live on the west end of Panama City Beach, Florida, and in this video, we kayaked over to Camp Helen State Park on a lovely calm day on the gulf.  When we got there, he found some buried treasure (a dead seabird), rolled in it, and went along his way back home for some serious napping.

Happy 20th Anniversary to Dachshund Delights


We'd like to send the warmest of congratulations to our friends at Dachshund Delights on their 20th Anniversary!  20 years is a long time to provide us long dogs with the best in Dachshund harnesses and doggie supplies.  Head on over to their site for contests, prizes, and specials throughout the month. 
And for those in the NE Ohio and surrounding areas, they will be hosting their Wine & Hallowiener event again, Oct. 22 (1-4pm), at The Candelight Winery in Garrettsville. Don't miss it!  Please RSVP number of people and dogs to info@wineandhallowieners.com. Follow them on Facebook for more details.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Red


Before Abercrombie & Fitch made expensive t-shirts for pouty gals and shirtless guys, they made quality wares that Dachshund Lovers would like, such as this 1950's Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Dog Ottoman available at 1stdibs for $1,600.  Currently residing at Red Modern Furniture in Phoenix, Arizona, Red measures in at 28 inches long and 17.5 inches short.

Celebrity Dachshund Watch: Jennifer Aniston


Okay, so Jennifer Aniston isn't a Dachshund Lover in the sense that she has her own Dachshund dog, but she obviously loves this little red smooth pup.  And who wouldn't?  Via INF Daily:  Imagine this: you’re out for a morning stroll, walking your super cute baby Dachshund. Everything’s normal, sorta quiet, then all of a sudden there’s Jennifer Aniston, and she’s petting your pup. And taking his picture with her iPhone. Bam! Your day just got 90% more interesting than everyone else’s.

Can't argue that.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Red Green's Warm Urine



We all love good Dachshund stories - this is the humurous tale of 'Red Green,' a bad, bad Dachshund who had a terribly unfortunate fate when he reached the ripe old age of sixteen.  So, sit a Dachshund on your lap, watch a little 'soccer,' (football?), learn what NOT to do, and appreciate how great your own little furry friends really are. 

Oscar, The Blessed Dachshund

Bless ME!  Bless ME!

Dozens of dogs and even a few cats came out yesterday to the parking lot of Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton, New York, for a pet blessing in honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.   Included in the pack was 8-week-old 'Oscar,' pictured above.  Excerpt from Press Connects:

The few dozen pet owners in attendance nodded in agreement when Father Amrhein talked about the importance of companionship and how much joy dogs and cats can bring into the lives of people. While there are medications people can take for most ailments, he said, there are things drugs cannot treat, but animals can.
"There's no real prescription for loneliness," Amrhein said.
Joe Becker of Johnson City knew just what the priest meant; his wife died in February. Becker brought his new friend, Oscar, to the blessing. An 8-week-old dachshund, Oscar has brought much happiness and plenty of energy into his house, Becker said. The impulse to bring Oscar into his family was just too great.
"I couldn't resist it," he said.
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