Friday, March 30, 2012

Sweet Dachshund Puppy Thrown Out A Third Floor Balcony: She's A Miracle Baby

Look at that face

Good gosh.  We hate ending our week at The Long and Short of it All with such a sad story, but alas - we don't write the Dachshund news, we just report it.  Meet beautiful little 9-week-old 'Lola,' who hails from Mobile, Alabama.  She was thrown from a balcony of  a third-floor apartment on Tuesday, and is seen here just yesterday - still in very serious condition at South Alabama Spay & Neuter Center.  Excerpt from al.com:

The small dog appeared weak, only standing for several seconds, but responding to kisses and other shows of affection.
“She’s not out of the woods yet. She definitely a miracle,” said Dr. Jeni Knizley who is treating Lola. “She has had the most wonderful attitude. Even when we were trying to hook up a catheter, she would look up at us and wag her tail. That kind of love and devotion, (it) is heartbreaking when you see it. She had a strong will to be here and is a really sweet, sweet precious baby.”
Kendria Dexter, the puppy’s owner, was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. She was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail about 6:14 p.m. Wednesday and was released about 8 p.m. with bail set at $1,000, records show.
“I did not have good expectations for the dog,” Knizley said. “I would probably have given her a 10 to 15 percent chance of making it.”
The puppy “was in very, very critical condition when she arrived,” Knizley said, adding that Lola had trouble breathing, couldn’t stand, and “was in a coma-type state.” The impact caused internal injuries including liver damage, she said.
“She is eating, but not keeping much down,” she said.
“I can’t say she’s out of the woods yet, but I can say she miraculously not a single broken bone, probably due to her age.” Knizley said.

Read more about this poor little girl and see another photo at al.com. 

We're sending warm Dachshund wishes Lola's way for a full and quick recovery. 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Beyonce the Dachshund Mix: World's Smallest Puppy Dog?



Thanks to the many folks who sent us emails and comments this week about little 'Beyonce,' the Dachshund-Chihuahua mix puppy who may be the smallest dog on the planet!  Beyonce was born March 8 to a rescue dog that was found abandoned, wandering the streets of San Bernardino, California. At birth, she weighed just 1 ounce and could fit into a teaspoon. Her caretakers say she's one of the smallest puppies ever born full-term - and she has captured the attention of the world.  She was given the name 'Beyonce' because of the singer's song I'm A Survivor. 
Little Beyonce has been busy this week for such a young gal - traveling to New York to appear with Dachshund Lover George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, and in the above interview for Associated Press.
We hope the little girl stays healthy and lives a long happy life with a wonderful home!

Photo By Bebeto Matthews for the Associated Press

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wirehair Wednesday: Claudia



Uh Oh.  It's a beautiful Wednesday, and you're tuned in to www.dachshundlove.blogspot.com on your internet dial.  This can mean only one thing:  It's Wirehair Wednesday!  So, grab a long dog, set 'em on your lap, and enjoy this awesome new video titled Claudia by Vimeoer DogFilm. 

They note:  We wanted to reflect the daily lives of two great friends: a fashion designer and an absolutely adorable dachshund. The camera followed them at home, in the park, with their friends… until we ended up with a film so intimate that Robbi can’t stop showing to everyone.  

Awkward Family Dachshund Photos


This plump little sausage dog is going to need years and years of therapy.  Via Awkward Family Pet Photos.

Shopping For Dachshunds: Porcelain Plates by Claudia Pearson at West Elm


If you're looking for something to brighten up that summer picnic you've been thinking about, you couldn't go wrong with these Claudia Pearson Dachshund Plates newly available at West Elm. 

Brooklyn artist Claudia Pearson has illustrated everything from children's books to New Yorker pages. This year, she worked with us on an exclusive collection of porcelain plates featuring our favorite darling dachshund. (He surfs, swims and serves up hot dogs in style.)

You can buy each design for $16, or splurge and get all three for $39.  11"w x 5"d x .6"h. 

Thanks to our friend Karen Krolewski for sending in the link!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Awesome Underwater Diving Dachshund and Dog Photography by Seth Casteel


Thanks to our friend 'Oscar' from Portugal for sending in the photo, and also our friend 'Guinness' from Israel (who turns 17 on Tuesday!) for sending in a link to an article on Dogster about the photographer!    Guinness also notes:  Oh, and yes, he grew up with - what else? - a miniature dachshund named Duchess who lived to be 17!  Here's an excerpt:

The marketing of homeless pets actually plays an important role in saving them.
One day at the shelter, I met someone who said, "Can I hire you to photograph my dog?" I thought: You mean, for pay? Well ... okay. One of the pictures from that shoot ended up on a magazine and started getting attention.
I've always loved animals. I grew up with a miniature dachshund named Duchess who lived to be seventeen. I've always loved animals, but it didn't occur to me until that moment that I could make a career out of this. It hasn't always been easy. You have to hustle. And the economy hasn't helped.
How did you get the idea to take pictures of dogs underwater?
It seems to me that water gives dogs the opportunity to explore their wild instincts. That's why it's so exciting for them and so much fun for them to be under the water, even if they've never been near the water before. This shines through in the photographs. You can see in the pictures that these very expressive moments are happening to the dogs underwater: moments which can be very silly or very focused or even very terrifying. I think that's what the deal is with the water.

Read more of this article at Dogster, and keep up with Seth at his official website. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Celebrity Dachshund Watch: Jennifer Lawrence Locked in Basement With Dachshunds



Thanks so much to our friend Clara and her boy 'Oscar' from Portugal for writing in about actress Jennifer Lawrence's appearance on Tuesday's David Letterman.  Ms. Lawrence is poised to hit super-stardom with today's release of the movie Hunger Games.  Or maybe she's poised to hit super-stardom because of this story of her, her brothers, and their three Dachshunds.  The whole interview is entertaining, but the Dachshund bits start at about 7 minutes in.  Watch it quick before "the man" takes it down.  Via People magazine:

The actress, who stars in the highly anticipated film adaptation of the dystopian teen trilogy about a televised battle to the death, told David Letterman on the Late Show that her two older brothers roughhoused with her growing up.

"I've got scars all over my body," she said. "The best part – they would fight each other over who could fight me."

There was one ritual in particular that was especially agonizing. "When I was doing the gymnastics phase, they used to pin my feet back behind my head – I can't do this anymore – and then they would get our dachshunds and put peanut butter all over my face," she explained. "We had three dachshunds and then the dogs would do this [go crazy licking]. And then they'd shut the door, lock me in the basement with dachshunds."

"And now – karma! – I go on talk shows and tell everybody," she added. "I win!"

Letterman, who feigned a therapy session throughout the interview, said, "I'm going to make two calls, Jennifer. The first one will be to Amnesty International, and the second one will be to Dick Cheney. I think we have something here. It might replace water boarding, that little dachshund deal."

Dachshund Attacked in Own Home by Pit Bull



Meet poor little 18-month-old 'Mac,' who hails from Watertown, New York.  A loose Pit Bull charged into his house and started attacking him last weekend.  Luckily his Dad came to his rescue, stabbing and killing the Pit Bull.  Not exactly a fun-filled story to be sharing on a wonderful Friday, but it just goes to show you that you can never let your guard down, Dachshund Brethren.  We hope that Mac has a complete recovery from this horrific ordeal. 

Simon Cowell Likens Co-Star's Relationship to Family Dachshund


David Walliams, (right), a British comedian, writer, and actor, is joining Simon Cowell (left), as a judge on the 6th season of Britain's Got Talent this year.  The bromance they've developed is apparently causing some jealousy issues with Williams' wife, model Lara Stone.  Via What's On TV:

David said: "Lara is jealous because every time I come back from work I'm 'Oh, guess what Simon did today'."
David joked he had started calling his wife "Simon" in bed, adding: "The first few times she didn't mind, but then wearing the mask...".
But Simon said the relationship was more like the one he used to have with his parent's pet dog.
He said: "My mum and dad used to have a Dachshund dog and as it got a bit older it used to get on my leg occasionally and hump my leg... that kind of is our relationship".


Well... we never!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Dachshund and the Kibble

Photo via the April, 2012 issue of Country Living magazine (click to enlarge)


There was once upon a time a Prince who wanted a Dachshund, but the dog must be a true Dachshund. So he traveled through the whole world to find one, but there was always something against each. There were plenty of Long and Short dogs, but he could not find out if they were true Dachshunds. In every case there was some little defect, which showed the genuine article was not yet found. So he came home again in very low spirits, for he had wanted very much to have a true Dachshund. One night there was a dreadful storm; there was thunder and lightning and the rain streamed down in torrents. It was fearful! There was a knocking heard at the Palace gate, and the old King went to open it.

There stood a Dachshund outside the gate; but oh, in what a sad plight she was from the rain and the storm! The water was running down her coat and into the webs of her paws and out again. And yet she said she was a true Dachshund!

‘Well, we shall soon find out!’ thought the old Queen. But she said nothing, and went into the sleeping-room, and laid a small piece of kibble on the bottom of a dog bed. Then she put twenty dog beds on top of the kibble, and twenty eider-down quilts on the top of the dog beds. And this was the bed in which the Dachshund was to sleep.

The next morning she was asked how she had slept.

‘Oh, very badly!’ said the Dachshund. ‘I scarcely closed my eyes all night.  I was forever turning in circles and pawing and fluffing the eider-down quilts! I am sure I don’t know what was in the bed. I laid on something so hard that my whole body is black and blue. It is dreadful!’

Now they perceived that she was a true Dachshund, because she had felt the kibble through the twenty dog beds and the twenty eider-down quilts.

No dog but a true Dachshund could be so sensitive.

So the Prince adopted her, for now he knew that at last he had got hold of a true Dachshund. And the piece of kibble was put into the Royal Museum, where it is still to be seen if no little Dachshund has eaten it. Now this is a true story.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

BAD DOGS!



Do you think your sweet, lovable little Dachshunds are blessed angels sent from heaven?  Better think again.  Find out what they do when you're not looking....
Above video by youtuber ranneli2 who proclaims:  So that's where my nutella went.



Video by youtuber nicoleeliseifyable who notes:  A sneaky mini dachshund stealing snacks from a kitchen cabinet. Watch as Skippy gets 'caught in the act'!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dachshunds Around Town: Active Transport Inc.


Oh, we love this!  Thanks so much to Pat and her sweet lovable Doxie boy 'Toby' for sending it in!  They write:

Hi Joey and Rowdy!

My husband took this picture when he was at a job site in nyc last week.  The truck was towing a huge crane.  Hope you like it!

Dachshund Vs. Penguin



Thanks to our buddy Phillip Jenkins, aka 'Philly' for sending in this video!  He writes: 

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

I found this link and figured you've seen this already but if not, it's fantastic! 



It sure is - thanks Philly!

Philly:  One Handsome Wheaten

Drabbling In Bubbles, Continued


Thanks again to our sweet pal 'Princess Lea,' who hails all the way from Slovenia, for sending in the latest Drabble!

We noticed a comment over at GOCOMICS where these are published which said:  Is it me or is Fagan leaning heavily on these dog strips lately?  We haven't seen Norma in weeks.  Once again I say....Fagan mailed it in today.

Au contraire dear commentor, we can never get enough of Wally!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dachshunds Let It All Hang Out For St. Patrick's Day


We hope you are all recovering after a big weekend for Dachshunds and their humans!  Who says Germans can't be Irish?   Above, our pal 'Honey' delighted party-goers everywhere she went with her Wearin' O' the Green.  Make sure and keep up with Honey over at flickr in Honey in 2012!


Meanwhile, the Buffalo Dachshund Club out of Buffalo, New York, marched in the local St. Patrick's Day Parade yesterday.  Catch all the photos at their meetup site. 


And finally, fun was ta' be had with On My Way Home Dachshund Rescue and their adoptathon at The Soggy Dog in Henderson, Nevada.  Good times!

Drabbling In Bubbles


Thanks as always to our friend 'Princess Lea,' who hails all the way from Slovenia, for sending in the latest Drabble!

Read more Drabble at GOCOMICS.

A Word A Day: DOXY

DOXY

The word for Sunday in Wordsmith's Word A Day was:  doxy:


MEANING:
noun:
1. A mistress or a promiscuous woman.
2. Opinion or doctrine

ETYMOLOGY:
For 1: Of uncertain origin, perhaps from obsolete Dutch docke (doll). Earliest documented use: around 1530.
For 2: Back-formed from orthodoxy, heterodoxy, etc. From Greek doxa (opinion), from dokein (to think). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dek- (to take or accept), which is also the root of words such as paradox, orthodox, doctor, disciple, discipline, doctrine, dogma, decent, decorate, dignity, disdain, condign, and deign
. Earliest documented use: around 1730.
USAGE:
"The arresting officer would still be filling out paperwork and the doxy would be collecting her things and heading back to the street."
Neil Steinberg; Blinded by Race; Chicago Sun-Times; Dec 31, 2008.

"In that twilight zone of the Anglican double standard, orthodoxy is really just a word for my doxy. Heterodoxy means everyone else's doxy."
Hywel Williams; Let Us All Err and Stray; The Guardian (London, UK); Jul 8, 2003.


Merriam-Webster provides these synonyms:
Synonyms: bimbo [slang], chippie (also chippy), floozy (also doxie), fancy woman, hoochie [slang], hussy, Jezebel, minx, quean, slut, tramp, trollop, wench, whore
Related Words: siren, temptress, vamp; grisette, harlot, prostitute, trull

Dachshund Lovers may be best off just spelling it Dachsie!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth Gave Good Face

Who?  Oh, we think you know. Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American film actress and dancer who attained fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars. She appeared in 61 films over 37 years and is listed as one of the American Film Institute's Greatest Stars of All Time. 
Hayworth was a top glamour girl in the 1940s, a pin-up girl for military servicemen and a beauty icon for women. In 1949 Hayworth's lips were voted best in the world by the Artists League of America.
And oh yeah - she was of course a Dachshund Lover.  Seen above with her handsome black and tan smooth 'Knockwurst,' (she called him Knocky), the archives of People Magazine reports that she had two other Dachshunds:  'Lilac' and 'Mink.'


Ms. Hayworth was never better than in the 1946 film Gilda.


Smoking Hot

Dachshund Trouble: Two Times is a Charm

Has Fredrick Learned His Lesson?

Meet handsome yet troublesome black and tan 'Fredrick,' who hails from Spotswood, New Jersey.  Hoping to either befriend or belittle a wayward raccoon, Fredrick found himself stuck under a shed not once, but twice yesterday, requiring the assistance of police and firefighters to help him regain his freedom.  Excerpt from My Central Jersey:


The firefighters, using airbags that can typically lift up to 15,000 pounds, raised the shed into the air. But, Fredrick was not eager to leave.
As the owner called to his two- to three-year-old dog, police and firefighters had to use squeaky toys to lure Fredrick out from under the shed, Spotswood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Nicholas Poliseno said.
Upon their departure, the owner was asked not to let the dog back in the yard.
About one half-hour later, the owner again summonsed officials back to the home because the dog was again trapped under the shed.
“This time when we lifted the shed we found a humongous raccoon under the shed,” Poliseno said. “He was standing in the middle of the shed hissing at us. He was pretty angry. We all jumped back. Luckily this dog made it out of there.”
The firefighters, with the help of the owner and Fredrick’s squeaky toys, again lured the dog out from under the shed.
Helmetta Animal Control was called to the scene, but because the raccoon was so large and they did not have traps big enough to catch the raccoon, the homeowner was advised to call in a private company to get the raccoon out, Poliseno said.


Fredrick looked fine apparently, but his human was advised to consult a veterinarian to be sure.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pi(e) Day!

Dylan's attempt to shout "Happy Pi(e) day from all the treetops!

We would have totally forgotten the extra snuggles tonight if it weren't for our handsome friend 'Dylan' writing in:

Hi Joey and Rowdy,

I know Wed traditionally belongs to the wires but Wed 3/14 is an extra special day since it is PI(e) Day!  There are 52 Wednesdays in a year but only 1 PI(e) Day.  I was hoping we could get a shout out to all the wonderful PI(e)s out there?   Joey should also get extra treats today....I already have that well trained into my human :)

Wags,
Dylan
your PI(e) brother


Stand up and be counted.....it's treats galore for all the piebald brethren!

Related:  Joey's Corner: Piebalds in Nature

Wirehare Wednesday: Otto Being Sexy



Girl look at that body...He works out.....

Turn Up The Volume. By youtuber jrb1335.

Hound Group Judging at Crufts 2012



Thanks so much to Elspeth S. for writing in:

Hi there Boys,

I thought you might like to see the Hound Group judging at Crufts on Sunday. It gets interesting about 24 seconds in. Sadly the Mini Dachshund came fourth - he would have been Best in Show if I had been judging.
I love the blog. I'm in Glasgow, Scotland and, oh yes, I have a smooth black-and-tan called George, who is sleeping on my knee as I type.


Thanks again!  We were searching for some videos of Dachshund judging at Crufts, but it looks like nothing was posted this year.  But the extra Dachshund lap in the Hound judging makes it all worthwhile! 

Texas Bed & Breakfast/Dachshund Rescue Forced To Cease Rescue Operations


Times are tough, and when you've spent $20,000 caring for dogs last year, and then your insurance company says they won't insure your dog-related claims anymore, something has to give.  Meet Carol Hirschi of Seguin, Texas, and a couple of her rescues.  Carol and her husband operate the Mosheim Mansion Bed & Breakfast, which also doubles as a dog rescue of sorts - usually with 10 - 20 dogs on the property, mostly Dachshunds, waiting for their forever home.  Excerpt from My San Antonio:

The dogs are mostly relegated to separate kennel areas or the backyard of the six-bedroom, three-story building that dates from 1894.
“The dogs aren't allowed in the kitchen or the living areas of the house,” says Hirschi, who, with her long, jet-black hair, exudes an intriguing rock 'n' roll businesswoman vibe. “And guests have to ask permission to go into the kennel or backyard to play with them.”
And even that may soon end as Hirschi prepares to “de-dog” the B&B.
Her reasons?
Money.
“We just can't do it anymore,” she says while standing in the backyard, overrun on this damp day by about a dozen canines.
Her current insurer recently informed her that it would no longer cover claims related to the dog rescue operations, nor would it sell her any personal liability to cover her in case a dog bit someone (which has never happened). She called two other insurers and they wouldn't even give her an estimate.
"It's sad," she says. "Only one guest ever complained about barking."
Should a guardian angel appear and offer to write her a big check, she'd reconsider her decision.
But in these hard economic times, she knows that's unlikely.

Read more about this rescue/B&B, and see more photos at My San Antonio. 
Thanks so much to Melinda F. for sending in the link!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sausage Party!



Happy Monday!  Might as well smile and make the most of it. 

Fun little video by youtuber lukin5 who notes: Dachshund cousins having a grand ol' time! 

Drabbling

Sound familiar?  Thanks as always to our friend 'Princess Lea,' who hails all the way from Slovenia, for sending in the latest Drabble!

Read more Drabble at GOCOMICS.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Retro Dachshund Fun: Snow-Mantled Show-Stopper


As winter fades and we welcome the sprouts of early crocus, let's have just one more look at an adventurous snowy delight:  a 27.5 foot-long Snow Dachshund!   Via the American Dachshund magazine, July, 1972:

This snowy statuary of a 27 1/2-foot Dachshund was the brainchild of James Grinder, son of Mrs. Howard (Blackie) Nygood of Wilton, CT.
Five neighborhood friends, ranging in age from 7 to 14, spent six hours with young Jim constructing the Dachshund-like figure on a Sunday in March at the home of Professional Handler Howard Nygood.
"Granted the head is a trifle small and the color dubious for the show ring," wrote Mrs. Nygood.  "Nonetheless, the remains of this Dachsie and his 'bone' of snow remained on our front lawn until the rains later melted the 'show-stopper' away."
"It was truly a labor of love for my son and his friends, and it was featured on the front page of the Wilton Bulletin," wrote Blackie Nygood.

We would stop traffic too, if we suddenly came upon a 27.5 foot-long Dachshund.

New Big Head Dachshund T-Shirt: Shopping For Dachshunds

Don't Mess With Dachshund

Black and Tan fans may want to show their Dachshund Pride by wearing this awesome new t-shirt available in a line of "Big Face Animals" by a company called The Mountain.  It'll set you back just $20 plus shipping.  We think it would be the perfect thing for a Dachshund Lover to wear in any sort of Dachshund competition to intimidate your oppenents - whether it's flyball, obedience, agility, or even conformation.   
If you shop around you may see it for less - i.e., check out eBay, where it's available for $16.80 with free shipping. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mary Does Meetup: South Florida Dachshund Meetup Group


Mary Does Meetup: South Florida Dachshund Meetup Group from Mary Beth Koeth on Vimeo.

Photographer Mary Beth Koeth randomly chooses a meetup group each month to humorously document people and their interests. 
Looks like she made it to the South Beach Dachshund Winterfest in January!   Fantastic!


Related:  2012 South Beach Dachshund Winterfest -- World's Longest Dachshund Video!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Vintage Dachshund Fun


It's really all you need:  a giant spinning top, and your beloved Dachshund.   

Smooth photo circa 1945, source unknown.  

2012 NJVMA Animal Welfare Award ~ Kim Kilmer, Schultz Senior Dachshund Sanctuary


2012 NJVMA Animal Welfare Award ~ Kim Kilmer, Schultz Senior Dachshund Sanctuary from Tightvideo on Vimeo.

Congratulations to Kim Kilmer and her group Schultz Senior Dachshund Sanctuary for their induction into the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Hall of Fame on March 4th.  Via nj.com:

The sanctuary has placed over 100 dachshunds since it was founded in 2006. In all cases, without Kilmer’s help, these dachshunds would have been left with few, if any, options.
She and Schultz Senior Dachshund Sanctuary were nominated by the Wimsey Family and Dr. Chadd Tindall of Mobile Veterinary Services in Stockton.
The Animal Hall of Fame was established by the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association to publicly celebrate the human-animal bond. More than 80 animals, including dogs, cats, horses and birds have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Kim Kilmer, founder of Schultz Senior Dachshund Sanctuary, hugs her dog, Edna, who was rescued from a shelter in South Carolina. Edna passed away a year ago.

Helping Dachshund Lovers In Need

Katie and Jules

Dachshund Delights has set up a fundraiser for Sheryle Pickett, a resident of Holton, Indiana, who lost her husband Ron, her home, her two Dachshunds, and her Dachshund-mix in last Friday's tornadoes that ravaged the South and MidWest.  Sheryle & Ron were also adopters and volunteers for Dachshund Rescue of North America. Their Dachshunds, 'Katie' and 'Jules,' were puppy mill survivors, and their Dachshund mix 'Bear' was found as a stray. 

If you would like to help, there are two fundraising channels:

One is a ChipIn donation page (operated by PayPal). You do not need to have a PayPal account to use it. You can pay by credit card or e-check.

The second way you can help is by purchasing raffle tickets.  Dachshund Delights has procured several gift certificates and gift cards for the raffle. Drawing will be held March 10.

You can watch an interview with Sheryle Pickett in the local news at WLWT.COM. 
  

Monday, March 5, 2012

Tim Burton "Dachshund" movie 'Frankenwee​nie'



Thanks so much to our pretty new pal 'Penelope' for writing in:

Hi Joey and Rowdy!  I love reading your blog, and enjoyed meeting you at the doxie meetup last weekend!
I just wanted to send you an article about the new Tim Burton movie coming out called 'Frankenweenie'.  It looks like so much fun! Finally, a Disney movie about us Dachshunds!  Here's the link.

And our friends 'Max' and 'Basil' write:

Hey Joey and Rowdy! I'm sure you'll be interested in seeing this new Tim Burton stop-motion animated movie.  Looks like it comes out October 5.

Thanks guys for sending the links and everything, we were excited to watch the trailer.  Now, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but is that a Dachshund?  When we have to ask ourselves such a question, it's usually not.  Is this movie about a weenie dog in name only? 
We did a little bit of research on the subject and found the original Tim Burton Frankenweenie movie played by a real dog was in fact, a Bull Terrier, although he has a Dachshund for a neighbor.  You can watch the whole 30-minute short at youtube.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mr. Burton discussed the name of the film: 

Frankenweenie, though a stitched-together hodgepodge and scientific abomination, is ultimately still a cute little bugger. The goofy name itself was chosen to suggest something harmless. “It’s like a small pet name, a hot-dog kind of thing,” Burton says.

Mr. Burton goes on to say that Frankenweenie has similarities to a dog he had as a child:

As outlandish as Frankenweenie was, it also had roots in a real-life pet dog Burton had while growing up in Burbank. “It’s such an unconditional relationship,” Burton recalls. “A lot of kids have that experience – I certainly had that experience with a first pet. You’ll probably never have it again in your life in that way, it’s so pure and memorable.”
“His name was Pepe — we lived in a Spanish neighborhood,” Burton recalls. “Our dog had this thing called distemper, and wasn’t supposed to live more than a couple of years. He lived much longer than that, which kind of fed into this Frankenstein mythology as well.”
What kind of dog was Pepe? “It was a mix, kind of a mutt, with a bit of terrier, and a bit of something else,” Burton says. “I don’t know what it was. It was kind of a mixture.”

So, that's the unfortunate Long and Short of it All - a major movie about a dog with "weenie" in the title isn't about a Dachshund.  What are the odds?  Not to fear though, we will have our day.

Our new pretty pal 'Penelope' is shocked and saddened by the news.

This toy pile is just too much!  Our handsome friends 'Max' and 'Basil' say:  "Hummmph.  Wake us up when a real Dachshund movie comes out."

Friday, March 2, 2012

Keeping Up With Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos, Daisy, and Charlie



(UPDATE:  Video deleted from youtube by Home Box Office, Inc.)  We've featured American television journalist and former political advisor George Stephanopoulos a few times here in the past, most notably when he lost his Dachshund 'Gilbert,' and when he adopted his new Dachshund Daisy!  Now George's wife, actress and comedienne Alexandra Wentworth, is making the rounds in magazines and television programs talking about and allowing photos to be taken of...what else....her Dachshunds!
Above, thanks to an Anonymous Dachshund Lover for letting us know that Ali appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on February 17th.  Obviously a lot of politics is discussed, but you don't want to miss the good part that starts at about 5:30 in, where she talks about going to Dachshund Lover Donald Rumsfeld's house, and they talk about their love of Long Dogs. 


Here, thanks to our pal who is also named 'Ali' for letting us know that Ali and her mother were featured in the February 2012 Town & Country magazine:  Cabot and Wentworth adore dogs.  Pictured here are Ali's Dachshund Daisy (in her arms), her terrier mix [Dachshund mix?] Charlie (center), and their spaniel playmate Summer. 



And here's a sneak peek at George and Ali's New York home via the March, 2012 Architectural Digest magazine:  Charlie, left, and Daisy on chairs by David Iatesta in the breakfast area; the hanging lamp is by Vaughan. 


And finally, here is a close-up of a young Daisy via George Stephanopoulos' Twitter Page.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chicago Mini Motoring Club


If you own a MINI car, and if you're owned by a mini Dachshund, you may have found your forever home at Chicago MINI Motoring Club.

Thanks to our smooth chocolate mini hometown gal-pal 'Bridget' for sending in the link!

Vintage Dachshund Fashion: Hats With A Kitschy Kitchen Theme



Which one is your favorite?

Thanks to our Los Angeles pal 'Pee Wee' for sending in the link!
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