Friday, December 20, 2013

Dachshunds In Film: The Lemon Drop Kid

A cold Bob Hope steals Fifi's sweater

If you're looking to watch a classic Christmas movie this year, one with say, oh, a Dachshund in it, look no further than The Lemon Drop Kid starring none other than Bob Hope, and introducing the world to a song none other than Silver Bells.  That's right.  'Shelby,' 'Hope', and 'Scooby' write:

Dear Rowdy and Bette,

Tis the season to be watching Christmas movies! We watched "The Lemon Drop Kid" with Bob Hope the other night and to our mutual amazement there is a very funny scene with a long-haired wiener dog in it!  Perhaps you already know about this, but it took us by a nice surprise! The voice-over did not sound very like a Dachshund barking but we'll excuse them this considering how sweet a film it is.

If you want to check out the Dachshund scene, and we know you do, click on this youtube link, we've got it all queued up to start at the very best part. 

Big ol' film-hound rescue 'Scooby' is the newest member of his pack.  Ain't he a handsome boy?  Congrats to his family!

Christmas Fun in the Sun Down Under

'Mason' and 'Kai' picked up their fashionable holiday attire at their local K-Mart.
Dozens of Dachshunds recently got together to enjoy the warm weather and celebrate Christmas Down Under at the annual Dachshunds in Paradise holiday meet-up in the Gold Coast, Australia.  Dachshunds in Paradise is a local meet-up group which "gathers to celebrate their petite pups and to raise money to help find homes for neglected dachshunds."
Read more, see more pics, and hear audio from the event at
'Tasha' is first in line for the presents

Monday, December 16, 2013

Portillo the Wiener Dog's Origin

We're sure that you remember handsome little 'Portillo' the Wiener Dog via Modern Doxie Chat a few months back in March.  His human, Greg Miller, has a new format for his vlog show, and thankfully, Portillo makes frequent appearances.   In this episode, we get to learn all about the little guy.  

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Flipper Dachshund Scene

Rounding out this retro weekend at The Long and Short of it All, here's that Flipper episode you thought you had just dreamed about - the one with the smooth black and tan Dachshund swimming with our aquatic Lassie.  You weren't dreaming - it was as real as the whiskers on your furry little schnoz.

Video by youtuber Doria Biddle.

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder,
Flying there under, under the sea!

The Vintage December Dachshund

Can I lend you a paw?

Calling All Girls, December, 1958

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dachshunds in Film: Bachelor Flat

Hold on to your seats Dachshund fans, looks like it's going to be a retro weekend here at The Long and Short of it All!  Thanks so much to our good pal 'Trinket' for writing in about the 1962 American comedy Bachelor Flat.  She pens:

Dear Rowdy and Bette,

I recently stumbled on this while looking up some information about the holiday movie "Susan Slept Here" starring Debbie Reynolds. It turns out that the movie’s director remade the film as "Bachelor Flat" a few years later in the early 60s. One of the roles in Bachelor Flat is played by 'Jessica' the Dachshund. The whole movie isn’t on youtube, but this is a great clip of her and a dinosaur bone. What would a small dog do when confronted by a huge bone?  Jessica, btw, is billed in the opening credits.

The plot, via Wikipedia: 
A charming British anthropology Professor Bruce Patterson (Terry-Thomas) has to live with Helen Bushmill (Celeste Holm), his fiancée. Helen is away traveling, and has failed to tell him that she has a seventeen-year-old daughter Libby (Tuesday Weld), who shows up at her mother's home unaware that Helen is engaged. Meanwhile he has to resist the advances of the neighbourhood ladies who barge in unexpectedly. At the same time, Patterson must deal with the continual invasions of his cynical neighbor, and law student, Mike (Richard Beymer), who soon develops a crush on Libby. Intertwined in the story is Mike's persistent Dachshund, determined to bury the professor's prize possession of a rare dinosaur bone. Director Frank Tashlin said he included the Dachshund as a satire on CinemaScope due to the dog's shape.

Better get this film on your must-watch list!   At the time Variety called it a "frivolous, farcical concoction" and credits much of the great comedy to the supporting cast.  They added "The Dachshund, incidentally, is an accomplished low comedienne."  Of course she is.

Related:  Dachshund Unearths Dinosaur Bone

Friday, December 13, 2013

Retro Dachshund Fun

Everyone looked forward to The Shirey's Christmas Card each year.  Have you got yours all ready to go?

Original Dachshund Christmas Card by The Shireys, probably America, circa 1960. 

Jogging Dachshunds on David Letterman Stupid Pet Tricks

In case you missed it, some feisty Dachshunds - 'Guinness' and 'Stella' - were recently on The Late Show with David Letterman.  Like Mr. Letterman said "God, that was nice."

Have a great Friday - it's time to smile! 

More Dachshunds on David Letterman

Thursday, December 12, 2013

She Tried To Play It Off Like She Wasn't Staring At Me

She sure plays it cool.

By Taylor White. 

How Do You Wrap Yours?

We interrupt our unfortunate hiatus with this festive advertisement of the season by Mr. Porter, the "online retail destination for men's style."
Thanks to 'Joe Cocker' for sending this in!

Please support our advertisers.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Meet 'Adolph' and his Human, Stephen Sweeney, 1959

Dear Gentle Readers,
     Please pardon our absence as of late, but we've had some family emergencies in the last few weeks and haven't been able to provide any updates.  We haven't even been near a computer for weeks on end.  Things are not good, although thankfully they are improving - Dachtober, so much to answer for.
     But today is Veterans Day 2013, and as we have done on Memorial Day and Veterans Day for all of our years here at The Long and Short of it All, we take time to honor those who served in the armed forces - and the Dachshunds who stood by their side.
     So let's head back to August 19th, 1959, where this handsome little War-Hero Dachshund-mix was honored with a gold collar as Newsday's Pet of the Year.  Here's how it all went down:

Sgt. Adolph Sweeney, a distinguished "war hero," was called front and center again today - perhaps for the last time - to receive the accolade of civilian Long Island.  Voters named him Pet of the Year in Newsday's annual Golden Collar contest.
The 17-year-old Dachshund-Beagle, who suffers from serious heart trouble since an attack last March, apparently won the hearts of voters.  They gave him more than triple the votes of his nearest competitor, the tiger-cat Mr. Peepers.
Adolph, owned by Stephen Sweeney, a chauffeur of 30 Madison Ave, Franklin Square, New York, brought to this year's competition an exciting war record.
He flew 39 World War II missions over Germany with his master, a veteran of the Army Air Corps.  Adolph was presented with the same medals that Sweeney earned:  the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and other citations.  As mascot of a B-17 Flying Fortress, he logged 800 hours flying time from bases in Italy, England, and North Africa.
"But this award," said his master yesterday, "is the best.  It gives me something awfully nice to remember him by."
In the last few years, Sweeney explained, Adolph's health has slipped badly.  "He lost his hearing completely two years ago," Sweeney said.  "Then that heart attack in March.  He just won't be around much longer, that's all."  Adolph's age is comparable to 84 years of a human life, it was estimated by a spokesman at Farmingdale Animal Hospital.
Largely on the basis of his dramatic story, Adolph was selected by Newsday judges as the sixth Pet of the Week.  Then readers voted him Pet of the Year.  He will receive a solid gold collar to mark this title.

Adolph and Human in Uniform in 1945 Photo

If you are a new reader at The Long and Short of it All, you will definitely want to visit the archives for some absolutely amazing military-inspired Dachshund tales and images:



Dachshund Homecoming Video

Happy Memorial Day

Veterans Day and Dachshunds

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

Dachshunds in History: The Saga of Sgt. Wally D. Hund

Dachshunds Reunited with their Dads in the News

Dachshunds and Veterans Day

Dachshunds Teleconferencing with their Dads in Iraq in the News

Dachshunds in History: Mimi, A Most Unpopular Dog During WW2

Memorial Day Dachshund: Meet Gus

Dachshund News Roundup! - story on Vietnam War Veteran Jim Quick and his dachshund

Dachshund News Roundup! - story on Iraq War Veteran Scott MacKenzie and his new rescue boy

Dachshunds in History: Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark!

Dachshunds in History: Dogs of War

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dachshund Love Stories: Meet Frank


By Stacy Jacob Photography, who notes:  What can be cuter than this little guy, so full of love to give. And such a smart cookie, he sure knew how to pose for the camera. I think my favorite thing was his reaction to his "Sandwich Kiss".

Viral Dachshund Photos

We've no idea of the original source of this fine photo making the rounds on the interweb at the moment.  Is it yours?

Euthanized by Accident

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of 'Weenie,' a troubled little guy who got the short end of the stick last week while incarcerated at the Harlington Humane Society in Harlington, Texas. 
We understand that mistakes are made, but what a tragedy.

Via kgbt4tv.

That's Entertainment

Thanks as always to the incorrigible Princess Lea, who hails all the way from Slovenia, for sending in the latest Drabble!  She says:  Here's Wally to brighten the week ahead! 

Did you know Wally's got a new book out?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dachshunds Take Over Christmas 2013

Retailers have really wised up to the limitless spending habits of Dachshund Lovers for the 2013 holiday season!  Thanks to 'The Warner Dachshund Herd' for sending in all these photos of the highlights of some of what you might find to let the world know that you decorate for Christmas - Dachshund style.  They write:
Dear Bette (and Rowdy),
We thought you might want to know about all the fun Dachshund stuff out this Holiday Season and do some shopping.   It appears Dachshunds are taking over Christmas this year!
Above, you'll need to head to the yard decor section of Home Depot to find these handsome accoutrements.

Go to K-Mart for this ornament

Ornament at K-Mart

Stop by Target for this Yard Decor

Yard Decor at Lowe's

Plush Dancing Dachshunds at Lowe's

Run Into Walmart for this Yard Decor
And More Walmart Yard Decor - if you're still looking for Halloween!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Weatherman's Little Wiener

Oh, the trials and tribulations of being a Dachshund Lover.  This video went viral last week according to Alabama meteorologist Mark Prater's facebook page:

When we had our video blooper "little wiener" last week, I had a lot of folks tell me it would go viral. Little did I know what viral REALLY meant.

CBS Network - CBS This Morning
Jay Leno - The Tonight Show
Top Video - Daily Mail UK - London
Fox News: Special Report - with Brett Baier

We've lost count of how many radio stations (especially national shows) across the country.
1.8 million websites in the past 7 days!


And all good Wieners, Mr. Prater's Dachshund 'The Colonel' DOES get dressed up!

Dachtober Fun

Via the Chicago Sun Times:  Fall leaf pile in Naperville, Illinois: There is nothing like making a leaf pile. Now that my girls are too old for this, my dachshund, Rosie, keeps looking forward to the leaf pile, her rite of fall.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Who's Jealous?

Let's delve into the private insecure world of 'Pickles,' shall we? 

By youtuber Tyrone Magnus.

Who's Hungry?

Thanks as always to our pretty pal 'Princess Lea,' who hails all the way from Slovenia, for sending in the latest Drabble!  She says:  "Wally Style!"

Did you know Wally's got a new book out?
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