Monday, December 31, 2007
Happy New Year!
May all your Dachshund Dreams come true in 2008!
Imagine if every year that passed actually equaled seven.
Key West Dachshund Walk Today
Source: Yahoo News
Dachshunds Love Pet Sitters
At the first stop, the women were greeted by two wiggling wiener dogs, Pippin and Ellie, who barked in anticipation of a play session.
As the dogs raced around the living room, the sitters retrieved Lulu the ferret from a nearby cage.
After several minutes of play and grooming, the animals, their energy spent, settled back in for a mid-morning snooze.
Read all about Treasured Pets and pet sitting at The Tyler Morning Telegraph.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Lady Una Troubridge
Troubridge was an educated woman who had many achievements in her own right. Most notably she was a successful translator and introduced the French writer Colette to English readers. Her talent as a sculptor prompted dancer and choreographer Nijinsky to sit for her several times.
Hall and Troubridge raised and showed dachshunds and griffons. The dachshunds shown in the above Romaine Brooks portrait of Troubridge were a prize winning pair given to her by Hall.
Find out more about Una Troubridge at wikipedia.
Lady Una Troubridge and Radclyffe-Hall at Crufts dog show, 1923
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Friday, December 28, 2007
Dachshunds Welcome Home Long-Lost Family Members in the News
Thursday, December 27, 2007
2007 Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals Winner: Sammy Davis
Way to go 'Sammy Davis!' Sammy Davis hails from San Francisco and his humans are Sabrina Seiden and Patrick Major. Congratulations! Photo source
And congratulations to all the dachshunds who raced. As they say: "there are no losers, you are all wieners!"
The Big Bay Balloon Parade, which the races were a part of, airs nationally on the USA Network on Friday, December 28th at 9 a.m. EST/PST. Check your local listings and see if the wieners make it on the air!
Woof! If you've got a nice photo and a little story of your doxie you'd like to share, send it in!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Related: ARE YOU READY: Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals Also, check out the news archives for more coverage of the semi-final races, which started in March, as well as some profiles of the spry dachshunds racing. (Maggie has the hots for 'Ziggy Boy')
Above, meet 'Jack,' also known as 'Flying Jack,' of Temecula, California, who will be racing on Thursday. Jack's racing career began in 2006 at Ocktober Fest in Huntington Beach. Jack did pretty well. That lead his humans, who were living in Orange County at the time, to continue to race him each weekend. GO JACK GO! Excerpt from The Californian: In a time when professional sports are marred with allegations of performance-enhancing drugs, Jack's success on the track can be attributed his performance-enhancing ball. Just the mention of the word B-A-L-L sends a shudder through his little legs."I don't know when his obsession came about; he is crazy about it," Leslie said. "He'll get depressed when we put the ball away." Read all about Jack at The Californian.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Maya Meets Santa Claus
Teaching a Dachshund to Hunt
Ururn is a Japanese gameshow where each week a Japanese "visitor" (usually an actor) is sent to learn a skilled trade somewhere around the world. In this espisode, a girl travels to Germany to stay with dachshund breeders and teach a young wire-hair pup 'Frida' in some basic hunting and other skills. The whole show is in Japanese and German, but luckily dachshund is universal, so it's pretty easy to tell what's going on. There are 4 clips; each clip totals about 10 minutes. See all 4 clips at IanJapan's playlist on YouTube.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Elizabeth Taylor
The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh among the Greatest Female Stars of All Time.
Now, we don't know for sure that this is Elizabeth's red sable long-hair dachshund in the above photo. We can certainly hope though, as the pup seems to be pretty familiar with her. There's a rumour floating around on the internet that she acquired an entire litter of dachshunds which she later bestowed as a gift upon her then-husband Richard Burton, when the two completed filming the movie "Cleopatra."
Find out more about Elizabeth Taylor on wikipedia, or anywhere really.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Dachshund Jokes: The First Day of Winter is Here
Friday, December 21, 2007
ARE YOU READY: Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals
Since March, there have been ten qualifying dachshund races throughout the West and Southwest for this final. Find out more at the Wienerschnitzel site and Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.
We'll keep you updated on the big race!
Dachshund Puppies for Christmas
The little girl's mom, Amanda, set the surprise in motion.
"I think there's a package on the doorstep," she said.
Though she's not quite 4, Ryleigh knows an early Christmas present when she sees one -- in seconds, she had it open. Carefully, for the 6-week-old miniature dachshund looked awfully fragile, she picked it up to snuggle.
"She's my puppy, and I can keep her forever and ever," she announced.
"All she wanted was a puppy," said Amanda, who couldn't resist fulfilling her daughter's dearest wish. "That's all she asked for." Read the rest and see more photos at The Press Republican.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Catching Up With Our Dachshund Friends on YouTube
We haven't had a look at any youtube videos for a while, and some interesting dachshund videos have been posted over the last week. Above, the most recent dachumercial, The Right Companion: Dachshund, is the doxie breed profile from the dvd The Right Companion which has a look at 40 different dog breeds.
Our friend 'Goeman,' the Superdachshund, makes his big television debut in this video clip, and it looks like he won the top prize on the show! Way to go Goeman! Check out Goeman's original Superdachshund video we featured way back in July right here. When's the last time you've seen it?
Expo TV offers video product reviews and consumer reports, and they featured a 'Gift-O-Matic' clip on dachshund salt and pepper shakers of all things. We love our dachshund collectibles.
Finally, it is the holiday season after all, and little red smooth 'Amy' gets to open an early Christmas present with the family and play with it in this video Weiner Dog Gets Christmas Present. Her tail doesn't stop. Woof!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Dachshund Rescued from Python Snake!
Just yesterday in our post about Dachshund Family Values, we were speaking so fondly about life in the country, and we might need to retract those statements because we totally forgot about the coyotes, hawks, and apparently in Malalane, South Africa,.... PYTHONS! Suddenly, dodging the salt on the icy sidewalks in the city doesn't seem so bad.
Meet pretty solid black smooth 'Lilly,' one of her pups, and her teen human Elske Strauss. Elske is our dachshund hero! She rescued pregnant Lilly from the jaws of an 18-foot-long python, and then gave her mouth-to-snout resuscitation. Wow! Way to go Elske! Excerpt from News 24: Like a real-life Crocodile Dundee, 18-year-old Elske Strauss took on a huge python with just a stick - because the five-and-a-half metre reptile was busy swallowing her darling (pregnant) dachshund, Lilly!
And thanks to Elske's bravery and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Lilly survived the ordeal and gave birth to seven pups last week.
"I'm dead scared of snakes. God gave me strength that day," the born-and-bred farmgirl said.
The drama involving Lilly and the reptile began on October 30 in a stream next to their farmhouse on Strathmore farm.
Elske, who'd just finished writing matric at Nelspruit High School, was watching TV when she heard her dog whining. She ran out and saw that a python had got hold of her dog in the shallow water of a stream that flows past their house, some three metres away.
"The giant python's body was already curled around my dog, four times. Lilly's head was inside its jaws, and the reptile was starting to swallow her," said Elske.
The only weapon she could find was a stick. "I hit the snake on its head again, and again, and again."
When the snake refused to let go, she jumped into the water, lifted it out and threw it down on the embankment.
"I screamed and hit the snake again. At one stage it spat out Lilly's head and took aim at me."
The moment the snake loosened its grip, the teen grabbed the dog.
"Lilly's tongue was deep blue. She wasn't breathing and her eyes were rolled back."
She put her mouth over her limp dog's mouth and started giving it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
"After four of five breaths, the dog coughed and water started coming out of its mouth," Elske said.
After a visit to the vet, an injection and lots of love, Lilly was soon back at the farm and for the past few weeks has been romping with Billy, the father of her pups.
Just more than a week ago Lilly had seven pups, six of which have survived.
Elske's father, Flip Strauss, said several of his dogs had disappeared on the farm. "We suspected that it might be snakes, but I never thought that a python would venture that near the house." Stauss said their dogs regularly swam in the stream next to the house to cool off in the stifling Lowveld heat. The snake was later killed by farmworkers.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Dachshund Family Values
Now, we're city dogs, but boy do we love the country. We'd love to have an exchange program like this for dachshunds, but visiting our doxie cousin 'Rudy' every few months in downstate rural Illinois will just have to do!
Meet Allison Gable, back row, holding 'Delilah,' her 13-year-old son, Harry, holding 'Montana,' and 15-year-old Fresh Air Fund kid Roberto Otero of the Bronx holding 'Chelsea' at the Gable family home in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Excerpt from The News Times: When Roberto Otero was 8, he came to Ridgefield courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund.
The Bronx child learned about picking blueberries, swimming in the ocean -- but most of all, he learned about the warmth and love of Allison Gable's family in Ridgefield, his host family.
Today, at 15, Roberto is visiting the Gables for the holidays.
"It feels like I've been adopted into the family," he said of the Gables. "Allison is just like having another mom. I've been coming out here for quite a few holidays. It's a very nice break from the city. Even the dogs here are like family to me," he said of the Gable's two [three?] dachshunds. Read more about the Gable family and the Fresh Air Fund at The News Times.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Dachshunds Show Off in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Dachshunds Teleconferencing with their Dads in Iraq in the News
A satellite connection was established, and soon Marine Master Gunnery Sgt.-select Kenneth Reynolds was on the screen from the air base at Al Asad, Iraq, as part of a program to keep military families in touch with deployed loved ones through teleconferencing.
There was laughter, a few tears, some jokes about shipping Sable to Iraq in a Christmas stocking, and then some inquiries from Dad about how Kelsea, 16, and Tyler, 12, were doing in school.
Finally the joking and asking of questions fell away."I miss you," Kenneth Reynolds, a noncommissioned officer in charge of a crew of air controllers, said quietly."
I miss you, too, sweetheart," his wife said.
Read all about teleconferencing with our armed services at The Los Angeles Times.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Ernst Hofmann
Who? Dachshund Lover Ernst Hofmann (1880 - 1945) was a German theatre and film actor and producer who worked in over 80 films. He was considered one of Germany's most attractive actors in the early 1900's. In the 1930's and early 1940's he published light novels and crime stories using the pseudonym 'Ernst Hofmann von Schönholtz.' Source
We don't know the names of his attractive smooth dachshunds.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Dachshunds in Art: Earl Wettstein
He's painted several series in the last few years, including one featuring his beloved late dachshunds, Turbo and Friska, posed in satirical takeoffs of such famous paintings as "American Gothic" by Grant Wood, and Edvard Munch's "The Scream."
"My style is contemporary art," says Wettstein. "You can understand everything in the picture." Read more about the artist at The Arizona Daily Star.
Wettstein's The Howl
Wettstein's The Bitches of Avignon
Dachshunds Blessed in Richmond, Virginia
"This is in recognition of working animals and the important work they do," said Sue Mullins, a charter member of the Friends group. "This is to create awareness and to show how much people like animals."
Though the event started as a way to recognize police horses and dogs, it's grown to include companion animals as well.
"It's so sweet because I love animals," said Cindy King, who works at the Martin Agency nearby and brought her dachshund Milly.
"It's something special we can do for them. They don't always get included during the holidays." Read the rest at Richmond.com.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Top 10 Reasons Your Dachshund Deserves to be on Your Christmas Gift List
Read the rest of the Top 10 Reasons Your Dog Deserves to be on Your Christmas Gift List at The Pet Effect.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Dachshunds Ready for Winter Weather in the News
Being equipped with a fur coat doesn't ensure the safety of your pet during the winter season.
Smaller dogs like Chihuahuas and Dachshunds have a higher metabolism than their larger counterparts. That means that they burn energy quickly and aren't able to maintain their own body temperatures in the cold. And without a lot of hair to help insulate them, they can succumb to the affects of the cold quickly.
"They don't tolerate the cold well at all," said Stoddard County Veterinarian Dr. Kyle Ouzts. "When you have to take a little dog out during the cold, it's better to buy a sweater or jacket for them to wear while they are out … and remember to bring them in sooner.
"Don't leave them out as long."
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Dachshunds Going to Rehab in the News
At the Animal Fitness Center, Frick incorporates holistic care along with rehabilitation, pain management, chiropractic, acupuncture and general health assessment. She has studied physical therapy used on people to help animals. Read all about it at the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
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.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Available at Martine's Chocoloates
And make sure to check out all the chocolate dachshunds over at flickr. Here are a few to wet your appetite:
Pretty 'Miss Cleo' by hoedown03
Everyone loves 'Aunt Mya' by theMasonStation
Monday, December 10, 2007
The Piebald Dachshund Controversy
Joey can't sleep nights. He's having an identity crisis. Piebald dachshunds are seen all throughout the history of dachshunds, but they're not in the AKC breed standard. Joey says that the piebald pattern is a legacy of the breeds that went into creating the dachshund that we know and love today.
Thanks to Krystal G. for sending the link to a new website: Save the Piebalds. Here, you can sign a petition to request that piebalds be added to the breed standard. In just over 2 months, there are over 700 signatures.
Joey at 6.5 years. "For if I am not dachshund, then what am I?"
Drawing from 1910 detailing a black and tan long-hair, smooth, and smooth piebald dachshund
Related: Iris Love talks about Piebalds in Wiener Takes All
Related: Joey talks about His Piebald People
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Waldi, the First Official Olympic Mascot
Friday, December 7, 2007
Take us to Florida, we need a spa. Take us to Lap of Luxury with Karen!
Lap of Luxury with Karen in Delray Beach, Florida, offers full-service spa grooming to top-of-the-line, exceptional items your dachshunds expect. Owner Karen Grossman owned Karen's for People + Pets in New York City for about 30 years. The best part is that her 5 long-haired dachshunds are usually wandering around greeting the customers and clients.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel had a look: If ever there was a pampered pet store fit for the likes of Paris Hilton, this is it. You can find everything from mosaic inlaid pet beds to Australian crystal collars and designer duds for doggie. What also makes this store stand out is the glass-enclosed grooming salon, which allows clients to see how the poochies are being handled.
The pet furniture is elegant — with options such as the mosaic bed ($2,500) and chaises ($595-$795). But what really will blow you away is the selection of pet clothing with brand names such as For Pets Only from Italy and Ruff Ruff Couture. Expect to pay $225 for a cashmere sweater, $75 for a hoodie with a toy in the pocket and leather outfits with Chanel and Sgt. Pepper themes ($495-$550). And don't miss the crystal collars ($175-$450), bassinets in pink or blue ($150) and a huge selection of dog carriers, including a gold leather Chrombones with fringe ($1,100).
You must be joking. It looks like a Dachshund Oasis.