Monday, June 30, 2008

Dachshund News Roundup!

Proving once again that dachshunds are taking over the universe, here's a dachshund news roundup on a sunny and beautiful June 30th, 2008. Woof!
Talk about "Dachshund Love!" If you've ever looked at dachshund photos on flickr, you have no doubt seen the dachshunds in Tobyotter's photostream: black and tan smooth 'Jimmy Dean,' chocolate longhair 'Link,' and the newest member of the pack, wirehair/longhair 'Frank.' One of flickr's most prolific dachshund photographers, Tobyotter, aka Tony Alter, who hails from Newport News, Virginia, is in the news as one of his non-doxie photos was featured in the new Hulk movie. Read all about his photostream at the Daily Press, or just satisfy your urge to look at beautiful dachshund photos at Tobyotter's photostream.

Tobyotter's Frank

Bleachers had to be set up to handle the huge crowd for the second annual wiener races in downtown Pendleton, Oregon on Friday. Above, Jenna Collins, 11, of Walla Walla holds her dachshund, 'Joey,' 3, while watching the races on Main Street. The races were a benefit for the Children's Museum of Eastern Oregon. Read all about it in a nice article, and see another nice photo at the East Oregonian.

It's a sad tale, but meet five of sixteen dachshunds rescued from a home in Fortuna, California, on Thursday. The dogs' owner was recently arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder. The dogs are currently being fostered Miranda’s Rescue in Fortuna, and some are available for adoption. Find out more and see another photo at The Eureka Reporter.

Finally, this photo of longhair dachshund puppies by Tania Brewer of Medford, Oregon, was chosen by Hallmark to be on a card, and is now available in over 3,000 stores nationwide. The inside script reads, "My life has gone to pot." Read all about it at the Mail Tribune. Ms. Brewer also needs your votes to win the grand prize, which includes $1,000 and a trip to Chicago. You can vote for the pot o' puppies at

Have a great Monday!

Weiner At Play!

American Eagle Outfitters offers up these men's Weiner Dog Boxers for $12.50 or 2 for $20. Link.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Richard Barthelmess

Who? Richard "Dick" Semler Barthelmess (May 9, 1895 – August 17, 1963) was a silent film star and the first nominee of the Academy Award for Best Actor.
He was one of Hollywood's highest paid performers of the era, starring in such classics as The Patent Leather Kid (1927) and The Noose (1928); he was nominated for Best Actor at the first Academy Awards for his performance in both these films.
With the advent of the sound era, Barthelmess' fortunes changed. He made several films in the new medium, but he failed to maintain the stardom of his silent film days and gradually left entertainment. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in World War II, served as a lieutenant commander, and never returned to film, preferring instead to live off his investments. He died of cancer in 1963.
Barthelmess was one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For his contribution as an actor, Richard Barthelmess was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Read more about Richard Barthelmess at wikipedia or The Internet Movie Database.

We don't know the names of the family's red smooth dachshunds, but if anyone has any more information, please send it in. The above photo was taken in 1937, as Mr. and Mrs Barthelmess and their doxies arrived back in the US for Christmas aboard the S.S. Manhattan.

Stepping back to 1932, the Barthelmess family returns to New York from a European sojourn aboard the S.S. Resolute. With them are the two German dogs which they bought while abroad.

Listen to Bette Davis tell Richard Barthelmess she'd like to kiss him in in a classic line from the 1932 film The Cabin in the Cotton.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Night at the Movies: Dinah the Dachshund in "Canine Casanova" (Disney, 1945)

Got the popcorn?

Related: More Dinah the Dachshund Vids and Fun Facts

Itty Bitty to Appear at Book Reading

Meet smooth black and tan 'Itty Bitty' and his human, author Armando N. Garza, who hail from Camarillo, California. Itty Bitty will be making a special appearance at a book reading and signing on July 10th in Fillmore, California. Itty Bitty was born very small and with special needs, and his story is told in the children's book Itty Bitty Saves the Day. Here's a description of the book from Itty Bitty's official site: "Itty Bitty Saves the Day" is a heartwarming children's book about a little Dachshund puppy that is smaller and weaker than his siblings. Full color photographs follow Itty Bitty from birth as he struggles to keep up with his larger brothers and sister. --But then, one beautiful, sunny day, Itty Bitty turns his size to an advantage and saves the day for his doggy family. This book teaches one of life's true lessons to young children: "even though you are little, you can do BIG things!"
Can we get a WOOF?! Find out more about the reading at the Ventura County Star, and find out more about Itty Bitty and see more pics at his official web site.

Itty Bitty was a teeny tiny puppy.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Humans Whose Leg We'd Pee On: Dr. James Dobson

We try to keep things pretty low-key around these parts, but Dr. James Dobson, author of The Strong-Willed Child is in the news recently with attacks on Barack Obama and his "fruitcake ideas." We definitely won't get political here, but Dr. Dobson wrote about his dachshund 'Sigmund' as an example in his "spare the rod, spoil the child" book, which was revised in 2005. Here's a wild excerpt for those who have never read it on how to NOT train your dachshund.
One word of caution: it won't make your day. Dr. Dobson needs to explore positive reinforcement techniques if he wants dogs or even children to respect him as the pack leader.

Please don't misunderstand me. Siggie is a member of our family and we love him dearly. And despite his anarchistic nature, I have finally taught him to obey a few simple commands. However, we had some classic battles before he reluctantly yielded to my authority.
The greatest confrontation occurred a few years ago when I had been in Miami for a three-day conference. I returned to observe that Siggie had become boss of the house while I was gone. But I didn't realize until later that evening just how strongly he felt about his new position as Captain.
At eleven o'clock that night, I told Siggie to go get into his bed, which is a permanent enclosure in the family room. For six years I had given him that order at the end of each day, and for six years Siggie had obeyed.
On this occasion, however, he refused to budge. You see, he was in the bathroom, seated comfortably on the furry lid of the toilet seat. That is his favorite spot in the house, because it allows him to bask in the warmth of a nearby electric heater...
When I told Sigmund to leave his warm seat and go to bed, he flattened his ears and slowly turned his head toward me. He deliberately braced himself by placing one paw on the edge of the furry lid, then hunched his shoulders, raised his lips to reveal the molars on both sides, and uttered his most threatening growl. That was Siggie's way of saying. "Get lost!"
I had seen this defiant mood before, and knew there was only one way to deal with it. The ONLY way to make Siggie obey is to threaten him with destruction. Nothing else works. I turned and went to my closet and got a small belt to help me "reason" with Mr. Freud.
What developed next is impossible to describe. That tiny dog and I had the most vicious fight ever staged between man and beast. I fought him up one wall and down the other, with both of us scratching and clawing and growling and swinging the belt. I am embarrassed by the memory of the entire scene. Inch by inch I moved him toward the family room and his bed. As a final desperate maneuver, Siggie backed into the corner for one last snarling stand. I eventually got him to bed, only because I outweighed him 200 to 12!
But this is not a book about the discipline of dogs; there is an important moral to my story that is highly relevant to the world of children. Just as surely as a dog will occasionally challenge the authority of his leaders, so will a little child -- only more so. (emphasis Dobson's) Source.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dachshund Handler Fashion

OK, so heaven knows you humans laugh at our antics all the time, so we're gonna poke just a little fun at you today, specifically dachshund handlers. What's up with your fashion sense? This 1965 photo featuring longhair champ 'Copper Queen,' or 'Queenie,' with handler Elaine Webb of North Hollywood, California, may as well have been taken in 2008 because some things never change: the dachshunds and the handler's sense of fashion. Actually, Elaine kinda has it going on with her cat-eye sunglasses and bouffant hair, but we're seriously wondering how Queenie can keep such a straight face.
Things aren't much better in 2008. It's time to put the brown polyester shoulder-padded skirt suits with the matching bulky brown slip-ons out to the curb. We know it isn't easy running around the ring with the dogs in high heels, but we need you to complement our beauty, grace, and impeccable physique when we're in the ring, not send us running in the other direction!

Have a great day.

Dachshund Inspiration

Dachshunds inspire artists to do many things: paint, draw, write, design, sculpt.....create. This is a new handmade wool creation by dachshund lover Karen Clothier, who hails from Queensbury, NY, with her dachshunds 'Mallory,' 'Gunther' and 'Quinn.' The Post Star recently had a look at the artist, and here's an excerpt: Working from her Queensbury home, Clothier creates one-of-a-kind miniature felt dogs.
Her pint-sized pack stands at attention as she sits at a table in her living room poking small pieces of natural fiber with a crafter's needle. Shaping the wool around a wire framework, Clothier molds her material to match photos she has studied in detail.
Clothier works with fibers like camel, llama, angora and sheep's wool. The natural materials give life to the pieces, according to the crafter.
"Each time I do a dog, I learn something new, and then I incorporate it into my next dog," she said.
Clothier holds up a smiling dachshund as an example.
"I bet that took me eight to 10 hours just to do the mouth," she said.
Read more at the Post Star, or check out Karen's creations at Inspiration By Karen. She does commissions for you unique looking dachshunds!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Wheelchair Pushing Dachshund

Here's an odd little story out of China about a dachsund who's a bit of a local celebrity. Meet two-year-old red smooth 'Guai Guai,' who enjoys pushing a wheelchair for his human by putting his front legs on the foot rests, and pushing with his hind legs. Excerpt from Ananova: "When I pushed my father on a walk, Guai Guai would also be under the seat, two forelegs on the steps, walking with only the hind legs," she said.
"He couldn't keep up when he was young and always stumbled. But when we took him out, he would run back again under the seat."
Gradually Guai Guai learnt to push the wheelchair himself.
Read all about Guai Guai at Ananova.

Dachshunds On Parade

Well hello Nosey! Lots of dachshunds and their humans turned out for the 6th Annual Dachshunds on Parade on Saturday in downtown Ellensburg, Washington. Events included dachshund races, a parade, stupid pet tricks, and a costume contest. Excerpt from The Daily Record: Rick White of Snohomish was being led around Fourth Avenue by his 2-year-old dachshund Hoss, as in Hoss Cartwright of old TV “Bonanza” days. Hoss is Rick’s second dachshund in 14 years.
“They’re inseparable,” said Rick’s wife, Kip Fox, 61. “It’s like they’re joined at the hip. They go everywhere together. Hoss even follows him into the bathroom.”
Rick, 56 and retired from commercial fishing, used to hate little dogs; he was bugged, he said, at their “yipping and yapping.” Their daughter came home from college years ago with a dachshund puppy, and something changed.
“I just fell in love with them,” Rick said. “They’re your buddy for life. I guess we’re more like joined at the heart.”
Read several nice stories about dachshund love at The Daily Record.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Dachshund News Roundup!

Proving once again that dachshunds are taking over our planet, here's the latest wiener dog news from all over the world on a sunny and beautiful Monday, June 23rd, 2008. Woof! Above, chocolate dappled long-hair 'Bailey' ain't stupid, but she tried out to be on David Letterman's Stupid Pet Tricks on Saturday in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Bailey's trick was to deduce, using her sense of smell, which small, numbered, dumbbell-shaped object out of 11 -- some of which were made of leather, the rest of metal -- placed on the floor had been held by [her human] Karen Scheiner.
Scheiner said she brought the dog, whose specialty is "scent discerning," because, "I want Bailey to be famous. She's the best dog I've ever had, and I've had many." See more Bailey pics and read about some of the workings of Stupid Pet Tricks at the Courier Post Online.

Following up on Friday's post, Dachshunds To Watch Out For: Meet Sam, looks like 'Sam' didn't have it in him this year to take the wiener races on Saturday which were a part of FestivALL 08 in Charleston, West Virginia. Over 90 dachshunds showed up though, so we KNOW it was a great time! This year's, winners included Penny, Saugy Bottom Boy, Kasey, Charlie, and Rosco. Way to Go! Read all about the event and see more pics at The Charleston Gazette.

We couldn't imagine the pain. Michael Shull, of Singer Island, Florida, tries to find a good home for his disabled pet 'Toby-Won-Kanobi,' a five-year-old long hair miniature doxen (sic), at Paws 2 Help in West Palm Beach Saturday. Shull is moving and cannot take his dog to the new home. Read more about Paws 2 Help at the Palm Beach Post.

Friday was Take Your Dog To Work Day in the United States, and Australia joined in the fun this year. In an article about bringing your dogs to work, pajama designer Peter Alexander talks about working with his dachshunds, 'Betty' and 'Butch.' Check it out at WAtoday. And don't miss Mr. Alexander's fun doxie themed website: Peter Alexander USA.

Finally, Don Dixon, 'Daisy' the Dachshund & 'Ruby' the Chihuahua lay in the sun on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, Calif. on Sunday, June 22, 2008 which is about ten degrees lower than Los Angeles, but feels about 15 degrees cooler. Californians exhausted by a nearly weeklong heat wave looked for relief Sunday from the triple-digit temperatures that have strained air conditioners and power companies. Source

Have a great Monday!

Dachshund Geniuses

Watch smooth black and tan 'Toby' do math. He's smooth alright. We thought we figured out his trick, but then we decided he's just a genius. Fun stuff!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Dachshund Day: One Dachshund's Account

'Clancy' meets his daughter 'Midget' at Dachshund Day in Great Falls, Montana.

We've got a special submission today from our red smooth pal 'Clancy,' who hails from Chicago, Illinois. Clancy flew all the way to Great Falls, Montana, last weekend to attend the 10th and last Annual Dachshund Day, an event which raised over $15,000 for The American Cancer Society over the years. Way to go! Enjoy Clancy's thrilling and hilarious account of the event. It will make your day!

I just flew in from Montana, and boy are my legs tired. Actually, they're tired from thrashing around like the Tasmanian Devil all the way from Great Falls, Montana, to Denver to Chicago. First I lulled my folks into a false sense of confidence, when they remembered how placid I had been in my Sherpa bag under the seat when they brought me to live with them 5 years ago. Then I let them believe that a good dose of Pet Calm would actually calm me. The more fools they! I report with pride that they had to dispose of the thoroughly shredded carrier – more holes than bag, thanks to my strong teeth and nails – in a trash container at O'Hare and carry me through the airport in my familiar and trusted Take-A-Long Bag, in clear violation of posted policy.
But though I was the unhappiest of travelers going to and coming from Montana, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the Tenth And Final Dachshund Day. You read about the event right here in Maggie and Joey's blog last week, but I'm here to give you a first-hand account by a fellow who was on site.
Staged by 2 Dogs Long, where I was a stud dog before my retirement, Dachshund Day has raised money for the American Cancer Society since 1998. But Bill and Becky Burguess, who run the kennel, are stepping down now. The time and effort and money needed to pull this event together just got to be too much, and today's economy means that people can't give as much to charity as they used to. Bill and Becky were always good to me, and I know that stepping away from this job isn't a decision they made lightly.
The week before the event was not promising. It included a snow storm (yes, in June), then high winds and a torrential downpour. But when Dachshund Day arrived, the temperature was in the low 70s, the breeze was mild, and the sky was cloudless. And the setting couldn't have been better. The Montana State Expo Park has an area that provides both plenty of sun and plenty of shade – take your pick – as well as a nice pavilion and a spacious stage. And it's surrounded by beautiful Art Deco buildings.
But it's all about us dachshunds, folks, and we were the stars of the show. Dachshunds wherever you looked, and many representations of dachshunds at the raffle table. My mom won a beautiful handmade tote bag, featuring a dachshund adorned with a real metal tag commemorating the day. There were many races and contests, and that was kind of a bummer for me. I thought I was a shoo-in for the distinction of "furthest traveled." I mean, it's 1,400 miles from Chicago to Great Falls. But then up steps a little wirehair who claimed to be from Germany. Well, he was from Germany. But he's lived in Montana for three years and didn't have to get there underneath a seat in an airplane just the day before. But it was a day for fun and good feeling, so I didn't kick up a fuss.
I met one of my daughters, a little piebald girl named Midget. She's quite good-looking. She gets that from my side of the family. I forgave her for not remembering to bring me a Father's Day present.
When the day was over, more than $2,000 had been raised for cancer research. Not as much as last year, but nothing to be ashamed of either.
And when we got back to Chicago, I got the best treat of all. My folks promised me that I will never have to go on an airplane again.

The winner of the Dachsie Dash

The winner of the Costume Contest

Dachshunds To Watch Out For: Meet Sam

It looks to be another big wiener race weekend coming up all over the United States, is everyone registered? Sweet smooth 'Sam' of Charleston, West Virginia is, so watch out. Sam will try to hold on to his title this Saturday in Charleston at FestivALL 08 after winning last year's race. Read all about Sam in a nice article at The Charleston Daily Mail. Go Sam Go!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dogs in Art: A New Film by Moira McLaughlin

Enjoy the fascinating Dogs in Art, a new film by dachshund lover Moira McLaughlin of Dog Art Today. It's Fantastic! How many dachshunds can you count?

Art on the Street

Dachshund seen in Berlin, by kianee.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the word art can mean a thousand different things to a thousand different people. Last Friday, Brendan Scanlon, a 24-year-old neighbor of ours, a Chicago street artist known as 'SOLVE,' was stabbed to death while attending a party across the street from us; he had gotten into a silly argument with an acquaintance. We didn't know him by name, but the tall man would always stop and pet us when he walked by in the morning. We'll miss your gentle ways SOLVE. The above photo is not SOLVE's work, but you can see lots of his art in a flickr pool: SOLVE RIP.

A short documentary about the Chicago street artist Solve.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dachshund Miracles: Sophia Rescued After Three Days in 16-Foot-Deep Hole

Sometimes in life, if you're lucky, you may come to love someone so deeply that you refuse to give up -- even when reason and family and friends all say it's time to let go.
These are the stories we love. Meet lucky red smooth 'Sophia,' who hails from Clermont, Florida, with her human Angela Surguine. 7-year-old Sophia didn't come in for dinner after a long day helping her humans do yard work on their 5-acre property, and she had never gone missing before. After days of fruitless searches, Mrs. Surguine heard a bark from under the ground. Could Sophia have fallen into a deep hole dug by gopher tortoises? And so the digging began. They dug and dug and dug, eventually creating a giant 12-foot crater.
Read the exciting account and see a fantastic video at The Orlando Sentinel. Woof Woof WOOF!

Nursing Dachshund Puppies

Enjoy this sweet new video of 2-week-old miniature dachshund puppies and their mom 'Scarlett' from youtuber AudreyJolly.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Clint Eastwood

This will make your day. A huge thanks goes out to our French pal 'Bertie' (a Wodehouse fan!) for scanning this photo and sending it in. What a fantastic photo of the screen legend cooing to a little red smooth dachshund.
Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American film director, actor, producer, and composer. He has won the Academy Award five times - twice each as Best Director and as producer of the Best Picture and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995.
While his work as a director, on recent films like Letters from Iwo Jima and Million Dollar Baby, and also earlier films like High Plains Drifter and The Outlaw Josey Wales, have received a high degree of critical acclaim, Eastwood is best known for his tough guy, anti-hero acting roles in western films, particularly in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. These include the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's "Dollars trilogy" of Spaghetti Westerns, and as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry movies, both of which have become film icons.

The story behind this photo is anyone's guess, but we've never heard that Dirty Harry owned a, was OWNED by a dachshund. If anyone has any more info, please send it in. Find out more about Clint Eastwood at the Internet Movie Database.

Clint, call us and tell us all about that dachshund.

Enjoy the opening credits to Fistful of Dollars (1964).
Related: Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Marianne Koch (starred with Eastwood in Fistful of Dollars)
Related: Dachshunds in the Old West

Monday, June 16, 2008

Wiener News Roundup: Dachshund Days, Bark in the Park, Show Dogs, Dachshund Reunion

Proving once again that dachshunds are taking over the world, here's a dachshund news roundup from all over America on a sunny and beautiful June 16th, 2008. Above, meet 10-week-old smooth chocolate and tan 'Cinnamon,' from Great Falls, Montana. Cinnamon attended the last annual Dachshund Days in Great Falls on Saturday. Over 100 people and dozens of dogs attended the event, some traveling as far away as The Motherland (Germany). Hosted by 2 Dogs Long Dachshunds in Power, MT, the event has raised more than $15,000 for the American Cancer Society in 10 years. Woof! Read all about it at Great Falls Tribune. We're sure that the event will be missed by many.

You can watch a news video from the last Dachshund Days at KFBB5.

Eleven dachshunds competed in a wiener race as part of the 2nd Annual Bark in the Park on Sunday at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Connecticut. More than 50 animals strolled through the stadium, some sitting in aisles among the more than 1,000 fans. Bob Denesha of Norwich entered 'Rusty' and 'Little Bit' in the race. He said most people don’t realize dogs such as Little Bit — now better known as Little Blimp — were part of a breed that once captured aggressive animals such as badgers. “They were born for serious hunting and have been spoiled rotten for centuries,” he said. Read all about it and see more nice dachshund pics at the Norwich Bulletin.

Cris Natali of Friendsville, Tennessee proudly displays her smooth-haired miniature dachshund, 'Criscross Ixel Girl,' after the dog won the Best in Breed award Thursday at the National Miniature Dachshund Club Specialty Show at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma, Louisiana, as a part of The Louisiana Kennel Club’s 92nd Anniversary Dog Show. Way to go! Find out more about the event at Houma Today.

Finally, in Westport, Connecticut, more than 100 Dachshunds--old ones, young ones, short-haired, long-haired, wire-haired ones--gathered on Westport’s Jesup Green today to celebrate the 10th annual Dachshund Reunion. There were games and events and treats for the dogs, a rescue parade, and a silent auction with the proceeds going to Dachshund Rescue. Source.

Have a great Monday!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Dachshunds CHAINED

We were so embarassed yesterday. Dad had a yard sale, and we were forced to the tether under a shade tree for 6 long hours with nothing but a bowl of water and a couple bites of hot dogs. We promised that we wouldn't run out any of the three open gates into the street while dad was busy unloading his stuff, but we were chained regardless. Lots of humans came over to pet and console us however, so maybe it wasn't so bad.
And not to make light of a serious subject, we couldn't imagine being chained 24/7 like some dogs are. Just six hours seemed like an ETERNITY to us.
Chain-Off 2008: Unchain Our World is right around the corner, and this year the main event is in Chicago, Illinois. Dog advocates will live chained to doghouses for 24 hours, starting at 11:15 a.m. June 28 through 11:15 a.m. June 29, 2008. You can participate, donate or learn more at Dogs Deserve Better.
Last year, smooth black and tan 'Mitzi' and her humans from Pasadena, Texas, participated, even sitting in the rain for part of the day. Read about Mitzi in the archives: Dachshund Owners Chaining Themselves in the News.

We may look content, but we'll have our revenge.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Dachshund News Roundup!

We love to dance, and this place with the dancing dachshunds sign looks like heaven! When can we move in? The next time we're in Mississippi, we'll definitely swing by Ocean Springs, and visit Two Dogs Dancing. The Sun Herald had a look at the business, and here's an excerpt: Owner Mickie Miller: "I had never had a pet, but in August 2002, I got my first pet (a dachshund named Myrtle). I couldn't think about anything else, I was so over the moon over Myrtle. Before her, I was a workaholic - I'd probably stay at the office until around 7 p.m. But then, after I got her, I was out the door at 5," she said. The name's inspiration came from her two dogs, who would dance around with excitement when she came home from work every day. Read more at The Sun Herald, or visit Two Dogs Dancing.

No price is too high when it comes to saving our furry family members, and red smooth 'Barney' is no exception. The Destin Log, out of Destin, Florida, had a look at veterinary trends over the last 50 years, and here's an excerpt: Paying $2,500 to keep their dachshund Barney in good health was a deal for Destin residents Joanne and Ed Orr.
Last month, the six-year-old dachshund began crying in pain and dragging his legs. The vet told the Orrs that Barney’s spinal discs were degenerating — a common problem in dachshunds — and that he had three possible futures: “To be put down, to get those wheels like a little skateboard, or to have surgery,” as Joanne Orr tells it.
The surgery, she added, had to be done within 48 hours if Barney was to walk again. The Orrs left that day for a specialist in Tallahassee who could perform the operation.
“It’s unbelievable what we went through with him,” Joanne said. “Some people said ‘I can’t believe you didn’t put him to sleep.’ There’s no way — Barney’s part of the family.”
Read more at The Destin Log.
Barney's 6-week-old dachshund brother 'B.J.' was recently in the news when he choked on a piece of meat and was saved by a Destin firefighter who gave the animal the Heimlich maneuver. Sometimes it never ends, huh?

And finally, there's definitely some wild weather all over the United States at the moment, and here's the picture from Kalispell, Montana. A swaddled red smooth dachshund puppy surveys this week's storm damage of a maple tree her human planted 25 years ago. Source.

Be safe and have a great weekend.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Vintage Dachshund Tribute

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What beautiful portraits of 'Patrick.' He must have been a special boy. From the entire back cover of the May 1965 American Dachshund Magazine.

Tick Poetry

Funny Poem for My Dog
By: Bill Browne

I went outside to take a pee,
My daddy found a tick on me,
He washed the pillows, He washed the sheets.
I thought he was going to wash my treats.

He vacuumed the room,
He washed my bed,
After washing me he combed me
from tail to head.

Now here I sit on the top stoop,
Afraid to death to take a poop,
But que serra, Whatever will be.
Please god don't let him find a tick on me.

Love ya,

The Story of One Smiling Dachshund Mix

We love dogs who smile. One of your hosts of The Long and Short of it All, Maggie, smiles and shows her teeth when she gets excited and you say "Smile Maggie!" It's the best thing ever. If you're looking for a special smiling friend, and you live in Florida, look no further than handsome happy dachshund-chihuahua mix 'Midnight,' pictured here.
Grace L. writes: Hi Joey and Maggie,
We have a little story about Midnight, he is a 3 year old Dachshund / Chihuahua Mixed. Midnight and his buddies were rescued from a hoarder. Maybe a puppy mill too originally, but he was taken from a woman that had over 40 dogs. The small ones were never allowed outside and the big ones were never allowed inside. All the dogs were in terrible condition. Our rescue group took in 8 of them. Midnight and his buddies are still very traumatized, but over the months, he has bonded and come to trust his foster Mom, Vicki. He still lays back on the bed in the darkest corner of the house most of the day, although he does like to play with toys and his foster brothers and sisters, and snuggles in bed with his foster Mom at night. It will take a very special, understanding person, who is willing to give him a LOT of time to adjust, to be his new Mom/Dad, but he really is a sweetheart. His foster Mom says he SMILES when he gets excited. In the pictures it looks like a full tooth growl, but he actually smiles! For other pics of Midnight, check out Florida Doggie Paws Rescue website;

Midnight can have fun and relax now that life is a little easier. We're hoping you find your forever home soon.

And Maggie sends a smile right back at ya Midnight. She's looking a little demonic here, missing tooth, tongue awry, crossed eyes, hair all over the place and all. Photo taken by a friend at a recent dachshund meetup.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lady the Dachshund Warrior Protects Family From Bear!

Get ready to meet the newest dachshund heroine, 2-year-old red longhair 'Lady,' who hails from Concord, Virginia. Lady kept her family safe by keeping a big black bear at bay in their back yard. Wow, Lady! Way to go, but be careful! Excerpt from ABC13: Rosa Farrar, Lady's Owner - "It was a bear, a big bear."
Rosa grabbed her camera and snapped some pictures. She says the bear had no intention of leaving until it came face to face with a warrior -- Lady, the couple's two-year-old miniature dachshund, came charging out, ready for a fight.
Farrar - "She kept barking and she'd come out after it and she'd jump at it."
And the battle was on.
Farrar - "It would make a hissing sound and growl and stomp its foot, trying to run her away.
But she wasn't going away."
Actually, wasn't really a fight at all. The bear could've taken her out with one swing. But Lady, fearless as she was, kept on barking, kept on annoying, so much so that, after about 20 minutes of her abuse, the bear had had enough and fled.
Farrar - "She kept going after the bear and she wouldn't back down at all."
Then, victorious, Lady took a bath, the bath of a champion. Farrar says she left some food out for Lady and that may be what attracted the bear. Experts say it's best not to leave any food or trash out, because that will attract bears. Read more at ABC13.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Great Photos and Video From Ft. Wayne Wiener Nationals offers up some fantastic photos from Saturday's Wiener Dog Nationals in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Check out all 10 photos at

Wiener Dog Nationals 2008 from Bread Wig on Vimeo.

This is a great video from Breadwig - nice closeup shots of the dachshunds, lots of heats to watch.
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