Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloweenie Wannabe

Our pals 'Kirby' & 'Wally' write:

Hey Joey & Maggie!

Attached see a pic of "Gourdy" the Dachshund. He was a centerpiece for the Madison Area Dachshunds Group Halloweenie Party last Sunday in Wisconsin. We had 33 Doxies and 22 humans in attendance and had a blast! There's still time to make your own "Gourdy" for trick or treat!
Kirby & Wally
"Life is a wonderful pairadoxie"
Hey you two - that's just about the coolest thing ever.  We thought that ours was pretty nice until we saw yours.  Either way, the Dachshund-like gourds are a great new Halloween trend!

Sing It: Hallow Wiener Dogs

With just days before the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, it has been reported that two Dachshunds have been roaming the streets protecting New Yorkers from evil spirits and Soho ghouls. A song memorializing our new canine folk heros, Frank & Stein, has been written and recorded by Lovenotes Records artist, songwriter and performer Murray Weinstock with his group, Furry Murray & The Bow Wow Babes.

The song is being featured as a free download on the Dog Tunes website. We envision years of Dachshund events and videos featuring this fun new song from the folks who brought us The Dachs Song. 

Have a listen by clicking here, or head on over to Dog Tunes.  Great stuff! 

Hollow Wiener Dogs by Murray Weinstock

Spoken: It was a full moon night in Sleepy Hollow,
          And the headless horseman was being chased by two Dachshunds, Frank and Stein..


Winds will howl and leaves will fly,
Dragging chains clatter, pained voices cry.
The season's here when witches thrive,
And all things buried come alive!

When the moon is full, see the vampires crawl,
Listen and you'll hear a werewolf call.
A chill comes up and down my spine,
From a face in the clouds comes Frank and Stein!


Hollow Wiener Dogs, guarding us at night,
Hollow Wiener Dogs, showing teeth so bright,
No MONSTER'S safe from the beastly bite
Of Hollow Wiener Dogs till the morning light.


Beasts and bats go into hidin'
When the headless horseman comes a-ridin.'
That hallowed day, so filled with fear,
Is saved when Frank and Stein appear.

 Ghostly bones will weep and whine,
When they see our heros, Frank and Stein.
No evil spirit's safe in the dark,
When Stein and Frank come to bite and bark!


Hollow Wiener Dogs, made of witch's brew,
Chews up monsters and leaves no clue.
No Goblin's safe from the beastly bite
Of Hollow Wiener Dogs till the morning light.

© 2005 Furry Murray Music (ASCAP)

Have a great Friday!

It's A Dachshund Halloween Party!

Wag those tails Wiener Dogs, it's a Hallowiener!  Via youtuber AnimatchDogAdoption who notes:  Warning: this is a very scary video!

Dachshunds in Hot Dog Costumes

No Halloween would be complete without seeing a Wiener Dog in a hot dog costume.  Meet 'Cooper,' a 4-year-old red smooth who won top dog in the Halloween Pet Photo Contest at the Bradenton Herald, out of Bradenton, Florida.  This is a well-deserved honor for the handsome nose-licker!  See all the entries at the Bradenton Herald.

And if you live near Los Angeles, don those hot dog costumes and get to Blvd 16 Restaurant and Lounge:

The "Sit, Bark, Sip" happy hour includes $3-$5 snacks for both you and your pooch, as well as cocktail and beer specials. (Duke might want to hold off on the Cosmos though.) There will be a costume contest for the pooches, as well as an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the most dachshund wiener dogs in costume. The event will take place on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Source.

Related:  In case you missed it, 'Willis,' the little brown Dachshund, ponders another Halloween wearing a hot dog costume in the awesome new video from the children's book:  It's Halloween, Willis!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Rolling Dog Ranch To Receive the ASPCA's 2009 Henry Bergh Award

Congratulations to Steve Smith and Alayne Marker of the Rolling Dog Ranch who will be honored for the hard work they do by the ASPCA, as recipients of the ASPCA's 2009 Henry Bergh Award on Thursday in New York. 
The Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Montana rescues and shelters disabled animals. Every animal who arrives at the sanctuary gets another chance to have a safe and loving home. Residents include blind dogs, blind horses, deaf dogs, blind cats, and animals with other neurological and orthopedic disabilities.  They shelter many Dachshunds, including handsome red smooth 'Bailey,' above, who has spinal issues. 
Read all about it at USA Today, or keep up with the Ranchers at their always entertaining blog.

Project Dachshund: Fleas and Biscuits

Meet 1-year-old dappled chocolate and tan 'Oscar,' who hails from Ridgewood, New York City.  His human, John Vega, recently started a fashion line for dogs after attending the Fashion Institute of Technology.  The collection is inspired by children's wear from the 1920's, and features handmade jackets, neck warmers and collars.  The grand opening sale offers a 10% discount and free shipping through December 1st at Fleas and Biscuits.  Read more about the designs and the designer at the New York Daily News.

Your Long and Short of it All host 'Joey' has his eye on this Prince Charles Autumn Coat:  made of a pohka-dot cotton denim with off-white wool twill collar. It features a chocolate brown wool/cashmere center stripe which house three recycled-material silver buttons. It also has a chocolate brown belt. The coat is lined with cotton for his/her comfort.

Would You Prefer Ketchup Or Mustard On Your Hot Dog?

We live in Chicago, and we'd get kicked out of the city if we chose ketchup.  Thankfully, these two Dachshunds from Alabama don't have to worry about such condiment conundrums, but they sure looked tasty as they competed in the costume contest on Sunday at Woofstock in Mobile, Alabama.  Read all about the event, and see some fun pics, including a wiener race photo at the Press Register.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I Dogga Feeling

Finally, video evidence of what those Dachshund boys do while you're away - they dance, party, and watch Glee!  Hilarious new video from youtuber morgangster who notes:  being a graduate can be fun, seriously. look what we did whilst you were probably studying for midterms.

Pinups For Purpose

Meet smooth dappled black and tan 'Vinny,' and his human Lisa Woods, who hail near Santa Rosa, California.  Woods, a pediatric nurse, is one of 13 breast-cancer survivors who posed for photographer Jeanette Vonier to create the “Pinups for Purpose” calendar which will benefit the non-profits that sell them, and also the Sutter North Bay Women’s Health Center.  Read more about the project at the Press Democrat.

Dachshunds in Politics: One of the 50 Most Beautiful Dachshunds on Capitol Hill

Andrew Noyes is a reporter for National Journal's CongressDaily where he focuses on technology policy topics including intellectual property; Internet governance; antitrust and competition; and privacy and data security.  Uggh.  We're bored already.  He was also voted one of the "50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill," and was just hired to be Facebook's new manager of public policy communications.  Let's just see his Dachshund already, huh? 

Meet sexy red longhair 'Lex.'  We're officially proclaiming him one of the 50 Most Beautiful Dachshunds on Capitol Hill.  See more pics at Andrew Noyes Online.

Don't Drag Our Good Name Into Your Healthcare Mess


Via youtuber Billionaires for Wealthcare who note: AHIP is the powerful insurance lobby that spends 5 million dollars a week trying to kill health care reform. Billionaires for Wealthcare is a grassroots network looking to stop them - with song.

San Diego HalloWiener

Over 300 Dachshunds had a great time at the 2009 San Diego HALLOWIENER Dachshund Picnic on Sunday in Balboa Park, San Diego, California.   Work it, Wiener Dogs!  Fun video by youtuber pishydish.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Las Vegas Hallowiener

Check out THIS costume!  'WIENERBOT' was selected as the most creative costume for the 6th Annual Halloweiner, which took place on Saturday at Barkin’ Basin dog park in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The event, which included wiener races, contests, raffles, and silent auctions, was sponsored by Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club and Rescue and had an estimated crowd of over 500 people!  Read all about it and see some fun pics at the Las Vegas Sun.

Dachshunds Make A Difference

Maria Saucier (left), president of the VFW 1736 Auxiliary, and Megan Nugent, a Holy Savior Menard Central High School student, brought cookies and her Dachshund, 'Twix,' to Tioga Manor Nursing Home in Pineville, Louisiana, on Saturday, where residents, including Norman Dauzat (center), got a chance to pet the dog.   The event was planned as part of Saturday's national Make a Difference Day.  Read more at The Town Talk.

Video on Otto, "The Oldest Dog in the World"

This is a nice video introduction to 'Otto,' the Shropshire, England, Dachshund mix who is the oldest dog in the world according to Guinness World Records.  We hope we are as happy and healthy at 20! 

Related:  Dachshund Mix 'Otto' Claims World's Oldest Dog Title

He's No Devil

'Maximilian,' a six-month-old dachshund dressed as a devil dog, rides atop Kenny Williams' shoulders during the 2008 Woofstock celebration in Mobile, Alabama. This photo was used to promote this year's Woofstock which took place yesterday.  We'd go just to meet Maximilian!  Source.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A MISUNDERSTANDING: (I was talking to my dog!)

A MISUNDERSTANDING:  (I was talking to my dog!)
by Dawn Gaines for the American Dachshund, September, 1969

I talk to my dog a lot, and sometimes use gestures, too.
Although it seems ridiculous, this is what I do:
Before mealtime I say to him something very silly,
Pat his tummy and ask, "Getting hungry in the belly?"

There was twenty feet between us and the court next to ours.
In this sunny little space my neighbor planted flowers.
Our kitchen window was so high I couldn't see a bloom,
But from the open window the aroma filled the room.

How could I know my neighbor was there among the flowers?
(She had a way of growing things and fussed with them for hours.
Working with them there on this hundred-ten degree day,
It was much too hot to work, but she pulled weeds anyway.)

High noon and Bully Boy went into the kitchen with me.
For two hot days he hadn't eaten - now he must be hungry.
Made myself a sandwich of peanut butter and jelly,
Then to my dog I said "Are you hungry in the belly?"

Up popped my startled neighbor from the court next door to ours.
She thought that she was hearing things while weeding out her flowers.
"I shouldn't be working so hard," she told me with a frown.
"This heat is getting me today.  I think I'll go lie down."

Her expression surprised me so, I didn't know what to say.
Besides I felt so stupid, talking to my dog that way!
She hurried off so quickly, I had no time to explain
That I was talking to my dog, and she was really sane!

Have a great Friday.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Injured Dachshund Finds Way To Emergency Room

In one of those odd little stories that makes you think twice about the intelligence of our furry companions, meet red longhair 'Pepper,' and her humans Jerry and Audrey Prokuski, who hail from Mendota, Illinois.  Pepper was attacked in her own backyard by a neighboring pitbull, and after her human mom pulled the offending dog off and took him to a neighbors, little Pepper was nowhere to be found.
Turns out Pepper had headed for the nearby human Emergency Room, even though she had never walked near there before.  The ER staff did their best to fix Pepper up, checked her tags, and called the city clerk's office who then contacted the owners.  Both Pepper and Mrs. Prokuski are recovering from the incident.  Read all about it at the News Tribune. 

Vintage Dachshund Pride

Photo source unknown - looks to be from the 1940's(?)

Dachshund Mix 'Otto' Claims World's Oldest Dog Title

With the passing of Dachshund mix 'Chanel' at 21, the oldest dog on record according to Guinness World Records, senior canines from around the world have been clamoring for the top spot as the world's oldest dog.  Congrats goes out to Dachshund mix 'Otto,' who hails from Shropshire, England, for taking the crown.  Otto will be 21 in February, and recently traveled to London to appear on a chat show and receive a certificate in his honor.  Read all about it at the Shropshire Star. 

90 Breeder Dogs Including Dachshunds Rescued in Oklahoma

Meet Cara Baxter, who along with her husband Alan, heads the Tri-County Humane Society out of their home in Tecumseh, Oklahoma.  On Monday, they rescued over 90 dogs, including several Dachshunds, from deplorable conditions from a breeder in Bethel Acres.  These dogs need good homes.  Read more at the article on NewsOK, which notes that Oklahoma is the second-largest — behind Missouri — exporter of dogs in the nation, and there are an estimated 2,000 puppy mills in the state.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Joey's Corner: Doggie Lover Doll

Your 'Long and Short of it All' host 'Joey' is a little miffed sometimes when his sister 'Maggie' gets to post her 'Shopping For Dachshunds' columns, so here's Joey's take.  This post may not be appropriate for puppies, so any dogs reading who are under one-year-old need to get along, little doggie.
It's finally here.  The best invention since neuticles.  After years of waiting and hearing about such novelties for humans comes "Doggie Lover Doll" - the world's first sex doll for dogs.  Tired of humping the covers, a favorite pillow, a favorite toy, or your human's leg?
The Doggie Lover Doll is nearly anatomically correct, and it even looks like a Dachshund.  Sure, you may have a thing for big fluffy bitches** like Joey does, but when she won't give you the time of day, and your Dachshund sister is also your littermate, this may be the perfect solution.
The Doggie Lover Doll website also notes health and behavior benefits:

During the doll’s test period with a few canines, the pets showed a better quality of life based on less anxiety, less barking, and less territorial demarcation. In other words, the dogs live a better life, satisfying their repressed sexuality, in some cases for many years.

Get yours at Doggie Lover Doll. 

Tell 'em Joey sent ya.

**This is a DOG forum, no harm intended.
Have a great day!

How Do Pirates Know That They Are Pirates?

They think, therefore they ARRRR!!!!!

Shawn Lapaglia, 4, adjusts the pirate hat on his dachshund, 'Moose,' while the pair waits with others to take the stage for a costume contest at the third annual Wiener Fest on Saturday in College Station, Texas. The event was a benefit for the Brazos Animal Shelter.  Source.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dachshund Stories in History: BAN IS PLACED ON THIS CLEVER HOUND

While conducting Dachshund research at a local university, we stumbled upon this fun old article, from The Chicago Defender, April 19, 1913:

Daschund (sic) Taught to Watch the Players During the Progress of Card Games.

Winsted, Conn - Friends of Eugene McCaskey have placed the "no admittance" bar on his daschund whenever he goes to their homes for an evening at cards, because the canine has been taught to watch the floor and seats about a table while a game is in progress.  Not only will he pick up a coin or card which finds its way to the floor and carry it to his master, but the daschund watches players who are in the habit of concealing a card between their legs or on a seat beneath their legs for future playing.
One of Mr. McCaskey's friends was bitten in the leg after concealing a card, hence the edict.  The dog has other sporting activities.  When his master goes fishing along the shore of a lake, he will grab up the pole when the bob disappears in the water and run along with it until the fish is on land.

Maggie's Corner: Shopping For Dachshunds

Like most girls, your Long and Short of it All hostess 'Maggie' loves to shop, and she has been busy scouring magazines and the internet for the newest designs as well as some classic Dachshund gifts that you might like for your beloved Dachshund, or something special that makes your house a home.  And the holidays are right around the corner!  Above, Let this set of Dachshund bookends do all of the work when it comes to keeping your favorite Dachshund books organized.  That's right, it's a new design from Jonathan Adler, and it's available at Barnes and Noble for just $39.95.  Shop smart and search for coupon codes and get it for less. 

If you're looking to add a little joy to your life, look no further than this "Halloweenie" Dachshund figurine by Dachshund Lover Jellybean Junction on Etsy.  Measuring in at just 2.5 inches tall, this hand-crafted shorty really enjoys her ballerina costume, and is on sale for just $13.79.  There are multiple Halloweenie figurines to choose from.

And while you're over at Etsy, don't miss the hot hot Dachshund necklaces offered up by Dachshund Lover Rachel Pfeffer.  Inspired by her late, great Doxie 'Rusty,' several Dachshund styles are available, and run from between $40 and $50. 

Thanks to our pal 'Clancy' for sending this one in - it's a Dachshund box measuring in at 10.5 inches long. Featuring a secret compartment and "beautiful hand-painted nature scenes," he ain't cheap at all.  As a matter of fact, he'll set you back $495 at the Toy Shoppe. 

And finally, a hot water bottle is a Dachshund's best friend on a cool winter's day, and it wouldn't be comfy without a Dachshund cover on it.  Pricing in at £28.00, this one comes with a hot water bottle inside and the Dachshund print cover is fully removeable for washing.  Find it along with Dachshund pillows, Dachshund dog beds, and whatever you can think of to put a Dachshund print on at Emily Bond.

Maggie says:  Spend, Spend, Spend! 

Monday, October 19, 2009

Twenty-Five Dachshunds Delivered to Nebraska Dachshund Rescue

Nebraska Dachshund Rescue sure has their work cut out for them - 25 long dogs arrived in Omaha last night; they were surrendered from an Iowa breeder.  Excerpt from Action 3 News:

Julie Siebler is Vice President of Nebraska Dachshund Rescue. She opens her home to the dogs and the volunteers taking care of them.
Julie Siebler: "They have a definite smell about them from being kennelled for so long and just staying within a confined area. I don't know if they've ever been bathed."
But nothing beats the smell of freedom.

If the video doesn't appear for you, you can check it out and of course read more at Action 3 News.

Daisy in the Wiener's Circle

Meet black and tan smooth 'Daisy,' and her human, Dylan Feickert, 9, of Sebring, Florida.  They took part in the wiener dog races at the Oktoberfest in Avon Park, Florida, on Saturday, beating out 32 other Dachshunds to take home the prize.  Way to go!  The Dachshunds were the biggest hit of the festival this year (of course!), which drew in over 4,000 people.  Read all about it at Highlands Today.

She's Not So Wicked

This Dachsund may be dressed as the wicked witch, but she's too cute to be scary.  She took part in the 5th annual Dog Day Masquerade in Times Square, New York, yesterday.  See photos from the event at the New York Daily News.

A Note from Joey and Maggie: The Pumpkin Patch

We sure had fun shopping for pumpkins in the city yesterday.  Joey had his eye on the prize to his right, but Maggie wasn't so interested - she'd rather just sit around and look pretty.

We had no idea what a llama was doing in the pumpkin patch, but he sure kept a very close eye on us.  We were too busy scrounging for dropped food used to feed the animals at the petting zoo to even notice him though.  As a matter of fact, we would have been happy to have been in a pen with all the goats if people were going to handfeed us that delicious "kibble" all day. So yummy! 

Back at home, you can see that ultimately we chose the pumpkin which was most Dachshund-like.  Because we love Dachshunds.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

It's Halloween, Willis!

We're betting that many Dachshunds can sympathize with 'Willis.'  Here's a fun new Halloween video from youtuber littlebrowndachshund: The audiobook and illustrations for "It's Halloween, Willis!" the children's book written by Jeff Elmassian and Kristine Puich. Illustrations by G.M.

To download the audiobook, the Willis Halloween Song or check out more about Willis and Little Brown Dachshund, visit Little Brown Dachshund.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Joanie Needs You

Joanie, aka Joan of Ark, has taken a turn for the worse and needs all the warm wishes, love, and support you can send her way.  In an update yesterday, All Texas Dachshund Rescue notes:

October 15, 2009 - For all you wonderful people out there who have been keeping up with, contributing to, and praying for Joanie's recovery, we have an update for you. We wish with all our hearts it could be a more positive update, but it simply isn't. Joanie is going to need all the contributions, healing rays and prayers you can possibly send her way. She is now in an even more dire fight for her life, but Fighting She Is.

Read about Joanie's fight for life at All Texas Dachshund Rescue.

Can't Get Enough Leroy?

Talk Radio talks about red smooth 'Leroy,' the 14-year-old Dachshund who apparently walked 80 miles in search of his home. 

Related:  Leroy the Dachshund

Just In Time For Halloweenie

Support Dachshund Rescue and amaze all your friends with this GLOW IN THE DARK t-shirt available at All Texas Dachshund Rescue for just $20 including shipping. 

We're So Blessed

The Rev. Robert Cooper blesses 'Vangie,' a Dachshund-mix owned by student Carol Ann Van Zant at St. Peter Catholic School in Covington, Louisiana, on Tuesday.  Source.

And now for a little Friday Funny? 

This devout Christian couple felt it important to own an equally Christian pet.
So, they went shopping. At a kennel specializing in Christian dogs, they found a little black and tan smooth Dachshund they liked quite a lot. When they asked the dog to fetch the Bible, he did it in a flash. When they instructed him to look up Psalm 23, he complied equally fast, using his stubby paws with dexterity. They were impressed, purchased the animal, and went home, piously.
That night they had friends over. They were so proud of their new Dachshund and his skills, they called the dog and showed off a little. The friends were impressed, and asked whether the dog was able to do any of the usual dog tricks, as well.
This stopped the couple cold, as they hadn't thought about "normal" tricks.
Well, they said, "let's try this out." Once more they called the long dog, and they clearly pronounced the command, "Heel!"
Quick as a wink, the dog jumped up on the guest's lap, put his short paw on the man's forehead, closed his eyes in concentration, and bowed his head and began to pray.  

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Retro Dachshund Cleanliness

vintage fun

That's a big scrub brush!

Image source:  vintage postcard - 70's? 

Dachshund Dish

The late Mrs. Astor and Dachshund 'Freddy'

In what may be a final footnote to the glamorous life of New York socialite, civic leader, philanthropist, and Dachshund Lover Brooke Astor, her son, 85-year-old Anthony Marshall has been found guilty of defrauding his mother, and is looking at 25 years in prison.  His trial, which started in March of this year, was riddled with ice cold personal attacks towards all parties involved, from Mr. Marshall, and even to Mrs. Astor, in attempts to discredit her faculties.  Mrs. Astor's recent Dachshunds, 'Boysie' and 'Girlsie,' were referenced often in the trial in regards to how she was caring for them, how Marshall perceived them, as well as several off-the-cuff remarks about them which are a little too tawdry to repeat here. Expect an appeal on the judgment. 

Count your blessings if you're poor like us.  Read more at the New York Post. 

Related:  Mrs. Astor and her Dachshunds

Reunion With Leroy, The Dachshund Who Apparently Walked 80 Miles in Search of his Home

In a follow-up to the story immediately below this, red smooth 'Leroy' is now safely home with his family near Richmond, Virginia.  Leroy is seen here with his human Robert Williams who stated "It's like any father looking at a child they haven't seen in a long time. All you want to do is hold him in your arms and kiss him and hug him and that's what I did."

Welcome home Leroy! 


UPDATE 10.15.09 4PM:  Video Now Available.  Love Leroy's tongue!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Missing Dachshund Apparently Walks 80 Miles in Search of his Home

Red smooth 'Leroy,' who hails from Richmond, Virginia, was on a camping trip in Advance, North Carolina, when he went missing some 2 months ago.  Some good samaritans found him in the bushes at their church in Hillsborough, NC, - some 80 miles away from where he went missing - nursed him back to health, and found his humans via Craigslist.  Wow!  Stories like this sure reinforce your faith in mankind.  Read more at

California Woman Unhappy After Dachshund Adoption Denied

Ashley Inglis of Bakersfield, California, saw a dachshund she wanted to adopt last week at the local SPCA shelter, but she was given bad news. "It was being saved for Wednesday," she said. Wednesday also happens to be the day the SPCA holds its annual adoption event. 
We're hoping she can bring home her new friend today, but after taking the issue to the local news station, it's anybody's guess.  Find out more at Bakersfield Now.
There's one thing we've learned over the years with rescue groups and shelters - it's that they do the hard work, and they make the rules.  Often times potential adoptors feel left out because of some of the rules, but it's usually in the best interest of the dogs.  We're not so sure in this case. 

More On Dachshunds Rescued From Fire at Dachshund Rescue NW

Of the 16 Dachshunds rescued from the tragic fire at Dachshund Rescue NW, in Spokane, Washington, 10 have found their way into foster homes, and 6 have been placed with the local Humane Society.  4 of the 6 Dachshunds at the shelter will be available for adoption next week.  A true Dachshund Lover, Margo Mossburg, founder of Dachshund Rescue NW, wants to get the rescue up and running again as soon as possible.  Find out more at read even more about the fire on the Dachshund Rescue NW site. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sad Times For Dachshund Rescue North West

Our hearts go out to Margo Mosswood, Director of Dachshund Rescue NW and the Dachshund Club of Spokane, Washington, and all of their friends and supporters.  An electrical fire started in the garage yesterday morning, killing seven Dachshunds housed there.  However, sixteen Dachshunds and two cats were rescued from the home.  Mrs. Mosswood has operated the rescue for 17 years, placing 69 dogs this year alone.  Their home has suffered substantial damage.  Read about the tragedy and find contact information at the Spokesman-Review. 

Everyday Is Like Sunday

Meet smooth blue(?) and tan 'Suede,' and his/her human Kelley Skinner, who hail near Chico, California.  They made a trek to Dachshund Sunday, a local meetup/get-together which meets the second Sunday of every month in Chico.  Suede sure is a looker!  Read more about the event at ChicoER. 
Meetups are a great way to socialize your Dachshund and to admire the breed.  Find a local meetup near you on, or Yahoo Groups. 

And if there is a Dachshund Sunday, then every day should be like Sunday, which leads us to this Morrissey video taken in 2005 on his 46th birthday in Manchester, England, performing the 1988 hit Everyday Is Like Sunday.  We'll seize any moment to promote our idol, we're sorry, we just can't help ourselves.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Innovative Stem Cell Treatment Helps Henry the Dachshund to Walk Again

Meet six-year-old 'Henry,' who hails from Birmingham, England.  Henry "went down" last November, and it was thought that he would never walk again.  His human, Sarah Beech, heard about a new trial at Cambridge University where stem cells would be harvested from his nose and injected into his back to repair his injured spine.  Just a month after the cells were injected, Henry began to walk and wag his tail, taking up to four steps on his own.  We're rooting for you Henry!  It is thought that this treatment could one day help humans with spinal injuries as well.
Read all about the innovative research and see several pics at The Daily Mail.  Thanks to our pals Flying Dachshunds Films and  'Polly' for sending in the link to this story.

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.

Days of Beer and Dachshunds

The balancing skills of 'Oscar Mayer' the dog attract the attention of members of the Enzian Schuhplattler Bavarian Folk Dancers at the Oktoberfest Northwest in Puyallup, Washington, yesterday. At 16 inches, black and tan longhair Oscar won the longest dachshund competition part of the festivities at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.  Read all about the wiener races at the event at the News Tribune.

We Love Dachtober!

Congrats goes out to the red smooth champ 'Otto Von Schnitzel,' "owned" by Byron Nuffer and Colleen Hurtzig of Arlington, Texas.  Otto was the winner of the Wiener Dog Races during the Eighth Annual Southlake Oktoberfest in Southlake, Texas, on Saturday, October 10th.  Way to go Otto!  See an awesome gallery of photos from the event at the Star-Telegram.

Quick, Somebody Throw Some Holy Water On That Dachshund!

Father Robert Young blesses the Mallari family dogs as Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida, invited pet owners, animal lovers, and furry, feathered, or other friends to the fifth annual Blessing of Animals on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009.  Source.

Dachshund 'Frankie' was anointed with holy water by Associate Minister Adriene Thorne with an assist from Executive Minister Brad Motta at the Fourth Annual Blessing of the Animals at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village in New York City, New York.  Source.

Owners sing hymns with their pets by their sides in the pews Sunday evening, October 4th, during the Blessing of the Animals service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Source.

It could not be determined if 'Lily,' Alex Riffee’s miniature Dachshund, could actually read the music. She appeared to be paying close attention and twice barked along at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New Haven, Connecticut, on Sunday, October 4th.  Source.

The Mayor of the Munchkin City

Photo:  Chris Fryer

'Salsa', left, a chihuahua dressed as a flying monkey from the film The Wizard of Oz and 'Owen', a Dachshund dressed as the munchkin mayor from The Wizard of Oz, wait with their owner Amy B. Reese, 51, of Fostoria, Michigan, before the start of the 4th annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade along S. Main Street in Frankenmuth, Michigan, on Saturday afternoon. Over 52 cats and dogs, as well as one pot belly pig, participated in the parade, trick or treating with their owners for pet treats from local businesses. 

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dachshund Foot Scraper

Speaking of cast iron Dachshund foot scrapers, check out this nice old article we found doing Dachshund research at a local university.  It's from the Chicago Daily Tribune, December 6, 1931:

No dire need, perhaps, of a foot scraper at our door these modern times, when city and suburban civic associations pave our streets and keep our walks shoveled clean (sometimes!) on snowy, blizzardy days.  Still, there are occasions when it has its uses and, of ye olden days, a foot scraper bids one enter.  In many guises we see it.  Here it takes the form of a black iron Dachshund, alertly waiting the moment he can be of service to the incoming guest.

There are many styles of these foot scrapers available in antique stores, flea markets, and on e-bay; some are old, and some are not.  The one pictured above is obviously pretty old, as the article attests. Looking at the photo in yesterday's post, it is pictured in the back left.  It is the granddaddy of all Dachshund foot scrapers, measuring in at 22", and weighing 30 pounds!  Expect to pay anywhere from $100 - $300 for it.  We've heard that some of these may have a maker's mark of some sort. 
The one in front of it, with a marked bump on the nose, is not old, but is nicely styled. The one to the right, facing in the other direction, is a small version of the granddaddy, and has a plate on the bottom to be screwed down - it is also old, and can be found without the plate.

Heading outside to the front porch of the casa de Long and Short of it All are two more available styles.  (Let's lift these up to get a better photo - they're heavy!)  The pudgy one in front is definitely new, and can be found for as little as $10 sometimes; it does not have a marked bump on its nose, and has angular, almost art deco styling in the snout and ears. 
The larger one behind it sort of looks like the granddaddy, but smaller with a curly tail.  We got this at an antique store for a reasonable price of about $50, so we're not exactly sure of its age - most likely later than the granddaddy at least.
Regardless of the age, foot scrapers are fun to have and collect for the Dachshund Enthusiast, and as the Tribune article eludes, they are a welcoming sign to your home - much like the good little Dachshunds inside.
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