Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Another One Bites the Dust

We were expecting a song by Queen as well, but it's Angry long-haired Dachshund eats Vimeoer Maxx Preston.

This reminds us of how hungry we are.

Happy 18th Birthday Toby!

May bones rain from the sky for handsome red smooth 'Toby,' who hails from Vancouver, Canada.  Toby turned 18-years-old on May 23rd.  Toby's thoughts on life:  "Yes, sometimes life can be very tough. But I'll tell you what:  doesn't matter if you have too short legs or too long nose. If somebody loves you, you are the winner . . . (I said winner, not wiener) dog!"
Read more about this guy who finally had his first birthday party at The Province.

How To Pick Up A Dachshund

Poor 'Trixie' got her nose stung.   Youtuber Myk63 notes that if you were looking for how to lift a Dachshund instead of how to pick one up in a bar there should be a video by tiggermiss on that.

Memories We'd Rather Forget

WW1 American Patriotic Postcard:  Uncle Sam Grabs Kaiser Dachshund

But it's important to remember our history so we never let it happen again. 

We hope you had a great Memorial Day.

Postcard from Joey and Maggie's personal collection.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

'The Long and Short of it All' Turns Four Years Old

Prost!  It's our fourth anniversary and we're gonna party like it's 1929.  We had no idea that four years after our very first post on May 28, 2007 that we'd still be blogging about Dachshunds - day in - day out - ad nauseum for even some of the most ardent Dachshundists.  Still, we move forward, documenting all the Dachshund news, art, history, and popular culture that we can get our stubby little paws on. 
Every year at this time we examine where we are, where we've been, and where we're going with the site by looking at our "About" statement to see if we are still on course:

As the internet's first daily Dachshund news magazine, we're hoping to update this blog almost every day with Dachshund news from around the world, Dachshund stories, videos, famous Dachshunds, photos, art, and history. We hope to keep everything stress free and ad free....just a fun place for Dachshund lovers to kick back, relax, (with your doxie on your lap!) and read all about these lovable little dogs that bring such joy to our lives.

Reading over this again, we seem to be on course, but it's a pretty diverse statement - as diverse as the long dogs and their humans that we document it would seem.  So, while we may get a little off topic at times, we do of course try to focus on the dogs that bring us all together on this site.  We garner special attention to those stories which invoke some sort of deep emotion - happiness, sadness, passion, hope, despair - so that when you come here in the middle of your day, taking a break from adding up those facts and figures at the office, or dusting the collectibles on the mantel, that you at least feel......something.   
Thanks to all our loyal readers and commentors for sticking with us over the years - it's been a fun ride.  Your submissions are always the best - we've gotten great story tips, and we love to see your handsome Dachshunds and to read all about them and their antics.  Each and every dog is so unique and so special and so loved.  We also would like to apologize to all the good folks who have sent us submissions that didn't make it on the site - there are probably 3 or 4 submissions to every one posted, and we just wish we had more hours in the day to get more done. 
And so, we wrap up Long and Short of it All post number 2,428.  Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

Yours in Dachshund Love,
Joey and Maggie.....

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hot Fun in the Summertime with Turbo and Lily

As summertime draws near (yes it is coming!), we paws to reflect on that day when the humans toil to get the swimming pool ready for the season.  Thanks to our lucky pals, handsome 'Turbo,' and beautiful 'Lily,' who hail from suburban Chicago, Illinois, for telling their side of the story:

Dearest Maggie & Joey....

The short 90-day window we like to call 'summer' brings some very peculiar rituals to the humans in our household. For instance; they repeatedly burn perfectly good meat in a shiny silver box in the backyard till it resembles charcoal briquettes. Then they water the grass on purpose so it grows and they have to cut it more often. None of this makes any sense to us.
But the biggest ritual has to be opening the giant bathtub which takes up 90% of OUR backyard. When the cover goes away, we no longer get to bound across it after real (or imagined) intruders on the other side of the fence. And we lose the luxury of drinking the tepid, thick, brown water which accumulates in the low spots when it rains. But we both have different perspectives on this day of mystery....

Turboism:   Every team needs a leader and that's where I come in! What can I say, I've got a bad back and a bum hip. Have had since '04. I tried to get disability and the lady at SSI told me I was barking up the wrong tree.  

So Turbo will sit here on my perch, high above the hard hat area, and watch the humans toil. I don't aspire to be an agility dog or wiener race champion. I'm just Turbo from the hood...and life is good.

Lily the Lunatic Laborer: Get me some backup, before I blow a gasket... My ball keeps getting stuck in the skimmer basket!
And as soon as the humans get it out of the basket, a force greater than myself, compels me to put it RIGHT BACK IN!
In between these steps I have to bark at it of course. (Dr. Drew, where are you when I need you?)  How can the humans even THINK about opening the pool when there's a ball crises in our own backyard? Seems I'm always the one 'sticking my neck out' around here. Once we fill this tub up I'll send you a video of my own maniacal version of "Marco Polo". (Here's a hint: it involves a ball!)

Till then............may the pupsicle always fall your way,
From Turbo & Lily............wishing you lazy, summer dog-days!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dachshund Relaxation: Geneva's 15th Birthday!

Thanks so much to our beautiful pal 'Geneva,' who hails from Snug Harbor, Rhode Island, for sending in such a great photo from her special day.  You may remember that Geneva has a thing for really big trucks and heavy equipment!  She writes:

Dear Joey and Maggie,

While you're on an outdoorsy kick, I thought I'd send you a photo Mom took of me when we visited the beach at Chatham on Cape Cod recently. I had just celebrated my 15th birthday, and I got to go on a fabulous day trip and get sand stuck to my nose. As you can see, I was all smiles!

As you should be Geneva!  Happy 15th Birthday!

Patti Page would've surely fallen in love with Geneva. Put a Dachshund in your lap and turn up the volume. 

Police Buy Dachshund Puppy For Canadian Girl Scammed On Internet

What a nice gesture by the Hamilton Police Service Division Three, out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Laura Gallego Roldan had sent off her money to the scammers, and of course the puppy never arrived.  Excerpt from The Toronto Sun:

Laura Gallego Roldan thought her dreams of having a puppy of her own had been crushed — until some Hamilton Police officers stepped up and bought her one.
Ten-year-old Laura found a little Dachshund on a well-known Internet classified site and convinced her parents to pay for the puppy which was supposed to be coming from eastern Canada.
The financial transaction took place but no puppy was ever delivered — leaving the family without money to buy another dog.
“I was really sad when the other puppy didn’t come but now I feel great because it is nice to be helped,” Laura said. “That was important to the police so I wrote them a letter to thank them.” Laura and her dog, Marla Maples, visited the police station Wednesday to say thanks in person.
“I like taking her for walks and I am just really happy,” she said.
Laura’s family reported the scam to police on May 6 and word spread quickly about the heart-broken girl and that is when officers at Hamilton Police’s Division Three uniform patrol took action.
Staff Sgt. Glenn Bullock called the SPCA to find out how much it would cost the get Laura another Dachshund.
“The officers reached into their pockets,” Bullock said. “We try to do good things and help out when we can in cases like this where this little girl and her family get scammed.”
The officers raised enough money to buy a puppy, give it the necessary shots and make a donation to the SPCA.

Way to go. 

But......'Marla Maples?????'

Dachshund Lost In Tornado-Related Wreck Found 5 Weeks Later!

With tornadoes devastating much of the United States this spring, it's awesome to hear a story of hope when there is such despair.  Excerpt from WTOK out of Meridian, Mississippi:

Newscenter 11 told you the story of a lost dog, Ruby, who was missing after her owners were involved in a storm-related traffic mishap April 15 in Kemper County.
Amazingly, after five weeks on her own, Ruby has been found and reunited with her owner from south Alabama.
The year-old dachshund was traveling with her owner, Tabitha Ankerson, along Highway 45 when they encountered a deadly tornado. Ankerson's car was flipped over, and afterward, Ruby was nowhere to be found.
"Ruby somehow got out of the car and she has been living in the woods for five weeks now," Ankerson said.
During those five weeks, Ankerson said it was hard for her to live a normal life.
"Yeah, it was rough. I mean, especially the first few weeks when no one had seen her or anything," said Ankerson. "Not knowing if she was alive or if she was hurt, I mean, I cried every day."

Read more at WTOK.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Note From Joey and Maggie: Maggie is Doing Great!

Maggie relaxing and reading some old Dachshund magazines, May 25, 2011

Thanks so much for all the well-wishes, thoughts, and prayers for your 'Long and Short of it All' hostess Maggie.  She is doing very well after her surgery yesterday for removal of her anal tumor.  Although it was getting pretty large, the tumor was removed relatively easy without any complications according to the good veterinarian.  Dad was surprised at how alert and happy she was when he picked her up from the vets late last night.  She needed to stay very late to get lots of hydration after surgery in hopes of preventing another pancreatitis attack.  After leaving the vets office, she immediately went pee and poop, and she didn't seem to be in any pain at all.  She is on pain meds and antibiotics for several days.  She got 2 small meals when she got home; she was quite hungry, and was letting it be known with loud whines while dad was preparing her dinner.
She also got a dental while she was under anesthesia.  Two teeth were removed.  Troubling is that the veterinarian found a large tumor mass under her tongue.  It was also removed, and will be biopsied along with the anal tumor.  It did not look malignant according to the vet.
So today she is resting after her ordeal.  She's pretty tired, but is keeping one eye open because it's thundering and raining today, so it's hard for her to relax.  Dad did put some Rescue Remedy spray in her breakfast to help her stay calm.  We'll watch her closely over the next few days for any signs of pancreatitis (not eating, vomiting).  No jumping or active play for her for at least a few days.  She needs to go back to the vets in 10-14 days to have the stitches removed.  But for now, she's so incredibly happy to have that tumor off her rear!  Even her brother 'Joey' noticed that it was gone right away.  She's already posturing her tail more normally.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Note From Joey and Maggie: Maggie's Big Day

Maggie, May 24, 2011

The day has finally arrived - your Long and Short of it All hostess 'Maggie' gets to have her anal tumor removed, so we'll be a little short on the posts for a few days.  She's also going to have a dental while she's under; she's got a slab fracture which will most likely be removed.  It's a risky surgery for her - she's 10.5 years old, she's got Cushing's disease, a heart murmur, and she just had a pancreatitis attack about 2 months ago.  The pancreatitis is what we're worried the most about - surgery can cause pancreatitis to flare up, the same way Joey developed a really bad case after his bilateral adrenalectomy last fall.  Her lipase levels, which indicate pancreas issues, are still about twice normal, but the good vet doesn't see that as an issue - they need to be really high to indicate pancreatitis.   All precautions are being taken to prevent a flare-up, including heavy hydration before and after surgery until almost 8 PM tonight.  She should be able to come home tonight if all goes well. 
In this photo you can see how Cushing's is taking its toll on our Mags.  While she is groomed with a modified cocker cut, her hair stopped growing last fall.  She used to be fully grown out again in about 2 months, but her last cut was in September.   People keep commenting that her hair is turning more brown, but we think that's because it is just so thin from hair loss.  Her legs have been shaved for IV placement from when she was in the hospital for the pancreatitis.  She's also losing the hair on the back of her ears - her skin has become scaly from the Cushing's, and the hair falls out.  And you can't see in this photo, but her stomach is very large - she looks pregnant.  She also has extra fatty deposits around the back of neck.   One of our good friends at our local Dachshund meetup didn't even recognize her in March - she said "This isn't Maggie, is it?"  :(
But the good news is that she's really close to being stabilized on her trilostane treatment for Cushing's.  She had an ACTH stimulation test last week, and her resting cortisol was 2.2 which is right about where we want it, (before it kept coming in at over 10), and her post test cortisol is about 9.5.  We'd like to get that post test number down just a little to maybe 7.5.  So, we upped her medication just slightly.  Hoping to see hair growth and decrease in the pot belly soon, but sometimes that just doesn't happen.  At least she's been very happy and spry since her levels have been good - she runs around the house like a puppy, and when she gets excited she bucks like a little bronco.  We're hoping that her good demeanor is indicative that she's going to sail through this surgery without a single issue, and she will be comfortable enough in her nether region that she can wag her tail at full force once more. 

Who's a pretty girl?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dachshund Relaxation: Chester and Gretel Adventureweiner: Crossing the Stream

Spring has finally sprung - we weren't so sure it was going to make it this year!  Now's the time to set aside a cool morning to take your pals on a long nature walk - just you and your dogs.  Chester and Gretel are sure having fun here at the Spruce Railroad Trail on the shores of Lake Crescent, about 20 miles west of Port Angeles, Washington.  Good exercise like hiking strengthens your Dachshund's backs, gives humans peace of mind, and is a great bonding experience with your furry friends. Via youtuber adventurejess.

Cracker Barrell Dachshund Bag

Now this would certainly be nice to take to the grocery store for your re-usable bag!  Thanks so much to 'Dean' and his mom Marissa, who write:

Hi Joey and Maggie,
Just wanted to share a picture of a large shopping bag I found at Cracker Barrel last weekend. It shows the front and back of the bag. The best part: it was only $1.99!
I love reading your blog!

Dean, the spoiled rescue Dachshund
Typed by my mom, Marissa, because we don't own a paw-friendly keyboard

Up and at  'em Dean, you've got shopping to do!

Dachshund Wearing Chainmail

Thanks to our pal 'Sasha' and her human Allen in Monterey, California for sending in the link and description:

In the ancient and medieval worlds, before firearms became prevalent, armies employed dogs to strike fear into the hearts of their foes. The ancient Romans had whole companies comprised of vicious dogs, which were often starved before battle and equipped with knife-covered collars and anklets. And according to The New Dog Encyclopedia, “During the Middle Ages, dogs were armored as completely as the knights and their charging horses. Suits of canine armor — plate, chain and canvas — were worn into battle and for the chase.” We’re guessing none were as cute as this guy, though.  Via geekosystem.

This photo and link sure made the rounds on the internet machine on Friday; some sites even referring to it as one of the top 10 reasons the world was going to end on Saturday.  Well we're all still here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Macy and Abby: Therapy Dogs

The residents at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital in Buffalo, New York know there's nothing in the world like a warm cuddly Dachshund.  Way to go Macy and Abby.  Via NBC2 - WGRZ.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Dachshund Family Update: Meet Deacon!


Back in April of 2010, we helped celebrate a special Dachshund's first birthday.  His name was 'Samson,' and his mom, S. Kate Fletcher, had sent us in some of the most stunning Dachshund photos we had ever seen.  We were devastated to find out that Samson left this planet just a few months later. 
But it's a new year, and we couldn't be happier to report that a new Dachshund is with the family now, and boy is he a looker!  It's 'Deacon!'  His mom writes:

Dear Joey and Maggie,

June 5th, 2011 will be difficult. A year ago on that day, as you previously reported, I lost my dear Samson in a terrible accident. He was only a year old, but was oh-so-smart! He was only one test away from obtaining his therapy dog certification and I mourned his lost, not only for myself, but for all the children who would miss out on time with such a special fella. As the one year mark of Samson's absence from my life approaches, I find cause to celebrate.
Recently, a new little doxie has placed his tiny paws on my heart. Meet Deacon-- a chocolate and tan, patchwork dapple dachshund! Like his brother before him, Deacon is destined for therapy work at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
This is a message of hope for everyone out there who has ever lost their best, little, Dachshund friend. I may never have my Sam again, but I do get the honor of loving Deacon now. It is like comparing apples to oranges-- but lucky for me, I love all kinds of fruit!


Samson may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. 
You've got big paws to fill, Deacon, but we're sure you'll brighten hundreds of children's lives.  Go Deacon!

3rd Annual Hawaii Wiener Derby!

The 2011 Hawaii Wiener Derby took place on Saturday, May 14th at the Hawaiian Humane Society.  Over 130 Dachshunds came out to enjoy the event which included on-site adoptions, contests, games, food, and a mini expo!  The Hawaii Wiener Derby is one of Hawaii's leading dog events!  Thanks so much to 'Nickel' and 'Ruby,' HWD Race Coordinators for writing in with awesome photos:


It’s Nickel and Ruby again shouting out from Kaneohe, Hawaii. Well we had our Hawaii Wiener Derby again! Our third one was a great turnout with 130 plus doxies baking in the Honolulu sun. But we had great fun and just wanted to share our highlights with others. Photos courtesy of our awesome official race photographer Steve Czerniak of wag and snap photography. Mahalos!

Congrats to the wieners, ....err winners of the race. 
'Dash' (left) took the bronze, 'Koko' too the silver, and 'Winston' took the gold.

Now that's something to be proud of Winston!

Check the official site to see the puppy winner and lots of great photos.  We know you Hawaiians who couldn't make it won't want to miss this event next year!

The Wonderful World Of Smiling Dachshunds!

Great Grin Jasper!

Thanks so much to our readers for sending in some awfully cute photos of your smiling little selves.  Sure puts a smile on our little mugs to see such happy Dachshunds!  'Jasper' and his mom Amy Francisco from Louisville, Kentucky write:

Dear Joey & Maggie,

Hi, my name is Jasper. I am a 2 year old Dachshund, and my mom and I love your blog. When we get online, it's one of the first things we go to. We watched the "Dachumercial" and while we agreed with a lot of what was said, we were surprised when she said that Dachshunds don't smile... of course we do!! I smile all the time, I'm a happy dog!! Mom even managed to get this picture of me smiling after playing one day.

Let's see those pearly whites Harley and Cash!

I also have two doxie cousins (Harley and Cash) that mom took a picture of once and they are totally smiling in it!! We doxies are awesome dogs!!

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile like Duncan's!

'Duncan' and 'Sophie' also write in with photos of their happy little selves:

Dear Maggie & Joey,

We just love your blog, especially when you post videos of other doxies - we love new friends in that strange machine that Mom always plays with! Anyway, we saw the Dachumerical and we disagree that Dachshunds don't smile just like adorable Ringo that we saw on your blog today. We may not be purebred doxies but here is more proof that Dachshunds do smile!

Sophie's smile is as sweet as sugar.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Thanks so much to Kellie MJ, a friend of an anonymous Dachshund Lover for sending in the link to this Frankly Fabulous advertisement.  It's sourced from three-cents, and is noted to be a print execution for Purina by ad agency Publicis Montreal.  Can we get a woof?

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A Dachshund Custody Battle: 'We can't live without him', say Bailey's Humans

Nothing like a little hot drama to spice up your week.  Meet Gary and Moira Rowlinson who hail from Offerton, Derbyshire, UK.  They are holding a picture of their beloved smooth chocolate 'Bailey,' who they gave to family friend Steven Spencer, after Bailey bit their 2-year-old granddaughter.  They realized their mistake the next day and asked for Bailey back, but Mr. Spencer refused.  Now it's going to the courts.  Excerpt from The Daily Mail:

Now, in a bizarre and bitter tug-of-love custody battle, the fate of Bailey will be settled by a judge at Stockport County Court on June 2 after Mr Rowlinson decided to take legal action to get his pet back.
Mr Rowlinson, a joiner from Offerton, said: 'Bailey is a great dog. We can't live without him. We fell in love with him the moment we saw him. Bailey is one of the family. We'd be devastated if we didn't get him back.
'Normally, he is very playful but he is very protective of my wife and when my granddaughter came running up to her Bailey didn't realise what she was doing and bit her. We are distraught.'
Mr Rowlinson, who will represent himself in court, submitted an application to the courts under the Return of Goods Act.
He has even offered to fork out more than the £700 he originally paid for Bailey just to get him back.
Mrs Rowlinson, 56, said: 'Our children have grown up so Bailey is like a child to us.'
Mr Spencer, of Heaton Chapel, will be represented by a solicitor at the hearing. He declined to comment.

Read all about it The Daily Mail.

Ringo Says: Yes, Dachshunds Do Smile!

Smiles everyone, smiles!

Thanks so much to our friends Debi, Ellen, and handsome happy 'Ringo' for writing in to clear up some misinformation in the latest Dachumercial video by Dogster's Julia Szabo (in the post immediately below this).  They write:

Dear Joey and Maggie,

We are long-time readers of your blog - first thing in the morning we get up, have breakfast, and then get online to check out all the doxie news! This morning we watched the "Dachumercial: Understanding Dog Breeds: Dachshund" video, and felt we had to write to you. The woman in the video said that Dachshunds do not smile. That is so untrue! To prove it, I am forwarding a few recent pictures of Ringo smiling. Now, Ringo won't smile at everyone, he's a bit reserved around strangers, but with family he is so very loving! And our last Dachshund, Vladimir, used to smile with all his teeth showing! It's obvious to us that this woman has never been owned by a Dachshund, otherwise she would know better... You can't have a sweeter, more loyal dog than a Dachshund.
God bless you all, and thanks for giving us smiles every day!

We couldn't agree with you more.  We're waiting for Ms. Szabo's retraction. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dachumercial: Understanding Dog Breeds: Dachshund

It's been a while since there has been a new Dachumercial making the rounds, but Dogster's Julia Szabo has put together this nice "how to understand the dog breed Dachshund" refresher.  This of course begs the question:  will we ever really understand the Dachshund?

A Note From Joey and Maggie: We're Back! And We Visited The Wienermobile!

The Mothership landed directly behind your Long and Short of it All hosts 'Joey' and 'Maggie'

Greetings fellow Dachshund Lovers.  We're back from vacation, and boy did we need it.  We visited our grandparents for Mother's Day, and they are two of our favorite humans, so we had a great time.  We also visited with our Dachshund country-cousin 'Rudy,' and his young pain-in-the-neck brother 'Baxter,' a Havanese who is just getting out of puppyhood.  We had a fun time though.
We headed back to Chicago for MidWest Dachshund Rescue's 3rd Annual Cross Town Bark Around Fundraiser on Saturday - and WOW!  What an event!  There were over 500 humans in attendance, and a good 300 or so Dachshunds.  Between the wiener races, free hot dogs, Wienermobile, cake walk, raffle prizes, silent auctions, and Doxie store, we sure kept ourselves busy.  What an awesome event.  If you live in the MidWest, make sure to plan on attending next year.
On the home front, Joey and Maggie were in good health for the vacation.  Maggie has to spend a day at the vet's today to get an ACTH stimulation test to see how her trilostane is helping her for her Cushing's.  Joey won't like being left home alone.  We're hoping to schedule Maggie's surgery for next Tuesday to remove her anal tumor.  It's starting to bug her more, but she should be far enough away from her pancreatitis attack to go ahead with surgery (surgery can induce pancreatitis).  It's going to be a risky surgery for her with her heart murmur, Cushing's, and pancreatitis, but she's feeling really good right now - running around outside like a puppy - so hopefully all will be OK. 

Here are some fun photos that we took from MWDR's event.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Note From Maggie and Joey: Please Stand By

Your Long and Short of it All hostess and host, Maggie and Joey

Dear fellow Dachshundists,

We're taking a few days off for a much-needed vacation, but we'll be back real soon.  There's lots of good stuff in the works, so please stay tuned. 
And make sure to give your Mommas a big wet sloppy kiss for Mother's Day. 

Yours in Dachshund Love,
Joey and Maggie.....

Dachshund Love Stories: Caitlin And Her Pal Cassie

Thanks so much to Caitlin M. for sending in such a great tale of her beloved black and tan smooth 'Cassie.'  And the retro photo is just perfect.  Tears us up a bit.....thinking about how special all the Dachshunds in our lives have been.  Without any further ado:

Dear Joey and Maggie,

I love the blog! I read it every day. It’s my little piece of Dachshund Love every day. It’s been 3 years since I’ve had a dachshund, my lovely little lady Cassie, a black and tan mini. She was a companion since I can remember. My parents got her when I was 3 and we were basically inseparable since then. My bed mate, toy, even sometimes my furry hot water bottle. (I don’t know if most people do this, but nothing made me feel better than her cuddling with me when I was sick).
She passed away spring my senior year of high school at the age of 16. I like to think she knew I’d be OK away at college and she could go. She was sweet but tough as nails. She was about 4 years old when we introduced a Siberian Husky into our home and by the time she passed, we had 3 Australian Shepherds so she had to play tough with the big dogs. They knew not to get in her face and to step back when she came through. The puppy thought she was a chew toy but found out quickly she wasn’t!
I love reading your blog every day because of my situation currently away at school, sadly I cannot have a Dachshund.  :(   But it’s a great daily reminder of those joyous little dogs in our lives; past, present and future. I’m constantly begging my parents to get another Dachshund so I can still visit and play.
Also I thought I was the only one with a crazy doxie collection! If I see something with a doxie on it or a figurine, I have to buy it. And now I know where to find more!
Again thank you for this wonderful blog! I am in love with it. I laugh, cry, aww at all the stories, and envy your beautiful dogs!

P.S.  I think I was about 5 and Cassie was about 3 in the photo. 

I'd Never Make It Through Without You Around

Everybody's working for the weekend - or at least hoping to make it through their Friday.  This will certainly help out.  Thanks to an anonymous Dachshund Lover for sending this in - we've never seen it before - an awesome fan-made video for Hey Julie by Fountains of Wayne.  Via youtuber johncarrafa. 

Dachshund Mix Tries To Rescue Kitties

Your dose of Friday Cute - it's a short little story, taken in its entirety from  South Mississippi's Sun Herald:

It wasn’t unusual to see J.J. come through his doggy door. After all, it was there just for the beagle/dachshund’s use.
But Crystal Crawford of St. Martin was surprised to see what was in her dog’s mouth Thursday.
“He was carrying a kitten in, very gently,” she said. After carefully placing the kitten on the floor, J.J. went back outside and returned with another.
Eventually, the dog brought in six tiny kittens, to his owner’s bemusement. Crawford and her son began looking for the kittens’ mother, but a search along the road revealed nothing.
Meanwhile, J.J. began displaying some very nurturing tendencies.
“He would lie next to them and lick them, like their mother would have,” she said.
J.J.’s concern was strong, but not enough to save the kittens.
The veterinarian who checked out the kittens told Crawford they had been alone in the woods for too long, and there were other complications. They died over the weekend.
J.J. is still a hero in the Crawford household.
“He did his best for them,” his owner said. “He’s my hero dog.”

Awwwwww.....J.J. is such a great little guy!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wine Country Wiener Fest

Hey, it's Wirehair Wednesday, and this is stunning 2-year-old 'Fritz,'
whose human is Pam Carson of Temecula, California

The season sure is heating up for Dachshund events.  The Temecula Valley Dachshund Club held its second annual Wine Country Wiener Fest on Sunday at Longshadow Ranch in Temecula, California.  The event included family-friendly games, local vendors, raffles, silent auctions, wine tasting, and "Dexter's Derby" Dachshund Races w/Kentucky Derby-style Extravagant Hat Contest.  Excerpt from inlandsocal:

There were prizes for contests that included the longest dachshund, which came in at 42" and the best kisser, canine, of course.
Riverside's Sunny Oasis Dachshund Rescue and Friends brought six rescued dachshunds, all of which found new homes. In addition the TVDC named Sunny Oasis as a recipient of the fundraiser proceeds as well as Almost Home Dachshund Rescue.
Swift running doxies competed in several heats and categories, including puppies and mixed breed dogs.

See a few more photos at inlandsocal.

Dachshund Pajamas For The Guys

It seems like the ladies get all the good Dachshund stuff, but thanks to our Tasmania, Australia pals 'Naji' and 'Mufti' for letting us know about these fantastic men’s pj’s from Peter Alexander.  We did briefly mention Australian pajama designer Peter Alexander back in 2008, but this designing Dachshund Lover deserves another mention.  Check out both the Australian and USA websites to find more Dachshund goodies. 

Description: Introducing Peter's Signature Range, exclusive to online and selected stores. This silky and soft feeling pj set consists of a button up collared shirt and matching pants with a drawstring / elastic waist. Set comes packaged in keep-sake gift box. Fabric: 55% Viscose 45% Cotton; $79.90 AUD

Scrapbooking Dachshunds

If you enjoy scrapbooking, and if you enjoy Dachshunds, then you've got to enjoy these Dachshund scrapbooki​ng stickers which are 30% off right now at Joann's.  Reg $5.29, find them for just $3.70.  Thanks to Paulette Wireman for the tip!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Vintage Dachshund Fun: Let's Go Camping!

Don't forget to include your furry friends in your summer plans. 

Vintage 1960-1970's photo source unknown.

Dachshund Relaxation: Wiener Dog Days

We're so jealous of that South Florida weather!  Get that American Eskimo!  By youtuber directx1.

Dog Tired: Women's Dachshund Pajamas at Kohl's

If you order quick, maybe you can get these in time for Mother's Day!  They were $36, but you can find them on sale for $16.99 at Kohl's (select the pink ones).  Your Long and Short of it All hostess 'Maggie,' the savvy shopper, says to try these codes for extra savings:  Save additional 15% with code SPRING15 + free shipping with code SHIP4FREE.  Sweet!  Thanks to our friends at MWDR for sending in the link.

Those Special Dachshunds: Meet Nikita!

Thanks to Rosa Gans, who hails all the way from Porto Alegre, Brazil for sending in such a nice photo of her sweet chocolate 'Nikita!'  Rosa writes:

Dear Joey and Maggie,

I don´t speak English, sorry. This is my special Dachshund, Nikita, she´s 12 years old, with the white "hair" . I love her so much, I love all the Dachshunds. Your blog is great!!!!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Midwesterners Mark Your Calendar: MWDR's Crosstown Bark Around Fundraiser

If you live in the Midwest, you're not going to want to miss MidWest Dachshund Rescue's 3rd Annual Crosstown Bark Around Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14, 2011.  This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever, as the location has been moved to a fairground in Wheaton, Illinois, about an hour outside of Chicago.  The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be there, dash in Wiener races, socialize with hundreds of Dachshunds, and win AWESOME raffle prizes or silent auction items.  We'll be there, so be sure and say hi if you see us!  Here are all the details:

WHAT:  The Crosstown Bark Around Fundraiser and Doxie Social
WHEN:  Saturday, May 14 12:00-4:00
WHERE:  DuPage County Fairgrounds - Wheaton, IL
WHO:  MWDR welcomes all well behaved doxies and other small breed dogs who are up to date on vaccines ...sorry no big dogs allowed.
COST:  $4.00 adults & $2.00 children (cost includes hot dogs, chips and drink). No preregistration to attend is required.
Don't own a doxie, you are still welcome to attend! Come one....Come All!! This is an awesome event!!

Raffles and Silent Auctions
Door Prizes
Wiener Races
Bake Sale
Doxie General Store
Nail trims
Photographer with Wienermobile Car
Wiener Games-Best Trick, Best Costume, Doxie Owner Look Alike, and
Cake Walk

Pre-registration for the Dachshund Dash races is now open until May 6th 
The Dachshund Dash pre-registration fee is $5.00.
You can also register the day of the race. The fee will be $10.00 the day of the races.
There are 4 Race Divisions. They include :

Lil' Schnitz-under 2 years old
Frankfurters - 2-4 years old
Bratwursts - 5-8 years old
Knockwursts - 9 + years and handicapped

Fantastic prizes are in store for the fastest wieners out there.  Click the following link for registration details:   Dachshund Dash Registration Form and Details.

One of the highlights of the Cross Town Bark Around fundraiser will be the drawing for the winner of this "Rescue Rainbows Raffle Quilt" made by MWDR supporters.  MWDR put out a call for donations of dachshund themed quilt blocks, and received over 40 wonderful squares, each one unique in it's own way.  Twenty of those blocks were made into this quilt.  Almost every block has a special story to tell, as many of the blocks represent foster dogs, adopted dogs, or dogs that have gone over the rainbow bridge.  This large machine quilted lap quilt measures approximately 59" x 71", and is backed with black dachshund print fabric and has a sleeve for hanging.
Buy raffle tickets at the event, or on-line at MWDR.  1 for $1, 12 for $10, 25 for $20, or 70 for $50.  Winner need not be present to win.

Dachshund Lover First to Tweet of Osama Bin Laden

Keith Urbahn's twitter profile photo

The Independent reports in Social networkers first to learn of Osama Bin Laden’s death: 

Minutes after US President Barack Obama announced Osama Bin Laden’s death in a live TV broadcast, people from around the globe congregated on social networks like Twitter and Facebook to discuss and share the news.
But people using social network Twitter had already heard of Bin Laden’s death.
Keith Urbahn, a Twitter user who describes himself as "Chief of Staff, Office of Donald Rumsfeld, Navy Reserve intel officer and owner of two miniature dachshunds" in his Twitter bio, was reportedly the first to break the news using social networking site Twitter.
"So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn" read the now lionized tweet sent by @keithurbahn.

Never underestimate a Dachshund Lover. 

Related:  The Dachshund Factor: Donald Rumsfeld Attends Dachshund Dash
Related:   Famous Dachshund Quotes: Donald Rumsfeld

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Irene Nolen Clark and Polly

It breaks our hearts to report the passing of Irene Nolen Clark and her pal 'Polly.'  Irene was a long-time supporter of The Long and Short of it All, sending us dozens and dozens of stories about Dachshunds, and her own smooth black and tan rescue 'Polly.'  We hadn't heard from her in some time, and especially wanted to make sure she was OK after the recent tornadoes in her home state of Alabama.  We tried to email her and checked her facebook; she passed away on November 21, 2010.  We inquired to her brother about her beloved Polly, and her vet recommended she be put down due to cancer.  Nolen also had two GSD's which have been re-homed and are doing well. 
Long-time readers of this site will surely remember 'Polly,' the goldfish hunter who later added rats to her repertoire.
Above is the last photo that Nolen sent us of Polly in September of 2010.  It's just beautiful.
Nolen left us with these words on her last facebook post in November:  I wish my friends the happiest holiday season ever, with all the love the world has to give. Nothing is better than friendships and dog-ships.

The Church of Dachshund

It's not our intention to promote any sort of religion here, but it is Sunday after all, and if you didn't go to Church, and even if you did, enjoy James Robison while he talks about his Dachshund 'Princess.' 
While we don't agree with the good Reverend referring to us dogs as "inferior," - we feel that humans and all animals are on this earth together - we understand that he's trying to make a point, and he seems to surely love his little gal.  One of his comments is almost a little sexist - should we even post this? - but the ladies he talks to laugh it off, so we will too. 
The bottom line is that regardless of your views on religion, as man's best friend, the love of a dog is one of the threads that ties all humanity together.
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