Monday, April 30, 2012

Wiener Dogs Tear It Up In Buda, Texas

Congratulations to all the Dachshunds who raced at the 2012 Buda Wiener Dog Races in Buda, Texas over the weekend.  Hundreds of dogs, usually over 600, competed to take the crown in the 15th annual event.  We haven't heard who this year's Champions are yet, but we'll keep you posted as more coverage is available. 
In the meantime, enjoy Dudley O. Selleck's hilarious journey to the 2012 Buda races by youtuber sjcselleck.

Drabbling In Bubbles, Part Four

Cats.  Sigh.  Thanks to our pal 'Lucy' for sending this in!

Read more Drabble at GOCOMICS.

Little Lucy at 9 weeks old.  Ain't she cute?

Dachshund Luxuries

Cats!  Thanks to our pretty Slovenian friend 'Princess Lea' for sending this in all the way from, you guessed it, Slovenia. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Those Very Special Dachshunds: Vasco da Gama

How Handsome

Thanks so much to James Hall for writing in about his beautiful and beloved red smooth boy 'Vasco da Gama.'  We know that every single day with him is a blessing.  James writes:

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

I love your blog!

Back in 2006, a friend whose husband worked at the Providence, RI animal control office told me that they had "that dog you've been looking for" was at the pound. I knew the chances were slim, since I was looking for a standard short-haired red dachshund, This was the kind of dog I had always wanted since I was a kid.

Oddly enough, when I arrived, there were 30 pit bulls, 2 or 3 chihuahua mixes, and the gorgeous guy that we would name Vasco da Gama. he was living in the Director's office. The vet thought he was probably 2 or 3 years old. I cannot quite imagine how anyone would have abandoned this amazing dog. He came to us neutered, house trained, and willing to walk very nicely on a leash. After a few months, my partner was able to convince him that he had nothing to fear from other dogs, and he has learned not to be aggressive in the park.

One month ago, we discovered that Vasco has an inoperable and aggressive tumor on his prostate. We are spoiling him and saying a gradual good bye. Needless to say we are heartbroken, and feel our nearly six years with him was too short. I know this community of dachshund lovers will appreciate our experience, and these photo of our proud guy keeping watch over Casco Bay in Maine a few summers ago, and posing on a dachshund-sized chair in our living room in a photo by the very talented Brian Jones.

Hug your Dachshund today!

Counting With Sausage

If you know someone who needs to learn to count to ten - this is for you.  Video by youtuber nataliecrowdis who notes:  I made this video to help my baby niece learn to count. Kids love sausage dogs, so what better way for her to learn her numbers. The dog's name is Pavel. He's a good boy.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Drabbling In Bubbles, Part Three

Wally sure enjoys his bubbles! 

Thanks as always to our friend 'Princess Lea,' who hails all the way from Slovenia, for sending in the latest Drabble!
Read more Drabble at GOCOMICS.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pookie the Dachshund Prepares to Write the Great American Canine Novel

(Photo: Alexander Nazaryan)

Thanks very much to Alexander Nazaryan, Deputy Op-Ed Editor of the New York Daily News for writing in with a link to his latest piece.  Hilarious!   It's a bit too short to excerpt, so here it is in all its entirety for your reading pleasure:

She sat there, deep in thought: How could she, a dachshund in the autumn of her life, put on paper all she had learned about la condition chien? The constant begging for treats, the humiliating reference to her elongated shape, the squirrels she had chased, the dirty socks she had devoured.

Once, there had been a crust of pizza that she managed to eat off the sidewalk. Oh, it was so many years ago now, but the faint taste of pepperoni flooded back, as had Proust's taste of that youthful madeleine, and with it, all the memories of her canine life that she was now inspired to record for eternity.

Quickly she wrote, for she knew that soon her master would demand she go out for her evening poop.

We'll be first in line when Pookie's novel comes out.

Is It Or Isn't It A Dachshund On The New Yorker?

Thanks to several of our friends for sending in a scan of the April 30, 2012 cover of The New Yorker magazine.  Some of our friends say it's a Dachshund, some of our friends say no way.  Generally when faced with such a dilemma, we go by the old adage:  If you have to ask yourself if it's a Dachshund, then it's probably not. 

We'll settle for Dachshund mix on this one.  And how hilarious is this cover?

Josh Duhamel and Fergie Lose Their Little Meatloaf

Photo via Josh Duhamel at Twitter

Thanks to Gatinha for writing in with the news that actor Josh Duhamel and his wife Fergie, vocalist for The Black Eyed Peas, lost their beloved 'Meatloaf' on April 1st.  Our hearts go out to them.  Mr. Duhamel tweeted:

We lost our dog Meatloaf today. He was one of the kindest sweetest souls I've known. He'll be missed. RIP little buddy.

Today's Dachshund

Thanks again to our humorous friend 'Princess Lea,' who hails all the way from Slovenia, for keeping us in stitches!

Read more Today's Dogg at GOCOMICS.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dick Clark, Dachshund and Dog Lover

With the recent passing of American radio and television personality Dick Clark, one has to ask oneself:  Was he a Dachshund Lover?  Dog magazines across the globe have recently profiled Mr. Clark's fondness of canines, stating that he had up to five dogs at a time, he designed his Malibu home with extra large showers to wash his dogs, and that dogs roamed freely at the Dick Clark Productions offices.  But what about Dachshunds?  Excerpt from The Bark:

In recent years, the Clarks had a pug named Mrs. Jones, and Henry VIII, a 110-pound Weimaraner. There was also Lucille, a Dalmatian who was a gift from Gloria and Emilio Estefan - flown in via private jet. Bernardo was a Dachshund-mix the Clarks found on the streets of San Bernardino. They dropped him off at the pound and then made a U-turn and picked him up. (He would become their fourth Dachshund.)

A June, 2001 article in the Pet Press goes on to say:

He got his name because “we found him as a street dog in San Bernardino.  As a youngster Dick’s Uncle gave him a ceramic Dachshund, and he’s loved Dachshunds ever since. He’s had at least three of them during the years, and that’s one of the reasons he wanted to keep Bernardo.

And of his Dachshund 'Louie,' notes:

In a 2002 interview with The Post-Standard, Clark talked about living in Central New York and working seven nights a week, spinning records as a radio DJ fresh out of SU. When he came home late at night, Clark recalled, his wife and baby were sleeping. His dachshund, named after an SU roommate, waited up.
“The thing I remember about Louie was he was always there to greet me,” Clark said. “He was just a terrific dog.”

Thanks for everything Mr. Clark.

Thanks to a good friend of The Long and Short of it All for sending in a link to The Bark!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Vintage Dachshund Pride

Well.  Aren't you proud of your Dachshunds?

Vintage photo Denmark, possibly circa 1880's

What The........Where In The Heck Are Joey And Rowdy?


We apologize for the lack of posting over the last week.  All is fine with Joey and Rowdy, but all has not been fine with our home phone and DSL/magical interweb!  It has been down for a whole week!  AT&T finally came to fix it just now - it seems they were doing maintenance last week and they "mis-assigned" our line.  Ahem.
So stay tuned for more Dachshund News, fun, and hijinx - we'll be back in the groove real soon.

Vintage mid-century Wirephoto source unknown.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dachshund On Google Home Page

Google image for April 14, 2012

Odds are pretty good that it will never happen again, so be sure to head over to Google today, where a disabled Dachshund is featured in a photograph on the home page.  Google is celebrating the 100th birthday of French photographer and pioneer photojournalist Robert Doisneau, 14 April 1912 – 1 April 1994. 

Doisneau is renowned for this 1950 image Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall).

But ask any Dachshundist, and you'll find this wonderful 1977 image to be a favorite:  Un chien à roulettes (A dog on wheels).

Thanks to our friend 'impromptublogger' for writing in about the Google image!

Badger Of Honor

Every Dachshund deserves one.  Via The Pet Blog via Etsy. 

Friday, April 13, 2012



"The sausage hound!  The sausage hound!"
     The children shout with glee.
As with my pet I saunter forth
     to view the scenery.
"Where did you get the funny dog?"
     They ask with puzzled air,
"Is he one of that German kind?"
     The curiouser dare.

"This is the Baron v Houghton," I
"And though at times he may look ratzi,
     He was born right here, and he's not a Nazi!"

When speaking of the canine species
     My friends go into raptures keen
And boast of prowess in the hunt
     And trophies won in field and stream.
"Oh pardon us, Miss B." they say,
     "Are you of the sporting set?"
Eager, I take the gauntlet up,
     "Ah yes....a Dachshund is my pet."

A blankish stare, a furrow brow
     And then, as though they'd made a find,
They laugh and say "Oh, NOW I know!.....
     The Born-Under-A-Bureau kind!"

"Dog and a half," is sometimes said
     When I point to streamlines classy,
Or indicate his ram-like nose
     And praise his low-slung chassis.

How can I make them feel the times
     He fills my heart with swift delights,
His foolish grin that welcomes me,
     The fun and rompings he invites?

Ah, well, it doesn't really matter -
     By me he'll always be adored,
And comments buzzing 'round his head,
     I note, leave him polite but bored.

by Kathleen Briggs
Bremerton, Washington
for the American Dachshund magazine, March, 1951
Early 1900s postcard, source unknown.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shopping For Dachshunds at Restoration Hardware

We love to go shopping at Restoration Hardware - it's our favorite home furnishings store - and boy were we surprised with the number of new things they have for Dachshund Lovers!   Above, it's Dachshund Silhouette Art - your best friend is presented over a map of their birthplace - that's right - it's Germany for us Dachshunds.  Measuring in at 14" x 18", the wood framed piece will set you back $119.

Aahhhh, the Motherland

Next up, imagine how nice this applique Dachshund pillow would look on your couch or your bed.  The 100% cotton front, 85% cotton/15% rayon back pillow measures in at 12" x 18", and will set you back $75, or $59 for just the pillow cover without the pillow insert. 

And finally, this wonderful Antiqued Wood Dachshund is a "nostalgic reminder of the warmth and good nature of canine company."  It measures in at almost 17" long, and features a distressed painted finish with rubbed edges that lend a vintage patina.  This puppy will set you back $59.  Oddly, it's twice that at Kathy Kuo Home via Amazon.

Photo via GO Home Ltd, a Vintage inspired home furnishings blog.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Firefighters Rescue Dachshund Stuck in Tree in Cemetery

We couldn't make this one up if we tried!  We've all heard of firefighters rescuing cats from trees, but have you ever heard of a dog needing rescue from a tree, much less a Dachshund?  Well, meet red longhair 'Cappy,' a pretty rescue-girl who hails from Beaufort, South Carolina.  Cappy went missing about 6 PM Sunday, and her human, Mimi Austin, asked for help finding her on facebook.  So, her friends joined in the search at about 12:30 in the morning.  Excerpt from The Island Packet:

They went straight to the cemetery, which is close to Austin's house.
Flashlights in hand, the women searched until they thought they heard barking in the back of the cemetery.
"We rushed to where we thought we heard it, and we traced it to this big oak tree with major brush around it," she said. "Once we got to the tree, the barking stopped."
Austin was on her porch and came rushing over at the familiar sound of Cappy's bark. Thinking her dog was caught in the brush, she started cutting some of it away with clippers.
The women started getting frustrated with searching in the dark, when two Beaufort police officers stopped by to see what three women, a dog and a car were doing in the rear of the cemetery, Mrs. Austin's friend Kim Bonturi said. One officer shone his light up in the tree and spotted the dog.
The dachshund had climbed up 12 feet in the tree, out of reach of the women and officers even with Bonturi's eight-foot ladder.
The women had to wait about 45 minutes until firefighters Vezin and David Evans, who had been out on a medical call, arrived with a ladder.
"She was just happy to be in her mom's arms," Bonturi said of the dachshund.
Cappy seemed to be fine, Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department spokesman John

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Robinson said.
The dog lapped up an entire bowl of water when she got home, said Bonturi, who works with Chain Free Beaufort, a nonprofit dedicated to helping animals.

A Plea For Help

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The Man Of Your Dreams

Snappy dresser, sharp accessories.  JONES NEW YORK via The Bay.

Thanks to our friend 'Rocky' for sending in the ad!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter With The Sheridan Avenue Boys

Dachshunds all over the world celebrated Easter Sunday yesterday, and those Sheridan Avenue Boys were no exception.  Handsome, Handsome, Handsome, Handsome, and Handsome, also know as Jack, Jetson, Jordan, Lincoln, and Lego, impressed the crowds wherever they went with their festively colored bow ties.  Thanks to their mom for sending in the awesome photos!

Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin

'Slinky Dog,' the Dachshund toy from the movie Toy Story, is brought to life as the "Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin," a ride at Walt Disney Studios Park in France and at Hong Kong Disneyland. The ride is part of the Toy Story Playland in France, and Toy Story Land in Hong Kong. The France ride opened on August 17, 2010, and the Hong Kong installation opened on November 17, 2011.  Looks like great fun for kids of all ages!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Retro Dachshund Fun: Here Comes Peter Cottontail

You know you're getting old and that time is marching on when you consider something from 1991 to be retro.  But it was over 20 years ago!  In this news photo from March 17, 1991, a Dachshund named 'Heady' goes for a romp in Rowlett Park, Tampa, Florida.

Have a Blessed Easter.

Family Donates Puppy After Tragic Dachshund Death

Not to fear - there really are wonderful people left in this crazy world we live in.  A poor Albany, Georgia Dachshund named 'Ali' ate the bulb of a sago palm plant and passed of liver failure within a week.  After hearing of Ali's plight, strangers gave Ali's family a new Dachshund puppy.  Excerpt from WALB News:

Today Patty Callaway's family got a little bigger. That's because Sandy Jarrell and her daughter Cheyenne decided to give her family a gift that would provide the love and companionship they've been missing. "Being pet owners we know how it is to lose's very hard," she said.
Last week, Dr. Steve Whatley had to euthanize Callaway's puppy "Ali" after she chewed a few highly toxic Sago Palm bulbs. She went from vomiting to liver failure in less than a week.
But that painful silence has been restored by this 7 week old bundle of joy..named Zoe. "She is just so docile and so special we thought..yep..that's the puppy," said Jarrell.
Jarrell caught Callaway's heartbreaking story and her daughter decided they should give the family a puppy from their litter of Dachshunds. "We thought we would give them a puppy and let them have the love back that they had with the other one," said Jarrell.
And she just so happens to look a lot like Ali. "I I just feel extremely blessed that this nice family gave us a dog out of the goodness of their heart and I couldn't be more thankful," said Erin Callaway.

We love a happy ending.  And we hope they get rid of those sago palms in the yard.

Dachshund Interspecies Musings: Watch Out For That Iguana

Regensburg, Germany — A Dachshund named 'Rambo' gets up close and personal with a green iguana named 'Otto' at the zoo. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

All About Cosmo

We love it when Dachshund Lovers detail their affection for their long dogs - whether writing in to us with stories and photos, or telling the world all about it in a video.  When we stumbled across jewellery designer Zina S. Sparling speaking so poetically about her beautiful boy 'Cosmo,' we had to share.  Unfortunately, the video was not available for embedding, but we contacted her, and she graciously agreed to let us post it.  So, without any further ado, and delivered with the graceful style of Dachshund Lover Ingrid Bergman, meet little 'Cosmo.'

If you're interested in lush exotic jewelry, with some pieces inspired by such luminaries as "Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, and the ubiquitous, unique, and gorgeous Kim Novak," check out Zina S Sparling Jewellery.

Those Special Dachshund Mixes: Meet Giles!

And what a BIG beautiful boy he is!  Wow!  Thanks so much to Dan Marshall for writing in about the big love of his life:  a Dachshund/Great Dane mix - yes, let's repeat that - a Dachshund/Great Dane mix who goes by the name of Giles!  He writes:

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

I was bored and doing some google searching, seeing if I could find other dogs like mine. I have a 1.5 year old dachshund (father) / great dane (mother) mix that looks almost identical to Garnet, the dog you posted about here:  When A Dachshund Met A Dane....

I was wondering if you had any information about whether or not Garnet got adopted? I'd be curious to share info with her new parents!

Here are some pics of my guy, just so you can see how adorable he is ;) He's super friendly with people and other dogs!

His name is Rupert Giles (goes by Giles).

Unfortunately we have no idea if Garnet was adopted.  But we tend to think that a beautiful girl like her was snapped up pretty quickly!


Gimme a Lick of that Free Ice Cream!

Jennyfer Johnson's Dachshund, 'Emerson,' sneaks a taste of her ice cream cone as they walk out of Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop in Tustin, California on Tuesday. They were taking advantage of the Free Cone Day event that Ben & Jerry's holds every year to help raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

One More Shot

No Fun for Fagged Photographer

The indoor benched show was crowded and noisy.  The day had been long, and the squawk box had summoned California dog photographer Joan Ludwig about as many times as a girl could take it.  And now Miss Ludwig was trying to help an owner pose his Dachshund puppy.
"No,  no,  NO!"  cried Miss Ludwig.  "Don't crouch behind your dog.  Stand up and look as natural as you can.  But first take off that coat.  You're showing a black dog, so you had to wear a black coat, huh?"
Then, under her breath, "These people!"
"No,  DON'T take your hands off her, Keep her head UP.  Remember, the neck must rise straight out of the shoulders and the nose must point straight forward.....Now - the farther rear foot - it's too far back.  the dog must rest easily on his four feet.  Now listen!  Never mind telling me why you can't.  Just DO it....There.  Good.  Now...."
"Oh-h-h."  The sound began high and dwindled down to nothing.  "Oh, WHY did you let her - the instant I was going to take it!  Yes, of course I was going to throw the catalog.  No, not at you.  I was going to throw the catalog to catch the dog's eye and make her look alert.  You just never mind what I'M doing.  You keep doing what I tell you to do."
"O.K.  Now her front foot on this side.  Move it - back, BACK."
"BACK.  Not forward!  There.  Now, now, maybe - there!  I GOT it."
"It was good, too.  Good - but not great."

Via the May, 1961 issue of the American Dachshund magazine.  Photo is unrelated, but is from the same issue, and details Robert Groff's 8 1/2# smooth miniature Lo-Dach's Wee Cover Girl-M, who took Winners Bitch and 5 points in the NCDC Specialty.

Hoodie Talk

We can learn a lot from having Dachshunds in our lives.  With our country seemingly at odds with itself over the Trayvon Martin shooting, we found this Dachshund story to be particularly poignant.  Opinion Column by Tom Barton at the Savannah Morning News:

Last week, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, I wrote about wearing a hoodie at night while walking my dog and possibly frightening some pedestrians. That prompted an insightful response from Judy Maltenfort.
She said that her mother, a five-foot-tall Jewish lady living in Queens, N.Y., had a dachshund she’d walk every evening when she came home from work. One night, after she got back on the elevator, two very large, dark-skinned men followed her on board. Panicked, her mother stared at the floor until the elevator reached her floor, where she quickly got off.
But the two strangers were right behind her. Then the larger of the two men came around in front of her mother, bent down, picked up the dog and told her that the dog’s nails had not been clipped correctly. Her mother looked up to where the voice came from.
It was Bill Cosby.
The comedian then introduced her to the other man, a New York comedian named Scooey Mitchell, who lived on her mother’s floor.
“They say it takes at least five generations to effect a true change in acceptable cultural habits and standards,” Judy said. “We seem to have a longer road to travel when it comes to the impact of clothing.”

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Reunited And It Feels So Good


Caleb Doughty, 9, cuddles with his Dachshund-mix Sky last Tuesday when she was found after she’d been missing 25 days. Sky’s crate was smashed when the Doughty’s Canebrake, Alabama home was struck by a March 2 tornado and Sky was either carried away by the storm or ran in panic.  Excerpt from The News Courier:

The 6-year-old dachshund-mix with one brown eye and one blue one had been adopted from the shelter Peace, Love & Animals.
“She’s my sister,” Caleb said. The 9-year-old home-schooled student considers the pets his siblings.
The family, as well as volunteers from Canebrake subdivision, immediately began searching the neighborhood and nearby woods.
They posted signs and placed notices on the Facebook page of the Canebrake Club.
Everyone wanted to help reunite the family with its pet. Someone with Animal Control donated humane traps, which capture a pet without harming it, and construction workers who were repairing damaged homes in the area set out dog treats in hopes of luring Sky.
Flo would receive calls of “Sky sightings,” with the farthest about a mile from the home. After a sighting at Hole 5 on the golf course, several men in golf carts met Flo to aid in a search. “They said, ‘We came to help you find your dog,’” Flo said. “The community was so nice.”
Then, she heard Sky was seen on a nearby street and set a trap in the garage of a home on the street behind her home.
The next morning, 25 days after the tornadoes, construction workers found Sky, tail wagging, inside the crate. 
The family drove over from the apartment in Madison where they are living until their home is repaired.
“We were just astonished,” Caleb said.
 Flo said, “We let Sky sleep with us that first night and she snored all night. She was so tired from her adventure.”
“I prayed and prayed, hoping the persistence would pay off,” Flo said, citing the Biblical parable of the persistent widow.

Welcome Home Sky!

United Dachshunds

"We, the peoples of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal right of men and women and of nations large and small....And for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors...have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims." ~ Preamble, Charter of the United Nations.

Photo by Jaskirt Dhaliwal, for Bennett Miller's Dachshund UN in Birmingham, England, last weekend.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cuddle Puddle

Mind if we squeeze in?

Thanks to our Slovenian pal 'Princess Lea' for sending this in!

Dachshund UN Travels to the UK

Australian artist Bennett Miller's Dachshund UN traveling art installation has broken the boundaries of Australia, showing up Saturday as part of the live art Fierce Festival in Birmingham, England.  47 Dachshunds from all over the West Midlands participated in the event.  Excerpt from the Sunday Mercury:

The international body is often accused of having no teeth but there were plenty of gnashers on show in the reproduction assembly.
The mock UN meeting took place outside the Ikon Gallery, in Oozells Square. Exhibition bosses said the scale replica of a former UN office in Geneva was designed to be thought-provoking on the issue of human rights.
An exhibition spokesman said: “Dachshund UN is both a large scale architectural installation and a performance work that examines the role of the United Nations as a risk management organisation.

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