Friday, September 28, 2012

A Note From World Famous Dachshund Rosco P. Dog

Thanks so much to 'Rosco P. Dog' for writing in about his big television debut for this weekend's Oktoberfest in Lee's Summit, Missouri.  If you live nearby, you're gonna wanna go - what else could you possibly be doing this weekend?  From Rosco:

Hello Joey and Rowdy,

I hope all is well going into our favorite month Dachtober.

Our local Chamber of Commerce has an Oktoberfest featuring three Dachshund events, a costume contest, a look-a-like contest, and a best trick contest. The local news channel NBC 41 Action news invited myself and two of my Dachshund buddies to come to the station and show off our costumes.

I am the handsome doggie on the right in the dapper tux. I went as 00Dachshund, secret agent dog, with a license to bark. My daddy even got labeled a Bond Girl to my James Bond outfit (he is not quite sure how to take that yet). My two buddies went as a pirate and a penguin.

Have a great month,
Rosco P. Dog
International Super Star
"Hey Ladies...."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Looking For A Few Good Dachshunds

If you live near Toronto, Canada, you may want to audition "to take centre stage in an upcoming 2013 World Stage contemporary performance installation."  Huh?  Taking place at the Harbourfront Centre, the event "promises you and your pooch will be in very good hands – all while participating in what's sure to be one of the most talked-about events of the year!" 
We don't want to spoil the surprise, but all we can guess is that a popular Australian traveling art exhibit is making its way to the North American continent?
Find out more at the Harbourfront Centre.

Dachshund Apple Pie

Thanks to our pretty friend 'Geneva' for writing in:

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

Mom baked an apple pie last weekend and as usual, decorated it with a pastry likeness of moi!

No one ever wants to be the first to cut into it - but it was delicious.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Those Special Dachshunds: Meet Lunar!

Rub My Belly

Thanks so much to Emily for writing in with some great photos and a nice little, albeit scary, story of her beloved pretty little 'Lunar.'  She pens:

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

I would like to tell you about our mini dachshund Lunar! She is a smooth black and tan with serious attitude. If the postman comes, or we have takeaway food, or someone dares to walk past our gate, she skids around on the wooden flooring dashing to the door to see if they're coming to see her. She then saunters back, wiggling her behind like a scorned dog. She has so many hilarious and adorable little traits, probably far too many to put here. And we wouldn't change any of them, but last January we almost thought we were going to lose her...

Tidying away all the Christmas decorations into the garage, Lunar was zooming round our feet, excitedly wagging her tail and following us into the garage. She scampered into a corner and we caught her chewing something but by the time we got to her she swallowed the item whole and looked very sheepish. We assumed it was just a house spider and thought nothing of it.

A week or two later she was looking forlorn and couldn't keep food down and wouldn't go outside to the toilet, quietly whimpering in her bed. She didn't improve over the next day so we took her to the vets and they said she had an intestinal obstruction and they needed to operate immediately, we said a swift farewell and she went to sleep. It was a very tense wait and she was kept in overnight for observation as there was a high chance of infections occurring. Fortunately she recovered without an infection and grew to eat again (with a little help from some chicken) and was her crazy self again!
It turned out she'd eaten a little catnip mouse that had fallen from a shelf in the garage. We were extremely shocked and are now mindful of ANYTHING laying on the floor she may fancy eating.
She is now a happy, healthy 1 year old dachshund loving life and currently has a hobby of chasing frogs round our garden.
I love telling her about all the articles on your blog, she always listens intently, wide-eyed and one dot eyebrow raised. We call her eyebrows dit-dots!
Thank you for your blog and please keep posting, we love it!
-Emily & Lunar xxx

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Modern Dachshund Fun

Lederhosen?  Check.  Dachshund?  Check.  Wiener Races?  Check.  Hot Dog Costume?  You Betcha.  It must almost be Dachtober.

This was the scene at the 2012 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, last Friday.  Photo source.

Vintage Dachshund Fun

Long pipe, long dog, Mr. Monk.  Aren't you proud of your Dachshund?

Early 1900s photo source unknown.

Just A Li'l Pinch

Humans Devise New Dachshund Torture Procedure

Hold on to your cojones fellas, the humans have done it again.  They've developed a new way to neuter dogs that requires no surgery or anesthesia - no SNIPPING - just a local zinc injection called 'Zeuterin.'   Will it cause Neuticles to go out of business?  Will it revolutionize sterilization procedures?  Excerpt from The New York Daily News:

A new way to neuter dogs requires no surgery or anesthesia, but convincing veterinarians to embrace the new technology will take time.
“Change does not come naturally, and private veterinarians do not have a problem to solve right now,” said Sandeep Manchanda, executive team member of Ark Sciences, the Westchester-based company behind the compound.
The nonsurgical neutering consists of locally injecting a compound of zinc gluconate and arginine into the testicles. It works by killing sperm-producing cells, decreasing testosterone to between 41% and 52%. The testicles shrink some, but remain largely visible.
That’s the main reason why the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City was among the first to jump in.
“We want to have an option for people who otherwise wouldn’t get their dog neutered,” said LHS shelter director Irene Borngraeber.
So far, about 25 dogs have been “zeutered” at LHS — and 500 across the U.S. — including some that would not have been able to undergo traditional anesthesia due to health reasons.
Among them is Yofi, a puggle who was neutered at 6 months at LHS, after his owner went searching for a nonsurgical procedure. Despite a sore groin area that subsided the following morning, the process went great.
“To me, it’s less cruel than surgically neutering a dog and less invasive — and everything about it is much faster,” said Yofi’s owner Rachel Zelman, a Manhattan office assistant.
The permanent sterilization procedure can be done in less than 10 minutes and requires only a mild sedative. All zeutered dogs have a large green “Z” tattooed on their inner thigh.

Ouch.  Read more at The New York Daily News.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sammy Takes The 2012 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - Running Of The Wieners

That's one big Dachshund

Congratulations to handsome two-year-old 'Sammy,' a smooth (longhair?) cream ticked piebald for beating out 100 other Dachshunds to take the championship at Friday's Running of the Wieners as part of the 2012 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.  Sammy ran the 75-foot race in 3.97 seconds!  The event is billed as "the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country and the second largest in the world." 
As his prize, Sammy gets a prize pack from Fortunate Dog Spa in Maineville, a gold chicken hat, and a case of Samuel Adams Octoberfest Beer (that’s for his owner, A.J. Shellabarger of Anderson Township).

See more photos at Fox19.

Sammy is so fast he's impossible to photograph.  He's just a blur.  Freddie and Buster have a photo finish for second place.

It's Monday, There's Work To Be Done!

Thanks so much to our pretty pal 'Princess Lea' who writes in "with kisses and barks from the other side of the planet" with the latest Drabble! 

Read more Drabble at GOCOMICS.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Dachshunds Gear Up For Some Football

Meet pretty Ms. Ruby!  This gal is 16 and a half years old and no doubt curled up in her Dad's lap right now cheering on her favorite team.  Who Dat Geaux Saints! 

Thanks to Ruby's Dad for sending in the pic.

Related:  Go Brees!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ode to a Wiener Dog

Here's a new short film about a handsome guy named 'Spartacus' by youtuber Johnny Nova.  Our review?  We found the first part to be humorous and inventive, but they lost us in the last third of the piece - the night shot.  Still worth watching though!  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fred's Rescue

Thankfully 'Fred' found haven at the Baja Animal Shelter, Mexico. 

Video by youtuber Rickand Pouna who notes: 
Driving in Rosarito, Mexico, we came across a little white Dachshund that was obviously starving. This is a video of the rescue. We took him to Baja Animal Sanctuary where they are used to this type of dog. Please support them:  They are a registered non profit organization and they have over 350 dogs and cats living at their facility 20 minutes south of the San Diego/Tijuana border.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dachshunds in Political History: The 1936 Democratic National Convention

Are you tired of politics yet?  We thought not.  With about six weeks to go 'til the 2012 Presidential election, the fun has only just begun!  Looking back 76 years ago to the grand old year of 1936, Dachshunds apparently played an important role in the election, as seen here at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In this Associated Press Photo from New York: 

Here the Dynamic Duo are again: 
JUST A COUPLE OF DEMOCRATIC GREETERS:  Max (left) and Zepp, two Dachshunds, pictured beside the Pennsylvania Insignia in Philadelphia's Convention Hall June 20.  They seem quite proud of their role as Delegate greeters. 

The 1936 DNC resulted in the nomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Vice President John N. Garner for reelection. Prior to 1936, the rule for nominating candidates for President and Vice President required a two-thirds vote of the delegates. However, this rule was abolished at the 1936 Democratic Convention and conventioneers adopted a rule which provided that a majority could nominate. This would allow for candidates to more easily be nominated and would thus produce less balloting. It also began to diminish the South's clout at the convention, making it easier for Democrats to begin adopting civil rights and other liberal ideas into their platforms.
An African-American minister delivered the invocation, causing South Carolina Senator Ellison D. Smith to walk out of the convention. Source.

Make sure you're registered to Vote.

Dachshundist Brooke Astor's Estate on the Auction Block

Oh, Maggie would have LOVED this

Socialite, civic leader, philanthropist, and Dachshund lover Brooke Astor's belongings are heading to the auction block at Sotheby's on the 24th and 25th of this month, some five years after her passing.  The good news is that the proceeds, which may garner up to 6.6 million dollars, are going to her favorite charities, which include the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Animal Medical Center.
We had a look at Sotheby's, where you can search among Astor's 900 lots for "Astor Dog" or "Dachshund," and were surprised to see relatively few Dachshund items up for auction.  Heck, our Dad has more Dachshund stuff.  His ain't quite as nice though! 
Above is a piece truly for the ages however:  a French gold-mounted carved rock crystal figure of a Dachshund, Boucheron, Paris, circa 1970 - realistically carved as a sitting Dachshund with gold collar and ruby eyes, seated on a striped opalescent quartz cushion with gold tassels, with suede Boucheron display case.  This piece is estimated to go for between $4,000 and $6,000.

In the Drawing Room with Mrs. Astor and her crew
Related:  Brooke Astor

If You Have Five Seconds To Spare

We're pretty sure that we have never asked our readers to "go somewhere and vote," but our local Dachshund Rescue, MidWest Dachshund Rescue, could sure use your help.  Today is the last day of voting, and they are still in the running to win a $20,000 grant.  Boy, could that help a lot of Dachshunds in need.  This is part of the Chase Community Giving program. 
We understand that folks who come here are from all over the world and may have already voted for a local dog or Dachshund rescue near where they live, or perhaps another great cause.  But if you haven't voted yet, could you cast one for MWDR?  This is the great rescue that your Long and Short of it All host 'Rowdy' came from.  They do wonderful work, and just 50 or 100 votes could knock them out of the running on this, the last day of voting.  Voting ends today, Wed. Sept. 19 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET.

Here is a direct link to the facebook page:  Chase/MWDR

If Chase is your bank, you can vote again on the official Chase Website.

Thanks so much for your help - we can do this!
Your Long and Short of it All hosts,
Joey and Rowdy

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Obie The Overweight Dachshund on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael

Keep sharing the love Obie.

Keep up with this big busy guy on his facebook page. 

Obie The Overweight Dachshund On The Today Show

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

We're sure you remember reading about Obie when we posted about him a few weeks ago, but the big guy is making it big with an appearance on The Today Show this week!  Thanks to our pals 'Oscar' and 'Hans' for sending in the video.  They write:

HEY Joey and Rowdy!

We were all excited and told our humans to set the DVR to tape OBIE the obese Dachshund, who was to appear on the Today show this morning! Unfortunately, his segment was bumped for a special statement by the President. We were VERY bummed, until we went to the Today Show website and found the video!  If WE ran the Today show, we would have just led off the show with this VIP!

We are really pulling for Obie. Oscar has struggled with his weight, too, (what doxie hasn't?)  although it's nothing like Obie's issues. Go Obie Go!

Stay long and awesome,
Oscar and Hans

Keep up with Obie on his facebook page.

Winnipeg Wienerfest!

Thanks to our pretty roving reporter 'Miss Georgia' for sending in the scoop about last weekend's Winnipeg Wienerfest!  She writes:

Hi Joey & Rowdy!

We read your blog every day and love seeing all the great Dachshund stories from around the world!

Mommy, Daddy and I spent this past Saturday at the annual Wienerfest and Dachshund Races in our hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada!  It was a windy day, but that didn't stop us doxies from having a fabulous time socializing, begging for hot dogs (ironically!) and raising money for our local Humane Society! Mommy attached one of the pictures from the site - I'm the little black and tan in the bottom left corner, proudly sporting my Winnipeg Jets NHL sweater to keep warm and begging for hot dog from strangers  :) 

Here's the link to the story and photos:

Some more great pictures here (although less good article):  Winnipeg Sun

Licks & Tail wags,
Miss Georgia

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Remembering Maggie

Dad's Little Goddess

One year ago today, our beautiful beloved 'Maggie' left this earth.  The pain of losing this little girl, your original Long and Short of it All hostess, and Joey's littermate sister, has never really subsided.  We still miss her and her gentle presence every single waking hour.
In honor of Maggie, and all of the dogs who have left us, we hope that every one reading this will stop and take some time to remember all the joy and happiness that these little guys bring us.  Take some extra minutes today and take your Dachshund for a nice relaxing walk, maybe a car ride to the drive-thru, give them an extra special treat, an ear massage, a belly rub, and tell them how much they are loved. 
We have posted some special reader remembrances of beloved furry friends who have been lost immediately below this post.  Thanks so much to those authors for their kind words and loving thoughts.  We will always remember.
We wrote these next words a few years ago when both Joey and Maggie were gravely ill.  The fumbling sentences still ring true today, perhaps even more so:

Love Your Dachshund

I love his beautiful eyes. I love her long soft hair. I love his fleshy nose. I love her silky smooth belly. I love his leathery ears. I love her crooked tail. I love his penchant for long walks. I love her beautiful smile when she bares all her teeth. I love his wicked laughs. I love how she can hear other dog's tags from blocks away.
I love his never-ending desire for food. I love her desire to protect us. I love his spots. I love her furry muzzle. I love the long deep stares from his big brown eyes. I love her too-quick glances with that gleam in her eye. I love his short stubby paws. I love her little shaggy toes. I love how he knocks things over with his nose just to watch them fall. I love her muted colors.
I love his playful moods. I love her kisses. I love the way his skin shivers when I caress his side. I love how she has to scratch her back on the sidewalk every time we go outside. I love his yearning for car rides. I love her shy ways. I love his wagging tail. I love how she sometimes lifts her leg to pee. I love how he stretches out to pee. I love it when she bucks like a pony when she's excited.
I love how he cocks his head when he hears a Luna carpet commercial. I love her velvet bump where her dew claw would be. I love his wayward whiskers. I love her propensity to drudge through a puddle on walks. I love his crooked legs. I love her hatred of fireworks. I love his hatred of rain. I love her sharp little teeth. I love the smooth brown spot on the side of his face. I love her when she chews the bands of some underwear she's found.
I love the well-defined muscles on his hind legs. I love her ear when it won't stay down. I love his desire for laps. I love her swaying paws when she sits up so pretty. I love the wrinkles on the top of his head. I love her clicking nails. I love his warmth on a cold winter's night. I love her long soft neck. I love his whimpers. I love her gentle expressions.

What do you love about your Dachshund?

Dachshund Love Stories: Remembering Cinnamon

It was Valentine’s Day, but my Dad Bruce still ‘feels’
my wet nose & whiskers whenever he looks at me

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

We discovered your tremendously informative and entertaining blog after the loss of our beloved Cinnamon Precious Costa on June 4, 2012.  Immersing our combined selves . . . Cinnamon’s family of humans . . . in everything Dachshund came about as a coping mechanism but was really more like wandering around in shock after a traumatic event.  Except the sadness and sense of loss never ends.  What is it about you Dachshunds, your never ending wellspring of unqualified love, devotion, sensitivity and humor, that makes your passing impossible to deal with? 

We recently read the ‘Anxiety Revisited’ piece on your blog and wanted to send our condolences on the loss of your cherished goddess Maggie last year, as it reminded us of why we love and will forever appreciate our Cinnamon so much.  As you can see from the pictures below, Cinnamon was a beautiful forever young red smooth mini.  She triumphed over two back surgeries and lived a tremendously full and happy life.  Ultimately the horrible scourge that is cancer took our Cinnamon, in spite of chemo and radiation and the tremendous care of the gifted and dedicated doctors who treated her.  July 4th 2012 was the first holiday spent without our Cinnie since New Year’s Day 1999, and the memories described of Maggie’s fear of fireworks, and thunderstorms, and Dad’s efforts to comfort his precious little girl, brought tears to our eyes.  How is it possible to ‘spoon’ with a 15 inch long mini Dachshund?  I don’t know but I miss it more than words can ever convey. 

Bless you for continuing Maggie’s good work.  You are both extraordinarily handsome, and excellent writers,  as well.

Cinnamon's Humans: Mommy Melanie, Mommy Georgette, Bruce, and Chuck

On the lawn Fall 2011 . . . what a beauty!

Cinnie won Miss Congeniality in 2010 Halloween contest!

My Favorite Dachshund: Remembering Oscar

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

In August 2008 I adopted a dog that would change my life when it came to thinking about courage ,love and loyalty. That dog was my beloved Oscar. I got Oskie at the humane society. I was looking at a pug I heard about as I had Joey, a pug, and Maggie, a mix of beagle and BT. But the pug wouldn't fit in the clan. Leaving, I saw a red doxie - he was barking "Hey whatabout me, me , me !!!" The lady caring for the dogs said "He is blind and he is available now!" I am sure you know that pull when you see the right dog. I had never had a Dachshund before. It was love at first sight, no pun intended! I brought Mags and Joey to meet him that afternoon and everybody got along.

Oscar was a double dapple. I was later to find out, as no one kept him long enough to get a history or give a history, he had multiple medical problems: blindness due to progressive retinal disease, and he probably went blind while living on the streets!

Oscar had a wonderful personality. He would smile and play jokes on me making me think he had to go out just to get a biscuit. His spirit was bright and strong. Every morning I would take him out of his crate next to my bed and tell him I loved him. He never once appeared to say, "I am depressed I can't get out of bed today!" He loved his walks and walked proudly as only a low rider doxie can do!

Oscar had colitis resulting from severe malabsorption problems which also caused vitamin deficiencies causing baldness and skin infections. We got through one problem at a time.

In March of this year Oscar was taken by the angels and I miss him so. He showed me love, courage and a loyalty I have never seen again and will always treasure.

I love you Oskie!

Elissa Hughes

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Exclusive Photos: Dachshunds at the Democratic National Convention

Dachshund on Obama sand sculpture at the DNC

You can't get this kind of coverage on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, PBS, ABC, or Fox News.  Keep your dial tuned in to The Long and Short of it All.

Dachshund with the Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News, as well as the host of The Daily Rundown on MSNBC, Chuck Todd.


Thanks to an Anonymous Dachshundist for sending these in!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Carol Lynley

Who?  Carol Lynley (born February 13, 1942) is an American actress and former child model.  She is seen here in this March 30th, 1957 International News Photo with a caption that read:  SOME FUN!  For relaxation, lovely Carol Lynley, 15, finds time to play with her pet dog, a Dachshund, between her many engagements as model, and show time.  The talented lass is headed for stardom,  'tis said, by Broadwayites. 
Ms. Lynley would go on to star in over 30 films including Return to Peyton Place, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Bunny Lake is Missing, The Cardinal, Harlow, and the original The Poseidon Adventure, in which she performed the Oscar-winning song "The Morning After" (but her singing voice actually was that of studio singer, Rene Armand).  She has also appeared in over 200 television programs.

Ms. Lynley had her own paper dolls fashioned after her and appeared in many teen magazines including one of our favorites, the January 1959 Calling All Girls.

Carol would also pose for Playboy magazine in March, 1965.

Sing along The Morning After with Carol Lynley.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Back On The Chain Gang

Julia Kirklane, 9, and her sister Audra Kirklane, 7, wait for their turn to compete in the best costume contest during the annual "Running of the Weenies" held at the 41st Germantown Festival in Germantown, Tennessee, Saturday afternoon.  They won first place!  Congrats!
Photo Source:  The Commercial Appeal.

Speaking of chain gangs, have a wonderful work week.  And work hard you humans, we need our treats. 

The Boys From Brazil

Hang out with 'Red' and his boys in Porto Alegre.

By youtuber marcelored1.

It's Bath Time For Wally

Thanks to the Slovenian Princess 'Lea' for sending us the latest Drabble!  She says:  Wash behind your ears! 

Read more Drabble at GOCOMICS.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Dachshund Inspiration: Hallie, The Incredible Blind Dog Who Paints!

Happy Friday, and if you need a little inspiration to help you get through the final day of your work week, look no further than the furry friend at your feet, or in this case, feast your eyes on 'Hallie,' the beautiful blind Dachshund who paints!  We've gotta admit that we're a bit in awe at watching her go to work.  Via WRIC:

Seattle, WA--A Seattle-area painter has turned her sadness when her pet dachshund went blind into an opportunity to create unique works of art to help other pets in need.
DeeDee Murray, who has made a career as a painter of realistic portraits of horses, dogs and wildlife, was saddened to learn that her beloved rescue longhaired dachshund Hallie had gone blind from Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS), an autoimmune disease that attacks the retina.
"It came on really fast — overnight," she told ABC News affiliate KOMO. "It probably happened within 2 or 3 days. She was seeing fine and then suddenly she was walking into walls."
Murray had already taught Hallie the painting trade before she lost her sight. She said that within a few days after she had taught her to take to a canvas with the brush in her mouth, Hallie was picking the brush up herself.
Sadly, Hallie's retinas had become detached in many places, and the doctors could not do anything.
"I'm amazed," Murray said. "She can't see the paper … she'll put her paw out, and she's only done that since she's been blind — so I'm guessing that she's reaching for the paper. But her paw is shorter than her nose so she can't reach it. "
The two are now using Hallie's artwork – each piece of which is signed with a rubber stamp imprint of her paw — to help out other animals in need. Selections of the dog's work are posted to a website, and all of the money from sales goes to Purple Heart Rescue, a dog rescue charity.
Awesome work Hallie.  Find out more about this amazing gal at her website:  HalliEART

Wiener of the Day

Well, if your humans make you wear a muzzle, it might as well look like a duck's bill, right?  No?  Only in Japan.

Available in yellow, brown, or pink from 1,600 yen at Rakuten.

Thanks to an Anonymous Dachshundist for sending this in.

Napoleon Complex

Does your Dachshund have a Napoleon Complex?  Seems to go with the territory, right?  Thanks so much to our Kansas City pal 'Dash' for writing in:

Dear Joey and Rowdy,

I came across this hilarious article and I had to share it:  Dogs With A Napoleon Complex

My humans always say I have a Napoleon complex!  Some of the messages under the pictures are pretty funny!  Hoping all is well.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Training

Our favorite month of the year is right around the corner - that's right - Dachtober!   And to help you prepare for all those wiener dog races, enjoy this fun video by youtuber WinzelerCourtney.

If you live out west, find out more about the Placerville, California Oktoberfest at their official page. 

Dachshunds Around The World: (Sausage) Dog Bites

Admittedly, we've never featured anything Dachshund from the country of Zimbabwe.  South Africa, yes, several times - but never Zimbabwe.  Well there's a first for everything, so today enjoy this (Sausage) Dog Bites sign via ~ an online community of Zimbabwean activists.  They note:  Spotted on a run yesterday – This beware of blood thirsty Dachshund sign outside someone’s gate.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Vintage Dachshund Noir

You oughta have more sense than to take chances with strangers like this.

It was March, 1962, in Tucson, Arizona.  His name was 'Stinker.'

Polish Sausages

Thousands of Dachshunds descended upon Krakow, Poland, on Sunday for what is arguably the largest Dachshund event in the world:  Marsz Jamnik√≥w, or March of the Dachshunds.  Now in its 18th year, the annual event is sponsored by Radio Krakow and features a march through the streets of Krakow (with a marching band of course), a costume contest, and an art contest.  This years event also featured booths with a dog trainer, veterinarian, animal nutritionist, pet sitter, and even the police were on hand to advise on how to report animal cruelty.  The theme for this year's costume contest was "Dachshund the Traveller", and long dogs can be seen in dress from all over the world.  How we wish we could attend this event one year. 

This year's event was covered well in the press, and thanks to some friends for sending in links.  See some fine photos and a video at The Daily Mail.

The winner of the costume contest was 'Borys', who hails from Nowy Targ in southern Poland.

And 'Enzo,' a long dog who hails all the way from Manchester, England also writes with a link to a fun video:

Hi Joey and Rowdy,

Greetings from Manchester!
We've just found this great video of the Krakow dachshund parade!  It's great to see Polish dachshunds dressed up to the nines and strutting their stuff. 

Here's the link:  The Telegraph

Maybe we can encourage our Mancunian brethren to start a British sausage dog parade!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Oldest Dachshund in the World: Meet Rocky!

Thanks to a good friend for sending us a link where we meet seasoned red smooth 'Rocky.'  The handsome chap who hails from Shingle Springs, California, will turn 25-years-old next March!  That's 175 years in dog years, and he is probably the oldest Dachshund on record.  Rocky is seen here with his human, Robert Rowland.  Excerpt from the Mountain Democrat:

“C’mere, baby, c’mere Rocky — you’ve got company,” shouted Rowland, 73, who admittedly has to raise his voice to summon his pal of nearly a quarter-century. Sure enough, the coaxing brings forth Rocky, wobbling maybe a bit, but picking up speed as he headed from the bedroom of the sprawling ranch-style home and into the living room to check out the team from the Mountain Democrat.
Rowland dropped to the carpeted floor where he had spread out decades worth of photos of him and Rocky, and the old dachshund made his way over to his “dad,” swiping Rowland’s bare leg with a long lick before tooling on toward the front door.
“I’ve had Rocky since he was 2 weeks old; I had the pick of the litter,” Rowland explained as he pointed out a photo of the dachshund, in much younger days, riding around with him on a tractor. “I bottle fed him and he’s been with me all these years. We would go fishing, and to car shows … he would go practically everywhere I would go.”
A Google search shows that the oldest known dog, an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, lived to be 29 years and 160 days before dying in 1939. But among dachshunds, Rocky is at the top of the stairs as the two of that breed that made the Google list include one that lived 21 years, 114 days and another that lived 20 years, 243 days.
Rowland, who was riding a bicycle up his driveway when the Democrat arrived, attributed Rocky’s longevity to being active.
“He never stops moving during the day,” he said, as Rocky toodled across the lawn outside toward a clump of low bushes. “In his younger days he hopped like a bunny in the snow, and he’d get on a gopher hole and stay on it. He’d also chase cows when he was younger, and he even killed a possum once.

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