Friday, December 20, 2013

Dachshunds In Film: The Lemon Drop Kid

A cold Bob Hope steals Fifi's sweater

If you're looking to watch a classic Christmas movie this year, one with say, oh, a Dachshund in it, look no further than The Lemon Drop Kid starring none other than Bob Hope, and introducing the world to a song none other than Silver Bells.  That's right.  'Shelby,' 'Hope', and 'Scooby' write:

Dear Rowdy and Bette,

Tis the season to be watching Christmas movies! We watched "The Lemon Drop Kid" with Bob Hope the other night and to our mutual amazement there is a very funny scene with a long-haired wiener dog in it!  Perhaps you already know about this, but it took us by a nice surprise! The voice-over did not sound very like a Dachshund barking but we'll excuse them this considering how sweet a film it is.

If you want to check out the Dachshund scene, and we know you do, click on this youtube link, we've got it all queued up to start at the very best part. 

Big ol' film-hound rescue 'Scooby' is the newest member of his pack.  Ain't he a handsome boy?  Congrats to his family!

Christmas Fun in the Sun Down Under

'Mason' and 'Kai' picked up their fashionable holiday attire at their local K-Mart.
Dozens of Dachshunds recently got together to enjoy the warm weather and celebrate Christmas Down Under at the annual Dachshunds in Paradise holiday meet-up in the Gold Coast, Australia.  Dachshunds in Paradise is a local meet-up group which "gathers to celebrate their petite pups and to raise money to help find homes for neglected dachshunds."
Read more, see more pics, and hear audio from the event at
'Tasha' is first in line for the presents

Monday, December 16, 2013

Portillo the Wiener Dog's Origin

We're sure that you remember handsome little 'Portillo' the Wiener Dog via Modern Doxie Chat a few months back in March.  His human, Greg Miller, has a new format for his vlog show, and thankfully, Portillo makes frequent appearances.   In this episode, we get to learn all about the little guy.  

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Flipper Dachshund Scene

Rounding out this retro weekend at The Long and Short of it All, here's that Flipper episode you thought you had just dreamed about - the one with the smooth black and tan Dachshund swimming with our aquatic Lassie.  You weren't dreaming - it was as real as the whiskers on your furry little schnoz.

Video by youtuber Doria Biddle.

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder,
Flying there under, under the sea!

The Vintage December Dachshund

Can I lend you a paw?

Calling All Girls, December, 1958

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dachshunds in Film: Bachelor Flat

Hold on to your seats Dachshund fans, looks like it's going to be a retro weekend here at The Long and Short of it All!  Thanks so much to our good pal 'Trinket' for writing in about the 1962 American comedy Bachelor Flat.  She pens:

Dear Rowdy and Bette,

I recently stumbled on this while looking up some information about the holiday movie "Susan Slept Here" starring Debbie Reynolds. It turns out that the movie’s director remade the film as "Bachelor Flat" a few years later in the early 60s. One of the roles in Bachelor Flat is played by 'Jessica' the Dachshund. The whole movie isn’t on youtube, but this is a great clip of her and a dinosaur bone. What would a small dog do when confronted by a huge bone?  Jessica, btw, is billed in the opening credits.

The plot, via Wikipedia: 
A charming British anthropology Professor Bruce Patterson (Terry-Thomas) has to live with Helen Bushmill (Celeste Holm), his fiancée. Helen is away traveling, and has failed to tell him that she has a seventeen-year-old daughter Libby (Tuesday Weld), who shows up at her mother's home unaware that Helen is engaged. Meanwhile he has to resist the advances of the neighbourhood ladies who barge in unexpectedly. At the same time, Patterson must deal with the continual invasions of his cynical neighbor, and law student, Mike (Richard Beymer), who soon develops a crush on Libby. Intertwined in the story is Mike's persistent Dachshund, determined to bury the professor's prize possession of a rare dinosaur bone. Director Frank Tashlin said he included the Dachshund as a satire on CinemaScope due to the dog's shape.

Better get this film on your must-watch list!   At the time Variety called it a "frivolous, farcical concoction" and credits much of the great comedy to the supporting cast.  They added "The Dachshund, incidentally, is an accomplished low comedienne."  Of course she is.

Related:  Dachshund Unearths Dinosaur Bone

Friday, December 13, 2013

Retro Dachshund Fun

Everyone looked forward to The Shirey's Christmas Card each year.  Have you got yours all ready to go?

Original Dachshund Christmas Card by The Shireys, probably America, circa 1960. 

Jogging Dachshunds on David Letterman Stupid Pet Tricks

In case you missed it, some feisty Dachshunds - 'Guinness' and 'Stella' - were recently on The Late Show with David Letterman.  Like Mr. Letterman said "God, that was nice."

Have a great Friday - it's time to smile! 

More Dachshunds on David Letterman

Thursday, December 12, 2013

She Tried To Play It Off Like She Wasn't Staring At Me

She sure plays it cool.

By Taylor White. 

How Do You Wrap Yours?

We interrupt our unfortunate hiatus with this festive advertisement of the season by Mr. Porter, the "online retail destination for men's style."
Thanks to 'Joe Cocker' for sending this in!

Please support our advertisers.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Meet 'Adolph' and his Human, Stephen Sweeney, 1959

Dear Gentle Readers,
     Please pardon our absence as of late, but we've had some family emergencies in the last few weeks and haven't been able to provide any updates.  We haven't even been near a computer for weeks on end.  Things are not good, although thankfully they are improving - Dachtober, so much to answer for.
     But today is Veterans Day 2013, and as we have done on Memorial Day and Veterans Day for all of our years here at The Long and Short of it All, we take time to honor those who served in the armed forces - and the Dachshunds who stood by their side.
     So let's head back to August 19th, 1959, where this handsome little War-Hero Dachshund-mix was honored with a gold collar as Newsday's Pet of the Year.  Here's how it all went down:

Sgt. Adolph Sweeney, a distinguished "war hero," was called front and center again today - perhaps for the last time - to receive the accolade of civilian Long Island.  Voters named him Pet of the Year in Newsday's annual Golden Collar contest.
The 17-year-old Dachshund-Beagle, who suffers from serious heart trouble since an attack last March, apparently won the hearts of voters.  They gave him more than triple the votes of his nearest competitor, the tiger-cat Mr. Peepers.
Adolph, owned by Stephen Sweeney, a chauffeur of 30 Madison Ave, Franklin Square, New York, brought to this year's competition an exciting war record.
He flew 39 World War II missions over Germany with his master, a veteran of the Army Air Corps.  Adolph was presented with the same medals that Sweeney earned:  the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and other citations.  As mascot of a B-17 Flying Fortress, he logged 800 hours flying time from bases in Italy, England, and North Africa.
"But this award," said his master yesterday, "is the best.  It gives me something awfully nice to remember him by."
In the last few years, Sweeney explained, Adolph's health has slipped badly.  "He lost his hearing completely two years ago," Sweeney said.  "Then that heart attack in March.  He just won't be around much longer, that's all."  Adolph's age is comparable to 84 years of a human life, it was estimated by a spokesman at Farmingdale Animal Hospital.
Largely on the basis of his dramatic story, Adolph was selected by Newsday judges as the sixth Pet of the Week.  Then readers voted him Pet of the Year.  He will receive a solid gold collar to mark this title.

Adolph and Human in Uniform in 1945 Photo

If you are a new reader at The Long and Short of it All, you will definitely want to visit the archives for some absolutely amazing military-inspired Dachshund tales and images:



Dachshund Homecoming Video

Happy Memorial Day

Veterans Day and Dachshunds

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Fritz and the "Jane" Cartoon Series

Dachshunds in History: The Saga of Sgt. Wally D. Hund

Dachshunds Reunited with their Dads in the News

Dachshunds and Veterans Day

Dachshunds Teleconferencing with their Dads in Iraq in the News

Dachshunds in History: Mimi, A Most Unpopular Dog During WW2

Memorial Day Dachshund: Meet Gus

Dachshund News Roundup! - story on Vietnam War Veteran Jim Quick and his dachshund

Dachshund News Roundup! - story on Iraq War Veteran Scott MacKenzie and his new rescue boy

Dachshunds in History: Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark!

Dachshunds in History: Dogs of War

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dachshund Love Stories: Meet Frank


By Stacy Jacob Photography, who notes:  What can be cuter than this little guy, so full of love to give. And such a smart cookie, he sure knew how to pose for the camera. I think my favorite thing was his reaction to his "Sandwich Kiss".

Viral Dachshund Photos

We've no idea of the original source of this fine photo making the rounds on the interweb at the moment.  Is it yours?

Euthanized by Accident

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of 'Weenie,' a troubled little guy who got the short end of the stick last week while incarcerated at the Harlington Humane Society in Harlington, Texas. 
We understand that mistakes are made, but what a tragedy.

Via kgbt4tv.

That's Entertainment

Thanks as always to the incorrigible Princess Lea, who hails all the way from Slovenia, for sending in the latest Drabble!  She says:  Here's Wally to brighten the week ahead! 

Did you know Wally's got a new book out?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dachshunds Take Over Christmas 2013

Retailers have really wised up to the limitless spending habits of Dachshund Lovers for the 2013 holiday season!  Thanks to 'The Warner Dachshund Herd' for sending in all these photos of the highlights of some of what you might find to let the world know that you decorate for Christmas - Dachshund style.  They write:
Dear Bette (and Rowdy),
We thought you might want to know about all the fun Dachshund stuff out this Holiday Season and do some shopping.   It appears Dachshunds are taking over Christmas this year!
Above, you'll need to head to the yard decor section of Home Depot to find these handsome accoutrements.

Go to K-Mart for this ornament

Ornament at K-Mart

Stop by Target for this Yard Decor

Yard Decor at Lowe's

Plush Dancing Dachshunds at Lowe's

Run Into Walmart for this Yard Decor
And More Walmart Yard Decor - if you're still looking for Halloween!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Weatherman's Little Wiener

Oh, the trials and tribulations of being a Dachshund Lover.  This video went viral last week according to Alabama meteorologist Mark Prater's facebook page:

When we had our video blooper "little wiener" last week, I had a lot of folks tell me it would go viral. Little did I know what viral REALLY meant.

CBS Network - CBS This Morning
Jay Leno - The Tonight Show
Top Video - Daily Mail UK - London
Fox News: Special Report - with Brett Baier

We've lost count of how many radio stations (especially national shows) across the country.
1.8 million websites in the past 7 days!


And all good Wieners, Mr. Prater's Dachshund 'The Colonel' DOES get dressed up!

Dachtober Fun

Via the Chicago Sun Times:  Fall leaf pile in Naperville, Illinois: There is nothing like making a leaf pile. Now that my girls are too old for this, my dachshund, Rosie, keeps looking forward to the leaf pile, her rite of fall.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Who's Jealous?

Let's delve into the private insecure world of 'Pickles,' shall we? 

By youtuber Tyrone Magnus.

Who's Hungry?

Thanks as always to our pretty pal 'Princess Lea,' who hails all the way from Slovenia, for sending in the latest Drabble!  She says:  "Wally Style!"

Did you know Wally's got a new book out?

Who's Your Knight In Shining Armor?


Dressed as a dragon, Laura Price plants a kiss on the cheek of her knightly Dachshund, 'Henry,' before competing in the costume contest at the Aggieland Humane Society's Wiener Fest 2013 at Wolf Pen Creek in College Station, Texas, on Saturday, October 5th.
The event, a fundraiser for the organization, featured live music, vendors, a 5k run, "wiener" and "Wanna be a Wiener" races and more.

Check out all the fun photos at The Eagle.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Note from Rowdy and Bette

Your Long and Short of it All hosts 'Bette' (left), and 'Rowdy' (right). 

Dear Gentle Readers,
    Well, Hello!  Please excuse our absence, but we are currently vacationing at Chicago's exclusive Chez Schiro Salon and hope to be back online in a few days' time.  We hope that your Dachtober is going as swimmingly as ours. 

Yours in Dachshund Love,
Rowdy and Bette.....

Friday, October 4, 2013

Dachshunds Around Town

If you live in Houston, Texas, you won't want to miss the opening of Good Dog Hot Dogs later this month.  Owners Daniel Caballero and Amelia Pferd have been operating out of a food truck for a few years, but are now opening a brick and mortar restaurant for their gourmet hot dogs on artisan buns. 
"But Rowdy and Bette, wait, are they Dachshund Lovers or are they just using our likeness as a gimmick?"  Of course they are - the logo is fashioned after their own long dog named 'Olive Oil.' 
Dang, now we're hungry again and we just had breakfast 10 minutes ago.
Find out more at The Leader News.

This Dachshund Just Keeps On Smiling, Even After Being Attacked Twice By German Shepherd

Will you look at how happy this little girl named 'Clementine' is?  You'd think that after being attacked twice by a German Shepherd at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, that she'd let her happiness guard down a bit, but apparently not so for her.  Both attacks required thousands of dollars of surgery to set her on the mend. 
Now Clementine's humans, Matthew Redding and his wife, Hoda Shawki, think that the same unleashed German Shepherd has attacked another small dog at the Experimental Farm last Friday, and they are wondering why city bylaw officers don't seem willing to do anything to stop it. 
You can read all about it at the Ottawa Citizen. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wiener Dog Champions

Congratulations to little 'Gracie,' who took the grand prize at her local Dachshund Dash this last weekend near Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Way to go!  She ran her heart out in honor of long-time Long and Short of it All reader and older sister 'Piper,' who left this earth last Wednesday.  Our hearts go out to Gracie and her family. 

Pretty Piper

Vintage Dachshund "Fun"

Welcome Dachtober!  Stand strong little Dachshunds, it'll all be over soon enough.

Mid-century photo source unknown.

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Day in the Life of Jasper and Jingle

It's a hard-knock life.  By vimeoer Annie Dubois.

End Of Summer Fun With Wally

Thanks to the incorrigible Princess Lea, who hails all the way from Slovenia, for sending in the latest Drabble!  She says:  Here's Wally to cheer up your Monday…have a great week!

Did you know Wally's got a new book out? 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

2013 Bend Oktoberfest's Wiener Dog Races

Dachtoberfest is in full swing all around the world, and you better believe that there are plenty of Wiener Races as part of the festivities!  Here, Wiener Dogs took to the streets of Bend, Oregon, on Saturday afternoon for their 5th annual races. The event benefited the Central Oregon Humane Society.  Via the Bend Bulletin.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pennsylvania Dachshund Rescued After Getting Stuck In Groundhog Hole

How many firefighters does it take to rescue a Dachshund stuck in a groundhog hole under a retaining wall?  Fifteen apparently!  Meet "Precious," the latest Dachshund to get stuck in a hole.  Why do we keep getting into trouble like this?   Via WTAE:

PENN HILLS, Pa. —It took more than two hours, 15 grown men, shovels and floodlights to free a 4-year-old dachshund trapped under a retaining wall.
The efforts on Clematis Boulevard were praised with applause after Precious, the healthy but shaken dog, was freed from a groundhog hole.
Precious was let outside for a bathroom trip, but her owner Abby Hile said the dog took off for the back yard and went into the hole. Hile said she tried for an hour to coax the dog out but she wouldn't budge.
Hile called 911 for help and the Penn Hills Station 227 volunteer firefighters arrived with the essentials: floodlights, shovels and a love for dogs.
"We had to remove some of the wall. The difficult part was digging and trying not to collapse the hole and cut off her air supply," said Fire Chief Randy Dolton.
Oxygen and a camera from the sewage department were on standby.
But after more than two long hours, the volunteer firefighters got their first glimpse of Precious and let her owner pull her free.
"There's no way I could've gotten close to doing that by myself. She's part of the family. She's definitely part of the family so we're very happy she's OK,” said Hile.
"I have dogs so I know how it is. They're like part of your family. You hate to lose a pet. It's a happy ending," said Dolton.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Dachtober Is Upon Us

How many more days until our favorite month?  Thanks to an Anonymous Dachshundist for sending in this photo via The Daily Mail where, they document some pretty amazing photos of  the Oktoberfest kickoff in Munich, the Motherland.  Don't miss them.


Fall and Winter Fashion for Dachshundists

Autumn officially arrived on Sunday which means that it's time for some new looks for all those Dachshund Dads out there. 
Of course we know that we have to look no further than Harmont & Blaine for all our fashion necessities.  Can you count the Dachshunds here?  Go ahead and turn up the volume and expand the screen. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Wiener 500

Ninety-six Dachshunds sprinted down a track outside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in a series of races to raise money for the Washington Humane Society on Saturday in Washington DC.
The 2nd Annual Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash, organized by OnTap Magazine, was expected to raise more than $2,000, according to event officials.
After a brief rain delay, a dog named 'Pumpkin' won the final race and was crowned champion.  Way to go Pumpkin!  Via the GW Hatchett.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Vintage Dachshund Fun


Mid-century photo source unknown.

Friday, September 20, 2013

More on Bradley, the Dachshund Who Sacrificed Himself For His Humans

In a follow-up to this week's story on Bradley, the Michigan Dachshund who fearlessly gave his life for his humans when a bear approached them, here's another interview with the humans in his life.  Via UpNorthLive.

All About Canadian Dachshund Rescue

'Rolo' Wears His Foster Dog Bandana

If you have a few moments to spare, make sure and head over to Samaritan Magazine for coverage of the fine work being done by Canadian Dachshund Rescue, including the challenges that are specific to Dachshunds.  Here's an excerpt:

If they could talk, the wiener dogs in the care of Canadian Dachshund Rescue would tell you that being ridiculously cute has its drawbacks. For one thing, it tends to obscure some of the unique characteristics specific to the breed that require firm and knowledgeable training in puppies to produce well-heeled adults.
“Every breed has its challenges,” Meaghan Middleton-Firman, vice president with Canadian Dachshund Rescue’s board of directors, tells Samaritanmag. “But dachshunds are cute, tiny dogs and people get them because everybody loves wieners. Kids stop us on the street to look at them.
“What people don’t realize is that dachshunds are hunting dogs; they are the only breed meant to hunt above and below ground. So they’ll go face-first into a badger hole, and then bark loud enough that their owner can find them while they’re underground. They are tenacious and loud.

Read more at Samaritan Magazine.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

One Second Every Day

We're quite sure that your remember Pavel the Counting Sausage Dog - well, he's back and better than ever in this all new fun video.  From the liner notes:  I recorded 1 seconds of my life for an year. I am a wiener dog. This is me age 8.

Thanks to Pavel himself for sending this in!  We really love this. 

The Stare

Thanks to our pretty pal Princess Lea for sending in the latest Drabble all the way from Slovenia! 

Did you know Wally's got a new book out? 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Brave Dachshund Sacrifices Himself For His Humans

We're not quite sure what to say about this story except that the phrase "Bold to the Point of Brashness" certainly defines this Michigan Dachshund named 'Bradley,' who fearlessly gave his life for his humans when a bear approached them. Via 9and10 News:

A dog being called a hero tonight, credited with saving the lives of two men when they were caught off guard by a bear. Bradley, a Dachshund, put up a fight against the bear on Saturday in Oscoda County.
While he didn't survive, the two men who were with him say because of him they did. The two men from downstate were visiting their friend in Comins. They say despite the large bear being feet away from them, it didn't scare the small dog one bit. "We came out in the golf cart, and this bear was standing right there," Mike Hodges recounts.
Hodges, who suffered a stroke just three weeks ago, says he and his friend Jeremy, didn't notice the bear right away. Bradley's owner, says the dog certainly did. "Bradley jumped off the golf cart and attacked the bear, and the bear grabbed Brad and took off," owner John Force explains. "He grabbed him up and took off running through the woods with two other bears following 'em," describes Mike.
They believe the bear was startled by Mike, Jeremy, and Bradley, and was trying to protect it's cubs, and when the bear reacted, Bradley was simply trying to protect the two men he had only just met that day.
"I think when Brad saw it, he did what he would normally do, jumped right off it and went at it. I wouldn't have ran after that bear with a knife as big as I am, and little Brad- 4, 5 pounds- he don't have a filter for fear," John says.
The two men eventually scared the bear away with a stick and loud noises. They brought Bradley back to the house, and the dog was rushed to an animal hospital, where he died. "He was a warrior," John speaks highly of his dog, "if he would have died any other way than that, you know, it was a noble death the way I look at it."
John believes his dog's fearlessness changed the outcome of what could have been an even more tragic situation. "Mike being in the medical condition he's in, I don't think he would have been alert enough to get away from the bear. I think Brad did save them from getting mauled at least," says John.
John says he and his family are proud of what their dog did, and know Bradley would do it again. "It ain't the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog that counts, and that sums it up for Bradley."

He was Handsome.  He was Bradley.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Dachshunds Balancing Ducks

Via Ishai Sagi:   Sesame and Chickpea do not like a bath, so we make it fun for them by giving them rubber ducks to balance on their heads.

WOOHOO!  We're having a great time now! 

Hope your Monday is just as super.

Awkward Family Dachshund Photos

Thanks to an Anonymous Dachshundist for sending this in via the Huffington Post:

Engagement photos are known for being posed and -- if we're being completely honest here -- kind of awkward.
But one Connecticut couple, Magdalena Niziol and Peter DeLong, decided to embrace that fact in their pre-wedding portrait -- complete with ugly sweaters, 80s-style scrunchies and some apathetic-looking pets.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Remembering Maggie

Maggie at about 12-weeks-old

Two years ago today, we lost our beloved 'Maggie,' your original Long and Short of it All hostess.  They say that time heals all wounds, and to some extent, that is true.  We no longer feel so much pain and sorrow when we run across old photos of this special little girl, but we still miss her very much. 
Now when we think of her, we feel her warmth and goodness and the joy that she brought to us and so many people every day of her wonderful life.  We'll never forget you little girl.
Please take some time today to remember all the little ones in your lives who have gone on to a better place before you.  Appreciate the little ones who are with you now with some extra treats and belly rubs - they are on this earth for such a short time - it's really not fair.

When She was a Fur Monster
Maggie's 4th of July Plans

With her big brother Joey

Among the Last Photos of Miss Maggie

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Scary Badger Stories

 Thanks to the Slovenian Princess Lea for writing in with the latest Drabble.  She says:

You must be wandering what happened to Wallie after he caught the badgerJ So here it is. It turns out he’s not so nice.  (We KNEW it!) 

So the animal control came and took care of him.    Or did they?

Read more Drabble at GoComics or keep up with Wally at his blog.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Viral Dachshund Videos: Mini Dachshund Bath Time

We fail to understand why some videos go viral when others don't.  It seems to us like there are so many more quality videos, like the ones we post here on The Long and Short of it All, that deserve a little more recognition.
This is cute and all, don't get us wrong, but all the Dachshund lovers all over the world cringe a little when they see the little guys jumping so high into the slippery tub. 

Seeing Red

A Sea of Red?

Viral Dachshund photo, original source unknown.
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