Tuesday, May 28, 2013


My funny features may abound,
Short legs, long body, low to ground,
But I'm about the perfect pal
For man or woman, boy or gal.
I'm gentle, very playful, kind.
I housebreak fast
'Cause I'm refined.
I'm smart but never sly or foxy,
No!  Don't underrate the Dachsie!

By John J. Kelly III
age 11

Via the American Dachshund magazine, October, 1972.  Unrelated Mid-Century photo source unknown.

Read more Dachshund Poetry

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

Your hosts 'Bette' and 'Rowdy'
It's not the most exciting Dachshund news in the world at the moment - nothing you should go and shout from the mountaintops - but 'The Long and Short of it All' turns a whopping 6-years-old today!  That's an eternity in the world of the world wide web. 
We just got back from an extended vacation, and we're still catching up with everything that has happened while we've been off sunning ourselves.  Thanks for all the emails and comments about some pretty exciting Dachshund news events that occurred while we were away.  We'll get to those later this week.  In the meantime, it's our anniversary - so we're gonna relax and work on our tummy tans just one more day.  We gotta look hot for speedo and bikini season.
This concludes post number 3,147. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Memories: Bombs Away!

Long-time readers of The Long and Short of it All know that we take extra time and effort to post military-inspired Dachshund photos and stories on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. On this Memorial Day 2013 we bring you this fun little German image circa WW1 - 1914, from Rowdy and Bette's personal collection.  We hope you had a great day remembering the men and women who died while serving in our United States Armed Forces. 

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

Vintage Dachshund Barbarism

Pillage, Massacre, Sacrilege, Outrage, Barbarity, Inhumanity - will the good folks on this Earth ever get along?

WW1 image circa 1916; Rowdy and Bette's personal collection.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dachshund Dearest

TURMOIL AT THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT ALL HEAD OFFICE. Chicago, IL: While sunning herself on vacation, your new hostess 'Bette' has been catching up with all The Long and Short of it All archives and notes all the seemingly unnecessary attention to "legendary film star" Joan Crawford.   She must agree with her namesake, actress Bette Davis, who once quipped amongst other similar sentiments:  The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?' 

Bette's sure got some spunk.

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Note From Bette and Rowdy: Please Stand By

Your Long and Short of it All hosts, 'Bette,' and 'Rowdy'

Dear Gentle Readers,

We're going on a little vacation, but we'll be back real soon with more Dachshund news, fun, videos, photos, art, pop culture, stories - you name it.  In the meantime, give your Mommas a great big wet kiss for Mother's Day.  MWAH!!

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

Mark Your Calendar: MWDR's Cross Town Bark Around Fundraiser

If you live in the MidWest, you don't want to miss MidWest Dachshund Rescue's annual Cross Town Bark Around Fundraiser taking place NEXT Saturday, May 18th, in Wheaton, Illinois.  There will be raffles, wiener races, a bake sale, nail trims, silent auctions, Wienermobile photos, wiener games, and much more - including hundreds of beautiful Dachshunds in attendance to fawn over and admire. 

In the market for a new sofa for your sausage dog?  You could take home this one-of-a-kind custom, couture Dachshund-sized couch and matching ottoman for your diva doxie or dapper doggy IF you're the high bidder in the silent auction.

How about some awesome Dachshund stairs for your couch?  There will be this B&T set as well as a red set available! 

Don't miss this event!

MWDR's Cross Town Bark Around Fundraiser
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
10A - 3P
DuPage County Fairgrounds
2015 Manchester Road
Wheaton, Illinois
$5 for adults includes free hot dogs and refreshments!

Find out even more and keep up with MWDR on their facebook page.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wirehair Wednesday: Ruhrspaziergang

It's Wednesday, May 8, 2013, and you're tuned in to on your internet dial, and that can mean only one thing: It's Wirehair Wednesday!  So grab a long dog, set 'em on your lap and let's head to the Motherland for a fun little video today. 

By vimeoer A40.DE

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dachshunds Training Veterinary Students

It seems like our work is never done.  GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 30: Millie the Dachshund waits in the treatment area at the small animal hospital at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow on April 30, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. One of only two veterinary schools in Scotland, University of Glasgow School Of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1862 by James McCall, it attracts students and researchers from around the world where they train over a 5 year course to become Veterinarians on a broad range of animals large and small. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Dapple The Birthday Girl Turns 18

The warmest of birthday wishes goes out to a pretty little girl named 'Dapple' who hails from Fort Mill, South Carolina - she turned an incredible 18 yesterday!  She celebrated with a special birthday cake.  Excerpt from the Herald Online:

There was an 18th birthday with cake and candles and balloons in Fort Mill on Monday – but the hairy teenager was not at Fort Mill High School.
This birthday was celebrated with party hats, but the teen was on all fours. She licked the frosting from the tiny birthday cake, with two candles – in the shape of a “1” and an “8” – right there next to the cake.
“I have the birth certificate to prove it,” said Dappie’s owner, “Rockin’” Randy Mahaffey, a former professional wrestler with a party hat on his big head.
The proof is an American Kennel Club certificate that shows that this tiny wiener dog really did turn 18 on Monday. May 6, 1995, was the date of birth. Read more and see a video at the Herald Online.  Thanks to our handsome friend from L.A., 'Pee Wee,' for sending this in!

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Wieners Wieners Everywhere

It's Friday, and it's time to sing!  Via NYU Local:  Wiener dogs stormed Washington Square in New York last Saturday for the Spring Fiesta of the Dachshund Friendship Festival. The gathering let the little guys run with dogs of their own size; and with numbers came power. So many dachshunds played around the fountain that Shakespeare in the Square’s Taming of the Shrew couldn’t actually go on in the park. The performance was moved to NYU Stern’s Gould Plaza. But hey, we’ll take wagging wieners over Tischies any time. The climax of the day’s event involved everyone lifting their wieners in the air to sing the Dachsong.  Go ahead.  Click that link and sing!

Are you singing yet? 

(song credit Dogtunes)

You're A Wiener

Well, this is a pretty fantastic card for the graduates in your lives.  Thanks so much to the fabulous 'Tootsie' for writing in from the always fabulous Bicontinental Dachshund:

Dear Bette and Rowdy,
Has anyone told you how fetching you two look together? Your whole schnaa is wotten waven. Thank you for carrying on Maggie's and Joey's grand traditions and for all you do for the down low.
I was browsing "Life is Good" for a doggy bowl, and found this long dachshund note card!
Of course I thought of you! It's the perfect card for all the grads we know!
Keep on wagging,

Thursday, May 2, 2013

It's All About The Birthday Boy


Your Long and Short of it All host 'Rowdy' turns 2 today!  He got to sleep in several minutes later than normal this morning and enjoyed a great little walk in the park this afternoon.  His favorite birthday present ever is having his new little sister 'Bette.'  Dad might have stopped on his way home tonight to pick up some raw chicken feet to treat the Dynamic Duo on Rowdy's special day.  And that's cause He's such a good boy.

Obie The Obese Dachshund Gets A Tummy Tuck!

It's big news when a Dachshund is featured on CNN and we couldn't be prouder of 'Obie' the Obese Dachshund for losing all that weight.  Way to go Obie!  Keep up with him on his facebook page:  Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition.

Related:  All About Obie

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wirehair Wednesday: RAT Edition!

It's Wednesday, May 1, 2013, and you're tuned in to and that can mean only one thing:  It's Wirehair Wednesday!  And boy do we have a good one for you this week:  it's the RAT EDITION!  There was a similar story and video last fall, Dachshunds On Rat Patrol in NYC, but this time it's been picked up by the Associated Press.  Good Dogs!

NEW YORK—Bodies tensed and noses twitching, the dogs sniff the hunting ground before them: a lower Manhattan alley, grimy, dim and perfect for rats. With a terse command — “Now!” — the chase is on.
Circling, bounding over and pawing at a mound of garbage bags, the dogs quickly have rodents on the run.
“Come on ... I mean, ‘tally ho!’ says one of their owners, Susan Friedenberg. In a whirl of barks, pants and wagging tails, dogs tunnel among the bags and bolt down the alley as their quarry tries to scurry away.
On a couple of recent nights, an eclectic group of ratters converged on an alley near City Hall about an hour after sunset. The lineups included two border terriers; a wire-haired dachshund; a Jack Russell terrier/Australian cattle dog mix; a Patterdale terrier, an intense, no-nonsense breed that’s uncommon in this country; and a feist, a type of dog developed in the American South to tree squirrels.   Read more at The Star.

A Wire Haired Dachshund named Vina, owned by Trudy Kawami of New York, carries a rat after catching it in a lower Manhattan alley in New York, April 26, 2013. The capture is part of a rat hunt a group of dog owners take part in occasionally. Craig Ruttle / AP

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