Friday, August 30, 2013

Meet Bridget, The Tree-Climbing Dachshund

The next time you're in Austin, Texas, searching for wiener dog-sightings, look high, not low, and you might spot pretty 7-year-old 'Bridget' up in a tree!  It seems this girl has a penchant for squirrel-hunting, and she doesn't give up easily.  Via the Statesman:
The Dachshund belongs to LGean Richardson of North Austin, who adopted the critter along with 4-year-old Dino from the Austin Animal Center in April after her husband of 69 years, Thomas, died.
It took a while for Richardson to discover Bridget’s tree-climbing talent, but there were clues: The dog first escaped through a hole in her yard’s chain link fence. When an object was placed in front of the opening, Bridget scaled that, going up and over.
The third time the tiny dog went missing, Richardson searched the house and yard, but her pet was nowhere to be found. So she grabbed her cane and headed down the street to look for her. When she arrived back home, the dog was lounging on the sofa. She had no idea where Bridget had been hiding until one day when friend Maria Ramirez, in the backyard during a visit, burst into the house calling for her.
“LGean, LGean! Come out here!” she shouted. “You’ve got to see where Bridget is!”
Richardson walked slowly into the yard, past the spreading fig bushes, to find her pet a good six feet up in a large tree. It turns out that Bridget chases squirrels and, Richardson says, now scampers and scrapes her way straight up the tree on her short legs almost every time she is let out into the yard. The first crook is around four feet off the ground, but Bridget doesn’t stop there. When she’s ready, Bridget climbs back down.
It’s clear the woman and her dogs have bonded deeply since April. Richardson thinks Bridget’s tree-climbing is pretty special (she shared the tale with her veterinarian, who had never heard of a dog that scaled trees), but that’s not the only reason she wanted to share it.
She visited three shelters before she found Bridget, adopting both her and her cage mate, Dino, because they looked deceptively calm and quiet together. She saw a lot of animals in those shelters and suggests that others might want to find their own pets to bring home.
“You never know what their talent is until you get them,” she says, smiling.

Read more and see another photo at the Statesman.  Have a great holiday weekend.

Knock Knock

Who's There?  

Thanks to the incorrigible Princess 'Lea' for sending this in as always.

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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

What Did Josh Duhamel Say?

After Cesar Millan the Dog Whisperer stopped by to offer advice to Josh Duhamel and Fergie with their Dachshund 'Zoe', Josh reportedly proclaimed:

“He show’s up and I swear to God, this guy’s got special skills. Our dog normally barks like crazy every time someone comes to the house. He walks in and Zoe runs right up to him (and just looks at him). He just walks right in the house.
“She loves her ball, he bounces the ball, she tries to go get it and play (he commands her to stop) and she stops. And it’s really kind of amazing the powers that this man has. I mean I was actually becoming a little submissive myself.”

Wiener Dog Blamed For Wreck

Us dogs get blamed for everything.  What's that smell?  THE DOG DID IT.  In this case, a handsome black and tan smooth Dachshund named 'Gio' is being blamed for wrecking the car of his 91-year-old human in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  It seems that Gio was so excited to go to the dog park that he jumped on the accelorator to get there a little faster.  There was no stopping the car, which ended up in a creek.  Gio's dad is a great lover of dogs though - thankfully no one was hurt.  Read more at KRDO.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wirehair Wednesday: Wild Eve

It's Wednesday, August 28th, 2013, and you're tuned in to on your internet dial, and that can mean only one thing: it's Wirehair Wednesday!
This week we're heading to The Motherland where Dachshunds are called Dackels and Wirehairs are in abundance, so gather 'round. Your 'Long and Short of it All' host 'Rowdy' says that you're gonna wanna go ahead and expand that screen and turn up the volume. 

By youtuber TheDachshundTrainer who notes:  Wild Eve is a 3 year old dachshund lady living in Germany. She loves to play with her ball and is incredibly good at moving it wherever she wants it, even out of a pond. Beckham is out? Go for Wild Eve!

Celebrity Dachshund Watch: Josh and Cesar and Fergie

Preparing for the arrival of their child, Fergie and Josh Duhamel invite the Dog Whisperer (and Dachshund Lover) Cesar Millan to their home.  The singer captions the picture on Instagram: "@joshduhamel & I getting our doggie daughter ready for her new brother with @cesarmillan"


Dachshund Believed To Have Died In House Fire Found Alive

Don’t underestimate the resourcefulness of Peanut, the Texas-tough 5-year-old Dachshund who survived an Austin house fire on Sunday.
The home was destroyed in the fire and firefighters rescued three dogs from the home, but did not find the fourth dog – Peanut, or the family cat, and assumed both had perished.
“I had been asking them for two days to just find his body, so that we could get him taken care of. Because, there is no way we would have thought he would have survived,” homeowner owner Gail Trafton said. “There’s nothing left of the house, and lo and behold, there he is.”
The next day, an insurance investigator came out to inspect the home and noticed a Dachshund. The family took him to the veterinarian where he was treated for smoke inhalation and dehydration. But other than that, he was mostly unscathed.
Gail Trafton does foster care for the Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas, so the organization is now helping the family with pet supplies.

Read More at My Fox Austin.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dog Days

Thanks to our pal, the Pretty Princess 'Lea,' who hails all the way from Slovenia, for sending in the latest Drabble.  She says "Wally seems to be having just about as much fun as we did over the summer." 

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

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dachshund Trouble: Who's A Bad Dog?

Savage: The Dachshund has not been identified

Some Dachshunds are good, some Dachshunds are bad, but most Dachshunds are good AND bad, and that's why we love them so much.  This is the story of a Dachshund who, at the very least, was having a bad day when he bit former MP Lembit Opik right in the privates while judging a show in aid of guide dogs.  Via The Mirror:

Former MP Lembit Opik needed his sausage seeing to – after it was bitten by, erm, a sausage dog.
The I’m a Celebrity star told how the dachshund left him feeling rough when it attacked him.
Mr Opik – who lost his Lib Dem seat in 2010 – nearly lost a lot more when the little dog leapt up and nipped his privates last week in Lambeth Park, South London.
The 48-year-old, once engaged to Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia, said: “Nothing had prepared me for one frisky four-legged ‘friend’ which insisted on taking a bad-tempered munch on my meat and two veg.”
He added: “I haven’t felt this violated since being passed up for a peerage by Nick Clegg.”
A pal, who told how Mr Opik needed attention in the medical tent, said: “He may see the funny side now but it was really painful and he had difficulty walking.
"He hopes it hasn’t done any permanent damage.
"But it won’t stop him judging dog shows again as he’s a real animal lover and accepts that it was just a one-off.”

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Happy 20th Birthday to 'Fudgie'

Handsome in Hong Kong

We want to send the warmest of birthday wishes to 'Fudgie,' a Hong Kong hound who turns 20 years old today.  We should all be so lucky, right?  His human, Mari Hinden, thinks with good reason that Fudgie is the oldest miniature Dachshund in all of Hong Kong.  Via the South China Morning Post:

Mari bought Fudgie while she was living in the American city of Boston and since then he's lived with her in New York, in the US state of Texas and in San Diego and Los Angeles, California, before she moved back to Hong Kong 11 years ago.
In that time Fudgie saw various boyfriends woo Mari before she met her husband Derek in Hong Kong through mutual friends in 2002, and they've been married since 2006. But he's still not sure if he's the man of the house.
"If it came down to me and Fudgie, I'm not sure I'd be the last man standing," Derek said.
The couple live in Happy Valley and run a property investment consultancy company and, although age is steadily catching up with him, their prized pet still has a few miles left on the clock.
"He's lost his sight and he's gone a bit deaf, but otherwise he can walk around fine and is in good health," Mari said. "Every time we take him to the vet they can't believe how healthy he is.
"Now he sleeps most of the day, but he's always very affectionate and protective."

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wirehair Wednesday: Pool Party!

It's Wednesday, August 21st, 2013, and you're tuned in to on your internet dial, and that can mean only one thing:  it's Wirehair Wednesday! 
This week we're heading to a foreign land where Dachshunds are called Teckels and Wirehairs have their own pool parties, so gather 'round.  Your 'Long and Short of it All' host 'Rowdy' says that you're gonna wanna go ahead and expand that screen and turn up the volume.  Starring Dalila, Sansón, Niobe, Xena, Tara, and Max.

By vimeoer Irina Vega. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Medieval Tomb Unearthed By Badger!

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, so we keep a keen eye on what's happening in the world of Badgers.  Apparently a badger in the Motherland, in the eastern state of Brandenburg, has unearthed the 12th Century tombs of two medieval lords.
We haven't been this excited since a wirehaired Dachshund unearthed a 2 million-year-old fossilised mammoth bone way back in 2007. 

Via The Daily Mail:

Badgers might be known for being a menace in gardens by digging up lawns, but the creatures have proved they can be useful by helping German archaeologists uncover the graves of Medieval warriors.
An artist saw the badgers digging up bones and called experts to find out what the creatures had uncovered.
Archaeologists expanded on the badgers' helpful excavation work to uncover eight graves, including two skeletons that appear to noblemen.
This nobleman above was buried with a bronze belt buckle of a snakes head, a double edge sword and bowl by his feet ( all pictured). Archaeologists said he was a well-equipped warrior. Scars and bone-breaks show that he had been hit by lances and swords, and had also fallen from a horse.

Read more at The Daily Mail.

Yes, they're kinda cute, but don't let them fool you!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bad Dachshund

Sigh.  It's Monday.  But don't fret Dachshund Lovers, this little Russian guy who goes by the name of 'Mr. Pepper' will kick off your week with a bang.  Embrace it!

via youtuber Always Hungry Cat who has a couple more similar videos that you need to check out.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Retro Dachshund Boast

Judge:  Mrs. Mary Nelson Stephenson    Handler:  George Gomes

A Sterling Son of a Sterling Stud!  OUR NEWEST CHAMPION:  None Such True Grit:  This outstanding puppy took only two months to finish with 3 Majors.  On the way he had a BOS over a Group-placing Special.  He is pictured finishing on the New England circuit at 11 months.
Congratulations to Ch Ventebe's Draht Timothy, his sire, owned by Peggy Westphal.  "Timmy" is a handsome dog with a remarkable record.
GRIT is already proven, and in view of his tender age, offered for Limited Use as a stud.  We hope he will follow proudly in his father's footsteps. 

599 East Main Road, Middletown, RI 02840

via the American Dachshund magazine, October, 1972

Friday, August 16, 2013

24 Things Your Dachshund Can Do For You

Captain Your Ship
What has your Dachshund done for you lately?  Quite a lot apparently.  BuzzFeed put together a group of 24 photos with Things Your Dachshund Can Do For You, so check them out.  We're busy little tykes, huh?  Have a great Friday!
Spice up your front lawn

Read you poetry before bed

Dachshunds To Watch Out For

Go, Louie, GO!

Louie breaks into a run, giving a preview of the speed he will bring to the 18th Street Farmers’ Market Wiener Dog Races on Saturday in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
It will be the second race for the 18-month-old Dachshund, who raced at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds last year.
“It’s funny to watch. It’s chaotic, at best. In a way, it’s so bizarre that it’s something to see,” said Chuck Hall, Louie’s owner.

Via the Star Herald. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Dogfather

Petco is taking submissions for it's latest contest where you can submit a video or essay explaining why you're a great pet parent, and you can win $50,000 plus $50,000 for the Rescue organization of your choice. 
Here's a nice entry for Dachshund Lovers.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Smart Dogs: Puppy Training With 'Lincoln'

If 'Lincoln' the 12-week-old Dachshund puppy can do all this, your Dachshund can do absolutely ANYTHING. 

By youtuber Jenny Trigg.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Is That A Dachshund In Your Pants, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

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Not to make light of a bad situation - okay, maybe just a little bit - but police are looking for a man who allegedly stole two puppies on Saturday from an Orlando, Florida pet store by hiding them in his pants.  First he put a Pug down his pants, walked outside, came back in, and then put a Dachshund down his pants.  The thief had entered the store with another man, a woman, and a toddler, who provided distractions.  Let's catch these perps!  Via Click Orlando. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

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Vintage Dachshund Pride

Well, aren't you proud of your Dachshund?

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Caught Live On Camera! Amazing Wiener Dog Rescue - L.A. City Lifeguards and L.A. Port Police

It's riveting, and we LOVE it, so hold on to your seats Wiener Dog Fans.  Via youtuber Frank Meza:

At 1900 hrs Los Angeles City Lifeguards were called to assist Los Angeles Port Police with a wiener dog that jumped over the dock and owner was unable to reach underneath the docks. LA Lifeguards were more than happy to lend a helping hand! Lifeguard Acosta entered the 58º water at LA Harbor and successfully executed a modified rescue tow!

Thank you to LA Port Police, Lifeguard Acosta and Lifeguard Meza of Cabrillo Beach.

Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals 2013

While on our little break this summer, we missed this year's pawsome promo for the 2013 Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals at the Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California.  This video ROCKS.  Better late than never, as they say.  Hope everyone had a great time.  And turn up the volume.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Dachshund Vs Golden Retriever

A Golden Wiener?  A Wiener Retriever?

This photo is making a splash on the net - it was originally posted on Reddit a few days ago under the title "This is what you get when you cross a Dachshund and a golden retriever."  Some 1300(!) comments later, it was posted to MSN where they noted:

You've got to wonder how this happened: "You've got a lot of confidence for a dog your size. I like that," a golden retriever said flirtatiously to a dachshund. "Well, today's your lucky day, because I've got a thing for tall blondes," the dachshund replied with a roguish wink. After a few dates in the park, a coy game of tug and war, the love of a lifetime blossomed between the fetching couple, and along came this guy, a gorgeous golden retriever-dachshund mix. You don't see this kind of dog very often, but we sort of want one. He makes us believe all those romantic comedies about how opposites attract.

What do you think this doggie is?  An English Cream?  An odd but pretty red longhair?  A red longhair mix?  Or is he/she really a Dachshund/Golden Retriever mix?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dachshund Reproductions: Dachshund Boot Scraper

Collector's Corner:  We've seen many of these vintage Dachshund Boot or Foot Scrapers reproduced over the years, but this is the first time we've seen the 22-inch granddaddy of them all remade in modern times.  The vintage ones will run you anywhere from $100 - $300, but now you can get a brand new one for $145 at Rejuvenation.  Don't forget to account for shipping on these bad boys - they weigh 26 pounds!  From Rejuvenation:

We went to great lengths to find a service animal with this much skill and personality. After hunting through a pack of other hounds, we finally came across a 100-year-old dachshund boot scrape and the original factory mold on ebay. It was love at first sight for us, and we're sure you'll feel the same about our solid cast-iron reproduction. Weighing in at a hefty 26 pounds, Fido won't budge before he's helped guard your home from mud, snow, and other shoe-borne messes. The pick of the litter, indeed.

Related:  more history on Dachshund Foot Scrapers

Dachumercial Fail: "Dachshund Dog Breed Info"

Expectations of a riveting and knowledgeable Dachumercial are low when they misspell Dachshund in the opening title. Sigh.  New video by Pet360. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Note From Rowdy and Bette: The Summer of Love

We just wanted to pop in and let you know that yes, we ARE still alive and all is fine at The World Headquarters of 'The Long and Short of it All.'  We've appreciated all the notes and comments with concerns about our absence.
It's the Summer of Love, 2013.  Good Lord.  We've never experienced a doggie in heat in our entire lives, and hopefully, we'll never experience it again.  We'll spare you all the sordid details. but suffice to say that your busy new hostess 'Bette' most definitely did NOT like the little undergarments Dad tried to get her to wear.  She spun herself in circles trying to get it off until she nearly passed out.
All the neighborhood dogs are lining up on the sidewalk outside the fence, but Bette has both eyes set on our neighbor, 'Martini,' a tall handsome 11year-old chocolate smooth pharaoh hound-lab mix who lives next door.  And your host 'Rowdy' is simply beside himself over the rejection. 
We're waiting on Bette's spay until she's more fully grown.  It seems you don't want to spay or neuter too early, and definitely not too late -  it's a fine line - but we're going to wait until she's at least 12 months old or so for the procedure. 
We tend to think that many dogs are getting spayed and neutered too early these days - and sometimes with good reason, but please be sure and make an informed decision with your vet if you're in a similar predicament.  Here's an awesome recent study to investigate....

All of this of course leads us to this new video by youtuber y cozican - featuring what many consider to be the hottest song of the summer.  Turn up the volume and have a great Monday!  You know you want it.

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