Tuesday, July 31, 2012


My dachshund Duke definitely exemplifies ALL of the traits listed below, except chewing up inappropriate things--he doesn't do that very much at all, nor does he tend to throw up often.  He makes up for those by having a double dose of the other traits, however!

What about your doxie?  Leave a comment to share something interesting about your dachshund, a.k.a. chow hound extraordinaire.

Monday, July 30, 2012


If you love dogs, this will touch your heart.  I didn't write it, but it rings true, doesn't it?


Saturday, July 28, 2012


Everyone knows that I love dachshunds, so I am posting several endearing dachshund pictures today - some of my favorites are below. Enjoy!

"Am I cute, or what??"

We doxie lovers know this
is a typical action of our
beloved breed!

"Oh, I am SO bored . . . "

Doxie burrito

"Hey, can I drive?"

"Mama! Help! What do I do now??"

That worried look that
doxies are known for

Our doxie Duke at 8 weeks - just before
we brought him home

Friday, July 27, 2012


"Just try to take this
ball away from me!"
I didn't write these "laws," but I've included them here in case you've missed them along the way. I suspect you'll chuckle in agreement at the these points that clearly illustrate the inner workings of the dachshund mind:

1. If I like it, it's mine.

2. If it's in my mouth, it's mine.

3. If I can take it from you, it's mine.

4. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.

5. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.

6. If I'm chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.

7. If it just looks like mine, it's mine.

8. If I saw it first, it's mine.

9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.

10. If it's broken, it's yours.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Seems we doxie lovers aren't the only ones who love this fabulous breed. I've gleaned from the internet various ads, magazine covers, decorative items, and famous people who also liked the dachshund. We're in good company!

Dog food advertisement 1950


General Tire advertisement

Saturday, July 21, 2012


And this post gets us to the crux of the matter: dachshunds truly believe what is written below! Once again, I did not originate them--but they reveal a lot about our beloved dachshunds.

Will train any human to perform the following basic obedience commands:
"Behind our sweet, innocent faces lurk
minds like steel traps!"

1. Fetch me a treat.

2. Rub my belly.

3. Pick up my poop.

4. Wipe my feet.

5. Speak baby talk.

6. Throw the ball.

7. Don't hog the bed.

8. Give me a kiss.

9. Buy me a toy.

10. Fetch me a treat (this one's worth repeating).

Friday, July 20, 2012


Here is our doxie Duke "resting" with my hubby Clark.  I don't know how much rest Clark got, but Duke loves to be close to his humans--especially when one of us is relaxing!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


These house rules are included here for you, doxie lovers. I didn't come up with them--they originated from someone else who happens to know dachshunds extremely well!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
I live here. You don't.

■I am keeper of this house. The BOSS around here is ME. I have supreme and final authority at all times.


■I am LONG, LEAN and HANDSOME. I am DASHING, DAZZLING, and DEBONAIR. Although I AM VERY HOT STUFF, I am NOT a hot dog and I am NOT a wiener dog.

■I am so WELL BRED that I am practically an ARISTOCRAT. I am playful. I am SWEET. I am stubborn. I am HUNGRY (did you bring me any treats?). I am GREAT. And I am very, very MODEST.

■THIS IS MY HOME. Everything in it belongs to me. That means the toys are mine, the bones are mine, the couch and love seat are mine, the beds, the humans and EVERYTHING ELSE ARE MINE.

■Be advised your visit to my home will be greatly enhanced if you bring me presents or feed me treats. If you neglect to bring me toys, gifts, or treats, you will probably not be invited back. Hint. Hint.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Sorry--I could not resist adding the caption to this photo! Try your hand at a caption for it by adding a comment.

"We're innocent! Where's our lawyer? When
is our trial? Let us out!!"

Monday, July 16, 2012


Shadow and Duke

Several readers I met at a recent book signing asked about the status of this book, so I promised I would keep them posted. Therefore, here's my DACHSHUNDS FOREVER update:

Shadow's bat impression!

I now have 120,000 words and still have a few chapters to go. Therefore, I will probably split it into two books, because I simply don't want to say good-bye to THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES!  In fact, I already have a title for Book 4:  A DACHSHUND'S TRIBUTE.

There is so much I want to include in this supposed-finale of the series! I have already written in more of Papa Duke's stories, Sarge's encounter with "Elvis," his long RV trip out west, his take on several of his human family's birthday parties, and his training and mentoring of Duke.

Sarge's humorous shenanigans with the family's felines are also chronicled: Piper, Aslan, and Tate and Joey, whom he dubs the "Fuzz Brothers."

I plan on finishing the manuscript very soon, then complete my editing, tweaking, and rewriting--then it's off to my editor at OakTara.   Sometime after that, DACHSHUNDS FOREVER will enter the publication process and become a book, in both paperback and e-book editions.

Stay tuned for further updates, fellow doxie lovers!  <{{{<


Sunday, July 15, 2012


We recently interviewed the precocious dachshund author of I AM SARGE* and I AM DACHSHUND. We promised our readers that we would bring him back to answer some of their questions, so we are pleased to have him as our guest again today.

MDH: You have recently visited several dachshund rescue societies in various parts of the country. Would you like to share a little about those with our readers?

SHADOW THE DOXIE: First of all, thank you for having me back. I never miss an opportunity to promote my books! My main thrust in visiting the dachshund rescue societies was to commend the staff for work well done. My doxie buddies, I've found, don't have much interest in books--seems they mostly seek treats--so I focused on putting paw prints on copies of my book for the workers. They are special people, and it is wonderful how they help my fellow wiener dogs find a new lease on life in loving homes.

MDH: Well, then . . . what did you find to be the most fascinating detail about these rescue societies?

SHADOW THE DOXIE: As a dog myself, the most fascinating detail for ME in the societies was the dedication of the workers. Dachshunds of all colors, coats, ages, personalities, and health are accepted and loved. It is wonderful to see humans being so accepting of them. If humans want to adopt a dachshund, they should check out the rescue societies first.

MDH: Thank you for giving us insight on that. Now, let's get to our first reader question. This one comes from a dachshund owner named Patrick in Toledo, Ohio, who asks: "You have said that Papa Duke was your favorite character in your books. Since he is no longer on the scene, do you plan on having another favorite in the third book, DACHSHUNDS FOREVER?"

Friday, July 13, 2012


Oh, we all love Fridays, whether or not we are in school or a part or the work force. When I was a child, Friday the 13th was even touted as a "bad luck day," but I honestly never noticed it being any different from other days. As a Christian, I don't believe in luck, but people still like to mention today as one of those days to watch out for!

There's no harm in that--much of the comments are merely in fun, anyway. Even though I am no longer a part of the work force "out there," I still love Fridays. Of course, my hubby is off tomorrow, and that's great. And I do work part time online with no weekend work. Soooo, Fridays are still days of anticipation toward weekends for doing things we enjoy, attending church, taking a nap if desired, etc.

With it being summer, many folks are headed to the beach, mountains, or vacation, since school will be starting next month for most families. Some children attend year-round schools, but do get a few weeks off in summer, anyway. Working is a part of the fabric of our society, but many have been laid off in recent years, downsized, had their hours cut--whatever you want to call it, and I pray for all who are still seeking work. My brother was cut last fall after working for a company for over 30 years. He just found another job a few weeks ago in the same field, thankfully, but with fewer responsibilities--which he likes.

Happy Friday (in general), people!  <{{{<


June 28 was Duke's fifth birthday . . .

With his siblings the day we met him

Scared puppy: in the
car on the way home
He was eight weeks old when he joined our family, and we've never been the same since :). He's brought so much joy and sparkle into our lives, and he's chock full of all those innate dachshund traits, love 'em or hate 'em: stubbornness, a pinchant for barking (heaven help us if someone rings the doorbell!), a chow hound extraordinaire, a sense of the comic, affectionate, and a love for napping.

He is introduced in I AM DACHSHUND, Book 2 of THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES series.

We love you, Duke!  <{{{<