Thursday, May 30, 2013


Tug of war is one of a dachshund's favorite things to do!  They don't care who/what is at the other end, either:

And true to form, here's a picture of Duke playing tug of war with Clark:
That dawg is really strong--he weighs 18 pounds, but he gives us a run for our money.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


If you've ever seen a dachshund in action, you know that the information in the picture above is absolutely correct.  In fact, I'd like to discuss each item:

Sherlock sniffer:  Yep, a dachshund's nose is his main sensory organ.  Although his brain is only 10% the size of humans, 40% of it is devoted to his sense of smell. 

Velvety ears:  I dearly love to rub my doxie Duke's soft ears.  I've always been partial to dogs with long ears as opposed to those with short, pointed ears.  NOW BEFORE THE POINTED-EAR CROWD GETS UP IN ARMS, it's merely a personal preference.  Geez.

Torpedo body:  If you've ever seen a dachshund take off after something, you know exactly
Grandson and Duke
what I'm talking about.  My husband Clark primes Duke before Duke goes out into our backyard by stoking the fire:  "You better get that kitty cat out there, boy!"  When Clark opens the basement door, Duke shoots out like . . . well, a torpedo.

Rat tail:  Don't have that much to say about the tail--it's shaped like a rat's, I suppose.  I do know that it wags a lot, switching into a windshield wiper tail when food is present.

Chicken drumsticks:  The short legs are just cute to me.  Duke has some meat on his that I love to pinch (no, not to hurt him, but it must tickle because he tries to "get" my hand when I do).

Back rabbit feet:  These feet work equally well for scratching an itch or gripping the ground.

Two front shovels:  Now we're talking!  I've heard dachshund owners complain about their doxies digging up the yard--and the dawgs are very good at it.  Duke doesn't dig--he's more into smelling everything.  Along with their penchant for burrowing, they were initially bred to catch badgers.  Thus dachshund is German for "badger dog."

Proud chest:  Ever seen a doxie prance around with his head held high after receiving praise for an accomplishment? (It could be as mundane as bringing one of his toys to a human or as sublime as rescuing a child.)  That proud chest is definitely stuck out there.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Thank you, my two veterans!  My hubby served in Vietnam, and my late father served in WWII:  Philippines and Guadalcanal:

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Dachshunds are used in retail and in just about everything else!  Below are some examples of how beloved this breed is (so you see, it is not just "you."  Everyone loves a dachshund!).

Bed linens

Birthday greetings

Wall clock

Corn on the cob holders

Decorative plates

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Does your doxie loves playing with bubbles as much as my Duke does?  He tries his best to catch all of 'em before they hit the ground, then looks surprised as if to say, "Where'd they go??"
One reason to love doxies:  they definitely have a sense of humor.  Duke makes me laugh at least once a day!

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Granddaughter Annika's 9th birthday party was a mustache party--a mustache cake, mustache bingo, mustache decorations, even "pin the mustache" on Annika. 

We had a great time!

Mustache cake
Annika blowing out candles
Just before the game
Annika and moi

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Happy Mother's Day, doxie moms!  Our fur "children" make us moms in just about every sense of the word:  we love, feed, protect, talk to, and play with them!

Hope your day is a beautiful, wonderful and blessed Mother's Day--from one doxie mom to another :).

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


"Do you really expect me to buy that explanation??"

People seem to have a penchant for putting glasses on doxies--perhaps they look so intelligent, anyway, that the glasses just add to their perceived brain power?  We all know that their eyesight is far better than ours is (and, for that matter, so are all their other senses).
Doxies ARE intelligent, but also stubborn.  In fact, I'm told that they usually know what we want them to do--but choose not to do it.  It's not that they don't understand, although they may come across as dense--like any other breed.  Nope.  They aren't in the mood, they want to be contrary, or they just flat out want to stay in their warm spot on the couch.  Whatever.

We love them anyway, because they are just so endearing and comical.  My Duke makes me laugh out loud at least once a day!




Monday, May 6, 2013


 Doxie lovers, don't you hate it when people call our favorite dogs a "dash-hound"?  Here's a humorous poke at that pronunciation: