Friday, January 31, 2014


I will be having knee replacement surgery on Tuesday, February 4. 

When that knee heals well enough, I will have the same surgery on my other knee, but there's no way to know exactly when that will take place.  I do know that I am looking forward to walking without pain for the first time in many years!

Your prayers are appreciated, and I will return as soon as I can, because I will miss the opportunity to talk about "our" favorite dawgs--and anything else that comes to mind :).

Thursday, January 30, 2014



"Helping" human baby brother with his food

Granddawg Shadow loves his human brother, and it looks like they have a "mutual admiration society"!
Just ridin' in the wagon

Hugs and kisses

Shadow didn't feel well, so Brother is being doctor

Sunday, January 26, 2014


How to wake up with a sore neck

 What is it about couches that dogs love so much?  Every dachshund I've ever known always liked the couch as his/her special domain, and the pictures below attest to that fact. 
Why do you think doxies choose the couch above other pieces of furniture, such as recliners?  And I've observed that they love to lie in between the cushions rather than on a cushion (usually).   They also like to lie on top of their humans.
Some doxies are also arm sitters (of couches); some like a certain end, while others want the center.  Some even prefer to lay their heads on the arm.
In any case, many also like to be covered up with a blanket--either their own or anyone else's.  They are burrowers, after all.
Dachshunds--you gotta love 'em!
"Humans are almost as soft as a couch"
"Don't even ask . . ."
"One must learn to sleep however one can"

"Couch takeover!"

"Between the cushions is
my favorite spot"

"Hey, don't sit down!  I was
just getting ready to nap!"

"What a crazy couch!  Which end should I take??"

"Ahhh.  A couch arm is the perfect pillow"

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Yes, people, today is our doxie granddawg Shadow's 13th birthday!  As the "elder statesman" of the animals in our family, we salute him and wish him a fabulous birthday.  His compadres include Duke and five grandkitties:  Tate, Joey, Winston, Aslan, and Piper, all of which also wish him a happy birthday, I am sure!

Here they are:

Tate, aka "Fuzz Ball" - in AZ
with Kurt & Bethany

Joey, aka "Mr. Slick" - also in AZ

Piper, sweet Norwegian Forest cat "brother"
Aslan, friendly Flame point Siamese "brother"
who both live with Shadow's family
Winston, newest family member recently
adopted by Kurt & Bethany
And last, but certainly not least, our Duke

If your family is anything like ours, we love our fur children and want to take care of them.  Why even have animals if we don't?  They add so much joy to our lives!

Shadow outdates even the grandchildren, being the first "grandchild" in our family.  And the grandchildren look upon him as a family member as well.  We wouldn't have it any other way! 


Monday, January 20, 2014

AH, MONDAY . . .

My sentiments exactly, doxie friend!  I'm retired, and it's still sometimes difficult to get going on Mondays.  I suppose it's because of all those years of getting up early for work.

In any case . . . I can now relax if I am so inclined.  My house is patient, waiting for me to straighten it, dust, it, vacuum it, or mop it. 

So glad.  *yawn*

NO, this is not my house! 

Friday, January 17, 2014


Dogs are masters at showing us humans unconditional love.  When I look into my dachshund's eyes, I see an innocence in them that we seldom see, except perhaps in babies and small children.

God created them that way.  No wonder dogs are considered man's best friends.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Since today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day, below are some pics of granddawg Shadow in various getups over the years (mostly done by the granddaughters). 

Sorry--you won't see any of Duke dressed up, because he will not tolerate any sort of hat, coat, outfit, etc.

Blonde bombshell

"Here comes the bride". . . NOT!

Git a long lil' doggie
Grandma Dawg

Shadow Claws


Capping it


I've used this painting as my Facebook page background on several occasions, and it always draws positive responses and comments.  It is simply a beautiful message illustrated.

As a Christian, I believe it with no apologies. 

2 Chronicles 7:14 states: 
"If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

Food for thought (and prayer).

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Have you ever had a dog toy that lasted very long with your doxie(s)?  Well, neither have I!  Both Shadow (our granddawg) and Duke believe it is their mission in life to "kill" a squeak toy as quickly as possible by rendering the squeak . . . well, squeakless.  They shake the toy to death, throw it up in the air, grab it again, and if necessary (which it usually is), tear it to shreds.  I've often said that I'm glad our doxies are small dogs, because they are vicious when going after said toys!
Actually, the teddy bear in the photo with Duke isn't exactly HIS teddy bear--it really belongs to our grandson Asher, and Duke happened upon it one morning when Asher had left it within Duke's reach. If one looks closely, it is obvious to any doxie lover that Duke is just starting to nibble at that teddy's ear, and that's a sure sign that Duke on his way to destroying Mr. Teddy!

And if I get up the courage to put an old sock on my hand, Duke perks up, immediately ready to "get" the hand.  He absolutely loves it if I pretend to "bite" him with that socked hand, and you have never heard such growling and seen such tail wagging in your life!  I usually put on two socks, thus protecting the hand from Duke's sharp teeth.  He doesn't connect the fact that it is MY HAND under there, but rather, a really interesting and interactive toy that he aims to conquer.  Geez.

 Back to the teddy bear:  we managed to rescue him before Duke really got into tearing him to shreds. To non-doxie owners, that's just something doxies like to do.  I will say that Duke is NOT a vicious dog, bent on destroying everything in his path.  He never chews on anything important--he never even bites--but as I stated above, he simply cannot resist the socked hand. 

I'm definitely going to put my silicone oven glove under the sock next time, though.

Friday, January 10, 2014


Happy Friday, folks! 
Looks like this doxie here is especially happy that it's Friday.  I'm not sure why, since he doesn't have a job, but perhaps the work to obtain food 24/7 is taking its toll!

Monday, January 6, 2014


I greatly dislike seeing a dog get into trouble because some small and uninformed child pulled his/her ears or tail, hit him/her, etc.  When a dog bites someone, that's his way of protecting himself/herself--even a wonderful dog can only take so much.

Once a dog bites, he/she is never trusted again, when it is often not the dog's fault to begin with.

Parents, make sure your children are not abusing an otherwise wonderful pet!

Thursday, January 2, 2014


We had such a glorious Christmas, and all our children and grandchildren were here--including Duke and Shadow, our doxies--the first time we've all been together since Christmas 2012.  Here are some pics: