Monday, May 19, 2014


Last night, we were watching TV later than Duke thought we should.  He'd yawn loudly, looking at me.  He'd grunt and root under his blanket.  There was no mistaking that he wanted us to be quiet so he could go to sleep.  Daughter Bethany snapped this photo of him peering out of his blanket for the umpteenth time. He's not a morning dawg, certainly, but he is definitely not a night owl, either!  And let's not forget to mention those naps during the day.

We humans often envy dogs their amazing ability to sleep so much, and it is obvious that they enjoy it.  I like to sleep, too, but can no longer sleep til noon like I could decades ago
before work intruded.  I like to stay up late, but it never worked very well with arising at 5:00 a.m. when going to work to teach all those bright-eyed teens (NOT).  First period classes consisted of being especially interesting in order to keep the students from dropping off in class!

Studies show that American adults still don't get enough sleep.  Parents of young children know all about that, and I remember that time of life very well.  Our first child (who shall remain nameless here) had colic since she was born nearly a month early.  I don't recall her sleeping the first three months of her life for more than an hour at a time.  Yes, Clark and I were bleary eyed.

But our dawgs don't have to get up and go to work.  They don't have to clean house, do laundry, mop and/or vacuum the floors, or load/unload the dishwasher.  Perhaps that is where they get the idea that we are here to serve THEM.  Duke is a good boy, staying right by my side when I don't feel well.  That, my friends, is his job--to look cute and sleep on a human's lap when necessary.  The old adage "Let sleeping dogs lie" means something else entirely, but dogs stay asleep through a lot.  Duke, however, feels that he must always remind us he's ready for bed--he needs his beauty rest, you know.

Friday, May 16, 2014


If given half a chance, our favorite breed WOULD take over our computers--just like they take over every other area of our lives:

~our recliners and/or couches

~our beds

~our kitchens (just try to get a snack or cook something without the hound getting underfoot!)

~our grills

~our vehicles (Duke likes to think he is driving, LOL!).

The following are merely examples of what they could do if they had more manageable paws:

"Quite a fitting screensaver"

"Where did that expenditure come from??"

"You must economize"

"Your move, dude"
Dachshunds--you gotta love 'em!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


I may or may not post again before my second knee replacement surgery next Tuesday, May 20.

Soooooo, if you notice that I haven't updated the blog for a few weeks, you'll understand.

We don't have a laptop for home use since we've never really needed it.  After my first knee surgery, however, I could not sit at the computer desk for quite awhile because my leg would swell when I left it down.

Thank heavens for my comfy recliner!

We may get that laptop one of these days, but it's not a big deal.

I just ask for prayers regarding my surgery and recovery . . . and for my hubby Clark and our two daughters Holly and Bethany, who will be my "servants" during my recovery period.

And for Duke, too, of course!

Friday, May 9, 2014


"I don't really like this . . ."

Pile of doxies

Dachshund motto

"WHAT are you doing??"

Another free service brought to you by the doxie!


We can all agree!

Monday, May 5, 2014


I can personally attest that all of the above traits fit dachshunds to a "T"!

"Heart of a lion" - Yes, they think they are just as big as any other animal, and act accordingly;

"Brain of a fox" - Especially when it comes to obtaining human food of any kind.  Duke knows that if he "does his business" while outside, he'll usually get a treat.  That swindler sometimes barks to go outside, but will then just stand there awaiting the magic word:  T-R-E-A-T.

"Body of a sausage" - That one is self explanatory.  Dachshunds are also called "sausage dogs," and I imagine they would eat sausages, too, if given to them!

"Bark of a doberman" - By all means.  I've written often about how surprised visitors to our home are when they finally look down and see lil' ol' Duke and realize HE was the one doing that extremely loud barking.  And two or three dachshunds together sound like 50 dogs.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Today's post consists of some cute photos involving dachshunds (surprise!). 

I think they illustrate how much doxies are integrated into the fabric of society.  They live life to the hilt, don't they?