Monday, August 29, 2016


When doxies tilt their heads upon hearing a strange noise or even when we talk to them, that is just the cutest thing!  Duke often does that when we talk to him, but it is usually involving words about food (for him, anyway).

Does your doxie do this, too?

Here are some cuties doing the "dachshund head tilt":

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em--head tilts and all!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Now that most schools are back in session, I thought it fitting to feature the doxie "school bus" below. People put all sorts of costumes on dachshunds (and bless their hearts for being so tolerant), and I thought this was was very cute.

While I'm on a roll, here are a few other school-related doxies for your viewing pleasure:

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Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

Friday, August 19, 2016


With the new school year beginning, I thought it fitting to post this photo:

Any adult who peruses old yearbooks knows how much this is true! I had one high school yearbook photo that I wasn't ashamed of--my senior picture. The rest looked like I was either deathly ill or insane. Why didn't the photographer tell me my hair needed combing, for heaven's sake? Why didn't he tell me to stop smiling like a cheshire cat?? 

School pictures . . . you gotta love 'em.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Photo from Harlow and Sage site

I really believe that dogs smile, don't you? They show their happiness by their wagging tails, of course, but look at those two doxie faces above!

Here's more proof:

I know one thing: they certainly make their humans smile!

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Yes, finally, my latest book, DACHSHUNDS, LAUGHS, & RANTS: Humor and Encouragement for Trying Times, has been submitted for publication. This is the paperback version; the e-book was released in May of this year. Once I receive the proof and go over it, the book will be good to go!

This is my first foray into nonfiction, and here's the blurb on the back cover:

We all have annoying times, and this little book is for those moments when we need a break from it all. Composed of short pieces ranging from encouragement to humor (and everything in between), there truly is something for everyone within its pages.

Dog lover? Great! There’s a section  about  the dachshunds Ms. Hinton has owned, complete with their antics and unconditional love. Need some commiseration for annoyances you’ve suffered? Then you’ve come to the right place as well. Ranging from exasperating experiences with customer service to pet peeves we all grit our teeth over,  you’ll find yourself smiling about “the human condition” common to us all.  And for those difficult times of sorrow, discouragement, or despair,  Ms. Hinton shares how her Christian faith has personally sustained and uplifted her during such times.

At some point, the spirited content of this little book will spur  readers to take it off the shelf again and read it anew.

I'm very excited about this book, and I hope lots of people will read it and be uplifted by it. Stay tuned for further info!

Monday, August 8, 2016


Some might argue with a few of the points above, but I think the meme has pretty much nailed the doxie temperament--at least, with my doxie Duke. I'd like to share something about each trait regarding Duke:

DARLING - Duke does so many thing that are darling, like being a nurse to my hubby or me when we don't feel well. He sticks close by and gives us doggie kisses to prove his love and care.

AMAZING - Some won't believe this, but we actually have to spell certain words in his presence so he won't know what we're talking about. Although most of the words we spell are food related, we also spell family members' names (so he won't go nuts barking, thinking they are coming--and sometimes they are), the mailman, etc.

CUTE - I could go on and on about this one. He sits at attention, looking me in the eyes when I'm talking to him, twisting his head in that endearing doggie way.

HAPPY - I would say that Duke borders on cheerful.  He loves to play, and enjoys being around his human family. When the grands visit, he goes into overdrive!

SWEET - He is definitely a lap dog, loving close human companionship. I mentioned his doggie kisses, but he also likes to gaze into my eyes at times when I'm talking to him. He shows his love to our family in many ways.

HYPER - As a nine-year-old doxie, he's not as hyper as he used to be, but he does have his moments! He still has occasional running fits, which are comical and typically doxie. Duke will always enjoy tug-of-war with an old sock. And he's still strong enough to nearly put my arm out of the socket!

Duke: my 200% doxie 

UNBELIEVABLE - We marvel at Duke's ability to understand what we say to him. One day I told him to go get his red ball so I could throw it for him (he also has two green ones and a yellow one). Voila! He brought me the red ball.

NICE - Sometimes doxies can be brash and bold, but I also find them extremely loving and sweet. He wants to be with his humans and enjoys our company--in my book, that qualifies as nice.

DARLING - This bears repeating, because doxies are totally darling, don't you agree?

Dachshunds  . . .  you gotta love 'em!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


This handsome young man is our grandson Asher (age 6) who will be staying with us for a few days. Our doxie Duke is thrilled, because they are such good buddies. We'll go see the new movie, "The Secret Life of Pets," play cards, go swimming, and who knows what else! We'll take him back home on Saturday.

Dachshunds and grandsons . . . you gotta love 'em!