Friday, March 31, 2017


"Hey, what's going on over there?"

Our doxie Duke is currently residing at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Athens, GA. We took him there last night at the recommendation of his vet because Duke had somehow injured his back and had lost the use of his back legs.

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It came on suddenly; one day he was fine, the next day he was lethargic, wouldn't get up much, and then by yesterday, he couldn't use his back legs. We were alarmed, to say the least.

At this writing, we are awaiting the results of an MRI later today, as well as the day and time of his back surgery to repair the discs that are hardened (a common occurrence in dachshunds because of their long backs). In a phone call this morning, one of the vets taking care of him assured us that Duke still has function and feeling in his legs, and can feel his toes, an excellent sign. I was quite upset all day yesterday because I felt so sorry for my sweet pup and could not do anything to help him. Today, we know he is in good hands. UGA Vet Hospital is considered the best in the state of Georgia, and I must say, from what we have seen and heard personally, they "have it together."

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After his surgery, which will be in the next couple of days, he'll stay in the hospital until they are certain he's recovering well and we feel comfortable in caring for him. His prognosis is good at this point: he'll be good as new after he heals and recovers. For those who follow such things, Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund had this same surgery last year, and he's fine.

It is so quiet around here. No wagging tail, no happy bark, no toy being dropped at my feet, challenging me to a game of tug-of-war. No cold nose, no doggie kisses, no warm snuggles from my fur baby. Duke is not the kind of dog one can ignore! If he feels HE is being ignored, well, he asks for attention in no uncertain terms, LOL. He is a part of this family and he's gonna get his due.

Bear with me--this doggie mama misses her fur baby. Here are some of my favorite pictures of Duke:

With Daddy

"What are you eating?"

"What's Mama doing in the kitchen?"

His precocious self 

Our first picture of him at the breeder's
before we took him home that day

Tough little pup
Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em, especially when they are helpless and ill.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


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"Ride a little horsey, goin' to town,
Ride a little horsey, don't fall down!"

How many of us did that nursery rhyme with our children when they were toddlers? We did it with both our girls, setting them on one knee and bouncing them as we said the nursery rhyme. At the end, we let them slide down our leg to the floor (holding firmly to their hands, of course). They loved it!

We also did this with all three grandchildren, and they loved it as well. In fact, all three wanted to ride the horsey until said horsey was "plum tuckered out"! What precious memories.

This doxie in the photo above looks completely comfy.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

Monday, March 20, 2017


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Doxie owners, isn't that the truth? We adopted our doxie Duke at eight weeks, and at his first vet checkup, I remember telling the vet that I was too old to have a puppy--Duke wore me out! The vet told me to wait until he was a year old, and that Duke would slow down by then. WRONG! Duke was five or six before we saw any appreciable difference in his behavior. In fact, he's approaching age ten in June, and he often still acts like a puppy (but he gives me time to rest in between tug-of-war and fetch).

Having known many types of dogs over the years, all breeds have pros and cons. But I must say that I believe the dachshund is one of the unique breeds out there: highly intelligent, almost bratty at times, they can exasperate and delight us at the same time! There's never a dull day around a dachshund--Duke makes me laugh EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em, because it's impossible not to!

"Where did my ball go??"

"Ahhhh . . . a little to the left"

"I am smarter than humans think"

Thursday, March 16, 2017


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Oh, I don't know about THAT, but they COULD be, I suppose. Tomorrow is "the" day, so be sure to wear green. I'll post about the history of St. Patrick's Day and why people who don't wear green get pinches. Stay tuned!
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"Geez, Mom, I'm not even Irish!"

Monday, March 13, 2017


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"Like, I don't 'do' Mondays, man. I'll just chill out here wearin' my
shades, pretending to be at the beach. Cool, huh? Ciao!"

Friday, March 10, 2017


Today I'm featuring cream dachshunds, which have beautiful coats. In fact, when we adopted Duke, there was a litter of cream puppies which I was sorely tempted to choose from, but Duke won our hearts with his cuteness and outgoing personality. Besides, we wanted one just like Shadow, our granddawg, who was seven at the time.

Ta da! Here they are--which is your favorite? Add your comment below:

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I don't know about you, but I would have a hard time choosing a favorite from these cream puffs! Smooth coat, longhaired, wirehaired, cream with other colors: piebald, brindle, dapple--they're all beautiful.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em, and with a little cream, they're even sweeter!