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Howl-O-Weenie 2011

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   15 Comments | Posted in Chutsky · dachshund · dogs · dream · hot dog · Howl-O-Weenie · mcgee · wieners
Warning! In keeping with the subject matter, today’s post is looong, but you’ll be rewarded with some cute dog photos, like these of my grand-dogs Special Agent McGee and Federal Agent Chutsky:
Special Agent McGee and Federal Agent Chutsky — on a stakeout.
Catching some Z’s after an exhausting day of fighting crime.
Today Writing in the Buff offers the naked truth about wieners—those long, strong, lovable Dachshunds. Here are a few fun facts:
  • Dachshund means “badger dog” in German, which is fitting since they were originally bred to hunt badgers and exterminate vermin in general.
  • Dachshunds are one of the most popular small dog breeds in America.
  • Dachshunds are bred in three different coat varieties: smooth, wire-haired, and long-haired. They can be miniature, up to 11 pounds, or standard, 16-32 pounds.
  • Dachshunds are playful and energetic.
  • Dachshunds require only moderate exercise and adapt well to most living environments.
  • Because of their instinct to burrow, Dachshunds will tunnel beneath your blankets and pillows, and sometimes under your shirt.
  • Dachshunds love to cuddle and are extremely affectionate.
  • Dachshunds adore the company of other Dachshunds.
The following quote on Dachshund temperament is direct from the American Kennel Club, and is so true of my daughter’s two mini Dachshunds that I laughed out loud when I read it. Please note that the words in parenthesis are not part of the actual quote, but are those of my grand-dogs, thrown in for good measure:
The Dachshund is clever, lively and courageous (“Why, yes, I am!”) to the point of rashness (“I must protect my human mom from that 100 lb. Rottweiler!”), persevering in above- and below-ground work (“I’m not hiding under the blanket to avoid a bath; I’m badger hunting!”), with all the senses well-developed (“Did you hear that? Three blocks from here someone just flipped the cap off a can of Easy Cheez!”).  Any display of shyness (“Is that even a real word?”) is a serious fault (“Fault? You must be talking about the neighbor’s Chihuahua.”).
That quote explains why the Howl-O-Weenie Festival is possible. Picture a field full of Dachshunds costumed for Halloween, all ready, willing and able to participate in contests such as Dunking for Wieners, Tail Wagging, Face Licking, and Best Costume. Oh yeah, and there are Weenie Races, too.
One of my posts in October of 2010 detailed last year’s Howl-O-Weenie Festival. If you missed it, you may want to check out the photos. Here’s the link:  Click HERE.
Howl-O-Weenie is sponsored by DREAM (Dachshund Rescue, Education, Awareness and Mentoring). This organization does an amazing job of rescuing, fostering, and finding forever homes for Dachshunds in need. My grand-dog, Federal Agent Chutsky, is a DREAM rescue, just one of the hundreds of furry companions saved and protected by the loving volunteers who keep this non-profit organization humming. For more information on DREAM, click HERE.
This Festival is such fun, and the dogs, along with their human companions, are a joyous bunch with whom to spend a fall afternoon. It’s hard to beat Dachshunds when it comes to good, goofy fun. These little furries are game for just about anything. Without further ado, here are some photos we took at the 2011 Howl-O-Weenie Festival.

Captain Jack Sparrow
Why, that little doxie — she’s a barmaid!


The Red Baron
This good-natured Great Dane enjoyed himself.
Las Vegas showgirls.
Clever take on that mysterious airline hijacker.
The littlest soldier.
Thinking inside the bun.
Thinking outside the bun.
Thinking about the bun.
“I could’ve sworn my Harley was over here somewhere!”
Livin’ the label, baby. Livin’ the label.
“Maybe Mom will dress me up next year, after I grow into my nose.”


So now you know the naked truth about wieners. Well, the fun stuff, anyway.  I didn’t mention that 1 in 5 Dachshunds has the potential to develop back problems, some severe enough to require a wheelchair. The dogs don’t know they’re disabled and continue to live joyful, loving lives, but of course special treatment by their human companions is required.  For more information, visit Dodger’s List by clicking HERE.
Please check back next Wednesday for the true story of Bailey, an endearing  Dachshund who suffers from IVDD (intervertebral disc disease). He doesn’t recognize his disability, but knows a lot about love. Here’s a pic of Bailey, enjoying Howl-O-Weenie:

Thanks for visiting! I hope you had fun.
P.S.  There are many organizations available to pair you with a pooch if you’re looking to bring an animal companion into your home. DREAM is one of these, if a lovable Dachshund is your choice, but consider also Collie Rescue, Golden Retriever Rescue, Labrador Retriever Rescue, and many others.  And please don’t overlook mixed breeds.  All furry kids need a good home!

15 Responses to "Howl-O-Weenie 2011"

  1. Comment by Angela Brown
    October 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm  

    Sooooo cute! Just want to hug them and love them!

  2. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    October 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm  

    How wonderful. I love the two in the sailor suits.Our friend Sheila had a mini-doxie who grew up under the supervision of a cat. You should have seen that teeny tiny baby mini sit down and try to whip out one paw at a passing ankle. Great fun! When she grew up (which is not far up for a mini) she could kill and eat an entire chicken, then sleep for three days to digest it.I'm glad you mentioned rescue dogs, Lisa. Our golden girl Lindy was adopted two years ago from SOS Pet Rescue and is the light of our lives.Kay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Comment by Eric 'Bubba' Alder
    October 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm  

    Aw, how cute! Wanna see my doggies?

  4. Comment by Seasons
    October 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm  

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing all these pictures. I am so pleased to see these animals being loved and cared for by their families. Your comments and captions are funny, informative, and very humane. It is so good to see people caring for and rescuing Dachshunds (or any animal), giving them a second chance. I also appreciate, how these little dogs have such liveliness and a big heart to go on. Desptie physical disability, they just go on with joy. Excellent! Please keep writing such posts. Lisa, thanks again for sharing this post.

  5. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    October 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm  

    D.B. Pooper! LOVE that! (But I'd have had to split my bucks…Arrggh! I have a soft spot for Captain Jack!)Thanks for the pics, Lisa! Love that Halloweenie!

  6. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    October 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm  

    Oops! Howl-o-weenie. I got carried away, thinking about getting a doxie for the Halls. (Uh-oh. Now I have to go calm down Sally the Crazy Dog…how did she know what I was typing???? Creepy…;-)

  7. Comment by jabblog
    October 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm  

    The Red Baron made me giggle! I knew someone aeons ago who bred (maybe still does) miniature wire-haired Dachshunds – beautiful little well-behaved dogs. Enjoy your fest:-)

  8. Comment by
    October 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm  

    I'm sharing this with my friend who currently has 3 lively dachshunds, all with personality problems.

  9. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    October 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm  

    This was so cute, Lisa, and well worth the read. I would love a little dachshund to burrow under the covers with on a cold day. And to clue me in on where to find the Easy Cheez. 🙂 Loved all the photos and love your beautiful appreciation of dogs of all kinds!

  10. Comment by Lydia Kang
    October 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm  

    My sister has a long haired miniature dachshund and it is the cutest thing ever!

  11. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    October 6, 2011 at 10:11 am  

    Hi Lisa,What a wonderful post! I learned a lot, and enjoyed your photos. Looks like you guys all had a lot of fun.Kathy

  12. Comment by Lynn
    October 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm  

    My sister has a miniature weenie and I don't know if it's just "Obie" or if it's part of being a dachshund, but that little rascal is like a Hoover vacuum cleaner when it comes to the way he eats food. Loved all your pictures and info about them. I'll have to direct my sister over here!

  13. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm  

    Angela – I agree. And the doxies would love it!Kay – I think you've shared that chicken story with me before. It reminds me of when McGee was a puppy and got into the cat food. When we found him his belly was huge (which is saying something). The little guy really pigged out. LOLEric – Your dogs are adorable!Seasons – I'm glad you enjoyed it. We're big animal lovers, so I frequently feature a furry critter or two. :)Cathy – I doubt Sally would be amused. She's used to being your one and only!Jabblog – They aren't always well-behaved, but they're tough to beat in the adorable department. LOLLaraine – Haha…I think all Dachshunds have personality plus. That may be the problem. Too MUCH personality. As the quote says, they don't understand the word "shy." :PDeb – Indy would probably love the playmate. As for the under-the-covers snuggling, I read somewhere that Dachshunds think sleeping in the bed under the covers is in the Dachshund's Bill of Rights. LOLLydia – They really are cute little dogs. I didn't know much about them until my daughter adopted her two. They're little sweeties.Kathy – We did have a blast. This was our second year attending the festival, and we plan to go next year, as well.Lynn – Obie is pretty normal, I think. My daughter's two will also eat ANYTHING put before them.

  14. Comment by Tammy
    October 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm  

    Wonderful post. First I smiled…then giggled…and was LOL-ing loudly by the end. Thanks for the day brightener!

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