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
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!