Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Unicorn Appreciation Day

Today was Unicorn Appreciation Day!  My friend Baxter told me about this event and I have been looking forward to it for over a week which in Dachshund time is equal to a month! I didn't even know what a unicorn was but it sounded fun so I asked my dad because he knows everything.  He told me unicorns are beautiful creatures that are sort of like us weenies but much larger with long legs, lovely eye lashes and a pointy horn in the middle of their head.  I started out early this morning after my kibble to find a unicorn so I could "appreciate" it. I walked way into the backyard of my grandparents property. First I sniffed around in the garden because I thought maybe I could find a unicorn there. No luck but i did find some yummy plant so I gnawed on it for a while.  I heard a strange noise so I bounded out to the barn to see if the unicorn was there.  I was going to show him the garden so he could gnaw on some veggies too, but when I got there all I saw was my Aunt Squeeky chasing a opossum.  Well I had to help her so we both barked as loud as we could and just about got him but that sneaky fella ran out of the yard before we could get em.  I was getting ready for my morning nap so I sauntered back up to the house and fell asleep.  I dreamed I met the unicorn and his name was Oliver.  He was purple and had green eyes and his horn was glowing blue.  We talked about unicorn things and wiener things and then he disappeared. When I woke up from my nap I was more determined than ever and set off in a different direction but all I found was some worms hiding under a rock in a flower bed.  Hunting unicorn was WAY harder than I thought it would be.  The rest of the day I played with Spike and Austin and they said that hunting unicorn sounded dumb.  They can be so uncultured at times.
Well before I knew it I had to eat dinner and now it is time for bed!  I never found the unicorn.  I never appreciated him. Oh well, maybe next year.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Adventures in Michigan

Yip Yap Friends!
Well I finally made it to my Grandmas house in Michigan. Have you ever been to Michigan?  It is far far away from where I live but it is sooo nice!  The grass is very green and soft on my little paws. Back home it has been so hot that I hardly can stand to play outside but in Michigan the weather is lovely. Perfect for sniffing along a bunny trail or strolling through the garden.  I am enjoying visiting with my aunts - three beagles named Mousey, Squeeky, and Delilah.  They have shown me all of the best places to find animal tracks and were even kind enough to let me roll around in their smelly dead mouse carcass!  I have been eating a few new things on my vacation like fish guts and boysenberries. Mmmm quite a combination of flavors!  There are a plethora of new things to see here as well.  Various flowers, a serene lake, cows (which are big doggy looking things that make an odd "oooo" bark.  Mom said they are different than dogs but to me they look the same just like giant doggies.  I love all of the scents, sounds and flavors of Michigan so far but the fresh air is making me sleepy so I think I will go find a nice shade spot under a tree and take a nap.
Bark at you soon!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wiener Roast Photo Contest

Hi friends! Guess what? I decided that I love seeing your pictures soooo much that I'm gonna have a photo contest.  It is simple to enter.
1. "Like" my fanpage on facebook. You can like me straight from this page. :)
2. Click on the contest banner at the bottom of this page or on my facebook fanpage.
3. Enter contest and upload picture before August 8th, 2011.(You may need your human to help you with this.)
4. Vote on the pictures you think should be finalists starting on August 9th, 2011
5. See if you are the big wiener...oops I mean winner on August 17, 2011!

The Grand Prize is a $100.00 Visa Gift Card.
2nd place will receive a $50.00 Petsmart Gift Card. (Unless not available in your area.)

Please share this information with all of your doxie friends.  Pictures should be of dachshunds or dachshund mix doggies.  They will be judged on their originality, humor, and catching the spirit of summer fun.

This is my picture of how I most enjoy summer...a nice cool doxie daquiri!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Why a Sausage Dog Blog?

Why would a dachshund have a webpage? Well why wouldn't I!  I love meeting people, learning about other doxies and their families, advocating for fellow wieners that need a forever home and sharing my adventures with you.  I hope to tell others about my epilepsy and giving hope to doxies who are embarrassed about their hair loss.  Trust me, a little baldness is nothing compared to my situation.  I am really naked! No hair at all....okay well I do have a bit on my head but the rest of me is just skin and you know what? It is awesome! My mommy and daddy have helped me learn that being different is what makes me unique and beautiful?  We wieners are all special, unique and beautiful (or handsome like my honey and brother.) I hope you will follow my blog and check in with me every once in a while.  I would love to hear about your teckel tales.  I love you already friend.  I wish I could lick you through this screen.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

All Dressed Up for Nothin!

Yesterday mommy and the teen girl that lives here gave me a delightful bath, repainted my nails in a very festive bright pink, rubbed lotion all over me and then helped me get dressed in a lovely lime green frock that I recently purchased. Basically, I was more adorable than ever.  Mommy and daddy put up decorations all over the house and yard. Mommy prepared lots of yummy food that made my nose wiggle and my tail wave. In the afternoon lots of people started coming in the house and of course I barked as loud as I could but Spike was louder because his voice is sooo deep.  Lots of nice people petted me and complimented me. A few people even fed me snackies! I saw the humans putting big presents on a table and I was so excited because I kept dreaming about all the cute outfits that must have been in them!  Maybe I would even get some jewelry.  I waited as patiently as I could but finally it was time to open the gifts.  To my horror they handed ALL of them to the teenage boy who lives here!  They said “Happy Graduation to him and he tore open every last one. I didn’t get a thing. I started to whimper and daddy picked me up and told me this was not my party. I am still so confused. How could this be?  If any of you ever have been through this or understand what happened, please let me know. I think I need a long day of sulking around with big sad eyes to truly convey my disgust at this travesty.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mommy is Mad

Sorry but my mom is grounding me from the computer today because Spike and I escaped from the yard and chased a cat under the neighbors house.  We were so excited that we barked for a half hour. Mom had to coax us home with lunch meat which was nice but then she scolded us for running away and now we are in trouble. :(

Mom says I have to go now. More tomorrow....hopefully she will forget she is mad.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Sad Tail (Tale)

This is a sad story. Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess dachshund.  We will call her “Karrie”. Karrie’s mom and dad loved her very much and spoiled her whenever possible but something terrible happened…Karrie ate so many snacks that she got FAT!  This was not good because Karrie was an aspiring swimsuit model.  Her parents took her to the doctor and the doctor said, “Karrie must go on a diet.”  “OH NO!” Karrie whimpered. “But I LOVE my KIBBLE!” The doctor reassured her that all would be fine if instead of eating so many snacks she instead was given fruits and veggies.  It sounded scary to Karrie because she was pretty much addicted to her yummy treats, but in order to squeeze into her new bikini she was willing to try anything. Mom and dad were told they could give their little princess pumpkin, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, potatoes, spinach, cabbage and even lima beans. She was also allowed to eat bananas, blueberries, raspberries, and mangos. Karrie tried the veggies and fruits and some of them were super delicious but others tasted nasty to her.  The vet said it was good for her to try new things and it was okay to not like them all.  The most important thing was that she didn’t eat onions, grapes, or chocolate because they are toxic to doggies. Karrie’s brothers liked her diet too! I know I said at the beginning this was a sad story and you may be wondering what is so sad about this, after all Karrie is happy with her diet.  The sad part is that there are lots of overweight prince and princess doggies who may hurt their backs and have a shorter life span if they don’t go on a diet soon.  There are also lots and lots of little wiener dogs who don’t have a mommy and daddy of their own. Consider adopting a dachshund today. Karrie’s Karli’s mom and dad did and they have never been so happy.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mojo "Watson" Needs a Home

June is adopt a senior month at Dachshund Rescue of North America.  The campaign is going woof-tastic and so far over 30 senior weenies have been adopted but there are lots and lots of my doxie friends who are not seniors and they desperately long for forever homes too.

Mojo is a young Chiweenie who mommy is watching over till he finds a new pad. (Not a pee pad..a home.)  He is so cute, I would be jealous if I wasn't so darn adorable myself. Phew...lucky for me I have been blessed with this face.  Oh right...I was discussing Mojo.  Well he is small, has smooth strawberry blond hair, and he doesn't eat much.  He usually remembers to potty outside and he loves to give kisses. He sleeps with my teenage brother Jack in his big bed and he likes when Jack plays his guitar to him.  Jack calls him Watson. I like both names so I call him Mojo Watson. 

The funniest thing Mojo Watson does is wave.  He knows how to stand on his hind legs and wave at you with his front paws. So talented!  Everyone goes goo-goo over him when he does it.  I wish he could stay with us forever but daddy says he will make another family giggle a lot.  If you would like a sweet little boy click on his profile on the DRNA website.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Spa Day

Thank goodness that mommy finally took me to my beautician.  I was starting to feel a bit frumpy but no more.  I needed a little “me time” and pampering and that is exactly what I got at Jacqueline’s Posh Wash for Paws and Claws.    
I was a bit nervous at first because I wasn’t too sure the lady would know how to deal with my unique skin condition, but I soon relaxed because Jacqueline was very gentle and professional.  She has been a groomer for many years and this spa is special because they have a professional photographer, Lauren who can take 10 ounces off of your doggy figure! Mommy is going to take me back in August to get my glamour shots.  Today I was washed in a lovely oatmeal bath and then exfoliated with my special scrub and then finally massaged with my Oil of Olay.  Ms. Jacque then painted my nails in a lovely combination of green, yellow, and orange which looks great with my outfit.  When she was done I got the cutest bow that she handmade especially for me!  Before I knew it mom was back to pick me up. I wish I could go to the spa every day!
  If you want a new look, need a hairdo, your nails done, or maybe just a lovely photo of yourself. Call Jacqueline’s Posh Wash for Paws and Claws at (757) 277-9505.
Ms. Jacque is nice!

Yikes, I'm Naked!

Check out the bow and funky nails!

Cute Sign!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mom's New Trick

Today it was soooo hot. I do not have fur to help regulate my temperature so I told mommy I wanted to stay inside most of the day. She must have gotten bored because she did the cutest thing; she started playing with a whistle. I was very interested in this whistle because it had such a neat high pitch. My ears perked up, my nose started to crinkle and my backside got the wiggles. I decided I would use this whistle to teach mom a trick. It took a while for her to figure it out and I almost lost my patience a few times but eventually she learned that when I stand on the kitchen mat she is suppose to blow her whistle and give me a yummy treat. I hope she doesn’t forget this because sometimes she seems to have a short attention span. I am proud of my mommy for learning this trick. Stand on the mat, she whistles, then gives me a goodie. Yeah mom! Tomorrow I will attempt to get her to give me more treats and I'll do something cute. :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

DRNA Senior Month

I was doggy surfing the internet this morning after breakfast and I went to the D.R.N.A. website. (Dachshund Rescue of North America) That is the organization that helped me find my nice home.  I was perusing the pictures of fellow weenies that need a home and noticed that 13 of the 53 senior dogs who need homes have either been adopted or are in process of being adopted.  This is such great news!  WOOF!  For the month of June DRNA is offering the seniors with no application fee, so it is a great time to adopt a seasoned gem of a dachshund.  My honey, Austin is a senior and so is my new brother Spike.  They were a great choice for my mom and dad because they were already potty trained. (Many seniors are.) They are also mellow and kind.  They both just needed a loving home.  Austin and Spike both have spunk and give as much love as a puppy, just without all the chewing and doing potty in the house.  Senior wieners make great companions.  If you are looking for a doggy, check out because there are some beauties there. Please spread the word that June is senior month!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Time for a Career Change?

My modeling job has hit a wall.  “There isn’t a huge call for bald dachshunds,” my agent tells me.  “Well why not?” I am left to wonder.  Mommy and daddy tell me everyday how gorgeous I am, so I thought I would be banking the big bones by now.  Maybe I need a new snoot shot. Sometimes my eyes look red on camera, but mom assures me they are the loveliest chocolate brown.  My nails need to be repainted, this is true but it is hard to find a good manicurist who doesn’t cost a paw and a leg.  I have put on a little weight and of course thin is in, but exercise makes me sweaty and this girl doesn’t like to be sweaty. Hmmm…..maybe modeling just isn’t my niche in life. Perhaps official kibble taster would work out better?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Spikes Trip to the Vet

Yip Yap everyone. (That is “Hi” in doggie language.) I hope you are all doing well today. It is so nice outside that I am writing this from my back porch.  I may have to run and catch a squirrel in a minute….they keep eating my mommy’s birdseed out of the bird feeder.

Today was a big day for Spike, the new boy who lives here.  He had to go to that scary place called “the vet”.  I told him it wouldn’t be so bad and that the humans that work at Mt. Pleasant Animal Clinic were nice, but he was still nervous. Poor boy.
Spike can’t type so I am going to tell you what he said about his doctor visit.

K- Spike, what was your favorite part of going to the vet?

S- Me liked car ride.

K- Were you sick? Why did you go to the vet?

S- My new mom wanted to make sure me back was okay. Me eaties lots of kibble. Me need to watch my weight.

K- Did you make any friends?

S- Me met Max. He nice doggie. Me also like Justin. He nice to me and didn’t hurt me when me needed medicine.

K- Did you see any cats?

S- No, but I smelled some.

K- What did the doctor do?

S- His name Dr. Hiler and he very kind to me. He looked at me ears and teeth. Petted me and wiggled my legs. He say me good boy. I sort of scared and hide my face but he didn’t even get mad at me! I love him!

K- So Spike do you think you will be afraid of the vet anymore?

S- No, me like it now.  They even have nice bushes to pee on outside.

Spike did a good job at his veterinarian visit. I admit that I still get a little jumpy when I have to go.  We wiener doggies are edgy when we have to go to new places but our parents and the nice doctor people make us feel better.


Dr. Hiler and Spikes Friend Max                                                                     

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Funny Shakes

About one week after I moved in with my new family I had weird feeling, I scooted around oddly on the floor and then I had a seizure.  My mom was soooo worried about me.  To be honest, I don't really remember much about my canine seizure but it has happened about eight times.  My mom took me to the vet and they said it could be because I was nervous and just getting used to my surroundings.  That sounded like a bunch of weinershnitchel to me because my new house was way better than being cold, sick and lonely in that awful shelter.  Mom read me a bunch of information about canine seizures that she learned on The Epi Guardian Angels website.

After a few days I had more seizures so we went to a different doctor and he said I could start medicine that would help but with medicines there are risks.  He was really nice.  His name is Dr. Banta DVM and he is always very gentle with me. Before we started medicine he thought maybe a change in my diet would help.  Some of us doggies are very sensitive to our food.  My mom and dad bought me Blue Buffalo Grain Free kibbles and I LOVE it!  My honey, Austin doesn't like it that much, but he is a very picky eater. 

I have been on my new diet for a month I have not had any more of my "funny shakes".  My mom says if I keep doing this good I may never need medication, although many doggies take medicine for epilepsy and they do well.  I am so happy I am feeling better now and very glad my doctor told us to try this yummy food.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Too Many Boys, So Little Time

My mom has gone crazy. I just moved in three months ago and was immediately smitten with Austin, a long hair black and tan doxie. He is so handsome. Older than me, eleven, but very distinguished looking. We have had an on again off again relationship since about four minutes after we met. I was thrilled to leave the cold, dirty, high-kill shelter and find this nice home with a handsome boy to snuggle with.
Then a week ago my mom brought home another good looking fella. His name is Spike and he is a long hair sable.....which I'm told means red and black hair. He is ten and has had back problems so he walks kinda funny but he is so sweet to me. He licks my ears and that just drives me into a frenzy! Austin got jealous and we had a tiff but he knows he is my true love.
Well wouldn't you know it, last night ANOTHER boy showed up! He is younger than me and he looks different than the rest of us. Mom says it is because he is a Chiweenie which is a mixture of a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. I LOVE exotic types! After all, I am bald myself. His name is Mojo Watson and mom says he is only staying until he finds a new home with DRNA Dachshund Rescue of North America.
So, now I am living with three handsome dudes. Ah such is the life of a Naked Wiener Dog. :)