Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Simple Gift for Your Shelter Friends

Do you have a momma who is hopeless at sewing.  Like sewing to her is hem-tape and fixing a missing button? Or maybe you have a mom who can't cook very good so baking Christmas Cookies for your friends is just not gonna happen. Perhaps your momma wants to make crafts for others but you have discouraged her from doing so because everything she makes looks like it came directly from a kindergarten classroom. Maybe you are lucky like me and you hit the trifecta and have a mom who can't sew, bake, or craft! 

If that is you...take heart..for I bring you good tidings of great joy!  You can still give a shelter pet a great gift this year!

Today I typed up a list of items that the local animal shelter needs.  I found the list on their website...so I just copied and pasted it.  (Pretty easy...even for my paws.)

Then I asked mom if when we went for our walkie if we could just ask people in our neighborhood if they had any of the items on the list that they would donate.

Mom brought our red wagon on the walk and before we were even half-way home the wagon was filled up!!!

Now I am going to ride with my mom to the shelter and donate all of the stuff we got to the doggies and kitties.  We took a Christmas Card along with us for our neighbors to sign....so we have that to give them too.

It was easy, free, and fun. Best of all my momma didn't have to "make" anything...which is good because that would have just been embarrassing.

Merry Christmas!

Karli


Thursday, December 15, 2011

I Need a Home for Christmas

Short bloggy today.  I have lots to do to get ready for my 1st Christmas with my new family.  This is such an exciting time for me.  I love the pretty twinkling lights that mom put everywhere and the smell of pine in the air. 

Unfortunately, for many of my friends, this is another sad year.  Many are abused, cold, hungry and lonely.  They are strays or in shelters waiting for someone to love them.

Some people say that getting a dog for Christmas is not a good idea because pets are not gifts they are commitments.

I say we are both.  We will give you our love, our loyalty, our kisses, and our devotion.  We commit to you for as long as we live. 

Do you have to give up somethings for your pet?  Yep! Your loneliness, sadness, money for food and vet care, heart and usually a part of your bed.

Are we worth it?

Absolutely!

The dogs in this video only want one thing for Christmas; a home.  There are thousands more of them in animal shelters and rescue groups.

Please consider adopting a pet for Christmas. 

 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Karli's Interview with Daniel The Beagle- His Miraculous Story and Family

You have seen him on Anderson Cooper, you heard about him on the news and you know his story but now you get to hear from Daniel The Beagle directly.  Please watch the video of his story and then read my interview with Daniel.
Hi Daniel! I am so pleased to meet you. Your story is so inspiring! I heard you were named after a famous character from the Bible, Daniel who survived being thrown into the lion’s den. How do you like your name? It seems very fitting.

Yes, I am named after Daniel in the lion’s den, a fitting name and I do like it, especially the many times I am called to give kisses...and get some too!

I love giving kisses too! You were suppose to be put to sleep in October with 18 other dogs...is that correct?

I was scheduled to die on October 3 in a gas chamber.

But a miracle happened and you survived! I know a little about miracles too because on the day I was suppose to die there was a “freak” ice storm. (God) The next day I was rescued. I am so glad you survived because now you can help get rid of gas chambers. Did you know what was gonna happen when they put you in there?

I did know what was happening and my heart still breaks for the dogs that died that day.

Oh my! I am so sorry. It must have been so scary when those people locked you in the gas chamber. Do you ever have nightmares about it?

I do have nightmares at times but one of my family members always comforts me, including my canine siblings.

Oh that is so nice. Could you please tell us a little more about your fur-brothers and sisters? I hear there are doxies in your family!!!

My oldest sibling is a Doxie, Rommel, he is 10 and is so sweet.
My Doxie sister Greta is 7 and is also really sweet. I am trying to get her to play with me.
My brother Spartacus is half Beagle/Half Doxie and I love him very much. I follow him when he runs to the door and barks.
My Pit Bull sister Shelby is my favorite. She is a therapy dog and I look up to her too. My dad takes her to the hospital every week to visit people. he wrote a book about her (Shelby's Grace) to help the image of Pit Bulls.

Oh my goodness! That is amazing Daniel. Your whole family is so committed to helping people and animals! Your mom and dad are pawsome people, can you tell us a little more about them?

I do love my mom and dad very much. My mom is so loving to all of us. I follow her around the house with my brother Spartacus. My dad is great too. He is a motivational speaker so he talks about me often.

Because of your situation, a new law is being passed: Daniel's Law. So far 16 states have banned the gas chamber.

I know Daniel's Law will pass in Pennsylvania and then we hope to take on the rest of the country so animals lives can be saved. My dad said we will figure out a game plan soon!

We are all so glad you survived Daniel. You are truly a miracle dog who was obviously spared because you have an important message to share.

My dad says I have so many lessons on animal respect and compassion AND so many for humans too. He is working on them every day (I am excited to be a part of all this).

I know you work with Eleventh Hour Rescue; are there other organizations you would like our doggy friends to support?

11th Hour rescue will always be part of our life. Pilots N Paws are also good friends along with The FernDog Rescue Foundation and Pitty rescues and all who help animals in need.

I'm sure it has been very exciting getting to travel around and tell your story. You are famous! Lots of my friends want to know what has been the neatest thing you have been able to do?

On Monday, Japanese TV visited our home and it was awesome. They were so nice. My story will help many homeless dogs in Japan. So, now my story is worldwide!

(Oh also...some of my girlfriends are asking if you are single?) Tee hee!

I am single! (I just blushed!) Love, Daniel

You can find out more about Daniel The Beagle Dwyer at www.danielthebeagle.com Read more about Daniels Law and how you can help here: Daniels Law

Find out more about Daniel’s sister Shelby go here: Daniel's Sister Shelby

You can find Shelby’s Grace at several online stores.

To read more about Daniel's dad, Joe Dwyer click here!


Pictures courtesy of Daniel TheBeagle Dwyer and Joe Dwyer.
Video courtesy of YouTube.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Return of Snack Attack - How to get treats without really trying.

I posted this blog a while back but I figured that since we are almost to Christmas and New Years, this may be the perfect time to go over a few tips to get treats!

So, as many of you know I am on a bit of a diet. I’m not really overweight…just a little puffy and being that I’m bald every ounce shows. I know I need to watch what I eat but the same old kibble morning and night gets so monotonous. From time to time a doxie just needs treats! I have found recently however that mom has become increasingly stingy with handing them out. (I find this incredibly unfair as I often see her stuffing cookies down her throat when dad isn’t looking.) But that’s a different story.


I have developed some techniques on how to get more treats with minimal effort. These techniques have been working pretty well for me so I thought I would share them with you in hopes that you too will be able to procure adequate amounts of yummy snacks.



1. The Bait and Switch- Get one of your skinny siblings to beg for a treat and then when your human is handing them out stroll over and look up with your most pathetic look. The guilt will get to them and soon you’ll be devouring a yummy bite.



2. The Cold Shoulder – If I withhold snuggles and licks from my mom she gets all worried that something is wrong and is practically begging for my affection. This technique requires some willpower but it works nine times out of ten. Eventually she bribes me with cheese and I am gulping down delight and getting a belly rub. 1 stone, two birds.



3. The Whimper – Humans are defenseless against this sound. Don’t overdo it, but every 3 minutes or so let out a small, weak, and pitiful whine while staring at the treat cupboard. Then just wait for the snacks to come rolling your way.


4. The Weakest Link – In my house this is my dad. He feels bad for being at work all day and not playing with us enough so I often go to him and beg for treats because I know it will usually work. If you can manage to sit pretty or do some other simple trick, the weaker link will almost always give in.


5. The Steal – This technique can be difficult to master without getting into a wee bit of trouble but with practice you can learn to quickly and secretly steal almost anything off of your humans plate while another pack member acts as the distracter. If you are an only pet, go to the door and bark like someone is outside and then when your human goes to investigate run back to the plate and lick up your favorite side.



These are my top 5 SNACK ATTACKS. I would love to hear how you get your yummies so leave me a comment. Let’s share the love here Weenies!

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to look at my other pages and to clicky clicky on the ads. Even if you don't buy anything you can help raise money for doxies just by looking at the ads.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Engagement - Again

Yip Yap Friends!

I am working on a big story that I will be posting on Monday.  I really hope you will all read it! 
Since it is taking up a bit of my time, along with all the pre-Christmas activities, I decided for the next few days I would re-post some of my earlier blogs and bring you some updates.

This is a story about my engagement.


I knew it was going to be a magical night from the moment my amber brown eyes opened that morning.  He was looking at me with a mischievous look and was trying hard to hide his secret but his tail started thumping on the bed and he said, "Tonight we are going to eat our kibble out on the porch....alone."  I felt my haunches quiver and I mustered up enough composure to say, "Ok".  All that day he was super sweet. He let me eat his left over breakfast kibble crumbs, licked my ears, and showed me some new dead critters in the yard to roll in.  At around 4:30 I awoke from my mid-afternoon nap and mom helped me get my daily bath and rubbed me down with lotion.  I slipped into my pink and white stripped frock and pranced downstairs to see if Austin was ready for dinner.  I couldn't find him anywhere but then when I went out the back door I spotted him, freshly brushed and waiting for me on a picnic blanket.  Before I could even say a thing he started singing my favorite Blake Shelton song.

"If you'll be my soft and sweet
I'll be your strong and steady
You'll be my glass of wine
I'll be your shot of whiskey
You'll be my sunny day
I'll be your shade tree
You'll be my honeysuckle
I'll be your honey bee"

His howl was so seductive. I was putty in his paws.  He waddled up next to me, licked my face and said. "Woof!"

Oh wow! This was getting steamy.  He presented a lovely dinner of salmon Little Cesar's and pupperoni treats along with two strawberry dach-eri's. (My favorite drink.)  He whispered sweet nothings into my bald ear and gently licked the crumbs off of my snoot. I was overcome with love as I looked into his dark brown eyes.  And then.....it happened.  The moment I've been waiting for since we met.  He nuzzled up to my neck and said, "Honey, I love you. Be my doxie-bride." Tears started filling my eyes and I looked down as he presented the most gorgeous ring I have ever seen.

"Yip, yip, yip, Yes!!!" was all I could say. 

So now we are officially engaged to be wed.  Mr. and Mrs. Austin Landgraf....I love the sound of that.  We haven't set a date yet but you will be the first to know when we do.




Our Wedding is in 134 days! You are all invited! It will take place online.  You can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/106729172768145/?ref=ts
The Wonderful Wiener Wedding of Karli the Naked Dachshund and Austin Landgraf.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No Greater Love!

On Sunday mom and dad went to church but we all had to stay home.  Our church doesn't allow dogs. I know...crazy right?  Anyhow the fella's and I were trying to watch Charles Stanley so we could learn about Jesus too, but the little foster sissies get yipping, chasing and humping stuff, so it was too distracting. (I probably shouldn't have put the name of Jesus in the same sentence as humping....but that  is what happened.)

So, when mom got home I asked her to tell me what she learned that day.

She told me to think about all of the friends I have. (So I did.)  Then she said to think about how much their moms and dads love them. (So I did.) Then she told me something that shocked me.  She said that no matter how much a parent loves their child, God loves them way, way more!

My mom loves me sooo much! She gives me lots of attention, food, clothes, belly rubs and kisses but she said that Jesus said he loves us way, way more!

I was barkless. 

She said that the Bible says if our parents can give us good gifts, then surely God can give us much, much more.

She asked me to think about something I had ever wanted in the past.

I remembered being in the shelter and praying I could escape and run away.

She said many times when we ask God for something he will give us even way more because He always knows what is best for us.

"Wow, Mom that is true!" I yipped, "Because instead of helping me escaped, He gave me a home!"

So, what do you need?  Have you asked the one who can really give you the best gifts at Christmas?





Friday, December 2, 2011

My Visit With Santa


Last night mom and hooman sister took us all on a very special outing.  Around 5:00 pm mom dressed us all in our holiday garb, loaded us into the Wiener-Mobile (aka the van) and took us to see Santa!

She didn’t tell any of us where we were going or who we were going to see but we all knew it was gonna be something neat!  The foster girls, Harlow and Chloe were yipping loudly, Spike and Austin barked and I just shook with excitement!

When we pulled into the parking lot of Great Bridge Veterinary Hospital I was soooo mad!  I thought, “Holy Cat Turds! She got us all dressed up to get shots!”

But before I could get too upset I saw lots of other doggies decked out in their seasonal fashions and Austin started yelling, “SANTA! SANTA!...We are going to see SANTA!”

He had been to see him before so he remembered this place.

Before I knew it we were in line with lots of doggies waiting our turn to meet the Big Man himself and give him our Christmas Lists.

There was a lovely labradoodle, a cute little Jack Russell terrier named Penelope, Meatball the Pug, and lots more.  They were all so good and didn’t bark.  The same couldn’t be said for my pack.  We are dachshunds after all, we have to let our voices be heard.

Finally we calmed down a bit and settled on moms lap until it was our turn to go see Santa.

Austin got to go back first.  He has met Santa before and he wanted to show us where to sit and how to sniff his beard. Santa said he already knew that Austin had been a very good boy all year and he was going to make sure he got a nice new pair of socks to chew on!


Chloe and Harlow went next and they giggled and wiggled the whole time. They asked for toys and treats. They completely forgot to ask for a home, so momma mentioned it to Santa who said he was sure they would get one real soon.


Next was Spike's turn. He was so nervous that he couldn’t even speak, poor boy. Santa seemed to understand and started talking to him in a quiet reassuring voice and told Spike he was one of the sweetest dogs he knew and he was going to make sure he got something extra special.

I wanted to go next so I blinked really sweet at my momma and the elves that were helping.  The next thing I knew a sprite girl elf lifted me ever so gently from my momma's arms and started to lower me onto Santa’s lap. 

In an instant a bazillion thoughts ran through my doggy brain.“Oh no! What if I forget what to say? Do I address him as Mr. Santa? Mr. Klaus? Sir? Yikes, he is sooo big!  Tee hee his beard is tickly! Wow, his red suit sure is snazzy!”

The next thing I heard was the deep, smooth voice of Santa.

“Well hello pretty lady! You have had quite a year haven’t you Miss Karli,” he said.

Yip! He knows my name!

“Uh..., I stammered…yes Santa sir.” 

“Just call me Santa,” he continued. “Is there anything special you want for your very first Christmas in your new home?”

For some reason I instantly thought of clothes. I had been looking at lots of doxie dresses lately and I thought I would ask for that.

Then I remembered my diet and thought maybe if I asked Santa he could think of a way I could eat anything I wanted without gaining weight. I was about to mention that when another idea popped into my head.

Spike has a hard time getting around and I thought maybe he could talk to God for us about making his legs work better.

My selfishness took over again and I thought it sure would be nice for Chloe and Harlow to get a home for Christmas so I could have my mom’s lap back to myself.

Oh..I know..I will ask for new squeaky toys. I love those!

I started to nervously whisper my request when a much better idea came to mind.

“Santa, I have a loving home. I sleep every night in a warm bed. I have plenty of food and toys and get lots of belly rubs. I have the best furfwends and am happier than I have ever been. For Christmas, could you help all the doggies that do not?”

“Oh  Karli, that is a big request for such a small girl,” he said. “I will try very hard but you must share your story with lots of humans. Never give up on trying to help all those who are less fortunate than you and I will also do my best.”

Then he kissed me on my snoot and I gave him a lick on his and he passed me back to my momma.

My trip to see Santa was probably one of the greatest events of my life so far. He is super nice so if you get a chance to go see him, do not be afraid.