Thursday, December 19, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #19: HOWLELUIA!


Less than a week until Christmas--are you ready?  I wrapped the last of our presents yesterday.  Hey, I even wrap the stocking stuffers because it's more fun for the grandchildren that way!

We always get the animals in our family something as well:  the two doxies, Shadow and Duke, and the four cats:  Aslan, Piper, Tate, Joey, and Winston.  Oh, Clark and I don't have any of them except Duke; the others belong to our daughters and their families. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #18: DUKE THE SUPER DAWG!

 
 
Our little grandson Asher decided that Duke would look dashing in Asher's Superman cape, so here he is. 
 
Red does complement Duke's black and tan coat, don't you think?
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 
 
 
 


Saturday, December 14, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #15: I AM DACHSHUND!


This beautiful doxie is the same one who graces the cover of I AM DACHSHUND, Book 2 of THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES.  He looks mighty festive, doesn't he?

Happy Saturday and Merry Christmas, doxie lovers!

http://www.amazon.com/Am-Dachshund-Mavis-Duke-Hinton/dp/1602902593/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1308002196&sr=1-1

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #12: CAROLERS



Hmmmm . . . what would these carolers be singing? 

"Happy Howl-er-days"? 

"Dachs-ing Through the Snow"? 

"Have Yourself a Doxie Little Christmas"?

"Fleas Navidad"?

"Doxin' Around the Christmas Tree"?

In any case, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #11: BOOKWORM!

 
 
This doxie is reminding you that the books of THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES would make great Christmas gifts for dog lovers of any age!  Written from Sarge the dachshund's viewpoint, he loves Christmas and writes much about it. 
 
Click on the links below for more information:
 
 
 
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 9, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #10: REINDEER DOXIE


For a change, here's a doxie that is a drawing rather than a live doxie dressed up for Christmas.  Thought I'd give the dawgs a break today :).

This black-and-tan variety (my favorite doxie coat by far), is really decked out:  antlers, bow, jingle bell collar, and a silver garland--surrounded by greenery, holly, and poinsettia.  Nevertheless, even in the drawing, he does not thrilled, does he?  As you and I know, our doxies generally don't like to be "messed with."  Oh, they'll tolerate coats, hats, boots, and the like--but not because they like it.  They do it because they like US.

When I was around nine years old, my family had a standard red dachshund named Elia.  We lived in Bremerhaven, Germany, at the time, Where my US Army dad was stationed for three years on a tour of duty.  Elia would allow me to dress her in baby clothes, wrap her in a baby blanket, and push her around in my doll baby stroller.  Well, I enjoyed pushing her in it outside, along the sidewalks surrounding our military quarters on post.  People would often stop, thinking to indulge this little girl by asking to see my "baby"--imagine their surprise when they looked in and saw a doggie dressed up like a baby instead of a doll!  I had great fun watching their expressions.  Many wondered how I managed to keep Elia still.  Nothing--she was perfectly content being wrapped in a blanket and pushed around like that. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Other breeds celebrating Christmas + a kitty!


Saturday, December 7, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #9: DOXIE ORNAMENTS--HANG 'EM HIGH!



My favorite:  not an ornament, but a cute
doxie nativity scene
Doxie Christmas ornaments are all the rage now (well, at least with doxie lovers).  Can't stop with just one (like potato chips), however.  Here are more of my favorites:  which do you like best?











Friday, December 6, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #8: AM I AN ELF, OR WHAT??


"I am not amused, and will be so glad when you guys decide to give me a toy, a treat, or a back rub for all the crazy things you're making me wear before Christmas!  I think that this hat looks ridiculous on me, especially the way it is shaped.  And I think it also makes me look fat."

Tomorrow, I promise that our Christmas doxie #10 will be in a happier frame of mind!  It's just that doxies have such a great ability to communicate with their facial expressions and body language.  Can't pull anything over on them, can we?

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #7: "YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE" . . . NOT!


Sorry, no happy camper today, either.  It's amazing how our doxies will often put up with so much from their humans, but they certainly don't mind letting us know how they feel about it!

Duke just will not sit still and allow Clark or me decorate HIM.  Oh no.  If he sees us coming toward him with something suspicious looking in our hands (paws?), he'll jump down and get out of harm's way.  Oh, we wouldn't hurt him for the world, of course, but let HIM be the judge of that, LOL.

I've tried putting hats on his head--nope.  I've tried ribbons around his neck--nope.  And heaven forbid if I tried to put dog booties or Christmas lights on him!  He has allowed us to put one of Shadow's sweaters on him--but then, Shadow was already wearing one himself.  They looked kinda cute together with their red sweaters. 

Have you ever "decorated" your doxie for Christmas and lived to tell about it?  If so, leave a comment and share it with the rest of us doxie lovers!

Speaking of Shadow, see today's post on my other blog, http://the-dachshund-escapades.blogspot.com - he has been quite longsuffering in being decked out for just about anything!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #6: FAKE DOXIES


Looks like we have our same red doxie today, and he is no more thrilled today than yesterday when he was festooned with the holly collar :).

Note the doggie decorations in the background; the dog lover apparently thinks the decorations are cute, unlike our doxie friend here.  All he wants to do is get away from all the trappings of Christmas and go lie down on a soft pillow, eat something, chase a squirrel in the backyard, or have a robust game of tug-of-war with a willing human.

I fervently hope he gets his wish . . .

In any case, MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #5: "I MIGHT WEAR HOLLY, BUT I'M FAR FROM JOLLY!"


I don't personally know this cute red doxie, but he/she does not look very joyful!  Oh, the dawg is posing nicely, but methinks that the holly collar is not to this dachshund's liking. 

Other captions that fit this Christmas doxie:

"I'll even wear this dumb collar for a treat!"

"If you like it so much, why don't YOU wear it??"

"Why didn't you make one of the cats or one of the children wear it?"

"Do you REALLY think I don't realize how ridiculous this looks?"

"Just wait until I get my teeth into this collar . . . how'd you like some red and green confetti?"


MERRY CHRISTMAS!



Monday, December 2, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #4: SANTA CLAWS



Here's a pic of our granddawg Shadow, all dressed up in his Santa suit.  Now 12 years old, he seems to be saying, "Mom, I'm too old for this!"  But we all think he is still cute.  Holly said he was very compliant and even got a treat out of the deal. 

Although he doesn't like to play as much as Duke does (who is half Shadow's age), Shadow still has some fun left in him:  let Duke get one of Shadow's toys, and you'll see who's boss!  Duke is larger than Shadow, but always defers to his "elder."  Such is the pecking order of dawgs.

Merry Christmas, doxie lovers!  May you have a "doggone" blessed and wonderful season, filled with peace and joy.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #3--THE CUTE RED PUPPY


This lil' pup appears to be only weeks old (perhaps eight to ten weeks?), and he would make someone a lovely Christmas present!

Not quite old enough to understand about presents, just wait until next year when he will help "unwrap" everything, even if his family isn't ready for him to do so. 

"Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la la la la la . . ."



Saturday, November 30, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #2


"Okay--the joke's over.  Do I look sufficiently ridiculous for you, or do you have more evil ideas to humiliate me with??"

Friday, November 29, 2013

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #1


I will be posting a "doxie a day" in the days leading up to December 25.  Isn't this little fella cute in his Santa hat?

Of course, ever mindful of the true meaning of the holiday (Jesus is the reason for the season), our family always celebrates our Lord's birth on Christmas Day.  Oh, we don't think there's anything wrong with Christmas trees, holly, stockings,  etc.--the traditional favorites--we just want to put HIM first in our celebration.

So . . . with my own personal kickoff of the season, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

THREE ELEMENTS OF THANKSGIVING

I love everything about the Thanksgiving holiday,  and I've decided that the three elements that make it memorable are:  the food, the festive table, and family and/or loved ones with which to share the first two!

Of course, first place would go to having family with us--food would be second, and the table d├ęcor would be third.  I've included some beautiful Thanksgiving tables with this post:  which is your favorite?



This year, we will be spending Thanksgiving at our daughter Holly's home, along with her hubby Philip, the three grandchildren, as well as his parents and grandma.  It will be a wonderful time together.  Our daughter Bethany and her hubby Kurt won't be coming from Arizona, but will be flying here for Christmas, another favorite holiday. 

Last Thanksgiving, my mother was still with us, albeit in very poor health.  No longer able to get out of bed, we all visited her at her nursing facility, bringing a plate of our Thanksgiving meal.  She enjoyed it so much, but especially enjoyed seeing her great grandchildren.  They loved their "Nana" very much.

I think of our military families who have loved ones far away who won't be able to come home for Thanksgiving.  Let's remember to say a special prayer for their safety and for their families who miss them so much.

Thanksgiving is all about family.  Many of us have lost family members over the years, and we miss them so much during holidays, especially.  However, as a Christian, I know that my parents are with the Lord and are enjoying things far beyond what we can even imagine down here.  What a blessed hope that is.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING once again. 
The Hinton Family




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

THAT WOULD BE DUKE . . .



Sometimes our pets don't behave, sometimes they don't do what we want, and sometimes they just make a mess.  This is also true for children, and we don't consider ridding ourselves of THEM, do we??

So it goes with pets.  I dread the day when our doxie Duke will no longer be with us, because he brings so much life, joy, and companionship to our home.  We know he loves us, and he usually puts up with these two decrepit people who sometimes don't want to play, rub his ears, or go outside and watch him chase a squirrel (or a fox, or a coyote, or a deer, which we've seen thus far in our new place--or it might have been a wolf instead of a coyote, though).

His positives far outweigh his negatives, let me tell you.  Recently, Clark was out of town for four days, and it was such a blessing to have Duke in the house--it didn't seem TOO lonely with him here.  He stayed by my side (that is, after the first day, when he watched for Clark all day and barked at every itty bitty noise!).  It was like he knew I needed taking care of. 

Dogs are people, too (or so they think, anyway).


Duke chasing leaves:  we have millions!

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