Tuesday, August 26, 2014


It always amazes me when I see so many black-and-tan doxies who look so much like our Duke.  Not only in person, but also in photos and even in oil paintings.  Below is a collection of some of my favorite "Duke twins" in oils, from when he was a puppy, up to the present time.

I don't know the artists or the doxies, but they're all very well done.


Dachshunds--you gotta love 'em!

Monday, August 25, 2014


I love this photo because it embodies the general attitude of doxies.  They will injure themselves to prevent being outdone by anyone or anything!

Little dogs with big attitudes, as they are often called, but I love them anyway.  I have friends who have dogs of different breeds, and there is a night-and-day difference in the way those dogs view life and the way dachshunds do.

Dachshunds are up for any challenge; they always want to see what their humans are up to (in case it involves FOOD); and they have a strong sense of play.  After all, dachshunds are downright comical sometimes--and they know what they're doing.

"Regular" dogs just lie around, never take an interest in their surroundings or what their humans are doing.  Who wants a dog like that??  I certainly don't.

Dachshunds--you gotta love 'em.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


I always smile when I see dachshunds dressed in costumes--and there are some really cute ones out there.  Our doxies are lots of things, but one of them HAS to be longsuffering!

I don't think Duke has that gene, because he won't even allow a hat on his head.  Oh well.  I'll just have to enjoy doxie costumes on other dogs.



Burst of fall

Minnie Mouse

Three lil' mushrooms

Persian princess

Regular princess


Friday, August 22, 2014


Readers have heard about Thor by now, the new kitty in Shadow our granddawg's family.  He's a tiny thing, but has grown so fast, as kitties do.

Thor has no fear of anyone or anything!  He arrived owning the place, and thinks he's the same size as everyone else, be they human or animal.  He and elder patriarch Shadow have come to some sort of truce, it seems.  Thor isn't above jumping on the other animals' heads, biting them . . . Shadow seems to have put him in his place--in the photo, anyway. 

Both are very cute and lovable pets.  The other two cats, Piper and Aslan, tolerate Thor's antics quite well, but he does drive them nuts sometimes.  Such are kitties.

Dachshunds--you gotta love 'em.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Doxie version of Charlie's Angels . . . comin' to the rescue!

They're after that tennis ball, apparently, and they look like they are flying!  We all know how much dachshunds love to play with tennis balls.

Dachshunds--you gotta love 'em.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Ready to begin!

Making silly faces

The entire family went with him the first day

Happy boy, happy mama

Both Mama and Daddy are fine!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


As a followup to yesterday's post, the two photos below are of my doxie Duke--one when he was a puppy, and one as an "adult" (although we think he will always have a puppy's heart):

Did you guess the right photos?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


As I surf the web for dachshund photos, I am astounded at how many doxies out there look like twins to our doxie Duke!  I know you've never seen Duke in person, but below are photos of various black-and-tan dachshunds:  which do you guess are actually Duke?  If you wish, leave a comment below stating your choice.

Answer will be posted tomorrow!

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Dachshunds are noted for liking to dig holes--after all, they were bred to hunt badgers.  Duke has never been really interested in digging, thankfully, but he certainly has to chase everything out of our yard!  Oh, we have the usual critters:  squirrels, cats, and chipmunks.

Since our street is basically in the woods (we're in town, but surrounded by woods, so it seems we're in the middle of nowhere), we have also seen the following visitors in our yard:


 *Canada geese



*one or two coyotes

 I was thankful that I had Duke on his leash the day the coyote sauntered down our sidewalk while we were outside!  Duke began a frenzy of barking, ready to give chase.  The coyote turned his head in Duke's direction, sized him up, and kept on going, never breaking stride.  Apparently, Duke just wasn't worth the effort--or maybe my presence caused him to keep going?  I'll never know.

Dachshunds--you gotta love 'em!


Friday, August 8, 2014


The grands are visiting with us this week since they start school next week:  the girls are homeschooled, and Asher will begin preschool at one of the local churches near their home.

We are having a blast, as usual.  They spent HOURS at Catch Air yesterday, and today they're at the pool at a park near our home.  The girls helped me with dinner last night, Pocket Stew (an old recipe from my days as a Girl Scout).  And, we've played charades, cards, watched movies and ate popcorn, and laughed . . . a lot.

Their mom and dad will pick them up tomorrow.

Annika:  "WHEEEEE!"
Alexa:  "Everybody is upside down!"
Asher:  HAPPY BOY!

Final pic before leaving Catch Air--with tired kiddos

We are thrilled being grandparents, and we are especially thrilled to share our lives with them.  


Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Dachshunds never cease to amaze me for many reasons, not the least of which is their ability to sleep anytime, any place, in any position.  And they look so innocent and sweet when they are sleeping!

They are truly our fur children, and Duke often reminds me of a human toddler--except he can get around on those four paws exceptionally well!  But, like most dawgs, he loves to sleep also, and does it with finesse.

Below is a photo of Duke almost asleep, followed by some of my favorites I've gleaned recently from different places.  Enjoy!

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

Monday, August 4, 2014


Here's Duke enjoying the outdoors when Clark asked him a simple question, and this picture shows his obvious response.

Clark:  "Hey Duke!  You wanna get a bath?"

Duke hates baths, although he tolerates them well.  He'll whine, but otherwise stands still and suffers the indignity of it all.  Afterwards, once he's dried off, he has running fits all over the house!

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

Saturday, August 2, 2014


For those of us who love our dachshunds, we find it quite fitting that such a prestigious magazine would place one on its cover.  And as the owner of a black and tan, I find it doubly fitting!
Duke:  "Why is that camera in my face AGAIN??"
Happy Saturday, doxie lovers--have a great weekend.

Friday, August 1, 2014


I especially like #10!  In other words, push on ahead and fulfill those dreams; even amateurs can accomplish something worthwhile.

Have a great weekend, doxie lovers.

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