Thursday, April 30, 2015

SARGE THE DOXIE DROPS A BOMBSHELL IN THIS INTERVIEW!

The post below is similar to a post from a few years ago, but it has been redone, rewritten, and content added.  Sarge makes an announcement, so doxie lovers and readers, read it to find out what it is!

INTERVIEW WITH SARGE THE DOXIE:  A SURPRISE IS COMING!

Here's my interview of Sarge, the precocious dachshund author
 of THE DACHSHUND  ESCAPADES books. We promised our 
readers that we would bring him back to answer some of 
their questions, so we are pleased to have him as our guest 
once again.

MDH: I hear that you have recently visited several dachshund 
rescue societies in various parts  of the country. Would you 
like to share a little about those with our readers?

SARGE THE DOXIE: First of all, thank you for having me back. 
I never miss an opportunity to promote my books! My main
 thrust in visiting the dachshund rescue societies was to 
commend the staff for work well done. My doxie buddies, 
I've found, don't have much interest in books--seems they 
mostly seek treats--sI focused on putting paw prints on
 copies of my book for the staff. They are special people, 
and it is wonderful how they help my fellow wiener dogs 
find a new lease on life in loving "fur" ever homes.

MDH: Well, then . . . what did you find to be the most 
fascinating detail about these rescue societies?

SARGE THE DOXIE: As a dog myself, the most 
fascinating detail for ME in the societies was the
 dedication of the workers. Dachshunds of all 
colors, coats,  ages, personalities, and health are
 accepted and loved. It is wonderful to see 
humans being so accepting of them. If humans 
want to adopt a dachshund, they should check
 out the rescue societies first.

MDH: Thank you for giving us insight on that. 
Now, let's get to our first reader question. 
This one comes from a dachshund owner 
named Patrick in Toledo, Ohio, who asks: 
"You have said in the past that Papa Duke 
was your favorite human character in your 
books. Is he still your favorite now in your 
latest book, A DACHSHUND'S TRIBUTE?  
You also recently disclosed that he passed away 
before your books and you never really 
knew him personally.

SARGE THE DOXIE:  Papa Duke wasn't on 
the scene when I wrote the first THREE books,
 either. You see, I write about Papa like he is 
still alive because there are so many family 
stories about him--that this is my way of keeping 
him with us, so to speak. He loved dachshunds so much.

Regarding the fourth book, A DACHSHUND'S TRIBUTE, 
Papa Duke is still my favorite human, although I love all 
of my characters, most of whom are people I actually 
know. Papa's friend Sellars is so much like Papa . . . 
I never met him in person, either, but I've heard so much
 about him!  Sellars passed away a couple of years 
ago, but hopefully, "the fishing story" in I AM SARGE 
will keep him alive for years to come. That  incident 
actually happened with him and Papa, you know!  
I wasn't actually there, of course, but I had to put 
myself in the story so I could write it.  Other than
 that tiny detail, the story is true.

MDH: Papa Duke wins hands--er, paws down, I see. 
Here's another question from a ten-year-old reader 
named Reed in Detroit, Michigan: "I read I AM SARGE
and loved it. We have a red dachshund named Princess, 
and I believe your stories because she acts a lot like 
you. Are there be any other dachshunds in your 
books, besides Duke?"

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

HAVE TOY, WILL KILL!

Here's a brief video of Duke demolishing his new stuffed toy in a couple of minutes. *SIGH*

Does your doxie kill toys?  I posted the video to Mavis Duke Hinton's Books on Facebook on Saturday, and I've gotten nearly 4K views!  And, if the toy has a squeaker inside, that is the first thing to "kill" before disemboweling said toy.

To view, click on the link below (it will take you to my Facebook page):

https://www.facebook.com/MavisDukeHintonsBooks/videos/vb.342305500041/10153142958040042/?type=2&theater



Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

Friday, April 24, 2015

WHICH DOXIE WAS DUKE YESTERDAY?


If you picked Doxie #3, then you were correct!  Yep, that's my precocious and lovable dawg.

Here's wishing you a fabulous and blessed weekend, doxie friends--the weather here in the Atlanta area is sunny, breezy, with a high of 73 degrees.  Perfect.  Of course, rain comes in during the middle of the night and it's supposed to rain much of Saturday.  I happen to like rain, though.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHICH DACHSHUND IS MY DOXIE DUKE?


Every time I see photos of black-and-tan dachshunds, I am amazed at how many of them look like my doxie Duke!

Just for fun, look at the doxies below.  Which one do you think is actually my doxie?  Make your choice and write it in the comment section beneath this post (if you like).

I'll post the correct answer tomorrow.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!


Doxie #1











Doxie #2












Doxie #3

Doxie #4



















Doxie #5











Doxie #6



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I CHANGED MY MIND: I AM DACHSHUND COVER



The other day I revealed the cover for I AM DACHSHUND.  However, as you can see the cover above, I'VE CHANGED MY MIND on the main photo for it, and added a couple of dog paw prints.

I'm allowed to do that, right?  This cover version is better, more colorful, and I like it.  Hope you do!

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

COVER REVEAL OF NEW EDITION, I AM DACHSHUND


Here it is, friends:


The book, second edition, will be released in a couple of weeks barring any unforeseen circumstances.  

Any guesses about who those other three "animules" are on the cover?  

SATURDAY MORNING ATTACK



Now that we're retired (well, sort of--Clark substitute teaches most weekdays), Saturday mornings no longer hold the magic that they did when I was working.  I actually resented anyone calling me before 9 a.m.!  Now, I get all the sleep I need most of the time.

Our girls were difficult to get up on school mornings, but it seems that they would be awake and chipper by 6 a.m. on Saturdays!  Why is that??

Fortunately, our doxie Duke is not a "morning" dawg.  He resents it if we wake HIM up any morning.  Oh, he'll get up to lick out Clark's cereal bowl (a big deal to Duke), then he wants to crawl back under a blanket and lie around for a few hours.  Ah, the dog's life . . .

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HOW MANY DOXIES CAN YOU FIT IN A BED?



I don't know about you, but it appears to me that the humans in the household above probably slept on the couch, LOL!

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em, even if they steal your bed!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

VISITING THE TARHEEL STATE


We were away all last week to visit friends and family in North Carolina, if anyone happened to be wondering why I didn't post all week.  Oh, we had such a wonderful time!

Duke stayed with our daughter Holly and family, which he always enjoys:



Clark and I both have brothers who live in the Raleigh area, so we spent some time with them and their wives.  Oh, it was great to catch up on old times!  We hadn't traveled back home to NC since we moved here in July 2013, mainly because of my painful knees.  As with our trip out west, my new knees did fine on this trip as well.  

Beach, Ft. Fisher
We also visited a dear friend in Wilmington, whom we have known since our girls were small.  It is a beautiful time of year, just missing the annual Azalea Festival by being early--we were there on Wednesday last week, and the festival started on Friday. We toured Wrightsville, Kure, and Carolina beaches, and drove as far as the road covered, all the way to Ft. Fisher.  Beaches weren't crowded, the weather was nice (but with thunderstorms), but flowers were blooming everywhere.



Carolina Beach
We visited with my uncle, the last sibling of my mother's family of ten.  I saw cousins I hadn't seen in decades!  We enjoyed a meal, a time of fellowship, and we enjoyed childhood memories.  My aunt told me that my great grandfather Jim Barbee is buried at Liberty Hill Primitive Baptist Church in Albemarle (which I didn't know), and he was one of 12 siblings.  He had married three times after each wife's passing, and fathered a total of 19 children, one of whom was my grandmother, Bertha Barbee Lambert.

My aunt showed me a "History of Stanly County," with old photos of all sorts of things.  And right there in the middle of the book was a school class picture in Albemarle, 1906 - my grandfather Walter Lambert was in middle school!  Wow.

My uncle showed me his prized possession, saying I had probably never seen it, but he'd had it since he was nine years old:  a 1923 Gibson guitar.  He'd had it refinished in the 1960s, and it was beautiful.
Uncle Herman with 1923 Gibson
All in all, we had a marvelous time down memory lane.  We all thought of our loved ones gone before, and as we drove past my parents' home in Sanford, I got a lump in my throat thinking of all
Mom & Dad's former home
the good memories of that place.  I'm so thankful we're all Christians and will see each other again on the other side!

Friday, April 3, 2015

EASTER'S PROMISE



Bunnies and Easter baskets aside, the holiday of Easter is the cornerstone of our Christian faith; for without the Resurrection, Christianity would be just an assortment of empty promises.

We often see and hear much about His crucifixion, but not as much about His resurrection.  I've often wondered why.  Since the crucifixion can be proved as a historical fact, an equal degree of evidence is available as proof for His resurrection.


However, faith does not merely come as a result of irrefutable evidence on its side--it comes because an individual arrives at God's saving grace, or salvation, or a profession of faith THROUGH FAITH--whatever you wish to call it.  One repents of sin, asks forgiveness for it, and then must accept that Jesus is his/her Savior.  This redemptive faith changes one's eternal destiny forever:



Jesus Christ died on that cross to take on mankind's sin, as His death was the penalty of sin.  In other words, He took my place on that cross, just as He took the place of every person who has ever accepted His redemption and believed it.  God made the ultimate sacrifice for sin, and I am so thankful that He did.  As He predicted, Jesus arose the third day, conquering death--thereby conquering it for His children as well.  When we leave this life behind, we will live eternally with Him in heaven.



My eternal life is not a result of anything I did to gain God's favor; one's good works do not secure a passage to heaven.  If that were the case, why then would Jesus have had to die on that cross?  By falling back on works, mankind negates His glorious and selfless sacrifice, and works are a dead-end road for eternal life.  That is the crux of the matter:  man wants to have his works count, and he wants those works to give him eternal life.  Once we accept Christ on faith, then our works reflect our love for Him.  They don't gain us passage to heaven--Christ did that for us--but our works reflect our desire to please Christ and follow His example:



God's gift of eternal life is a FREE gift--one need only to accept it.  May this Easter be the best you have ever experienced, especially if you accept Jesus Christ's redemptive death and resurrection into your heart.




Thursday, April 2, 2015

WHERE DO I SLEEP??



This photo is NOT at my house!  We only have one dachshund, but he's enough of a bed hog to take up as much room as all five of those dogs, LOL!

I was wondering where did the human(s) sleep?  On the couch?  On an air mattress?  A portable cot?

Alas . . . we'll never know.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em, even if they hog your bed.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CHEWING IS AN ART . . . FOR DOXIES, ANYWAY




Image result for dachshund chewing on toy


Does your doxie love to chew as much as mine does?  Duke doesn't seem all that interested in digging up the yard like some doxies do, but boy, does he love to chew!  We have an old fleece blanket that we've cut into several pieces, allowing him one as his chew toy until he chews it totally up.  

He also likes for Clark or me to put our hand under the blanket so he can try to "get" it.  That is fun until there are more holes in the blanket than there is blanket!  By then, it's difficult to find enough blanket to hide the hand underneath it.  That is when it's time for a new piece of his chew blanket.

Thankfully, Duke never chews on anything important like the stories I've heard from other dog owners.  He just sticks to his blanket, content to chew on it, especially before bedtime.  Somehow, chewing on the "blankie" helps him to relax and fall asleep.  He chews slower and slower until he simply conks out.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em, even with their silly quirks.







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