Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Well, today's the day. Children all over America are looking forward to Halloween parties and dressing up in costumes. Many areas host Halloween parties for their communities, complete with the time-honored activities such as bobbing for apples, bean bag toss, lots of food, other games, and of course, costume contests.

When I was a child (many moons ago, I'll admit), we could go just about anywhere without worrying about harm. Some neighborhoods are still safe, but it's always a good idea these days for an adult to accompany the children on their forays for treats. Also inspect those treats before the kids partake of them.

Without further ado, here are the final Howl-o-wiener doxies for this year:

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Happy Howl-o-wiener, doxie lovers! Can you believe tomorrow is November? Time to start thinking about Thanksgiving :).

Monday, October 30, 2017


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How cute is this doxie?? All decked out in his astronaut uniform, he's going to blast off and stay up in the air . . . about something!

Happy Howl-o-wiener eve, doxie lovers!

Friday, October 27, 2017


Tomorrow makes three months since our doxie Duke died (RIP 07/28/17). His loss was excruciatingly painful at first, but he was suffering so much and there was no hope of recovery, so we had to let him go. We’re now able to remember him with joy, so thankful that we had him with us for ten beautiful years. We’ll always miss him because we still love him—and he so enriched our lives for ten beautiful years.

He was beautiful inside and out, and loved our family unconditionally. Coping with his loss was the hardest thing I've ever done, because it happened so quickly and unexpectedly.  Below are some photos of him from the day we took him home until he left us.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


We all know that lions are brave, but so are doxies. In fact, the AKC rates the dachshund as the most aggressive breed! We knew that, didn't we? Any dog who will go underground and confront those tough and vicious badgers has to be pretty bold. 

Dachshunds, however, don't always exercise good judgment, because they'll go after animals three times their size when in full protection mode. That's why we have to watch over them when out and about--they are also fiercely loyal to those they love, and can get badly hurt when trying to protect their humans. We do applaud their love and loyalty, though!

Here are our Howl-o-wiener doxies for today: lions. How fitting for this wonderfully brave little dog!

"I can't do a thing with my hair today!"

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"Er . . . what is that big animal over there??"

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"Mo-ommm! I look ridiculous!"

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"I think I look like someone's elderly aunt rather than a lion!"

Dachshunds . . . lions in small bodies!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Our daughter Holly and granddaughters Annika and Alexa entered our town's costume contest at the fall festival last Saturday. Guess what? Each won first place in their age categories!

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Holly as Ursula from The Little Mermaid -
she made her costume herself!

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Annika as Effie from The Hunger Games

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Alexa as Cinderella from Cinderella

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We had so much fun!

There was a dog costume contest as well, and as soon as photos are available, I will post some of them here. The crowd loved it, and the dogs really outdid themselves this year with 18 entries!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017


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I'll always think of the actor Yul Brenner as the Pharaoh Ramses when I think of Egyptian pharaohs. I first saw the movie The Ten Commandments as a child when we lived in Bremerhaven, Germany. Released on October 5, 1956, I was a mere nine years old. I was really impressed by the parting of the Red Sea, the graphics for the ten plagues of Egypt when Ramses would not let the Israelite slaves go, quite a feat for its day. Since this film was made 61 years ago, methinks I am officially old--or I will be on my birthday in a few weeks. *Sigh*

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Yul Brenner as Ramses

Of course, the film isn't completely accurate according to the biblical account of Moses, the plagues, and the pharaoh, but it was quite spectacular for the 1950s and is still shown on TV every year.

Today's doxie looks quite regal in his own right--but there's not much resemblance to this King Tut golden mask:
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Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em, 'cause they're all royalty (at least, they think so)!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Sunny is a feisty thing, but sweet, too
Yesterday, I posted Sunny's fur siblings (all five), but today I wanted to feature her fur "cousins." You may recall "The Fuzz Brothers," Tate and Joey, from THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES series. They're still going strong, along with their fur brother now, Winston. They are all rescues and belong to our daughter Bethany and hubby Kurt, who travel full time in an RV. The cats go, too, and Tate especially loves watching the world go by as they travel. 

Without further ado, here they are:

Tate, a sweet "elder statesman" of the kitty trio, called "Fuzz
Ball" by Sarge. Not a Norwegian forest cat like Piper,
they are both still sweet boys who reign supreme 

Joey, the beautiful Siamese whom Sarge dubbed "Slick." He's a
tad shy until he gets to know you. He and Aslan have
some similar qualities, both being Siamese

Winston, who came on the scene in time for Book 5. He's
a mackerel tabby like his orange cousin Thor, and they
have the same personality: feisty!

We don't get to see these boys very often since Kurt's job is based in Phoenix (they've been traveling in the Pacific Northwest this year), but we'll see them the first of the year. We can't wait to see them, and especially Kurt and Bethany.

Wonder what Sunny will think of her three cat cousins?
Fur babies . . . you gotta love 'em!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


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Granddawg Sunny is chillin' with two of her kitty brothers. That's Thor the mackerel tabby on the left, and Piper the Norwegian forest on the right. I don't know where Bruno the white boxer and Aslan the Siamese are at the moment, but I'm sure they're around somewhere. All of these fur babies have distinct personalities and quirks--and we love them all!

Sunny, being the youngest of all of them, pretty much rules the roost of animals AND humans. Isn't that the doxie way?

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

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Here's Bruno, looking forlorn
And heeeeeere's Aslan as a baby!

Monday, October 16, 2017


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"Happy Howl-o-wiener, doxie lovers!"
This beautiful red doxie is wishing all of you a Happy Howl-o-wiener! When I was a child, we went trick or treating anywhere we wished with no worries. Today, however, most kids go to Halloween parties at church or in communities. As a Baptist, we sponsor Trunk-or-Treat activities at our local churches, where kids in the community come by to get candy and other goodies.

This is how it works: families volunteer to decorate their vehicle trunks, drive up to the church parking lot or another location, and hand out candy to children who come. Usually, the vehicles are parked in line so that the children can come to a safe environment and get around to all vehicles easily. Often, this activity is in conjunction with a church or community fall festival, complete with time-honored games such as apple dunking, cake walks, bean bag throws, costume contests, free hot dogs with fixings, inflatables, and the like. It's wholesome fun for the whole family.

Here in my town, our church is located across the street from the town center where its annual fall festival takes place. There is even a dog costume contest! Trunk or Treat is on our church parking lot, and families can easily cross the street to attend the fall festival: it includes booths, rides, games, inflatables, costume contest for all ages (our grands have won several times), and a concert. It's the best of small town living, and people from neighboring towns and counties come to packed festivities. Y'all come!

8th Annual Fall Festival

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Noon - 6 PM
Snellville, GA Towne Green

With the Fall season upon us, comes the changing of the leaves, cool crisp air and our ever so popular Fall Festival.
Stop by and do some early Christmas shopping with over 75 craft vendors that will line Oak Rd. in front of City Hall. The smell of festival food will fill the air to bring you flavors that will satisfy any palate. A wide variety of food will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Mountain Top Polka Band The Snellville Senior Center will also be having an Arts and Craft Fair in conjunction with the Fall Festival from Noon - 5 PM. You won't want to miss out on some of the great homemade crafts that will be for sale.
New this year, is the Mountain Top Polka Band that is coming from Ashville, SC, and will be entertaining the crowd from Noon - 2:30 p.m. Mayor Tom Witts will play a song or two with the band at 1:00 p.m.
Costume Contest starts at 2:30 p.m. and MUST REGISTER by 1:30 p.m.
Dog Costume Contest starts at 3:20 p.m. and MUST REGISTER by 2:30 p.m.
Trunk or Treat in the First Baptist Church Front Parking Lot from 4 - 6 p.m.
Banks ShaneBack by popular demand is BANKS AND SHANE Towne Green Main Stage from 4 - 6 p.m.
All Day Activity Band is only $10.00 and includes : Bungee Jump, Rock Wall, Inflatables, Trackless Train, Hay Rides and Mini Golf.
For further information contact Kelly McAloon at 770-310-0429.

Friday, October 13, 2017


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This is a really cute doxie Howl-o-wiener costume! Of course, the "trick" would be to get it on your doxie, and then making him/her keep it on!  Duke never liked wearing ANYTHING other than his collar. In any case, I love seeing our beloved breed all dressed up--they seem to look even cuter, if that's possible.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

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