Monday, April 23, 2018

WHY YOU DON'T WANT A DACHSHUND


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Why you DON’T want a dachshund:
1. They bark. They can’t help it. It’s in their genetic makeup. They are bred for hunting, and when they are hunting, they use different types of barks to communicate with the hunters. They will bark to alert you to any changes in their environment, from a burglar right down to a bird landing in their yard. They will bark to communicate with you and with other dogs. You can contain the barking with lots of training, but you won’t eliminate it. So if you live somewhere where a barking dog will cause problems, you don’t want a dachshund.
2. They dig. If they can see daylight on the other side of a fence, most of them will dig to try to get to it. If you don’t have solid fencing that reaches right down to the ground, expect some holes. There are exceptions, but if you are super proud of your yard and the thought of holes upsets you, you don’t want a dachshund.
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3. They are agile. Way more agile than they look. Do not for one minute be fooled that because they are small and cute, that they don’t get around. They CAN and will jump on the furniture, your lap, get up on your bed, find a way out of the back yard and more. If you don’t want dogs on the furniture or on your lap, you don’t want a dachshund.

4. They get fat! Most dachshunds love their food and will put on weight very quickly if you don’t watch their diet. This is worse for dachshunds than it is for most dogs because of their backs. So if you like to feed your dog people food, or extra treats, you don’t want a dachshund.
5. They need to be indoors. Not all the time, but lots of the time. They need to be the centre of attention, and love to spend time with you and your family. If you want a dog simply to live in the back yard, you don’t want a dachshund.
6. They are not easy to housetrain. Most dachies get it, given careful training and patience. If it’s raining or cold outside, you’ll probably find that your little princess won’t step foot outside to go. They will whine to come into the house if left outside, but they won’t do it to get out! They do housetrain, but they are not easy, so if the idea of accidents bothers you and you have a pristine white carpet, you don’t want a dachshund.
Image may contain: dog7. They chew. If they can see something, it belongs to them. They have incredibly strong jaws and teeth, and love to use them. You will need to be super-vigilant about what they can get to, especially as a puppy, and if you can’t bear the thought of losing your favourite Jimmy Choos, then you don’t want a dachshund.
8. They have delusions of grandeur. They have no idea of their size in relation to other dogs. They will happily pick on big dogs in the park to protect you. They were bred to hunt badgers in their holes and have courage that far outweighs the size of their bodies (and their brains!). They are incredibly loyal, so they will protect you and their territory from anything, no matter how big the dog. If you don’t like the sound of that, you probably don’t want a dachshund.
9. They are incredibly stubborn. They learn quickly but they are not perfect – what they don’t want to hear and don’t want to see doesn’t exist. Some dachshunds do incredibly well at obedience, but be aware that it is ALWAYS on their terms. They also have selective hearing, so no matter how well trained, if you want a dog that you can walk off the leash, you probably don’t want a dachshund.
10. They want to spend time with you. Obsessively. They will be under your feet, on your lap, in your bed, in front of the fridge when the door opens, in the loo with you. If you like your own space, you don’t want a dachshund.
11. They can be OCD. They like it their way, and that’s about all kinds of things – where they put bones, what food they eat, what time you come home, about where furniture should be, what cushions are allowed on the couch – anything. If you aren’t prepared to spend time reassuring them, you don’t want a dachshund.
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And now, if you’ve come this far and you still think that you might want a dachshund after reading all that, this is why. They are one of the most interactive breeds, with huge personalities and so much character. Every single one is unique and a whole lot of fun. Who can resist those big brown eyes and that deceptively sad face? They are loyal and protective of those they love to the very last and one of the most affectionate breeds out there – always ready for a cuddle with a waggy tail and a wet sloppy kiss. They are people magnets – when you walk a dachshund you have to be prepared to meet new people. They are addictive, once you’ve had one, you will probably end up with at least one more and will also be ruined for owning any other breed ever again. They are funny and will make you laugh more than they make you cry. If you’ve read all this and you think you still want a dachshund, you probably do want a dachshund!
**Please note that all dogs are different and your dachshund may exhibit none or all of the characteristics above – this is a general outline of the breed, intended for basic information purposes only.” —Laraine Hedges Guidry

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

GRANDDAWG SUNNY IS ONE YEAR OLD

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It's so hard to believe! She is quite a sassy girl, but we all love that. She gives her boxer brother Bruno a run for his money, that's for sure. He's very gentle with her, however, as we know her entire head would easily fit into his mouth.

She's been a big help to our entire family since we lost our doxie granddawgs in 2017: Shadow in February and our Duke in July last year. Sunny isn't like either of them, being red instead of black and tan, and her personality is totally different from either of them. That's okay--we love her to pieces.

Shadow

Duke
Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

DOXIES "IN THE PINK"

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Not only is this one in the kiddie pool cute, but
look at the cutie in the background in the pink frills!
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Lovely pink knitted version with ruffle

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The pink ear bows are adorable!


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Look at that fuzzy dress on that cutie!

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High fashion doxie

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Ruffles galore!

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em, in pink or any other color!

Monday, April 9, 2018

GRANDDAWG SUNNY AND HER DOXIE MAMA

My granddawg Sunny has ruled the roost at her house from Day One. She has her human parents and human siblings wrapped around her little paw, not to mention her kitty and boxer siblings! If you've ever wondered where she got it, look no further: below are some photos of Sunny and her doxie mama Tink. Doxies just know how to take over, wherever they are! Don't you agree?

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Sunny being the queen of her house

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Sunny's mama Tink likes to ride in the basket
when her Daddy cuts the grass

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Here's Tink floating around in the family pool ~ she's
also the queen of her house!

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IS THIS FOR ME??

Granddawg Sunny is eyeing our grandson's new HUGE stuffed lion, like she thinks it's for her ~after all, aren't all things provided for her??

In any case, when he saw that "look" in her eye, he promptly moved his lion to a safer location. I don't blame him!
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Sunny: "Oooooo! Is this for ME??"

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

EASTER WITH FAMILY AND FLOWERS!

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L to R: Annika, Alexa, moi, Asher, Clark ~ Easter 2018 in their yard

We enjoyed our Resurrection Sunday with our daughter Holly's family; we attended their church where our son-in-law Philip is pastor, and our daughter Holly sang an Easter solo, "I've Just Seen Jesus," one of my all-time favorite songs.

Click on this link if you'd like to hear Holly's song:

Holly and I shared the cooking responsibilities, so we took a large pot of green beans and potatoes, and I also made a strawberry cake. Holly provided homemade chicken and dumplings, lima beans (or butter beans, as we call them in the South), cornbread, and iced tea. YUM YUM.

Kurt and Bethany will be coming in a few weeks, and boy, are we all anxious to see them! Holly and Philip's new house has a pole barn and hookup for an RV in their backyard, so that's where Kurt and Bethany will park their RV. Very convenient!

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Bethany and Kurt, our RV kids

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Philip, Holly, and the grands in front of their church

Hope you also had a blessed Easter, doxie lovers. Bruno the boxer and Sunny the doxie were overjoyed to see us--Clark and I always bask in their adulation!!


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