Wednesday, July 31, 2019


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If not, you're missing out on a treat from Sarge the doxie. His tales are heartwarming, uplifting, and entertaining. Perfect summer reading by the beach or at the pool, and dog-loving kids will enjoy them, too! Click on the BOOKS tab at the top of this blog for more. Available in both ebook and paperback versions.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019


One thing I've always loved about dachshunds is the fact that the doggone pups are practically human, emotionally and psychologically. Yes, they might stay at the human toddler level according to dog aficianados, but I beg to differ--sometimes they're much smarter than humans. How else can you explain how they often outsmart us and other dogs?

Here are some doxies just being doxies. Enjoy!

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"Mmmmmm coffee . . ."

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"Time for some shut eye. Night night!"

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"I think it's quite rude of you to
eat that hot dog in front of me" 

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Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

Friday, July 26, 2019


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Doxie owners don't need doorbells, door knockers, or home alarm systems--doxies take care of all three quite well, thank you. They feel that they must protect us from mailmen, delivery people, and falling leaves. Never fear, the dachshund is here. And he's on duty 24/7. 

Well, you gotta love the little loudmouths, even at 2 a.m.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019


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Of course! A large percentage of doxie lovers allow their doxies to sleep in bed with them, and we also did with our doxie Duke. He was definitely a bed hog, though. He liked to lie sideways and stretch out--quite interesting for us to hang onto the bed in our KING SIZE BED!  That's a doxie for ya, though.

There are numerous articles about why it's a good thing to have your dog sleep with you. Search the web and you'll find numerous reasons, both pro and con. I say do what is best for you and your dog. We had Duke for ten years, and the only downside to having him sleep with us was his penchant for being a bed hog!

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

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Monday, July 22, 2019


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Today would have been my dad's birthday (1914 - 2000), so I want to pay special tribute to him. For those of you who have read any of my books (The Dachshund Escapades), you already know a lot about him since much of Sarge's stories are based on actual happenings and events with my beloved family--notably Papa Duke, one of the main characters in all my books.  

Dad grew up during the Depression, and had a pretty hard life, having to be on his own from age 12. At that age, with nowhere else to go, he rode the trains along with other hobos, trying to find work and food in that difficult time. How he made it, I really don't know!  He never talked about that period of his life that much, and I'm sure it was a painful time. Eventually getting a job as a cook in a small restaurant in Albemarle, NC, The Goody Shop, it seems that his career as a chef was born! Clark and I visited Albemarle a couple of years ago, and we ate in that restaurant, which was still going strong. Dad parlayed the knowledge he picked up along the way into a successful career, as he joined the Army in his youth and cooked many a fine meal for appreciative soldiers all over the US and several foreign countries. I'm not certain if he was a cook when he served in WWII in the Philippines and Guadalcanal, but he did do some cooking at that time. He eventually served in the military for over 22 years, retiring when we lived in Miami, Florida. We moved to North Carolina where both of my parents were born, and they opened a restaurant, Duke's, which they ran for several years.

He had a great sense of humor and a robust laugh, probably born of the difficult times he endured as a young man who almost starved to death more than once. Tragedy + time = comedy, and I'm sure that was what happened with him. His famous funny stories are featured in my books, and I tried to recreate them just like he told them to all of us and many friends. We didn't care how many times he told them, because we always loved them. Our two daughters, his only grandchildren, loved his stories just as much as my brother and I always had. Some of the best ones, enshrined in my books, are:
The Purple Heart Story, A Fishing Story, and Papa and the Garden Fence, all related by Sarge the doxie, of course, in I Am Sarge, Book 1. Other stories of Dad's in the series are Alligators and Haystacks in I Am Dachshund, Book 2.

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Dad and me in Raleigh, NC, in the late 1990s

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Dad with his catch of fish at the Tanana River in Alaska,
where we lived for 3 1/2 years in Ft. Greely

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With his granddaughters on the Blue Ridge Parkway in
the mid 1980s

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His official portrait in his dress blue uniform

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Mom and Dad's wedding portrait, painted
by an artist from a photograph. They
eloped in 1944

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Mom and Dad the first year they were married-- I
think this was taken in Charlotte, NC, where they met

Happy birthday, Dad. We miss you and always will--but we will see you again in heaven when our time comes to enter heaven's gates. 

Friday, July 12, 2019


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"This is my Happy Friday face!"

I posted this photo on Facebook, and someone commented that this doxie looked angry, like he was growling. Perhaps--but he's really happy, not angry. Look at those pearly whites!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Dachshunds are many things, and one of the little-known traits of theirs is CLOWN. They love an audience, and it we laugh at their antics, they'll turn themselves wrong-side out to keep those laughs coming. 

Here are some case-in-point photos:

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Surfer dude, aka Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund!

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Don't ya just love these clown dogs? My doxie Duke used to make us laugh at least once every single day! I really miss that.

Have a great week, doxie lovers!

Monday, July 8, 2019


I don't know about you, but we had a fabulous July 4th--not only is it our nation's birthday, it's also my husband Clark's and my brother Steve's birthdays!  Steve and his family live in NC, so we couldn't get together this year, and our daughter and SIL Bethany and Kurt travel full time in their RV (they're on the West Coast right now), so it was a tad too far to come for Clark's birthday. We celebrated the occasion at our daughter Holly's house, and we had a very nice day. 

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This is all of us together a year ago, right before Kurt
and Bethany left to head back to Arizona.  Has it really
been THAT long since we've seen them??

In lieu of a birthday cake, Clark requested a homemade, made-from-scratch banana pudding, to which Holly complied (she makes a delicious one, I might add). Our menu also consisted of the usual July 4 fare: hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill with all the fixings (in the South, that means mustard, ketchup, onions, cole slaw, chili, and relish), along with french fries, baked beans, fresh strawberries and blueberries, and fresh cooked squash. YUM YUM.

Below are a few photos of the occasion:

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Clark with his "naner pudding"

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Clark and the grandchildren

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Clark and moi

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Clark with Philip and Holly--seems one of the patriotic
balloons had to get in the way, lol

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This photo is from a few years ago when we were all together at The
Cheesecake Factory--I think we were celebrating my birthday then!

Also in attendance were Granddawgs Sunny and Bruno, who did their dead-level best to finagle a few bites of food from us, to no avail. They were sorely disappointed, but they'll get over it.

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We all watched fireworks that evening on TV rather than fight the traffic (and bugs) to attending an outdoor fireworks display in the area. Much cooler inside, no bugs, and no traffic! 

Have a great week, doxie lovers!

Monday, July 1, 2019


Summer is now in full swing, and folks are heading out to lakes, pools, and beaches to find some summer fun. Backyard cookouts, picnics, vacations, camps--all are part of the summer in our society.

Here are some doxies who are enjoying summertime activities ~ a few are from vintage postcards (you'll be able to tell which ones are those, lol). Enjoy!

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Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

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