Friday, February 27, 2009
Remember the recent heartbreaking story of 25 dachshunds which were rescued from a hoarder's home in Georgia? Well, thanks so much to 'Richard and Anna' for an update on 2 of the rescues!Hello Long and Short of it All! On January 16th you did a feature on 25 Dachshunds that were removed from an elderly woman's home. Little did we know that when we read that story 2 of these girls would be finding their way to our home in PA. We are foster parents for All American Dachshund Rescue that took in some of these doxies. The top photo is of a girl named "Sweet Georgia Brown". She lost her own litter of pups right about the time this one was born...so when she came to our home as a foster she took to this little one like it was her very own. The second picture is of Bella who was adopted out to a wonderful family just yesterday. We thought maybe everyone would like an update, so we wanted to share these sweet girls stories with you.
Dachshund Lovers make great things happen. From the comments of the original story, Kristin noted that Dream Dachshund Rescue also took in 6 of the dogs. Such wonderful work.
The smooth turns to the long-hair and says, "So why are you here?"
The long-hair replies, "I'm a pisser. I piss on everything - the sofa, the drapes, the cat, the kids. But the final straw was last night, when I pissed in the middle of my owner's bed."
The smooth says, "So what is the vet going to do?"
"Gonna give me Prozac," came the reply from the long-hair. "All the vets are prescribing it. It works for everything."
The long-hair then turns to the wire-haired and asks, "Why are you here?"
The wire hair says, "I'm a digger. I dig under fences, dig up flowers and trees, I dig just for the hell of it. When I'm inside, I dig up the carpets. But I went over the line last night when I dug a great big hole in my owner's couch."
"So what are they going to do to you?" the smooth inquired.
"Looks like Prozac for me too," the dejected wire hair said.
The wire hair then turns to the smooth and asks what he's at the vet's office for.
"I'm a humper," the smooth says. "I'll hump anything. I'll hump the cat, a pillow, the table, fire hydrants, whatever. I want to hump everything I see. Yesterday, my owner had just got out of the shower and was bending down to dry her toes, and I just couldn't help myself, I hopped on her back and started humping away."
The long hair and wire hair exchange a sad glance and say, "So, Prozac for you too, huh?"
The smooth says, "No, I'm here to get my nails clipped."
Photo Source: unknown, widely circulated on the net
Thursday, February 26, 2009
From KETC, LIVING ST. LOUIS Producer Ruth Ezell follows a wife and husband team as they prepare to race one of their Dachshunds in the annual Weiner Dog Derby held as part of the recent Soulard Mardi Gras celebration. Now in its 15th year, the Pet Smart Derby is run entirely by volunteers and is looked forward to by many weiner dog enthusiasts.
Great event, nice video!
So, she contacted the breeder where she got Dorle, and was given a chance with beautiful Maja. The dynamic duo are said to be getting along well after a week, and enjoy 3 twenty-minute walks around the block and a longer walk through the woods every day. Read more at the translated General-Anzeiger.
Note: Some of the accuracy of this post may have been lost in translation.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Scientists have located the center of the universe and found a dog there.
A team of astro-nanomoleculists at the University of Freelovenburgspeil, Dortman, charted the infinite and ever expanding universe to pinpoint the location of the Big Bang and the center of it all.
Radio telescope measurements, backed by data from the Hubble telescope and astronauts at the International Space Station looking out the window, reveal barking from the second planetoid from the I2D42Cp star.
However the scientists are unable to explain why the pan-dimensional dog at the center of the multi-verse is a dachshund.
Read all about it The Spoof.
And so the Dachshund Revolution continues.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Dr. Nixon is a renowned geneticist, supporter of color in dachshunds, breeder, and AKC judge.
Monday, February 23, 2009
With just about a week to go before the 2009 Crufts Dog Show, more drama around pedigree dogs is surfacing across the pond in the UK, and this time it involves miniature dachshunds. As we recall, the broadcast of the UK television program Pedigree Dogs Exposed has resulted in the BBC canceling its coverage of Crufts, dog welfare groups RSPCA and Dogs Trust pulling out of Crufts, and the pet food company Pedigree ending more than forty years of sponsorship of Crufts.
Now Jemima Harrison, the producer of Pedigree Dogs Exposed is back in the news with headlines about "Size Zero Dogs", saying that miniature dachshunds are deliberately deprived of food and water prior to weigh-ins at dog shows. Excerpt from The Telegraph:
The row centres on Miniature Dachshunds, which breeding guidelines state must be no heavier than 11lbs – a limit drawn up in the days when the dogs were sent down rabbit holes.
The Kennel Club has banned weigh-ins for the breed at Crufts in response to fears that owners were denying food and water to dogs in the hours before they were due on the scales. It has also relaxed the regulations for other shows, leaving it to individual judges to choose whether to hold a weigh-in or not.
It recommends that bowls of water be provided to prevent the dogs from dehydrating but critics say this has done nothing to stop the problem.
"This is Size Zero for dogs," said Jemima Harrison, producer of a BBC documentary which in 2008 exposed breeding techniques which led to genetic illnesses that affect pedigree dogs.
"I am inundated with owners and judges who say they are seeing dehydrated or malnourished dogs on the scales, all for the sake of a rosette. It sounds funny to think of dogs having the same issues as fashion models but it is a serious welfare issue.
Read all about it at The Telegraph.
Related: BBC Cancels Crufts Coverage
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Excerpt from the Arizona Daily Sun: From Round 12 to Round 38, they battled toe-to-toe: defending champion Meredith Young vs. newcomer Austin Crane.
No one else was left in the 2009 Coconino County Spelling Bee. Meredith, poised and confident, and Austin, ghost- writing words in his palm, rolled through words such as "ameliorate," "pernicious" and "ersatz."But in Round 39, it was the veteran who stumbled. Meredith, a home-schooler, misspelled "dachshund," leaving Austin, a sixth-grader at DeMiguel Elementary School, all alone with the final word.
Read more at The Arizona Daily Sun. Congrats Austin, and don't worry Meredith, most of the dachshund owners on this planet couldn't spell it either, if it weren't for spell-check.
Friday, February 20, 2009
This story has been under discussion on several dachshund boards, and when we first read it, we didn't know how to handle such a delicate topic for inclusion on The Long and Short of it All. Our LA friend, Johnny Ortez, LA Small Dogs Examiner, (who we got to meet last year when he came to Chicago to Bark in the Park with us!), has handled the story quite well however, over at Examiner.com.
Kudos to Marbles' mom, Jennifer Ferrato, a full-time student at California State Long Beach, for being such a special human to Marbles. Read about it, see more pics, watch Marbles play in a video, and find out how to help at Examiner.com. Thanks to our pal 'Pee Wee,' aka P.W., our LA Connection, for the story tip.
This can be yours for just $4,500.00 at VIVRE. Thanks to our pal 'Ali' for sending it in!
The wolves belong to the Minnesota Wildlife Connection. Founder Lee Greenly says the business provided the animals for a photo shoot near the Ziegler's property when the wolves wandered a little too far.
It sounds like Mr. Greenly was sincerely sorry about the incident, as he bought the Zieglers a new dachshund puppy. Read the troubling story and see a news video at WDIO.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
We love to hear about the special dachshunds that touch our lives. Get ready to meet beautiful smooth black and tan rescue 'Polly,' who hails from Huntsville, Alabama - another great rescue who found her perfect forever home. Thanks so much to her mom Nolen Clark for sending in her story!
Polly had been a puppy mill breeder dog & apparently had never played outside. She took to digging immediately, and I let her. Now she hunts, studies goldfish, helps me garden, cuddles, bosses around 2 large GSDs (German Shepherds), suns, and all things doxie.
Poor thing had had so many puppies, last year she need mesh for her hernia repair. She also has worn down her canines from chewing desperately at her metal cage. Luckily Southern Dachshund Rescue, rescued her & gave her foster care until we were matched.
Yes,older doxies do bond tightly. Took little time & no time for her to establish her alpha status. She actually bit my male GSD on the ear & the issue was settled. Now she bosses them around but chooses to cuddle with the male "plushie" when it's cold enough-- not that she doesn't have a daybed with 5 blankies and at least that many pillows. (We use aerobic steps, so she doesn't have to jump so high.) Wasn't long until she gave up the comfort of a kennel for the softness of blankie and pillows-- the more the better. And best yet, cuddling with me with her warming, softly snoring nose blowing right in my ear.
Last week, I thought she was dying. She was without normal responses and reactions. Luckily, it turned out to be "rib eye disorder'-- the little sneak has stolen two thick ribeyes from the grocery bags & eaten about 25% of her body weight-- 24 hrs later she had distended tummy & I found her reactionless. A few pills and loving vet later, she blasted out the back door the next morning, to inspect the goldfish and those darn koi.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Those short, thick, stumpy, wobbly, knobbly, stubby, crooked appendages. One of the many things we love about the dachshund. How did they come to be? Science magazine offers up a clue, and here's an excerpt: In 2007, geneticist Elaine Ostrander of the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and her colleagues found a single gene in short dogs that regulated the expression of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1); the gene was missing in giant breeds.
Ostrander's lab has homed in on the "short" gene in detail and found a new surprise: Not only does it make dogs small, but some dogs carry an extra genetic element inserted by chance into chromosome 15. The element--a so-called retrogene--changes the expression of IGF-1 and gives the dogs the distinctive short, bowed forelimbs of chondrodysplasia.
Read all about it at Science magazine.
Photo Details: cachorritas1 by flickr photographer donsabas. Nice legs!
Huh? Map makers Rand McNally had a photo and video contest for the fabMAP®, the company’s "popular microfiber fabric map." Rounding out the grand prize in the video category is a nice little clip featuring...what else...dachshunds! Titled FabMAPSO Map to Your Heart by Dan Whalen, it looks like the dachshunds are named 'Mabel' and 'Flossie.' Cute.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Primarily remembered as a singer, London also made more than 20 films. Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Find out more about Julie London at wikipedia.
Monday, February 16, 2009
PETA. Love 'em or hate em, they know how to get your attention. PETA says that Wieners come out Winners by not being asked to run across the ice in Columbus, Ohio. Here is their press release: Ohio State University Athletics Department marketing director Brian Flenner has earned a Compassionate Action Award from PETA for canceling a "dog race on ice" promotion scheduled for last Sunday's Buckeye vs. Notre Dame hockey game. He made the decision after learning that dachshunds are particularly prone to painful hip, joint, back, and leg problems. Promoters had been seeking dachshunds to participate in the race.
PETA points out that in addition to the risk of serious injury to the dogs--who have been bred to have spines that are too delicate for strenuous activity and sometimes snap--the bright lights, screaming fans, and loud noises that make sporting events exciting for fans can also be stressful for small dogs.
As a token of its appreciation, PETA has also sent Flenner a box of vegan chocolates.
"We applaud OSU's Athletic Department for recognizing that little dogs and ice races don't mix," says PETA Assistant Director Kristie Phelps. "With this compassionate decision, the Buckeyes scored big even before the face-off."
Meanwhile, we're guessing that the 2nd annual Sioux Nation Pet Clinic "Wiener Dog Ice Races" took place as planned for last Saturday night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. How do you feel about dachshunds racing on ice? Is PETA on the mark here? It seems as though they are against any wiener races, but do you think dachshunds should be running on ice?
PETA Related: Dachshund Lovers Support Animal Birth Control
In the news we don't like to talk about department, but mention in case someone would like to make a donation, a dachshund was found badly injured in a dumpster in Black Hawk, Iowa. Caution, the photo is hard to look at.
And finally, handsome champion mini wirehairs sit at the feet of breeder Celli Jones of Thornton, Colorado, after competing in the Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show on Sunday in Denver. How's the view from down there? Read more about the event at The Denver Post.
Have a great Monday.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Your Long and Short of it All hostess 'Maggie' has gone over the edge because of her major crush on Jessie. She's plastered posters of him all over her crate, isn't eating normally, and has become a little distant. Her littermate brother 'Joey' is obviously concerned.
See more pics of Jessie at his website. *SWOON*
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Your Long and Short of it All hostess 'Maggie' has a major crush on Westminster Longhair Best in Breed winner 'Jessie.' She hasn't stopped talking about him all week. She wants to be his Valentine. She wants to be his bitch. (Yes, it's hard to type that word, but this IS a dog blog!) Here he is making an appearance on Good Day New York yesterday. *SWOON*
'Dixie' the dachshund, who hosts Pet Trends with her human Maggie Gallant at Animal Planet, went to a local meetup, and has the poop on "the social trend sweeping the nation" in a nice video at Animal Planet. Make sure to check out more videos with 'Dixie' while you're there.
Robinson, 57, described the dogs as being held in "rabbit cages," with many of the spaces suspended in air, with the dogs stepping on chicken wire. She also said several of the spaces the dogs were being kept had high-wattage light bulbs inside with limited ventilation.
Some of the dogs suffered burn marks from the bulbs with the spaces too cramped for the grown dogs' elongated bodies to stretch out, Robinson said.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Above, black and tan longhair 'Harley,' relaxes backstage at Madison Square Garden with owner and handler Alex Davison. Photo source: Los Angeles Times.
It's interesting to note that Harley was just as exhausted after the 2008 Westminster, last year. Or maybe she's just always exhausted. We are.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Marienlust Kennels, West Hempstead, New York.
(Image from the monthly American Dachshund magazine, 1965.)
Meet your great great great grandpa. From the book Dachshund by Ann Gordon: In the late 1930s, Josef and Maria Mehrer established the von Marienlust Kennel in West Hempstead, New York. This was a defining moment in the development of the Dachshund in the twentieth century, particularly in smooths. Josef and Maria were knowledgeable about the breed, and Josef was an astute breeder who had the knack for knowing what sires and dams clicked to produce the best offspring. Many of the breeders of that time founded their kennels using von Marienlust stock. A large number of our present-day smooth Dachshunds can be traced back to von Marienlust bloodlines.
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A huge congrats to the breed winners though! It's hard work to look so beautiful, and longhair 'Jessie,' smooth 'Natalie,' and wirehair 'Kate' gave it their best to take their Best of Breed. Way to go!
Dachshund (Longhaired): Ch Dikerdachs Jessie
AKC: HP 06413902
Date of Birth: July 15, 2003
Breeder: Valerie T Diker
Sire: Ch Sleepytime Rose's Hector
Dam: Ch Dikerdach Katerie Tekawitha
Owner: Valerie T Diker
See complete longhair results and watch video at Westminster.
Dachshund (Smooth): Ch Grandgables Ms Supernatural
AKC: HP 19908702
Date of Birth: July 23, 2005
Breeder: Guy Jeavons & Mark McMillan
Sire: Ch D'Arisca Super Natural
Dam: Grandgables It's A Cabaret MS
Owner: Jason Hunt & Sue Hunt
See complete smooth results and watch video at Westminster.
Dachshund (Wirehaired): Ch Daybreak's Awesome Blossom W
AKC: HP 10971601
Date of Birth: July 14, 2004
Sire: Ch Raydachs Great Balls Of Fire
Dam: Ch Daybreak's Painted Daisy W
Owner: Deborah Krieg
Kate also took 4th in the Hounds! See complete wire results and watch video at Westminster.
Catch the rest of Westminster, including Best in Show tonight at 8-11 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network. Maybe a terrier will win again.
Monday, February 9, 2009
All prejudice aside, do you think she's cute? Read more, and see more pics at The Daily Mail. Also check out a great video at The Weston Mercury.
Thanks to our good friend 'Clancy' for the story tip! Enjoy Westminster today. GO DACHSHUND!
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Red piebald 'Sam,' and his human Christopher Marlowe had a portrait painted yesterday at the first Pooch Party at Spencer's Restaurant in Palm Springs, California, by artist Chris Davis. The Pooch Party was a fundraiser for the Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council. Read more about it at The Desert Sun.
On the other side of the country, Marian Van Landingham sits in her river view studio with one of her pet dachshunds, red longhair 'Spike.' Ms. Van Landingham founded the now famous Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, which is celebrating its 35 year anniversary. Find out more at the Alexandria Gazette Packet.