December 29, 2012

DACHSHUNDS IN MY LIFE AND HEART

QUOTE OF THE DAY:



When God had made the earth and sky,
The flowers and the trees.
He then made all the animals,
The fish, the birds and bees.
And when at last He'd finished,
Not one was quite the same.
He said, "I'll walk this world of mine,
And give each one a name."
And so He traveled far and wide
And everywhere He went,
A little creature followed Him
Until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth
And in the sky and sea,
The little creature said, "Dear Lord,
There's not one left for me."
Kindly the Father said to him,
"I've left you to the end.
I've turned my own name back to front
And called you dog, my friend."
~ Author Unknown ~




The Mommy here..............
Last night was a very restless night for all of us. The little fella wanted up every hour or so, Mona kept moving around under the covers (she never sleeps under the cover) and I just couldn't sleep because of my back and legs.

So  I decided to get up and catch up in reading e-mails. The first thing I saw was an e-mail from my best friend, Judy, with a list of why you don't want a dachshund.  It could go for every breed of dog.
Everything it says, I believe is true and I wouldn't have it any other way.

That got me to thinking about all the dachshunds in my life that belonged to me, didn't or don't, but have specials spots in my heart and I will always love and never forget.

My obsession with them started 22 years ago with my first dog, my heart, Samantha. She would be 22 years old now. I miss her more than I can ever say. So here they are. These just scratch the surface. I'd blow blogger up, if I posted all of them at once. They are in the order of  when I adopted or meet them for the first time.

 






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.


 
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 center 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 house train.
 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 house train, 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.



7. 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 favorite 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.






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 generalised outline of the breed, intended for basic information purposes on.


God Bless................the Mommy, Sarah

11 comments:

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

So sorry you all had such a restless night.

sprinkles said...

I'm sorry you had such a restless night too. Hopefully it'll be better tonight.

After reading this post, I almost want a doxie! bol

A MilShelb Mom said...

Well, Mom says that this post is so true about us! We also had a rough night last night. Mom is sick (and has been for a few days- some sort of respiratory virus)and has tried to sleep on the couch so Dad can actually sleep. Anyhow, we decided to keep her company and ended up driving her so crazy that she went back to the bed! She had no room. Shelby even tried sleeping on her chest which did NOT work since she is coughing and I always sleep on the couch so I was super irritated about being disturbed! BOL! Hope you have a better night tonight. Me? I'm sending these folks to bed and I'm keeping the couch for me!
~Milly (and Shelby)

GOOSE said...

Sorry for your restless night. And I have to say that is a whole lot of Doxie love.
Blessings,
Goose

chicamom85 said...

I hope you get some rest tonight. I love all my doxie pals.

Loveys Sasha

Molly The Wally said...

We agree. Sorry your night was ruff but that is a whole lot of Doxie love there. Have a super Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

Cotton said...

1,3,5,9,11 applies to me :)
Cotton

Cupcake said...

Thank you for showing all the dachshunds of your life. Samantha was so beautiful.

Love, Cupcake

Lovable Lily said...

First, we hope you have a better night tonight!

I wouldn't trade my girls for all the tea in China! Just like you, I love, love, love the breed. I would take in a whole housefull if I could.

A beautiful post that warmed my heart this morning.

Hugs,
Mommy Kim

Mr. Pip said...

My assistant has always had trouble sleeping and many restless nights so she can relate ...hope you and the pups get some rest soon.

What an adorable post! We love doxies, too.

Your pal, Pip

The Websters said...

We love doxies!!!

Nora