Monthly Archives: November 2009

Freak Dachshund wants to be world’s tallest dog

You know that Great Dane, Titan, who just won the world’s tallest dog title? Well he’s being challenged for his Guinness world record and not just by another Great Dane. The world’s tallest Dachshund appeared last weak on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien to show that he is definitely taller than Titan.

Why does this controversy remind us of the world’s oldest dog fight. The Guinness people need to shape up.

10-year-old Oregon Dachshund abandoned in park

The Curry Coastal Pilot has the full story on the wiener dog and his canine companion who were found in Brookings, Oregon:

Brookings Police were called when a Fred Meyer store employee found a note in the elevator Monday morning. The note asked the finder to rescue her two dogs from Azalea Park.

At about the same time, Brookings Police responded to a report of dogs barking at the park, where they found a Dachshund and a Red Heeler mix tied to a bench with another note indicating that the owner had lost her job and her husband wouldn’t pay to feed them any more.

The dogs, which shelter volunteers have named Guy and Sandy, are 10 or 11 years old, and both are housebroken and healthy except for ear infections, Powers said.

While it is not clear what will happen to Guy and his friend, if you are looking for a rescue wiener dog in Oregon, try Oregon Dachshund Rescue.

Rebuttal: Dogs not worse for environment than SUVs

Remember that silly junk science story a while back about how dog owners did more environmental damage than SUV drivers. Well, as the Daily Dachshund and Dog News suspected, it was barking mad. Clark Williams-Derry has crunched the numbers and has this to say:

It’s just the sort of counter-intuitive claim that gets lots of attention on the brave new internet era. So interesting! So science-y! So Twitter-able!

And yet, so false! Once you sniff around the numbers, it quickly becomes apparent that those researchers are barking up the wrong tree.

Let’s get one thing out of the way: I’m not a dog owner. Much to my kids’ dismay, I don’t even want a pet. Nor do I own an SUV. So, in theory, I…er…don’t have a dog in this fight. Still, this claim struck me as so wrong that it made the hair on my neck stand up. And I’d hate to have someone catch scent of this meme and conclude that buying an SUV is no big deal — “It’s not like I’m buying a dog or anything” — if the real numbers don’t support that conclusion. (That’s the risk of bad information: it can lead us to make choices that are in stark conflict with our values.)

Click through for all the numbers. There are a whole lot of them

Dachshund in wheelchair works as therapy dog

Lance, a South Florida Dachshund who was paralyzed two years ago, visits patients at Miami’s Children’s Hospital once a week to help cheer them up.

After surgery failed to cure Lance, his owners got him a wheelchair, the Miami Herald reports.

“The wheelchair was a natural thing for him. He got movement back,” (his owner Claudia) Machado said. “He was moving around the office as he always would. It was the coolest day of my life because I could see in his face that he was excited to be moving around.”

The chair has Lance’s name on it.

But rediscovering his mobility was only the beginning for Lance and his family. Having experienced the trauma of illness and disability — albeit on a canine scale — Stinchi and Machado started thinking: What if their beloved pet could help sick children deal with their loss?

That’s when the couple discovered Therapy Dog Inc., a Wyoming-based organization that provides training, tests and registration for therapy dogs around the country.

“A lot of people think that if your dog is paralyzed, you have to put him down,” Machado said. “But that’s when his story began.”

In 2008, Therapy Dog certified Lance. And both Machado and her husband Stinchi became certified pet handlers.

“Lance loves kids,” Stinchi said. “He relates to kids better than adults.”

Read the whole story.

Update August 18, 2010: Here’s some video of Lance.

Some Dachshunds have all the luck like Moxie the Doxie of Fallingwater

Take Moxie, for example. This long-haired, pearl-wearing Dachshund got to live in Frank Llloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater house along with all her brothers and sister. Now, the lucky wiener dog’s story is being told in the beautiful book, The Dachshund of Fallingwater, written and illustrated by Cara Armstrong, curator of education at Fallingwater.

Apparently, Moxie didn’t just get to live in a great house in a dramatic setting, she also got to eat bacon and eggs for breakfast. Guess she kept her girlish figure by patrolling the grounds and rock climbing. Try and spot her in the illustration below.

Apart from being fun, this book is also designed to teach children about architecture.