Monthly Archives: August 2010

The NY Times reports on dogs and gardening

So much for the myth that it’s only female dogs’ urine that is a problem:

“Bud is a dachshund-Yorkie mix,” Ms. Kocher said. “We call him a dorkie.”

It is Bud that has taken up the steady task of murdering the boxwoods. Ms. Kocher planted a few of the evergreen shrubs last year, with the notion that their foliage would brighten the yard in winter.

Yet, under a steady stream of Bud’s attention (to use a polite term), the leaves have browned and wilted.

“They’re doing what dogs like to do,” Ms. Kocher said. “You can’t get angry with them. You just have to kind of work around them.”

The nitrogen in dog urine would seem to be a helpful fertilizer. In fact, the concentration of ammonium is often toxic to plants. “If you get one of these trees that every dog has to pee on, they can actually burn the bark,” said Nina Bassuk, program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University.

In Alabama, a reward is offered for a vicious crime against a Dachshund

The Troy Messenger reports that veterinarians suspect Jim Berdeaux’ pet Bella was deliberately burned:

“We all loved her,” Berdeaux said. “It just breaks my heart to think that she might have been lying there burned liked that for four, six or eight hours. Bella was one of those dogs that went running, wagging her tail when somebody spoke to her. Why anybody would want to set a sweet dog like Bella on fire – barbecue her – defies humanity.”

In an effort to find out what happened to Bella, if she were intentionally set on fire or something else tragic happened to her, the Berdeaux family is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the alleged act.

The Humane Society of Pike County has committed another $500 toward the reward.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the Pike County Sheriff’s Department at 566-4347.

Coyotes kill Calgary Dachshund

We don’t mean to be a downer with this story, but rather to call your attention to the threat of coyotes. The Calgary Sun reports:

Quinn Kliewer, 21, and a friend were biking near the 14 St. parking lot at Nose Hill Park with five dogs — two dachshunds, a border collie pup, German shepherd pup and a plott hound — following behind when the coyotes suddenly attacked about 1 p.m.

“We were biking through the trees and one of the wiener dogs that was at the end of the line, I couldn’t see him then I could hear him screaming,” said Kliewer.

“I went back to see what happened to him and he was gone.

Here’s some of the Daily Dachshund‘s past coyote coverage, but be aware that it’s not for the faint hearted.

Dumb Florida Dachshund thieves arrested

These thieves don’t sound or look like the smartest guys in the world. ABC News reports:

After warrants were issued for both men, Claudio turned himself in at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, while Navarro was taken into custody at the Hernando County Jail.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Navarro told deputies that he went over the fence at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, while Claudio crawled under it, in order to break in to the shelter.

He told deputies that they took 4 dogs at random, but said they didn’t take a 5th dog they saw running around.

Claudio told deputies they took the dogs to sell because Navarro owed a man some money.

Update: Oh dear, according to this report from the Associated Press, one of the Dachshunds was found dead.

In Colorado, search continues for Stewie the Dachshund

The Larimer Humane Society is still looking for Stewie, a miniature dachshund that has been missing since his owner was involved in a fatal car crash last Wednesday morning. Stewie is believed to be roaming an area just south of where the crash occurred on Larimer County Road 19, about a half mile south of Trilby Road and near the Coyote Ridge Natural Area.

Here’s an earlier report on the crash.