Monthly Archives: March 2011

Dachshund joins family, makes cocker spaniel sick

Read the tale of what happened when a Dachshund named Baron was adopted:

He was the Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, George Clooney of his breed. There was never one doubt in his mind of how disarming he was and that it must be understood by all that he was master of his new kingdom. And all capitulated. The children loved to play with him, and, I admit, so did my husband and I. So the agenda was fulfilled: He staked out his territory with the draperies, and he mesmerized the family with his charm. Done.

But there was another factor in this picture. We already had Heidi, a black-and-white cocker spaniel who had lived with us and been cherished by us for many years. And I mean truly cherished.

Now Heidi was a different dog all together. She was quiet, peaceful, and warmly affectionate. She knew her place in our family. And probably without even thinking about it, she knew that place was unequivocally hers.

Does this tale end happily ever after? Find out.

Dachshund survives surger during NZ quake

NZ Dachshund’s surgery goes on through quake

Stuff.co.nz reports on a Christchurch Dachshund who was undergoing cancer surgery when the Christchurch earthquake shook the operating room:

Veterinarian Kirsten Wylie was in the middle of a delicate operation to remove a cancerous tumour from a small dog when the earthquake struck.

Wylie refused to leave Jonah, an eight-year-old dachshund, in the Linwood surgery, completing the 45-minute procedure to remove a thyroid carcinoma by the light of a torch, along with nurse Amber Walker.

Dachshund survives surger during NZ quake

Nor did she flinch when she had to blow air into a tube to keep the dog breathing until an oxygen bottle could be connected manually.

Wylie said the “fiddly” operation had been made more difficult by the big jolt, but she never thought of leaving Jonah.

“From where I was standing, I could look out the window and see the fence falling down,” she said.

However, the dog “was blissfully unaware of the earthquake”.

Dachshund Rita got stuck in a hole in France

A tale of two Dachshunds in holes

Dachshund Rita got stuck in a hole in France

In France last week, a special rescue team had to be called out to save a Dachshund who got herself stuck in a deep hole. The Dachshund News has provided a summary below (For further reference, here’s the original French article and  the English translation):

Rita, a small wirehaired Dachshund, fell into a rock cavity Sunday during a hunting party to Saffres and did not emerge until four days later. Another dog found where she had disappeared. “This kind of problem is quite common in the area, but in general we can identify the animal by ourselves,” says Michel Corduant, president of the Saffres hunting company. “But Rita’s case is truly exceptional. This is the first time I have faced such a phenomenon.”

After trying several times to get the dog out on their own, the hunters called firefighters to Vitteaux Wednesday morning. But they soon realized that the place was totally inaccessible and decided to call in reinforcements from Grimp Dijon (Group recognition and intervention in dangerous situations). In total, nearly a dozen men redoubled their efforts to try to unblock the entrance of the cavity and thus to remove the animal, apparently stuck at 1.50 m depth. By supper time, they had cleared a route and finally managed to release the Dachshund. “Rita is well, just very dirty and hungry,” jokes Michael Corduant.

Daniel Martenot, Mayor of Saffres congratulated rescue teams for the hard work done to save the 10-year-old dog.

Wisconsin Dachshund rescued from holeMeanwhile in Green Bay, Wisconsin back in January, Emma, a two-year-old Dachshund also had to be saved from a hole after she got herself trapped chasing a small animal.

The Green Bay Press Gazette reported:

What might have been a simple rescue of coaxing Emma from beneath the underground rock gaps turned into a community rescue party involving a backhoe, Rollie’s Rotor Rooter, chisels, underground camera cables, a jackhammer and plenty of persuasive dog treats.

“You could see her nose and even touch her, but she was wedged in a hole with a rock preventing us from getting her out from the angle we were digging,’’ said Debbie Skubal, who also tried her luck grabbing the dog. “She was so scared, she pulled back whenever I got near her.’’

You could hear the dog occasionally whimper during the 2½-day ordeal. Also saving Emma was the mild daytime temperatures in the mid-40s and only dipping slightly at night under a persistent shoreline fog.

Rubber neckers can find more rescue photos here.

Oasis star Gallagher defends Dachshunds against extinction

Oasis star Gallagher defends Dachshunds against extinction

Oasis star Gallagher defends Dachshunds against extinction On a recent trip to Germany, Liam Gallagher, star of the former band Oasis and the face of dog charity for Pup Aid, must have heard about Dachshunds’ less-than-bright in that Country.

Gallagher and his girlfriend Nicole Appleton have a Dachshund, or sausage dog as they call them across the pond, and, according to the Sun newspaper, he said he would crusade for their cause.

He ranted: “Extinction of sausage dogs? I will prevent that! When I’m back in England I am gonna buy 900 of them. I am gonna prevent them from downfall.”

That’s a lot of poo bags on Primrose Hill. Liam might be showing his caring side with canines but the love doesn’t extend as far as his own flesh and blood.

Liam also says he and his feuding brother aren’t going to be putting Oasis back together any time soon.

Read more about Brit music stars with Dachshunds.

Man who hit Dachshund with ax is sentenced

Lately it’s been feeling like we’re in the midst of a Dachshund crime wave.

First there was the Dachshund owner who was hit by a stray bullet while enjoying some couch time with his wiener dog.

Then there was the drunken, gun-happy guy who threatened to shoot his wiener dog after it bit him on the ear while he was trying to kiss his wife.

And today comes news of the sentencing of a Kansas man who attacked a Dachshund with an ax. Jeffrey Kwist must serve 30 days in jail and two years probation, and he is not allowed to own any more animals.

Back last June, the Wichita television station KAKE reported:

Prosecutors say Kwist attacked a neighbor’s Dachshund, named “Weenie,” with a large ax last month. Weenie was seriously hurt, suffering a cut on his back and internal injuries, his owner said.

Despite it all, Weenie survived.

During Kwist’s preliminary hearing Tuesday, Weenie’s owner recounted what happened.

David Pounds told a judge Kwist had come over to visit, but left with an open invitation to return for a cookout a short time later.

After about 45 minutes, Pounds says Kwist came back carrying an ax.

“He raised it up and shouted, ‘You know why I’m doing this!’,” Pounds said. “I don’t know what he meant… but he came down and cracked my dog right in the back with that ax.”

Older Florida rescue Dachshund seeks home

Older Florida rescue Dachshund seeks home

Older Florida rescue Dachshund seeks home

Photo of Barkley courtesy of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB)

Hi everyone, my name is Barkley, and I am a 10-year-old Standard Dachshund available for adoption at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

I came all the way here from a shelter in Mississippi, and I had some health problems when I arrived. I had an infection in both ears, skin dermatitis, and some of my teeth were in pretty bad shape; but the wonderful people here knew I deserved a second chance, so I was treated for all of my health problems!

I am currently on medicine for my ears, and I had a dental procedure performed where they polished up all of my teeth!

I am now looking for my forever home with people who will look past my age, and see that inside, I am still a young pup at heart! I like to hang out with people, and I never meet a stranger!

The good part about adopting an older dog is that I am past the puppy stage, and I won’t chew up your furniture! Give me a warm lap, or a plush little dog bed, and I am good to go!

Please come and visit me today! I so deserve that second chance at finding my forever home, so please find room in your heart for a special little dog! I hope that you come and visit me soon!

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Here are the details of Barkley’s rescue from Mississippi last month:

30-hour trek to save 68 dogs: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

Dachshunds figure in winter sports controversy

Last week the Dachshund News brought you the story of opposition to wiener dog ice racing. This week it’s another dangerous winter sport involving Dachshunds.

We’ve left a note asking the director of this video to check in and explain the special effects.

While we wait, consider this. Apparently, the wiener dog ice races were a big success and raised $5000 for the Ryan Newman Foundation, which encourages people to spay/neuter their pets and to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters.