Monthly Archives: August 2011

Find Dachshunds and their doppelgangers

Our sister site, the Scottish Terrier News, has been having a lot of success finding Scotties who look like famous people.

So, here’s the Dachshund challenge: Can you pair up a wiener dog with his or her celebrity doppelganger like we did long ago with Grace Kelly?

Send your Dachshund and their doppelgangers to the Dachshund News

Send your Dachshunds and their doppelgangers to the Dachshund News

You can email us at And, please, anything you’re going to say about the address, we already know.

British courts refuse to return sausage dog

Dachshund at center of legal battleA legal battle over a Dachshund, dubbed the sausage dog trial by the Brit tabloids, ended this week when a man who went to court to try and get his pet dog back after his wife gave it away has had his claim dismissed. The BBC reports:

Gary and Moira Rowlinson, from Offerton, Stockport, gave mini-dachshund Bailey away in February after it bit their granddaughter.

They changed their minds but new owner Steven Spencer would not give him up.

A judge at Stockport County Court ruled Bailey was a “gift” which could not be taken back.

Mr Rowlinson, 55, had made a claim through the small claims court under return of property.

He argued that he was Bailey’s legal owner, but it was his wife who gave the dog away.

Hmmm, sounds like things are unlikely to be harmonious in the Rowlinson household for quite some time. Here’s the Daily Mail‘s juicy take.

Famous Dachshund Friday: Queen Victoria edition

Queen Victoria with Dachshund Photographic Poster Print, 12×16

There is a lot of misinformation out there about Queen Victoria and her many dogs, but the story that her husband Prince Albert brought Dachshunds with him from Germany when he married certainly seems plausible. The chubby wiener dog in this photo is variously identified as “Waldie” and “Boy.” If you know more, please let the Dachshund News know. We’re always interested in royal canine history.

One-eyed Florida Dachshund up for adoption

Dandy the one-eyed Dachshund

Dandy the one-eyed Dachshund

In St. Petersburg, a four-year-old Dachshund nicknamed Dandy, is looking for a home. He doesn’t let his handicap get him down and is healthy and happy.

If you want to meet Dandy, or other adoptable animals in need of great homes, please visit Pet Pal Animal Shelter at 405 22nd Street South, Saint Petersburg, 33712.

Tel: 727-328-7738.

Hours: Tues-Fri 11am – 4:30pm; Sat 10am – 4:30pm. Sun-Mon Closed.

Dachshunds, yes. Big dogs, no

In Palm Springs, California and surroundings, the debate about where exactly dogs should be allowed to go continues. The local newspaper reports on the situation and quotes a Dachshund owner, who has taken her wiener dog to some forbidden places:

Trish Pierce of Palm Desert said she has never had any problems taking Katie and Rose, her two miniature dachshunds, to home improvement stores such as Lowe’s.

“You wouldn’t even know they’re there,” she said. “They’re very well-behaved.”

Restaurants and grocery stores are a bit more complicated. Under state law, animals are not allowed in any business where food is prepared, sold or stored, save for police dogs or service animals such as seeing-eye dogs.

The law allows pets on the patios of restaurants, but it’s easy to find places where the rules are bent for steady customers.

Still, many people, with or without pets, see a difference between a pint-sized pooch in a carrier case and larger animals.

Pierce admits that when Katie was a puppy, she used to take her to the grocery store in a carrier bag but, she said, “I don’t think big dogs should be running around.”

As far as the Dachshund News is concerned, the same rules should apply to kids and dogs. The well behaved should be welcome and the undisciplined and disruptive should be sent packing.

The case of the vicious Dachshund

The case of the vicious DachshundIn South Africa, a biting Dachshund landed his school teacher owner in jail after he attacked a passerby.

Mary-anne Baasch, is, however, defending herself against the charge of owning a vicious dog, as well as planning to take action against the police for unlawful arrest.

“I believe they duped me into going into the cell and, once I was in there, they locked the door and told me I was under arrest,” she said of her arrest last Thursday.

Baasch said two-year-old Napoleon had never bitten anyone before or after the incident.

She had been driving out of her garage, which has automated doors, when the dog ran to the road as the guard walked past.

Baasch said the guard’s trousers were not torn and the wound “looked more like a graze than a bite”.

Update: The charges are dropped. “I am so relieved,” Baasch told the local newspaper. “And I am so grateful for all the support”.