Hands down the biggest story of the year here at the Daily Doxie was the tale of Pink the piglet who was fostered by mother Dachshund Tink and her litter of wiener puppies.
The year’s second biggest Dachshund broke in July, shaking wiener dog owners out of their summer hammocks as Doxies were rated the most aggressive dog breed, worse than Pitbulls and Rottweilers.
Britain’s respected Daily Telegraph reported that Dachshunds topped a list of 33 breeds which were rated for their aggression, after academics analysed the behaviour of thousands of dogs. The Terrierman wasn’t buying it, however, and he had some pretty good reasons.
Released in early 2008, the American Kennel Club’s list of the most popular dogs in the US in 2007 showed the Dachshund falling to seventh place from sixth place in 2006 while the iconic Bulldog muscled its way into 10th spot. Hmm, wonder if the Doxies were too aggressive?
Before those Shiba Inu puppies became an internet craze, there was Magic the Mummy Dachshund who gave birth on UStream and whose puppies also grew up in the glare of the ever-present video camera. And who can forget wiener dog Jerry and his special ball throwing machine, the Dachshund video hit of the year?
In sad wiener doggy news, there was this story:
On the day his owner, Teddy Crockarell of Clarksville, Tennessee, died Sam the wiener dog ran away from home for the first time. He wasn’t seen again until two and a half days later when the family arrived at the church for the funeral and found Sam waiting for them. (Video from ABC News)
And in heartwarming and heroic wiener dog news, there was Annie the Oregon Dachshund whose persistent barking brought her owner much needed medical attention.
Talking about medical heros brings us to the cool dude below who assisted scientists from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, MIT and Harvard with their research. He’s wearing specially designed sunglasses to help with his day blindness, which is caused by inherited cone-rod dystrophy (CRD).
In a study published online in Genome Research (www.genome.org), researchers identified a novel mutation in a gene associated with CRD in dogs, raising hopes that potential therapies can be developed for people suffering from these eye disorders.
Of course we also have reasonable rational readers who send us great tips and photos so a million thanks to all of you, and please keep ’em coming. Below is Clara in front of historic Petworth House in West Sussex in April. (Yes, that was one tough winter)
Speaking of Joe the Plumber, that brings us to President-elect Barack Obama, who dissed what he called “girly dogs” in a shocking interview with Barbara Walters. In reply, the Daily Dachshund and Dog News presented this YouTube video of three cowboys and their small dogs including a Doxie. We challenge anyone to call these guys’ dogs girly:
And here are some more indisputably macho men with nothing much other than their wiener dogs. Look for Picasso and Ian McShane, guys comfortable enough with their masculinity to opt for girly dogs. Not to mention the year’s best wiener dog joke, which featured a cowboy.
Finally, the Daily Dachshund and Dog News discovered this wiener dog in a hot dog costume balloon art at a balloon sculpting site. The artist is Suzanne Lively and she’s a full time family entertainer in Denver, CO.