Category Archives: Dachshund newsmakers

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”.

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.”

Dachshund bites, gun goes off, man sentenced

The Billings Gazette reports:

A man who admitted to an accidental shooting in his home that endangered his wife was sentenced Thursday in District Court.

Scott Littlewood Orr received a three-year deferred sentence for felony criminal endangerment. Judge Susan Watters imposed the sentence after a public defender described Orr as a decorated combat veteran with no criminal record.

Orr was charged for an incident last Aug. 30. According to court records, Orr’s wife said she was sleeping when her husband came home intoxicated. The couple’s dog, a dachshund, bit Orr on the ear as he tried to kiss her, she said.

Orr retrieved a .40-caliber pistol and threatened to shoot the dog. The woman said she was holding the dog when the pistol discharged, sending a bullet into the bed. Orr said he thought the gun’s safety was on.

British Dachshund owner turns 100

British Dachshund owner turns 100, says dog help keeps her going

England’s Watford Observer reports on what will help you live to be 100 — a Dachshund and a gin and tonic. Forget about the sherry, it turns out.

British Dachshund owner turns 100
We may not be the Queen and her corgis, but Dachshund News would still like to congratulate Gladys and Wally. We hope it’s a great party with lots of gin and tonics.

Wonder how old Wally is and if he’s a candidate to challenge the wiener dog longevity record?

Don’t race Dachshunds on ice, say Doxie owners

Huntsville Havoc wiener dog logoThe Huntsville Havoc hockey team is planning on holding a wiener dog race — otherwise know as a Dachshund dash — on the ice this Saturday as they try to raise money for the Ryan Newman Foundation, which educates and encourages people to spay/neuter their pets and to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters

However, Dachshund owners say that’s a bad idea.

Karen Borden is the president of Dixie Dachshund Rescue. She told WAAY TV:

“I think it’s a great fundraising event, wiener races. But, I was really upset with the environment that it was going to be held in.”

Borden says running the dogs on ice is dangerous because the breed is already prone to back problems. She says, “Because of the overbreeding that has gone on, many are born with the propensity to have blown discs or bad disks ort suspect disks.”

Valley residents are so upset, they have created a page on Facebook encouraging folks to boycott this weekend’s game. They say it endangers and exploits the breed. However, not everyone agrees with the boycott. Melissa Horne is a Veterinarian at the Animal Care Clinic in Huntsville. She says, “As long as they’re not having any problems and don’t have a history of problems, there shouldn’t be any reason they can’t participate.”

Dachshund learned sign language in slammer

Sprung from prison, Sparky the Dachshund now makes his home at the Missouri School for the Deaf:

Although the inmates trained Sparky in a number of sign commands, the students are working on expanding his vocabulary even more.

The prison’s Puppies for Parole program takes difficult-to-adopt dogs from local animal shelters and match them with inmates, who work with the dogs until they are more adoptable. Certified dog trainers visit the 12 participating prisons in Missouri and help the inmates train the dogs.

In Sparky’s case, the inmates training him worked with deaf offenders to learn ASL signs they could teach him. Once Sparky graduated from the training program, the inmates decided the best place for him would be with a deaf person. Ultimately, Sparky came to the MSD, where he touches the lives of many students.

Read more.