Category Archives: Whimsical Dachshunds

Calling all Dachshund and FarmVille fans

Okay, we’ll confess: All the Daily Doxie knows about FarmVille is that it’s out there and a lot of people can’t get enough of it. And, presumably, those people include Dachshund lovers, who will be glad to know that “in the near future, FarmVille will be adding an adorable trio of Dachshund puppies to FarmVille’s selection of dogs. Dachshunds, wiener dogs, hot dog dogs, sausage dogs, it’s all the same lovable companion despite what name you call them by, and soon you can have your very own in FarmVille. ”

Here they are. Put them on your farm or whatever it is you do with them:

FarmVille Dachshunds

Dachshund stars in new mystery book series

Baxter the wirehaired Dachshund is a cover boy

Rita Mae Brown features a wire haired wiener dog named Baxter as a canine sleuth in her latest book, A nose for Justice, the first in a new mystery series.

Here’s the plot summary for the book:

Explosive sabotage and the startling unearthing of a hundred-year-old skeleton on a Nevada ranch thrillingly start off this debut novel in a tail-wagging new series from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown.

With the ruins of her high-powered Wall Street job now far in the rearview mirror of her rented silver Camaro, thirty-two-year-old Mags Rogers arrives at her great-aunt Jeep’s sprawling Wings Ranch to reassemble her life. In the passenger seat, with his suspicious nose to a cracked window, is Mags’s beloved wirehaired dachshund, the urbane Baxter.

Mags was named for her great-aunt, Magdalena—though everyone calls the spry octogenarian rancher Jeep. From piloting planes in World War II to discovering one of America’s largest gold deposits, Jeep has enjoyed a lifetime jam-packed with love and adventure, and she’s not done yet. At her side—to Baxter’s low-down distress—is Jeep’s loyal German Shepherd mix, King. The growlings are mutual: King sniffs that Baxter is a “fuzzy sausage.”
Meanwhile, someone pipe-bombs Red Rock Valley’s pumping station, endangering the water supply near and far. Deputy Pete Meadows links the sabotage to a string of local murders, but he doesn’t yet know if it’s a corporate plot or twisted eco-terrorism. He’s also called out to Wings Ranch when human bones are dug up in Jeep’s barn; the dead man’s ring identifies him as an elite Russian military officer from the late 1800s, apparently knifed to death. In her search to find out whodunit, Mags uncovers fascinating history about Jeep’s ranch, including an intriguing connection to Buffalo Bill.

Mags and Pete have mysteries to solve, among them why they are so drawn to each other. Baxter and King team up when it comes time to protect their humans. And all the while, Jeep Reed, the sassiest wit in the West, has a bold plan for Red Rock Valley in which they all will play a part.

Brown and her cat Sneaky Pie previously teamed up to write the Mrs. Murphy feline mystery series. Here’s Publishers Weekly’s interview with Brown about the book and her animal inspiration.

Some Dachshunds have all the luck like Moxie the Doxie of Fallingwater

Take Moxie, for example. This long-haired, pearl-wearing Dachshund got to live in Frank Llloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater house along with all her brothers and sister. Now, the lucky wiener dog’s story is being told in the beautiful book, The Dachshund of Fallingwater, written and illustrated by Cara Armstrong, curator of education at Fallingwater.

Apparently, Moxie didn’t just get to live in a great house in a dramatic setting, she also got to eat bacon and eggs for breakfast. Guess she kept her girlish figure by patrolling the grounds and rock climbing. Try and spot her in the illustration below.

Apart from being fun, this book is also designed to teach children about architecture.