To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world
Anytime someone comes to our house for a visit, they are bound to experience the “Lap Dog”. Lap Dogs have a natural born instinct (and obligation, of course) to climb into your lap, if you dare to sit down. Afterall, it is really their house, we just live here so we can have the privilige of taking care of them.
As you can see, my Dad has experienced this first-hand when he reclined one afternoon to watch the golf match on TV. Although dachshunds are proned to back problems (both Shadow and Simon have been on medication for their backs at one time or another) it is impossible to keep them from jumping up to take their post on an unsuspecting lap.
Why only two doxies, you ask? Well, this photo was taken before we adopted Keno. So, next time my Dad comes to visit, he’ll have to make room for one more!
1. If I like it, it’s mine
2. If it’s in my mouth, it’s mine
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m chewing something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it is mine
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine!
I guess “Sit up and Beg” is a natural instinct for a dapple dachshund. I say this because I actually saw another dapple sit up and beg at the doxie picnic last May when her owner had food in her hand. It may not always be for food either. Sometimes, you might just have a toy in your hand that he wants. I might add, that my other two blues dachshunds have never done this without first giving them a command or showing them a treat.
It’s really pretty funny! We never taught this trick to Keno. Hense, the instinct. Apparently, he must have an super sonic sniffer, because if he senses that you have even a morsel of food, he strikes a pose like a statue and sits there waiting for a hand out. He is very persistant and can sit there for several minutes. My husband calls him our little, meerkat!
So, as long as you have food or some toy that he wants, Keno will be your best buddy!
LOS ALAMITOS GOES TO THE DOGS !
This year Michael, Dana and I attended the 11th running of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals on Saturday, July 14, 2007 for an evening of doxie racing! After ten qualifying races, the ten winners competed in the final race of the night, and “Sally” was the named the “Fastest Weiner in the West”.
The evening proceeds to went to benefit the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. The Care Center is a non-profit group dedicated to finding home for stray animals in the Orange County area.
We got our first dachshund, Simon (left), in May of 1996. At the time, we had no idea what a “Blue Dachshund” was or how to care for him. Now we have two blues and a blue dapple. So of course my favorite color is definitely BLUE!
A blue dachshund is really a diluted black & tan that is usually paired with a condition called Alopecia (hair loss). Our blue dapple, Keno (middle), is only partially blue, so he does not have alopecia at all. Simon was born with hair, but it gradually all fell out by the time he was 2 years old. We’re not sure about Shadow (right) because we rescued him in October 2003 from Southern California Dachshund Rescue, so he was almost 6 yrs old when he came to live with us.
Keno was also rescued from Southern California Dachshund Rescue in August 2006. He was just a baby at 4 months old.
In a nutshell, the two blue dachshunds (Simon and Shadow) don’t really have a fur coat to protect them from cold or the sun. We keep lots of blankets around our house and places for them to borrough when they get cold. They rarely stay outside for more that 10-15 minutes at a time because they either get too cold or too hot, and we have lots of doggie sweaters and t-shirts for protection too.
Bathing is tricky, because you can’t use regular shampoo on the blues brothers. Regular dog shampoo adds too much oil which clogs their pores, so they develop an acne-like skin condition. I have found that an Oatmeal exfoliating shampoo with an exfoliating cloth to gently scrub the skin works the best to keep their skin free from outbreaks and looking handsome.
So there you have it. Singing the Blues is not always a sad thing! We love our blue doxies and wouldn’t have it any other way!