United we stand. ❤ ❤ ❤
United we stand. ❤ ❤ ❤
Although summer technically goes on for another 16 days, generally speaking, for many Americans working in traditional corporate jobs AND their children attending traditional schools, summer is over. As a Southern California resident that means, the beaches are once again ours. 🙂 I’m happy to share our natural resources with the masses during peak season, because there’s enough beauty for all of us to enjoy, but I absolutely adore the day after Labor Day. #TheDayAfterLaborDay ❤ ❤ ❤
For the last few years, my hounds and I have found ourselves at the beach on the Tuesday after Labor Day, and for us, it’s like a super sweet homecoming. The tourist are mostly gone, and the beaches are quiet, calm and ripe with lots of wonderful uninterrupted photo ops. 🙂 #TreatYourSelfTuesday #HeavenonEarth ❤ ❤ ❤
Proof is in the pictures. Check them out friends. If you can’t be here with us, you can at least join us in spirit through our photos. Wishing all of our friends a very Happy Wiener Dog Wednesday. It’s a short week, and it’s already almost over. Hope you and yours have some fun weekend plans coming up that include your handsome hounds. Remember to get out and about with yours. #WienerDogWednesday #AdventuresWithDachshunds #HappyHounds #HandsomeHounds #HappyHumans ❤ ❤ ❤
Hello friends. Hope everyone had a very fun and safe Labor Day Weekend. As you’re all getting home and preparing for the week ahead, please be certain to stop by and visit our long-time friends at Blade+Blue. They’re offering this great unisex dachshund themed belt; perfect for the doxieholic in your life. We love ours, and it’s Rufus approved!!!
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Have yourself a very a wienerful week ahead!!! ❤
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It’s another Wiener Dog Wednesday, public service announcement edition, and today we’re talking about happy humping hounds. We’ve all experienced it. We’ve laughed. We’ve been embarrassed when it’s our dog doing the humping publicly; and we’ve been probably equally embarrassed when it has been our dog being humped. And I’m here to tell it’s a natural behavioral occurrence in canines that happens sometimes. #ThatHumpLife #ADogsLife
Naturally, we’re huge advocates of neutering and spaying, and all our handsome hounds are fixed, but the humping habits continues, on occasion. Lots of well educated and fancy people with letters after their names offer multiple explanations for it on the world wide web, and you should feel free to check them out. 🙂
For me it’s real simple though, witnessing two hounds humping are a lot like watching someone bitting his finger nails or even worse his toe nails: it’s not a pretty thing to see and when my nephew bites his nails, I quickly ask him to stop, reminding him it’s not an attractive trait. I follow the same rule with my pack.
Our happy humpers are Rufus and Lily, and Emily is often the humpee. In our pack, Rufus reigns supreme as alpha dog, and Lily has ascended to the beta post – even though, she was the last to be introduced to our family. Emily is like our omega, and is often just happy to go with the flow and indifferent to the humping – no matter which dog is doing it. #EasyEmily Strangely, I have never observed any other dog (outside of our pack) humping her, which is particularly peculiar, but subject for another day.
Rufus doesn’t like or allow others to hump him, and Lily is the same way. They’re both very assertive about this at home and when around other dogs, and I have found this to be the most successful way to deter another dog from humping. When a dog attempts to mount another dog, and the humpee snaps back or barks, it sends a clear message to the dog in question that this behavior is not acceptable. And often, that settles the matter in my experience.
Now, there are occasions when a dog, male or female, just doesn’t care, much like Emily. I know as their responsible humans we attempt to stop and separate them, but as many of us know, once a dachshund sets his (or her) mind to it, it’s hard to get them to focus on anything else. 🙂 Now, I do not have one tried and true solution to the problem because every dog and situation is unique. However, I do want to remind all of the humans in our community (reading this entry) to not take it too serious. #LifeIsTooShort
Listen, we have a funny-shaped dog with equally funny names like wiener dog and hot dog. Our dogs are bred to be hunters and are super smart scent hounds, but I also believe our distinct, odd-looking, long bodied, short-legged dachshunds are the comedians of the canine community. I mean, just looking at them makes people laugh and smile big. Watching them walk or waddle on those little legs while they try to balance that big barrel body, can be hilarious albeit graceful at times. Everyone knows I enamored by the bred, but they can be clowns on many instances, and I think we should always celebrate the comedy that they provide us. #RememberToLaugh #ItsFunny #TheyreFunny 🙂
Above all, let’s not overly personify our dogs and their behavior. They’re humping often has more to with dominance status (usually from the less secure dog) or just play. And, sometimes both boy and girl dogs hump. We certainly should discourage our dogs from humping human legs, but I assert at the dog park or other public gatherings, let them work it out themselves. If the humpee doesn’t mind it, should we!??? #LetThemBeDogs #NoShameInDogsBeingDogs
As long as there’s no threat of an accidental pregnancy, I’m good. #SpayandNeuterYourDogs
Share your most funny / embarrassing hump story below in the comments or on one of our varied social media platforms. Let’s laugh about it together. 🙂 And, have yourself a very a Happy Hump Day on this Wiener Dog Wednesday. ❤ #ShareYourHumpStory
*** Footnote: I’m a fan of literation. I’ve used in my writing since my first story as a very young child. Wiener Dog Wednesday and Happy Humping Hounds are merely examples of it. There is no other connotation intended. Thanks! ***
Today there was a lot of hoopla about the solar eclipse, and it was grand for sure, but for us the day was especially significant because Rufus turned 13 years old. 🙂 Thirteen has always been a favorite number of mine, and I’m thrilled to have shared the joy and love known as Rufus all these years. ❤ #SoManyMemories
Our collective birthday wish is that we have many more good years and adventures together ahead of us, with the always dashing, dapper and distinguished Rufus. #HappyBirthdayRufus #LuckyThirteen #MyOldManStillLooksGood ❤ ❤ ❤
In the photos, it looks like Rufus is smiling. He’s such a very happy hound. #PoshPup #PamperedPooch #RegalRufus Enjoy friends. ❤ AND THANK YOU for coming along for the ride all these years. #Loved #Grateful
Make your tax-deductible donation to the 501c3 charity that champions your breed of choice, Dachshund Outreach Giving and Socialization (DOGS), in Rufus’ name as he celebrates 13 wonderful years of life. A dollar for each year. Thank you!
Hello friends. As hump day comes to an end, we hope everyone is well midweek and keeping cool during this long hot summer month. Thankfully, our handsome hot dogs have kept cool by visiting our local dog-friendly beaches. Beach days with the dogs are always super fun for us, and we’re big advocates that we enjoy ourselves responsibly.
I believe technically many (if not most) of Southern California’s dog-friendly beaches are “on-leash” — though many of us, especially in the Santa Barbara county, often let them roam “off-leash” while usually being super respectful of others.
However, we have a very specific practice we follow. This is how we like to do it. We often start on-leash as we carefully survey the shoreline and checkout our surroundings i.e., see who’s there. Also, when we first arrive our happy hounds are usually really excited to be there, so I find it particularly smart to keep them under control until I’m confident and comfortable with the beach we’re at. We often walk the along the shoreline for the first 10-20 minutes upon arriving. The walk helps to tired them slightly, and allows me to properly take stock of who AND what’s there. As you can see from the video, it’s very common for us to see other big dogs and even horses. 🙂
Once we claim a little patch of sand for ourselves and it’s free of other big dogs, horses, people, etc. we let the hounds loose — while always staying mindful of our surroundings and the people coming and going. After Rufus was attacked last year, we’ve become pretty regular with our routine. It’s just better to err of the side of safety then put anyone’s loved one at risk.
Nonetheless, we thought it’d be fun to share our a little snippet from our Summerland beach excursion this week. Please note the many tail wags; all of those wiggle butts represent some very happy dogs. Our trio can be a little vocal in public sometimes, especially our little nervous Lily and her big sister Emily. AND as we all know, once one starts to bark, they all like to join in. Ha!
Enjoy the video friends, and let us know if your dachshund(s) ever get a chance to visit the beach, and if so, what’s the experience like for them and you!??? I know many hounds act like they’ll melt if the water gets too close, but there’s so much more to a beach than the ocean. We’ve found the sun, sand and smells are equally entertaining for our darling dachshunds as anything. 🙂
Today was just another Dachshund Sunday Funday at the dog park, bow-tie edition. 🙂 These dapper bow-ties were a gift from friends while their humans were traveling abroad. Thanks Sharon & Shonit for thinking of us, and making us feel welcome in Melbourne. ❤ It was lovely being Down Under, and it’s so sweet to be reunited with our handsome style hounds. #DachshundSundayFunday 🙂 #FamilyFun
It has been an amazing countdown to today, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with friends near and far, in person and via the convenience of modern technology i.e., texts, Facebook, Instagram, etc. HUGE thanks to all for their birthday well wishes, cards and more. I’m forever grateful for the effort and thought. Thank you!
If you’re still considering a gift or show of support to honor me and my birth, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our charity DOGS or buying something (anything) from our DOGS’ Shop.
Additionally, if you’re really in the mood for something fun and festive, please be among the first to pre-order our new I-heart-hounds zipper harness AND/OR Black and Tan tied-dyed unisex tank. 🙂 See pics below. We’ll have better product photos soon, but hopefully you get the general idea from these first few. If interested in knowing more, please email Marc at firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks! He’s accepting pre-orders NOW!!!
Once more friends, thank you for making me feel loved on my special day. I accept it all and send it back to you. ❤ #LoveWins #AllWeNeedIsLove #ThankYou #Gratitude ✌🏼😎
Remember, if you’re local to Southern California, I happily invite YOU to attend the opening reception for Gallery 525‘s Summer Invitational – this Saturday, July 1st from 5 to 8, where I’m a featured artist. Please come see my newest dachshund centric creation. We’ll be there, and we’d love to see you and show off my latest and greatest. Join us, if you can!!! #YoureInvited #JoinUs#ArtShow #FinaletotheBirthdayWeekCelebration