Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dog Shaming

I am concerned about dog-shaming and slut-shaming, so I checked this book out of the library. (Mom and I have been in Idaho, and we love our local library.)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Fogged with Passion

Today we take you to the Aosta Valley of north-western Italy, home to the highest peaks in the Alps and some of the cutest dogs on the planet. Meet Stella (Italian for star)...

her fursister Maya...

and their fursister Nebbia (Italian for fog).

As he was riding his bike up by their house, Dachshund Daddy learned that Maya, Nebbia, and Stella also have a brown standard short-haired dachshund cousin who would join them later that day. DD made a mental note to stop by after his bike ride to meet the dachshund cousin as well, then off he rode and, a few hours later, enjoyed this view from the top of Bec de Gavin:

On the way back, DD met this little guy right outside Maya, Stella, and Nebbia's place. A brown standard short-haired dachshund... he had to be their cousin!

"Oh no! You got locked out!" DD said to the little guy, who looked at him briefly before marking a pee spot right by the gate. DD rang the doorbell, but there was nobody home. DD tried the neighbors, who revealed the truth.

"No, it's not their cousin. He's a dachshund who lives in town who's been wooing Stella for three days now. Stella is in heat and he's very interested."

The dachshund, his mind fogged with passion, proceeded to kiss Stella.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Best Dog Signage Ever: #1 - Andorno Micca

We're starting a new series on the best dog signage ever. From time to time, we'll show you an awesome example of dog signage design, and you get to rate it on a scale from 1 to 10. Here's today's entry: a very colorful doggy sign from the town of Andorno Micca in northwestern Italy.

With the typical Italian disregard for brevity, this colorful sign invites dog parents to comply with the local scoop-the-poop laws and keep their fur-kids on leash. It adds that it is mandatory for large dogs or dangerous dogs to also wear a muzzle. I wonder how this regulation applies to dachshunds... we're large (compared to chihuahuas) and dangerous (to mice); should I buy a muzzle just to be on the safe side?

Don't fur-get to rate this sign!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Can quarantine laws be used against human stupidity?

By now you may have heard about Australia's death threat to Johnny Depp's fur-kids, Yorkshire Terriers Pistol and Boo, guilty of having been brought down under without observing the country's strict quarantine laws.

Pistol and Boo's presence in Australia was discovered after a grooming session at Happy Dogz in Queensland.

While it was wrong for Johnny Depp to ignore Australian pet laws, it was also wrong for Australia's agriculture minister Burnaby Joyce to upset dog lovers worldwide by emphasizing that Pistol and Boo would need to be euthanized unless they left Australia asap. He went as far as saying "It's time that Pistol and Boo bugger off back to the United States".

Since quarantine laws exist to prevent the spread of nasty diseases like rabies, why not use them to prevent the spread of human stupidity? Dachshund Daddy says it's a great idea, but it may be too late already. What do you think?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Trudy the Bernese

Meet Trudy the Bernese mountain dog! Bernese and Dachshunds have a lot more in common than one would think. Aside from the negligible size difference (they say Bernese mountain dogs are slightly larger than dachshunds, though I haven't really noticed), both Bernese and Dachshunds like to nap and give sassy looks.

Trudy lives in the Tanarello Valley, just below the border between Italy and France. This is where Trudy walks every day.

Trudy's pee spots literally mark the border between the two countries, thus complementing the role of border markers such as this one:

"F" stands for France, but why does it say 1947 underneath? Trudy says, "Because that's when the border between France and Italy was redrawn after WWII." How wild is that?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dachshund Pippo

Today we're taking you to Lake Serraia in the Trentino region of Northern Italy, which in Dachshund Daddy's opinion is the Switzerland of Italy.

This area is home to Dachshund Pippo, who was recently featured on Furbes -- the Forbes magazine for canine readers.

Here's Pippo's trademark blue-eyed sassy look.

Pippo is a very good dog. He has a blue eye and a hazel eye.


Dachshund Pippo recommends hiking to the top of Dosso di Costalta so you can enjoy a wotten waven view of Lake Serraia and the rest of the Altopiano di Pinè, the Pinè plateau where the lake is ensconced. Pippo, thank you for the tip!

Fur note: Pippo is the Italian name for the Disney character Goofy and is commonly used as a term of endearment for dogs and people alike.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Lulu (on the left) is Mia's mother. Let's join Mia in wishing Lulu a happy mother's day!

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