Dachshund Luke Spleen Removed

Dachshund Luke had his Spleen removed a couple of weeks ago.

We had found a long lump on the side of his body – we were still in Spain at the time and the local vet informed us it was fatty tissue.

When we returned to USA we took Luke to his vet to get his local rabies certificate and of course mentioned the “fatty tissue”. This led to strange looks from the vet, mentions of an unlikely place to have fatty tissue and then and x-ray. We soon realised that this was not going to be a quick visit to get his certificates up to date but did not comprehend how sick Luke was.

After looking at the x-ray the vet showed us the lump – it took up most of his little body cavity! We were told that his spleen was very enlarged and that there were two lumps attached, one the size of a baseball! I can not explain how shocked we were by this news and how scared we were when the vet said that he wanted to operate of Luke ASAP and that we were to prepare ourselves for the worst. He said that there is a good chance that this is cancer and may have already spread into the rest of his body, he might have to call us during surgery so that we could decide if we want him to continue or put him to sleep.

He sent us home to decide if we wanted to go ahead with the operation in the morning or wait a few days to spend time with him. I cried and cried thinking about losing him and of course blamed ourselves for not bringing him back from Spain sooner.

My husband and I talked all while Dachshund Luke played with a ball. We decided to take him in for the operation in the morning. After spending a few hours searching the internet for more information we had to stop – most sites gave a low survival chance.

Well, I have to tell all our Dachshund friends that he survived the operation (better than us!) and the biopsy showed that he did not have cancer. We are so happy to be able to spend more time with little Dachshund Luke and to see him so healthy.

Dachshund Luke sunbathing his shaved belly

Funny Dachshund Video Playing With A Puppy

Funny Dachshund Video Playing With A Puppy

Hi all it is Dachshund Luke here.

Here is a funny video of me and the foster puppy. The puppy is a German Shephard and always wants to play with my toys. Everyone who knows me is very aware that I love my Dachshund toys and really do not see why I should be sharing them. 

Only problem I have is that my legs are so short. The puppy already has longer legs than me and apparently is stronger too!

I hope that you enjoyed this video 🙂

My human has been busy helping the local animals here in Spain. I keep telling her that she has been neglecting my blog so decided to pretend that the puppy was dragging me around to make a funny video. Then she had to post on my blog 🙂

Bye for now Dachshund lovers

Dachshund Luke xx

I Thought Dachshunds Love Snow

I Thought Dachshunds Love Snow

Dachshund Luke thinks it is just cold rain

We all know that Dachshunds hate the rain but I had heard that they love the snow.

I was so excited this morning to see our Spanish village covered in a layer of beautiful snow. When Dachshund Luke emerged from under the blankets (2 hours after us) I grabbed the camera and we headed out of the door.

Dachshund Luke had done his happy dance to my magic words “Do you want to go for a walk” but skidded to a halt in our doorway looking annoyed with this cold white stuff that had invaded his driveway. Ok, I just thought he was unsure of what to do with the snow so scooped him up and marched outside.

I gently lowered  him to the ground. He sniffed the snow, shivered and then lifted each foot as high as he could – which is only about 3 inches – then begged to be picked back up – by jumping at my leg leaving tiny wet cold patches on my jeans.

We tried this a few times but he was not amused.

He is now back inside and after wiggling on the sofa is happily snuggled back under the blankets in our bed.

Maybe I will try again later but I think Dachshund Luke is one of those Dachshunds that just thinks snow is cold rain.

Does your Dachshund like the snow?

Dachshund Luke Holiday Video Happy Holidays Everyone

Dachshund Luke Holiday Video Happy Holidays Everyone

Dachshund Luke rocking to Elvis

Dachshund Luke And Kitty Kat Find The Sun

Dachshund Luke And Kitty Kat Find The Sun

Hunting down the sun in the winter 

Dachshund owners know that their Dachshund is always somewhere close by. Therefore, it was an odd feeling when I stood up and realized I did not have a nine-pound Dachshund sleeping up my sweatshirt. Odd.  

He was not under the blankets in bed either. Even odder. We had not lit the fire yet, so he was not snuggled on his cushion… 

Umm, I knew he was not outside since it is too cold for him to spend any longer than necessary shivering in the garden. In a slight panic, I tried to remember the last time the front door had been opened. Is he wandering the streets of Spain, perhaps following a mule? 

No such excitement for Dachshund Luke, you see the clouds had parted enough to let a ray of warm sun hit our open back door. 

There he sat with Kitty Kat soaking up what little winter warm Spain could throw their way.  

Dachshund Luke will do anything to find a bit of warmth – even forgo my sweatshirt to enjoy the sunshine.

Dachshund Recipes Please! What Are You Cooking Tonight?

 Dachshund Recipes Please! What Are You Cooking Tonight?

 

Whats this?

What's this? I thought you were cooking tonight!

Hello Dachshund lovers,

Due to popular demand from my friends, the wonderful people who adopted our fosters, and Dachshund lovers I am in the middle of putting together a Dachshund recipe ebook.

WOW am I crazy? Maybe it is a lot of work but…

I got fed up of searching for home cooked meals that Dachshunds love. Now dont get me wrong there are a lot of interesting dog food books available but they are either complicated, full of unobtainable ingredients or just not suitable for our little Dachshunds. I know that there are some wonderful Dachshund lovers that visit my site everyday, who care about their Dachshunds and know that what they eat affects their health and lifespan. We all know the dangers of commercial dog foods as evidence by all the recent recalls!

So, Dachshund lovers – What are you cooking for your Dachshund tonight?

What do I want?

I am looking for Dachshund recipes that have been tried and tested on Dachshunds to be included in my new ebook

What do you get?

If I include your recipe you will get a big blue link to your website or blog PLUS a free copy of the ebook!

How do you submit your favorite Dachshund recipes?

Please email me at luke@dachshundluke.com 

Include recipes – pictures would be great! (you can submit as many as you like)

The link to either your Dachshund blog or website that you would like included.

Please do not add them here – the comments will get way too long!

 This is a great way to help other Dachshund owners keep their Dachshunds healthy.

Any questions? Please email me luke@dachshundluke.com

 Thanks to those that have already sent me great recipes! Please keep them coming!

Dachshund Needs A Bath

Dachshund Needs A Bath

Dachshund Luke is not a water fan so bath time can be a little bit of a challenge for all of us.

Over the years I have learnt not to mention the word ‘Bath’ anytime in the same month as I plan to bath him! He knows if hears ‘Bath’ then he will not go anywhere near the bathroom for weeks.

Luckily he does not need to be bathed that often BUT he loves to roll in anything dead, smelly, or unmentionable.

Most of the time we can get away with using a wet cloth (often mixing warm water with a little vinegar) – he is so tiny after all and a dishtowel is big enough to cover him.

BUT every now and then, however wet that cloth may be it just will not be enough to remove the latest ‘rollin good time’.

So my husband and I do the secret motion for bath time (Dachshund Luke has not learnt it yet) and the fun begins……

Click here to find out –  How To Give A Dachshund A Bath 

 

www.dachshundluke.com – Yes Dachshund Luke has a website!

Dachshunds Know When A Toy Is Missing!

Dachshunds Know When A Toy Is Missing!

Does your Dachshund know when a toy is missing?

Dachshund Luke does – he checks all his toys at least once a day to make sure they are accounted for. He also loves to play ‘find it’ – toy hide n seek. Well today, there has been an unplanned ‘find it’ – the missing ball that he will not find, but keeps looking for.

It all started when Dachshund Luke bounced a ball out the back door, down the steps and onto the balcony. He has been taught not to go down these steep concrete steps (we carry his out) but enjoys bouncing the ball down there and us throwing it back to him.

I am not good at throwing so never should have attempted to throw the ball from our balcony up 3 steps into our doorway. The doorway the Dachshund Luke was standing in anticipaticion, waiting for his ball.

I threw it without thinking and the ball caught the corner of the door, bounced in front of Dachshund Luke’s nose and then dived over the balcony. Plummeting 2 stories, bouncing off our car and coming to rest in the barranco – a weed filled shallow river that runs around the village and only flows when it rains hard.

Dachshund Luke thought we were playing ‘find it’ and began searching for the ball. He searched for nearly an hour then started to bark at us – he wanted his ball back!

We did look in the barranco but the long weeds, and the goat tied up next to it prevented a result. We knew we somehow had to distract Dachshund Luke so that he would stop the hunting and then barking cycle.

No other ball would do. A long walk didn’t do it.

Then I remembered the giant shirt ball video at http://kalyxcornucopia.blogspot.com/ home of a Dachshund called Baxter. I wondered if we too wrapped a ball up in a couple of towels then stuffed it all into a t-shirt (knotted together) would this distract him?

I worked – he loved the ‘giant shirt ball’, shook it, and dug at it for 40 minutes. Then laid down exhausted and is currently sleeping with Kitty Kat.

Dachshund Luke and Kitty Kat 2009 289

Thanks Baxter! Now we just have to hope that when he wakes up he will not remember his missing ball.

Dachshund dog steps

 

Dachshund Luke uses dog steps 

My special dog steps

I may have a long body but my legs (do not laugh) are only 3 inches long! Thats my legs and steps in this picture.

Yep, I only stand a few inches off the floor and to tell the truth, I do not really like the floor. I spend a lot of time on my human’s bed and the soft chairs but they are so high up.

Instead, I have my own special stairs – I am the only one allowed to use them.
I love my stairs because I do not have to wait to be picked-up – I am a little stubborn so waiting is not my thing.

I have a set of stairs by my human’s bed and a set that leads to the soft big cuddling chair in front of the fire. They are very portable so we even take them when I stay at friends houses.

I personally do not mind things getting dirty but my human is happy that she can take the cover off and wash it in the washing machine.

Dachshund Luke’s news flash.

Do not damage your Dachshunds back.

Dachshunds have very long backs – we are nearly a dog and a half in length – and we should not be jumping. We can damage our backs even if we are still young.
Many Dachshunds sadly get hurt very badly (or worse) from jumping down from things.
Please do everything you can to stop you Dachshund from jumping.

 

Dachshund Luke thinks all Dachshund’s need steps. 

Flat Stanley visits Dachshund Luke

Dachshund Luke meets Flat Stanley

 

A very nice girl called Alana asked if she could send Flat Stanley to visit Dachshund Luke in Spain.

Well, we all know that Luke has been missing his friends in Florida so he was excited about meeting Flat Stanley.
Dachshund Luke had to wait for Flat Stanley to arrive from America. He went to the post office every day until at last the post man gave him an envelope.

Flat Stanley arrives in Spain 

First day in Cadiar.

 

Flat Stanley flew all the way from America to this little village in Spain called Cadiar. We found Flat Stanley in the village post office. He was safe in his envelope and happy to get out.

Flat Stanley was very energetic when he arrived and wanted to have his picture taken at the village sign.
When we got to the house, he met his new friend Dachshund Luke for the first time. Dachshund Luke was so happy to meet him and after a lot of excitement, they soon settled down and chatted together. 

Siesta 

It had been a long trip so Stanley snuggled with Luke for a siesta.A siesta is a Spanish tradition going back hundreds of years that allows everyone, even children in schools to take a mid day break for two hours. It is so popular that during siesta time the streets in the village are quiet and empty.

 

Lets go and explore Cadiar 

When Stanley and Dachshund Luke wake up, they are full of energy.

They talked and played and then Dachshund Luke decided to show Flat Stanley Cadiar.

One of Dachshund Luke’s favorite things to do is going for a walk and Flat Stanley was more than happy to join him.

 

Cadiar is in the Sierra Nevada 

The first thing Flat Stanley noticed is that almost everyone spoke Spanish.

Dachshund Luke told him that he is trying to learn Spanish and that dog in Spanish is perro. They both agreed that they prefer perro to dog.

Flat Stanley decides that it would be so much fun to learn a new language. Maybe even Spanish!

They walked to the village and on the way, Dachshund Luke explained the Cadiar is very old. At least 500 year old – that is old! There are around 2000 people living in the village.

All of the houses are white. It is a very old tradition in Spanish villages.

Flat Stanley also found out that Cadiar is nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Sierra Nevada means Snowy Mountain. You can just see the last of the snow on the mountain by Flat Stanley’s hand.

Flat Stanley thinks it is a very pretty village.

 

The farmers grow grape vines in Cadiar. 

A farmer told Flat Stanley that there are no grapes yet but in the summer, they will have hundreds to pick.
He invited Flat Stanley to come back in the summer to help pick them.

 

This is Cadiar’s church.  

This church is beautiful.
It is around 500 years old!

 

Look how small the streets are. 

Dachshund Luke told Stanley that it is because they only had Mules when they built the houses.
Flat Stanely saw a Mule or two every day in Cadiar.

A Mule! 

Flat Stanley met his first Mule.

The locals use Mules to work on the land and to carry heavy bundles of straw. They also still ride them in the streets.

 

Time for something to eat. 

They went to a little panaderia (bakery) at the top of the hill and purchased a couple of churros, which is a Spanish desert pastry. It is a lot like an American doughnut except that it is long and thin. Stanley thought that the best part was the warm cup of pure milk chocolate that they give you on the side for dipping!

They went to a little panaderia (bakery) at the top of the hill and purchased a couple of churros, which is a Spanish desert pastry. It is a lot like an American doughnut except that it is long and thin. Stanley thought that the best part was the warm cup of pure milk chocolate that they give you on the side for dipping!

 

Flat Stanley’s time to say goodbye. 

Well Flat Stanley has had a lot of fun in Spain but soon it was time to leave.

He said his sad goodbye’s to Dachshund Luke and told him that he wants to visit again.
Dachshund Luke asked him what he liked most.

He thought about it and then told Dachshund Luke that he liked the fact that it was not busy and crowded. Also, that the air is clean and pure, everything smelled so fresh and healthy and how old Cadiar is.
He also loved the fact that the village still lived in the traditional ways, keeping animals under their houses, using Mules, growing grapes.

Oh, he had so many things that he liked and he couldn’t wait to get back to America to tell Alana.

He jumped back in his envelope along with postcards, stickers and a map and started his journey home.

 

Dachshund Luke goes to Spain 

Wondered what Dachshund Luke is doing in Spain?
Flat Stanley did so Dachshund Luke showed him this page.

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