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.

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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.

Dachshund rescue needs foster homes

 Save Dachshunds from shelters

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There are many Dachshund rescue groups and they all need loving foster homes to look after the Dachshunds until they are adopted.

When a Dachshund has the misfortune of finding itself in a dog shelter, he is of course scared and lonely and among hundreds of other dogs looking for a home. Some shelters have so many dogs that they cannot keep them all and sadly have to put some down. 

This is where the Dachshund rescue groups come in. The rescue groups go to the shelter and remove the Dachshund, in some instances saving its life. If the Dachshund is sick, the group pays for all the medical care. The little one is then placed in a caring foster home that has been approved by the group.

As a foster home, you have to be able to socialize and train your new charge making him adoptable.

The rescue group that I volunteered for where very helpful in providing many guidelines and a contact person that I could call anytime for advice.

Just treat him like he is part of the family and it is surprising how fast they adapt to their new surroundings. 

The length of time a foster Dachshund will stay in your home varies widely. Young puppies are in demand, so are adopted quicker than an older dog with heartworm. There are dedicated foster homes who take in Dachshunds that due to illness or age may stay with them for years.

 

You do of course have a certain say in which dogs you are willing to take. If you do find yourself with one that really does not fit into your home, it may be possible to find him a more suitable foster home. However, give them all a chance first; sometimes a dog that may seem snappy could just be upset and missing his home. Often with love and care, they settle down quickly.  

 

Dachshund Luke, our little love enjoyed the foster dogs and was willing to except them into his home. He did get a little protective with his toys but they always worked it out between them.

Sometimes Luke was the alpha dog in the group and other times he let a newbie take over.

We wanted the fosters to be part of our daily life so they shared our entire home with us.

Dachshund Luke is quite excepting of other dogs in his home but this is something you will have to consider if you already have a Dachshund other pets or children.

All members of your household must be happy to be part of this otherwise; it will not be a rewarding experience for you or the dogs.

 Please look at a Dachshund rescue group in your area to find out guidelines and information about the possibility of opening up your home to a homeless Dachshund.

If fostering is not for you then at least consider getting your next Dachshund from a rescue group.

I fostered from D.A.R.E, Dachshund Adoption, Rescue and Education in Florida. www.daretorescue.com

Tips on getting your Dachshunds cage ready for plane.

Pimp your Dachshunds cage. 

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Tips on getting your Dachshund’s crate ready to go on a plane. 

When you fill out the forms and hand over your dog to the Pet Cargo department, he begins a journey without you to monitor him, similar to your luggage.

Luggage not arriving is an inconvenience; you file a complaint and let off a bit of steam at the lost luggage office, buy a new set of underwear and a toothbrush and hope that it magically appears at your hotel before the end of your vacation.

Your dog not arriving is unforgivable and stressful to say the least.

When he transferred between the warehouse, cargo, and plane, you want everyone to remember his crate. The more it stands out from the other crates the better.

more….. click here for Tips on how to prepare your Dachshund’s crate for a flight

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Self Publishing Options

Self Publishing Options.

  

Dachshund Luke goes to Spain by Karen Larson

 

Experiences in getting a book printed.

 

 

For me the book idea was easy. I am currently living in a little Spanish village with time to reflect and get to know some of the locals including the group of English ex-pats and their families. It dawned on me how strange it must have been for some of the children to leave behind their friends and all familiar to them.

 

This prompted me to write this little book. It is a true story about Dachshund Luke and his move from Florida to Spain. It follows his experiences as he travels on a plane and arrived in a country that not only smells different but also the humans make different noises. His life changed again when his ‘only pet’ position was challenged, and a small kitten was adopted into the household. Despite his initial misbehaving due to jealousy to his surprise, he learnt to share and made a new friend. 

 

My hope is that this little book will be enjoyed and just possibly help with a child adjusting to new places. 

 

 

Dachshund owners will love Dachshund Luke goes to Spain with over 70 color photos mostly of Dachshund Luke.

 

Interested in reading the first 15 pages? Click heredachshund-luke-goes-to-spain-book-picture

 

The hardest part was how to get the idea into a book.

 

Google searches produced a total head spin of choices and I tried to narrow it down to what would fit my needs. I ended up with three possible options.

 

 

Option 1  Book publishers

 

Follow the traditional path.

 

I could go with the old-fashioned way, send my book to publishers, and hope one of them actually reads it. I entertained this idea for a long time but to be honest was put off due to the amount of photo’s I had included in my story. Without them, it just was not the same. The publishers that I researched only wanted to be sent text and some even wanted to use their own illustrators if they considered it a children’s book. I really did not think a publisher would ‘get’ my idea without the photos and it is a perfect children’s book.

 

I am busy writing a more serious book and desperately wanted to see a finished product to keep my spirits up. The thought of sending my text to publishers and waiting what could account for months for a reply might distract from my current work. I needed a fast fix for my desire to see something with my name boldly and permanently printed on it.

 

There are way too many publishing houses to list and most seem to specialize on certain genres. Just Google away and in seconds you will have more than you need to choose from.

 

 

Option 2  Book Printer

 

Find your own printing company

 

I entertained this idea for a long time and am keeping it in the back of my head for the future. Provided you have had your book edited and ready to print then this is a good way to go. I contacted a few companies by email, but again my photos were causing me a problem due to the cost. Also being a total novice to the whole thing I got confused by the format required. I only had the programs my trusty computer came with so could not fathom a way of putting the photos and text together in the exact format they wanted. This turned out to be PDF files that I now can deal with but at the time it was all a bit WTF to me. I was very scared of sending it in wrong that I backed away. I would also have had to order their minimum run total (which varies in quantity and price). I was not about to fork out a handful of cash to end up with 100 books that I didn’t like due to my own lack of knowledge.

 

 

Option 3  Print on Demand

 

This got me excited.

 

Print on demand is exactly that. Books printed one at a time (all thanks to lovely computers). Again Google search and there seems to be more P.O.D.’s (yep I am getting hip to all the initials out there now) popping up all the time. A lot of them have add-on services that range from editing, ISBN included, to promotion of your book. The costs vary too however most were a little too expensive for what I needed. I again contacted a couple and got over eager responses from their agents trying to up sale. This put me off a little however I persevered until I narrowed it down to three companies that I felt I could with my limited knowledge actually use.

 

http://www.lulu.com

This company appeared online numerous times in the searches. It had many good points including the ISBN issue, promotions and linked with Amazon. However, I still needed a simpler route again due to my photos pushing the cost and learning curve to high. This is one is being considered for a text only but would love to hear from Lulu uses on how their books turned out and final costs involved.

 

www.booksurge.com

A couple of writer friends recommended this company and to be honest I really liked them but again felt hindered by my stack of photos and the cost involved. It is another company that I will give serious consideration to for my next book. I am in the process of researching them further.

 

www.blurb.com

Also is a popular site on the web. I checked it out and loved its ease of use. I downloaded the program, put the pictures where I wanted them (within the restriction of the templates), copy and pasted my text from word. After tweaking around for a while I finally pressed the download button, off my book went, and promptly appeared on their web site. I then had the option of purchasing a book – who would not want too? Also, make the book public so that it appears in their bookstore. The books are printed to order so I do not have to order what I think will sell instead let buyers of my book determine the print quantities.

 

This is how a book looks on the blurb.com site.

 

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/638901

 

The downside is that blurb currently does not issue ISBN’s. This is required if you intend to sell in bookstores or on the likes of Amazon.com. I of course could have purchased my own and blurb.com would print it on the back of the book, but I decided on my first book to go the easiest way. Since there is no contract as such with blurb.com and I still own all rights to my book I can (and most likely will) go ahead and purchase 10 ISBN’s and either reprint with blurb.com or choose one of the above options. For now, I will keep it in the blurb.com bookstore. For me this was the quickest, simplest, and easiest way to go with a book with so many photos. I used blurb.com as my test and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Blurb.com finished books have the same professional quality you would expect from a store brought book.

 

Looking for more information on Self Publishing?

I have also written an article on how to sell your self published book – all for free, so before you spend money see how you can promote your book yourself!

http://www.squidoo.com/How-To-Sell-A-Self-Published-Book-For-Free

 

 

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Funny Dachshund book, help Dachshund rescue

We love Dachshunds!

My husband and I love Dachshunds. 7 years ago we rescued little Luke from an awful puppy mill in Florida. We both fell in love with this funny sausage dog that still makes us and others laugh daily.

We fully support the Dachshund Rescue groups and all the work they do in finding loving homes for Dachshunds. We spent a few wonderfully fulfilling years as foster parents for D.A.R.E. (Dachshund Adoption, Rescue, and Education) and would recommend it to anyone.

Unable to foster now I have decided to give a portion of the profit from my book to support D.A.R.E. www.daretorescue.com

 

I invite you to look at my new book  ‘Dachshund Luke goes to Spain’

This stunning little book contains over 70 color photos of Luke and his travels. It follows the true story of Dachshund Luke as he leaves his home in Florida with his humans to start a new life in Spain. He enjoys exploring his new village in the mountains until he starts to miss his Florida friends. When a little kitten arrives in his home, he is very puzzled by his emotions of jealousy but soon learns how to share and finds a loving new friend.

Please follow this link to view and purchase my book and help Dachshunds.

 

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/638901

 

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