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.

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Does Your Dachshund Like The Cold Weather?

Does Your Dachshund Like The Cold Weather?

With their thin coat it is not suprising that Dachshunds feel the cold! Dachshund Luke is already shivering and he is in Spain. The temperature has only dropped a few degrees and already he is shivering and wants to spend his day either snuggled under blankets or secure and warm inside my sweatshirt.

So looks like I am going to spend from now until the end of winter with Dachshund Luke living inside my sweatshirt – does not make it so easy to move around the house, however his warm little body is comforting and keeps me snug too!

How does your Dachshund deal with the cold weather?

Dachshund Luke keeping warm

Funny Dachshund videos

 

Dancing Dachshunds

Thought we could all do with a laugh so here are a few funny Dachshund videos.

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. 

Book – Dachshund Luke goes to Spain

Book – Dachshund Luke goes to Spain

Introducing Dachshund Luke goes to Spain by Karen Larson. 

I own a little red Dachshund called Luke. He is so funny, happy, and a loving little boy, he means the world to me.

When my husband and I decided to spend some time in Spain, we of course took Luke with us from Florida. We are all currently staying 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. This got my brain churning and thinking how Luke has just made this big trip and also left behind his two Dachshund best friends Dottie and Sara. After an intense learning curve I wrote and self published, a book called Dachshund Luke goes to Spain. This is written through the eyes of Dachshund Luke and is packed with color photo’s.

 A true story written through the eyes of one lovable Dachshund called Luke. 

Luke was happily living with his humans in Florida and enjoying his Dachshund friends Dotty and Sara. One day he noticed things were missing from his home and strange boxes were appearing.

This book follows Dachshund Luke from Florida, his first time on a plane and his experiences in a new country without his friends. A place where he does not understand what the other humans are saying and mules are a common form of transport. At first, he enjoys the new smells but after awhile he starts to feel lonely and misses his friends. When his humans bring home a new kitten he does not understand this new feeling of jealousy and starts to misbehave.

How does Dachshund Luke cope with a new kitten and his new surroundings?
Find out more in this wonderful book.

preview the first 15 pages and purchase Dachshund Luke goes to Spain 

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

 Interested in learning about self publishing?

This is a fantastic guide Click Here For Details

A portion of profits from this book goes to support
D.A.R.E Dachshund Adoption, Rescue, and Education.
http://daretorescue.com

 

Dachshund Luke AKA Perro Salchicha 

   Hi its my turn                                                      

Hello everyone, this is Dachshund Luke.

Wow, I have my own blog and now a squidoo lens http://www.squidoo.com/dachshund_Luke
That is enough to get my tail wagging.

I am a little red Dachshund with 3-inch legs, and weigh 9 lbs on a good day.
My name is Luke, also known as Bubba Lou and stop barking.

I am currently living in Spain with my humans and a cat called Kitty Kat. To my surprise, I found out that kittens grow bigger than me and have magic claws.

In Florida, I was a sausage dog however, in Spain, I am now a perro salchicha – I love perro, don’t you think it sounds better than dog?

I love my humans and I know they love me because they cuddle and play with me every day. I love to make them laugh because it makes my tail waggle and wiggle.

I have recently taught my humans how to play hide-n-seek. I hide the ball in corners or under the sofa and they have to find it. I point to it with my nose. If they don’t notice that I am playing then I bark, they don’t like that as much. I am better at finding than my humans, that’s because I am a hound dog.

Dachshund lovers thank you for looking at my book. 

That is me on the cover!

I fully support the Dachshund Rescue groups and all the work they do in finding loving homes for Dachshunds. I spent a few wonderfully fulfilling years forstering Dachshund’s for D.A.R.E. and would recommend it to anyone. http://www.squidoo.com/Foster-Dachshunds

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

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