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.

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 

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 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 

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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.

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

 www.dachshundluke.wordpress.com

Run with the wind

Run with the wind

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I totally needed to take a break from my addiction of surfing. Not the energetic get wet type but the sit on my bottom looking at other people’s online life. Although Dachshund Luke is more than happy for me to stuff him up my jumper so he can take a nap and more than patient with me while I check my email, facebook, blogs, other peoples blogs, clicking away into the unknown, there comes a time in the day that I need to get up. Not just into the kitchen for another cup of tea, but really get up. 

Again, Luke saves me from this clicking madness and unfolds himself from the warm of my sweater, stretching his long body he gives me that look. Dog owners know it. It is that time for a walk look. I peel myself off and out of my computer chair refreshing my email, one last time and tear myself away from my glowing screen. Luke is right we need to get out of here for a while. 

Once out on the dusty river road I ponder why we do not spend more time outside. It is stunning, wonderful snow capped (yep still snow) mountains poking into blue skies. Paths in all directions, taking you along the river or up into the mountain, miles of tracks surrounded by blooming spring flowers and hardly a human in sight. They beckon but not for today. Luke’s little legs and his desire to sniff every blade of Mule and goat trodden grass makes it hard for him to go on long walks. 

It is windy today so his ears are flapping. He seems to love it when it is windy and likes to run with the wind. Really wish I could let him run free however; he just has no road sense. Even though not many cars pass along these tracks, you do get the occasional car transporting the locals to their plots of vegetables and Luke being so short is nearly unnoticeable among the ruts in the ground. He also has a habit of walking along nicely until he wants to go home. Then he shoots ahead, little legs kicking up dust and suddenly becomes deaf to all his commands.

Have you ever tried to catch up with a running Dachshund?

No, well let me tell you they may have little legs but they can boogie. So much to the amazement of the locals who rarely allow their dogs in the house let alone ever purchase a lead for it, Luke walks along happily and safely attached to his expanding lead.

I fricking did it!

13 miles up and down mountains, yep I did it today. I am so happy!

Took me 2 ½ hours.

Will blog the experience in the morning since my aging brain is not doing its thing so having great difficulty in the thinking, typing area.

Congratulation’s to all who managed this grueling walks/run and to the guy who ran it in just over a hour.

At this point in my life shouldn’t I know better?

 

The countdown is in hours not days yet still I am as untrained as the day the walk was announced. How can this be? How fast does time go without me noticing?

It is time to get out of my head and into the real world and drag out my tracksuit bottoms for at 10 am tomorrow morning I will be at the start of a 13 mile walk.

I am after all the one that willingly filled in the application form for Cadiar’s first mini marathon but I have to reflect on the question, why? Some things come to mind including wanting to feel part of the community, feeling younger in mind than my real body is, and my big mouth. My chattering can get me in trouble and at the mention of a marathon that is exactly what I did. I told tales of the long distance walking that I enjoyed in England, after that an application and pen was slid along the bar. I failed to mention that these walks took place over 17 years ago with a much younger fit body.

Tonight I will try to put this feat out of my head and get some rest ready for an early start.

So wish me luck as I put my body where my mouth is, hoping I can actually finish what I started and not be the last one in.

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