“The secret of architectural excellence is to translate the proportions of a dachshund into bricks, mortar and marble.”
Obviously, Christopher Wren never met my first piebald dachshund, Oscar. With his legs too long, and his ears too short, Oscar would not likely have made a good transition to architectural design. But he was a loving and affectionate dog, who never met an enemy, and he enjoyed nothing more than to be in the garden, on lizard patrol. Since I realized yesterday that posts with photos of dachshunds included attract a LOT of attention, I figured I’d give Oscar a turn. You can see for yourself that well proportioned or not, his coloring was beautiful, and I can attest to the fact that his personality matched. He was a much beloved addition to our family, and rests now under my largest birdbath, where he is surrounded all day long by the lizards he loved to chase.
OSCAR MEYER’S BEANIE WEENIE ON LIZARD PATROL
(Though I tried to save any he caught, I’m afraid he was NOT a lizard’s best friend.)
HOW TO TURN YOUR DACHSHUND INTO A FRONT END LOADER
(Injury caused by angry cat. Recovery was complete.)
HOW TO BE COMFORTABLE WHEN YOUR HEAD IS TOO BIG TO CARRY AROUND ALL DAY
(He would rest like this for 15 or 20 minutes at a time.)
And there you have it. Dachshunds, in the garden, or in the house, make life better. I once took a test on how to discover which breed of dog is right for you. You had to choose one word from a list of attributes that would be important to you in choosing a dog, like guard work, beauty, loyalty, etc. I picked “Funny,” and the answer that popped up was, “The dog for you is a dachshund.” Luckily, I already had two. I knew all along my instincts were right.