Toaster the dachshund!
Dachshunds are lovable, clever, cute little creatures with a mind of their own. Being extra long with short little legs gives them their signature look. They’re little walking hot dogs! These doggies are truly (in my opinion) the best dogs on the planet! They are comical, mostly stubborn, possessive, treat loving little guys that come with big huge attitudes!
My dachshund, Toaster, in particular, has quite the personality, or attitude I should say. He’s all about structure and has a very regimented daily schedule. Wake up the same time everyday, wake your human up at the same time, make sure you get a mornings snack and then maybe nap, but with one eye open…we don’t want unannounced intruders, birds or squirrels disrupting his home. Keep the poodle and other dachshund in line at all times. Make sure his human cooks him dinner and go on a nightly walk… if he feels like it, that is, and the weather isn’t inclement in any way. Finally, settle down and watch some tv in the rocking chair with his human. Go to bed, wake up and do it all again.
He doesn’t like things that throw him off guard and likes everything just so! When things go his way…it’s a good day, for every one!
Now that Toaster is almost ten, he’s an old man dachshund! Older and wiser I like to say! The hair on his snout is turning white and and he really has no tolerance for…well anybody. Be prepared for a spontaneous snap!
His little dachshund buddy, “O” is always counting on Toaster to tell him what to do. He’s just a chill little guy. He’s definitely Toaster’s little shadow. They don’t play all that often, but I know they love each other.
I know my dachshund is happy, but he certainly keeps his edginess on standby! For instance, when impromptu, unwanted visitors arrive, things go haywire. Here’s a fun little look into his life!
I was living with my parents at the time and my husband was on a deployment. Driving home from work was usually uneventful, but this night I almost hit a yellow lab. Immediately I pull over and notice the dog is lost. I open the door, shove him in the backseat of my tiny VW Beetle and call the number on his collar. Turns out, his owner had been looking for quite awhile.
He was about 30 minutes away. So I drive into my parents garage, close it behind me and let the dog out. Knowing Toaster wouldn’t receive this information lightly, I left the dog in the garage to greet him. He was NOT happy. Smelling this foreign dog on me made him completely outraged. He stood by the garage door barking continuously and very loud, I might add. He was shaking uncontrollably and wouldn’t even look at me or let me touch him. I leave his emotional self alone and after a long 40 minutes goes by, the yellow lab’s owner shows up. I thought, great, things can go back to normal. Was I ever wrong. Toaster went out to my car and marked every single one of my tires, he sniffed the whole perimeter of the car and entire garage, and made sure that dog was long gone.
He then went back inside after thoroughly inspecting the scene and clung to my mom, shaking like crazy and breathing heavily. Clearly sighing with disgust towards me, he wouldn’t let me touch him, look at him, even talk to him. He basically disowned me for four days. It was a long four days. I was completely devastated. No sleeping with me, or watching tv by my side. He wouldn’t even take a snack from me. My little side kick left me high and dry. I tried to do everything I could to regain his love and respect! Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. It was all so tragic. I know I’m not going to repeat that move ever again! Wow, what a little drama dachshund.
Despite being a cranky old man, I do love him to pieces. He’s my bestest little dachshund!
Are your dachshunds pretty chill, or do you have some high strung personalities?
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never owned a dachshund!
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