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German museum honors the dachshund

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A museum dedicated to the dachshund opened last week in Germany — the country in which wiener dogs originated.

It’s a labor of love, and the brainchild of two former florists, dachshund lovers both, who managed to bring more than 4,500 pieces and 2,000 exhibits featuring dachshund paraphernalia together over the last three months.

The Dackelmuseum (or Dachshund Museum) was opened in the Bavarian town of Passau on April 2 by
Josef Küblbeck and Oliver Storz, two former florists who share a bit of an obsession with the breed.

Among the items displayed are stamps, prints, figurines, stuffed animals, dachshund puppets, even a dachshund shaped from bread.

Their inventory took a leap recently when they purchased a Belgian punk rocker’s extensive collection of dachshund paraphernalia, Reuters reported.

“The world needs a sausage dog museum… No other dog in the world enjoys the same kind of recognition or popularity as the symbol of Bavaria, the sausage dog,” said Kueblbeck. “We wanted to give this dog a home where people can come and share their joy.”

Admirers of the breed over the years have included artist Pablo Picasso, actor Marlon Brando, former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, scientist Albert Einstein and Napoleon.

One of Germany’s oldest breeds, the dachshund can be long-, short- or wire-haired and is one of the country’s most popular dogs. It was bred for hunting, starting in the Middle Ages. With their pointy snouts, they are renowned for being able to burrow into holes to catch small animals.

Dogs in the news: And the wiener is …

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Choked on a wiener. Blinded by a wiener. Saved by a wiener. Bitten by a wiener. It has been a big news week for wieners, both the food and the dog — enough fodder (which I believe is the top listed ingredient in hot dogs) to hold our own Wiener Awards.

So without further ado, the envelopes please.

Our first category — Best Wiener in a Supporting Roll …

(Click here for all of the Wiener Awards.)

And our wiener dog memorial award goes to …

paco sosaPaco Sosa, reportedly New York’s oldest dog, died last week.

The dachshund, owned by Bernadine Santistevan, of the upper East Sice, was 20 years old and five months in human years, according to the New York Daily News.

“He was such a gift in my life,” said Santistevan, who met the dachshund when he was a month-old. “He taught me that all life is precious. He was amazing in that respect.”

Paco Sosa had been having frequent seizures and neck pain for over a year, and suffered a particularly bad convulsion three weeks ago.

Santistevan said her dog was put down at a veterinary hospital. “He was very peaceful, very happy,” she said. “He let me know it was time to let go.”

Santistevan plans a “celebration party” in coming weeks for Paco Sosa, whose ashes she plans to scatter in the mountains around Taos, N.M.

(Click here for all of the Wiener Awards.)

Wiener Fest: Standing tall in Texas

 

Texas likes to tout its bigness, but, here in College Station, Saturday was a day to celebrate a breed that never rises more than a few inches from the ground — the low but not lowly dachsund.

Being in College Station, home of Texas A&M, for some book-related research, I found myself with some time on my hands Saturday, so I grabbed the camera and headed over to a local park where the Brazos County Animal Shelter’s “Wiener Fest” was being held.

It was just the second year for the event, but you couldn’t tell it from the huge crowd that turned out — most of them with their dogs, a surprising number with their dachsunds. Wiener Fest organizer Judy LeUnes said the event is based on a similar one held in Buda, Texas, south of Austin.

One reason dachsunds might be so popular in these parts, or so I’m told, is that this, College Station, as the name implies, is a college town, where a lot of students and others live in small apartments, making the dimunitive breed a popular pet.

Hundreds of them turned out for the festival, and most of them took part in the races. (They were up to the 35th heat when I finally left.) But there were dogs of all shapes and sizes, as you can see in the slideshow above, including one whose owner deemed him big enough to give a toddler a ride.

While the races were the highlight, the event also included a costume contest, agility demonstrations, music and, of course, barbecue.

The race heats were divided by age and sex, and there was one race for handicapped contestants — between two blind dachsunds and one, named Flip, who has no use of his hind legs.

Flip (you can see him in the slideshow) is owned by Jackie and Chris Curfman, who found him on the streets of Dallas when he was about eight months old. When he was 4, Flip jumped off their bed and herniated a disk, putting pressure on his spinal cord, causing him to lose function of his hind legs. He gets around (as he did in the race) via a wheeled contraption whose frame is made of PVC pipe.

Flip won his race, which just goes to show you, no matter how close to the ground you might be, no matter whether you’re propelled by paws or wheels, no matter whether you’re saddled with a moniker like “wiener,” one can — even in Texas — still stand tall.