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BIG weekend visiting family in Michigan with my brother! So many things happened, here is part one:

The main purpose for this trip was to introduce my brother’s dachshund Maki with our cousin’s dachshunds Borrachita and Grover. Of course, I couldn’t leave Lucy behind so she was invited too!

This is Borrachita! She’s very sweet, friendly and loves snuggling under blankets and playing with her brother.

Here is Grover! He’s very affectionate with EVERYONE and it was difficult to get much distance between him and my face (which of course I loved).

Generally Lucy doesn’t do very well with new dogs and Patrick and Britney mentioned how Borrachita is a bit shy as well. When we first introduced the dogs we were all outside which I think leveled the playing field a bit because they amazingly all became quick friends. I couldn’t even believe in such little time that Lucy would be playing tug-of-war with Grover!

By the end of the weekend Lucy and Maki were exhausted! I have never seen Lucy so sleepy in her whole life!


Lucy’s First Cow

Yesterday I spent Father’s Day with my family at my Aunt and Uncle’s lake house inWisconsin. The plan was to sit on the boat for a bit, but because of my brother’s unpredictable work schedule we didn’t get there until about 4:00pm and by then a storm was rolling in.

We did have enough time to wade in the swimming area next to the boat launch and take Lucy and Maki to a park where my brother tracked down a GeoCache. (GeoCaching is a fun treasure hunting game, for more info click here While he was trudging through the woods avoiding poison ivy and ticks my dad and I walked the two dogs down to where a herd of cows were casually grazing.


After a few moments of watching the cows, Maki and Lucy finally noticed them and of course were terrified having never seen cows before. They then started barking wildly at the cows because of both little dogs think they’re HUGE. Then, curious about the barking all the cows in the field stampeded towards us! Well…stampeded, briskly moseyed, whatever.

Dachshund Convention

Imagine 10 little dachshunds hurtling towards you as fast as their little cankles can take them! This was the scene I had the pleasure of enjoying at the Midwest Dachshund Rescue’s Dachshund Dash.

On Saturday, my brother and I took Maki to a dachshund convention of sorts in Wheaton, IL. There were raffles, door prizes, hot dogs, contests (one funny little doxie did NOT like his fireman costume!) and of course over 100 dachshunds of all shapes and sizes at any given time.

I was quite proud when my brother won the dog look alike contest! He won a whole bag full of fun toys, treats and a gift card to Baker’s Square! (he kinda does look like Maki…)

We got pretty cold towards the end of the day standing outside watching the Dachshund Dash but we could hardly tear ourselves away! Eventually we decided to go home, but not before getting a picture in front of the Oscar Mayer Wiener truck!

My niece Maki

A week before Christmas 2010, my brother found exactly what he was looking for: a 1-year-old miniature longhair dachshund. She was a rescue from a puppy mill and showed signs of neglect and a litter of puppies. She was adorable so he had to have her.

When we picked her up, the whole thing felt a little like a drug deal. In a dark parking lot we traded the little dog for a small adoption fee and went our separate ways. Not even 5 months later, she’s already pretty well adjusted and very loving.

Lucy on the other hand wants pretty much nothing to do with her. At home, Lucy spends her days trying to bait my roommate’s dog Abby into play by jumping around her, barking and nibbling gently at her ears and muzzle while Abby does nothing or runs away. With Maki the roles are entirely reversed. I have faith that eventually the two of them will become the best of friends!