The Three Mini-Daschunds + an Angel of a Kitty

Bimini and Aruba Stole Her Heart Away...Love at First Sight

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Our First Experience with These Pups was Many Years Ago

“Come here, Shinny, “ I would call, as I reached the top of the tiny hill that marked the halfway point down the lane that lead to our home on Broad Creek in Virginia.

Shinny was the frisky happy little Dachsund who bounced along the lane that was liberally covered with ground oyster shells left over from evening meals provided by the creek just in front of our home. He was coming to greet me at the end of a long bus ride home from school.

Shinny would hang out with us as we dug for those oysters and barked loudly as we tossed one in our bucket.

When I would call out for him to come greet me as I headed down the lane, he would run as fast as his tiny little legs would carry him, ears flying in the wind, and a huge smile on his face. He would hop up in my arms as I stooped down to love on him.

Shinny’s first day as a member of our family was in late March of the year that I turned seven. We had not had a dog for about three years, since the death of our Scott Terrier.

Shinny Adored my Momma

Having him come to our house was unexpected but he was most welcome. My Aunt who lived in a tiny apartment in Richmond and who worked long hours thought he needed a place in the country which is where out house was.

He loved the property. My Momma was always found outside even into the dark hours of the evening and Shinny would be somewhere near her sniffing out whatever monster was prowling nearby.

He was our dog but he loved Momma truly and became her trusty companion He was outside every afternoon when I came home and would greet me when he heard me call.

For several years a tiny ball of dust would be churned up as our Shinny raced to greet me. One afternoon when I called he did not come. I called and called and no pup rushed to my arms.

When I got home I ran inside,set my books down, and went out to ask Momma where he was.

I knew when I saw her face that she was going to tell me something I did not want to hear.

Pups Snuggled Up Together---Callie is a Little Old Lady (13 now) and a Love Bucket..

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Life Does Continue...


“O, Patti, “ she said. “We have to have a funeral.”

It took a few seconds for it to sink in and I asked, “A funeral?? Why? Who died?”

And then I realized. The funeral would be for Shinny.

Our lane was about a fourth of a mile long so driving a vehicle down it could reach a good clip if the driver were not cautious.

And that afternoon, someone who should have known better raced down the road and Shinny did not have time to get out of the way.

We were all very saddened by his death and we did have a funeral complete with throwing daisy petals on the mound of dirty under which he now lay.

We children had been taught that death is a part of the natural cycle of things. That we should not be stuck in the darkness of it but know that it was the way of things. We had seen far too many take their last breath….first Scotty, the pup, my sister, Mary Jane, at age nine (when I was four), my Grandma, shortly after Mary Jane (when I was still age four), six downy yellow goslings . And now Shinny.

But life went on.

We never had another dog until Momma and Daddy moved to Florida when I had graduated from high school and was going off to college.

Puppy Love---Loving Each Other and a Treat

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Sweet Little Aruba Having a Moment of R & R

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Daschund Stuff to Know: A Little Interview With My Niece

My niece agreed to a tiny interview about her pups....

Niece: Ok, Aunite, whatcha' want to know about these darling pups?

pstraubie48: What do I need to know that I may not know ?

Niece: Well, let's see: they will often learn up to 200+ words ...they will understand them, I mean.

pstraubie48: So I had better be careful what I say. Now next...

Niece: Their name is from German and means 'badger dog'. They were bred to hunt and even kill badgers.

pstraubie48: I will remember that if I ever have a badger problem. What is unique about them?

Niece: They are the only dog that can back straight out of a hole that they dig themselves into.

pstraubie48: I read this little tidbit somewhere too and am not sure just where: And they can use their tail to help retrieve the badger they kill since it sticks straight out from its body.

pstraubie48: What are their personalities like?

Niece: Of course like with any other dog it varies but they are stubborn, like their own way; like to take you for a walk rather than the reverse. But they are loving and loyal to their owners especially.

pstraubie48: O, thank you so much for the info. I may just see one of them in my future.

O, one more question, if these are minis why do they seem to be a big larger than minis?

Niece: Well technically they are minis. But somewhere, obviously, back in the lineage a bit of a larger pup must have gotten into the bloodline. But you know what? It does not make me love them any less. They have beautiful markings and are lovable and precious and that is all I care about.

pstraubie48: Beautiful...and little sweet mini Callie who is the matriarch of the family is 13 now...and as cute as a bug's ear!! Thank you again for allowing the interview and for sharing your photos.


A Glimpse at the Minis

General Appearnce
Weight
Movement
What Makes You Welcome One Into Your Life
low to ground
8-11 pounds
flows along while in motion
smart
long body
 
like to run and play
clever
short legs
 
 
loyal
ears that seem like tiny wings when they race along the grass
 
 
very brave
 
 
 
full of love

Bimini....Looking as Adorable as Ever

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Dachshund: A half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long

— Henry Lous Mencken

Three Sweet Peas ....My Dear Sister, Miss Angel Kitty and Adorable Callie Girl

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Sharing the Pups and Kitty with You

Today I am pretty much a kitty person. That is not to say that I may not have a pup at some time. Right now, I have kitties. But I do adore my niece’s Dachsunds who are in full view all over this article.

I hope you enjoy meeting them. Maybe you will be so enchanted by them that you will want one of our very own.

The pups you see popping up here and there in this article will make you smile. You will also see a photo of my niece’s Angel kitty.

Those of you who have read my writings know that right now my life is filled with kitties. So getting to meet the long-haired beauty, Angel, who was as sweet as her name implies was a delightful experience. She is tucked up in my sister's photo here on the page.

Of course I was in heaven as the sweet little kitty sidled up to me for some adoration.

Apple is One Cute Little Pup .....

They are Always Finding New Ways to Have Fun

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"Ok, Mommy, We Will Pose for You if It Makes You Happy!!"

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Merry Christmas Time---My Eldest Sister with a Lap of Fluffer Bunnies

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"Aaaah So Many Comfy Spots to Snuggle Up On and Rest" Now I Ask You...Isn't She Precious??

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Allow Yourself to Be Chosen

These amazing pups are not for everyone. You will know if you are chosen.

They will captivate you, charm you, adore you, and own you.

They are so full of energy and excitement, a zest for living that is contagious.

When guests arrive they are a bit noisy in their greeting but soon settle down and ask for amble adoration from the newbie on the scene.


Maybe this is just the pup for you.

Adorable Little Callie

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Sweet Dreams, Callie Girl

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"Excuse me, Can You Bring Me My Sleep Mask, Please?"

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Playing Can Tucker Out Some Pups!!!

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Sleepy time for Callie...Momma is Tucking Her In ...

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Recognition

All photos that are used with my niece's permission without which this would not have been possible.

I am thrilled to share these darling pups with you as well as to let you have a peek at my dear sweet niece and my darling sister.


© 2015 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rachel they are precious little pups for sure.

My niece adores them and it is evident by the sweet personalities that they have.

Angels are on the way to you this morning.

Thank you for visiting. I hope your Mother's Day was lovely...mine was, for sure. ps


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Rachel L Alba 19 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Pat, How cute was that video.... Puppies are one of life's cutest enjoyments. Thanks for sharing.

Have a Happy Mother's Day.


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks, Suzanne They really are precious pets. I have found in my limited experience with them that getting them as pups makes them the best pet ever.

I appreciate your visit...enjoyed so much sharing these cutie pies.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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Suzanne Day 20 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Great photos of your puppies and it was good to see them dressed up for Christmas too! Daschunds look like cute dogs and they look like they have a wonderful home. Voted awesome ;)


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Sheila They are as sweet as they are cute too and the Angel kitty is a love bucket.

Thanks for visiting. Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

Such cute pictures! They are just adorable pups!


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

They are as sweet as they are cute, too, Kristen. I have to go visit again soon just so I can get some of their puppy love. Of course, Milo will fuss at me (my kitty) when I return home :D

Thank you for visiting Angels are winging their way to you this morning. ps


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Those mini-daschunds pups were so cute and adorable, Patricia. Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing your story on those puppies. Voted up!


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you....I am sure your are very loved by your pups...that is such a wonderful thing about them...they love us so and ask so little in return But of course we lavish them with so much spoiling and loving.

These pups are very spoiled as well as MIss Angel

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Thanks for stopping. Yes, they can be sweet little dolls. These are especially loving and in no small part because my niece fawns all over them a good bit :D which is as it should be.

Thanks for the votes up and good wishes. Know that Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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PurvisBobbi44 21 months ago from Florida

A house full of love with our beloved pets. My Pomeranian is so active it is like having a house full of Poms or triplets at least. And, I am happy about his constant loving and attention that goes both ways.

I loved your hub as I am an animal lover and a country girl to boot.

Have a wonderful week.

Bobbi Purvis

I will share your hub with Twitter, G+, and pin on my repin board with Pinterest.


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moonlake 21 months ago from America

Cute little pups I never had a dachshund but my granddaughter did. I thought she was a sweet little dog. Enjoyed your hub..Voted up and shared.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so welcome, Judy. I had not thought of Shinny in many years either but being around the pups reminded me of how loved he way

More Angels are on the way to you ps


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tirelesstraveler 22 months ago from California

I grew up with Burggie and Schmo. They were so silly and fun. Haven't thought of them in years. Thanks for the reminder.


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vespawoolf 22 months ago from Peru, South America

I really enjoyed the way you wrote this true life story. It sounds like Shinny had a winning personality. It´s so nice she shared her life with you! I also learned many things about dachsunds I didn´t know before, for instance, that they can understand so many words! Thank you for sharing.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi ezzly they are little love bunnies for sure. I can hardly to visit again so I can be loved by them..Of course my Milo kitty will fuss at me when I return home when she smells their scent.

Thank you for visiting.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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ezzly 22 months ago

These are about the cutest little pups I've seen , thanks for sharing this !


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you peachpurple they really are as adorable as they look. Being around them has almost convinced me I need another myself.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

your three pups are really adorable and darlings, voted cute?


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rebecca

How nice of you to visit.

Much of the interview was pretty real. I did ask my niece questions when I was there but did not take notes. It was a most fun piece to write.

Angels and blessings are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rebecca

How nice of you to visit.

Much of the interview was pretty real. I did ask my niece questions when I was there but did not take notes. It was a most fun piece to write.

Angels and blessings are on the way ps


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rebeccamealey 22 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Aww, ps, how cute is this. I love your dialogue included. So real! I could just hear you.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, Genna.

They have a mind of their own for sure. But once the stand off is over they love and snuggle so that all is forgiven

Thank you for visiting again today Angels and blessings are on the way to you today ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Peggy. Faith also mentioned it. I have sent a message to HubPages asking for direction. This has never happened before.

I loved writing this and sharing these little dolls as well as my eldest sister and my niece.

Angels are on the way to you bringing many blessings ps


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ladyguitarpicker 22 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Loved your Hub and the photos are so good. Awesome.


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

Seeing all of those photos and hearing about those lovely pups and of course Angel Kitty brought smiles to my face. Sounds like your niece has a lovely and lively home with all of them to entertain her daily.

For some reason, at least on my computer, some of the type face was really small. Are you seeing this on your end?

Happy to share this information with others about these mini-daschunds. Nice that they have each other for company when your niece is not present. :)


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Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Dachshunds...they can be stubborn, but are simply adorable, which you wonderful hub clearly shows. This was such a fun read.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

It was such fun to meet the little new gals in person ...I had seen many photos but got to love and hold them.

Callie I have known for many years and she is a doll.

Thank you for visiting Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Mary

I know ....unfortunately many who decide to make a pet a family member do not realize how costly it can be.

My niece spends a small fortune taking care of her babies but they are her children.

Thank you for visiting today. Angels are on the way to you today ps


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

They are adorable and sound like wonderful pets. Dogs and cats bring such terrific rewards and companionship. Thanks for sharing your personal story of spirited Shinny and friends.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida

The Daschund is one of my favorite breeds! I had one years ago. Now, I have a Min. Schnauzer who I say is my "money pit". I just took her to the groomers today (another 40.00 I can't afford)!

Loved reading about these little adorable guys.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Faith I do not know what caused the tiny print . I will be contacting HubPages to find out.

Thank you for visiting today Angels are right at your home at this moment ps


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Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

Oh, my goodness, how adorable they all are here!!! Thank you for sharing. Such a delightful read to bring the smiles. My brother-in-law had two dachshunds, but one just recently passed away. I had a bit of a hard time reading the smaller print but managed to read it.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Angels and hugs on the way!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping by Will...these pups are such fun to be around. They just snuggle up and let you know how loved you are.

Angels are once again winging their way to you ps


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WillStarr 23 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I've had beagles, labs, chihuahuas, and long haired dachshunds, and I agree that the dachshunds were the real characters of the bunch! What great personalities they had, ad I miss them dearly.

Great Hub!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Bill

Hoping all is well in your little corner of the planet today.

Yeppie, these pups and the kitty are so loved My niece love love loves them and of course we are enchanted by them when we meet them.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

I think it's fairly obvious that those pups are well-loved. No shock there, PS...a loving person loves humans and animals because that is what a loving person does. It's as natural as breathing.

Blessings, hugs,and love coming your way.

bill


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I do get it, Eric. The newbie pups I have just met and they are adorable. Callie is a pup my niece has adored for many years and she is such a love.

Thank you for visiting.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by Jackie. It was such fun to share these pups and the kitty with everyone.

Angels are on the way to you this evening , Jackie. ps


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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Great hub, but then I have a sweet spot for these dogs as I grew up with them. Thank you


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

Thanks for sharing. A fun and interesting read.

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