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Snoopy and Minou - My Blue-Eyed Dachshunds

Updated on June 15, 2012


When I first got my 2 dachshund mixes, they instantly became my best friends. I was going through a rather sad moment in my life and I felt very lonely. They gave me what I was missing the most – companionship. I had been disappointed quite a few times in life and it made me think no one was able to make me happy again. When I got Snoopy and Minou, my world was turned upside down. I suddenly had a big responsibility. They were only 45 days old when they became my family and they were so tiny and innocent that I instantly fell in love with them.

Snoopy and Minou’s arrival

I remember that the woman who was giving the puppies away asked me if I wanted a male or a female. I told her I wasn’t sure. So she suggested she bring a female and a male to my house and I would need to choose. No sooner said than done! I remember the excitement I felt the hours before she brought the puppies. Then they pulled up in front of my house and got out. A little girl was holding two small furballs in her arms and the first thing I thought was: “They are tiny!” The little girl’s mom told me: “So which one would you like?” It was impossible for me to make that decision. They were both tiny and perfect and they were looking for a home. Why should one be less lucky than the other? “Why don’t you take them both?” The lady asked me. It didn’t take me long to decide and I beamed and said YES! I carried them inside and put them on the floor so that they could explore the environment. Even after only having lived 45 days, they already had very distinct characters. Snoopy did not feel safe at all and starting crying, fearing that something might happen to him. Minou was quite the opposite. She was very curious and started walking around, sniffing and looking for something interesting or probably food. She is still like that, with a much stronger character and the leader of our dog pack, or rather our dog duo. Food is her world and she chooses food over love and cuddles while Snoopy is the one that would run miles to be hugged. If he can sit on your lap all day long, he is the happiest dog in the world.

Their worst achievements:

Disaster #1: The first week was actually a nightmare. I had them sleep in my bedroom as they were still very small and I didn’t want to leave them alone. When dogs are that small, however, they neither sleep longer than 30 minutes straight, nor do they know where to poop and pie or that they are not allowed to do that inside. It has been a long and enduring battle and when I read that dachshund are of a stubborn, independent nature, I can only confirm that. It is extremely hard to get them house-trained and there will be days when you think, great, they finally got it, only to discover that they did it in secret in some hidden corner. I cannot start to count the number of messes I have stepped into and cleaned up. Those first days were also extremely difficult because as soon as they woke up from their 30-minute nap they started walking all over me and pulling at my hair and making it impossible for me to sleep. I swore to myself that as soon as they were bigger they would sleep outside in their dog hut…

Disaster #2: The house I used to live in back then had a back yard. When Snoopy and Minou were a little bigger, I put them in the back yard before I left the house in order for them to get used to being outside. The bars of the front gate were wide apart and that is why I had to buy a plastic grid and install it to prevent them from going through the gate. The first few weeks that worked well. But they became smarter and bigger and their teeth became stronger. The first time they bit their way through the grid, I thought it had been my fault because I hadn’t used enough cable ties to install the grid. The fifth time they did that I was becoming desperate. I had already bought 5 types of plastic grids but they had all failed me. My neighbor was always the one who saved me and when I got home to find another hole in the grid, I already knew they were cozy and comfortable, waiting for me next door. One day I got home, I noticed two dogs running at the side of the road that looked very similar to mine. I was thinking, why would anyone leave their dogs running around outside, how can they be so irresponsible? It was only when I got closer that I noticed that they were MINE! It is in those moments when you realize that sometimes, one should not judge.

Disaster #3: I was very proud of my brand-new black two-seater sofa made of synthetic leather. It was the first couch I had ever bought in my life. One day, rain fell in sheets and small lakes began to form in my backyard. There was no way I could have left them outside. With their size, they would have drowned easily. I left them inside the house and tons of “toys” such as empty plastic bottles and old t-shirts that they could play with as well as little snacks so they would be entertained. They actually found something more fun to do. I came back approximately 8 hours later, opened the door of my living room and discovered the results of a bomb explosion. On one side, the couch was torn apart and large amounts of foam were coming out. They had bitten their way through to the wooden frame of the couch. I would never have thought, two cute little creatures like them could be responsible for such a piracy. I was angry and very disappointed.

Their best achievements:

Achievement #1: It is virtually impossible to stay in a bad mood when two or rather four “innocent” puppy eyes are looking at you. Research has even demonstrated mood-enhancing benefits of owning pets. I can only confirm that. Their excitement when I say “spazieren” (German for to take a walk) is indescribable. They truly love talking walks and every time it is an amazing adventure for them. I guess one of the reasons for that is because they get to meet other dogs. If we only got to see humans 3 hours a day, I bet we would also really be looking forward to those times.

Achievement #2: Ever since I have those 2, I am obliged to go outside to walk them at least twice a day. And this helps me to get my mind off work and to relax. There is no way I can get out of this, it is like brushing teeth. Yes, I spend an enormous amount of time walking and it does me a lot of good. Exercising triggers the production of Serotonin, our happiness hormone, besides lowering cholesterol levels and the risk of high blood pressure. Forget about joining a fitness club! Dogs are the best fitness you can get.

Achievement #3: They never judge me! I can be sad, happy, angry, depressed, excited or nervous. They love me in every moment and that is what makes them so special. They listen to my secrets, they reduce my stress and they cuddle with me when I need it the most. They are always there and I can’t even imagine the day they won’t be at my side anymore. I will truly miss them.

But until then, I am sure they are still going to find numerous ways to turn my life upside down – in good ways and in bad ways ;)

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      JESS 4 years ago

      i did the exact same thing as you and bought two brothers bobby and bertie. they are both a delight to own. they make me smile every day! They are truly wonderful and both totally different.

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      Wow great, I would love to see pictures of the two, they must be great buddies! And I feel the same, mine make me smile every day and it is so interesting to watch them play and have fun.

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      Jess 4 years ago

      they are black and cream long haired miniature dachshunds. gorgeous boys. the way they run is absaloutely hilarious! they run with their heads thrown back into their shoulders and their tails tucked in between their legs. they make everyone who meet them smile. i will try to upload a few pictures.

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      Jess 4 years ago

      also, very interesting names, snoopy and minou. what gave you the idea?

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      wow they sound like two energetic dogs, yes I'd love to see their pictures! Mine have short furt but they are black too. Actually I didn't think of getting two. But the owner brought a boy and a girl for me to choose and I couldn't decide, so I took both :). I had already decided on the name Snoopy so I only needed to think of a name for her. I like the French language so I decided on Minou, as it is a French name.

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      Jess 4 years ago

      very nice! bobby is the larger of the two and he loves food. he would do anyhting for it. Bertie is very shy but is totally devoted to me and loves his cuddles. bertie is very slight and can be quite nervous. It is hilarious to watch them change when they enter a new situation like when they first went to the beach. Bertie took one look at the sea and ran to me with his front legs on my knees, he was giving me the baby seal look. whereas bobby was running along the side of the water and searching for new people to greet.

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      Lol, I can't believe it! Bobby is like Minou. She would kill for food lol. And Snoopy is like Bertie, he is always at my side, wants to be on my lap all the time and he loves cuddles. And Minou is a lot more distant and she loves her independence :D. Cool about you going to the beach, I would love to do that with mine, I hope they get to see the beach some day. They don't like water though, I was hoping I could get them to like it but I don't think that will happen. I think their breed generally doesn't like water.

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      Jess 4 years ago

      mind you, bertie loves water, but only the garden hose and i bought him a kiddie's paddling pool because of the heatwave, he loved it. he spent every day in the pool 'digging' also one of his favourite things to do.

      bobby simply stood with his head resting on the side of the pool watching bert dig. bobby can be very aloof and is a one woman dog. but, like your minou, loves to be independent and although sometimes i call him, he will just look the other way as though he didn't hear me. this always makes me laugh. he does this hilarious thing for food. he sits up on his hind legs like a meerkat and makes little old man grumbles. he has done this since the very first day i brought him home, and has done it every day since.

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      That is funny that Bobby just looks the other way when you call him, mine LOVE to ignore me sometimes too. I am teaching them to walk by my side without a leash when we take a walk but it is REALLY hard for them because they are so excited when we go for a walk and want to explore everything. But they are gradually learning. Minou also loves digging, but she does it on the bed, trying to dig herself a comfortable place to sleep, haha. It makes me laugh reading your stories, your two seem to be two strong characters, just like mine :D

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      jess 4 years ago

      wow i can't believe you just said that minou likes to dig on the bed. most dachshunds do this. they are 'making a nest' bertie particularly does this at night when he is settling down for sleep

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      oh wow I didn't know that most dachshunds do this! that's funny!

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      Jess 4 years ago

      i have had dachshunds all my life and every one i have ever had has done this. what are yours crossed with?

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      actually I don't know what they are crossed with! they are a little bigger than normal dachshunds. Sometimes I feel like they look like a Lab when I look at their face but I am not sure, I am not really an expert when it comes to dog breeds. but I can say for sure that dachshunds are my favorite breed, they are so loyal and sweet and entertaining.

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      Jess 4 years ago

      i have five dogs, Inky, a black lab. Minnie a staffordshire bull terrier and flossy the oldest at 17, a mini dachshund. i know quite a few breeds but i can't quite see their full faces so i can't tell. but i go to crufts every year. i love dogs of every breed, dachshunds are simply the best. they are not just a novelty breed but they are fantastic in character, temprament and suitability to anyone. my boys toatally prove that as everyone who meets them adores them. :D

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      wow five dogs! how do you manage your time with 5? for me the two are already a handful! and 17 years, wow, I hope I will have my two with me for that long. I just saw a video of crufts on youtube, they have some very interesting breeds there. do your dogs participate in dog shows?

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      Jess 4 years ago

      i am entering bertie in a few county shows and he has qualified for crufts 2013. i am so excited. i have been to crufts and it is amazing. dachshunds usually live to about 18 so flossy is doing well. they are all friends so everyone gets along just fine. my staffordshire bull terrier came to me at four weeks because her mother got trapped in a door and couldn't feed the pups. i eneded up feeding her through a syringe every hour throught the day and the night. my dogs are my world. i adore them and they are so worth it.

      Crufts is for everyone who loves dogs. i have only just started showing mine two years back (as the boys have just turned three) i am thinking of going into breeding with bertie as a stud. i am unsure, he has lots of campions in his bloodlines, so i think it will depend on how well he does at the show. Crufts certainly have some unusual breeds. they start in march in Birmingham, England. it's a wonderful place for dog lovers. :)

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      Wow that is really exciting! And congrats for him qualifying for crufts 2013 I bet he'll do great. I am not show if I could enter mine as they are a mix. and I didn't know that dachshunds reach the age of 18. That means that Snoopy and Minou will stll be with me for a veryyy long time. I know how you feel about your dogs, I feel the same, life wouldn't be the same without them and they have a much better heart than humans. I hope I get the chance to go to Crufts one day. I have never been to England but I should really go!

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      Jess 4 years ago

      very different from where you are i'm guessing. ha ha

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      Yeah, right now I am in Argentina, but I am from Germany. Very close to GB, so it is a shame I haven't been there yet.

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      Jess 4 years ago

      wow so you have travelled quite a bit?

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      Yeah, I have been to the US for 2.5 years, Germany all my life, France 1 year and now Argentina 2 years. I am not sure where I will end up one day, but Europe for sure!

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      Jess 4 years ago

      how nice!

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