The Three Mini-Daschunds + an Angel of a Kitty
Bimini and Aruba Stole Her Heart Away...Love at First Sight
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..
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
Sweet Little Aruba Having a Moment of R & R
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
What Makes You Welcome One Into Your Life
low to ground
flows along while in motion
like to run and play
ears that seem like tiny wings when they race along the grass
full of love
Bimini....Looking as Adorable as Ever
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
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
"Ok, Mommy, We Will Pose for You if It Makes You Happy!!"
Merry Christmas Time---My Eldest Sister with a Lap of Fluffer Bunnies
"Aaaah So Many Comfy Spots to Snuggle Up On and Rest" Now I Ask You...Isn't She Precious??
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
Sweet Dreams, Callie Girl
"Excuse me, Can You Bring Me My Sleep Mask, Please?"
Playing Can Tucker Out Some Pups!!!
Sleepy time for Callie...Momma is Tucking Her In ...
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