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Merry Dachshund! Buy Destination Dachshund & receive a handmade dachshund Christmas ornament !

Merry Dachshund! Buy Destination Dachshund & receive a handmade dachshund Christmas ornament !

Need a stocking filler, a good read, or a cute dachshund Christmas ornament?

Well here it is. It’s like I read your mind 😉

Just for Christmas my Amazon Best Seller Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds now comes with the cutest handmade dachshund Christmas ornament.

$22.99 for book and dachshund ornament for pick-up or local Penrith area/Blue Mountains delivery.

*For postage Australia wide: $29.99

Get in quick before I hang all the dachshunds on MY Christmas tree!

Please email Lisa to purchase: lisa@lisafleetwood.com.au

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Praise for Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

“A likable author makes for a likable, dog-centric travel book.” – Kirkus Review
“Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—88 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.” – Kirkus Review

“I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys memoirs, travelogues, history, who has a love for pets, or who is just looking for a great read in general.” – Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite

‘Destination Dachshund is a truly delightful read with many laugh out loud moments. And it isn’t just a book about travel – even though the extraordinary array of travel experiences captured between the pages is epic. The author unpacks with warmth and humour the intricacies of family relationships, our love of pets, and the joys of travelling with dodgy-kneed grandparents. And then there’s the hilarious dachshund spotting competition. I now find myself scanning walkways and parks for these spunky little dogs.’ —  Vanessa, Sydney

“A truly engaging read that is so much more than a travel memoir. Not only does Lisa take us on her 3-month trip of a life time, she also takes us into the heart of her family. While the Fleetwood’s travel through Europe, they must also navigate their own grief. Destination Dachshund is a remarkable book – filled with honesty and humour, and the sights, smells and sounds of amazing locations. It will make you want to hug the ones you love, then book a flight somewhere!” – Sharyn, Springwood, NSW 

Fully endorsed by Rosie the Dachshund
Fully endorsed by Rosie the Dachshund

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Pawsome Books About Dogs on #NationalDogDay

Pawsome Books About Dogs on #NationalDogDay

Dog1 copyNational Dog Day is all about our furry friends, the woofy kind. It is a day to celebrate dogs, no matter what their breed, to bring some attention to how many dogs need to be rescued each year, to honour the many brave doggies that help save lives and keep people safe, and bring comfort to so many people world-wide.

In my house EVERY DAY is all about dogs. (Yes, I do have a husband and teenage children too!) But everywhere I go there is a dachshund or three watching me, making me laugh, giving me cuddles, love and so much joy.

Dogs, or woman’s best friend as I call them, are a big part of what makes me happy. They provide me with so much – I simply couldn’t picture my life without a few dogs. Without them I would be missing something beautiful.

Below I have shared some of my favourite books about dogs, and a few I’d like to read. It was only after compiling this list that I realised that each and every one made me cry. They also made me laugh. But most of all they make me glad that I have dogs in my life.

Some of my favourite books about dogs. 

  • First up – my book!! You didn’t think I was going to miss this opportunity did you! 🙂

Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds offers a unique twist on the travel memoir with an often hilarious dachshund-spotting competition at the heart of one family’s journey through Turkey, Russia, Europe and the USA.

Through the wonder of travel Destination Dachshund explores the bond of family and the grieving of loved ones, both human and hound, and the extraordinary effect they have on our lives.

Want to grab a copy? You can do that HERE 🙂

  • Next up is Lily & the Octopus by Steven Rowley – such a funny, heartbreaking and engaging read. I am getting tears in my eyes just thinking about it. Highly recommended read. 

LilyandtheOctopus

Lily and the Octopus is a novel about finding that special someone to share your life with. For Ted Flask, that someone is Lily, and she happens to be a dog. This novel reminds us how to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go and the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

Read my book review HERE. 

 

  • Following on is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I read this a few years ago now but it is a book I have never forgotten. It is not often that you read a book written entirely in the perspective of a dog. 

Garth SteinEnzo knows he is different from other dogs: he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.

 

  • I haven’t read this book, but the movie is an absolute winner. I’ve seen it so many times I’ve lost count. Tears in my eyes again just thinking about Red Dog. 

RedDog

No reader, regardless of age, will fail to be captivated by this charming story of a legendary dog, in Louis de Bernières’ Canadian publishing debut.

After his beloved master, John, is killed in an accident, Red spends the rest of his life looking for him, not understanding that John is gone for good. Ensuingly, Red becomes everyone’ s dog. Welcomed by everyone he meets, Red goes to parties, hitches rides, steals food at beach barbecues, and makes friends with the most reluctant people and wary cats. Based on the wonderfully irresistible adventures of a legendary Aussie dog, Red Dog is about devotion, independence and good food — the things that matter.

 

  • Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey is an amazing read. Even though only one story is about a dog, it was such a powerful story. This collection of short stories is well worth the read. 

ONly the animals

The souls of ten animals caught up in human conflicts over the last century tell their astonishing stories of life and death. In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette’s theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by the Tolstoys drifts in space during the Cold War. In the siege of Sarajevo a bear starving to death tells a fairytale. And a dolphin sent to Iraq by the US Navy writes a letter to Sylvia Plath…

An animal’s-eye view of humans at our brutal worst and our creative best, Only the Animals asks us to believe again in the redemptive power of reading and writing fiction.

 

Lastly, here is Oprah’s 17 Great Books for Dog Lovers.

Enjoy!

Digging up the Dirt on the Dachshund

Digging up the Dirt on the Dachshund

Writer Melissa Bromley is back again on Welcome to My Library with an article to enlighten the world on important dog-related matters. 

“Dachshund: A half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long.” H.L. Mencken

Coinciding with the release of Destination Dachshund, it is timely that we share some interesting facts about the ever-so-slightly stubborn dachshund. Here are some informative little nuggets to brighten your day.

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Thou shalt be christened ‘Badger Dog’

The name Dachshund comes from the German ‘Dachs’, meaning badger and ‘hund’, meaning dog. In the post-war years, they were referred to as the Badger Dog rather than Dachshund, to disassociate the breed from its German origins.

There are 15 colour combinations to choose from

And you thought choosing your gelato flavour was hard….

Whilst the most popular colours are red, black and tan and dappled dachshunds, there are actually around 15 colours and 6 marking combinations.

Colours include: black and cream, black and tan, blue and cream, blue and tan, chocolate and cream, chocolate and tan, cream, fawn and cream, fawn and tan, red, wheaten, wild board, black, chocolate and fawn. Marking combinations include brindle, dapple, sable, brindle piebald, double piebald and piebald.

If, like me, you now have a craving for Chocolate Cream Pie, you can find a handy recipe here Chocolate Cream Pie

There are three types of coat

Unlike Lisa’s never-ending quest for the perfect jacket, the doxie comes in three different coats. There is the popular smooth coat, as well as longhaired and wire-haired.

Dachshunds come in three sizes (S, M, L)

The most popular size is the miniature dachshund, however, the standard is almost three times the size of a mini. In Germany, there is a size in between the miniature and the standard called kaninchen (that’s German for rabbit for those of you who did not pay attention in Year 8 German classes).

Back in the day, the mini at around 5kgs, hunted small vermin whilst the larger 14kg standard got the really awesome job of hunting the badger.

A Rose by any other Name

The dachshund has many nicknames including wiener dog, hot dog, sausage dog, dachsie, slinky, low rider, weenie dog and doxie. Choose your favourite, then add mustard.

They love their food

Dachshunds are greedy little beggars! They love their food, but do not have the stomach size to put away a McDonalds supersized meal. This breed is prone to obesity so, to maintain their sausage-like physique, food should be regulated and exercise is a must.

The smallest of hunters

The dachshund is the smallest in the hound group; however, they are tenacious and were bred not only to stalk prey, but to kill it. With a background of hunting and killing, it’s no surprise that today’s dachshund will go after absolutely anything. Don’t be surprised if those new dog toys you bought are attacked and dismembered.

Wiener Dog Races are an actual thing

Dachshund racing originated in Australia in the 1970s, where other breeds were also raced. Since dachshunds are not exactly built for speed, wiener races are a fun event with the winner being any participant that actually crosses the finish line. Wiener races are big in California with the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals held annually. Melbourne held its first Wiener Race in 2015.

They were the poster dog of the 1972 Olympics

The very first Olympic mascot in the history of the Olympic Games was Waldie, a dachshund, for the 1972 Munich Olympics. In addition, the Olympic marathon route was designed to be in the shape of a dachshund that year.

Currently sitting at 13th most popular breed on the American Kennel Club dog ranking, the dachshund is lovable, curious and feisty. They make wonderful pets and are very protective of their family and home. And, whilst they might be the smallest hound, they can certainly pack a punch.

Note to wildlife: Don’t mess with the dachshund!


Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

Exploring the bond of family and the grieving of loved ones, both human and hound, Destination Dachshund offers a unique twist on the travel memoir with an often hilarious dachshund-spotting competition at the heart of one family’s extraordinary journey through Turkey, Russia, Europe and the USA.... More info →
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