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Kirkus Review for Destination Dachshund

Kirkus Review for Destination Dachshund

I was so pleased to receive a positive book review for Destination Dachshund from one of the most prestigious brands in publishing – Kirkus Reviews. Servicing the book industry since the 1930’s, Kirkus Reviews ‘stands for integrity, honesty and accessible reviews written with an insider’s eye’ and the Kirkus Indie program gives self-publishers like me the chance to earn honest critical review.

STS_DD Ebook In between light and dark V5.2_mini_mini“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

“…Fleetwood can be a sensitive observer and she has an admirable fascination with and respect for history.” – Kirkus Review

I am pretty happy with the review (read full review below). To have received a positive review from such a respected player in the book industry means a lot to me. If the only slightly negative thing they can say is that we walked past a memorial to fallen Jews and then spotted a dachshund is a jarring juxtaposition then I’m ok with that – that’s what happened and that is life. We were feeling sad at the memorial but then a dachshund scampered by – what are we to do except delight in that? Life is a series of juxtapositions like that.

Full Review:
In her debut memoir, Australia-based blogger Fleetwood shares the highs and lows of an extended family trip from Sydney to New York City. The transition from blog to book is trickier than many writers realize, but for the most part, Fleetwood has the knack. In 2010, right before Fleetwood and her family took off from Sydney, one of their dachshunds, Coco, died unexpectedly; the remaining dog, Charlie, she says, “won’t leave our side or our laps…his howls break our hearts.”

In honor of Coco, the family invents a trip-long game of dachshund sightings. Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—86 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.

The family goes to Singapore; Istanbul; Moscow; Budapest, Hungary; Nuremberg, Germany; Paris; and Dublin (with numerous stops in between), before finally reaching New York in time for Christmas. There, they discover that “People are all going in different directions and are pushy, loud and rough.” But Fleetwood is otherwise delighted by almost everything else she encounters, be it a dinner cruise on Europe’s Danube River or a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France (Christmas markets are her admitted addiction).

She’s also as adept at noting what it’s like to travel with family as she is at describing cathedrals, castles, battlefields, and Roman ruins. In Turkey, for example, her 12-year-old son “barters for a fez hat that he will probably never wear again”; later, at a Paris café, she notes her recently widowed mother’s loneliness, achingly detectable under her otherwise cheerful demeanor.

Fleetwood can be a sensitive observer and she has an admirable fascination with and respect for history. But occasionally, there are jarring juxtapositions. In Krakow, Poland, for example, the family visits a monument to many thousands of Krakow Jews who died in World War II; barely a paragraph later, Fleetwood’s husband spots a miniature dachshund: “I follow his pointed finger, and sure enough ahead in the distance is a darling brown miniature dachshund. It’s so cute!”

Overall, though, the author ably conveys the fleeting pleasures of managing a trip that embraces both grandparents and grandchildren. By the time they get to Poland, for example, the kids complain they are “churched out,” and anyone who’s ever been part of a family outing will certainly relate.

A likable author makes for a likable, dog-centric travel book.

Readers’ Favorite #5Star Reviews for Destination Dachshund #ReadersFavorite

Readers’ Favorite #5Star Reviews for Destination Dachshund #ReadersFavorite

STS_DD Ebook In between light and dark V5.2_mini_miniI am really pleased to share that I have received the Readers’ Favorite 5 Star seal and three wonderful reviews for Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds.

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Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite

In a simply delightful memoir penned by author Lisa Fleetwood, Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds, readers will be treated to a fun, funny, heartwarming and even an educational retelling of the travels of the Fleetwood family through 15 countries. The family, with teenagers and in-laws participating in the journey, leave for their epic trip just days after their beloved dachshund, Coco, passes away. While in Russia, they spot two engaging dachshunds, both wearing winter coats, and that spurs a new family game. With the search on for dachshunds across their travels, the family experiences are recounted with humor and love, and a great deal of history thrown in as well.

I very much enjoyed Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir. Author Lisa Fleetwood has done a wonderful job in telling the story of her family’s amazing adventure in an engaging style that will keep readers turning the pages from the start all the way through until the very end. This book is full of history, and information is provided about each of the family’s stops on their trip that many will find informative and interesting. 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. I certainly hope that author Lisa Fleetwood would consider writing another book in the future. With her obvious talent, it’s sure to be an excellent read!

Reviewed By Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

What a fun book I just finished reading! Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds by author Lisa Fleetwood is the tale of an amazing family trip taken with both her in-laws and her teenagers across fifteen countries. What do dachshunds have to do with any of this? Well, unfortunately, the family suffered the loss of their very loved pet, dachshund Coco, just a few days before their epic trip. While on their trip, they begin to notice dachshunds while they were traveling, starting with two smartly outfitted little ones in Russia. They decided to make a game of spotting these engaging dogs for the rest of their journey. What ensues is a fun and adventurous ride through historical spots, with dachshunds, of course, around almost every bend.

This sweet story was simply a delight to read. To any reader who enjoys reading about other people’s adventures while traveling, who likes to learn about other places and historical spots, who loves pets, especially dogs (and maybe especially those who love dachshunds) or to anyone looking for just a fun read in general, Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir is the book for you. Author Lisa Fleetwood has done a wonderful job in putting down her family’s amazing experiences in such a way that will engage most readers and will leave them wanting to hear more about this interesting and heart warming family. I can confidently rate this book most highly, and certainly hope to read more from author Lisa Fleetwood in the future!

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds is a non-fiction travel memoir written by Lisa Fleetwood. The author received a lot of puzzled looks when she told friends about the family’s upcoming travel adventure. Most wondered how adult children would handle travelling with their parents and in-laws, as well as their own children, and for three long months, but Fleetwood figured it had been done before by others. After her father’s passing, she knew that she wanted to spend some time with her mom and her husband’s parents while they still could travel, and while her own two children, now teens, were still living at home. What made eyebrows rise even higher was their itinerary. The Aussies would be travelling through Europe and Russia in wintertime, and then heading across the Atlantic to Boston, but it made perfect sense to the Fleetwoods. It coincided with their kids’ holidays, and a snowy Christmas abroad might indeed be a magical thing.

Lisa Fleetwood’s non-fiction travel memoir, Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir, covers quite a bit of traveling, and along the way I began to truly enjoy the company of the author and her family. Fleetwood shares the high points, and a few of the low points, of a most impressive grand tour. I loved exploring Eastern Europe with the Fleetwoods and found myself thinking a lot about food as they ate their way through some delectable sounding cuisine. She also touches on the family dynamics of a trip where they were in close proximity almost all of the time, especially with the added stress of her father’s death two years before and the recent death of their beloved dachshund, Coco, just before they left for the trip. Fleetwood writes in an easy conversational style that makes the reader instantly feel at home. She’s also the consummate travel guide, giving the reader an inspired itinerary for any number of travel adventures. Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds is most highly recommended.


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Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

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Tags: Dachshunds, Destination Dachshund, Recommended Books, Travel
Publisher: Lisa Fleetwood
Publication Year: 2016
Length: 275
ASIN: B01E3VZ80I
ISBN: 0994591403
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....
About the Book

‘A likable author makes for a likable, dog-centric travel book.’ – Kirkus Review

With teenage children and in-laws in tow, the Fleetwood family embark on their 3 month adventure just days after the tragic loss of their beloved dachshund, Coco.

When two miniature dachshunds in smart winter coats are spotted in Moscow, it’s game on! A riotous, often hilarious dachshund spotting competition for the lovable, long-bodied dog ensues across 15 countries.

Filled with love, laughter, and sadness at times, Destination Dachshund offers a unique twist on the travel memoir with remembrance for those who have been loved and lost, at the heart of one family’s extraordinary adventure through Turkey, Russia, the Baltics, Europe and the United States.

Through the wonder of travel, this remarkable travelogue explores the bond of extended family, the abiding love we have for our pets and the grieving for loved ones, both human and hound.

AMAZON BEST SELLING BOOK
…’This is a fabulous read with so much to enjoy – a travel journal with real heart. ‘
…’Lisa has such an engaging way of writing that pulls you in. It’s hard to stop reading.’

Reviews
‘Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—86 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.’ – Kirkus Review

‘What a wonderfully captivating read! Destination Dachshund is a humorous, yet moving memoir of a three generational family’s journey through Europe and the USA.’ — 5 stars, Melissa, Sydney

‘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.’ — 5 stars, Vanessa, Sydney

‘As a traveler, animal lover, mom, journalist, and voracious reader DESTINATION DACHSHUND really captivated my interest. Lisa’s accounts of her family’s travels, experiences, interactions, and feelings were all relatable. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, we as readers were introduced to all the family dynamics and the places traveled with a very descriptive, relatable writing style. Recommend the book to all who travel or who just like to read of travels.’ — 5 stars, Terri from San Diego

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Book Review: Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley #dachshund

Book Review: Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley #dachshund

LilyandtheOctopusI have just finished reading Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. As a lover of dachshunds, a buyer of all things dachshund related, (including a 7-foot long inflatable dachshund Christmas decoration) and a strong belief that pets, and in my case sausage dogs, are a big part of my daily happiness, when I see a book with a dachshund on the cover I have to buy it. When I was browsing in Megalong Books in Leura after dropping off stock of my own book Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds(with my dachshund, Coco, on the cover) I then left with Steven Rowley’s book with his dachshund, Lily, on the cover.

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.

Lonely Ted Flask and his loyal and beautiful dachshund, Lily, are close, so close they play Monopoly and chat about everything, including cute boys. And it is on one of those cosy nights that Ted discovers the octopus on Lily’s head. This is when I started crying, and to be honest I had to put the book down again until I grabbed a tissue and took a few deep breaths. What follows is a heartfelt, sad, so very funny at times, insightful story about life and how at times we choose to hide from it. It is also about the heartbreak of pet loss, about loneliness, love and companionship, and being open to new love and experiencing all that there is in life.

Steven Rowley captures the soul of a dachshund (and probably most dogs), but for me as a lifelong dachshund owner he did it so well. If my dachshunds could talk I can imagine them talking the same way. He tells the story of Lily, of how she chose him, of how she came to his home, of their life together in a flowing draw-you-in style of writing that makes the book hard to put down. The author also tells the story of Ted, the troubled main character, a complex man who is more than a little broken, and whose observations on life and his love and for Lily make him easy to connect with.

The octopus clinging to Lily’s head is Ted’s enemy. It is something that will change his life forever and he isn’t ready for it. Since the moment he met Lily he was in love, and the thought of her not being there scares him, in more ways than one. His grapple with the octopus is his grapple with grief, the terrible dealing of grief before the death happens and even though there is nothing to be done, the battle is fought anyway.

Many people have dealt with the grief of pet loss, for what is to many people their closest companion, their pet, and it is easy to connect with Ted and his fear of losing Lily. But the book holds much more between its pages, lessons of life, love and moving on, but above all a great recommendation for all from Lily the dachshund… YES! YOU! ARE! LIVING! YOUR! BEST! LIFE!

My Lily impersonation: I! LOVED! IT!

One of my favourite quotes from Lily and the Octopus. 

‘…I think of how dogs are witnesses. How they are present for our most private moments, how they are there when we think ourselves alone. They witness our quarrels, our tears, our struggles, our fears, and all of our secret behaviors that we have to hide from our fellow humans.’ – Ted Flask.

This is true in so many ways. I work from home and my dogs are an integral part of my day, (yes, the family too – but their presence changes from day-to-day) but for the most part the three furry family members, dachshunds Charlie, Barney and Rosie are always present. Through tears, fears, joy, happiness, and heartbreak they are our woofy witnesses. But regardless of what is going on they love us, are there for us, and their love never, ever wavers. I discuss pet loss and grief in Destination Dachshund, and in a recent blog post. Click here to read: For the Love of Dogs: Pet Loss, Grief and Healing.

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Me with Barney, Charlie and Rosie

 

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RIP my beautiful Coco.

 

Destination Dachshund now available in book stores!

Destination Dachshund now available in book stores!

STS_DD Ebook In between light and dark V5.2_mini_miniI am happy to share that the paperback version of Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds is now available at the following stores:

Order online at Megalong Bookshop now for delivery Australia wide! 

Click HERE to order 

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Read the reviews…

‘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!’ — 5 stars, Sharyn, Springwood

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‘What a wonderfully captivating read! Destination Dachshund is a humorous, yet moving memoir of a three generational family’s journey through Europe and the USA. As the family deal with the grief of death, there are moments that tugged at the heartstrings as well as a whole load of hilarious anecdotes, a bit of history and of course, the dachshund spotting! This book is a well-paced read and the rich descriptions captured the sights, smells and flavours of Christmas time in the northern hemisphere. We learn of the trials and tribulations of travelling with extended family, yet there are lots of special moments that make this book so complete. Destination Dachshund will make you want to grab your family and hug them tight…if only to make sure they don’t spot a dachshund!’ — 5 stars, Melissa, Sydney 

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‘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.’ — 5 stars, Vanessa, Sydney

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‘As a traveler, animal lover, mom, journalist, and voracious reader DESTINATION DACHSHUND really captivated my interest. Lisa’s accounts of her family’s travels, experiences, interactions, and feelings were all relatable. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, we as readers were introduced to all the family dynamics and the places traveled with a very descriptive, relatable writing style. Recommend the book to all who travel or who just like to read of travels.’ — 5 stars, Terri from San Diego

Dog4a copy

‘This was a fabulous read with so much to enjoy – a travel journal with real heart. Including luscious descriptions of some of the more off-the-beaten track destinations in Europe, the atmosphere of European winter was beautifully described, and so vivid that I was constantly adding places to my bucket list of European destinations I’d love to visit! At its heart, this story was about so much more than just the travel. With three generations of personalities travelling the globe and a heartfelt family reunion at its conclusion, this book was about family (the human and furry kind!) with reflections on love, life and loss, all deftly interwoven into the narrative.’ — 5 stars, highfantasyaddict, Sydney

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‘Lisa has such an engaging way of writing that just pulls you in. It’s hard to stop reading. Tag along for a family world trip without having to pack any pesky luggage, talk about Life Lessons, and enjoy the funny Dachshund-finding competition that has you cheering on. Lisa’s words will warm your heart, make you laugh, and have you nodding in agreement when it comes to losses & joys in our lives, especially the pet-lovers in all of us. You can’t go wrong in buying this book. This is what book reading is all about — an armchair adventure, laughs, joy, and wisdom.’ — 5 stars, D Cherry, USA

 

Destination Dachshund spotted in #PenrithPress & #DailyTelegraph

Destination Dachshund spotted in #PenrithPress & #DailyTelegraph

For the launch of my travel memoir Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds, Charlie the Dachshund was spotted in Penrith Press a couple of weeks ago – he is officially a star! Maybe not quite as popular as Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund, but he is only just starting his career, so let’s give him some time to achieve millions of followers. A week or two at least.

Talking of spotting – last call for #dachshundspotting as I am wrapping up my book launch comp this FRIDAY 13th May. Spot a dachshund and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag and let me know! $50 Red Bubble Voucher up for grabs. Get your entries in!

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Charlie was  also spotted in the Daily Telegraph in another article looking poised and ready for stardom. We have three dachshunds though. Where are the other two you may ask. Why were Barney & Rosie banished? The answer to that is simple – they were banned from the photo shoot. They are quite possibly the best dog in the world but as Melissa Bromley discusses here in her article Digging up the Dirt on the Dachshund , the loveable long-bodied pooch which is described as “A half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long.” by H.L. Mencken can be…

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.

But …if Melissa had of done some Sir Richard Attenborough style observations of the Dachshund in its natural habitat, these are some of the things she may have noted about Barney and Rosie.

  • They bark. At everything.
  • They are over-protective (which produces barking) yet a the same time shy (which also produces barking)
  • They won’t sit still unless in a sleepy comatose state.
  • Although incredibly cute and being tan coloured they would have been a better colour dog against the navy shirt I decided to wear than Charlie, Rosie would have hidden under a coffee table and barked incessantly at the photographer, and Barney would have done a pee, whilst barking and wanting a cuddle at the same time. And Charlie, would have sat quietly the whole time posing. Just like he did here at Christmas. He is a good elf.

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Don’t let this put you off buying a dachshund though. They are loyal, cuddly, and I simply could not live without one in my life. OK, so I wouldn’t drop dead instantly without a dachshund by my side, but as some of you may have read in Destination Dachshund I found it very hard to leave Charlie for a long trip overseas, especially after the sudden death of Coco, his sister, just days before we left on our holiday, and for me there must be one around until I am old and grey.


Now also available in paperback – email me at lisa@lisafleetwood.com.au for a copy. 
  • 5 Stars
  • Amazon Best Seller in Family Travel
  • Amazon Best Seller in European Travel
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 →

Book Launch: Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

Book Launch: Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

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Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds is hot off the virtual presses right now!

Destination Dachshund is a heartfelt true story that will resonate with travel and dog lovers alike. Through the wonder of travel, this book explores the bond of family, the abiding love we have for our pets and the grieving for loved ones, both human and hound.

*5 star Amazon Best Seller*

CLICK HERE to download your copy of Destination Dachshund.

 

 

 

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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