|Phoebe and Connor - this is how they spend most of their time.|
|Connor helping to unpack the groceries|
|Connor young pup during a wet river walk|
|I think this is my favourite, almost art deco.|
|Phoebe as a young pup.|
|Another puppy shot.|
We are owned by two five-kilo (11-pound) miniature dachshunds. Phoebe is long-haired and Connor is wire-haired. They aren't related, though they are the best of friends and spend hours a day playing, snuggling or causing mischief.
Dachshunds, like all official dog breeds, look that way for a reason. They were originally bred to fight badgers (their name means badger dog, even though they are called deckels or teckels in Germany, go figure), so their long and low bodies help them fit into badger holes, and their deep chests let them rest on the ground while they use their paws to dig. They have personalities to rival any larger badger or animal: the official breed standard states "brave beyond means" (it used to be "bold to the point of rashness" but I guess the spin doctors have rewritten it). Ours definitely exhibit some classic dachshund traits, but they are charming nonetheless. Phoebe is the softer of the two, both of coat and personality, as Connor will often try to take on strange dogs up to and including those 4-5 times his size. He is getting better though, and has some good doggy friends.
I tried to make him some real-life friends through a site called doggyspace, but this is the Internet, and that site is more for talking about your dog as if you were it, and as if it had its own blog. Haven't done much with it as I wanted to meet people in the real world.
And I have to give a shout-out to Four Legs Good blog, run by my wonderful partner. Here you will find many interesting stories about pets, including many featuring our two dachshunds.
All the best.