Tasha track 32 ends in recovery of a young hunter's first buck. There are not many things more rewarding than watching a hunter see his buck for the first time after he thought it was lost. Tasha knows what she is doing and stayed focused on her track with deer in the same field. She stayed on her track with a rabbit jumping and going the other way. I was worried but she held her line. I am proud of her. - Cliff Shrader, LA
The renowned "Danish Blue Plates" collectibles have featured nearly all breeds of dogs through the years. I came upon a website today that pictured a number of the dachshund blue plates. And I could not help but notice the difference in the body types of the dogs from earlier editions to later ones.
I wish I could post these as larger files, but I increased the original thumbnails to 131% as it is, that's about as far as I could go.
But simply see the overall body types and outlines.
Top row are earlier versions of standard longhair, miniature longhair, and wirehair.
Bottom row are later versions of same sizes and coats.
First, it is obvious that the dachshunds have become longer. Second, it is easy to see that they have also become lower. Finally, you might notice that that they were taken out of the woods!
Unfortunately, it is an all too real depiction of what has been happening to this breed.
Same music, same group, two very different renditions. I may account for 101 views of each of them myself.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is wonderful!
The last of the three M sisters v Dorndorf L, (Marta, Maya, and Minx), died last month. Minx' wonderful owner called me at the time and we talked for awhile. Today, Janice sent me this outstanding picture. It is unique for a photo and absolutely lovely!
Taken by Janice on the next to last day of Minx' life, the picture strikes me as a work of art. I can hardly pull my eyes away from it.
Patt, she was such a beauty... and such a gentle, loving girl. We were a great team together. Even though she's gone, I still feel her everywhere. I was doing some Christmas decorating Thursday, and when I had the cabinet open, pulling out the boxes... I really, really missed my little "Nosehead" inspecting everything. But she is running with her sisters now, running and laughing, her red hair flowing behind her. Run fast and free, sweet little Minx, until you can run to my arms once again.
Janice, thank you. For everything. One way or another we will get you another girl.
I found this picture of your Mom and me...didn't know if you had it or not. We were at the Midwest Dachshund Club Specialty Show, Aug. 19, 1977. How well I remember that day, Bengel took a 5 pt. Major under judge Peter Monks. - Shirley Menard, ND
Shirley, left, with her Dorndorf's Bengel Long who was Winners Dog, Best of Winners, and Best of Opposite Sex. My mother, Emma Nance, right, showed Bengel's mother CH Dorndorf's Andrea L to Best of Variety.
Thank you, Shirley, for the photo! I will try to find out who the guy in the middle is.
What a beautiful photo! 5.5 years old, Svante, father of Viljo, was recently Helsinki Winner 2013. Some of his other accomplishments include: Finland's 2011 Longhaired dachshund of the year, show Champion in six countries, tracking Champion in Sweden, and successful in the blood tracking recovery of moose and deer.
Svante is owned and handled by Tia Eskelinen of Finland. His breeder is Marina Nilsson of Red Top's dachshunds in Sweden.
Photo credit to kuvauksellista.com
Cliff is, of course, referring to his young tracking partner Tasha. Nearly 3 miles of tracking - and success!! What a wonderful ending to a marvelous effort.
Tasha is pictured below with the hunter holding his buck, also her canine colleague Alleah, owned by Andre Guerin.
This is the new longest track for Tasha. At one point we went 800 yards with no sign at all. This buck was shot yesterday breaking the right rear leg at lower hindquarter. We caught up to it this morning, he was still alive. What an amazing little girl I have! - Cliff Shrader, LA
Tasha, the tracking machine. This was a tough one, brother in law, on the dogs and us. But when it all was over, it was worth every moment!! Good job, Cliff and Tasha!! - Andre Guerin, LA
I just downloaded the track information from my Garmin. Total track was 2.85 miles. The deer was 1.3 miles from where we started tracking in a straight line. No wonder we are tired! Not a bad way to start the morning. Happy hunter = Happy hounds - Cliff Shrader
hmmmm. Wonder who got into the last of the mashed sweet potatoes.
Actually, I gave him the last of the mashed sweet potatoes! Owl had it smeared from one side of his nose to the other. He swallowed much of the 'evidence' while I was reaching for my camera!
I am enjoying and photographing this seemingly insignificant thing because Owl has only just gotten over three days with gastritis. In pain and not eating or drinking during that time, it is GOOD to see him hungry and active again!
I don't take my dogs for photos with Santa but I can appreciate a good photo like that.
These are two dogs I once owned who both went to live with Patricia Thomas Massaro. On the left is ABS4 FC Judo v Dorndorf L. Judo was a good son of Ilsa. He probably started on rabbits better than any dog I have owned. But he did not voice on rabbits, only sometimes on deer, and eventually he went to a new home. I don't know that I would make the decision not to use him today but...live and keep learning. I know more about spurlaut these days than I did then.
On the right is Walmar's Drucilla, sister of Group Winner Dark Prince and DCA Sweeps winner Druid Princess. I got Druci from Wally and Mary when she was middle age. I had her for a couple of years during which time she had one litter of one. Druci's only puppy became CH Walmar's Luke v Dorndorf L, father of Nadja, Nexus, Nick, and Nutmeg v Dorndorf L.
Anyway, it was my contribution to throwback Thursday today on Facebook. Seemed like a good time to post this one! I'm not exactly sure but believe the photo was taken about 2001 so Judo would have been eight and Druci a few years older.
Multi-Champion Red Top's Klatjofs (left) is pictured going Best Male at the Helsinki Winner show this past Friday, December 13. Father to my Viljo, 5.5 year old "Svante" is owned and handled by Tia Eskelinen, Kennel Cadium, Finland.
This win earned Svante the title Helsinki Winner 2013!
Congratulations to Tia and Svante! Thank you, Tia, for sending the very nice photo today.
Speaking of very nice photos, a wonderful album of Svante photos can be found on Tia's website.
Ornberget's Jubilee (right) was Best Female and Best of Breed at this show. Owned and handled by Jill Rhodin of Sweden, this makes Jubilee also "Helsinki Winner 2013."
Incidentally, Jubilee is great-great granddaughter of Nick v Dorndorf L. Imported to Sweden by Marie Gadolin in 2002, he lives with Linda Mellberg. Nick produced just five litters, but he is in the pedigrees of many longhairs in that part of the world.
I have been saying that Seiko is owned by Tina Knoll, which she is. Today, Tina's daughter Laura wrote to me, "Seiko is actually owned by me, too. I just needed some credit on my awesome little puppy."
Yes, you do, Laura! Pleeaase accept my apology.
Another successful deer-finding effort this morning by Cliff and Tasha.
Awesome job! And an excellent photo to remember it by!!
Last night's efforts. It's the first tree I've put up in years! If you can call it a tree, more like a big branch. But then there's no power struggle....
The first winter I lived here, I was all about the country Christmas and by golly I was going to do it right. I took Karl and we went to a tree farm. They gave me an saw. I went all around and picked out a tree that was just right. Tied Karl to a tree nearby. There was snow on the ground and some people with happy kids, strong and wonderful pine scent and everything was so fine. Until we got to the car. The tree wasn't that tall but it was big around and it was a huge effort to get it in there. Likewise, getting it through the front door at home. It wasn't the tree farm's fault but they haven't seen me since!
Pinch me, I must be dreaming. This has been quite a day. This evening, I got a private Facebook message asking if I am Emma Nance's daughter. "I am." Had a nice little chat - a reunion of sorts - with Shirley Menard [formerly Taylor] who obtained a male pup, Bengel, from my mother's B litter - in 1975!
For various reasons, Shirley was out of dachshunds for many years. But, as she says it, she "is back!" Unknown to me, Shirley had posted this "throwback Thursday" photo on FB last week - on the exact same day that I had posted a photo of Bengel's half-sister Ericka!
An amazing "coincidence?"
Welcome back, Shirley!
Pictures of the first two dogs I started out with... The female on the left is Clipper Adelaide and the male on the right is CH. Dorndorf's Bengel Long....He finished with three five point majors and took best puppy at the Minnesota Dachshund Club Specialty Show. He was a Ch. Han-Jo's Flaming Flare son. I had great times with these two, that I'll never forget! - Shirley Menard, MN
Wow! More GOOD news this weekend. Olive's turn!
"Olive did her part towards Dorndorf Weekend by earning QQ #14, 42 points, and two First places with her best Masters Preferred Standard and JWW runs ever!
C@NGRATULATI@NS to Olive, John, and Diane!!!
I am guessing from the photo that it is not raining in southern California. But I have heard that it never rains in California.
Seiko was called back High and Won the Field Champion Bitches class of 9 this morning.
Her father Oslo was called back second and Won the class of 11 Field Champion Dogs this afternoon.
This was at the Mission City Dachshund Club field trial in Kirbyville, Texas. Seiko is owned by Tina Knoll, and Oslo by Stan Knoll who handled both dogs today.
So in the run-offs for Absolute, guess who was Best Field Champion. Oslo's little girl Seiko!
At this trial then, Seiko was braced with and defeated the top Field Champion of 2013 (Linda Snyder's Hopi), the top Field Champion of all time (Cheri Faust's Danika), and the top Longhaired & number 5 Field Champion of all time (Stan Knoll's Oslo)! Talk about an excellent day!
Congratulations to the Knoll Family! I hope to get a photo or two to add to this post!
At the prestigious Helsinki, Finland Winner show today, Viljo's father Multi-Champion Red Top's Klatjofs was Best Male, Helsinki Winner 2013!
"Svante" is owned and shown by Tia Eskelinen of Finland. He was bred by Marina Nilsson of Sweden.
Also pictured is Tia's young female Chodsky pes (a breed not known to me) from the Czech Republic. "Miiru" was also Helsinki Winner at this show.
Patt, I do not like to be in photos but this photo I really wanted to have. My dogs has never won in Finnish Winner Shows and today my dogs received THREE Winner Titles Such a GREAT day! - Tia Eskelinen, Finland
Congratulations to Tia &Jarkko, Svante, and Miiru!
At the AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando, Florida yesterday, 11.5 year old MACH4 Nutmeg v Dorndorf L CDX JE CG qualified in Time 2 Beat! Nutmeg is owned and handled by Maxine Brinker of Illinois.
Congratulations, you two!!
This picture is to honor a dog that I did not own, and seldom saw, but who meant so much to me. This is DC Grampus von Harbor Park in the 1980s. I have some other photos but this one, I think, shows something of his enormous dignity and strength of DACHSHUND character.
Bred by Barbara Axel and owned by Joseph & Olga Heil, his sire was CAN CH Villanol's Redson von Piercen and his mother CH Camp Guthrie's Devil's Sprite CDX TT. Sprite was from a multi-champion litter sired by CH Han-Jo's Flaming Flare L.
I'd received a letter from Karla Martin (now Deithorn) after one of the first Long Island field trials. I believe it was a match trial. Karla told me of a Champion standard long male with a lot of drive and a lot of voice. Highly intrigued, I spoke of this with a beagler friend, Preston Current while we were out running dogs one day. Preston said, I'll tell what I'd do. I'd go look at this dog and if you like him, breed your bitch to him. Keep the best female in the litter and breed her back to him. Preston knew I needed and wanted trail voice (spurlaut). It was an exceedingly rare commodity and finding it in an excellent dog that I could use had been very difficult. An understatement!
Eventually, I did just what Preston advised. In 1984, I traveled from DCA in eastern Pennsylvania to see the dog on Long Island. In 1986, I had a litter by him. In 1990, I went to Hilton Head, South Carolina where he was then living and bred DC Grissel v Dorndorf L CDX TD VC to him. The subsequent litter produced FC Ilsa v Dorndorf L. Ilsa was Absolute Winner 15 times and the first dachshund to defeat 1000 Field Champions. More importantly, Ilsa produced Marta.
Can we ever really repay the dogs and dog people who have paved our way? It is something of a rhetorical question. Outside of doing the very best we can do by what they have given us, the answer is no.