Sunday, August 31, 2008

We're always right

OK. Remember what we said about how the staff would probably find reasons to blow the weekend. So far, we're right on.

They'd probably dispute that, but so far they spent Saturday WITH OTHER DACHSHUNDS at someone else's house talking about the plan for this year's Savannah Wiener Dawg Races. Then last night, they sat around laughing with some other folks from where we used to live and ate dinner and drank wine. Downside: We're a bit miffed about the minimal attention during all that. Upside: They dropped some decent stuff to eat in the kitchen.

Today, they managed to get a little done: Staffer Dad mowed the yard -- it's a lot easier to dig now. And, Staffer Mom fixed the toilet -- apparently a big deal since they refuse to pee outside. Have you ever wondered how much humans could save when they build a house if they'd just go outside for that stuff?
Then -- and we were right about this, too -- Staffer Dad and Buddy Gale watched the Cardinals lose to Houston. Staffer Mom's been focused on the internet and hurricane web sites. (We can understand that -- we don't like those storms either.)

They've promised us an evening watching the US Open. And that's what we've been waiting for. We're pulling for Andy Roddick and Venus -- she is a goddess!

Friday, August 29, 2008

3-day weekend!

The long holiday weekend is finally here, and that means more time with the staff. Every time one of these weekends comes along, they have some inane plan to get stuff done around the house. What that means for us is extra time in the yard, time in the pen and heavy-duty roles as distractions and mediators.
This time they really think they'll get a couple closets and a back room cleaned out. We're very dubious. First of all: They always come up with reasons not to do those chores, and they always end up at the beach for at least one morning. And, they never take us.
Our predictions: They'll blow off Saturday, try to make up for it on Sunday and fail -- we know the Cardinals game comes on at 2. That should finish off Staffer Dad. On Monday, they'll decide they should spend a few hours at the beach because it's a holiday.
On Monday night, we'll end up listening to them grouse because they didn't get much done over the weekend.
Let's hope they prove us wrong. But don't bet on that.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Listen when I meow

From Ernie (the cat): This is my new favorite movie.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A stylish event

If it's not enough for the US Open to be starting this week, we thought we should also remind you that it's Pet Fashion Week in New York. It's like Project Runway stuff except it's all about animals and style and animal charities. Check out the runway shows at this link. There are photos from last year's exhibitors and runway shows, and they'll be adding current ones as the shows occur.
Other than showcases for too few dachshunds and too many for poodles, we're especially thrilled about the design competitions for cool pet stuff, like better-looking food and water dishes.
It's about time!

Bye Olympics. Hello US Open

We've enjoyed the Olympics this year. We think there are some improvements to be made (add a water hazard and snarling pit bulls to rhythmic gymnastics, for instance), but all in all, it's fun.
Careful readers will know that we really like tennis, too. And, it's US Open time!
We'll be watching carefully for great serves and interesting fashion.
Anyone want to weigh in on who'll play the best and look the best?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Synchronized cool

From Maggie:
I think I've found my favorite Olympic sport. The staff left the TV on today, and we got to watch synchronized swimming.
Here's a video of the Russian gold medal swim performance. Wow. Pretty sure I could do that. Bandit says I'd be lousy because I wouldn't want to stay in synch with the other team members -- is that a requirement? I mean, can't they just follow me in my routine? And I would have to request a rule change about all that water. I'm certain that can be done in the backyard with tall grass. Seems like a waste of water. I could wear a shiny suit and be the one they throw up in the air!

From Bandit: She could just be the one to throw up. Seems like a waste of sequins.

Friday, August 22, 2008

It's 201

Yep, we just passed our 200th blog, so this is 201st! Yay!
Thanks for reading us.

We've been pretty busy this week, and here's an update on a few things.
- Aunt Jenn's doing OK. Her good knee was injured, but she's feeling fine. She didn't have the scoots after all.
- It's rained a lot. A lot. The staff blames it on something called "Fay." We don't really care except that it gets our feet wet in the mornings.
- Our buddy Amanda was here for a few days, and she's fun. She had to leave to do something called "City Chase." Apparently dogs weren't invited, because we're certain she'd have let us go, too.
- We ate all of Ernie's food one day and got a little "windy." But it was still worth it to get the good stuff.
- Last night, it was really noisy outside. The trees kept blowing and making things flash.
We're really glad it's Friday and the staff will be home for a few days. We need a break.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Feel better Aunt Jenn!

So yesterday we heard that Aunt Jenn got hit by a car while scooting around town. Now, it's bad enough that she got a case of the scoots (careful readers may remember Maggie's recent bout), but she must have been doing it in the street. We all fear cars, and we thought she knew better. Bumpers hurt.

....Oh wait....Staffer Mom says Aunt Jenn was hit while riding a red motorized scooter that takes her places like a limo. Oh. We only had one point of reference on that. Sorry.

Feel Better Aunt Jenn!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ugh. Another old movie weekend

Remember when we told you the staff made us watch all 5 Planet of the Apes movies? Well, they are at it again. This weekend, between inane Olympic sports (badminton, handball?), they left us with John Hughes movies "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Sixteen Candles."
- "Bueller? Bueller?" We loved that part. It's like when the staffers stand in the yard and call us and we don't want to come.
The limo was cool, and we'd like to have ridden in it. Alas, it's junk now.
- We applaud the canine actor hired to chase Rooney. Lots of good teeth-baring and foaming at the mouth. We thought it was effective.
- As for "Sixteen Candles," there were some nice details, but at least one part left us doubting the validity of the entire plot line. We're pretty sure Molly Ringwald wouldn't have worn red-and-white polka dot underwear. That really didn't add up for us at all. And we're really sure she wouldn't have given it to a geek. Nice touch, but just not believable. We've nosed through enough laundry baskets to know what types of undies fit various folks, and that just doesn't add up.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Early alert! Games for us!

We've been waiting patiently since last October, and now it's coming!
Registration opens Aug. 30 for the annual Savannah Wiener Dawg Races!
This year it will be more fun than ever with more to do....It's a full schedule for the first weekend in October.

We've got the races on River Street, and then later there's entertainment and fun at Grayson Stadium, a masquerade ball for all wiener staffers, a Sunday morning Blessing of the Wieners and more. AND, there will be races for other small-dog breeds, too. So, we're inviting all our chihuahua friends to come visit.

Last year's gathering was wonderful and raised a lot of money for Dachshund Rescue. We hope to help lots of animal charities this year. If you aren't in the Savannah area, it's a great weekend to head this way.

Check out the Savannah Dachshund Club web site for new information and early details.
Click on the topic labels for our fun stories from last year and many, many photos!
And here's a video from last year's craziness.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

We're not sleepy; we're imitating the staff

So, we've been reading some new stuff over at Joey's and Maggie's blog, The Long and Short of It All.
Today we learned that yawns are contagious between dogs and humans. You have to read this.
Of course, there are a lot of human habits we'd rather not have any part of.

PS: check the cool Olympic mascot to the left. It's Waldi from Munich. Sure puts that stupid Izzy from Atlanta to shame. We live in Georgia, and we hated that thing.
Want to know more Waldi history? It's on their blog, too. Click here.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday at home

Yep, we were stuck at home all day. The staff got up early and just took off. Hey! It's the weekend -- they're supposed to be home with us!
When they got home, they smelled like they'd been to the beach. We're going to find out where they've been, because this is just not right. And Saturday, they let us out to play and then Staffer Dad kept flinging old, wet pine needles at us from the roof. He said he didn't mean to hit us with them, he was just cleaning out the gutters. Right. Staffer Mom was laughing too hard for us to believe that.
We'll let you know what we find out. Payback could be interesting.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

More wieners in science

Today it rained, so we spent a lot of time on the Net. We learned that, yet again, wieners are helping humans in the science research. They keep coming to us for help, and we're a little worried that we'll be seen as lab rats. Not good.
Anyway, in a weird Norwegian study done somewhere in New York, they figured out that if they put sunglasses on a wiener dog, they'll be able to learn about human blindness. OK, fine.
But we're not wearing sunglasses except on the beach. And that's that.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Finally, we're excited about the Olympics!

Thanks to our friends Joey and Maggie over at The Long and Short of It, we've learned about Fred the dachshund and his quest for the Beijing Olympics. His staff apparently made a short film to show us what he's been through to get to the tennis-ball diving championships. Watch it here.

Our staff says they'll leave the remote out if we want to watch for Fred on TV, and we also will be checking the Net since there's 2,200 hours of programming planned. Oddly, we can't seem to find a listing for that sport, but we figure this one is so special, they'll be showing it during prime time. Right?

Monday, August 4, 2008

New blog friends

We've heard from some new blog friends at Who's Your Dachshund -- lots of owners and great wiener buddies. Give it a read at this link. They talk about all sorts of fun things and there's good info about all things dachshund. And give our blogroll a look sometime....we've got lots of fun friends!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

We're not lazy

Ernie's wrong; we've been busy. Yep, we've spent a lot of time online this week looking for new sites and ideas. We found a lot of sites you really need to check out. Most of them had substance and some had style.
This one's just fun. Try it, and then type in your own message, too!

Ernie takes over

The dogs have been lame this week. They've slept a lot and fought over food, so I'm going to blog.
Here's my entry.