Terriers and Dachshunds, Oh My

21 Jan

For the past week, I’ve been pet-sitting a terrier mix named Arrow in my home. My dogs and I have been opening our home to her twice a year for the past four years as her people travel to art shows across the country.

Dachshunds and terriers may not seem as different as Chihuahuas and Newfies, but watching them both makes me wonder if they evolved from different ancestors. Take these examples:

Wiener dog:  Sniff every spot in the neighborhood for 10-15 minutes to make sure nothing new has happened to that spot since the last time you sniffed it for 10-15 minutes. Then slowly move on to the next spot.

Terrier: Take one quick sniff and move on. There’s nothing to see here.

Wiener dog: Eat immediately after food is put within reach, sooner if at all possible.

Terrier: Guard food bowl and wait for someone else to appear to want it. Growl a bit then eat as slowly as doggedly possible, all the while keeping your guard up.

Wiener dog: When on a walk, be sure to always walk 6-16 feet behind your human (depending on leash length).

Terrier: When on a walk, be sure to always walk 6-16 feet in front of your human. And never, ever, walk in a straight line. Serpentining burns so many more calories.

Wiener dog: Spends hours arranging pillows and blankets to achieve exactly the right combination of comfort and cover in order to take a 6-hour nap.

Terrier: Plop down on top of anything–sofa, chair, floor (Wiener dog says “Floor?”) and rest, making sure not to achieve too deep a sleep because someone may be nearing the spot on the floor where your food dish was until the human got tired of waiting for you to eat and put it up.

Wiener dog: Play “fetch” by running after stuffed animal down the hallway a few times. Never actually retrieve said animal because how else will human get her exercise?

Terrier: Play “fetch” by running up and down hallway hundreds of time whether anything is being thrown or now. Occasionally grow if anyone gets to close to your imaginary animal.

Wiener dog: When temperature are below freezing, go out, do your business, and hurry back as fast as your short legs will carry you. Lie in front of heating vent for several hours to recover.

Terrier: No matter the temps, go out and run across the yard yipping until human comes out in housecoat and slippers, picks you up, and brings you back inside. Run to where your food dish was and growl.

I think in many ways I am more like a terrier than a wiener dog, but perhaps the reason I’ve been under dachshund management for 28 years is that I aspire for a slower paced life in which I have time to sniff what needs sniffing and get really comfortable before taking a nap.

5 Responses to “Terriers and Dachshunds, Oh My”

  1. Lily Belle January 25, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Hi! We just read about you on PBU so we’re hopping over to see you all. We’re going to read some more of your blog right now so that we can get to know you.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  2. bichonpawz January 25, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    Hi there! We are stopping by from PBU to say Welcome to Blogville! Hope you enjoy!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  3. Groucho January 25, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Hello! We saw you over on PBU so had to stop by. I had a bit of a laugh about the Terrier stuff – being a Westie, and a true blue terrier, I am indeed a walk in front of the Two Legged One (at all times – and if They happen to get in front of me, I simply force my way back to the front!), it doesn’t matter how cold or hot it is outside, my first foray outdoors in the morning involves as much sniffing and running around as I can manage but I’m very Wiener like when it comes to the napping – I rearrange cushions, remove blankets, drag pillows off the couch etc, before I will settle down – but I sleep with one eye open and one ear at the alert at all times!

    We’ll be back for more reading soon!



  4. catchatcaren January 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    glad to meet you! Read about you on Pet Blogs United! Have a great weekend!

  5. Traveling Cats January 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Here from Pet Blogs United. Have a lovely Monday 🙂

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