Back in the day, I recall seeing dogs enjoying rides in the back of pick-up trucks on several occasions. At that time, I’d never thought much about how dangerous that was. But today is a different story. We’re much better informed, and although the danger hasn’t changed, our realization of it definitely has! Thank goodness … Read more Car Restraints for Dogs: What’s the Best Option?
Ahhh — The vision of dog and master in a convertible driving off into the sunset. The dog’s smile is broad as his ears are forced back by the rush of the wind. A dog and his master … unlike any other bond. Beautiful, eh? Unfortunately, traveling with a dog in the car isn’t always … Read more Traveling With Dogs in the Car — TIPS for Long Distances
Oh, the dreaded sound! As a dog owner, surely you’ve heard it many times before. Body in position, muscles contracting, and then … retching! Sometimes, it goes on for several seconds before your dog erupts … and you’re scrambling for something, ANYTHING to catch the eruption. Unfortunately, we’re usually too late. Even worse is when … Read more Motion Sickness and Dogs … What to do
Ahh “Frito Feet!” The first time you smell such a smell on your wiener’s feet, it’s difficult to pinpoint just what it is. Then, it suddenly hits you! Boom! Fritos! For me, it was a pleasant experience. I was flooded by the memories of eating Frito pie and Fritos with salsa … something I no … Read more Why Do Dogs Feet Smell Like Fritos? Hmmm…
“Why does my dog follow me everywhere” was never a question I asked until my life was graced by a dachshund. Sure, there have been other dogs in my life that would follow me often. But Paul has taken this game to an entirely new level! No shower, bathroom break, meal, nap, chore … quite … Read more Why does My Dog Follow Me Everywhere? Please explain!
A question that is often asked, especially as our dogs grow older and seem to stumble about is “Is my dog going blind?” It’s a question that is often born out of confusion. In one moment, their eyes seem to follow our movements without any problem. However, the next moment they don’t seem to recognize … Read more Is My Dog Going Blind? — What to look for.
If you’re like me, you think you know how a stroke looks. But did you know it could be something else? Something even more common than stroke? When Paul was struck, it happened without warning and progressed quickly within a very short period of time. Did my dog have a stroke? Well, considering his symptoms … Read more Did My Dog Have a Stroke … or Is It Something Else?
Welcome to The Willful Wiener, a site dedicated to all the “willful” Dachshunds out there and to the people who love them. MY (and my willful wiener’s) STORY Simply put, I love dogs! They’re incredible creatures — full of love, trust and acceptance — and a great source of entertainment. I’m also certain that they … Read more About Michelle (and Paul)