Dachshund Winterfest: Adorable Dogs and Their Stories of Puppy Love (Photos)
If there is any truth to the stereotypes about pet owners -- cat owners are loners, fish owners are naïve, turtle owners are hard-working and goal-oriented -- then Dachsund owners, at first blush, could easily be accused of being ostentatious and perhaps slightly oblivious.
Photos by Leah Stern
But behind the pup and circumstance that was on full display at this year's Miami Beach Dachshund Winterfest, it quickly became apparent that as much as these owners believe that they are tending to their pets, their Dachsies may actually be taking care of them. Perhaps that is why the ancient Egyptians couldn't live without their furry friends, or, as it turns out, not live without them (many of them were buried with their beloved Dachsies).
Clearly, Dachsund owners are themselves different breed. We asked Dach lovers to tell us their own stories of puppy love -- and the answers ranged from the aww-inspiring ("my dog helped me through cancer") to the bizarre ("I can't leave my wife, because she'll keep the dog").
- Photos: South Beach Dachshund Winterfest
Toni, Jenaya, and Cosita Linda, age 2
"Cosita Linda, ever since I found you in Hialeah, my life has never been the same. I am so happy we rescued you from that alcoholic breeder, along with your five siblings. You are such a fabulous companion to our 16-year-old Weiner doggie. You have breathed new life into our household. When I was diagnosed with cancer and didn't want to get out of bed in the morning, you gave me the will to push on. Our walks in the sunshine, made the pain less unbearable. You rescued me, I didn't rescue you."
Monty and Johnnie, age 5
"Monty, I always was a cat person until you came into my life. I initially bought you for my wife, but you and I have become the best of friends. I love our morning ritual of sharing an egg and cheese bagel, and snuggling close under the covers, sharing our mutual love of college football. I'm known to be a tough guy, but you have brought out my sweet spot. Now, I can never leave my wife, because I could not live without you. We are definitely in it for the long run. Til death do us part."