Barbecue’n Some Dogs: It’s What Our Forefathers Would Do

Griller’s Little Helper hopes everyone makes the distinction between dogs and wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July…

The name Elizabeth Pretzel is hilarious, Anna H. Photo by Ted Horowitz



  1. Loving the marching paw 😀

  2. NintenDog! *squeeeeee* Oh the beautifulness! 😀 I can hear the squeaky sound of the toy.

  3. 260Oakley says:

    Walkin’ in a wiener wonderland.

  4. Don’t sell yourself short. “Anna H. Photo” has some serious laugh mileage.

  5. gooeyctr says:

    Happy Fourth of July, hot doggers!

    Here is my favorite patriotic pup:

  6. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:

    like, omg, like 260 Oakley is awake and thus she puns

    (similar, to “I think, therefore I am”, dontcha know…)

    And, on a Related Topic:


    BWAH HA HA HA and also HA HA

    (wanders off slightly erratically, wonderin’ how in Succotash the CO Ed’s di-unt see that one, comin’ a MILE away….but then thinkin’ “what if they DID see that possibility and thought it SO BANAL THAT…..” worry worry worry omg …..)

  7. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:

    (comes back around long enough to admire the silky fringe-y laigs on the LIVE hot dog trotting through the verdant yard…)

  8. Love the leg feathers on this long-hair doxie.

  9. I hope that is a squeeky toy–oh so much fun! sooooo cute!

  10. I had a cat that once stole someones hotdog…right off their grill! Imagine their surprise!

  11. annoyinglittletwerp says:


  12. Queen of Dork says:

    Okay. The paw up action is too adorable to be real! Peeps, in advance, I’m sorry about this thread grab. I know lots of people don’t like that. But to those who celebrate it…HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!! 🙂 YAY!

  13. Qof D nice Thread Jack and Happy Fourth of July.

  14. chanpon says:

    A hot dog with a hog dog! If he eats it, the world will invert on itself.

  15. AuntieMame says:

    He can has hotdog! Someone should start a website for that. 😀

  16. Sparkly says:

    Uh, hate to be a bummer, but there is no difference between a dog and a hot dog. Both are/were sentient, living, feeling creatures. Just a thought. Happy Fourth-of-July!!!!!

  17. Queen of Dork says:

    Is apple pie okay with all the veggie people? I want some and sorry to the apples. Peeps, here’s a little something.

  18. Squeeek squeeek squeeek squeeek!!!

  19. Queen of Dork says:

    Vegetarians crack me up. It just seems to me such a hyprosy to put down those of us who eat meat. Veggie folks are all about the planet and keeping that okay and are SO

  20. Queen of Dork says:

    oops. against eating plants but when you eat a plant you’re still killing something to eat it, right? Sorry about this. I really didn’t even mean to post it but now I’m there. I love everybody and like to read these threads. I really didn’t mean to post my opinion here but it just happened

  21. Queen of Dork says:

    I mean against eating meat! Sorry! I can’t even type and form sentences correctly right now! 🙂

  22. Madame X says:

    It’s okay, QoD. Like you, I respect people’s opinions and lifestyle choices, and would appreciate being afforded the same.

    Happy Fourth!

  23. kibblenibble says:

    Happy frolicking feetsies! 🙂

  24. Happy 4th of July my American friends.

    Not to worry Sparkly, its always been my contention there is no meat in hot dogs anyways.

    That is a very cute doggie. Love his tiny marching legs. He loves his toy.

  25. Nuffer Extrodinaire says:

    What’s wrong with wanting to eat planets, QoD? D:

  26. 260Oakley says:

    @Nuffer Extrodinaire
    I’ve been known to eat a Mars bar, but I wouldn’t touch anything that came from Uranus.
    (Poor Uranus, butt of so many planet jokes.)

  27. It’s a hot dog with a hot dog. 🙂

  28. I’ve always wondered why people that won’t eat meat want to eat something that tries to taste like or resembles or reminds them of meat . Tofu dog anyone?

  29. flutterbye says:

    What a ZINGER 260Oakley! Still LOL…

  30. Lucy Loup-Garou says:

    So, she’s gonna grow into those big, happy feet, I suppose? (He?) Does look pretty attached to that toy!

    @ffleur, I think you’re right, and I believe there are actually more animal products contained in Twinkies than in hotdogs.
    ‘Course the hotdog in the pics is now covered in doggie spit – does that count?

  31. flutterbye says:

    Puppeh is SO proud of squeaky weenie!

  32. Lol, lol, lol
    260 Oakley, once again you wins the interwebs-
    and the rest of youse guys are just crackin’ me up.

    Love the ‘wiener’ dog, too. so cute, so special. Someone’s Mommie and Daddie has a sense of humor to but that toy!

  33. @260Oakley *wild applause*

    Hey, peeps-with-doggies, what is it with doggies and squeaky toys? I was visiting a friend with a lovely terrier last weekend, and I have never seen such wild, untrammelled passion as that dog had for her squeaky toy.

    (Except for that of Ricardo and Felicity, of course. 😛 Or that of Baroness Von Possum, and that stableboy (or was it a chauffeur?) with the proud buttocks. 😛 )

  34. Oh, and happy 4th of July to those “whom it may concern”

  35. Wafflecat says:

    @ Aunt Mamie: Someone already did! : )

  36. Hey, peeps, EVERYONE should have a happy 4th of July!!! If you don’t observe the USA Independence Day, there’s not reason you shouldn’t have a happy day, too.

    Feeling Magnanimous 😀

  37. Queen of Dork says:

    You guys are SO

  38. Lucy Loup-Garou says:

    humbug. But thanks, Magnanimous.

  39. Queen of Dork says:

    Crap! Obviously, I can’t do this right. You guys are so great! 🙂 I totally wasn’t even trying to say that comment on this site but I accidentally did! The whole thing started due to a conversation I was having with a friend about bug spray!! (okay. don’t ask. I know. that’s strange) I love you all and wish you all the best of love and hope that any yummy food is available to anyone!! 🙂

    Please, all, enjoy your 4th!

  40. Too much! Love it!

  41. OMG, I thought I was the only one who remembered the “My Buddy” commerical song!

    I always wanted to have a dachschund just so I could dress him/her up as a hot dog on Oct. 31st, take a pic, and use it to send people cards that said “Happy Hallo-wiener!”

    Am I the only one?


  42. Queen of Dork says:

    BG: Hahahaha! I’ll bet you’re not the only one! I think I should get a dog. My cat just tried to kill me. He did the Stealth thing. The thing where when I stand up, he very quitely runs really fast in front of my feet in order to trip me so that I’ll fall and break my neck. Also, he would probably like it if I bled profusely.

  43. When I was a kid, Christmas couldn’t start until Bonny the Scottie had torn open her stocking and ripped the squeaker out of the toy mouse, and Pixie the cat had torn open her stocking and got high on the catnip. Happy memories!

  44. BStrange says:

    Anyone else notice the velociraptor tail on that puppy? 😀

    What QoD and ffleur said back around the 18-to-23 point. *nod nod!* (QoD: #41 is a solid argument for belling an indoor cat! Until he learns to muffle it and goes right back to attempted murder, anyway.)

    Theresa, whatever else might apply, I think it’s also the most noise many dogs get to make without getting scolded! I’ve known at least one dog who used a squeakie toy to get around the “no barking when excited” rule. SQUEAK-boundSQUEAKA-bound-SQUEAKASQUEAKASQUEAKbound bound!! “See Mom! I’m not barking! 😛 ”

    Also, for those who might enjoy, I give you The Arrogant Worms’ “Carrot Juice Is Murder”:

    Plus a palate cleanser, the Assumption Song. Not work safe, even though the one rude word is bleeped:

    Happy fourth of MAN IS IT EVER HOT OUT, everyone!

  45. BStrange says:

    Embedding fail, but the links still work. I blame dachshund-induced cuteness damage to my brain.

  46. @ Mudbug- there are many reason why some vegetarians will eat things like tofu dogs and burgers. A few I can think of: 1) some vegetarians gave up meat not because they don’t like it or or morally opposed to it, but for health reasons and soy is a great source of protein without the fat and other things that can come with meat products 2) it can suck being the only one at the BBQ without a tubular object in a bun and sometimes a girl just wants to join in on the fun! 3) some vegetarians really loved the taste of meat but stopped eating it for moral reasons and eating ‘meat-ish’ soy products gives us that good taste without having to compromise our values. There are many, many reasons and I think the are ALL good reasons. No need to feel ashamed for eating that meat-shaped, meat-flavoured, meat-textured soy burger, fellow vegetarians! Munch and be proud!

    Personally, I don’t get the point of non- alcoholic beer, but that’s just me.

  47. smallthunder says:

    I usually lurk, but since I am One Who Is Ruled By Dachshunds, I must respond to some of these posts:
    1. I think every weiner-dog owner has bought, or has been bought, a hot-dog squeeky toy. It’s in the contract, doncha know?
    2. I adopted all my weiners from Dachshund Rescue of North America (great org!), and the Mid-Atlantic region used to have a “reunion” every year in October to celebrate “Hallo-wein.” Part of the festivities — besides a hundred or so of weiner dogs of every size, coat and color — were “bobbing for hotdogs,” weiner-dog races, and a weiner-dog costume parade. It seems like, every year, someone could not resist dressing their dogs as, yes, hotdogs.
    3. My first doxie was a 9-year-old little boy who had, besides being abused/beaten, had been so neglected that his gums became SUPER infected. His lips couldn’t even cover them, so the vet ended up having to pull all of little Nugget’s teeth (save three molars in the back). The point of this story is: before coming home with Nugget, I stopped off at a pet store to buy supplies — the most important being, of course, a hot-dog squeeky toy (that contract, you know). But because of his teeth, or lack thereof, I bought him a fabric one (vs. plastic). Nugget loved that squeeky toy from first glance. I was on the phone, telling someone about the new addition to my family, when I noticed white stuff all over the living-room carpet — yup, that ole-man-with-no-teeth managed to disembowel his squeeky toy in five minutes flat!
    Dachshunds — gotta love ’em!

  48. BStrange says:

    nads – I actually thought that post was referring to liking the taste of meat products being sort of hypocritical if you’re the vegetarian for moral reasons type. I mean, a soy burger doesn’t HAVE to taste like meat, they could (in theory) make it taste like broccoli just as easily.

  49. BStrange says:

    Also, “Not to be a downer but I’m gonna be a downer” posters like Sparkly lose 100,000 credibility points from a standing start for being voluntary jerks.

    Dachshunds, on the other hand…. Well, I’ll let this one speak for himself:


  50. BStrange says:

    I mean, it’s a RUBBER hotdog, fergoshsakes, and someone still had to nuff. 🙄

  51. Queen of Dork says:

    Okay. I started this whole thing and I have to ask a question. Why is it that vegetarians think it’s so terrible to eat meat because eating meat = killing something? If you so love plants, (as I myself do. Plants are my favorite creatures on the planet) How come you feel like it’s okay to eat plants? Because you know when you pick, cook and eat them, you do realize, right, that you are killing a living thing? So how come that’s okay to you to kill plants but not animals? And don’t you think everything is equal? Or is it that plants are somehow inferior to animals in your eyes? I’m not trying to start a thing, I’m just wondering about what you think. (This is exactly the thing my friend and I were talking about…plus the bug spray, when I accidentally started this whole thing)

  52. BStrange says:

    QoD: *tosses two cents* I think being wired to find things cute, and not want harm to come to cute things, is probably plugged into the same bits of our brains that make us protective of babies. (Human, animal, tiny cute plant sprouts, whatever.) It often seems to be an intensely emotional response, even when it’s described in logical terms or tied into a moral framework. Which I think is also why some people seem so incredibly irrational when they start dancing on the “meat is murder” bandwagon.

    As a response to a rubber hotdog, “irrational” doesn’t even begin to cover it. 🙄

  53. BStrange says:

    Ok, so what’s the moral guideline about a mouse malfunction eating a sentence? That should read: “sprouts, whatever.) (begin insert here) The “don’t eat animals” viewpoint often strikes me as stemming from a similar source. (end insert here) It often” …etc.

  54. Queen of Dork says:

    Plants are beautiful as well as furry things. I’m just saying that we have to eat. Ever since God/Science, whatever you believe, created a cell that must comsume other things in order to survive, we’ve all had to eat. something. Meat or veggies. We have to eat.

  55. BStrange says:

    QoD: And ever since the invention of language, there has been and always will be argument over what it’s okay to eat.

    Humans are weird. *shrug*

  56. QoD @ 50: Have you ever seen the movie Notting Hill? It has a character who calls herself (I think) a fruititarian – she only eats fruits that have already fallen from the tree and were therefore already dead. She claimed the carrots placed on the dinner table in front of her had been “murdered”. Funny scene!

    a Vegetarian (mostly just because I gotted turned off meat at a very young age after a bag hamburger experience and never got over it…. I couldn’t care less if anyone else wants to eat meat)

  57. Queen of Dork says:

    Katie: Cool! I’ve never seen that movie. Sounds good! I think I’m going to go eat a salad now. I love that you and I have the choice to eat what we want to eat. One thing I find yuck is berries! Ick! They always cause little seeds to get stuck in my teeth! So I have a thing against eating berries for that reason. 🙂

  58. QoD: I think the idea is that plants cannot feel pain but animals can. Also, raising animals as food is a lot more harmful for the environment and you can sustain a lot more people by growing plants as food on a certain size of land then if you were to raise animals for food on that same size of land. These are the arguments I have heard the most.

    smallthunder: It is nice to hear about your adoption success stories. My family too has adopted many wieners from Midwest Dachshund Rescue. I couldn’t imagine my life without having known them. Don’t you wish there were more doxies on this site? Sometimes I cannot understand why there is not! They are simply adorable! And yes, I bought the hot dog toy for my dogs but sadly no one has liked it 😦 They do, however, enjoy the Ty weenie toy made for dogs.

  59. Queen of Dork says:

    Nina: How do you know plants can’t feel pain?

  60. Isn’t this supposed to be about puppies and doggies and cuteness? Could we please leave the ridiculous arguments out of this? Play nicely, people!

  61. BStrange says:

    Katie – …And the world just got weirder. 🙂

    I don’t dislike vegans and vegetarians in general – just the ones who carry a soapbox around with them 24/7 and jump on it over really ridiculous things. (See again, for those who skipped down: nuffing a rubber hotdog. Also, you can grill vegetables too, so blaming it on the “grill” part of it is just as uncalled-for!)

    Well, and those who try to force me to eat as they do. Mmmmnothappening.

    I could care less what someone else chooses to eat. It’s the “all must bow to my superior dietary and moral choices” viewpoint that makes me roll my eyes – especially when it’s dispensed unasked-for at every even remotely available opportunity. (Rubber hotdog.) Now, finding certain foods unpalatable and/or peculiar is something else again from disapproving of them! I have so many hereditary difficulties with food that my ability to choose what I eat is considerably tempered by what I can eat (or eat much of), so I have to find some humor in the subject or else I’d go nuts. Vegemite and prawn ice cream come to mind…

    Arv9y: I agree, but rubber hotdog nuffer’s social conscience was apparently offended. 🙄

  62. Queen of Dork says:

    Let’s get chainsaws and cut down all the trees in the Redwood Forest! That would be fun. Then, we can make a huge bonfire with the wood and cook all sorts of things. We could make instuments out of the wood that’s left over.

  63. BStrange says:

    To heck with food debates. More dachshundness. Specifically, the best dog toy ever:

  64. Bstrange, thanx so much for this vid. I loved it and so did my hubby Will. Thanx very much.

  65. @ Queen of Dork- I think for a lot of people, its not that eating meat=killing something, its more like eating things like hotdogs, burgers, cold cuts, etc = supporting the products of animals that were raised for slaughter and more often than not had pretty horrible lives (in the big industry type of farming, not as much in free range, organic, etc) . I am a firm believer in the ‘circle of life’ and am not naive enough to think that humans don’t have a place on the food chain. I grew up in the far Canadian north where its in our culture to eat meat, we had no other choice as there is no farming, you eat what you can harvest from the land. I was raised on wild meat, literally didn’t start eating beef and other ‘supermarket’ types of meat until I was much older. Its very, very rarely that I’ll eat even wild game now (hence why I still call myself vegetarian) even though I know exactly where that animal came from and that it was taken by my father or brothers in a respectful and usually painless manner. I know it had freedom before it gave up its life so that myself and my family could eat. However, I now live in a city where I am more than capable of eating healthily without having the ‘sacrifice’ of the animals that I respect and admire as fellow inhabitants on this Earth. I think for a lot of people its this seemingly lack of respect for other sentient beings that is so offensive and displeasing-that some people think animals are disposable things that are there to please their palate. I choose not to eat farm raised meat for moral reasons, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy its taste. I certainly think I don’t deserve to be called hypocritical if I like the taste of meat, or if I want my soy product to taste like it.There are many different kinds of vegetarians who choose not to eat meat for many, many reasons. I’m the kind of vegetarian who respects the fact that there are people who eat meat and if that’s their choice, then its fine by me.
    @Bstrange I thought that Sparkly was pointing out that the hot dog (yes, we know its a rubber toy, but i think he/she was assuming one would make the connection) was once an animal, just like the cute dog that’s holding it in its mouth, and the irony that we can so easily forget that. Sparkly was politely stating something, not putting people down or coming in with a ‘meat is murder’ agenda. I certainly don’t think he/she deserves to be called ‘irrational’ and a ‘voluntary jerk’. Please live and let live. Isn’t it your Independence Day in the States today? Maybe think about that charter of rights and freedoms I hear about. Vegetarians are people who are entitled to their views, just as you are entitled to yours, and they also have feelings.
    (btw no disrespect about the charter of rights and freedoms, i just really don’t know what its offical name is!) I have been coming to this site and commenting here since 2007 and I see so much ‘hypocrisy’ when it comes to the vegetarian/non-vegetarian issue.

  66. Elisha B. says:

    Gotta say it people………..PUPPIIEEEEEE!!! Luvs the intense expression in pic 2….”got my hot doggie and nobody’s gonna get him!”

    Dogs just rule!!!! (well….most of the time 😉 )

  67. BStrange says:

    nads: I disagree. There’s no reason to nuff a rubber hotdog on CO other than being a nuffer.

    Carrying on!

  68. BStrange says:

    Embedding fail:

  69. Queen of Dork says:

    nads: Cool. Every time you eat a vegetable you kill a living thing. I’m not saying you can’t eat anything. I’m just saying anytime you do eat anything you kill something. So vegetarians, I feel, need to hop off their soap boxes because they are also killing to live. I don’t think it matters nor do I care that you all think that plants are lesser creatures than animals and therefore okay and holy to eat. That’s all I’m trying to say.

  70. BStrange says:

    Hmm. Does that about balance the noncute? Let’s see. *breaks out the cuteologist equipment* Nope… needs more hotdog (not to be confused with cowbell).

  71. Nuffer Extrodinaire says:

    I personally think that the “meat is murder” crew should kindly stow it until it’s actually affordable to have a vegetarian diet. I really hate the elitist connotations that I love to kill things just because meat is waaay cheaper than veggies.

    Seriously, I can get a five pound bag of chicken for six bucks, or less than a pound of veggies for the same price. Not to mention that people who have peanut allergies are usually also allergic to soy. So calling non-vegitarians cruel murderers is something that makes me want to punch the militant vegans. D:

  72. BStrange says:

    Can’t embed multiple videos in one post. Aaaand, loving that wet dog smell. The earflapping noise kills me:

  73. Queen of Dork says:

    And vegetarians are killing things too! You have to kill a plant in order to eat it! So that’s also killing a living creature.

  74. BStrange says:

    Awesome doxie nose shovel action. Hint hint, folks. I bit too, but let’s not keep feeding the people who are eager to spoil the cute:

  75. BStrange says:

    ‘Cause inciting arguments is what some trolls live for, and they grow their crops on blogs.

  76. Queen of Dork says:

    Ohmygosh BStrange! That’s so cute! Is that your dog? I’m totally loving the nose burying action there. What’s his name? 🙂

  77. BStrange says:

    Nope! Just one from my collection of Stuff I Found That Made Me Laugh. 😀 Closest I’ve come to owning a doxie would be either a corgi mix, or dogsitting a canine backhoe dachshund and her puppy, whichever comes closer. I like these little badgerhounds though, they are an inherently goofy breed.

  78. BStrange says:

    …If a bit rough on lawns. They do LOVE to dig!

  79. Queen of Dork says:

    ‘kay. guys? I have a leetle, teeeny confession to make here. ahem. okayl Earlier this week, I went to the local shelter to see the sweeties who were there. And there were many, many babies I wanted to take home. One of them looked quite like the dog in BStrange’s vid. And I wanted to take all of the kitties, too. (sob). But I can’t because I just can’t! Because of many different reasons. I wish I could but I just can’t right now. 😦 I hope nobody will be mad at me for this. I’m not nuts. I’m really not. No therapy or anything like that. 🙂

  80. @QofD and Bstrange: “I don’t think it matters nor do I care that you all think that plants are lesser creatures than animals and therefore okay and holy to eat.”

    If you read my post you will see that I am not soapbox preaching the glories of vegetarianism. I am saying its my choice, just as you have your choice. What I’m saying is that you can’t lump all vegetarians into preachy, self righteous nuffers like you have been implying that vegetarians are. Not once did I say killing is wrong-be it animal or plant. I’m saying I think its wrong, and take offense to, people who assume that its ok to call someone a jerk because they made a statement on a thread that someone didn’t like. Because I choose not to eat meat does not mean I’m a loudmouthed dogma pusher who has it in for non-vegetarians. And just because Sparkly reminded us that the hot dog (and yes, it KNOW it was rubber!) is made out an an animal does not mean he/she is a jerk, like Bstrange so unkindly and rudely said. I posted what I had to say because I felt like this poster was being unfairly attacked, as well as vegetarians. I can see by the numerous follow ups that you either did not understand what I was saying or didn’t bother to read what I had actually written before replying. My post was basically asking for a little courtesy around this site, which I think for some people is clearly too much to ask for.

  81. BStrange says:

    QoD – On wishful thinking:

    I know how you feel, kinda. For health reasons I can no longer have “teh cute” (no kittens furred nor bald, pups, chicks, tarantulas, leezards, nothin’), and it kills me! I’ve ALWAYS had animals around. *le SIGH* People who say “you can still donate to shelters” and etc. mean well, but that really misses the point… Sure, I can. But I still can’t take them home anymore.

    Well, except the internet kind. Yay Cute Overload, Youtube, and so on and so forth. 🙂

  82. BStrange says:


    This is Cute Overload. Stop. Breathe.

  83. Queen of Dork says:

    nads: As I said before to you: Cool. I’m happy for you and your eating choices. I hope you’re healthy. I hope all is well with you. I don’t know what else to say to you. I hope you eat well I guess. Bon Apetite.? I guess? Peanut butter rocks my world?

  84. BStrange says:

    In keeping with the theme, my last word on the serious side of this comment thread has to be:

    Plus (mostly for QoD, in keeping with her past flower-pic links). 🙂

  85. I SAW YOU

    Location: In the hall, 4th July, 2010.
    You: Cute Overload T-shirt
    Me: Pointing at your Cute Overload T-shirt, shouting “CUTE OVERLOAD!” at you.


  86. Patricia says:

    My degree is biology, and plants do feel pain. Not in the same exact way we do but they respond to stimulus that damages them and try to repair it, or grow away from it. They have receptor chemicals that stimulate responses to what we would consider pain, like our nerves tell us when we are in pain (it is a response to let us know we are hurt, or to avoid things that hurt us). They chemical systsm is a bit different than ours but that is because of their structural differences.

  87. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:


    (sneaks away down the hallway “vewwy qwietwy….”, whistling the Innocence Tune…)

  88. jazmella says:

    lol@the hotdog having a nipple.

    Also, CUTE!!

  89. Awesome. Amazingly, I met an adorable dachshund this afternoon. He belongs to my uncle’s friend, is about 1 year old, and is name Napoleon. He’s quiet as a cat and loves to sit on people’s laps.

  90. Queen of Dork says:

    nads: Oh my goodness! I so did not mean to say you are horrible for being a veggie or anything like that. gosh. I don’t mean that to ANYONE. I was just trying to say that we all have to eat. I wasn’t around when God sort of made that rule. I would have tried to debate it but He didn’t ask my opinion about that. 🙂 Also, I would have tried to boycott the whole insect thing. I would have been like, “um, Lord? um, hi. it’s me, Stef. Would it maybe be possible to have the whole planet thing work without bugs? Okay? That would be really, really cool if you could maybe do that. ‘kay?” But He didn’t do that either. 🙂

  91. Noelegy says:

    Anecdotally speaking, I was a vegetarian for close to 10 years, and non-veg people gave me much more flak than I gave them. I tried to be respectful of everyone else’s choices, because the decision to go veg had been, for me, very personal and was undertaken after a great deal of thought. Not all vegetarians are preachy gits, but there are enough of them out there to make the others cringe.

    That being said, I attended a Fourth of July cookout at my brother’s house today, where I made the acquaintance of an 8-month-old Dachsund named “Tinker,” who was VERY affectionate and VERY hyper and basically in temperament a great deal like a little squealy girl. And my big, “Bubba”-type brother had her decked out in a pink sparkly rhinestone collar. Squee. Squee indeed.

  92. Queen of Dork says:

    Oh noes!

    *goes to hide under the bed with SamKitty and talk soothingly to him ’cause he’s scared because of the fireworks*

  93. Aww, poor Sammy! We didn’t get much fireworks at all tonight, which is odd, because my neighbors are mostly Chinese.

    Anyway, just in case you haven’t had enough of the little wiener houndlets, here’s a Golden Oldie!!!

  94. My boy cat just sniffed at the burying doxie video – I wish I could have captured it on video!

  95. My dog is half dachshund, and those eyes of this very cute little dachshund are the same wise old man eyes my dog has. This little doggie is so precious.

  96. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: He’s okay now. He has this little blanket he likes to lay on. It’s on the foot of my bed usually but I put it on the couch where I was laying and he curled up on there and went to sleep. Now, we’re both going to go to bed, blanket and all. There’s still much noise but Sammie seems to be okay now.

  97. BStrange says:

    Noelegy: Yeah, my issue with militant vegetarians, with militant ANYthing, is the militant part. It jams my spokes and I don’t know whether to laugh or figuratively Gibbs-smack ’em.

    After all, the poster way back up there could have just as easily called it a rubber tofu hot dog and moved on, instead of deciding to spontaneously make a rubber dog toy on a cute pictures site into a symbol of all that she sees as wrong. (Or troll the site, whichever.) 😛

  98. BStrange says:

    Theresa: I LOVE that video, hysterical barks and all. Scampering dachshunds look like the video’s been sped up when they put on a burst of speed, it’s too silly to look real even though it is.

    Oh, and QoD: Poor kitty! I remember one of our dogs hated loud noises so much, she’d disappear behind something and not come out for hours. And then megasulk at us like it was OUR fault. Unfair!

    Also, if certain bloodsucking bug types ever go extinct, I’ll be right out there with you, cheering in the streets. Them, and those gnats whose life goal seems to be to embed themselves in my eyeball by whatever means necessary. *pained squint*

  99. janet2buns says:

    How AMAZING is BStrange’s vid with the tennis ball throwing machine!! And the wildly whipping tail of the weinerdoggeh! The doggeh anticipates the fun he’s going to have as he loads the tennis ball! Kudos to the weinerdoggeh’s engineer/ techie human who built such a lovely toy.

  100. Lucy Loup-Garou says:

    I love the dachsie vids – LOL all over the place! Thanks BStrange!
    I KNEW the nuffs were well on their way when I saw the hotdog. Oh well.
    I get along fine with vegetarians who don’t preach, I just don’t know that many of them.
    And what p**s*s me off about the 1st nuffer is the assumption that everyone enjoying the pics is cluelessly unaware of the sentience of non-human organisms, and really needs to be educated by those gifted with understanding. Can’t stand that elitist crap & I agree with BStrange, QoD, Nuffer Extraordinaire, and thanks to Patricia for the info on plants.
    Back to CUTENESS!

  101. Sparkly says:

    Whoa, I did not mean to cause a commotion. I don’t eat meat because 99% of it comes from factory farms where animals are treated very badly. I love the taste/texture of meat and miss it. (Can’t wait for really good fake meat!) Anyway, I still think that it’s important to remember that the animals that are eaten are not really different than our wonderful pets. I had a great fourth of July and served vegan pizza to my non vegan friends and they liked it! (Or so they said, maybe they were just humoring me!) I hope everyone else had a great holiday.

  102. QoD: A plant cannot feel pain because it does not have a nervous system or brain. Pain is a perceptual experience that occurs in the brain. An animal does have these things and thus can feel pain. Some argue that without a conscious, animals cannot feel pain, but really a conscious is not necessary to experience pain. I am not trying to preach to you, just trying to provide you with the answers you seem to be seeking.

  103. Queen of Dork says:

    I am not seeking answers from you on this one. Plants do feel pain. They may not have the human equivalent of a nervous system, but sure, they do feel pain. Just like bugs do when you squash them when they annoy you.

  104. If you honestly believe that a plant can suffer the way an animal can then ok, but you asked why vegetarians think it is bad to eat animals and not plants and so I told you. I am not a vegetarian, just answering your question since you asked more than once on this thread.

  105. Queen of Dork says:

    Nina: Okay. Cool. We’re good.

  106. Oh the irony

  107. Jenn in IL says:

    MAN, where is Teho when you need ‘im?

    That pup is freaking adorable. I love long haired doxies… 🙂

    Hope everyone had a happy 4th!

  108. Is there no moderator now or what?
    I haven’t been here since Theo left and it’s looking a little… you know… unmoderated

  109. BStrange says:

    Holiday weekend in the States. *shrug*

  110. smallthunder says:

    Bloody ‘ell, people! How dare you pollute my little slice of Dachshund Heaven with your continuous rants concerning vegetarianism/carnivorism! JUST TAKE IT ELSEWHERE.
    (I need more doxie videos — STAT!)

  111. BStrange says:

    @smallthunder: I’m with you!

  112. darkshines says:

    I adore doxies, and as soon as I am allowed pets in my house, I will get one!

  113. Doxie lover! says:

    We love cute doxies!! This one is adorable! Vote for our mini doxie in the cutest puppy contest, she is Lucy the smooth red!