Basil floatin' on his cactus

You probably know by now, I love dachshunds. :)


Basil Pup

Basil is our dachshund. Yes, he has dealt with the fact that he is German with an Italian name. We adopted him in the fall of 2008, from Oregon Dachshund Rescue, just after his fifth birthday. He is the sweetest pup I have ever met.

Basil is able to keep up on a 2 mile walk, though sometimes he stops to sniff, what I call checking his doggie blogs. :) He has a set of fleece covered stairs to get up to our (tall) bed, and he loves lounging in the sun during the summer months. He is definitely a warm pup, always burrowing under blankets and sporting his sweaters.

He literally struts around in his jacket:

Like any hip blog dog, Basil loves his almond butter:

My tutorial for Handmade Dachshund Ornaments:

We call him our Dog Son. See what I did there?

While this is a Get To Know Basil page, it is also in tribute to my past dachshunds, and dachshunds in the blog world… Please let me know if you know of any not yet on the list!

I grew up with Hansel, a standard red smooth; Tasha, a sweet standard red that I named; Kozmo, a funny doxie we named after Kramer. My mom currently has two minis, brothers Jake and Elwood.

I love when bloggers include their pets in posts, and I have ‘met’ some fellow Doxie Bloggers through spabettie. Go visit and look for their Long Dog Cuties :

Earl, the Canadian Weiner

Fritz, Kraut and Gretchen



Evie, Quincy, Podge & Meah

Wally The Doxie

Chester and Gretel


Mister Snoop “The Fastest Sausage In All Germany


Winston & Buckley



Lucy and Belle



Hudson the Dachshund

Molly Dachshund


Ernie and Ollie

Sienna is 12.5% dachshund

Miss Darla Marla

Cara and sometimes Coco

Doxie Clyde


Little Woodstock

Charlie Parker


Rascal !

Mini Milla

General Dottie Pottie of the Miniature Daschund Brigade

Dottie is so awesome, she’s on two blogs!

Sheldon is part dachshund (and Basil’s BFF)

Darcy is a doxie/pug mix

Sweet Maggie (her brother James is not a dachshund, but still very cute…)

and these sites are A Must for All Dachshund Folks, and anyone who loves dogs:

DREAM Dachshund Rescue

My Dachshund Is My Kid (Portia, Tabby, Jack and Delia)

Beauty in Everything


Stuff On My Wiener

{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 lisaou11 July 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm

love it! Mini Milla feels proud to be listed among these fine doxies ;)


2 ActiveEggplant July 30, 2010 at 7:24 am

This is the BEST page ever – and I feel honored that Dottie is part of it! Basil is absolutely adorable – wish he and Dottie could have a dachshund meet up!


3 Brittney August 5, 2010 at 10:29 am

Thanks for including Clyde!! :) Someday we’ll get make our bi-coastal doxie playdate happen!!


4 Sarah August 10, 2010 at 6:48 am

I LOVE THIS. Charlie Parker has always been a star in my mind, but now he is a star in the blog world too!


5 Elizabeth @ Eat Clean Fun August 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

This page makes me happy :)


6 Kelly August 30, 2010 at 8:43 am

Aw, Basil is sooo cute! I’m thinking about getting a second one when we move into our new house. I think Rascal needs a companion or he’s going to be a mama’s boy for his entire life and never have any friends. You should check out the Rascal tab on my site. He was so precious as a puppy!


7 catherinemccauley September 10, 2010 at 10:02 am

Aw! So glad I stumbled upon your blog! I have two fur-baby dachshunds! Check them out here under the “loves of my life” tab! :)


8 Corrin September 11, 2010 at 9:20 am

Thanks for adding Ollie to the list. I love checking out everyone’s blogs!


9 Stefanie @thenewhealthy September 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Oh my gosh, I just saw this dachshund page!! How cute! I have a dachshund (and I have had dachshunds my entire life!). My current baby is named Bahla and I call her pretty woman! Weird, I know, and I’m not even sure where it came from.

My first dachshund was Ziggy, then Scout, and now Bahla. Bahla is the first girl, and she is a little pistol! :)


10 NYCPatty October 27, 2010 at 5:15 am

Basil is so cute! I love the jackets!


11 spabettie October 27, 2010 at 9:26 am



12 purplebirdblog December 14, 2010 at 10:51 am

Oh man, that Barney Butter picture is the BEST! :D

Here’s the post where I introduce my fur children on my blog.

These two are my absolute heart, and my is definitely not complete without dogs in it!


13 purplebirdblog December 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Awwwe, we are honored to make the cut! I’ll link back here tonight to share the love! :D


14 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Lance is a dachshund I promise ;)

Ok, maybe not, but his bestie from next door is!!


15 happytalesblog January 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Awww! WHAT cute post!!! I love little doxies! My mom grew up with them her whole childhood. (I grew up with blacklabs,though… and now I have my adorable mutt, Happy!)


16 Jess (ATX gluten-free) February 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

OMG I LOVE doxies. I have 1 and 2 mixes. I just can’t get enough of them. I actually just posted a recipe for doggie pizzas with broccoli and cheese :)


17 spabettie February 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

ah! I snooped around a bit on your blog… do you ever have doxie photos? what are their names, I could add them to this page of links!


18 Jess (ATX gluten-free) February 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

I normally don’t post pictures of them on my site since it is more of a food blog. Their names are Spike, Red and Mario. Red is the mini doxie, Mario is the doxie-beagle, and Spike is the doxie-chi :)


19 Chris February 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Basil is such a fashionable little guy! I love the dachshund ornaments, I’ll have to try making those : )


20 Kelly S March 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hmmnn – Hemi is getting offended with all this Daschund talk. We’re gonna have to get him a doxie disguise!! Seriously, Basil is adorable.


21 spabettie March 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

hee! thanks, Kel. poor Hemi, surrounded by dachshunds in this family!!


22 Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Hehehe. He’s so cute, and has such intelligent eyes! Dachshund maybe is the only kind of dog I *really* like, but in fact I adore him. My mom’s parents had a dachshund when she was a child, and his name was Schnüffi (the family of my maternal grandmother also had dachshunds a lot, and they were all named Krüper – I., II., III., IV., … go figure) and he liked gummi bears and radishes the best which resulted in gummi bears and radishes being bought *only* for Schnüffi (not for the children, i.e., my mom and her brother). He also was very stubborn and did *exactly* the opposite of what he was told. In that way, though, he was predictable again. ;)


23 spabettie March 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

ha – Basil sounds like that – so very stubborn! we have a retro styled couch on legs, so he can SLINK under it when he doesn’t want to do something… it *can be* VERY cute. and gummi bears?? lucky Schnüffi ! :D oh, and Basil says thank you...


24 Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Whee, hi Basil! *wave wave* Such cute little socks you recently got … :D


25 spabettie March 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

*Bark Bark*


26 spabettie March 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

wag wag wag


27 Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm


28 Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner March 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Oh Yay! A veritable treasure trove of Doxie links! We have a blog about our adventurous weiner dogs and are always looking for others. Thank you for this post. Let the surfing begin :)


29 spabettie March 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Yay!! so happy you like it, and I’m always excited to meet other Long Dog friends!! :D


30 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm

GAAH, where was my HEAD yesterday?? what are the names of your Long Dogs ?? I will add you to this page!! :D


31 Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner March 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Thanks for asking! My babies are Chester and Gretel. You can find them at

I found lot of great blogs here to add to my list. I am in to healthy living too. You will see….my blog is about hiking with my dogs :)


32 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hi Jessica, Chester and Gretel !! :D the pups have been added to the Long Dog Party, and I have added your blog to my reader!! great to “meet” you all!


33 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) March 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

i just found your blog, and i am in love! doxies are my favorite and yours is soo precious!


34 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm

oh, YAY! :D I have had “Long Dogs” all my life, and adding Basil to my blog has been SO much fun. “Dachshund people” are a very specific (fun!) breed themselves, and there is a great doxie community online!! what’s your little guy’s name?? I will add him to this list!!


35 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) August 30, 2011 at 6:52 am

Hey girl! I got a new blog and realized I never responded- I want to add my little guy to the list! Sorry this took, ohh I don’t know, almost a half a year to reply back haha terrible. His name is Barusz… pronounced “Barrh-oush”. He’s Polish. And bilingual. hahah :)


36 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 10:54 am

ha – never too late, I will add Barusz right away!


37 Stefani May 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

Awww, Basil is too cute! I used to have a black and tan mini Daschound. Her name was Minnie…very creative, I know – but hey cut me some slack, I was 12 :) Nowadays, it’s all about my two cats, Kitana and Mitsu. Kitana looks like a typical Calico, but typical she is not! Mitsu is a beautiful Maine Coon – translation: VERY FURRY!!!


38 Stefani May 21, 2011 at 7:51 am

I forgot to add that my husband and I call them our fur-children/fur-kids or sometimes fur-daughters :)


39 spabettie May 21, 2011 at 8:10 am

SO cute! :) I love it.


40 spabettie May 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

thank you!! we love little Basil – he really is a very sweet dog! Minnie sounds great – I love the black and tans! aren’t dachshunds SO fun?? your cats have great names! my Dad is a cat person – he loves Maine Coons! actually, my sister does too – she is a cat person although she also has a dog – a bulldog! :)


41 Stefani May 21, 2011 at 8:44 am

They really are fun :) Minnie was strictly my dog. She wouldn’t mind anyone but me LOL. She used to play with my mom’s chihuahua (Chico) and she would put her long nose under Chico’s belly and flip him across the floor! It was so funny.

Thank you on the name front! Everyone makes fun of us for it, but what can we say – we LOVE everything Japanese so they have Japanese names :) We rescued Kitana first. Someone had thrown her out of a moving vehicle and she was all banged up and looked so awful. We named her Kitana because of the Japanese sword (Katana) cause we felt like she was a fighter. We spelled it with an i instead of an a since she is a kitty :p Mitsu means light and when we got her from the shelter, she was SOOO tiny! She could literally fit in the palm of our hand (and we have small hands haa). It was hard to even tell we were holding something, hence light. I was trying to figure out how to put a picture as an avatar but I can’t seen to figure it out! I was going to put up a pic of Kitana playing xbox haha


42 spabettie May 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

ha – Minnie sounds great, playing with Chico! Basil uses his nose when he wants more attention, nosing under my wrist when I’m tying on my laptop, mostly!! :D

and bless you for rescuing!! we found Basil from Oregon Dachshund Rescue, and I am so happy we did… he has some behaviors that make me think he didn’t have a happy life before (breaks my heart!!) and he is just the sweetest pup… and incredibly spoiled and (I hope!) happy here now… <3 I can’t wait to see the photo of X Box Kitana!!


43 Stefani May 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

Awww, how cute what Basil does when he wants more attention! Kitana will come and try to sit on my laptop when I am on here LOL She is very jealous! She used to be jealous of my phone…any time I would get a text she would stand in between me and the phone and god forbid I got a call cause she was try to root her way between my ear and the phone LOL It was hilarious. What was really crazy was she knew the difference between a call and text by the ringtone! It sounds crazy but it is true. If poor Mitsu comes and loves on me, Kitana will go and pounce on her and chase her away. I have FINALLY broken her from that but she will sit and give Mitsu and me dirty looks LOL It’s hilarious.

I didn’t know there were Dachshund rescue places! I can’t imagine anyone not wanting them! They pay between $200 and $300 for them around here. I got Minnie from my step dad’s aunt (from New Jersey) because she raises them. I understand exactly what you mean by the behaviors. Kitana is the same way! She can be very moody at times and she is always skittish. Sometimes, if you are just walking by her at a normal pace, she will take off running away real fast :( It’s very sad to think about what people do to our animals before we have them! I think they should be imprisoned!

I don’t know how to upload a pic of xbox Kitana :( I have it on my facebook page though and pics of Mitsu, she’s a beautiful cat!

44 September 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I love this page! Basil is so cute! And I’m glad I’m not the only one obsessed with my dog! My doxie, Roosevelt, has his own page on my blog. My entire family is full of crazy doxie people. In total we have 6! There are more doxies in my family than there are people! My sister has two (both rescues), my parants have three, and I just have Roosevelt but would love to get him a brother or sister. Doxies are so addicting. :) Thanks for sharing the list of doxie blogs, too. I can’t wait to check them all out!


45 spabettie September 16, 2011 at 8:06 am

hi Molly!! I will have to add Roosevelt to this page – and I’ll come look for him on your blog…


46 kalyxcornucopia September 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

hello basil!


47 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

HELLO to you! *wag wag wag*


48 Meghna November 6, 2011 at 3:44 am

I had a daschund oo.. Almost grew up with him , he died 2 months back and I miss him terribly.. His name was oscar. :’(


49 spabettie November 6, 2011 at 8:42 am

hi Meghna – I am so very sorry about Oscar – I know how so very difficult that is! I grew up with dachshunds, and while it hurts terribly, they bring so much to our lives! sending you big hugs!


50 Ms.DoxieCakes November 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

Fritz, Kraut and Gretchen invite you and anyone else to enjoy our blog…it’s about life in the Mitten state…but, we are featured in there also :)
I’m a foodie and a Doxie owner…I love that I found you!


51 spabettie November 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

oh my GOSH, they are the sweetest! Kraut!! that is a great name!! (they all have great names!) we had one named Gretchen once – her three names on papers were “Gretch the Wretch” :D I will add you all to this page too, and will come visit often! they are beautiful pups! thanks for saying hello, Basil sends *wag wag wags*


52 Tim Kaiser November 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

all the dachshunds!! I am going to visit them all now, we have three and they are the best dogs!!


53 Earl January 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

My momma was looking at a juice recipe on your blog when she saw a pic of a weenie. So she called me in to take a look.
Hey Basil! What’s going on?


54 spabettie January 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

well, hello there, Earl, very nice to meet you! we have added you to our list of Long Dog Friends on the doxies page!

tell your momma hello, and to let me know if she tries any of the juice recipes!

*wag wag wag* Basil


55 Darbi January 16, 2012 at 6:24 am

I love that you got Basil from a doxie rescue! Good for you!! :)


56 spabettie January 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

hi Darbi – yes, we are so happy to support Oregon Dachshund Rescue – and Basil has brought so much to our lives! we are starting to talk about a second pup, and would definitely rescue again! :)


57 Analiese January 20, 2012 at 5:35 am

I found your blog through KaileenElise ( and really love your approach to food! Then, I came across your Doxies page and realized WE BOTH HAVE DOXIES NAMED BASIL! How crazy is that? We adopted ours about a year and a half ago, when she was four. I’ve never met another dog named Basil, much less another doxie. Check it out:


58 spabettie January 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

hello Analiese! I love that there is another pup out there named Basil – especially a dachshund! and your Basil is SO beautiful – I love her coat!

I have added you to my reader, look forward to getting to know you more – Cheers!


59 Marty January 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Love love Doxies! I was raised with them, tho I rescue cats now, Doxies will always be my fav. My parents went from Doxies to Corgies when we all left home, sweet, smiley, small digs too. Love your ornament!


60 spabettie January 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

hi Marty! I grew up with doxies too – so it’s only natural I end up with my own… Jason had a basset when he was young, so he’s used to the long dogs as well! :)


61 Melia February 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I nearly passed out looking at these pics. CUTEST. DOGS. EVER!


62 spabettie February 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

thank you!! :)


63 Corinne May 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

We have a 1 year old mini, the runt of his litter, named Oscar. He’s a whopping 8 lbs and they say that’s as big as he’ll get! He’s our first doxie and not our last!


64 Kyley and Ammo the Dachshund June 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

I just came across your blog while looking for a “chocolate” recipe to make my dad for fathers day ( – and when I discovered you also have a love of doxies I knew I had found the recipe to use! :)

Thanks from Kyley and Ammo the Dachshund

P.S. I can’t wait to comb through your list of dachshund blogs!


65 kalyxcorn July 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

hello my friend basil! your mom makes the most tasty looking stuff!! :) :)


66 spabettie July 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm

HELLOOOOOOOOO! so great to see you here, *wag wag wag* < `();::::::::;~


67 Corinne July 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

your pup is very cute! I had three growing up, all over the place they ran. I wish to have another when my children are out of toddler stage.


68 gail October 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I LOVE Doxies….rescued 18 Dalmatians when I lived in the country on 40 acres. Have 3 Doxies…Doc-dad of Gizmo, and Sydney. Dockie is quite the man..he’s my Bubbie!!!


69 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 9:27 am

hi Gail!! bless you for being a dog rescue-r! Basil was our first rescue, we want a second doxie girl to keep him young! :) pet all those Long Dogs for me! – Kristina


70 elaine dundas November 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

Hi I love sausage dogs we have had about 13 between our famile we have 1 rescue dapple and a 18 month old boy we are mad on these little dogs and can’t wait to make the cookies elaine x


71 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

then you will LOVE these cookies Elaine, they are so fun! we doxie people are a special breed, aren’t we? :)


72 Jet January 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

We have a little boy dachshund, Fletcher. A brown, short hair who is a character! He will be 10-years-old February 28. We got him at 6 weeks old. He was supposed to be a mini, but he is a tweenie. I kiss him more than I do my husband!


73 Kristina Sloggett January 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

aw, Fletcher – all dachshunds are sweeties, aren’t they? we have had Basil for 4 years now, rescued him when he turned five – then a couple days before Christmas this year, we adopted another one (a girl, Rosemary!) from the same rescue – she just turned five – to keep Basil young! :) Basil and Rosie send wags and doxie kisses to Fletcher!


74 Jill Martin April 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hello my name is Jill and I saw your link through VegNews for the doxies. I am the event chair for the 4th Annual Bark for Life of Beaverton benefitting the American Cancer Society. I just wanted to put the invite out there to bring your doxies and invite others. Thank you!

I am looking for pets and their owners in our community to join us. I am also looking for local businesses to have a booth, share information, and make new connections at our event. I am hoping that this is an event that your organization would like to have a booth. The first year we did this, 2010 we had 40 dogs, 2011 due to weather we had 25 dogs, last year, 2012, we had 45 dogs and about 100 human participants.

The event is June 22nd at Greenway Park in Beaverton from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be doing a short opening ceremony, walk a couple of laps with the dogs, have a silent auction, have some booths set up with food and items for purchase from local vendors, have some demonstrations, have some games for the dogs, walk another lap or two, more activiites for the dogs and then a short closing ceremony. It is a ton of fun! You can visit our website at to see some of the photos from last year.


75 calee June 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm

LOVE this. I have a doxie named Barney Stinson (because he’s got a white tuft of fur and looks like he’s suited up, and is a lady killer). He’s not on my blog as much as he used to be, and he’s currently laid up with a back injury (because no matter how hard we try, he just wants to FLY) and is getting crate trained (he isn’t supremely excited about this). He’s going to be 7 this year. I’ve had him for almost 4 years and he is a rescue doggie too.


76 Kristina Sloggett June 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I LOVE BARNEY STINSON THE DACHSHUND!! sending healing Long Dog thoughts to him, hope he is feeling 100% soon! aren’t doxies the best? and rescues… they just love so much.


77 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm

woof woof *wiggle – wag* <3


78 shep August 25, 2011 at 3:47 am

very cute, I love dacshunds, my mom had one. thanks for all the linx


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