By Judy Keenan
What do William Randolph Hearst, E.B. White, Jack Ruby, Andy Warhol, Queen Victoria, Donald Rumsfeld and Pablo Picasso have in common? Surprise! They were all owners of dachshunds. The popularity of this breed, which is ranked seventh in registrations by the American Kennel Club, crosses all cultural stratas.
A popular breed indeed
Affectionately called Doxies, wiener dogs, hot dogs and /or sausage dogs their unique shape has endeared them to artists from Picasso who painted his pet dachshund, Lump (pronounced Loomp which is German for rascal) onto dozens of his canvasses, to American photographer David Douglas Duncan whose photographs of Lump playing with the great artist/icon at Villa La Californie, Picasso’s hillside mansion in Cannes, circa 1957 became a coffee table book , Picasso and Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey, to Gary Larson who devoted a Far Side cartoon book, Wiener Dog Art, to the breed.
Roseanne & Isabella welcome you to Doxie Day
To celebrate the dachshund, Doxie Day (the second annual) was held at Chapin Beach in Dennis on Saturday September 26th. Roseanne Smith, the owner of Isabella, a gentle black with brown long haired dachshund and also the owner of Prothesia’s, a charming boutique with great clothes and gifts for people and dogs, on Route 6A in Dennis, has owned dachshunds for collectively eighteen years and originated the first Doxie Day last year. Modeled after a similar event held in New York City’s Washington Square Park where Roseanne and her husband Ken lived previously, over two hundred dogs and their owners participated last year in what was deemed a “howling” success.
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