Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday dog Tale: #1

Dachshund: translated Badger Dog

Our first family pet was a mighty mini Dachshund. His name was Toto; there was a twist though, he had 9 lives like a cat. He lived with us from 1974 to 1984.  Our daughter was and still is a huge Wizard of Oz fan. We knew whatever bred we got the name would be Toto, boy or girl. Ironically, he was born in Kansas  It was love at first sight for both of them. He was a warrior no matter the size he would charge dogs, horses you name it.  But he was petrified of brooms and my Daddy or maybe it was the cap Daddy wore.  So strange. Anytime my Daddy enter the house Toto would roll over on his back, legs in the air and pee would start flowing in the air.  

Expect more Tales of Toto here.  I have plenty!!

Toto loved us all equally and was very generous with his time

 Just looking at this picture would be enough for anyone to see Toto charged into life head first, lived his life with gusto and without regrets 
Below the picture is just one of many of his grand adventures.
These stories will be in no particular order...just as I remember them. He had the heart of a Great Dane in a dachshund body. His favorite dog food was Mighty Dog. He lived the life of a Mighty Dog too. Once we were on our way out of town to the beach. Toto and our daughter were in the back seat (this was long long before there were dog restraints). He was in her lap sniffing the air, through what we thought, was a small crack in the window. We were in the middle of the city at a stop light. On the left side of the car there was a park (thankfully by the curb). Toto spotted a squirrel running in the park. In a flash his badger hunting genes kicked in, he wiggled out of our daughter's arms. By the time I realized what was happening, the time the tip of his tail cleared the window. We were all in a momentary state of total shock. He should not have been able to move after jumping out of a car window onto concrete 3' below. He landed on his feet like a cat. He was off in a flash chasing a squirrel across the park. The next instant I was out of the car telling my husband to meet me on the other side of the park. I took off like a banshee running after that squirrel crazed dog. I really and truly did not think I would catch him before the reached the other side of the park and the busy street. About midway through the park, Toto stopped in his tracks. I expect the squirrel scurried up a tree to get away from Mighty Dog. Toto saw me approaching, stood perfectly still waiting for me. I bent down to pick up 10 lbs of pure dog, gave him a stern 'don't ever do that again' talk and a big hug. He was so pleased with himself. He was wagging that tail so hard his entire body was moving. The look on his face said,"Mom did you see me? Did you know I could jump that far and run that fast?" Often when he slept he would involuntarily move in his sleep. I'm sure he was reliving his first and last great escape. The sign of a great pet is when you are still telling stories and laughing 34 years after he is gone.  


  1. Hari OM
    ... sitting here grinning... &*>... mighty indeed! YAM xx

  2. oh those doxie's.... so cute, fierce little warriors, beautiful little creatures. Hearts of gold. YES, I can see how you still love him after all these years.

  3. Toto sure was full of it wasn't he? That adventure would give anyone a heart attack. Thankfully it ended well for all of you.


  4. Angel Toto sounds like a real character! And the years in between are nothing, because he's living in your heart.

  5. Awww, Toto was so cute, and yes, you are right - he was such a great part of your family that he is never forgotten.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  6. What a wonderful memory of ToTO
    Hazel & Mabel

  7. dood....we look for werd ta lurnin mor bout ewe....we .....dont tell de catz round dawg storeez....therz been dawgs a plentee in trout townez time! we iz glad ya stayed IN de park N ya
    dinna run frum mom like most dawgz we know wooda! ❤️❤️

  8. What a character! It is wonderful when a special memory brings a smile to your face☺

  9. OMD...What a fearless little guy he was!!

  10. Toto was a character alright! What a grand adventure that was - no doubt something ALL of you will remember forever and ever and Toto probably tells all the pups at the Bridge about it too whenever they get together!

    Hugs, Teddy

  11. Toto! Can't help but think of our Dutchie... she was afraid of brooms too and we never teased her?! Doxies are such a fun breed of dog. I remember dressing Dutchie in doll clothes all the time... :) Your last sentence, so true! Sweet pictures!

  12. It sounds like Toto should have been named Houdini! That would have been scary!


  13. What a great story. He was a total sweetheart.


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