It's July 2014, And We Say "Hail And Farewell"

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Before we get on with the "hail," let us note that there's a "farewell" on our Newsletter page.

On July 11, we hail the 115th anniversary of the birth of E. B. White. If you have followed our site over the years, you know we bow to no one in our admiration of Mr. White as both a master of simple, elegant prose and an owner of – and writer about – dachshunds. It is he who wrote the definitive words on the subject of dachshund training: "Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the dachshund and why he can't be trained and shouldn't be. I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command."

White died in 1985, but in 2013, his granddaughter published a collection of his canine-related writings called E. B. White On Dogs.

If you own the published collections of White's letters and essays and poems, and if you are a New Yorker subscriber with access to their complete online archives, you have most of the material contained in this volume. But chances are that you don't meet all of those criteria. And if you did, you would still have to go digging to find exactly the piece you're seeking. How much easier to have this one slim book on your shelf.

Let's make it clear right away that not every dog White owned was a dachshund, so not every item here is dachshund related. And let us also make clear – spoiler alert – that one of his dogs, a Scottie named Daisy, comes to a bad end when a cab jumps the curb. Those caveats out of the way, this book is a must for those who love both dogs and White's words. And there is a lot of dachshund material to reward the reader, particularly about Fred, White's most written-about dachshund, though he lived only to the age of 13, at which point he "died of his excesses, after a drink of brandy."

The reader will be rewarded with "Death Of A Pig," in which Fred is has a strong supporting role. There's "Architects and Dachshunds" on the unsuitability of most houses and many staircases to the particular demands of a long and low dog. There's a letter to a man who had written a note of condolence upon reading of Fred's passing, in which White says that "Fred has been gone more than two years, but I can't see that he has slipped any. He's on my mind a good deal, and I'm not entirely sure that all his bills are paid — he charged everything."

In a 1957 essay on getting a new puppy, White, in words that will resound with many of us, writes that, "There had been talk in our family about getting a 'sensible' dog this time, and my wife and I had gone over the list of sensible dogs, and had even ventured once or twice into the company of sensible dogs. … But after a period of uncertainty and waste motion my wife suddenly exclaimed one evening, 'Oh, let's just get a dachshund.' She had had a glass of wine, and I could see that the truth was coming out."

If the truth were to come out, it would be that we love White's writing almost as much as we love dachshunds. Get yourself a copy of this book. Click here to order it on Amazon.

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Puppy Harness Vest Replacement Program

Our Harness Vest Replacement Program (see below under Of Ongoing Interest) proved to be so popular that we expanded it for those who don't want to buy a harness vest that a pup will grow out of in a few months. Go ahead and buy that harness vest, and when it's too small, send it back to us. It doesn't matter what condition it's in. We will give you a $10 credit toward an adult-sized harness vest. Just one used harness vest per order, please.

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Harness Vest Replacement Program

Has your doxie outgrown the clothes in his closet? Or has she been successful on that vet-prescribed diet? Perhaps you have a canine fashion maven who demands a new wardrobe. Send us a usable, reasonably clean Hug-A-Dog Harness Vest and receive $10 off a new harness vest. We will distribute the trade-ins to dachshund rescue. Just mention in the comments box at the end of the ordering process that you have a harness vest to trade in. Mail the old harness vest to us within a week to receive immediate credit on the price of the new harness vest. Need to use the old harness vest until you get the new one? Send the old harness vest to us after your doxie is dashing around in his new duds and we will credit your account upon receipt of the old harness vest.

Send used harness vests to Dachshund Delights, 8675 Pierce Rd, Garrettsville, OH 44231

Special Deals On Clearance Fabrics

Order a fabric harness vest or a DreamSack made with one of our clearance fabrics and save money! We will deduct $2 from the price of a harness vest or $5 from the price of a DreamSack. (These discounts will be applied manually by us when we process your order.)

Looking to Add A(nother) Dachshund to Your Home?

Why not adopt? Here are some rescue groups that can help you:
All American Dachshund Rescue
Almost Home Rescue
Central Texas Dachshund Rescue
Coast To Coast Dachshund Rescue
Dachshund Lovers of Texas
Dachshund Rescue NW & Dachshund Club of Spokane
Dachshund Rescue of Houston
Dachshund Rescue of North America
Dachshund Rescue of South Florida
Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue
DARE (Dachshund Adoption And Rescue)
Diamond Dachshund Rescue
Dixie Dachshund Rescue, Inc.
Florida Dachshund Rescue
Furever Dachshund Rescue
Gulf Coast Dachshund Rescue
Lowrider Rescue
Midwest Dachshund Rescue
Southern California Dachshund Relief

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