Welcome to the website of Flickennel Miniature Dachshunds, the home of Colorado dachshunds with altitude - about 8,200 feet of it! We're glad you came to visit and hope you will stay a while, browsing through the pages and finding some new little pal or pals to follow you home. Our site was activated on October 13, 2008 and is always changing, with new litters to post, pups to take off as they sell, and lots of new "stuff" we hope you will find interesting and informative.
4-25-09 - The Colorado Department of Agriculture kennel inspector popped in for a surprise inspection (as she nearly always does), yesterday morning while we were giving puppy shots to three newly-weaned litters. She toured the entire kennel, taking pictures of our set-up -- a lot of it new since she was here last, almost three years ago (she stays pretty busy) - and we passed the inspection with flying colors and high praise for a lot of what we're doing!
We at FlicKennel are pleased to be able to present to the public one of the largest and most complete selections of quality miniature dachshunds in Colorado, in just about every size, coat, pattern and color there is - and dachshunds have more possible combinations of those than any other breed of dog! To do that, we maintain one of the largest kennels in Colorado, because people don't usually want to wait for us to create their dream-puppy - they want to walk in, pick it up and hold it, buy it and take it home THAT DAY. Creating a specific puppy may take a year or more, if the certain mother has just produced a litter and has to rest for a year before she can be bred again - and a mating doesn't always "take," either. We try not to "over-breed" our girls, but following AKC recommendations we usually breed twice, then rest them the third heat, which gives them a year off to rest. We have some that aren't bred for years at a time! A few dogs don't obviously bleed or show any other signs, so we miss their "silent" heat-periods. Those are a challenge to breed, but often and unintentionally get skipped. They're wonderful, loving dogs so we keep them around, hoping to catch them at just the right time, but meanwhile they need to be fed, cleaned, doctored and loved on - and thus are expensive to maintain with little (sometimes nothing) to show for it. (Those wind up on our Adoptable Adults page!) Dogs typically come in heat, or estrus, about every six months and it lasts from 3-4 weeks. If they are bred, the pregnancy takes 9 weeks or about 63 days. Once the pups are born, Colorado law requires that they be at least 8 weeks old before they can leave the breeder and go home. So, it's a lengthy process to produce your dream-puppy, and a lot easier if we try to keep a good assortment on hand.
"Anybody want a pooch-smooch?" Flickennel pups can't hold their licker!
(12-22-12) I removed a bunch of posts so you wouldn't have to wade through all of them to read the newest stuff. I've kept some of the more important ones, then resumed with current posts. The newest are still at the bottom.
FlicKennel is NOT a puppy mill, but a "fancy" breeding kennel, and we're proud of our dogs and proud of our facility. We are as much against puppy mills as everyone else is, but especially because they also smear the name and reputation of every honest breeder. A lot of folks don't take the time to look into what constitutes a puppy mill, and what constitutes a reputable dog breeder, and ASSUME that all breeders have puppy mills - it's a term that now seems to roll off everyone's lips with amazing ease. (Please read our "Stop Puppy Mills" page for more information.) The vast majority of GOOD breeders in this country are doing everything they can to raise their dogs under the best possible conditions they can, keeping them healthy, clean, loved and happy. Many breeders live and work in the same places their dogs live, not in separate buildings, so of course they're going to keep their facilities clean - it would get awfully nasty in a real hurry if they didn't. Sure, there's a "dog odor" in a kennel - they're dogs, and they do their "business" when and where they want to. You wouldn't go into a horse barn and expect it to not smell of horses! A good breeder cleans and sanitizes and deodorizes as much as possible (as we do), but we are raising dogs, not roses, and they do smell like dogs!
Poop happens - and sometimes it is quite artistic! Our dogs try awfully hard to get it just right!
12-17-09 This email came today from the AKC (American Kennel Club). We felt you should read it, too, and understand that even they disapprove of the "animal rights" movement's attempts to dictate who can do what with animals. America is supposed to be "the land of the free," but we are increasingly under attack by people who think they should be able to create laws to restrict the freedoms we hold dear. It's time for all responsible Americans to stand up in defense of those freedoms and make themselves heard in the halls of Congress! Please read the following, and get angry enough to DO something to help fight against these laws, because these people are active in Colorado and all over the country - trying to keep YOU from having the pets YOU love. (Parts in italics are OUR emphasis, not AKC's.)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com [our OLD email - no longer in use!] Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 15:55:39 -0500 Subject: AKC Opposes Possible Missouri Initiative Petition
[Thursday, December 17, 2009]
The American Kennel Club strongly believes that ALL dogs --- not just those who are part of a breeding program --- deserve:
* Sufficient food and clean water * Necessary veterinary care * Sufficient housing, including protection from the elements * Sufficient space to turn and stretch freely, lie down and extend his or her limbs; * Regular exercise; and * Adequate rest between breeding cycles.
However, the way in which some of these terms are defined in the proposed Missouri ballot measure do absolutely nothing to improve the well-being of animals; instead, it would add excessive expenses to responsible breeders who strive to produce well-bred family pets at a reasonable cost.
The proposal also seeks to limit the number of dogs an individual may own. This confuses the real issue of animal welfare, which focuses on the quality of care given to animals, not the number of animals an individual owns. Responsible breeders are not defined by the number of dogs kept, or whether they make a profit in selling dogs. Rather, responsible breeders are characterized by the quality of care and conditions that they provide their dogs and the quality (including health, temperament and breed type) of the puppies they produce.
Cruelty and negligence can occur regardless of the number of dogs a person has.
The AKC does not support this petition, and is working with the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners to address it.
For more information, contact AKC's Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What we at Flickennel would like to know is, if the "animal rights movement" has its way and succeeds in limiting the number of dogs any one person can own, how are they going to find out how many each person has, without doing a house-to-house search? And when they find someone who has "too many," according to their new regulations, who chooses which to eliminate - do they just seize whatever comes to them first, or does the owner get to select his or her "least favorite" pet? Do they give the dog to someone who has none, is it sent to a shelter for adoption or to be murdered, or is it slaughtered on the spot, right in front of its owner? What about a reputable breeding kennel, where the dogs are housed and fed and nurtured, as per the AKC guidelines - or better? Will the ARM ("animal rights movement") come in and indiscriminately start grabbing and killing everything that comes to hand? Who will reimburse the owner for the thousands, or tens of thousands, of dollars' worth of dogs slaughtered in the name of "animal rights"? Isn't the most basic right of any dog to be able to live with the people it loves? Isn't it a basic right of any human to be able to have and cherish as many dogs (or other animals) as he or she wants and can adequately support? Some of our favorite dog-stories, such as "Lassie Come Home," are of POOR people who adore and take immense comfort in their dog, which adores them for it. Tales such as "Lassie" and "The Incredible Journey" depict the deep and abiding devotion of the animals for their masters - love that drove the animals to return over great distances to the people they knew loved them. Love between people and their pets is not something anyone should be able to limit and regulate! The ARM seeks to wrench the dogs right out of the arms of poor people and rich alike - for what? Because they want POWER over others, and the money they can get from gullible folks who want to "help defenseless animals" - it's all about money and control. They are nothing but Nazis, committing genocide against the same defenseless animals they claim to protect. Check it out! Get involved in fighting them, before the corpses begin to pile up in plain sight - in your own front yard!!!
Don't believe everything you see of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on TV and in their other slick advertising - check out www.petakillsanimals.com - and there's also a link there to info about HSUS, the Humane Society of the United States, which is in NO WAY affiliated with the American Humane Society. HSUS and PETA take in millions of dollars every year in response to their ads depicting poor abused, sickly, and starving animals, but neither organization operates a single adoption shelter for those animals. Instead, they slaughter those animals - hardly EVER does one get adopted! They are both under investigation to find out what is done with all the money they are given - it sure doesn't go to benefit animals! Both are lobbyist groups, devoting much of their income to pestering our government at all levels to pass laws that restrict people's rights to have and enjoy their animals. This is ILLEGAL for "tax-exempt" groups, which both of these are - and the IRS is being petitioned to end their tax-exempt status!!!
NEWEST ADDITIONS ARE AT THE BOTTOM!
WIENERFUL NEWS the Wienerdog Blog about Flickennel - Dachshunds with ALTITUDE!!!
(usually written & updated by Janet's website administrator, Becky, who lives in and works from upstate New York.)
Hey - we have something terrific to share with you - a new website by our friend Lisa J. Emerson, called Wienepedia. As you might guess from the name, it's all about wienderful wiener-dogs - and Lisa knows her stuff! She is one of the world's leading authorities on dog genetics, especially dachshund genetics, and is in the process of writing and publishing several books on that and other important dog topics. Specifically, they are: Dachshund Coats, Colors, & Patterns; The Dachshund Spine; and Feeding Fido. Lisa has even used photos of two of our Flickennel dogs in her book on Coats, Colors, & Patterns - see if you can find them, as you study your copy! If you are at all serious about wanting to know what dictates your dachshund's coat, color and pattern, and how best to care for your doxie's complicated physique, by all means check out Wienepedia! When you order your book(s), please let Lisa know that we sent you!
This spectacular specimen is Ruger, one of the Flickennel Dachshunds featured in Lisa J. Emerson's book, Dachshund Coats, Colors, & Patterns. We were baffled by his coloring when he was a pup, and didn't know what to call him until Lisa told us he is a "black / red-pointed wildboar whitened dapple"! He's just about every shade of brown known to man, plus white, and some distinctly red spots, meaning he is also "mottled," but also has black spots - so he's not chocolate - but he's wienderful! This is NOT a color combination you will see very often. Be sure to look for his photo in the book - all pictures are credited with their source.
Remember to check out our informational pages - I keep adding new stuff to the 101 Things, Links and some of the others. And we all know it eventually happens, when we wind up Grieving for a Dog. It might not have happened yet to you, so you're probably avoiding that page, but hey - I add some nice-to-read stuff to that one, too. We use it to memorialize dogs who have gone ahead to wait for us at the Rainbow Bridge, so please send us a picture or two and a little note about your best little friend so I can add it. It doesn't even have to have come from our kennel - any dachshund (even a standard!) will fit in our gallery of Dachshunds to Remember. We're always happy to get poems and other items to add to our pages - please share them with us, and thank you!
Be sure to check out the Upcoming Litters page for the newest additions at the bottom of the page. We are not in the habit of making ugly puppies, by any means, but we sure are expecting some especially lovely - and loving - ones in the next couple of months, because we've bred some especially lovely and loving parents together!
We're still working on building the pages for the new litters reported at the top of the Upcoming Litters page, and we appreciate your patience. We prefer to wait until the pups are at least three weeks old before we post them, so they have time to mature a little and start to look like puppies, less like baby rats. Their eyes open at around 14 days, then they start walking instead of crawling, and by three weeks we can usually tell what eye color and coat type they have. Some of the trickier colorations (like sable) are starting to show, and if the pup has blue eyes they'll be more obvious - most puppy eyes LOOK blue when they first open, but a true blue or blue-flecked eye will usually only be found in a dapple dachshund - one of the signs we look for when a dapple isn't obvious, but one of the parents was dapple. Temperaments and personalities don't really start to develop until the pups are older, as in 6-8 weeks old, so calling and asking what a very young pup is going to be like when it grows up, is similar to asking whether a 2-year old child is going to be a track star, a rock star, or an astronomer who tracks the stars! All we have to go on at that point is the traits of the pup's parents. Give them a few weeks to grow their own personality, then maybe we can tell you what they're like.
On another note regarding upcoming litters, if you want to give (or receive!) a puppy from Flickennel for this Christmas and have it ready to go home by December 25th, it will have to come from a litter born no later than October 30th. It takes nine weeks (63 days) to "bake" a litter of puppies; then after they "come out of the oven," it takes another eight full weeks until they can legally leave the kennel. We have to abide by Colorado law on that, so please don't ask us to bend the rules! If you HAVE to have a dachshund by Christmas, remember, we nearly always have a mixed variety of puppies on hand, from newborn to several months old, as well as a few adults from one to six years old. At Christmas you may find that an older puppy (or an adult) is a better choice than one just ready to go - the older one can more easily handle all the ruckus that's so typical at the holidays. Don't worry, though, if the dachshund of your dreams is still an infant too young to leave our home to go to yours. It will find your home a lot more puppy-friendly place after all the hubbub simmers down. Taking it home in January, or even February, will be just as much fun - and maybe even more - when you can appreciate your new little friend and take the time needed to get to bond with him or her. Just remember to put a deposit on your puppy to reserve it for you - or someone you love - so it will still be here when you are ready to take it home!
We've been using Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) for about five years now, giving it to the dogs in their food every day, as well as using it to dry up wet spots in the pens, and deodorizing the indoor areas - it's really remarkable stuff. It controls internal and external parasites by safe mechanical action rather than toxic chemical action, reduces odor in the manure, supplies 14 different minerals to the body, and is very reasonably priced for all it does. Our vet uses it in her hen-house, putting it in the dusting area so the hens don't have mites or lice, and they lay a lot more eggs than they used to before she began using it. We find we haven't had problems with diarrhea or worms in the dogs, and have been able to cut way back on the use of the drugs and wormers we used for those ailments. Even the puppies in the nursery get DE in their gruel, and we have very little incidence of scours (diarrhea) when we wean them off their mothers. Usually, we send home a little sample bag of it with puppies, and everyone wants to know what to do with it. Well, we've put together a page full of helpful information about DE so you can print it out. Food Grade DE is also great stuff in the lawn and garden, killing all sorts of insects and other pests like snails and slugs. If you live in areas with lots of fleas and ticks, you can dust your pets, carpets and other areas of your home with DE to kill those vermin without using toxic chemicals that can make you and/or your animals sick. Food Grade DE very seldom causes any reaction in humans, animals, birds, fish or even earthworms - but look out, BAD bugs! DE has your number! The heat-treated DE that's used in swimming pools is NOT edible and should NOT be used for the same purposes as Food Grade DE. It is ONLY for use in pools!
Have a great week, and keep checking back - we're so glad you come to visit us here, before you come to visit us in person! Happy tails to you, from all of us at FlicKennel!
Just a note - According to our site statistics, very few people visit our Doggy Prayers page. Let me tell you - this is in no wise a sad, somber page in any way similar to the Grieving for a Dog page! There's an email of cute "prayers by dogs" circulating on the Web, and I substituted a bunch of pictures of our own adorable dachshunds for the assorted other breeds that were in the original email - this IS a dachshund site, after all! It's just for fun, so click and check it out!
This year is rapidly winding down, and we'd like to take this opportunity to send a heart-felt thank-you to every one of our growing family of puppy-parents, big brothers and sisters (two AND four-legged), who has made room in their heart for one or more of our dachshunds. It is pretty humbling (and mind-boggling!) to know that there are dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of people who practically live on this website for days, weeks, months and even years, before making their buying decision - but many DO make the decision to take home one of OUR babies! Some even wind up with several!
We are glad you like our site, find it interesting and informative - we try very hard to make it that way; and we're thankful you are patient with us while we try to keep up with everything in the kennel, and on the website, AND take new pictures to post whenever we can. Most times, the press of the daily work is more than enough to keep us busy - those of you who have actually graced us with your visits know how it is! We do our best for the dogs and for you, our guests. We apologize for not having new pictures more frequently, but it's one of the most time-consuming things we do because we're dealing with lively little critters and have to get them "just right," and Janet is now the only one who can do it, on top of everything else she does - I used to, but now live in upstate NY, a bit far to commute for picture-taking.
That's all for now, except to wish all of you a blessed Christmas and a very Wienderful New Year! Please come and see us for all your dachshund needs!
KEEP THESE DIRECTIONS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE:
For ANY litter for which their page has not yet been built, to reserve a pup is easy - just go to PayPal. Near the log-in and password boxes (you do not have to have a PayPal account to do this) click "Send money (to anyone with an email address)," and designate the recipient as Janet Flick, at email@example.com. Be sure to include a "note to the recipient" regarding which puppy you are reserving - e.g. "This is for Dash & Luke's red dapple girl" - and include $4 per $100 of the deposit for the PayPal fee. (Depending on the litter and the individual pup, girls are usually $600, boys are $500 - a deposit of half would thus be $312 for a girl, $260 for a boy. The other half, minus any discount, is due in cash when you come to pick up the puppy - there is no fee on that half.) PayPal is supposed to email and notify us when we receive a payment (sometimes they don't), but please ALSO CALL JANET and TELL HER you have made this deposit, because we don't sit at the computer all day, and would hate to sell the same puppy multiple times because we didn't know someone had already paid for it! IF that should accidentally happen, however, your deposit can be transferred to any other available puppy and put toward its purchase. If we don't currently have exactly what you're looking for, we'll be happy to create one, as soon as the appropriate parents are ready to "do their thing." We have to let things take their course, you know, in their own sweet time - we haven't figured out how to rush Mother Nature on this project. Of course, you could always come up and visit, play with some other puppies, and perhaps find your dreams fulfilled by something entirely different than what you thought you wanted! It has happened too many times for us to count!!!
1-10-12 The Saturday Evening Post magazine contains an abundance of enlightening, encouraging and enabling material - it has been a national favorite for generations. Now they are online, at least partially, for free, and anyone can subscribe to a weekly email from them, with links to online articles. I [Becky] do, and was reading some of the current magazine just now - specifically, an article called Therapy Dogs and Healing, which describes the amazing work being done in thousands of hospitals, nursing homes, schools and many other facilities around the country, by specially-trained "therapy dogs." (They are also being used in prisons, but that wasn't mentioned in this article. Some of our retirees in the past went to the former Colorado Cell-Dog Program, where inmates trained them for placement in pet-homes.) The use of therapy-dogs is wonderful, and anyone who has a special bond with their dog knows the "good vibes" that zing back and forth between them. It's a spirit-lifter to come home from an exhausting day (or night) of work, or even just a 3-minute trip outside to take the trash to the curb, and be greeted by a vigorously-wagged tail, a toothsome grin and lolling tongue, moist kisses, and the insistence that you are loved beyond anything you can possibly understand or measure. According to the article, meticulous tests have been done which show how the presence and affection of a dog stimulates our human minds and bodies in medically positive ways that ofttimes bring about healing that astounds the experts.
So, if you have someone in your home, or a neighbor perhaps, who has medical problems - or even just unbearable loneliness - please come find the dachshund with their name on it. We've seen some pretty amazing things happen with our dogs, and would love to hear about your experiences with them, too. (Email us!) It's also incredible when you see how often the dog picks its own person, with whom it immediately bonds, as if they were made for each other - and the dog knew it long before the human did.
I specifically remember one day at the kennel a few years ago: the staff were sitting at the kitchen table, eating lunch before a man and his little 4-year old daughter came to choose a puppy. The man had been pretty specific in describing the sort of pup he intended to buy: it was one of those "smooth red female" types. Suddenly, one of the pups nearest the window overlooking the driveway began barking and whining toward the window, even though nothing was out there - he sounded desperate. This went on for 20 to 30 minutes, and nothing we did, even my holding and cuddling him, could calm him or induce him to be quiet, and he kept trying to get down on the floor so he could run to the front door. I was still holding him when the man and his daughter arrived, and I walked out on the front deck to wave them up the stairs. As they climbed, I commented, "You've come for your smooth red female, I suppose?" He said, "We sure have!" I said, "That may be what you think you want, but this little guy right here says he's your dog! He hasn't shut up for the last half-hour, knowing you were coming to get him!" and I handed the frantic longhaired, light-colored boy-pup to the girl, who instantly was kissed all over her face by the delighted puppy. None of the other puppies we brought out for their perusal showed the least interest in them, and this little guy wouldn't leave them alone. The little girl had instantly bonded with him, as well, so that's the one they took home - totally opposite from the type the man had requested - but THEIR dog nonetheless, who knew before they arrived that he was theirs - and evidently had told everybody else to keep their paws off HIS humans! The man emailed us later to say how completely the pup had taken over their hearts and home, as if he'd known since birth that he was meant to be there.
We've witnessed the same sort of inter-canine cooperation with our retiring adults, too. They'll virtually ignore the visiting human, but one dog will immediately bond with the person, and the "click" is practically audible, when they lock hearts together. We take great pride in our dachshunds, who are so affectionately people-oriented. The whole reason we raise them is to bring joy and pleasure to the people who take them home. As mentioned on our homepage, we are now spreading the joy and love worldwide - as far away as Canada, Germany, Denmark, Australia and Africa. It is with great pleasure that we watch people drive off down the road with one or two of our pups, knowing they will experience the same unconditional love from their new dachshunds that we get to, every single day.
AND, we know the secret - dachshunds are dreadfully, wonderfully addictive! When we say they're like potato chips and you can't have just one, we mean it! We have lots of people who've come back for more - as many as EIGHT! People bought a pup from Janet when she first began raising them, came back for another when the first one died of old age, and are now coming back because that one died of old age - we're talking about 40-some years of Flickennel dachshunds, and they keep returning! That's "customer satisfaction" and your proof that we're doing our job! So, go check out our litter pages and pick your puppy with confidence - or make an appointment to come up and test-drive several to see which one picks YOU! Your deposit is transferable to any available pup, if the first one doesn't quite click.
1-11-12 Becky writing here, not Janet.... I've just attached a VERY IMPORTANT ARTICLE to the "101 Things You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet" page, about the lethal danger of using the popular new chocolate-scented COCOA MULCH in your yard where your pets, or anyone else's, can get to it. It is more toxic to dogs than the darkest chocolate you can find, as it is made from the hulls of cocoa beans, which contain far more theobromine than baker's chocolate, and it does not leach out and become less dangerous. Dogs love the odor and flavor of chocolate, so they will eat and eat and eat the mulch until they are stopped - or die. According to the article, it only takes a TINY amount to kill a dog, so if you ever catch your dog eating this stuff - or you smell chocolate on its breath and you didn't have any chocolate in the house - you have to do something about it ASAP. Unless you live next-door to your vet (as I used to!), there's something really simple YOU can do AT HOME.
I know this is going to sound really gross, but I want you to be able to save your dog's life. If you take the time to immediately make your dog throw up what it has eaten, that's even better than trying to race it to the vet. Use any safe means you can, to get 2-3 teaspoons of HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (no more, please, and only 1-2 teaspoons for a little puppy!) down the throat of your dachshund (up to 2-3 tablespoons for a larger dog), and keep the dog in the bathtub until it vomits - you want to be absolutely certain it vomits every bit. It shouldn't take any more than 15-20 minutes, if that. It would take you at least that long to call the vet, get the dog in the car, fight the traffic to get to the clinic, and pray they weren't tied up with a different emergency, or the vet was in surgery, or out on a farm call or something. There's nothing like a genuine emergency to make everything go wrong!
Keep a fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide on hand - you can find it in the
pharmacy corner of any store, and it's very inexpensive: a couple of
bucks for a pint. A 3cc plastic syringe (no needle, please!) makes an
easy applicator: 2.5 cc = 1 teaspoon, 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon. You
can buy a larger syringe from the pharmacist or the local Big R or Tractor Supply (or any similar feed-store that sells animal vaccines), but if the dog you're treating is small, like a
dachshund, it's a lot easier to handle a 3cc or 6cc syringe. This may sound like I'm trying to "practice medicine without a license," but it's basic emergency first-aid, which does NOT require a license and everyone should know.
It is ESSENTIAL to get as much of the toxic material OUT of the dog as you can, as FAST as possible. SAVE the stuff, if it IS the mulch, and take it with you to the vet as proof of what the dog ate, and how much was expelled. I pray you never have to use this information, but it's far better to know what to do and never have to do it, than to not know - and helplessly watch your best furry friend die because you couldn't get it to the vet in time, when a little bit of effort on your part could have saved it.
I had a 90-lb dog that ate an entire 16-oz. slab of "Bar Bait" rat poison,
and I had to do this exact procedure - let me tell you, IT WORKED, and
it saved her life! I didn't have a syringe at the time, so I floated some sliced cheese (which she loved) in about a half-cup of
peroxide (she was a BIG DOG, and I did sort of go overboard), and she lapped up the peroxide while trying to get the cheese. I was thrilled to see how quickly and effectively the peroxide worked - but she wouldn't touch cheese again for WEEKS! Afterward, I still had the vet dose her with
the Vitamin K that counters warfarin rat poison, but getting the poison OUT of her system immediately was what actually saved her, since our vet was at least an hour's drive from our home - and it's what he would have done, and charged me a large "emergency service fee," to boot.... This works for other bad things dogs eat, too. Just make sure the package doesn't say "DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING" - call the Poison Control Hotline for that one.
That's all for now, but please go read the Cocoa Mulch article at the bottom of the "101 Things" page - and the rest of the page, too! It's all posted for your information, and I do keep adding stuff to it, so check back every once in a while to see what's new.
7-29-12 TODAY'S PET HEALTH TIP from Dr. Jon at PetPlace.com:
Pennies minted after 1982 have a high amount of zinc, which is toxic to dogs.
If a penny is ingested, the stomach acids will erode the copper coating and expose the zinc center. The zinc can then be rapidly absorbed into the system.
Zinc toxicity results in a potentially fatal blood disorder in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the pet becomes anemic. Zinc toxicity in dogs may result from ingestion of as few as 1 to 3 pennies.
Read the rest of the article here. [Emphasis mine, above.]
"If you love me, don't let me eat pennies - or any other metal object!"
8-6-12 This is definitely a red-letter day!!! Talk about sending coal to Newcastle, or selling snowballs to Eskimos - WE ARE GOING TO SEND A DACHSHUND TO WIENERLAND ITSELF - GERMANY!!! Hilary E. says, "I refuse to buy a weenie from any other breeder. Yes, they are like [potato] chips. Once you buy one, you can't stop! I think I have a little problem..." Well, you've come to the right place, Hilary - we can deal with your little problem!!! This is Hilary's 2nd Flickennel pup, and she's seen German doxies - but needs one of ours - what's that say about OUR dachshunds!?! It will take a while to jump through all the hoops, tie all the right knots, and satisfy all the requirements about shots (time-wise between rabies vaccines, etc.), but we have done this before - we're sending one to Canada, and two blue & tans to Australia, and one of ours is chasing who-knows-what kind of critters in Africa - so we are confident that we can cope with Germany's requirements, too. Funny thing, the selected pup is Apricot Brandy's pale American cream piebald boy - and the German breeders prefer nothing but the classic reds, black & tans, and wild-boars (a grizzled color most commonly found in wirehairs) - their eyes will bug out when Hilary walks this mostly-white & peach guy down the street! Who knows? We might start a new trend over there!
As a nearly-pure-white baby 13 days old.....
and at 11 weeks old.....
He looks like an entirely different pup, doesn't he?! But he isn't! He's a wienderful wunder-wiener from Flickennel Dachshunds!
9-16-12 BY THE WAY!!!! I'm not trying to be nasty or mean, simply stating the facts. We just had some folks from out-of-state drive a couple of hundred miles up here to get their pup, but they had decided NOT to print off our driving directions because they had some kind of computerized gizmo that was supposed to give them directions to our door (we're pretty low-tech up here - we still use pencils and paper!)..... Well, to make the long story short - technology let'em down!!! WE DON'T GET MUCH CELL- PHONE RECEPTION UP HERE, GPS doesn't work too well, MapQuest isn't much better, and Local Googlemap will direct you to the other side of Westcliffe, where we AIN'T!!! PLEASE PRINT OUT OUR DRIVING DIRECTIONS!!!! We've been driving up, down and ALL around these mountains for a long, long time, and we've taken the time to give you EXACT directions, including mile-markers, mileages and landmarks. If you don't want to use up all your colored inks, print'er out in black & white, but PLEASE PRINT IT - then remember to bring it along - and USE it! It'll save you a lot of grief - those poor folks wandered around up here for a couple of hours, just because they'd put their faith in their whiz-bang electronic gizmo, which they were sad to discover wouldn't work in the mountains. THANK YOU!!!
9-23-12 It was just a week ago that I wrote and warned you techno-folks (again) that all your bells & whistles won't do you a bit of good up here in the mountains, but yesterday we had another couple come up here relying on some high-tech electronic gizmo or another - and we made believers out of them, too.... the HARD way! They got lost, then when they DID finally find us, they tried to take or send pictures with their cell phone - and it couldn't get enough signal to do the job. DON'T believe us, and just see what it gets you! There aren't cell towers on every peak, which is what it would take to get signal everywhere, and the mountains do an excellent job of blocking satellite signals, too. Do yourself a BIG favor and do it the old-fashioned way --- print our driving directions, bring'em along, and follow'em to the letter - PLEASE don't rely on your little hi-tech machines up here!
11-15-12 . . . One last thing tonight, and this is VERY, VERY IMPORTANT: please click this link and read about Xylitol toxicosis in dogs. Xylitol is one of those sugar-substitutes being added to almost EVERYTHING, and the smallest amount is extremely poisonous to our beloved dogs. The scary thing is, once the damage is done, it can't be remedied and the dog is doomed to a painful, suffering death in a very short time. READ LABELS, and if xylitol is one of the ingredients and you have a dog or dogs, consider changing to a different snack, food, toothpaste or whatever. This stuff is BAD. I've mentioned this before, but the danger is becoming more and more pervasive, because the food and "health & beauty aids" industries are shoveling it into so many products - and not always telling us about it. So, instead of sharing your "diet" and "sugar-free" cookies and other goodies with your furry friends, buy them whole carrots, sweet potatoes and other fresh vegetables, and cut those up for their treats. Dogs typically love fruits and vegetables (see our list on the 101 Things page for what's safe and what isn't) - just be careful not to include the seeds of things like apples, pears, cherries, peaches, apricots, etc. which are not safe for dogs or people. Many such fresh foods can be sliced or chunked and dehydrated for nutritious chewy snacks and treats both you and your dog will love. With proper care, you can also make your own 'jerky treats,' in the oven or dehydrator. That way, you also won't run the risk of giving your pet toxic treats from China, which have sickened and killed many dogs.
12-3-12 Wow, December already -- where has this year gone?! I hope it has been a good one for you, but if not, a new dachshund could be the answer, and we know where you can find some really great ones. As Diane Sawyer said recently, buy American-made products and generate more American jobs. ALL of our dachshunds were made in America, by Americans, and now we're even exporting some to overseas buyers! We're doing our part to keep the balance-of-trade in balance!
I just came across a health item in my email that I thought would interest many dog owners. My own doxie, Jack, is a fairly frequent 'victim' of reverse-sneezing, which sounds as if he has something caught in his throat or lungs. Each episode lasts from 20-60 seconds, then stops and he's fine. If your dog does this odd thing, check out this article for the complete story, including what can trigger an attack, and what you can do to help your dog while it's having one of these episodes. Jack also has what I call 'sneizures,' when he can't seem to stop sneezing, even banging his poor long nose on the floor with the violence of them - the problem with being built so close to the floor! Another of my older doxies does it, too, but infrequently, so I know it's not a chronic medical problem with either of them. It's reassuring to discover, through this article, that reverse-sneezing is fairly common in small breeds of dogs (but very rare in cats), and that it is usually harmless. However, the warning is that if your dog does it very frequently, or for prolonged periods (over 60 seconds), to take your dog to your vet for an exam to see if it could be caused by something serious.
12-21-12 Wow - we've jumped forward in time! THREE DAYS AND COUNTING! Sorry about the news black-out, but we're working like elves, making last-minute preparations for the Big Day, packing the last bits of love and goodness into our puppies and sending a lot of them out the door so they can be with their new families, to play amongst the ribbons and wrapping paper on that magical morning.
I've been working (no.... I have to be honest - I've been playing!) on our AKC Breed Standard page. Almost every kennel website I've seen has a copy of that esteemed document, so you may know what to expect and look for in your dachshund breeder's offerings. However, we've taken it a step further and are in the process of displaying what each coat, color, and pattern actually looks like on real live Flickennel Dachshunds! We take an amazing number of pictures of our pups and adults through the year, and Janet's been breeding miniature dachshunds for over 42 years, so the piles of pictures we have are growin' and a-growin'! Thank goodness we've gone to digital pictures, so they're not filling photo albums on bookcases or in a closet anymore! However, now we have to make back-up disks and keep them where we can find them! Anyway, I have the joyful task of picking and choosing from the thousands we have, posting them on that page below the text of the Breed Standard. It's truly a labor of love, because Janet and I have collaborated on personally breeding and raising the vast majority of the dogs shown on that page. Some are still at the kennel, some have gone to new homes, and the rest are waiting patiently beyond the Rainbow Bridge, but they've all spent time here with us, except the chocolate-based English cream brindle - it's a borrowed picture that shows the pattern really well, and Tiny Einy, who is lying here on my lap in NY right now, at "Flickennel East" - where it's snowin' and a-blowin' tonight! Go check it out, and remember - given time and the right conditions, we can build you a pup with almost any conceivable combination of coat, color and pattern - as well as size - we have the genetic material and know-how to do it! It might take a year or two (or even longer), waiting for the right parent dogs to be ready, but we believe the wait is worth it to get just exactly what you want. There aren't many dachshund breeders who can say that, but we can.
Oh - I found a really neat page on National Geographic's website today, called The Healing Power of Dogs. Of course, we've known about that for ever! If you're hurting, the best pain-relief comes from the love of a good dog.
12-22-12 The photo gallery on the Coats Colors Patterns page (formerly called "AKC Breed Standard") is DONE! Well, I could have added a few hundred more pictures, but they would take too long to load and you'd be getting frustrated, so I took pity on you and stopped with the dozens of pictures I did use. As I said, it was a labor of love, and I will love it if you take an inspiring look at the adults and puppies in our Gallery, then go find YOUR dream-wiener on one of our litter pages!
Mandy and Ace are expecting their pups to arrive within the next 24 hours, so Mandy has been moved into the whelping box where she can be monitored 24/7 by anyone in the living room - we have a security camera in the whelping room, aimed at the whelping box, so everything she does can be watched. We assist at every birth (unless someone sneaks one in while they're still in the nursery, but that's not typical for us), and we start loving those babies as soon as they're born!
12-29-12 Good morning from "Flickennel East" (in Cayuga, New York, heart of the Finger Lakes Region) where it's snowing today! I (Becky) was just sitting here checking my Facebook stuff when I came across this video - "Camouflage & Christmas Lights," by Rodney Carrington - shows how much time I spend on FB, that I've JUST found it - but I was impressed to post it here. Flickennel has always supported our military - Janet's husband Barney, and I, as well as my husband, and a few others who have worked at the kennel, served at various times in various branches of our military. We place a lot of our puppies with military families, too - we've been told that many other kennels won't, "because you move around too much, and what happens to the dog if you're deployed overseas? We don't want our babies abandoned!" Well, our contract says that if you ever decide you can't keep or don't WANT to keep the dog you get from us, bring it back to us. We won't punish you for being active-duty, or punish your family for wanting something warm and fuzzy and alive to cherish while they wait for you to return, and to give you a dachshund welcome when you get to come home. Anyway, here's the video, and a great big Flickennel THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY!!! (Turn on your speakers!)
1-8-2013 Happy new year! Wow - time is sure flying by. Becky here - I'm counting down the days to Jan. 28th, when I will be flying from New York to Colorado to spend the next eight days immersed to my eyeballs in DACHSHUNDS at Flickennel! Not that I'm not immersed here at home - I have nine of my own - but after devoting the majority of eight years to helping with the day-to-day chores and projects at the kennel, it was like sending an addict to the Betty Ford Center when I left to come out here to New York! Talk about withdrawal symptoms!!! So, I'm coming back for a few days to take tons of dog pictures, doing some visiting of family and friends, attending a wedding, and loving on all my furry friends - besides making pals of the new ones that were born after I left in 2010. I will also be bringing Tiny Einy, a very small golden shaded-cream & white wirehair male (carrying piebald), to contribute to our ongoing effort to create wheaten wire pups. He is the son of a local NY male and the Flick wirehair female that Janet gave me as my "gold watch" for "retiring" from the kennel, but his sire's grandfather was English cream, with a solidly English champion pedigree, and interestingly, the same dog who sired Janet's cream piebald Randy is also found in that pedigree! The dachshund world is a small one! Funny, we used to joke about mating a wheaten wirehair and an English cream longhair, so we'd have "cream o' wheat" wires, but that's precisely what Einy is, and now he's coming to Flickennel to fulfill his destiny, creating the golden wires so much in demand. It's been several years since we had a wheaten on the premises, but in 20 days there will be again! Isn't he CUTE?!
Here at Flickennel, we are hugely interested in keeping our dogs - and yours - healthy and protected from as many things as possible. To that end, we share a lot of health tips we find on the Internet and other places. Here's one on Nicotine Poisoning in Pets: By Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM, About.com Guide, January 4, 2013
It has been known for quite some time that second-hand cigarette smoke is dangerous to pets and people. Consuming discarded tobacco or nicotine products is also a health risk. Pets (and children) may find discarded cigarette or cigar butts, nicotine patches, nicotine gum and chewing tobacco and decide to give them a taste test. Especially curious puppies. Not good.
All of these tobacco products contain nicotine, which can cause illness and even death in fairly small amounts. This quick tip is to alert people -- smokers and non-smokers alike -- of the dangers of nicotine and a reminder to dispose of these products safely away from pets.
Might we also add this - be careful when taking your Flickennel pup on walks where it can find discarded cigarette butts, or where some person has discarded his wad of dip or chewing tobacco. If your dog picks up ANYTHING while on a walk, check it out before he has a chance to swallow it - it could save his life! Discarded chewing gum can also contain xylitol, which CAN KILL your dachshund with just one swallowed piece! Check out the articles on our 101 Things page for this and other ways to protect your puppy.
1-23-13 FINALLY! Janet and Missy worked together today and took pictures of nearly all the puppies, then Janet emailed them to me tonight. So, I'm going to be scrambling to get them all posted, including building several more new litter pages on which to put them! Einy and I will be flying west on Monday, so I have to get these done before then.... Candy's page is up - duct-tape your socks to your legs, or they're gonna be knocked off - these pups are THAT GREAT!!! Have fun looking and drooling! I'll get these others activated just as quickly as I can.
1-31-13 Good morning from Flickennel! This is Becky, writing from my old perch at Janet's computer desk, the warm Colorado sunshine streaming in the window - while it's storming like crazy in upstate New York today. I'm glad I'm HERE! I took Einy (my wirehair pup) out in the yard to go potty, early this morning, and over the bleating of the goats and one of the big guard dogs' barking, I could detect the voices of a couple brand-new baby goats! I used to have goats, and milked them and my cow, so I was ready for duty - the babies needed to come inside and be dried off, warmed and fed - their mom has had mastitis and can't nurse babies. I grabbed a container and had Barney (Janet's husband) hold the mother while I milked what colostrum I could from her. We'll have to go out a few more times today to see how much more I can get, since the colostrum (the "first milk") is full of essential antibodies and nutrients the kids need. We mix powdered goat-milk replacer with water to feed baby pups that aren't getting what they need from their mother, so there's plenty to feed baby goats, too.
It's great to be back here for a visit and see a lot of my old friends among the dogs, as well as a BUNCH that were born after I left for NY in 2010. Somehow, I forgot to bring my good camera along - had it set out and everything, but it didn't get put in my suitcase. I'll have to hobble along with another one, to get new pictures of everybody for you. Thanks for your patience!
Burning daylight, and I must get to work!
This is Missy, one of the great kennel helpers we have, and Einy getting some wonderful Colorado mountain sunshine - isn't he handsome?! The two baby goats are pure white for now, but may not stay that way - Alpine Mama's black with white markings, and Daddy's a brown-headed, white-bodied Boer. Already, the boy is twice as big as the girl - she's very dainty, but he's built like a Mack truck!
2-13-13 I just came across an article on www.healthypets.mercola.com that describes a new type of rodenticide (sold under a variety of brand names - Arrex, Commando, Dexol, Kilrat, GophaRid, Phosvin, Ridall, Ratol and Sweeney’s Poison Peanuts ) made with zinc phosphide that not only kills rats, mice, moles, gophers and other rodents, but can kill your pet AND YOU! Please take the time to read this article, and DO NOT use any kind of rodenticide in your home, garage or outbuildings - critters that eat it don't die immediately, but have time to crawl out where your dog can find and eat them. Any other predator (cat, fox, coyote, owl, hawk, etc.) that eats the affected varmint will also die - and whatever scavenger eats IT will die - repeated over and over until the stuff is finally too diluted to work.
Also, I had "smart mice" in my Colorado home that would carry D-Con pellets and chunks of Bar-Bait from where I had "safely" put them so the dogs couldn't have access to them, around the house and stash them in the crevices of my sculptured carpet - out where the dogs could easily find them! It's as if they KNOW what the stuff is, and try to turn the tables on you for trying to kill them! After that experience, I decided it was a lot safer for all concerned, to just not use the poison baits. Snap traps, glue traps and live traps all work, and are much less likely to get the wrong victim.
This zinc phosphide is scary stuff - it interacts with stomach acids and any other liquid to form lethal phosphine gas, and that's what can kill YOU, when your dog throws up - it's formulated with an emetic to cause pets and humans to vomit the bad stuff, which rodents can't do, but the zinc interacts with the vomited stomach contents to give off toxic gas, which gets inhaled by unsuspecting people and animals. Thankfully, very few cases have been reported, but it IS a hazard that all pet owners should know about. I've already written about dogs ingesting pennies, which are not solid copper, but a very thin 'skin' of copper around zinc slugs. The dog's stomach acids dissolve the copper, then the zinc, and the zinc kills the dog if it isn't treated immediately - and who notices a dog swallowing a penny. By the time the symptoms are noticed, the dog is taken to a vet, and the cause is discovered, it's usually too late.
The article gives full directions for dealing with an animal that has ingested one of these rodenticides, so PLEASE make sure you read it, in case your dog or another animal gets into some of it. AND DON'T USE THIS POISON!
3-20-13 HAPPY FIRST-DAY-OF-SPRING!!! It sure isn't very springy in New York today - cloudy, windy, COLD and spitting snowflakes....... bleah! BUT, a couple months from now I could be wishing it was this cool and moist again, so I won't complain TOO much!
3-29-13 ONLY 2 DAYS UNTIL EASTER! Instead of bunnies and chicks, how about considering an Easter weenie-pup?! We have a lovely assortment, from ones that would just fit in an Easter basket (and you'd have to wait a while to take home) to ones that are ready, willing and EAGER to jump into your arms, worm their way into your heart, and be FOREVER YOURS! They will even help you find your Easter eggs - they can get under almost anything to find the ones that rolled way to the back!!!
I've just posted the LAST of our newly-hatched puppies, on the Lollipop & Bosco page! All the pups we have are now ready for your browsing pleasure - so browse away! Just remember, a dog in the lap is worth a hundred on the website - you can't snuggle your video screen, or get gentle feather-kisses from its warm little tongue! ... I'm really pleased with Lollipop's page. I did some extra research online and fleshed-out the ancestry behind Ringo, Bosco's sire - WOW!!! The champions outnumber the non-champions, on both sides of his family tree! No wonder Ringo always produced great pups for us!
Late-night ramblings..... Understanding dachshund genetics, we shake our heads at people who happily proclaim that their dachshund "carries for everything!" There is no such animal, folks! All of the genetic traits follow rules of dominance, and certain traits are extremely dominant, while others are just as extremely recessive. One dog cannot 'carry' them all.
Since I mentioned Ringo above, I shall continue here. ... Ringo's sire was wirehair, as were most of his paternal ancestors back at least 15 generations - but Ringo was smooth and therefore DID NOT CARRY wirehair, because wire is the most-dominant coat type, and a dog must BE wire in order to produce wire pups - it is never just 'carried.' For some reason, Ringo's father's two wirehair genes bowed to the mother's two smooth genes, or more likely, one smooth ancestor, back on the father's side, slipped a smooth gene into the pot, where it simmered along down the generations, carried along and overwhelmed always by the dominant wire gene from each mating, until BANG! It met up with Ringo's mother's smooth gene and said OKAY - ENOUGH WITH THIS WIRE BUSINESS! and Ringo came out smooth, with two smooth genes. We bred him to wirehaired Ruby, and they produced Lacy, a black & tan wirehair - but she has one smooth gene, too, and we'll have to breed her to a wire male to get mostly wire pups, and if that male had a smooth ancestor, they could make smooth pups, from both wire parents! I bred my Tic Toc, whose parents were both wires but had smooth in their ancestries, twice to a longhair whose sire was longhair, but dam was smooth. Their first litter contained two wires and two smooths - from a wirehair and a longhair. The second litter had ONE wire and THREE smooths - no longhairs, because long is the shyest (least dominant/most recessive) of the coat types. (11-3-13 NOTE: Litter #3 born 7-15-13, same parents, came out ALL FOUR WIREHAIRS, including one wheaten male!)
Strangely enough, only the male wire from each of the first two litters also came out cream-colored, or wheaten - of eight pups, five were red brindle, two were cream/wheaten, and one black & tan. Tic Toc's sire was a wheaten brindle, her mother a light-red, and Tic Toc has a lot of golden flares throughout her red-brindle fur. The pups' sire is a cream piebald with many creams in his ancestry; so it is no coincidence that there's a cream in each litter. We'll get into color-dominance another time - it's bedtime here now - good night!
5-24-13 I'm up late - it just rolled over midnight and into the new day! I just HAD to tell you about the upcoming 5th Annual Hot Diggity Weenie Dog Races on June 6th, at the old Holy Cross Abbey grounds in Canon City, Colorado. WE, Flickennel Dachshunds, are the oh-so-proud sponsors of the event, and will be exceptionally pleased to see you AND your dachshund(s) at the races! Racing starts at 6:30 PM, but entries have to be checked in between 4:00 and 5:45. I almost forgot the costume contest -- be sure to think up a really original costume for your hotdog, because the always-popular bun & condiment is too popular - everyone has seen it! Bein' that we're in the rootin' tootin' West, a Western theme is always good, but so are fairies, angels, monsters, frogs, bananas, giraffes, alligators - and all the other wild and crazy ideas people come up with - the wilder and crazier, the better! I've been collecting pictures of done-up dachshunds, just for fun, and there are some corkers! ... I've set up a page for the Dog Race Application, complete with the link to the race entry application form and the full information you will need. Just click the link, start training your doxie(s), and prepare to HAVE FUN!!! ... Now, to find a teeny-weeny rider for your mini-racer!!
5-24-13 Good morning! I hope it's going really well for you. I just found an email from one of my favorite "alternative vets," Dr. Becker, which alerted me to a new threat to our pets. So, for those of our readers who don't bother with our "101 Things That Can Harm Your Pet" page, I'll tell you now: READ THIS ARTICLE - IT COULD SAVE YOUR PET'S LIFE! It's called "Bromethalin: The Stealth Poison That Every Pet Owner Must Know About." Then, be sure you have on hand a good supply of hydrogen peroxide and some activated charcoal, either in tablets, capsules or loose powder. These are two items NO First Aid kit should be without. Hydrogen peroxide, written chemically as HO, is used not only to wash and sterilize wounds, but to induce vomiting - as I've written about before. (See the 1-11-12 note above.) Activated charcoal is swallowed to adsorb (take OUT) toxins before they can be absorbed (taken IN) by the body and do their deadly work. The toxin's molecules or particles adhere to the surface of the charcoal particles and are prevented from being absorbed or taken into the body tissues. Both HO and activated charcoal are used heavily by medical professionals - this isn't some "quack medicine" idea.
I keep finding more and more articles that deal with ways to keep our pets healthy and safe - I earnestly hope you are reading and sharing them! There are several other articles on poisons in the sidebar of the article referenced above, so please take the time to read all of them!
This was OUR entry, solid-chocolate wirehair Tootsie Roll, with and without her costume! We can't WAIT to breed her to Einy and see what sorts of little wirehair cuties we get!
6-24-13 Hello again! Well, it's summertime, and the temperatures are rising almost everywhere. I hope you stop and think before you grab your dog to accompany you to the store - is he going to stay in a hot car by himself? Even with the windows partially open, you know how oven-like your car gets in just a few minutes. Here's an important and informative article on the subject of overheating in dogs, how to prevent and treat it, that's very timely. I hope you will take the time to read it - and consider just leaving your furbaby at HOME where it's cooler and has access to water.
7-20-13 As our Aussie friends would say: "G'day!" My mother sent me something she found on Facebook, and I thought so highly of it, I've just created a page for it on Flickennel.com! It's called The Yellow Dog Project, a world-wide movement among dog-owners to make other people aware of dogs that "need their space," by fastening a yellow ribbon or other yellow object to the dog's collar, harness or leash. This includes any animal that has health issues, is in training, is being rehabilitated (from whatever), or is scared or reactive around other animals or humans, bicycles, cars, fireworks/guns/other loud noises, etc. If you ever encounter such a dog, now you know what the yellow ribbon is for - the dog isn't just yearning for a missing family member to come home! If you HAVE such a dog, now you know how to advertise the fact in a cautionary way - STAY AWAY! KEEP YOUR DOG/CHILD/BIKE AWAY! -without needing to be on the defensive (or offensive) all the time. In fact, when people stop to ask you about it, you can help spread the word! This would also be totally appropriate when you're trying to walk your new dachshund pup that's never been in a dog park or on a city sidewalk before, or even for its first visit to the vet - especially since that's where the SICK animals go, and your new baby doesn't need to be awash in someone else's pathogens. So, tie a yellow ribbon 'round the ol' dog leash, and keep unwanted attention away, or at least on a more cautious level!
7-21-13 I'm writing this at nearly 2:00 AM because I want to get it posted before I fall sleep and forget about it! I just found on Facebook a post about a group of comedians who call themselves the Comedy Warriors - they're five seriously-wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are helping to heal themselves and others through stand-up comedy. I put a more extensive note about it on our Wounded Warrior Quilts page, at the bottom. (I apologize about our 'blogs' that aren't true blogs, in the sense that new stuff should go at the top... I don't know how to set up such a thing, and I'd hate to lose all the GOOD STUFF I've already posted!) Anyway, please check it out - there are links and everything, including a video trailer you can play right there on our page. They really do deserve our love and support. Thank you!
We have purchased 3 dogs from Flick Kennel and have been happy with the quality of the dogs. We asked questions when we were told we couldn't access the kennel area and were given reasonable answers. Any dog we were interested in seeing was brought to the showing room. We got two puppies about two years apart and an adult dog for my disabled daughter. All of the dogs have wonderful personalities. We had no serious health issues when we brought them home and were not lied to about anything. The kennel is AKC registered which means that they are inspected on a surprise basis and the state does inspections as well. The name of the vet is very accessible and we asked for pictures of the adult dog as a pup just for fun and they were more than happy to make us copies. It is a mountain kennel and in that setting you sometimes have issues like parasites in the water but we didn't see anything that was an ongoing problem, in fact, we see an ongoing effort on their part to be sure that dogs are treated or given preventatives for those things. It is not a puppy mill and they breed with outside dogs a lot of the time and keep records of dogs' backgrounds so that they don't crossbreed. It is to their advantage to pay attention to that. They seem to care about the animals and the people they sell to. We have been very satisfied with our little pups. - L.M., unsolicited review posted on the southern Colorado BBB website on Jan. 29, 2014.
Pups are flying out the door on the spring breezes, so nail yours down today with a deposit or payment in full. As always, you may still change your mind when you arrive and see what else we have to offer, but your deposit holds your pup for you AND gives you first-pick of the available (non-reserved) pups and adults.
JUST IN CASE we're not at our computers when you make your purchase during waking hours, please call Janet and let her know you've picked a puppy so we don't accidentally sell it to someone else in person or over the phone! On one occasion we had buyers on the premises who bought and took a pup that someone had simultaneously paid for online - needless to say, we can't split puppies in half, so PLEASE CALL!!! We HATE making those "OOPS" calls after we find something like this has happened, and we have to go by the time-signature on the PayPal purchase to figure out who bought the pup FIRST! That's why we also encourage you to put a deposit on the pup of your choosing BEFORE you leave home, to make sure it's STILL YOURS when you arrive!
As long as that Buy Now button is active, someone else can use it. Once it's used, even though it's still visible, it cannot be used again. If you try to use one and it won't work, someone else has already clicked it and bought that pup, but we haven't had time to get it off the page yet.
Hot Diggity Weenie Dog Races Saturday, May 31, 2014 Veterans Park, Hwy. 50 W., Cañon City, Colorado
The 7th Annual “Hot Diggity Weenie Dog Race” is held again in conjunction with the Royal Gorge Holy Smoke BBQ Showdown, pitting dashing dachshunds from all around the region in a 50-foot dash for glory! Entry fees will again be $10 for the first pooch, and $5 per dog (from the same family) after that. We have three categories for dogs; 1.) Puppy Division - one year old and under, 2.) Adult Division - one year through seven years of age, and 3.) Senior Division - all those loveable old doxies that are older than seven years. The races will start at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Park, west of Fourth Street and the Dinosaur Depot, following the awards ceremony for the BBQ Showdown. The previous races each attracted more than 50 dachshunds, and huge crowds always lined up around the perimeter to watch the action! The race is for dachshunds only, but dogs do not have to be AKC registered. Make sure you get there early, to get a good spot along the fence to watch the action! Good luck to everyone, and may the best dachshunds win - Flickennel Dachshunds, of course!!!
Be sure to take lots of great pictures of your dog(s) and any other contestants that catch your eye, before, during and after the races and email us the best ones, especially if your dog wins or places in any race - we'll post the pictures right here! Tell us who you are, where you live (town & state), and whether your dog came from Flickennel or not. If you know when it was born and who its Flickennel parents were, that would be great to know, too!
OUR results are posted below, so keep reading....
Sorry for the long time lapse between posts here! A number have been removed because they were outdated and irrelevant to current events.
It's now time to be preparing for the 2014 Weenie Dog Races, so here is the appropriate information, also to be found on our Weeniedog Races page, along with photos from past events. Please note the change of the venue, moved from the east end of Canon City to the west end!
NOTE THE POST DATE, PLEASE! THE 2014 INFO IS POSTED BELOW, BUT SOME OF THIS IS STILL PERTINENT!
This is Flicks Jigger of Brandy MW, a.k.a. Goldilocks, who won the second place trophy in the puppy division, where she was coached by Shelby Flick. (We think the pup is just as pleased as we are.) Goldilocks is the daughter of Apricot Brandy & Tiny Einy, born 1-28-14, and she is staying right here!
7-20-14 If you really-really want a dachshund in your home and in your heart, but raising and training little puppies isn't quite what you want to do right now, why not try one of our "seasoned citizens"? I just posted one female and two male adults to our Adoptable Adults page - and they're some of our BEST -- they are all card-carrying members of our fantastic Cash Clan! Check them out right now, right here!
9-1-14 Today our attention was drawn to a listing of Top Breeders in Colorado - of which we knew nothing - and we're second on the list! Thank-you to CBS 4 Denver for including us in a group of breeders of magnificent dogs. Two of our best have been Cash and Pay Day, father and son, the foundation of our famed Cash Clan:
9-10-14 Hi! Sorry it's been so long since I've posted here, but life's been incredibly busy (and still is). However, I've just read something I feel every dog owner - especially owners of SMALL BREEDS - should know. Click on this link and this one to read about Leptospirosis, the disease and the vaccine given for it, to know why YOUR dog should NEVER GET IT!!! For years, we have warned our buyers not to allow their vets to administer the Leptospirosis vaccine to their dachshunds, and these articles cover the reasons - the vaccine doesn't work and may GIVE the disease to your dog, the disease is entirely treatable, but is zoonotic, meaning YOU can get it from your pet, and it may be especially lethal to puppies, senior dogs, and dogs under 20 lbs. if not caught in time.
Dr. Karen Becker is a licensed veterinarian who writes about many issues with pets and vets, so please devote some time to reading other informative articles on her website. Please be sure to read the comments at the bottom, too, for readers' experiences with topics discussed.
The Lepto vaccine is a multi-dose vaccine, so if your vet has already administered one dose, DO NOT RETURN FOR THE SECOND DOSE!!! It could mean the life and health of your best furry friend if you do.
11-10-14 To quote Kermit the Frog, "Time's fun when you're having flies!" Meanwhile, time's been flying - exactly two months since my last post. Suffice it to say that Janet and I have both been awfully busy with umpteen things, including flying three MORE lovely Cash Clan dogs to Australia last week - an exhausting and expensive year-long project, with all the trips to the vet, vaccinating and testing, then re-testing, and paperwork and procedures involved. These are the beautiful Flickennel dachshunds we sent:
A.J. is an isabella & tan reverse-dapple male; Kiowa is a black & tan mottled whitened-dapple female - they're littermates out of Candy & Rambo. Aspen is a blue & tan reverse-dapple female out of Fawn & Sparky.
5 Quick Tips for Dealing with a Pet Poisoning Emergency
1. Be Ready Before you ever need them, make sure your veterinarian’s phone number, the number of the closest emergency veterinary hospital, and the number for a pet poison center are saved in your phone. The Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) number is 888-426-4435; the Pet Poison Hotline is 800-213-6680. [Add these numbers to your cell-phone emergency numbers for ready access when you're away from home!]
And remember that you may be able to provide important, even life-saving initial treatment at home if you have a pet first aid kit ready and easily accessible in an emergency.
2. Keep Your Cool Maintaining your composure when faced with a pet emergency can be hard to do, but it’s really important if you want to insure your furry family member gets the help he needs. If you stay calm, you’ll be better able to provide first aid, as well as vital information to the people treating your pet.
3. Evaluate Your Pet’s Condition It’s important to make a clear-eyed observation of your pet’s condition. Is she behaving abnormally? Is she bleeding? Is she having trouble breathing? Is she having convulsions or seizures? Is she unresponsive? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, your pet needs immediate medical attention. Call your vet or the nearest emergency animal hospital and alert them that you’re on your way.
4. Be Prepared to Answer Questions What is the toxic substance you know or suspect your pet ingested? Either pack up the substance itself (this is ideal), or write down the exact name of the product or medication. You’ll also want to write down the strength (typically in milligrams) of the drug, the concentration of active ingredients in herbicides or pesticides and the EPA registration number, and any other information you think might help the veterinarian who will be treating your pet.
When did the poisoning happen? Did you catch your pet actually ingesting the substance? Has your pet vomited? If so, did she vomit up any of the poison or packaging?
5. Be Proactive If you know or suspect your pet has ingested a poison, don’t wait for symptoms before seeking help. Time is of the essence in preventing the poison from being absorbed by your pet’s body. The faster you are able to treat your furry companion at home (with guidance from your vet or a pet poison hotline), or get her to a veterinarian, the better her chances for survival and a full recovery.
I've already posted (above) the importance of keeping both hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal ON HAND in your home, and even in a first-aid kit in your car - many accidental poisonings can happen when you and/or your dog are away from home, and both items will work equally well on you and your dog.
MARCH 5, 2015 - Hi! I've just read something that we at Flickennel have known for a long, long time: a close, involved relationship with a companion animal helps people of ALL ages deal with stress. Now, however, this has been proven in a study published recently in the journal Applied Developmental Science,done by researchers affiliated with Tufts University, to be especially true with children of military families, where one or both parents is deployed for long periods of time, and a personal attachment to a pet helps the child handle it better than a child without a pet:
Kids with at least one parent who was deployed had significantly higher stress levels than those who didn’t. The ability to interact with a companion animal played a strong role in helping those children cope, and the quality and strength of the connection between children and their pets was also important.
According to Mueller:
“It isn’t enough to be around animals – children need to be engaged in that relationship. Strong attachments to pets may foster a more proactive attitude about handling stressful problems and could serve as a bridge to developing and maintaining peer relationships during stressful circumstances.” You may read the article on the healthypets/mercola.com webpage - the photo on the page even shows a boy holding a MINIATURE DACHSHUND PUPPY that looks like it could have come from FLICKENNEL!!!
We are as proud as we can be, every time we're chosen to place one of our finest in the home, hands and hearts of one of America's finest! Dachshunds are so very loving, so understanding, so PERFECT - we think every home, military or not, should have at least one!
3-19-15 Good morning! If you have ever wondered about the likelihood of catching head lice from your pet, or of giving head lice TO your pets, please read this informative Petplace.com article on just that subject. Spoiler alert - there's a comment at the bottom from a reader who says Rid shampoo doesn't work NEARLY as well as Blue Star Ointment, which has been around for EVER. So if you ever have to deal with head lice, find some Blue Star Ointment!
3-29-15 There's a new post at the bottom of our 101 Things page of things that you may not know can harm your pet. This one concerns stuff that causes nearly half of all pet poisonings, so PLEASE be sure to read the item posted with today's date, and keep the emergency Poison Help Center number handy - 800-213-6680.
6-6-15 Did you know that DACHSHUNDS MAKE GREAT SERVICE DOGS? We've always known they were special and wonderful, and many of our customers have discovered how deeply their little doxies can bond with them in a very short time. We have a new page on our website that explains that this breed makes tremendous service dogs for people with seizures, PTSD, hearing loss and other problems. Some dachshunds are also trained for use in cold-trailing wounded game for hunters who have lost animals they shot, as well as tracking people (similar to a bloodhound), and both drug-enforcement and search & rescue, where a small and highly-intelligent hunting-dog that was originally bred to go down rabbit-holes and badger-burrows can get into (and out of) tight places that a larger dog can't do more than stick its nose into. So, please check out our brand-new SERVICE DOGS page, and if you need a service dog, or have one of our doxies that's being used for one, please let us know! We'd love to add your story and pictures to our page!
Besides, you're likely to return to a smashed-out window, your dog GONE, and a cop writing you a ticket while a bunch of irate animal-lovers scream at you! HOT DOGS ARE DEAD DOGS!!! You know how hot the inside of your car can be, even on a cloudy summer day. Don't leave your dog in your car, even with the windows down an inch or two - it will still be too hot for the dog.
6-15-15 I just found this on Facebook and this is my Share to those who aren't on Facebook or haven't seen it. PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHENEVER YOU GIVE YOUR DOG A BONE TO CHEW ON! IF HE STARTS BREAKING OFF LITTLE SHARDS, IMMEDIATELY GET RID OF THE BONE AND ALL SHARDS YOU CAN FIND. ANY cooked bones are brittle bones and can easily break into sharp bits that can perforate the intestines and/or get stuck anywhere in the mouth, throat, stomach, intestines and bowel, causing pain, bleeding, peritonitis and death if not caught and removed or treated in time.
Attention my fellow dog owners: Yesterday my mom gave my dogs Frankie and Charlie a natural ham bone she bought at Walmart. She has never bought this brand (Dynamic Pet dog bones) or type of bone before until a couple days ago. Today, after my mom and I came home from shopping, we found puke and diarrhea in the house. We weren't sure what had happened or which dog had gotten sick. While cleaning up the diarrhea, mom found bone shards and a little bit of blood. When we let the dogs outside, Frankie had more diarrhea, blood and bone shards were present again. Then he tried to use the bathroom again but wasn't really able to and blood was dripping from his back end. We brought him to the vet and discovered that he has some bone shards that are becoming too difficult to pass and could potentially become dangerous.
When I looked up this brand and type of bone, I found out that a lot of dog owners have had their pets get very sick & many have even died from these bones. Often the bone shards puncture their intestines and they have extreme vomiting and diarrhea. Luckily we brought Frankie in and are getting treatment before this gets too serious.
These reviews have been ignored by Dynamic Pet dog bones and Walmart. Companies are continuing to sell these bones without consumers knowing how dangerous they are! Please don't buy these bones for your pets and share to spread the word.
7-16-15 Summer-time is busy-time, and your Flickennel blogger has been typically busy, hence the month-long breaks between posts. However, I was just on Facebook and discovered THIS "Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund" humor gem and had to share it with you! Be sure to check out both Crusoe's Facebook page and our Just for FUN page for more dachshund cuteness like this! Just remember to come back from Crusoe to Flickennel.com to shop for your own potential celebrity dachshund!
7-17-15 WARNING!!! Toxic xylitol is now found in certain brands of peanut butter AND in veterinary dental washes for dogs!!! Xylitol is so toxic to dogs that as little as a piece and a half of "sugar-free" gum containing it can KILL a 10-lb. dog! Not all dogs react the same to xylitol (or chocolate, grapes or other substances that can kill them), so yours may not show the same symptoms as another dog, but nonetheless, xylitol damages the liver, reduces the blood's ability to clot, causes hemorrhaging, and can kill in a very short time. Read all about it here, and spread the word!
8-10-15 Two new links to tell you about today that you WILL want to check out! The first is on petplace.com, one of our favorite go-to sites for lots of good pet information, with "over 10,000 vet-approved articles" on all kinds of pets. They have a very comprehensive Guide to Common Dog Poisonings, including the item that causes the poisoning, the possible effects of it, and what you should do about it if you believe your dog has been poisoned.
The second link is one I hadn't heard of before, but it looks very helpful: www.dog-first-aid-101.com. I came across it while looking up something I found in the Guide to Common Dog Poisonings!
9-4-15 Hi! How has your summer been? Ours has flown away with the wind, and autumn is nearly here - wow!
We've been made aware of another awesome website that teaches pet owners (or occasional pet-sitters) how to keep their pets safe in and around their home. This Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners from Expertise.com is pretty comprehensive and we recommend that you read and bookmark it, then feel free to share it with your family and friends. You can even share it on Facebook and other social media websites - I just did!
10-6-15 Does your dog eat acorns or oak leaves? If so, you NEED to read this webpage from DogChannel.com! If your acorn-eater has blood in his urine, PRINT the webpage, GRAB your dog and RUN to your vet with them! One of the commenters at the bottom reported that his vet didn't believe acorns could be deadly to dogs, but this article definitely gives good proof. It's acorn season, but the danger is year-round, so PLEASE READ THIS!
10-13-15 Okay, enough with the yellow boxes and warnings about things that can hurt your pets! Tonight I've posted a couple of hilarious new video links on our Just For Fun page - enjoy, then email and let us know what you think of them! If you have links to other fun dachshund videos - or doxie websites - please send those, too!
11-4-15 Well, the unthinkable has happened to one of my own dachshunds. (Becky writing here.) Last evening I found 10-year old Brindle in a state of partial paralysis in her hind legs, apparently after simply hopping down from my husband's recliner, a feat she and my other dachshunds have done hundreds, if not thousands, of times before without any problem. At first she was able to wobble around a little bit, but that quickly progressed into being unable to stand on her own. Whatever caused it (and I did not see it happen, so I don't know particulars), she has become incapacitated. I have learned not to go into "instant panic mode" every time something happens to one of my animals, especially if there's no blood or poison to deal with, so that helped keep Brindle a little calmer in a situation where she was clearly quite upset at not being able to stand on her own.
Having never dealt with paralysis from the get-go in one of my own dogs, but being a do-it-yourselfer, I called Janet for advice, and tonight I've been looking up websites for more information as well. After worrying about Brindle's apparent lack of one normal function, and googling "how to make a paralyzed dog defecate," I found a couple of wonderful sites that have allayed my fears and given me hope that Brindle might someday make a complete recovery, although it is likely to take several weeks of "conservative treatment" - total crate-rest and medication to reduce any swelling and inflammation in the affected disk or pinched nerve, as well as any pain, rather than immediately rushing into the surgery option. Because some animals respond very badly to anesthesia, I tend to steer away from surgery if I can avoid it.
Since dachshunds are naturally prone to IVDD, or inter-vertebral disk disease, because of the way they're built, I'm sharing links to these sites so that YOU can be better prepared if your doxie ever has one of these unfortunate and scary experiences. I've had a number of dachshunds since 2002, when I first began working with Janet and her dogs, and Brindle is the first one of them to have this problem, so it's not THAT common, especially in Janet's kennel, because she's worked hard through the years to remove dogs with back problems from her gene pool. Accidents happen to all of us, so there's a certain amount of difficulty in ascertaining whether a given dog's paralysis stems from an inherited condition, or from a simple accident - much like a skier who gets hurt from a fall while skiing. Did he have a genetic propensity for broken bones, or did he just fall down and land wrong, causing his leg to break?
There are several other websites, maybe many more, so check them out! Search for "paralyzed dog" or similar terms for the best results.
1-12-2016 A belated Happy New Year to you! Life gets busier and busier, and I forget to come back here and post stuff - sorry about that!
There must be a few people curious about my dog Brindle, who hurt her back and was paralyzed in the rear on November 4, 2015. Well, I am VERY pleased to report that 10 days after she was paralyzed, she suddenly pulled herself up and began walking again! She was weak and wobbly for a few weeks, but she went at her own pace, as she felt able, and is now scampering around here almost as well as she did before her accident. I have been giving her Rexall brand Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM caplets, one a day, and Sundown brand Acidophilus Xtra probiotic caplets, one a day - she also seems to have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and benefits greatly from a daily dose of the probiotic. I had watched as Brindle dragged herself around the back yard when I took her out to relieve herself, during those 10 days, and it seemed as though she was hitching her legs as if trying to move them, moreso as the days passed. I tried to keep her as immobile as possible at first, in a large wire crate while I was at work, but when I took her outside, she'd take off as fast as she could drag herself! The other dachsies were penned inside the fence, and I didn't want her to get trampled by them, so I'd take her out in the 'freedom' of the open yard. As she got better, regaining the use of her legs, she finally got so fast that I worried about her heading for the busy road, and began just taking her inside the fence. She had already gone out the doggy door and down to the grass by herself, then fought her way back up the ramp AND the steps, by herself, so I eventually just let her go as she wished. She's very headstrong - like me! - and did what she felt capable of doing - like me!
I'm sure that the combination glucosamine-chondroitin-MSM caplets have helped immensely to rebuild and/or strengthen her spinal cartilage and relieve pain, and I gave Brindle doses of two Hyland's Arnica Tablets, a pet-safe herbal/homeopathic pain-reliever, when she was in the most pain. Altogether, we feel very blessed to still have our Brindle with us, back almost to normal in just two months of healing at HER pace. She's happy, perky, playful and always loving toward us and any visitors. This is her on Dec. 19, 2015 with our cat O.C. (Orange Cat):
1-28-16 Good morning! Can you believe it? January 2016 is almost GONE! Wow - where does the time go? Well, part of MY time goes to reading interesting stuff about dachshunds I find on the Internet. Last night I found an Australian doxie website with some interesting information, and have been back on it this morning to read more.
One thing about dog breeders: we're supposed to be like God, creating GOOD things, and never any BAD things. Our dogs, according to those who adopt them, are never supposed to get sick, or have deformities, or have inherited disorders of any kind, and responsible breeders try to breed only healthy, happy animals. But guess what! WE ARE NOT GOD, AND NEVER WILL BE. This website I've mentioned has a post about this very topic, which I think every breeder AND buyer should read in its entirety. It certainly speaks volumes to me.
Bad things happen to good people, and the very best breeder will tell you, sometimes an animal is born that has a "genetic" problem and the vet tells the new puppy owner, "It's inherited, and the breeder should be ashamed of having bred these parents and produced this pup with this problem! They should never be bred again!" Actually, according to this post, the breeder may not be at fault at all, any more than human parents who give birth to a child, found at birth with a tumor already in its body, or a rare blood disease, or a deformity - or maybe the problem isn't detected until much later in the child's life.
The only time two parents absolutely should not reproduce is when it is already KNOWN that they (one or both) have a genetic disorder that is extremely likely to be reproduced in their offspring, which will cause enormous problems and probably early death for the offspring - whether animal or human. For humans, there are so many opportunities for adoption, and so many healthy babies aborted because the mothers don't want the responsibility of raising a child, that there is no reason to purposely give birth to genetically-defective babies suffering with wretched quality of life, who will incur astronomical medical and care-taking expenses in their lifetimes - paid for largely by the rest of us through high insurance rates.
For animals, it can be much harder to know ahead of time that one's breeding stock harbors a genetic defect, perhaps observed in one animal many generations back and never seen again since that time. How is one to "breed out" such a condition that is that rare? It's impossible! DNA testing is incredibly expensive, and there's no feasible way - and no scientific way - to find every disorder possible in the genome, IF the genome has even been tracked for the specific breed of animal!
So, is it fair to expect a breeder to be God? Of course not! Do clients still believe it? Of course. Is it FAIR to be expected to produce perfection every time? We try hard, but it doesn't always happen that way. It gives us sleepless nights, wondering where we went wrong, what we could have done differently, but it all comes down to one thing: the genes do what they will, and we have little control over that. If nearly five decades of breeding dachshunds has taught us anything, it is that as soon as a GENETIC RULE is established and written in stone, a puppy will come along and break it! Do we still breed them? Of course - they're wienderful!
2-2-16 Happy Groundhog Day! It's cloudy in Central New York this morning, so I guess that means six more weeks of "something" - we haven't had much of a winter this year, with a total of less than a foot of snow in my yard since October's first flakes, and none on the ground right now. Sigh.... But I see that Colorado just got slammed! Lots of snow and road-closures, especially "down on the flats" east of the mountains. (Yes, New Yorkers, Colorado is NOT ALL mountains - there's a lot of flat country in the eastern half of the state, just as most of New York is rural farm country, forests and lakes!) I have just "flown" around Colorado via the various road-cams, and it looks like it's pretty white out there! Meanwhile, I have GREEN GRASS and am worried that my berry bushes and other blooming and fruiting things are going to start budding, WAAAY TOO EARLY!!!
This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, and of course the high-dollar advertisements will be the draw for those of us (like me) who can't STAND to watch the game itself! Many of them are already posted online, including stampeding wieners in the "Meet the Ketchups" ad from Heinz, which all you wienerdog lovers out there will HAVE to watch! Here's the link to it - enjoy the extended-cut version - the hotdogs were too long for the trimmed-down version!
We have two litters of "Vienna sausages" due this week! Keep your eyes on the NEW Litters page for the birth announcements!
2-13-16 Wow - what a difference a week makes! Suddenly, New York is in the d-d-d-d-DEEP freeze! It was 18 here at midnight, last night, 2 degrees at 7 a.m. and -2 at 10 a.m.! We had about an inch of snow overnight and the wind is blowing like crazy, moving it around. Meanwhile, I hear Colorado is in the 70s!!!
DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL we will no longer be shipping companion-only puppies to out-of-area buyers. We have just been informed that, according to USDA regulations, we can ONLY ship puppies and adult dogs that will be used in a breeding program! We regret the inconveniences this will cause our loyal clientele in other areas, but it's the law and we have to abide by it. Besides, Colorado is such a lovely place to visit when you come to pick up your new Flickennel puppy - and why waste the trip? Buy two or three at the same time, one for you and one for a friend or family member!
3-11-16 If you've been watching our New Litters page all along, you might remember the Cayenne & Justin litter, born back on 12-18-15, that produced two nearly solid-white male pups. Well the smaller and weaker of the two died, but not the bigger one. We watched him grow and grow, and Janet kept checking him for developing colored spots, and checking, and checking, and checking. He got to be a month old - still no spots. Then he was two months old - still no spots! You see, most "white" dachshund pups, especially with red or light-red or cream parents that are also piebald will eventually begin to develop a peach or golden-yellow color wherever the piebald didn't produce white areas. Well, our white puppy, the son of two extreme-white light-red piebalds, got old enough to begin sprouting the wirehair coat he inherited from his dad, Justin, but he STILL hasn't made any cream or red or yellow spots - just about 4 or 5 tiny pale-red dots on his left side - they're evidently tiny ticking marks, donated by his mama, who has so many, she's classified as a roan. That and his blue eyes are the only apparent color on this little guy, and the blue fleck in one eye tells us he's a dapple as well as piebald! Typically, by this time the nose should be black, too, but it isn't darkening very much, either.
We're calling this white boy Blizzard - Flicks Dachshing Thru The Blizzard MW - born during a snowstorm, on my (Becky's) dad's 85th birthday, and his name is John Blizzard! So, I pushed to name the puppy Blizzard and Janet readily "acquiesced to my request." Here are some pictures of him:
(L) At birth, 12-18-15, with his little brother, who had 2 isabella spots.
(R) On my birthday, 1-16-16
Below (L) 2-1-16
Below (R) 2-1-16
The circle shows his ever-so-pale ticking dots on his left side - the only ones Janet has found. We're making a fuss over this guy because solid-white dachshunds are as rare as hens' teeth, this is the first Janet has seen in nearly 50 years of raising them, and is the only one we have ever had. We're keeping him to try to produce more! He is not albino, or his eyes would be red, nose pink, and there would not be a single dark hair on him anywhere. Blizzard is pearly-white all over, except for those few barely-visible tiny dots on his left side. Notice he is getting bigger and his wire hair is growing! OH!!! HE'S ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!
3-18-16 Dogs Naturally Magazine sends me emails and today's has a great article on natural home remedies for fleas, not just to get rid of an infestation, but also to prevent one in the first place, with things you can apply that are non-toxic to you, your children and your pets. A product I have mentioned in the past is called Mosquito Barrier, a high-powered garlic juice concentrate that you mix with water and spray all around your yard to repel mosquitoes, and it seems to work fairly well on fleas, too. Spring starts THIS SUNDAY! Be ready for the bugs - naturally!
4-15-16 update on that last post - I have been spritzing diluted garlic juice (Mosquito Barrier) on my dogs' food for almost two weeks now. I mix 1 fl. oz. (2 tablespoons) of the juice with 1 quart of water (32 fl. oz.) in a spray-bottle, then lightly spray it on the food, being careful not to use so much that they won't eat it (maybe 1/2 tsp. of spray). I also dust their food with diatomaceous earth and a mixture of ground tablets of probiotics and glucosamine-chondroitin-MSM, so the spritz is just enough to dampen the powder so they eat it, not allowing it to merely fall to the bottom of their food pan. So far, I have found only TWO FLEAS on the dogs - Charlie and his mother, Tic Toc each had one. We live in central New York, so there are plenty of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes to protect against, and I comb my dogs multiple times a day, rather than risking their health with those spot-on flea & tick products. Everyone I know who uses those STILL has to fight fleas and ticks on their animals, and my employers are having a horrible time with loads of ticks their "treated" dogs picked up in Florida on their recent vacation. One dog has had terrible reactions to the ticks, probably with a disease transmitted to her by them, requiring multiple vet visits and drugs to try to quell her symptoms. I refuse to use those products - why use them if they don't work, and only cause dangerous side-effects to the very animals they're supposed to protect?
On the other hand, the garlic spray is working VERY well, and yesterday morning I sprayed the dogs' fenced yard with a slightly-stronger solution of the same stuff, with an ounce or so of added sunflower oil to make it stick to the grass and soil without evaporating so quickly, to repel any pests in the grass. I will continue to post updates!
I've just received another email (4-15-16) from Dogs Naturally Magazine regarding a new anti-allergy drug being prescribed for dogs that itch and scratch constantly. This one will make any responsible dog owner furious at the drug companies! The drug is called Apoquel (oclacitinib maleate), and it may help a few dogs, but at what risk? PLEASE read the article for yourself and share it with your vet! All the vets have to go by is what the drug company sales reps tell them, and they sure won't tell them the truth about THIS stuff! The "clinical trials" on it only lasted 30 days, and many of the dogs involved were only observed for 7 days! The drug inhibits and eventually destroys the dog's natural immune system. The list of known side-effects is abominable, and it is not recommended for dogs under 12 months because of what it does to them, for pregnant, lactating or geriatric dogs, or for those that already have infections or are on certain drugs. So, if your vet wants to put your allergic dog on this drug, JUST SAY NO!!!
4-28-16 Good morning! I've been on Facebook for a while today and have just read a piece by a dairy farmer who lost a newborn calf, that I felt was a pretty good representation of nearly everyone who raises any kind and number of animals, either as a hobby or for their livelihood. Far from treating our animals as money-making machines, and "only being in it for the money," we love them and take the best possible care of them - they are part of our family. When they get sick, we worry about them and try to make them well again. When they die, as all eventually must, we grieve their passing and miss them profoundly. Raising companion dogs as we do at Flickennel, we try to instill a love for people in them, by handling them with loving care, by holding and petting and kissing them from birth - letting them breathe in the smells of loving humans, imprinting on us, so that when the puppies go to their new homes, they will immediately trust and love their new families. We do all we can to make them good dogs, before we hand them over to you. What YOU do after that has the ultimate influence on what they become - we've done our part!
5-24-16 Wheee! Spring has sprung! I've been outside nearly all day, watering, weeding, planting and mulching, and now I need to go mow my dachshunds' fenced yard and MAYBE have time to wash dishes before I leave for WORK at 3:45! Just ate my lunch and used that bit of "down time" to read a couple of informative articles on the AKC website. AKC is about a lot more than dog-shows! They post a TON of splendid educational material on their site. I read an article about what happens when a dog reverse-sneezes, something commonly done by small-breed dogs (like dachshunds) and others, and another article about whether dogs can eat wheat and other grains. I think you will find them helpful as you do your best to keep your Flickennel dachshund(s) healthy and happy. You should also be able to click on links to other pages from within the AKC website. If not, let me know and I'll post those articles on our website. Okay - back outside! It's supposed to rain tomorrow (I HOPE!!!), so I have to "make hay while the sun shines!" Grass grows FAST in upstate New York!
5-26-16 Are you concerned about the Zika virus and the possibility of your pets getting it? The American Kennel Club has a page of information on the topic that should reassure you.
Have you been looking everywhere for a short-hair/smooth red dachshund puppy? If so, you've hit paydirt! We just happen to have a cutie of that persuasion available to purchase, on the Frosty pup page! He'll be ready to go home on June 17!
11-5-16 Sorry about the long dry spell with no posts! Life has been, well, HECTIC, both in Colorado at the kennel and in New York (where I am). I'm in the midst of another outdoor project right now, but wanted to post THIS LINK while I could. Discovered a tick on one of my doxies this morning, alarming because there's a red circle around it, so I went looking for home treatments and found a GREAT page. I hope you will read it! Being the weekend, and I'm short on cash for an emergency trip to the vet, I figured I'd look online for help first... MUCH LATER UPDATE... I daubed hydrogen peroxide on Charlie's tick bite and not only did the circle completely disappear within 2 days, he never displayed any sign of illness from it! It's now 3-16-17 and he's fit as a fiddle.
11-8-16 GOT CATS? I assume, since you're reading this page, that you have at least one dog, but if you also have a cat or cats, you might want to read the list of top 10 poisons that are hazardous to your cat, the link to which I found this morning on Facebook. Several items have tie-ins to your dog, such as the canine flea & tick treatments and assorted medicines you may be giving or thinking of giving to your dog.
3-16-17 Oh, happy day! I stayed in town for two nights because of a big bad snowstorm (the "Blizzard of 2017") so I wouldn't have to battle snowy roads to get to work, but this morning dawned bright, blue and beautiful so here I am again, back home with my beloved wiener gang. I found the following info in an email sent to Janet:
When you’re busy packing boxes and booking a moving company, reading up on the laws in your new state is probably not anywhere near the top of your to-do list. But when moving with pets, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you aren’t breaking the law.
Regulations vary greatly by state; West Virginia has none, while several states in the Northeast have many restrictions. Most states require some form of a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for at least some animals. The CVI helps ensure that only healthy animals are transported across state lines.
Failing to meet these requirements could result in a fine or other penalties.
GoodCall® researchers have simplified the process with the map on their site, which offers a listing of the laws by state for moving with dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets, and horses. The data comes from information from the American Veterinary Medical Association, and has been updated for 2017.
By the way, I've been adding crushed brewer's yeast tablets (from the people's supplement section in Walmart) to my dogs' and cat's food every day, and have seen the few fleas they've managed to pick up this winter drop to virtually NONE, as in Charlie, my flea-magnet, had ONE tiny flea in the last week and the rest had none. My mother uses the spot-on flea stuff on her cat, and he's a frequent host to one or more fleas. I gave her a bottle of crushed brewer's yeast a couple days ago, and Mr. Picky I Don't Eat THAT is gobbling it up! I use a heaped teaspoonful for 6 dachshunds and 1 cat, and Mom is using maybe 1/8-1/4 teaspoon for her cat. I crush the tablets in on old-fashioned hand-cranked food grinder clamped to my kitchen table, but the electric blender works pretty well, too - just don't put too many in at a time, and make sure the bottle doesn't contain one of those silica-gel moisture-absorbing packets. Brewer's yeast is an old-time recommendation for repelling fleas and ticks, and it must good because it's still being recommended - I do!
5-6-17 A VERY DARK DAY FOR FLICKENNEL. CASH, THE KING OF THE KENNEL, DIED TODAY OF APPARENTLY NATURAL CAUSES. He turned 12 yesterday and seemed his usual healthy self this morning, but was found dead in his pen this afternoon, as if he laid down to take a nap and forgot to wake up. His wonderful legacy will go on, however, in the members of his worldwide Cash Clan - his outstanding progeny whose classic conformation, lush coats, amazing colors and loving temperaments all proclaim their proud lineage - residing on at least three continents: North America, Europe and Australia. We are grateful for the years Cash was with us, and know we will continue to see him every day in the faces of his family who are still here. Rest in peace, dear friend!
6-7-17 One of our passions at Flickennel Dachshunds is supporting our nation's military. We continue to place a good number of our wonderful puppies with military families around the country, knowing that their unconditional love is the greatest therapy for both the family and the service member. There is a terrific organization called Active Heroes set up to support active-duty and veteran service members and their families, for the purpose of preventing suicides among them. One service they offer is support-dog training, called Manners For Life, and it's free. If you or a service member you know would like to take advantage of this, click the link. If you cannot travel to Kentucky for six weeks of dog training, check with a good dog trainer in your area to see if they would be willing to train your military-family dog in conjunction with Active Heroes and Manners For Life, for free.
We are still trying to make the transition to our new website format, so please don't be surprised if, one day, all of the familiar flickennel.com disappears and everything's different. Well, the homepage photo will be the same - my (Becky Sewell's) little granddaughter, Morgan, was only 4 when that picture was taken in July of 2005, and she's now a young lady of 15, but that photo is priceless to us and is perfect for the website, so it's staying on our new homepage. I will be in Colorado in two weeks, June 20-27, taking lots of pictures and making friends with all the new moms and dads (and the new crop of puppies!) I haven't met since moving to New York in 2010, and I'd love to have the newly-revised site up and running by then. Don't hold your breath, PLEASE! I've only been saying this for well over a year - but our web host has told us it's now or never, they're not supporting the old format anymore. So please pray I'll be able to do it. I think you'll like the new format; I'm still tweaking it so it works better and better, but I'm not a "computer geek," having to learn on-the-job as I've built and rebuilt and re-rebuilt this site, and it's slow going for this old blonde lady! Thankfully, the Webstarts guys are a great help and we love them - if you need to build a great website, check out Webstarts!
7-14-17 I only have a few minutes to write before being slammed by a powerful thunderstorm, but wanted to touch base with you, our reader(s). Contrary to what you may find in some online posts, Flickennel is NOT a puppy mill, nor do we keep a smelly, sub-standard facility, and our dogs are not abused. You can rest assured that our dogs ARE loved, healthy and well cared-for, not only because we love them dearly and can't stand to see any of them abused, but also because AKC and the Colorado Department of Agriculture can pop in for surprise inspections at ANY time, so everything has to be as spic-and-span as it can possibly be, at ALL times. I served in the US Navy from 1974-1978 and know what pop inspections are all about - and these people are even pickier than the Navy was! Even the health inspector who visits the grocery store where I now work is not as picky as the CDA/PACFA inspectors are in regards to our kennel and dogs! Sadly, people will badmouth other people without knowing a thing about them, or ever having visited and seen for themselves. Proverbs 18:13 says, He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. There are a lot of people who will take a bad report as true, forwarding and adding to it without ever checking into it for themselves, and we just want to invite those folks to come on out and see for themselves, and maybe even adopt one of our lovely, friendly puppies!