Dachshund

18 03 2009

A short-haired chocolate brown dachshund

One of my greatest pet peeves is hearing people mispronounce this particular breed of dog’s name. The Dachshund. It’s not dash-yand! It’s not das-shund! And it’s NOT dutch-hound for crying out loud!

I’m a true-blue dog lover. I have a purebred German Shepherd Dog named Sasha. She’s 11 months old. I also have 2 adult mongrels and 1 mongrel pup. Ever since I was a kid, I have always had a dog. My father wasn’t exactly into purebreds but we’ve always had dogs of mixed breed in the house.

Last year, I was invited (they didn’t have a choice! I was always in the vet clinic!) to join a local canine club. They needed an extra pair of hands to help organize their dog show, that’s why. I was bored and I wanted to see the dogs in the city gathered in one place so I readily agreed! I prepared the program, the certificates, the awards and what-nots. Baptism of fire! And all in less than one week! I also had to be the emcee. Now, I’m a behind-the-scenes person. I hate being in the spotlight, much less talking on a microphone, with people who don’t know me. Perhaps it’s because I get the kick out of laughing at people’s mistakes when they do the thing that I was supposed to do then. Well, don’t we all have guilty pleasures? It’s easier to see other people’s mistakes, right? Come on, admit it! Get real! LOL.

But I had a mission. I wanted to let people know how Dachshund is pronounced. I asked one of the vets in the clinic where I used to hang out how he pronounces Dachshund and he told me that he didn’t use it because people would always look at him funny every time he did. So he opted to just use the more popular way of pronouncing it—which is really not doing anybody any good!

Not a single doxie was pre-registered. But I was really hoping that on the day itself, there’d be walk-in registrants. To my utter dismay, none of them came.

So I hope I can still rectify whatever errors in pronunciation we have when it comes to this cute doggies by blogging all about it. We owe it to them. Really! As I said in one of my older posts, the best way to show respect is to pronounce one’s name correctly—or in this case, its breed’s name.

dachshund — dak sund; däks-ˌhu̇nd DAHKS-hund

It is an Anglicized German word. According to Merriam-Webster, it comes from the German words: Dachs (pronounced as Daks) and Hund (pronounced as Hund, like gunned, stunned). Dachs means badger. Hund means dog.

Spread the word! If people look at you funny and you are not comfortable in being the object of such, just say Doxie!

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Must Love Dogs

10 09 2007

I’m into dogs now.  LOL.  Not that, you green-minded moron!  But really, my sister just gave me two ordogs (ordinary dogs, I don’t like the word mongrel coz it sounds too snobbish). Or should I say, orpups!  LOL. 

So now, feeding, playing and potty training my new pets keep me all the more occupied.  So when I was searching for an old e-mail that I got a few years ago in my Gmail (that’s Gmail for you, folks, fast, reliable and very helpful), I found this funny forwarded message.

Top Ten Dog Peeves About Humans

10. Blaming your farts on me… not funny… not funny at all!!!

9. Yelling at me for barking.. I’M A FRIGGIN’ DOG, YOU IDIOT!

8. Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway?

7. Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose… stop it!

6. Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you’re not home.

5. The sleight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! Whoooo Hoooooooo what a proud moment for the top of the food chain.

4. Taking me to the vet for “the big snip”, then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back!

3. Getting upset when I sniff the crotches of your guests. Sorry, but I haven’t quite mastered that handshake thing yet.

2. Dog sweaters. Hello ???, Haven’t you noticed the fur?

1. How you act disgusted when I lick myself. Look, we both know the truth, you’re just jealous.

In a rerun of one of the old episodes of Seinfeld, Jerry talked about people who walk their dogs while holding a litter bag. He delivered his opening with a look of total disgust. LOL. He said that if people were supposed to be the masters of the dogs, picking their poop up tells an entirely different story. I remembered it this morning while I was cleaning up the area where my pups do their stuff. Was laughing to myself at 6 in the morning. My mom gave me that look that tells me she thinks I lost it again so early! But really, it makes you wonder…