Striker and Blade


Blade (left) and Striker (right) pose for a picture

Blade (left) and Striker (right) pose for a picture

Meet my two new friends. They are female long-haired dachshunds named Striker and Blade. I know you are wondering about the names. They were named after action characters in a video game. Now don’t everyone go naming their pets after video action figures. Some of these names are probably not too cool for pets; however, Striker and Blade are good.

These four-month-old dachshunds are new to the park and spent most of the time just trying to get acquainted with their surroundings. It won’t be long before they will be running and wrestling with the rest of us at the park.


Buddy and Luna


Buddy is another good friend that I play with every day at the Pawm Springs dog park. He is a Poodle/Bichon mix. Talk about energy: this guy has an unlimited supply. Nothing slows him down when he is playing at the park—not even the summer heat. He is all fun on the run. They also call him “Muddy Buddy” and from the looks of it, you can tell why. If there is water and mud in the park, he will lay in it. I guess that’s how he stays cool.

Luna and Ellie

Luna is another Poodle/Bichon mix, but she’s still a puppy at five months old. This was her first visit to the dog park so she was a little apprehensive at first. After checking out the other dogs and sniffing some others, she began playing with Buddy.

Both Buddy and Luna are the same mixed breed (i.e. Poodle/Bichon) but with different colors and different coats of fur. Buddy has a Bichon coat of fur while Luna has a longer and softer coat. I would have never guessed that these two are the same type of mixed breed. I suppose it’s true what Forrest Gump said, “Ma’ma always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get*.” The same holds true for us dogs but that’s what keeps life interesting. Have fun—play hard. See ya’ at the park.

• From the movie Forrest Gump written by Winston Groom

The Results Are In

The results are in for Dexter’s DNA test. Dexter is an Australian Cattle Dog/Australian Shepherd/Dachshund mix.

Links of Interest:
Dogs 101: Australian Cattle Dog [Animal Planet video]
Australian Cattle Dog [Animal Planet]
Dogs 101: Australian Shepherd [Animal Planet video]
All About the Australian Shepherd [VetStreet]
Dogs 101: Dachshund [Animal Planet video]
Information about the Standard Dachshund [Animal Planet]

If you’re interested in finding out the genetic makeup in your mixed breed dog, check out my post on Wrestling with Dexter.


Petri, a Chinese Crested/Papillon

This is Petri, a Chinese Crested/Papillon mix. When people see a Chinese Crested, they think it has mange, but it is actually hairless. Petri, like other Chinese Cresteds, is outgoing, energetic and spright. They make wonderful companions for children and seniors.



Links of Interest:
Dog Breeds: Chinese Crested [Animal Planet]
Dogs 101: Chinese Crested [Animal Planet video]
Chinese Crested Breed Information [VetStreet]
Dogs 101: Papillon [Animal Planet video]
Breed All About It: Papillon [Animal Planet video]
Papillon Breed Information [Vet Street]




Meet my new friend Rufus who is a Vizsla. He is a what??? A Vizsla is a Hungarian pointer. These dogs are bred to be hunting dogs and make great pointers and retrievers. As you can see, he is a beautiful rust color from his nose to his tail.

Rufus and Ellie

This was the first outing at the dog park for Rufus. Since he is only four months old, his mom decided to let him play at the small dog side of the park and that was probably a good decision. Being only four months old he is kind of clumsy and awkward; however, as he matures he will become very quick and sharp. After all he is a hunting dog. We played wrestling and chase with him and taught him a few tricks on making those quick sharp turns.

Rufus meeting Duke, the dachshund/mini-pin

Links of interest:
Dogs 101: Vizsla [Animal Planet video]
About the Vizsla [Animal Planet]
It’s a Vizsla Thing: Vizsla blog with videos and a lot of information.