Having a Bad Hair Life
I acquired a wire-haired Dachshund on my recent trip to the midwest. Prince Harry is settling in quite nicely and adapting to urban life very well. However, now that New England has skipped over spring entirely and launched into its full-blown humid summer, the poor little guy is suffering more than usual from his unruly coif.
It’s time for a trim.
But I’m new to the world of doxies. Is it kosher to give him an all over buzz cut? Does he need to have eyebrows and whiskers left a la Scottish terriers? What about “poodle feet” to keep him from dragging in excess grass and dew? My sister used to paint his nails, but somehow hot pink polish doesn’t quite go with his funny little old man face.
I’m also a bit worried about some of the problems inherent in Dachshunds. I understand we need to help him watch his weight since he’s prone to back problems (Well, duh! I still think whoever thought this body design would be good for a dog needed to have another think. Utility is one thing and I understand they were bred to hunt badgers underground, but honestly! Any spine built this long and low is bound to lead to trouble.)
We’re supposed to keep him from using stairs. Not a problem since our condo is all on one level and our building has an elevator. But we are also supposed to discourage him from jumping.
How do I do that since Prince Harry is firmly convinced he can fly?
He and Mack the Wonder Dog go tearing around the condo, leaping from our bed to the floor, down the hall, do a U-turn on the love seat, weave through the dining room chair legs and back down the hall for the next circuit. They’ve created their very own agility course! Fortunately, they only take a few turns before its time to collapse in the sun in front of the veranda door (or in Harry’s case, stretch out on the low window ledge. Oh, the advantages of being a long, lean dog!)
Anyway, if there is any dogly advice you can give me about how to care for the newest member of our family, I’m all long floppy ears!