Sidney is a two year old dachshund who often goes on long walks with his family on the weekends, usually followed by a meal in a dog friendly pub. He's also been on a few UK holidays and loves the beach! Sidney is very active and playful, with lots of energy but he also enjoys being lazy. A daily snuggle whilst watching TV is also part of his daily routine. Sidney has a girlfriend named Molly. She's a long-haired dachshund and they love to play and constantly kiss each other! In order to get to know Sidney better and also to learn more about dachshunds in general, we asked Sidney's mom (Julia) some questions:
How did you get Sidney?
We got Sidney from a KC registered breeder in North Wales, UK. We contacted a few breeders a couple of years ago and the one we went with seemed perfect; Sidney’s mum actually got mated the day we contacted the breeder, so it seemed like it was meant to be. She kept us updated with photos and we first met Sidney when he was four weeks old. He was the second biggest out of an all male litter.
How did you decide you wanted a dog?
Both my husband and I are big dog lovers and both had dogs growing up. We were just waiting for the right moment in our lives, and two years ago the opportunity was perfect because we moved to the countryside. My husband had to leave his job due to moving to a different area, so it was the perfect opportunity to get a puppy. He was a stay at home dog dad for a couple of months when Sidney first joined our family!
Why did you pick this breed?
I’ve been in love with dachshunds for a very long time, so I couldn’t wait to get one of my own. I just love everything about the breed, even their stubborn personality. A dachshund is guaranteed to make you laugh every day. And I’m no longer the family member with the shortest legs! My husband is a big fan of basset hounds, so if we get a second dog one day it’ll probably be a basset.
What is your dog’s favorite food?
He goes crazy for treats but he’s always been a fussy eater with meals. We tried so many types of food and brands until we found one which he goes crazy for. It’s a UK brand which makes fresh meat and vegetables based dog food delivered to your door. So on the one hand, he’s a fussy eater but at the same time he gobbles up sheep and goose poo when he's out on country walks. Classy!
What is Sidney’s favorite game?
Sidney is a serial sock thief. No sock is safe when left unattended! He also loves tug-a-war and fetching toys (never sticks though, oddly enough).
What is your favorite thing to do together?
Apart from the activities mentioned above he loves to pose for photos. As soon as I take my camera out, he gets into a pose, it’s hilarious.
Where is your favorite place to go together?
We discovered a beautiful walk in the Shropshire Hills, UK. It has beautiful views and a waterfall, we’ve been there several times now.
What bad habit does Sidney have?
He can’t really be left alone. He has separation anxiety and gets stressed when left alone. However, this isn’t usually a problem for us because he goes to doggy day care a few days a week whilst we’re at work and on weekends he comes with us wherever we go.
What is the best thing about Sidney?
His personality! He is ridiculously cheeky and does silly things all the time but he’s also very loving. Oh, and of course his cuteness!
What is the naughtiest thing Sidney has ever done?
Once we were in a pub and a man came over with his little girl asking if she could stroke the sausage dog. Before I even had the chance to open my mouth, to explain that Sidney often barks at children, Sidney already started barking and made the poor girl cry. Not his finest moment!
What is the funniest memory involving Sidney?
Last December, I attended a Christmas dachshund cafe event where he made quite the entrance by pooping on the carpet. It was quite embarrassing but also hilarious at the same time. To top it off, a fellow Instagram dachshund mum passed me a poo bag to clean it up. Small world!
What is the hardest thing about being a dog owner?
Not getting through to other dog owners can be frustrating at times. Sidney is usually friendly with other dogs but he can get reactive when a large dog suddenly comes running towards him off leash. Often owners respond by saying ‘it’s fine, he’s friendly’, totally failing to consider that mine may not be friendly and my little dog wouldn’t stand a chance against theirs. We had a Doberman when I was growing up, so I am familiar with the flip-side of it, such as people often crossing the road to avoid a large dog. All I’m saying, is that it’s safer for dogs to meet whilst on a leash to prevent accidents from happening.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a dog owner?
Picking up poo every day? On a more serious note, the love and togetherness, the dog being part of the family!
If you could only use one word to describe Sidney, what would it be?
How has Sidney changed your life for the better?
I often imagined what it would be like having a dachshund, but I have to say it’s even better than I imagined. You simply can’t be sad for long with Sidney around. He’ll either do something funny to make you smile or he’ll snuggle right into you when you’re sad.
Thank you Julia for sharing your anecdotes about Sidney with us. I too have a Dachshund so I can totally relate. They are an amazing breed, that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Oh and one more thing, to all humans planning on getting a Dachshund... don't be fooled by those short legs!
You can see more of Sidney on his Instagram @sidney_minisausage and Facebook Page Sidney Mini Sausage.
Photos courtesy of @sidney_minisausage