February 6, 2008

The Dachshund...


From the book The Dachshund or Teckel
by Herbert Sanborn, pub.1949

This little dog with ten inch clearance
Presents a ludicrous appearance,
His legs are bowed, his feet turn out,
He gives us much to laugh about.
He's two dogs long, a half dog high,
In spite of which he's quick and spry;
So at his funny build don't smirk -
It's perfect for his special work.
For Dachshund plays a hero's role
In going down a badger's hole;
A badger is a savage fighter,
A vicious scratcher and a biter.
And folks who call him "dash-hound" show
Their ignorance and do not know
That dox-hoont is his proper name
In Germany from which he came.
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I really like the introduction to the poem also;

'The voice of the poet is heard interpreting for the mute masses their wonder & respect ... illustrating a change of heart toward him that contrasts favorably with an attitude of a period where he was tolerated under the sobriquet "badger dog"... & although the poem may not in certain respects be quite up the standard of the linguist; it radiates good-will and attests to the recently aquired favor of the dog.'
Breed specific literature (propaganda) is humorous & invariably represents the particular breed as;
  • The original breed; whose roots can be traced back to _________. (fill in ancient civilization here)
  • Imbued with great nobility (usually involves having protected kings somewhere in its history), heroism, & steadfast devotion.
  • The most useful breed to mankind, making far-reaching contributions to humanity.
  • Possessing the best temperament to be found in a dog. Anywhere.

    I once worked at a dog-registry & I've never forgotten the deadly seriousness with which things like official color designation or kennel name were discussed.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is it about dachshund dogs anyway? So many artists have them,including one of my all time favorites - David Hockney.

Jenny lbc

fun_is_always_in_style said...

you're right - & my husband has his little book of dachshund drawings -
I just think they're hilarious. Short ridiculous legs & very serious looking head.