Posts Tagged ‘Sabrina’

Happy Hallowiener from the costumed clan

October 29, 2008

Another Oct. 31, another excuse to costume your canine. OK, black cats can play, too, but don’t even try to put a silly hat on them.

We give you these amazing photos from the Oct. 31 gallery. I was going to wait until the big day itself, but why delay the fun?!

Sabrina is ready to cast another spell

Sabrina is ready to cast another spell

Sabrina, who we adopted earlier this year from Dachshund Rescue of North America, came with this witch costume (you baby-boomers know that Sabrina was Samantha’s sister on “Bewitched”). But back then, ‘Briner the Wiener was such a porker that she couldn’t squeeze into it. Now, after successfully reconnecting with her svelte self, it fits her beautifully. Don’t you think?

Roxy as the Great Pumpkin

Roxy as the Great Pumpkin

Roxy has trick-or-treated as The Great Pumpkin for a decade now. Her favorite Hallowieners were spent at The Boston Home in Dorchester, Mass., where we visited residents weekly. Everyone loved Roxy any time of the year, but they were especially fond of her in this getup.

Q-Kitty on top of statue for Uncle

Q-Kitty perches atop Uncle's grave marker.

Starting life as a feral feline, Q-Kitty went into a shelter and then a foster home without being adopted, probably because she’s black. Animal shelters say that black cats are the last to be adopted, but Wessel saw the beauty and lightness in Q, whose official name is Quincy Hull Daniel Kok. Hence, Q-Kitty.

Here Q sits atop the grave marker for our late, great long-haired wiener dog Uncle. The wonderful cement sculpture was given to me by its creator, NC artist Forrest Greenslade.

Q-Kitty, crime-solver extraordinaire

Q-Kitty, crime-solver extraordinaire

When Q is indoors, she likes to catch up on her reading — when she’s not bugging the wiener dogs. Here she reads her favorite scary book, “Mew is for Murder,” written by my former Boston Globe colleague and cat-crazed author Clea Simon.

For some reason, Q is not as partial to our favorite seasonal book, “The Hallo-Wiener” by Oregonian Dav Pilkey. Dav’s description of his adorable children’s book: “A humorous Halloween story finds the mortified dachshund Oscar dressing up as a hot dog for Halloween and having to save the day, proving to his snickering friends that while he may be short on height, he is long on heart.”

On that note, Happy Hallowiener to all! And stay tuned for crazy Christmas costumes!

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Weigh-in 3 for Biggest Loser: Wiener-Dog Style

May 16, 2008

Sabrina works out at homeSabrina is downright svelte these days! Her latest weight is a mere 13.6 pounds, which is exactly what she was back in September before her excursion in obesity. She’s lost 4 pounds since we adopted her from Dachshund Rescue of North America in early March. That’s a whopping 23 percent loss in her body weight!

Opa with Sabrina on couchWhile I thought Briner the Wiener’s ideal weight would be around 12 pounds, I’m thinking now that it’s more like 13. She’s a sturdy girl, with a big chest and head, a head she loves to rest on people’s laps. Her favorite lap apparently belongs to her “Opa,” Karel, who with “Oma” Francis visited from the Netherlands a couple weeks ago. The minute he would sit on the couch, Sabrina was there, ready to snuggle.

Oma and Opa walk Roxy and SabrinaSabrina’s diet tips? The usual. Less food and more exercise. She loves to run on her own in the yard, and enjoys getting out for a walk, especially when she goes with sister Roxy the Doxy and gets to be led by Oma and Opa. While Roxy is the almost-perfect little heeler, Sabrina feels the need to stop and sniff at everything. Opa indulged her in these detours quite a bit. In fact, I think he kind of fell in love with Sabrina.

Sabrina in stubborn modeWhen I take her out, however, she can get very stubborn, running on her lead one minute and then sitting down and refusing to budge the next. It’s the oddest thing. And it’s not because she’s tired, as she’ll pop back up when she’s good and ready and start trotting about again. I think she’s just asserting herself, something I can relate to. 

The Biggest Loser: Wiener-Dog Style

March 21, 2008

As you might recall, we adopted a new/old wiener dog from Dachshund Rescue of North America. Her name is Sabrina, and our pal Kristin, akaDiane and Sabrina on scale for initial weigh in Krispy, has come up with the wonderful nickname of Briner the Wiener, which goes well with Roxy the Doxy, our other sausage dog. As we’ve already divulged, Sabrina is a porker.

And so, we begin The Biggest Loser, Wiener-Dog Style. We figure that Sabrina should weigh about 12 pounds. When Diane hoisted her up into her arms and onto the scale, Briner the Wiener clocked in at a hefty 17.6 pounds.

Let the losing begin!

Next week we’ll detail Sabrina’s diet and exercise regime, as well as post her first results. While you’re waiting, have a snack in Sabrina’s honor, because she sure as heck isn’t getting many!

Sabrina, the wonder wiener

March 14, 2008

Back in my pet heyday, before I met Wessel, I was living (and of course sleeping) with three dachshunds and two cats. I am nuts for those wiener dogs, which we had when I was a kid. Well, Uncle died in 2005, at age 18, then my 14-year-old lovable Lucy died this past November. It was just Roxy and me. Roxy was thrilled to have me to herself, but I found myself one day looking at the website for Dachshund Rescue of North America.Sabrina; photo from Dachshund Rescue of North America I saw a dog that looked a lot like Lucy, a red-haired short hair with a graying muzzle. Well, I’ve always said about the wiener dogs: “you can’t have just one.” And so now there are two again: Roxy, 13, and Sabrina, 8. After a test weekend, Brina came to us for good on Leap Year Day. Well, first I had to pass a home inspection, fill out a lengthy questionnaire and have my wiener-dog references checked. Me! The Wiener Woman! [Click on image to read story] I mean I have an entire room devoted to the breed. But truly I was impressed by the seriousness of the adoption process.

Brina is a total sweetie, always smiling and wagging her tail. SheDachshunds Roxy (left) and newbie Sabrina tries to engage Roxy in play, but Roxy isn’t that interested. Maybe one day. Brina ignored our cat, Q-Kitty, until the day I officially signed her adoption papers. Then she started to chase Q. Now Q chases Brina out in the yard, so it’s a fair deal. They clearly enjoy their little game.

Dachshund Sabrina enjoys the sunBut here’s the thing about Sabrina: she’s a porker. An overstuffed sausage. A block o’ dach. The adoption listing said she weighed about 11 pounds, which would be about right for her build. Well, she gained a bit of weight, like 7 pounds, between being saved from near death at a dog shelter in Jacksonville, Fla., to being loved to death by her rescuers in North Carolina. Let me say that the dachshund rescue volunteers  here did wonderful things for her, caring for her and seeing her through spaying, tumor surgery and dental surgery. But I’m particularly obsessed with keeping my dogs’ weights down because of the breed’s propensity for back problems. So now, Sabrina is on a Big Fat Diet. We’ll chart her progress here: Greatest Loser, Wiener-Dog Style.

So welcome home, Sabrina! We promise to shower you with love, if not food!