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Dachsund Heaven: Why I love Wee Dogs

Dog heaven for me would be filled with cute little dogs who like to snuggle. We would play all day. They would let me win most of the time. We would then pile into a big bed and snuggle together or cuddle with out plush sheep, squirrels or crabs.

I love where I live because I get to meet many small dogs on my walks. However here are two dachshunds that I have not formally met but plan to! Pickle (boy) is turning 5 years old on July 15. He is a red piebald mini dachshund. Mya (girl) just turned 4 on Jan 10 and is a "long" haired black and brown, although her hair never really gets that long.

The following is a sweet email from their adorable owner, and fellow dog lover: 

Pickle & His SheepI actually did not like dogs at all until Pickle came into my life. Since I did not grow up with dogs, I was a bit scared of them. He was a gift from my Mother In Law (lol just like a mother in law to give a dog to a non-dog person). I fell in love instantly. A few months later I found Mya online and she was calling my name through the computer monitor.
They both came from breeders in Northern California (not sure if they're still around). Like we discussed, I really have no particular preference when it comes to rescue or non-rescue, this just happens to be how I got my first two pups.

Pickle likes to burrow under covers, clothes piles and just about anything else. He also likes to sun bathe. He likes to sleep, a lot. His skin is suuuuper soft and he can make anyone melt with his charm. He is our Hollywood pup as when we were living in LA he appeared on the show I wrote for "yourLA" several times. He even had his own segment all about LA doggy lifestyle! LOL

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Influence Positively Interview - Michele C Hollow

MCH-PR-Head-Shot-WEB_2054 Michele C. Hollow created the blog Pet News and Views, a blog that focuses on animal welfare—mostly the positive side of animal welfare. She believes that by opening readers to the positive side of animal welfare, they can get the whole picture of the issues. 

Pet News and Views is a source for pet owners and admirers of wildlife. Her blog focuses on pet care, wildlife issues, profiles of people who work with animals, laws affecting animals, and stories about pets and wildlife. Michele takes a journalistic approach to these stories. 

Michele wrote the book, “The Everything Guide to Working with Animals,” (Adams Media), and has worked as a journalist for 15 years. Her byline has appeared in the NY Times, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Star-Ledger, Pet Product News,, and other national publications. She is listed as an expert at

Michele lives in South Orange, NJ, with her husband, Steven; son, Jordon, and their cat, Mr. Earl Gray. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Oh, there are so many things. On a day-to-day level, I love spending time with my family and friends and being surrounded by animals. We often go to the dog park for fun. On a global level, I would love to see a world with respect for all creatures. 

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