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• Dachshunds are exceedingly loyal, protecting their owners in all circumstances, even when confronted by dogs five or more times their size. They are known to be tough, sweet, cuddly, affectionate, courageous, curious and lively and are always ready to make you laugh. • Dachshunds are exceedingly loyal, protecting their owners in all circumstances, even when confronted by dogs five or more times their size. They are known to be tough, sweet, cuddly, affectionate, courageous, curious and lively and are always ready to make you laugh. • Traditionally, dachshunds have been seen as a symbol of Germany. During World War I, they were not wanted by the people of England or the United States. Americans began calling the dogs “liberty pups,” and political cartoonists drew dachshunds to ridicule the Germans. Some dislike for the dogs lingered during World War II but was not as widespread. Their popularity from 1930 to 1940, before and during World War II, actually advanced from 28th to sixth. After the big wars, love for dachshunds became the predominant emotion. • Dachshunds have been recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) since 1885. Today, they consistently rank in the top 10 breeds for popularity. • While the most popular dachshunds are black and tan or solid tan (red) in color, many different colors for the breed exist. The reds can vary from strawberry blonde to deep auburn; there are chocolate, crème and gray coats as well. Some interesting colorations are brindles, dapple and piebalds. There are three varieties of dachshund that

can be any of the colors: wire-haired, smooth and longhaired. • The following story has never been confirmed, but it makes for great reading about hot dogs: In 1852, the butcher’s guild in Frankfurt, Germany, developed a smoked, spicy sausage in a casing that resembled the lowriding German Dachshund. It was dubbed the “little-dog” or “dachshund sausage.” Legend says that cartoonist Tad Dorgan was inspired by vendors at a 1901 polo match in New York who offered “red-hot dachshund sausages” to fans in the grandstands. Dorgan drew a smiling dachshund in a long bun for one of his cartoons. He couldn’t spell dachshund, so his caption read “hot dog!” • There are many famous people who have loved their pet dachshunds. The first (and maybe only) dachshunds to live in the White House belonged to U.S. President Grover Cleveland. Actually, according the New York Times, September 26, 1893 edition, the dogs were a gift for Mrs. Cleveland from the Unites States Consul in Bremen, Germany. They were sent on a 4,000-mile (6,437-km) journey to live at the nation’s capital. Surely that was an entertaining trip for the crew. • Pablo Picasso painted many canvases and even a lunch plate with the likeness of his dachshund, Lump. Picasso actually painted a copy of a famous painting by Velazquez, called “Las Meninas.” In Picasso’s version, a large mastiff is replaced by a much smaller dog, Lump! (Lump is pronounced loomp in German and means “rascal,” appropriate for a dachshund!) • John Wayne’s family had a dachshund named Blackie

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• All three “Toy Story” movies have had a “Slinky” dachshund in them who has been a big hit with kids and adults alike. The second movie actually had a real dachshund puppy in it, Buster, who helped save a toy taken to a yard sale. • There are some exciting “wiener dog” events around the world that draw crowds for fun and laughter as the popular little dogs entertain. Even when dachshunds don’t intend to the large races that are part of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener entertain, they are entertaining! Nationals in Buda, Texas; Los Alamitos, California; Findlay, • The 20th Annual Weiner Walk and Dachshund Picnic was Ohio; and San Diego, California. If you missed these big held at Winskill Park in Tsawwassen, British Columbia in events this year, don’t worry, the finals are held prior to the August. Some years have seen as many as 300 dog lovers and Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade in December their canines. The event is put on by the Western Dachshund before the Holiday Bowl. The finalists get to be in the parade Club and includes walks around the park, a costume parade on the Wienerschnitzel float. (Wienerschnitzel is a chain of and contest, contests for best trick, longest dog, oldest dog hot dog restaurants that celebrated its 50th anniversary in and more. As could be expected, there are drinks and snacks 2011.) for sale, including hot dogs!

• The Dachshund Club of America opposes “wiener racing,” • Dachshund Races are fun events that can be found in because many of the events precede greyhound races, which numerous places. Dachshund lovers as well as those who are abusive to greyhounds. Also, racing can lead to back just want to enjoy the comedy of the sight gather to watch injuries in dachshunds.

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• The name “badger” is probably derived from the French word bêcheur, which means digger, or maybe from the word badge as a reference to the white mark badgers have on their foreheads. In the English language the

• Ferret badgers are the smallest species of badger, and like ferrets, they are long and short. Ferret badgers live in Southeast Asia and are known for occasionally sleeping in trees. These little creatures usually weigh between 2 and 6.5 pounds (1-3 kg). • One food that all badgers love is earthworms. They can eat more than 200 in a day. Badgers can get all of the water they need from eating earthworms since the worms are mostly made of water. • Badgers, even though fairly small, can run at almost 20 miles per hour (32 km/hr). This helps them escape dangerous situations. They do not usually run though.

• Badgers have a shovel-shaped head, sharp, strong claws and low-slung bodies. They have short legs, short necks and short bushy tails. Most species are black or gray and have white stripes down their faces and sides.

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word “badger” has a meaning as a verb as well as a noun. To “badger” someone is “to pester or worry them or to persecute them relentlessly.” • Badgers can mate at any time of year. An interesting and unusual mating fact is that they have delayed implantation. The female can choose when she wants her baby badger even further -- to your credit record. If your bank reported your bounced checks to a credit-reporting agency (probably ChexSystems, as it handles the reporting for bad checks), it could stay on your record for five years. ChexSystems is a debt collector and reporting agency governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act laws.

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• There are seven species of badgers that are found on four continents: North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Most species of badger weigh 17-26 pounds (8-12 kg).

• The burrows that badgers dig for their living quarters, called setts, are usually in sandy, porous soil. They dig extensive tunnel systems to their setts. An interesting fact about badgers is that they really get into their digging — with all four feet! They can dig faster than very fit humans with a shovel.

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• The state of Wisconsin is known as the “badger state.” The nickname originally referred to lead miners at the Galena lead mines in Illinois back in the 1830s. These mines were close to the Wisconsin and Iowa borders. The Wisconsin miners would live in temporary caves cut into the hillsides. Their caves were referred to as badger dens, and thus, they were nicknamed badgers. The badger was adopted as the state animal in 1957. keep trying. You might find a bank or credit union that will let you open an account, with restrictions. The key to maintaining a checking account is to carefully track your balance. Fees, automatic withdrawals, debitcard transactions and checks all get deducted. If two of you are on a joint account, be sure to communicate on a daily basis about what deposits and withdrawals you’ve made. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send email to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Meat Bad for You and Environment People who consumed the least amount of red and processed meat products had reduced risk for heart disease, diabetes, and colorectal cancer, compared with those who consumed the most, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal Open. Men and women who consumed the least amount of red and processed meat products had a 9.7 and 6.4 percent reduced risk for heart disease, 12.0 and 7.5 percent reduced risk for diabetes, and a 12.2 and 7.7 percent reduced risk for colorectal cancer, respectively. Researchers used British National Diet and Nutrition

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It’s apple season! That means it’s time to make your way to a local apple orchard and harvest your own. Many orchards are jam-packed with additional things to do in the crisp fall air, such as hay rides, corn mazes and walking trails. You’ll be tempted with a never-ending array of treats, from apple cider to doughnuts and caramel apples. But no trip is complete without the experience of picking apples fresh off the tree with your kids and bringing them home to enjoy for snacking, applesauce-making and our family favorite, apple-pie baking. One year, when we came home with an extra basketful, I thought about how great it would be to preserve that fresh taste of our favorite local apples and enjoy them in a warm apple pie come wintertime. That’s when a friend reminded me of her novel idea of freezing fresh apple pie filling in the shape of a pie pan. A

Tip: Cover loosely with foil if crust gets too brown before the filling bubbles. Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www. and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” Here’s how to make ahead and freeze apple filling for a two-crust pie:

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