Dachshund in Line

Dachshund in Line

You may have enjoyed WhatsApp in your smartphone, and that’s wonderful; but have you ever heard of LINE?

A former student of mine who lives in Japan, of whom I have recently asked to install WhatsApp so that we can chat without pay (iMessage between Japan and outside of Japan is not reliable) alerted me of this wildly popular social networking and chatting App that became the Top App in Japan for 2012. It’s called LINE.

I downloaded and installed it, used it, and WOW, much more fun than WhatsApp. It’s free, and guess why I am even writing about this App in this dachshund-focused blog? Because the App allows you to change the wallpaper to any particular chat, and thus far, two of the wallpapers have dachshunds on them! Here are the screenshots of the wallpapers; click the images for a larger view.

Also, you can send, receive, collect, and buy “Stickers.” So what are these stickers? They work just like Emoticons and Emojis. Go try it out, and have fun; most importantly, get those dachshund wallpapers up and running!

To download and install LINE, click HERE.

[UPDATE: 30 January 2013]

I just found out that LINE is also available to be used through your computer (desktop, laptop, what-not). Click HERE to download the computer version, and you will be asked for which platform you download (Mac OS X, Windows and Windows 8.)

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American Horror Story

American Horror Story

Ameridachshund Horror Story

Yours truly does not own a television set, so naturally I can be a tad bit behind in the cultural zeitgeist. As such, I had just started watching American Horror Story via Netflix. A few episodes into Season 1, I was pleased when I saw the character played by Jessica Lange walking two little dachshunds, which seemed to be one red and a black-and-tan smooth-haired ones.

So far I’ve only seen her once walking with the dogs, and very briefly, too. Hopefully the two little darlings will make more appearance in future episodes and seasons. Let’s see if they are real dachshunds or ghost dogs, as other characters in the series turn out to be. What do you think?

Milo, Mon Chien

Milo, Mon Chien

Milo Mon Chien

I was having a late lunch at Café Claude today when I noticed the photographs of anything Paris or French around me. One particular work caught my eye, this one which I included in this posting. I looked at the artist statement and saw the name Hans Mauli. Before leaving the café, I looked closer to the photograph and found that it had a title: Milo, Mon Chien. Paris, 1961 (Milo, My Dog, Paris 1961.)

A much better, original digital print can be viewed HERE at Hans Mauli’s website.

Later on when I had the time, I googled the title and was not altogether surprised to find a match, but was indeed surprised that Amazon.com carried the work on canvas. The one being sold at the Café was of the giclée variety, printed on 100% rag (cotton.) Click HERE to see the work on canvas at Amazon.

Pretzel the Dachshund

Do we all still remember Pretzel the Dachshund? Created by Margret Rey in 1944, illustrated by H. A. Rey, and first published by Harper & Brothers. Pretzel was so long that it could twist his body into the shape of his namesake! The story was republished by Houghton Mifflin in 1997.

The book is still available at Amazon.com. Click HERE for more information. All images are copyrighted materials.

Raining Dachshunds

Raining Dachshunds

It is raining tonight in San Francisco, but inside Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, it seems to be raining Dachshunds! In one evening, I encountered the following dachshund-related merchandise.