The Dachshund hilariously rejects sea-faring.

We took a trip to Point Defiance on Sunday, and we let Vern, our standard Dachshund, tag along. He had never seen the ocean (to my knowledge), and we weren’t sure if he was going to love it or hate it.

He definitely wanted none of it. After Paul carried him down to the beach, he would dig his little paws into the ground and refuse to move. Paul kept him away from the water while I searched for driftwood and shells, but I could hear him whining even over the sound of the ocean rolling in. He was at maximum pathetic. The only time he seemed remotely comfortable was when he found something interesting to on a boulder.

vern sniffing

Here’s a short video of me trying to coax him down the stairs leading to the beach. It is so worth a minute of your time to watch! (Sorry for how bright it is, I forgot to reset my ISO settings.)

It was an all-around awful weekend for Vern, who had to have a bath earlier that day to wash off his best attempts at being as stinky as possible. I don’t even want to know what he found to roll in.

He has such a hard life, can’t you tell? Here he is getting a bite of salmon. He is obviously ecstatic.

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic.
Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic and bad lighting. This was in my old house.

We will take Vinny next time, who will likely find the beach fascinating, because everything is new and fascinating when you’re Vinny.

How do your dogs feel about water? Any funny stories to share? I’d love to read them!

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8 thoughts on “The Dachshund hilariously rejects sea-faring.

  1. I always find it funny how clearly animals can communicate. If you just pay attention to their body language and their vocalizations, they can tell you pretty much anything you want to know. My cat Yeti is especially smart. I can always tell when he is worried that his food bowl is not full, or that he wants me to uncover the finches so he can gaze adoringly at them, or he will bring his little toys every night and drop them by my chair to throw for him. They’re just fascinating little people sometimes.

    1. It’s amazing how much there really is to animals. Dogs have the emotional capacity of the average two-year-old. It’s hard not to view them as “just dogs” when you know that.

    1. They are my favorite breed. So full of personality, so loving, so very, very amusing. I can’t ever imagine not having at least one wiener in my house. Vern is the perfect dog. I’m going to have to share the story of how I got him someday, because it’s pretty cool (and funny).

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