Sirius of the Week for Jan. 30 - Feb. 5, 2000.
Fenris -- also known as Fenny, the Fenster-Monster, and Wiggle-Butt --
is as dumb as a box of rocks, but it doesn't matter because he is
utterly adorable and the sweetest little monster in the world. He's
nearly 3 years old, but a perpetual puppy. Technically, he's a
miniature long-haired dachshund because both his parents were
miniatures, but he's so big he's considerably over the
breed standard weight for a miniature. It's impossible to see
because of his long fur, but the end of his tail is crooked -- it
makes a right angle turn near the tip. This is why his mom has him --
she's a sucker for those little crooked tails! He knows how to use
that tail, too, and when he wags his tail (actually his whole butt,
which is where the nickname comes from), he wags so hard he whacks
his sides with the end of his tail.
He lives with Grendel and Hydra, two other long-haired dachshund
"siblings." His favorite game is "Kill da bunny!" in which you throw
a stuffed toy, and he runs after it, grabs it, gives it the Dreaded
Doxie Death Shake to kill it, and -- in an astonishing behavior for a
dachsund -- brings it back to you, to throw again. (His mom has never met
another dachshund that would actually bring back any thrown object --
they'll bring it partway back, then wait for you to come chase them.)
His other favorite game is "Wild Dog!" in which,
when the mood strikes him, he suddenly runs madly up and down the hall
or around and around the greatroom or back and forth across the yard,
until he's exhausted.
Fenris is a dishrag. Pick him up and he just melts into your arms. You can
lay him across your shoulder, around your neck, hold him upside down or on
his back -- he's the incredible boneless dachshund. As long as he's being
held, he doesn't care what you do to him. He's happy.
His most peculiar character trait: if he has to go out, and his mom happens
in the shower when he decides this, he jumps up on the edge of the bathtub
and lies there until she gets out. Once he's up there, he doesn't whine or
bark or do anything else to indicate that he needs to go out. He just lies
there waiting. And he ONLY does it when he has to go out -- no other time.
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