It’s a small world for Angie
BATTERY Point hospitality manager Angie Claridge’s miniature dachshunds Ralph and Humphrey are living proof that good things come in small packages.
Angie says not only are they great company and capable of feats far greater than their physical proportions suggest, but being so small is also ultra convenient in that she can just tuck them under her arm and take them wherever she’s going.
Where did you get Ralph and Humphrey?
Ralph and Humphrey are paternal brothers from different litters.
We got Ralph two- and- a- half years ago from my partner Alex’s brother, George, who breeds miniature dachshunds. His breeding pair is affectionately named Frank and Nancy.
Ralph is somewhat special because he was the only puppy from his litter.
Humphrey’s previous owners were leaving Tasmania and couldn’t take him, so they contacted George and asked whether he knew anyone who would adopt him, and we took him in about 18 months ago.
Initially, I was a bit hesitant because I didn’t want to become the “crazy sausage dog lady”.
But, that said, when I went to Europe for work I missed them both terribly.
Whenever I saw something dachshund- related I bought it, so now the house is filled with dachshund paraphernalia.
How do Ralph and Humphrey get along and how would you describe their personalities?
Well, they must know they are brothers because they love each other but fight constantly.
They’ve hardly been separated. If one is outside and the other is inside, they go crazy until they’re together again.
Ralph is a bit bigger and he was first on the scene, but he’s the younger brother and once Humphrey arrived he realised he wasn’t the boss anymore.
There’s a train of thought that dachshunds are one of the most aggressive breeds of dogs. They’re hindered by their size but that doesn’t stop them picking fights with rottweilers and other big dogs.
They definitely have the hunter instinct as well. They love chasing rabbits and other animals, but they never catch anything because their legs are so short.
Have you got any interesting stories about them?
When Ralph was a puppy we came home and realised he had eaten a whole bowl of chocolate- coated coffee beans we had left out.
He was tiny and had pretty much eaten his body weight in coffee beans. He was pretty sprightly and didn’t sleep for three days until all the caffeine passed through him.
Both of them love going to the beach and they’re both pretty good swimmers. ( As you can see from the picture above, they like surfing too.) If Alex or I go out surfing without them they get really upset.
What’s great about having Humphrey and Ralph?
They’re both so soft, like velvet, and they’re hilarious – very entertaining.