It’s been four years since my Shubi passed away. I was trying to get through the day without allowing myself to wallow, but Shubi was the dog of my heart and my soul and losing her was such a sad time for me. It feels like she just left me the other day.

We got Shubi in Landshut, Germany when she was just about 3 months old. We brought her home and she took over our old White German Shepherd, Max as well as our household.

She was always by my side, loving me, encouraging me and making me laugh. Ten years was not enough, it should have been twenty that we had her with us, and even then, it would not have been long enough.

Shubi is the reason I came to love wire-haired dachshunds. She is the reason I bought Greta and began to breed pups all those years ago. Everyone should have a dog like Shubi at least once in their lives.


December 1, 1995-February 18, 2006

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I have done mostly what men do,
And pushed it out of my mind;
But I can’t forget, if I wanted to,
Four-Feet trotting behind.

Day after day, the whole day through–
Wherever my road inclined–
Four-Feet said, ‘I am coming with you!’
And trotted along behind.

Now I must go by some other round–
Which I shall never find–
Some where that does not carry the sound
Of Four-Feet trotting behind.

— Rudyard Kipling —

10 thoughts on “Shubi”

  1. To anyone who has ever loved and lost their doggie…this poem always brings tears to my eyes. Have a good day.

  2. What you had with Shubi I had with Piccola. My very first cat who shared my life for 20 years. She choose my boyfriends, agreed to the wedding, assisted me with my newborn baby, supported the little boy, and went with me everywhere. Even shopping on my shoulder. She loved to ride in the car and when I was invited she came with me of course. I never had such a cat after her. She died in 83.

  3. That poem is wonderful and your photo matches it beautifully. Shubi was indeed a beauty, a true friend, and a part of your family. Of course she will always have a special place in your heart, each dog like each human is unique.

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