“Did you have to carry them up here?”

“Wow, that little guy made it up here all by himself? You’ve got to be kidding me.”

“How can they hike so far with such short legs?”

As pet parent to two adventurous wiener dogs, I hear that (and more) all of the time. I am sure they don’t mean it, but those comments can feel a little insulting because they imply that my dogs aren’t capable of much.

Many problems result from the small dog stereotype. A dog’s physical capabilities and exercise needs are determined more on their breed than their size. Small dogs often develop behavior problems – chewing, anxiety, lashing out, etc. – because they aren’t given the chance to burn of the energy they need to. Also, a lack of exercise, combined with “showing our love through food”, has led to an epidemic of obesity in small dogs.

You Did What With Your Wiener? features two adventurous Dachshunds, Chester and Gretel, and their fun adventures. Through our stories, I hope to encourage people to be more active and enjoy the outdoors with their furry best friend, inspire people to create a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their pups, and stop believing the small dog stereotype.

About Chester

Like Zoolander with blue steel, Chester is working on making his one, signature look famous. He’s an even-keel kind of guy and it shows in his face. He’s a loyal lover of people (more than dogs) and you always know what you will get from him. If there is a free hand around, he will be there.

Chester has been physically active all of his life. He has ran up to 5 miles without stopping and hiked over 15 miles, with 6,000 feet of elevation gain, in one day. At 12, he takes the “extreme sports” of his youth at a slower pace but don’t expect him to exchange the mountains for the couch any time soon.

Read more about Chester here.

About Gretel

Gretel’s first documented appearance in this world involved a dark alley, hookers and blow. She was one tough chick with an attitude. It was her against the world.

When she joined our family in November of 2010, she discovered that she could channel her “toughness” and become a bad-ass mountain climber. Her first hike was 4 miles uphill in the snow and she has not stopped exploring since then. Her mountain-scaling ability was the inspiration for You Did What With Your Wiener.

Now 4 years old, she has grown into a sweet, loving soul with perseverance and a “go-getter” attitude. Read more about Gretel here.

About Jessica

Jessica quit her cushy government job 3 years go to create a more fulfilling career that revolves around dogs. Jessica went back to school to earn a Master of Communications in Digital Media and is now the owner of a PetTalk Media – a consulting company specializing in digital marketing and community building in the pet industry. Through her 4 years as Chief Blogger at YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner, President of the Adventureweiner Club of Seattle, and moderator of many pet-related online communities, she knows the latest and greatest in the pet world and how pet parents think.

She lives in Seattle – one of the most dog friendly cities in the United States. She is well known and respected in the Seattle dog-loving community. When she’s not helping pet businesses and pet lovers connect with each other, she is out hiking, traveling, and adventuring with her husband and two miniature Dachshunds.

Jessica can lso be found writing for The Sierra Trading Post or organizing pet-related events in the Seattle community. You can hear her monthly segment, The Dog Buzz, on KIRO Radio’s pet-lovers program “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” where she shares “what’s buzzing in the dog world”.

We welcome questions and feedback from our readers. We also love to hear your stories. You can contact us here.