Meet Chester

Chester can out hike his humans for at least 4 miles. His biggest hiking adventure covered 15 miles and a mountain pass in one, 7-hour day.

When Chester is not out hiking you will find him going for runs around Greenlake, socializing at the dog park, going for car trips, lounging on the couch or otherwise resting up for his next adventure.

Chester learned to be an adventurer from an early age. When he was a young doggie he was frequently toted around town in the car, taken on several road trips and helped his human train for a marathon. In 8 short years, he has been on over 100 hikes.

Chester has been with us for 8 years. He was inherited from an old roommate as a puppy after her job took her out-of-state for long periods of time. To this day he still occasionally gets to see his old dog mom.

About the Author

Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.


  1. I used to not really care for small dogs at all. Till i met Chester,he is one of a kind He will out walk most and loves any kind of food you leave in the car with him. Including large chocolate chip cookies. Chester can also be found with a large pile of underwear under the bed from time to time. With that said he will always love you and keep your butt warm under the covers. I know i was truly amazed lol.

  2. Loved reading about your babies….. and looking at the pics brought some tears. I lost my “wiener just over a year ago, and he looked a lot like Chester. Jasper was my little man- but he didn’t know he was little. He was my first “small” dog but for sure won’t be my last. I loved Jasper’s spirit, hard-headedness, fierceness, and most of all, the sweet boy who cuddled with me at the end of the day after facing down the world. He was my heart.

    1. Hi Christy. I am sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like when I have to say goodbye to Chester. It sounds like you’ve become a Dachshund lover for life and I am sure you will give any future babies a great home.

  3. Dear Jessica, LOVE your blog!!! I am a stay at home Mom to my 2 mini doxies,Cookie 1,and Rosie, 9, who I rescued) I’m so in love with them, not hard to understand for you, I’d imagine! Actually, thinking about getting a third after our vaca in July. I’m a music therapist/teacher, not working so I can give my girlies lots of time. I have so many questions for you. We live in Myrtle Beach, and have a 2 acre fenced in yard for them???? I also take them for walks and my husband and I take them when he returns home for the day. I haven’t taken them to the beach yet because of sand fleas , what do you think ? Also, how do you transport your dogs in the car? Mine will go in the crate, but is there a better way? Thanks so much,
    Mary Fay

    1. Hi Mary. Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m getting ready to write a few blog articles on our road trip setup and how to safely transport dogs in a car but here’s the scoop: I currently use a Snoozer Lookout car seat. The car seat belt holds the car seat in and then I tether Chester and Gretel to the seat. That helps to keep them from running around the car and distracting me or jumping around the car and hurting themselves. However, that setup is NOT crash tested so it may not protect them in an accident. I’ve been searching and searching for something that IS crash tested that works for my car and our preferences. Sleepypod was one of the first pet restraint companies to crash test their stuff. They have a great carrier and harness which are both great for safety. The smallest harness looks to be too big for Chester and Gretel though and I don’t feel right making them ride in a small carrier in the car since we sometimes travel for days on our trips. There is something called The Tube or something that lays across your back seat. It allows the dogs to run back and forth on the seat and is crash tested. I haven’t tried it. One of the best ways to safely contain a dog in a car is a crash-tested crate but we don’t really like that option either because it ties down in the back of the car where we keep all of our gear (and we can’t look over at the dog’s cute faces). It also looks like it’s pretty big and bulky. So, in answer to your question, your crate is probably safer than our current setup but if the crate is not crash tested, there is no guarantee it will protect them in case of an accident. Feel free to message me on our Facebook page, or email me at Jessica(at)PetTalkMedia(dot)com if you have any other questions.

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