Lovable and Long

in All Posts

When the going gets tough, hug a wiener dog.


(I have that print in my bathroom and it makes me so happy every single day!)


Dachshunds really do make everything better.


Mutts are awesome, too – of course! :)  Actually, all rescue pups rule.


But there’s something special about a long dog.


Did you have a good day? I hope so.  We ended up working all afternoon at the clinic.  Then, we retreated to the park for some dachshund-hugging and people-watching.  :)  It was a nice way to end a stressful day.  Sometimes it’s really just about making the choice to chill out and flip your attitude around.


Apple braid for a snack:


And dinner was homemade pizza.  My dad came over, and since he loves pizza, I wanted to make him my 1/2 and 1/2 crust.  But I think I should’ve rolled it thinner because it ended up too cakey and thick. 


Still – there’s no such thing as bad pizza, is there?  Pizza is always pretty delish.


Oh, and I wanted to share some tips from experienced swimmers about my sore-leg-muscles issue, as well as the kicking conundrum:


  • Victoria said: Those who are new to swimming often rely a good deal on their quadriceps and hamstrings for stability because they aren’t “flat” enough in the water – e.g. they have their head/shoulders too high and hips too low. Try to make sure you keep your head down, look at the bottom of the pool, and press down with your sternum. When breathing, think about keeping one goggle in the water and one out – this will prevent you from lifting your head while breathing, which is a common error.


  • Kelsey said: I typically do around 6 kicks by the time each of my arms have stroked (so about 3 per arm). I’m wondering if you doing one GIANT kick at the end of two strokes is contributing to your leg soreness, as opposed to doing many smaller kicks. You should be kicking from the hip, not the knee.


  • Julie wrote: Your kick is the most important thing to keep you floating, and is what will provide all the speed. When you kick too slowly, your hips will sink and you will become much less aerodynamic, and will have to work harder to swim (This will also make it more difficult to breathe). Try doing 1 lap just kicking, and then 1 lap just arms. You will be much more tired after just using your arms! Of course, you don’t want to go all out with your legs in the swim, but you need to have a good steady kick, otherwise you will go much slower and end up working harder. I would recommend experimenting with your kick- try kicking faster, bigger leg movements etc. and see which seems to get you through 1 lap in the most efficient way. I found that in the triathlon the swim was so short compared to the rest of it that it did not really make a difference to my legs overall. The swim only took around half an hour, whereas the bike took three times that long and the run took twice that long! Saying you shouldn’t use your legs too much in the swim is kind of like saying you shouldn’t peddle too hard in the bike! Sure, you need to pace yourself, but you also want to keep up a decent pace.


Good to know! 🙂



  • Zo April 20, 2011, 8:32 pm

    I’m a sucker for some of the “hybrid” names…like “schnoodle” or “labradoodle!,” I have always had a soft spot for Malteses ..otherwise, I’m with you on shelter/rescue dogs (I’ve only had cats, but they’ve been rescues too)!

  • Kelly April 20, 2011, 8:35 pm

    I want you to make me your 1/2 and 1/2 crust!! I agree there is no such thing as bad pizza though!

  • Melanie @ Trial By Trail April 20, 2011, 8:48 pm

    “Sometimes it’s really just about making the choice to chill out and flip your attitude around.”
    Thanks Caitlin, I needed to hear this. 🙂

  • DadHTP April 20, 2011, 8:50 pm

    I had dinner with Caitlin and Kristien tonight and I was denied dessert.

    She CLAIMED there was no chocolate. I think they just waited for me to leave.

  • Kelly April 20, 2011, 8:55 pm

    I’m so with you on the long dog. There is just something so special about them. Btw – Rascal is totally coming to our book club meeting. He loves to “read” with me in bed so he’ll want to contribute to the discussion. 🙂

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:22 am

      Hahah yes! I love Rascal.

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty April 20, 2011, 8:57 pm

    AAAAHHHAAAAA! Love the comment from your Dad. Were you holding out on him? Love the pooches too – doggie-love is the BEST!

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:22 am

      No I promise i wasn’t! LOL

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 20, 2011, 9:03 pm

    We have two rescue kitties and they are awesome! I’m glad you found some happiness today. Enjoy your evening.

  • Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous April 20, 2011, 9:05 pm

    I grew up with a very cuddly, sweet, special dochshund named Sasha. We had her from the time she was 6 weeks old until earlier this year when we had to put her to sleep. She lived 12 years with us and gave us more love than I ever thought a little long, brown creature could give. We’ll miss her!

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:23 am

      <3 aw I am sorry about Sasha. She sounded wonderful!

  • chelsea April 20, 2011, 9:07 pm

    Dogs really solve all problems especially when cuddling. Although I don’t have a “long short” dog, I still am right there with you! A day at the park laying in the sun sounds awesome 🙂 your pizza looks awesomer.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 20, 2011, 9:09 pm

    I want a puppy!!!! Love the print. I wish I had a dachshund to cuddle right now. If you ever happen to need a dogsitter and for some reason happen to be in Ontario, I’ll gladly take them for you! 😉

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:23 am

      heheh I’ll keep that in mind 🙂

  • Sarah for Real April 20, 2011, 9:16 pm

    Thanks for posting the swim tips! The one about keeping one goggle in the water especially. I think I must look ridiculous in the pool now that I know, lol.

  • Molly @ RDexposed April 20, 2011, 9:20 pm

    Maggie looks so wise in the first picture! haha

  • Shannen April 20, 2011, 9:20 pm

    I don’t know if this has been said before, but you look so much like Natalie Portman!

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:25 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 20, 2011, 9:24 pm

    Yep, dogs or babies seem to get me in a good mood not matter what!

  • Baking 'n' Books April 20, 2011, 9:31 pm

    I thought that was so nice when you asked if readers had a good day and said “I hope so”.

    What a perfect way to end a busy afternoon. I need a park. And time to get there. And one of those dogs too please 😉

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 20, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Hope that the swimming tip is helpful! I love reading about your swimming adventures.

  • JennsAdventures April 20, 2011, 9:46 pm

    It’s no surprise these lil guys are called Man’s Best Friends, huh? I love my lil Zoe.. she can be the craziest or calmest jack russell you’ll ever meet–so sweet:)

    PS: Your Dad’s comment is CLASSIC!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) April 20, 2011, 9:47 pm

    Love those pictures of you all! 😀

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) April 20, 2011, 9:54 pm

    That’s why I miss having a dog- doggie hugs! We’re looking at buying a place in the next year and I can’t wait to get a dog once that happens 🙂

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 20, 2011, 9:56 pm

    Pup pictures absolutely make my heart melt.. and makes me miss my dogs (that live with my parents) ooh so much. Good thing I get to see them this weekend when I go home!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 20, 2011, 9:56 pm

    I love doggies!! They are instant mood lifters. I would love to get one but right now we’re just not home enough. We will soon though!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) April 20, 2011, 10:00 pm

    Yeah, I don’t think there’s such a thing as bad pizza!

  • Lara April 20, 2011, 10:06 pm

    aw, your dogs are so adorable! i have a rescue dog with chihuahua eyes, a min-pin head, and a doxie body, and she certainly makes everything better 🙂

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:25 am

      awww your rescue sounds so cute!

  • *Andrea* April 20, 2011, 10:15 pm

    mmm i love pizza!!! i really want a dog some day..the joy those cute things bring is amazing! i need a job that doens’t require constant traveling first 🙁

    homemade pizza is always delish!! looks great!

  • Carin April 20, 2011, 10:18 pm

    Hmmmmmmm missy – is

    “But there’s something special about a long dog.”

    a euphemism – or is that just dirty British humour interpreting your oh-so-innocent comments in a smutty way?!

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:25 am

      I was waiting for someone to say that…

      • Carin April 21, 2011, 4:03 pm

        Does the Husband communicate particularly easily with the dogs, given that he’s from Berkshire?

        • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 4:04 pm

          You know it!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) April 20, 2011, 10:37 pm

    I have to admit that my brain went in the gutter for two seconds when I saw that title. I’m so immature.

    I am definitely in the camp of overkicking when swimming… I’m a beginner. I think I probably don’t keep my head low enough due to phobias…

  • Lauri (RedHeadRecipes.com) April 20, 2011, 10:40 pm

    LOVE that Doxie sign! Too cute!

    I SO need to make the choice to chill out a little more often! A day at the park sounds lovely 🙂

  • BeckyH April 20, 2011, 10:43 pm

    I have a dachshund, his name is Squirt =) If you ever need harnesses for Maggie (they are better for their backs) check out noodles and friends. They make wiener dog length clothing, so they don’t look like they’re wearing belly shirts 😛

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:26 am

      Maggie used to wear a harness but she would always slip out of it. 🙁

  • emily April 20, 2011, 10:52 pm

    I think that envy is a waste of time so generally I’m too rational to be jealous of others, but when you post puppy pictures I basically turn into a green monster <– not the spinach smoothie kind! Maggie and James are so cute; I definitely talk about them with my husband like we know them!

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:26 am

      hahah “not the green monster kind”

  • Emily April 20, 2011, 10:55 pm

    I love that serene smile Maggie has in the first picture. She looks happy to be hugged 🙂

  • Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition April 20, 2011, 11:01 pm

    I am so obsessed with my dogs so this post made me smile! I can’t imagine not coming home to their wagging tails and frantic kisses everyday!

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? April 20, 2011, 11:11 pm

    My dog is part dachshund, and a rescue. Im kind of obsessed with her. They really do make everything better. 🙂

  • JenATX April 20, 2011, 11:27 pm

    the “no such thing as a bad pizza” reminds me of another quote i’ve heard; there’s no such thing as a bad pair of boobs (said by a man, of course) hahahah anyway it made me laugh

  • Sally April 20, 2011, 11:33 pm

    Hi! I was an NCAA division one swimmer and I’m not sure where you solicited your tips from. The last one particularly makes zero sense. I swam the mile and if I had kicked the entire time for speed I’m not sure how that would have worked out. Mecklenburg aquatic club happens to be an excellent team. My team in HS (bolles in jville) swam against them often. Maybe check out a practice and watch the advanced swimmers. Talk to one of the coaches, I bet they’d be willing to give you a pro lesson sometime. Good swimming is about efficiency…watch Michael phelps swim. Does he look like he’s trying? It looks effortless right? I think you’d be supposed how much a few professional(!!!!) tweaks can do for your technique. Don’t injure yourself, go see a coach 🙂

    Good luck!

    • Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 21, 2011, 8:28 am

      I can’t speak for the other two who offered advice, but I was an NCAA swimmer as well, and have coached for 15 years now, including a quite a bit of time working with an ASCA Level 4 swim coach. I’m glad you swam for Bolles; I’m sure that Caitlin would love any tangible advice you can offer.

      • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:27 am

        I think swimming is probably a lot like running 😉 There are a million ways to do it ‘right’ and different things work for different people. There’s no one right way to do anything.

        • Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 21, 2011, 11:10 am

          That’s true to an extent, but there are some basic principles – such as using your energy to propel yourself forward rather than balance in the water.

          I’m sure I came across snippy; it bothers me when people are critical and then offer nothing better in return.

  • Laura April 20, 2011, 11:41 pm

    Great swimming tips! I’ll have to use those next time I’m swimming laps.

    I have the best of both worlds with my dog. He’s a dachshund mutt (rescued) – I think mixed with Jack Russell. I get the crazy energy along with the long body and slightly shorter legs. I have such a special place in my heart for dachshunds.

    So true about pizza. It’s always good!

  • Alison April 20, 2011, 11:41 pm

    Doxie love! That print is great, I think I need one of those. Mine (Audrey) can be a handful sometimes, but she always gets me with her adorable face and her funny little body.

    I love that website Stuff on My Wiener — SO cute!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 20, 2011, 11:43 pm

    Great tips–I am off to sleep and then to an a.m. swim-it has been wayyyy too long 😉 Hope your soreness wears off soon! P.s. I am going to make that apple braid-it looks super awesome!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce April 21, 2011, 12:02 am

    Oh man, I really want to make that apple braid…I think I’m going to try tomorrow, looks too good! Your pups are adorable 🙂
    By the way, I was watching the OWN (Oprah’s channel) and heard a quote that I thoght you’d appreciate:
    “You can not wait til your the perfect size to start loving yourself.”
    It’s simple but such a powerful statement.

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:27 am

      Great quote, and very true.

  • Khushboo April 21, 2011, 12:30 am

    Bread, tomato sauce, cheese…thick or thin, that’s never a bad thing!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 21, 2011, 12:40 am

    Long and lovable… that’s what she said!

  • Kristina April 21, 2011, 12:58 am

    I’ve been taking swimming lessons to help me with form and technique, and while the arm stroke is obviously very important, most of your power is going to come from your legs, at least in free-style. The butterfly, which relies mainly on the core, is super insane! And the backstroke definitely relies on the arm movement.
    I’m a big fan of drills with the kick board – it does give you an idea of how strong your kick is and allows you to focus on it.

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul April 21, 2011, 2:08 am

    ooOOOo maybe that’s why I’m not a great swimmer! I’m pretty strong but I don’t think i’m “flat” enough in the water! haha. Maybe out of fear, I get kind of limp.

  • Christine @ Burning It Off April 21, 2011, 6:26 am

    That crust looks GOOD! Nothing wrong with doughey crust, especially if it’s home made.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 21, 2011, 6:51 am

    Awww, love the dog photos! 🙂 And pizza definitely hits the spot after a long day!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 21, 2011, 7:53 am

    Chilling with the pups at the park sounds like the perfect way to end a day! I’m tempted to go to a park and steal a dog to cuddle with! 😛

  • Miranda @ working mom works out April 21, 2011, 8:13 am

    Aww. Too cute. We think our rescue, Gracie lou lou, is part doxie. She just keeps getting longer!

  • Cindy Robinson April 21, 2011, 8:33 am

    Awe, I love the dog cuddling pics! Great swim advice, will have to try a few!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales April 21, 2011, 8:45 am

    Whoa, these are really good tips about swimming. When I swam, I know I always kicked too much for the knee… i am a hopeless case when it comes to swimming! Breaststroke was the only stroke I was good at… ha!

  • Joanne April 21, 2011, 9:06 am

    OMG! GREAT TIPS! I just read what my problem was when swimming. Swimming ALWAYS makes my sensitive hamstring sore. Now I know what I’m doing wrong.
    Thanks so much 🙂

  • Joanne April 21, 2011, 9:08 am

    Oh – I forgot (how could I?!!) – I just love the photos of you and your dogs. Aren’t they just the best friend? My German Shepherd helps me so much. He has been my training partner for two marathons. He just got me through Boston. Not sure I would have had the courage to run those 4AM runs with out my big, energetic, ever loving guard dog. 🙂
    AND… I’ve always loved the weiner dogs.

    • Caitlin April 21, 2011, 9:28 am

      German Shepherds rule. I want one!

      • Joanne April 21, 2011, 9:52 am

        You run – seriously, you could never find a better running partner once you’ve trained your shepherd. One day, when you’re ready, you’ll find that out. In the meantime, you’ve got two beautiful, loveable pups to play with. 🙂

  • Laurie April 21, 2011, 9:17 am

    Caitlin, I agree dachshunds make everything better! Mine mean everything to me too! Love the pictures of Maggie and James!

  • Nikki @ BareFootPrint April 21, 2011, 9:56 am

    Ever since seeing Maggie and James on your blog I have made the decision that when I move into a house a “long dog” will be my first adoption. I know you said you got Maggie in Pittsburgh, which rescue did you use, I would like to go there. (I live in PGH)

  • Sarah T April 21, 2011, 10:12 am

    Love the doxie smile in the pic with Maggie and your hubs. Nothing like the doxie smile. My Miss P lifts my spirits everyday with hers. There is nothing better than doxies!!

  • Amber K April 21, 2011, 10:47 am

    Pizza has to be one of my favorite meals, although I have to say I have had bad pizza! Too greasy, too tasteless, undercooked, overcooked, yeah I’ve eaten too much pizza in my life. 😉

  • susan April 21, 2011, 12:10 pm

    just had to say AGREEEEE on doxie cuddling! we have three dogs, but the doxie is hands down the best cuddler!!!

    i realize this probably makes me crazy dog lady, but every single day when i walk in the door from work, he runs to the door, i pick him up and he just puts his head on my shoulder and we stay like that for a few minutes… the perfect de-stresser!!

  • Rebecca Meier April 21, 2011, 12:26 pm

    I have a ‘Keep Calm and Love Leonbergers’ print in my house. LOVE it and love your blog! 🙂

  • Rebecca Meier April 21, 2011, 12:35 pm

    I have a “Keep Calm and Love Leonbergers” print in my house…Love it and love your blog Caitlin! 🙂

  • Allie April 21, 2011, 3:38 pm

    I LOVE how involved you are with GOTR 🙂 I did a GOTR race in Pittsburgh when I was younger (like 12) and I LOVED it!!!

  • Karlee @olivewineandfood April 21, 2011, 3:55 pm

    hahaha. “there’s something special about a long dog”

  • Molly April 22, 2011, 7:56 am

    I LOVE your dogs. They look so sweet. I have two rescue dogs and you are right: they rock. My Louie really reminds me of James – he has a very similar body shape, but very different coloring and floppy ears. I feel ya on loving the long bodies. 🙂 The second one (Frankie. We went for an Italian Mob theme) is a corgi mix and he also has stubby little legs and a long body. I love hearing stories about people rescuing animals. IT IS SO IMPORTANT!!!

    Great blog, too. I read everyday! 🙂

Previous post:

Next post:

Healthy Tipping Point