Frank Goes to Munich

dachshund, dog, germany, marienplatz, münchen, munich, pet, rathaus, travel

Did you know that Munich is also know as München? Talk about confusing a pooch! From Frankfurt to Munich, it is about a 4 hour drive. Four uninterrupted hours of sleep? YES PLEASE!

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After getting settled into our hotel, we were ready to venture out. We were super close to the train station so we opted to use that instead. I’m a ween of all sorts of transportation!

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How am I supposed to jump from here to the train?

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Ah never mind, here it is!

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My own seat!

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But pop’s lap is always more comfy 😉

After a super quick 8 minutes, we had arrived in the heart of Munich, Marienplatz! That’s where we stumbled in to the Rathaus. I didn’t really understand. I thought it was a house of rats.

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I don’t know how I feel about a house full of rats…

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We started to make our way to the English Garden. I heard it was bigger than Central Park in NYC so I had to see it! There were some really pretty spots along the way.

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Peek-a-boo!

We finally made our way into the English Garden and was greeted with lots of grass and water! There were a lot of really cool streams that people were swimming and surfing in. It looked fun but you know I was NOT getting in the water. Water = Bath. Bath = Devil.

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You’re not expecting me to go in are you pops?

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If I close my eyes, you can’t see me!

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After walking around for quite some time, we knew we hadn’t covered much ground. My little stumps don’t walk very far or fast. Sorry mom and pops! We found a nice man who was going to take us around on his bike. He was super nice and gave us a lot of great info! Did you know that during the 1972 Olympics in Munich they had a dachshund as a mascot? His name was Waldi and he was modeled after Cherie von Birkenhof, a long haired ween!

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We stumbled into a furry ween named Max who decided to be our road block. He was your typical doxie that was rebellious and didn’t listen to his humans commands. They’ll never understand that we just like to do our own thing sometimes 😉

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My “I can’t believe you wanted me to walk all this” face

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My new buddy! Thanks for the lift!

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After our tour, we got dropped off at the Chinese Biergarten and Tower. The size of the pretzels were unbelievable!

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Hey lady! You see the size of this thing?!

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Okay mom, get your picture so I can eat this thing!

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Okay now where do I even start….

After over indulging in beers and giant pretzels, we decided to head back because it started to storm. We all know I do NOT do well in the rain. The rain didn’t seem to want to go away so we opted to stay in the rest of the night and relax til the next morning.

We knew we wanted to stop at the Hofbräuhaus early in the morning to avoid all of the crowds. I’m not a morning person so mom had to bribe me with some eggs she smuggled back from breakfast to get me up and moving. The Hofbräuhaus is really cool and has a lot of interesting history. A lot of people have hung out here like Mozart, Lenin, Hitler, and now ME! The Nazi Party actually used the Hofbräuhaus to hold functions and assemblies and is also where Hitler declared the 25 thesis of the National Socialist party back in 1920. He even painted a picture of The Hofbräuhaus.

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I guess I’m too early for Yappy Hour.

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Okay waiter, I asked for a beer, not a tower!

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HELP!

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Post Yappy Hour face

Once the crowds started to come in, we knew it was time to go. Low riders don’t do well in large crowds of people. It’s like we become little ants that are prone to get stepped on! We hopped on another train and headed off to Nymphenburg Palace. The palace is the main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria. This place was super duper big. Can you imagine how many weens could fit here? Wiener party! There was so much grass and open space. We found a nice cozy bench in the shade and rested there for quite a bit. You know I took that as an opportunity to nap!

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We decided to head back to the hotel for a bit to rest because we knew we wanted to head back out again for dinner. After a few hours of nap time. We headed back out for dinner! We went to a yummy place and while we were waiting in line to get in, the man at the door was kind enough to bring me a bowl of water. I love how much Germans love their animals!

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After dinner, we headed back to the Rathaus. Or house of rats? I’m not sure. It was even prettier at night! Also better because it was MUCH less crowded! I had to wear my sweater because it became very cold. Everyone passing by got a kick out of it. What? You’ve never seen a wiener in a sweater before? (And for those of you who have been asking, you can find the sweater here)

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We hung around for a bit and watched some neat street performers until it started to get really windy and chilly. Once I start to shiver, mom always makes sure I get somewhere warm. Thanks ma! I was really tired at this point and ready to go to bed. After taking the train so much, I knew my way around and trotted to the train as fast as I could. All I could think about was BED!

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Okay folks, this is me closing the door and saying goodbye! Until my next adventure, friends!

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I’m THREE!

birthday, cake, dachshund, dog, germany, presents, three, wiesbaden

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Yippee i’m THREE! Which also means I’m 21 in dog years so pass over the o-drools beer and pawgaritas! Every year mom always makes a big fuss over my birthday. That’s okay because I usually get to do what I want and eat lots of goodies. First and foremost, my birthday means my rules. My rules? Sleep til whenever I want even if that meant til 12!

The day started like any other day. I woke up around 6 am and cried to go to mom and dad’s bed. From there, I usually sleep until the paw-rentals make me get up. But it being my birthday, I was not getting up! AND I got to sleep smack dab in the middle of the bed with no one trying to get me to move! My birthday, my rules. I love it! Finally around 11:30 am, mom conned me out of bed by bribing me with a special breakfast. My favorite… EGGIES! She made it egg-stra (ha ha see what I did there) special by adding turkey bacon and cheese! YUM! Mom always sticks my eggs in the fridge to cool down so I can have it faster. Here I am (im)patiently waiting!
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Come on mom.. I’m sure it’s ready now!

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3…

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2…

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1… Eggs? What eggs?

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I know there’s more up there!

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After finally giving up on the quest for more eggs, I decided to take my first nap of the day. Yes I am aware I’ve only been up for 30 minutes.. but it’s my birthday! (For those who have been following our journey to Germany, we have FINALLY moved out of the hotel and into our apartment. It’s still being worked on so please don’t mind the unfinished touches!) This is my most favorite spot of the entire place. A whole balcony full of sun! Whenever I wake up, this is usually where I go immediately. I even take all of my toys out there. Today just happened to be an exception for eggs!

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The beautiful Marktkirche in the background

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After my nap, we were headed off to a strawberry festival a few towns over. It was the most beautiful sunny day so I was more than happy to take a car ride in my jeep with the top down. Hello sunshine and fresh air!

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There was so much to do at the festival. Lots of food, drinks, games, people, and entertainment! I had my eye on the prize and really wanted to grab that Mike Wazowski doll. These machines aren’t the easiest when you don’t have opposable thumbs… Needless to say, I didn’t win. Boo.

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We walked around for quite a bit and decided it was time for a snack and a refreshing beverage. We had some erdbeerkuchen (aka strawberry cake!) and some delicious wine with strawberries!

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Birthday boy gets first lick!

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mmmmmmm mmm mmmmmm!

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It started to get really warm and hot so we decided to retreat back home for a little. I was overdue for a nap anyway! Once we got home, I grabbed my current BFF Squidy and headed out to my favorite spot on the deck. Squidy never objects to nap time.

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After that nap, was another nap, followed by another. Napping is exhausting! Finally, I was told we were going to my favorite place ever to frolic. The Bowling Green Park in front of the Kurhas has a ton of grass to run around in. Plus there are lots of ducks to chase! Every time I go here, I just run around in circles til I’m forced to leave.

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After frolicking around for a while, it was time to go back for cake and presents! Mom made me this paw-some peanut butter and banana birthday cake. (You can find the recipe here.) She usually makes pupcakes but decided to make a cake this time. Either way, I’m just happy I get to eat it!

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It’s my paw-ty and I’ll cry if I want to!

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Time to make my wish! I wish for CAKE!

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After cake came the best part, PRESENTS! I’m a pro at opening my own gifts. Mom will even triple wrap it to make it a little more difficult.

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SQUIRREL?!

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Happy tail!

It’s definitely been a long but great day. At the end of the night, I found myself passed out with my new favorite toy on guard. I’m so thankful for all of my friends around the world to celebrate with me. You all are the best! Here’s to many more years!

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Frank Goes to Heidelberg

altstadt, castle, dachshund, dog, germany, heidelberg, travel

May 10th was my humans anniversary so they decided we were taking a day trip to Heidelberg to celebrate. I’m pretty easy going so wherever they go, I just tag along. Once the car starts, so does my nap time!

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A little over an hour later, we finally made it to our first destination, the castle! The views at the top of the mountain were absolutely stunning!

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Oh em gee I just realized i’m afraid of heights!

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Hmm I guess this isn’t so bad.. HELLOOOOOO DOWN THERE!

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Hey lady, you wanna carry me the rest of the way? K THANKS.

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Welcome to the Ween Cave!

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Can you find me?

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Hey daddy-o, you wanna carry me up this slope? My stumps are tired!

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The king of Heidelberg!

After walking around the castle grounds a little, we headed off to the downtown portion. We walked around and came across a pretty bridge that looked over the river. I wasn’t afraid of looking out this time!

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We walked around town until my stumps couldn’t go no more. We found a cozy little German restaurant perfectly in the sun and had some schnitzels and brews. Perfect way to end the day!

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Afterwards, I napped all the way home and then some. It’s exhausting being a traveling sausage. Until next time folks! Love, peace, and frito feet!

Frank Goes to Cologne

church, cologne, dachshund, germany, travel

We’ve officially been here in Germany for two weeks and finally decided to take a trip somewhere. We decided to go somewhere close by so we were off to Cologne, Germany which was about two hours away. Good thing i’m a pretty easy traveler in the car! Mom kept trying to get me to look at the beautiful scenery but hey, when a dog wants to nap, a dog wants to nap!

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When we got to the area, there was some major traffic trying to get into town. Traffic always wakes me up! That’s okay though. Mom rolled down the window and let me people watch and smell everything. My favorite!

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When we were in traffic on the bridge, crazy mom jumped out of the car to snap some pictures. Then she came back and went all paparazzi on me.

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Finally after a grueling 30 minutes in bumper to bumper traffic, I was able to get out, stretch my legs, and sniff everything!

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You think that guy knows who I am?

We trotted around a little and finally found the big church. And when I say big, I mean BIG! I would say it was equivalent to at least 100,000,000 weenies tall! There were A LOT of humans there so daddy-o carried me around whenever it got really crowded. Thanks pops!

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After scoping out the cathedral, we trotted off to check out the Hohenzollern Bridge. Pops was a champ for carrying me around the crowds and the steps again. I felt like Aladdin on the magic carpet! Weeee!

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The Hohenzollern Bridge is the love lock bridge of Cologne. Another bridge, another time I don’t have anyone to share a love lock with. Maybe I need to sign up for E-Pawmany.

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By this point, we were all pooped out and ready for some beers and brats! During our way, we stumbled upon some fun things. We found a lady who did street art with her HANDS! Can you believe she did that with her hands?! We also ran into a cool street band. Anyone know what that giant guitar looking thing is?!

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FINALLY! REFRESHMENTS!

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mmmmm wiener schnitzels… WAIT A MINUTE.

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WAITER! What’s in a WIENER schnitzel?!

The food came and mom and dad didn’t want me to see them eating the bratwursts and wiener schnitzels. I guess it’s for my own good. I was tired anyway so I decided to just get some rest before we had to hike back to the car. Mom carries around this mat for me in her bag so I have somewhere to lay whenever we go out to eat. I’m very picky about where I place my princess tush.

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We finally made it back to the car and I napped the whole way home. And when we got home? Napped til dinner time, ate, then went back to sleep. My stumps are exhausted! Until next time friends, I’ve got some more sleeping to do!

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*No wieners were harmed in the making of wiener schnitzels and bratwursts. And no wieners consumed any alcoholic beverages!

Wieners in the air

dachshund, dog, flying, germany

After a two hour car ride to the airport, got my butt pet by the TSA agents, and an 8 hour plane ride, I finally made it to Frankfurt!

In the car on my way to the airport, I took a little nappy because mom and dad pooped me out on a long walk. I hate walks so I knew something was up.

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Once we got to the airport, I got all my bags checked and rolled around in my sweet bag until the plane arrived. Everyone was cracking up at the sight of a dog in a rolling bag. So many people stopped us so they could take a picture of me! Even the airport check in guy loved me so much he asked to take my picture!

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(You can find this paw-some bag here)

It was finally time to board and the nice people at Lufthansa even let me board early! I made a new friend named Jason who sat with us and was so nice. He told me he loves dachshunds and even took pics of me to show his friends!

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When we finally got on, I started getting super anxious and nervous so mom sprayed some calming spray. After waiting about 20 minutes on the runway to take off, our turn finally came and I did NOT like the take off. I cried and cried and tried to jump up to mom. She caved and picked me up. After pacing around in moms lap after a few minutes, she put me back in my carrier. I don’t know if it was the drone of the plane, the calming spray, or the long walks, or all of the above, I was OUT cold!

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8 hours and a sunrise later, we finally arrived in Frankfurt! I slept during the entire flight! I popped my head up every once in a while but put myself right back down to sleep. Mom and dad were SO happy! Once the plane finally landed, I popped my head up to see what all the bumping was about.

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“Come on ma, can you tell these people to go faster? I got some peeing to do!”

After another 2 hours at the airport getting our bags and trying to get our car, we were FINALLY on our way to the hotel. Mommy was nice enough and packed my carseat and blankey in her luggage. I get very carsick and this carseat is the sole reason why I love car rides again! I must have been really tired because I went right back to sleep during the ride.

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When we finally made it to the hotel, after a long 12 hours, I finally got to go to the potty! Mom packed wee wee pads for me to go on them but I refused them. Grass only please! The hotel will be our home for the next 30 days but we are hoping to find a place sooner. I like it though! I love going under the bed and putting all my stuff under there. I’m calling it the Frank Cave. There’s also a perfect little sun corner where I can keep my eyes on everyone. Mom even put my rug and blankies there!

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All in all, my travel over to Germany was MUCH better than anyone could have predicted. Mom and dad had zero faith in me so I guess I showed them! I’m now ready for my new adventures, hope you are too!