What is it about dogs that just instantly brings a smile to my face? Don’t get me wrong, cats have plenty of hilarious moments too, but dogs just seem to always be doing something fun. In case you hadn’t guessed it, I’m definitely on #TeamDog – partially due to cat allergies, but mostly just due to preference. I love dogs of all sizes, from the tiny little teacup Yorkies to big ol’ Mastiffs, but I will say I tend to prefer a smaller dog, just because they’re more manageable in my opinion.
One of the funniest dogs that I can think of is the dachshund, also known as the “wiener dog” due to their small bodies and elongated torsos which make them look a bit like a sausage with legs. Their bodies are pretty comical-looking, but they were bred with a purpose – to scent, chase and flush out burrowing animals like badgers, rabbits and other small prey. In fact, the name “dachshund” derives from the German word “dachs” (badger) and “hund” (hound/dog), literally translating to “badger dog.”
In this Heinz Ketchup commercial for the upcoming Super Bowl, the company decided to make use of the pun involving the dog’s nickname and literally dressed up several dachshunds as hot dogs, turning them into literal wiener dogs. The dogs excitedly run to their handlers, who are all dressed in costumes displaying a variety of Heinz condiments, implying that hot dogs and Heinz are a natural pairing. Personally, I love a good hot dog, but this ad made me want to frolic in that with field with those puppies more than anything else.