The four of us spent a beautiful fall afternoon traipsing around a park in Arlington where dachshunds Zirka and Gretchen hammed it up for the camera. Both pups were silly but loveable and the bond they shared with Larysa was evident.
Like me, Larysa is a huge animal lover. A lawyer by day, she has devoted her free time to improving the integrity of this breed and helping any lost or stray dachshunds find loving forever homes. This year, she even took it upon herself to help organize the first annual Washington Metro Dachtoberfest, a day-long event celebrating these silly little dogs.
Zirka and Gretchen might not have been able to attend their mom's wedding, but it's clear they both have a special place in her heart. Who says diamonds are a girl's best friend?