In Memoriam Heidi

Our wiener-dog, Heidi

Our wiener did everything she was on this earth to do and it is with tremendous grief that we tell you that Heidi has departed us. The joy of having shared in her life however will always remain with us and with all of the friends she made.

Heidi was such a joy in our life, but she also brought joy to everyone she met. Heidi made friends wherever she went. And having been possibly one of the world’s best-traveled wiener-dogs, we are comforted remembering all of the smiles she created everywhere she went.

We are grateful for all of the happiness that she brought us all and we encourage you to look back with us and remember her adorable, enthusiastic little life. Watch the slide show below and also don’t forget to check out Chris’ long form reflection and leave us a comment of your favorite Heidi memory!

Our wiener did a lot, and we want to remember it all.

Chris and Elise

Remembering Heidi

Slideshow tribute to Heidi

Photo contributions with gratitude from Christiane J., David W., Pat T., and Peter G. Music by The Candlepark Stars

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Heidi’s Travels

Heidi went everywhere with us. It is hard to imagine a vacation or even an afternoon hike without her. She was always full of energy and loved to follow us anywhere. Even though her legs were short, she had amazing stamina, well into her golden years. And when it was too much, she was easy to carry with us, which she didn’t mind at all.

We don’t have the data, but we feel confident that Heidi must have been one of the most well-traveled wiener-dogs. As near as we can tell she visited

  • Germany
  • France
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • The Netherlands
  • United States

We always planned our vacations around dog-friendly activities and looked forward to exploring the countryside or the side streets of a new city with Heidi. We truly miss her, but are thankful for all of the adventures, through all of the countries.


* Photo credit to Christiane J.

Friends of Heidi

We were fortunate to have Heidi in our lives. The joy that she brought to us seemed endless. Her energy, curiosity, stubbornness, and love were truly gifts to us. But she shared these gifts with everyone she met. Although she was always initially hesitant with strangers, she made friends fast. And we quickly learned that it is a universal truth that everyone loves a wiener-dog.

As we would walk down the street, you could see the eyes of passers-by light up. We couldn’t wait for a tram or streetcar without people having to greet Heidi. She became known to the waiters and proprietors of our favorite restaurants who would never forget to bring a bowl of water or even her own plate of food to the table. She even had her own place at the salon where we got our hair cut.

She was amazing with kids and even babies. This is a dog who made it clear to adult people and dogs when she has had enough, but little kids could chase her and even pull her tail or ears and she would just run off. Puppies could nip at and play with her, and she had the patience of a saint. She was so gentle and really had heart of gold.

She was loved by everyone, and it was so gratifying to see the delight she brought us be shared with friends, neighbors, and even strangers. Thank you to all who were friends of Heidi.