It's a sad day in the world of Dachshunds in Popular Culture. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Al Ross, the founder of Doggie Diner, a chain of 30 restaurants with iconic Dachshund heads in the San Francisco Bay Area. The restaurants started in 1948 and were hugely popular, making Mr. Ross a fortune. Union hassles and the pressure of competing with McDonald's prompted him to sell the Doggie Diner chain in 1979. Several of the Dachshund heads have been restored, even making traveling trips across the country and showing up at Dachshund festivals. The last Doggie Diner head (on a pole) makes its home in the Outer Sunset district of San Francisco. It has been declared a city landmark!
Find out more about the Doggie Diner Heads at OutsideLands.org.