Thumbing through the Letters of E.B. White to substantiate the anecdote below, I came across this sketch that he and his wife used for a Christmas card one year (E.B. White went by "Andy"). In his 1950 letter to H.K. Rigg, he wrote:
My advice, if you have a dachshund puppy, is to subscribe to the New York Times, and instead of reading it just distribute it liberally all over the house. In my opinion it is impossible housebreak a puppy three months old...
P.S. That business about stairs is no joke. We have a flight of rather steep stairs in Maine, and Fred [White's other dachshund] nosed over it twice. After that he refused the stairs, and always went around and used the front stairs (which were much flatter) even when he was in a hell of a hurry.
Bruno, this post's for you.