The above picture is how we see Dora, but I think that Dora sees herself quite differently. I think Dora sees herself as pretty cool. The picture below is how I think Dora sees herself.
Dora is a different breed than our Boxer, Maddie--duh! Maddie is laid back and obedient. Dora is a bundle of energy (when she wants something--especially food) and does what she wants to do when she wants to do it. She has a tendency to view herself as the "alpha" dog despite the fact that Maddie is probably ten times her size and forty pounds heavier. Dora likes to be the top dog. We think that she has "little dog" syndrome, but who can blame her as almost every other dog in the world is bigger than she is. It has to be hard living in the land of the giants.
Because of this she over-compensates--primarily by barking. She barks a lot. Barks at every little noise there is--every car that drives by--every person that walks by--everything that startles her--whenever someone knocks on the door or rings the doorbell--she barks . . . and barks . . . and barks. It is enough to drive a person crazy, but we were told that this is a trait of the Dachshund (not to mention one of the traits of "little dog" syndrome). This is how she got her nickname, Door Bell. We find it appropriate.