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DFW Dachshund Rescue's Hall of Fame

We are starting a new tradition this year that will be called the "Rescue Hall of Fame". Some of our adopted dachshunds have gone on to train and compete in dog performance sports and have earned titles. We will be recognizing the dogs that earned titles during the calendar year with a "Hall of Fame" article at the end of the year on our website.

A brief definition of the various dog performance sports listed here:

Agility: A dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.

Standard Obedience: A dog sport in which a handler directs the dog to perform various obedience commands (sit, stay, down, heel, etc) in a designated order prescribed by a licensed judge.

Rally Obedience: A dog sport in which the handler and dog proceed around a course of designated stations (marked by signs) with the dog in heel position, performing the command marked on each sign.

Canine Good Citizen: A 10 item behavioral and training evaluation that includes the dog performing basic obedience commands and responding appropriately to typical social interactions.

Earthdog: This event tests the working ability and instinct of dachshunds and various terrier breeds. The trial involves man-made underground trials that the dogs must negotiate; while scenting a rat ("the quarry").

Pet Partners Therapy Dog: Therapy dogs are dogs that have been trained and then evaluated for their suitability in visiting hospitals, nursing homes and other similar facilities. Dogs must be calm, obedient and able to handle a variety of unusual situations. Only a small number of dogs and handler teams are able to pass the test to become a licensed therapy dog.

And here are the "Hall of Fame" members for 2013!

Finnegan is 5-year-old black and tan wirehair dachshund, adopted in September of 2011. He showed a strong potential for agility, and an individual with a strong interest and background in this sport adopted him. After some months of training, Finnegan was ready to start entering agility trials. This year, Finnegan earned the following agility titles in the American Kennel Club venue: Novice Agility Preferred (NAP), Novice Jumper Preferred (NJP), Novice FAST Preferred (NFP).

In the Teacup Dogs Agility Association (TDAA), he earned his Teacup Beginner Agile Dog (TBAD).

In the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC), Finnegan earned the following titles: Open Agility Certificate (OAC), Novice Chances Certificate (NCC), Open Jumpers Certificate (OJC), Open Tunnelers Certificate (TN-O), Open Touch N Go Certificate (TG-O), Novice Weavers Certificate (WV-N), Novice Hoopers Certificate (HP-N), Novice Versatility (NV)

Benz (now re-named Jack) is a 3-year-old red and white piebald standard male dachshund, adopted in August of 2012. His adopters had a strong interest and background in obedience training and competition, and started Jack in training right away. He showed a willingness and interest in this sport, and soon began to compete with his owner at area trials.

This year, Jack earned the following obedience titles in the American Kennel Club venue: In standard obedience competition: Beginner Novice Title (2 first places and 1 second place) and Novice Title (three first places and one High in Trial). In rally obedience competition: Novice Rally Title (2 first places and 1 second) and Advanced Rally Title (2 first places).

In Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) venue: In standard obedience, Jack earned his Novice Title with 3 second place finishes. In rally obedience, Jack earned his Novice Rally Title with 3 first place finishes. He earned his Advanced Rally Title with 2 first place finishes.

Tyke is a 6 year old red and white double dapple smooth male dachshund that was adopted in June of 2011. He has some visual deficits associated with being a double dapple, and also had a successful leg surgery to repair injuries caused by his original owner. Despite these issues, Tyke is an active dachshund that lives to hunt. His owners thought earthdog might be a great dog performance sport for Tyke and they were right. In short order, Tyke received his Intro to Quarry title, his Junior Earthdog title, his Senior Earthdog title, and is now one leg away from his Master Earthdog title. Anytime someone leaves from his house, Tyke is SURE they are going off to an earthdog event and begs to go. Once Tyke gets his final Master Earthdog leg, his family is going to pursue having Tyke work towards the Endurance Earthdog title.

Lucas is a 1 year old black and tan smooth miniature male dachshund, adopted in March of 2013. He earned his Canine Good Citizen title (CGC) in the American Kennel Club venue. This covers initial obedience and social behaviors that indicate a dog is a good citizen in our community.

Nicolas is a 12 year old red longhair miniature male dachshund, adopted in March of 2003. He had earned a number of agility titles, but then retired due to age. Nicolas returned to the dog performance arena, and earned his Junior Earthdog title under the American Kennel Club venue.

Toby is a 7 year old black and tan miniature smooth male dachshund, adopted in January of 2007. Toby earned his Junior Earthdog title under the American Kennel Club venue.

Mackie is a 3 year old black and tan miniature longhair male dachshund, adopted in March of 2013. Mackie is the first DFW Dachshund Rescue dog to earn the designation of therapy dog, through Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society). He and his adopter visit many hospitals and facilities in the area, bringing encouragement and hope to those they visit.

Bella is a 4 year old red wirehair female dachshund, adopted in June of 2013. An individual that trains dogs and has competed frequently in the agility venue with other dogs adopted her. Bella entered her first agility trial this November and earned a qualifying run in a "touch and go" event, in the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) venue.


Under Socialized or Genetics -- Not Always Abuse!

What causes aggression and fears?

1. Heredity - poor breeding
2. Lack of early socialization
3. Abuse/neglect

Often people think a dog has been abused when more likely, fears and aggressive behavior are caused by #1 and #2.

Dogs are fear-based animals. From ages 6 weeks to 16 weeks, as the puppy's brain is growing -- neuro pathways are created for each new experience. If these pathways are not created during this developmental time period, then when the dog reaches adolescence (about 16 weeks), the dog's brain will react fearfully to things it does not recognize.

A human brain will try to fill in the blanks and help you understand something unfamiliar. However, when the dog does not recognize something, the dog's brain sends fear-signals that activate the FLIGHT mode. This causes the dog to run away, hide, cower or FIGHT (bark, growl, show teeth, snap, bite, etc.)

If a dog has lived on the streets or in a barn until it was 16 weeks old, it has NO experience with things such as: men with hats, humans in general, cars, houses, noises, traffic, bicycles, food bowls, towels, flags, joggers..the list goes on and on. Instead of responding positively, the dog will bark or fear these situations. This type of reaction does not mean "they were abused by a man with a hat", "someone flapped a towel at them", "a person was mean to them", etc. It means the dog was not socialized appropriately and may also have genetic issues that compound the problem.

SIGNS OF AN UNDERSOCIALIZED DOG

Hiding, shaking, panting and/or tucked tail in NEW environments
Not adjusting well to change
Ducking the head, hiding when strangers approach
Constant staring while hiding
Fear of men
Fear of strangers
Fear of moving vehicles such as cars and bicycles
Fear of loud noises
Excessive barking at strangers, noises, unknown dogs, etc.

Oddly enough, there are many rescue dogs that were neglected or abused but are still well socialized and do not display these fearful behaviors. I have often asked myself why a dog will trust again and generally it comes down to genetics. Some dogs are wired in a much healthier way and some are more resilient than other dogs that have faced the same issues.

SIGNS OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT

Thin or malnourished
Fleas/ticks/mange
Not wanting to go outside, be leashed, crated, etc.
Sores, hot spots, loss of hair, poor coat quality
Runs away from newspapers, water bottles or other random items you pick up in your hand

SIGNS OF POOR BREEDING

Fears or aggression at an early age (under 16 weeks)
Food or resource aggression
Slow/poor rebound rate from what scares them
Neurological disorders
Severe medical issues such as major allergies, serious issues with the hips, eyes or teeth

Article by By Anne O'Neill
ABCDT Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant
www.specialtypettraining.com


Dachshund Rescue "Blotter" for September and October

We've continued to receive lots of favorable comments about our "Rescue Blotter", similar to a "Police Blotter", summarizing the types of requests for assistance we receive. It helps to illustrate the sorts of calls we get, the reasons why people surrender their dogs, and the uphill battle that all shelters and rescues face every single day. In 2013, we received 707 requests for help with dachshunds. This is an average of 59 requests for help every month. We are happy to report that this is a continued reduction in calls. We received about 100 less calls for help in 2013 than we did in 2012. Hopefully, we will continue to see a slow, but steady decline in calls this year for help with dachshunds. At this point, however, that is still a lot of dachshunds that need help.

We're a small organization, staffed solely by volunteers and we do the best we can with our limited resources. We wish we could help everyone who contacts us, but sadly, we are usually "full" and can only help a fraction of those who request our assistance. We do what we can, however, and always refer callers to other groups when we are full, or suggest other options such as training for behavioral issues, or low cost veterinary services for those with limited financial resources. When Good Samaritans contact us about stray and abandoned dachshunds they have taken in, we always encourage them to try to place those dogs themselves, and are happy to provide information on how to find good homes.

Until we can eliminate puppy mills and backyard breeders, unfortunately, there will always be more dogs in need than there are available spaces in any rescue organization. Please help - encourage others to spay and neuter their pets! For other ways to help us, please refer to our How You Can Help page.

Summary: September 2014
Requests for placement assistance: 34 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 4
Adoptions this month: 1 dog
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 3 dogs

Some of the reasons given for requesting assistance:

~A woman contacted us about a female smooth red dachshund she found as a stray. No owner could be located, and we offered to accept the dog into our program. However, she ended up finding a home for the dog on our own which was wonderful! We appreciate the Good Samaritans in our community that step up to help dogs in need.
~A woman with a 9-month-old dachshund faced the situate of his being hit by a car and sustaining serious injuries. She was having trouble paying the care needed by the dog and asked if we knew of any foundations that offered grants to help with vet care. We did, and provided her a list. We hope one of those foundations was able to help her.
~A woman asked for advice about finding another dachshund owner that would like a playdate with a dachshund belonging to her sister. We made suggestions on how to find someone that had a dachshund that might like to do that. Our advice was appreciated.
~A woman was starting a Great Pyrenees Rescue program and wanted to get rid of her own two dachshunds because she was now too busy for them. We were absolutely appalled, and she could not understand that her reason for getting rid of her own dogs was completely unacceptable.
~A shelter contacted us about taking in a male dachshund that had bitten two children severely with no provocation. We explained that as a responsible rescue group, we did not admit or adopt out animals with an aggressive history. We advised euthanasia for this dachshund.
~ Shelters called about dachshunds in their care, hoping to get them into breed rescue programs where they have a better chance of being adopted to an excellent home. ~ People contacted us because they were moving and could not take their dachshunds. This is another scenario we hear over and over again. People just do not think ahead when it comes to make a long-term commitment for their dogs. We were full, but made referrals.
~A shelter contacted us about two elderly dachshunds in need of rescue. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A woman sent us a listing on Craigs list for a 4-year-old dapple dachshund. We explained that for the safety and security of our volunteers, we could not assist with dogs listed on Craigs List.
~A woman found two adult dachshunds and a dachshund puppy abandoned in East Texas. We were full, but made referrals.
~ Various shelters and individuals contacted us to surrender dachshund mix and other types of mixed breed dogs; we explained that we only accept purebred dachshunds, and referred them to other rescue organizations.
~A friend of our program contacted us about a standard male longhair dachshund (very unusual) in an East Texas shelter. We checked on the dog, and the owner had been located and had been reunited with the dog. Hurrah!
~A woman had two dachshunds abandoned outside her home. When we talked to her about the dogs, she explained that they were very fearful and snappy. We explained that we could not accept dogs with unstable temperament and reviewed the limited options available in these situations. She was not happy.
~A woman rescued a 6-year-old female dachshund from someone that was going to take the dog to an animal shelter. The dog had a seizure disorder and was aggressive with other dogs. We explained that we could not accept nor adopt out a dachshund with dog-aggressive tendencies. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~A woman contacted us about a 1-year-old standard smooth male dachshund that had been abandoned in the office complex where she worked. After receiving pictures and information on the dog, we agreed to accept him into our program, since no owner could be located.
~ Several family members contacted us about taking in dachshunds belonging to elderly family members. Sadly, these elderly individuals had taken on young dogs when they were not equipped long term to provide the care for the dog. We wish people would think honestly about their age and capabilities before taking on a young dog. This is a story we hear much too often. We were full, but made referrals.
~A woman contacted us about two dachshunds belonging to her nephew. He was no longer able to keep them. Both dogs were placed with someone he knew, but behaved very aggressively and bit and snapped at the people in the home. We explained that due to liability issues, we would not accept nor adopt out animals with an aggressive history. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~A woman contacted us about a dachshund belonging to a terminally ill individual. She wanted to assist the owner in finding a home; we were full but made referrals in this sad situation.
~A shelter contacted us about a 13 year old miniature longhair female that was abandoned at a shelter by her owners, due to the fact that the dog was blind, deaf and had an autoimmune disorder. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs that could not be adopted due to age and health and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A shelter contacted us about two male dachshunds that were abandoned by the owner due to being evicted from his apartment. We had openings in our program and accepted these two dogs.
~A woman contacted us about two dachshunds belonging to her mother. The mother fell and broke her arm, and the dogs had been boarded at the vet clinic during this time. The woman wanted to know if the rescue program could provide free foster care for her mom for these dogs so they would not have to pay the vet bill. We explained that this was not the purpose of the rescue program, and referred the woman to boarding facilities in the DFW area.
~A woman contacted us about a 4-year-old male dachshund that she rescued from someone that no longer wanted him. We got information about the dog and offered to take him into our program, but happily the woman found a home for the dog on her own. Hurrah!
~A woman contacted us about a female longhair dachshund that she needed to get rid of because of going through a divorce. After reviewing where the dog came from, it was determined that the breeder was one who would take dogs back if they were going to lose their home. We directed the woman to the breeder for help with the dog.
~A woman contacted us about getting rid of their 9 year old male dachshund due to the dog having housetraining accidents after their move to a new home. We offered a phone consultation with our trainer to see if this would help, but she declined. Due to the age of the dog, he was not a dog we could assist, so we reviewed the limited options available.
~A woman contacted us for advice about her elderly dachshund that was suffering multiple health problems and was becoming very confused. The woman was struggling about whether it was finally time to euthanasia her dog. We were able to listen to her and offer advice, and she decided to have vet euthanize her dog the next day.
~A man contacted us about his missing female dachshund and asked us to keep an eye out for her. We agreed to do so.

Summary: October 2014
Requests for placement assistance: 48 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 2
Adoptions this month: 2 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 4 dogs

Some of the reasons given for requesting assistance:

~A woman contacted us about an elderly dachshund that was dumped outside her home and thus was in need of rescue. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their being adopted, and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A woman found a dachshund puppy wandering in her neighborhood. The dog had no identification and after an extensive search, no owner could be located. At that point, we were contacted for help and accepted this dog into our program.
~A woman found two dachshunds as strays, but she was in San Antonio. We explained that we did not take dogs from outside the DFW area. We referred her to groups closer to her geographic area.
~A woman contacted us about two dachshunds that her neighbor wanted to get rid of immediately. We were full, but made referrals.
~A woman adopted a female dachshund from an area shelter that was designated as healthy by the shelter veterinarian. When she took the dog to her own vet, the dog had numerous mammary tumors and a mouth full of infected teeth. The woman could not afford the expensive vet care this dog needed, so she contacted us for help. The dog was very sweet, and we agreed to take this dog into our program.
~A shelter contacted us about a senior dachshund in need of rescue. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their being adopted and reviewed the limited options in such situations.
~A woman contacted us about a young dog that was found in San Antonio. No owner could be located. We explained that we did not take dogs from outside the DFW area and referred her to groups closer to her geographic area.
~A woman contacted us about a female dachshund that she found as a stray. The dog had been aggressive towards her own dog, so we explained that for liability reasons we could not take a dog like this into our program. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A woman contacted us about a young female dachshund she found as a stray. She could not locate the owner, so she contacted us. We returned her call, but she never called us back.
~A man contacted us about a stray dachshund that they had kept for a year. The dog had begun biting people, and had bitten numerous family members. We explained that for liability reasons we could not take in nor place a dog with aggressive behaviors. We advised that having the vet euthanize the dog was the only realistic option.
~A woman called about her 3 year old female dachshund purchased in Canton. The dog was snapping and attempting to bite her young child. We explained that due to liability, we could not accept nor place dogs with a known aggressive history. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A shelter contacted us about 2 black and tan longhair female dachshunds. They were abandoned by their owner in a property in a small town. We are not sure why. We had an opening and accepted them to our rescue program.
~A woman contacted us about her elderly father that needed to enter a rehab facility for about a year. The father could not afford boarding for the dogs and the daughter was unwilling or unable to take them into her home. She requested that we provide free boarding and veterinary care for the year, as the family was unable to help financially. We explained that we were not a long-term boarding facility and reviewed the limited options available to them.
~A woman rescued a dachshund from a friend that could not keep the dog and then realized she was unable to manage the care of the dog. We were full, and made referrals for her to other groups.
~A woman was moving into an assisted living facility and could not take her 8-year-old dachshund. He was overweight, not house trained and snapped at people he did not know. We explained that due to liability reasons, we could not accept a dog with a known aggressive history.
~A woman contacted us about two 10-year-old dachshunds that she acquired due to the owner passing away. She had been unable to find a home for them on her own. We explained that due to the age of the dogs, it was virtually certain that the dogs would not find a home through a rescue program as people wanting to adopt are unwilling for the most part to take in senior dogs. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A woman contacted us about getting rid of her 14-year-old wirehair dachshund. Her husband had lost his job and they felt they could not care for the dog. We explained that we were not a sanctuary and that due to the age of the dog, her likelihood of being adopted was virtually zero. We suggested some ways that they could maintain the dog in their home including ways to get food for the dog if they could not afford that. They seemed open to the suggestions.
~ Several family members contacted us about taking in dachshunds belonging to elderly family members. Sadly, these elderly individuals had taken on young dogs when they were not equipped long term to provide the care for the dog. We wish people would think honestly about their age and capabilities before taking on a young dog. This is a story we hear much too often. We were full, but made referrals.
~A shelter contacted us about a male longhair that had been impounded as a stray. However, fortunately for the dog, his owner returned before the three-day hold was up so they were reunited. Otherwise we would have accepted the dog into our program.
~A woman found a dachshund running down a major street. The dog had been microchipped but none of the contact information was valid anymore. We were full, but made referrals.
~A family contacted us about a standard wirehair dachshund that was dog aggressive and had to be placed in an only dog home. We explained that due to liability issues, we did not accept nor place aggressive dogs into the community. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A shelter support group contacted us about a 5 year old black and tan smooth female dachshund that was surrendered by her owners due to the reasons of being highly food aggressive and highly dog aggressive. In addition, the dog disliked children. We explained that due to liability reasons, we could not accept nor place dogs with a known aggressive history. We advised that euthanasia was probably the only option for this dog.
~A woman wanted to get rid of her two dachshunds because of her work schedule and also the fact that she had given birth to a child. We were full, but made referrals.
~A volunteer with SNYP (spay neuter your pet) called and asked if we could give housetraining advice to a low income couple that was struggling with this issue in connection with their male dachshund. We were glad to do this, and arranged for the couple to have a conference call with a trainer we regularly use.
~A woman contacted us because her grandmother had to move to assisted living and there was nowhere for the 12 year old dachshund to go; as no one in the family would take him. He had several health issues. We explained that due to his age, a rescue program was not an option. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~One of our adopters contacted us asking about volunteer opportunities for her high school age daughter. We were happy to accept this offer of help, and she will be volunteering for us throughout the year.
~A woman contacted us about getting rid of her female dachshund because she was too busy with her children to spend time with the dog, and the dog had become a bother. We were full, but made referrals.
~A woman contacted us about getting rid of her 2 year old male dachshund that she had had since the dog was 5 weeks old. He bit a child badly and the woman had worked with a trainer, and still could not safely manage the dog. We explained that due to liability issues, we could not accept nor place a dog with known aggressive behaviors. We explained that in this instance, euthanasia was the only option.
~ Various shelters and individuals contacted us to surrender dachshund mix and other types of mixed breed dogs; we explained that we only accept purebred dachshunds, and referred them to other rescue organizations.
~A man contacted us because he had a six-year-old male dachshund with an unknown illness. After spending $1000 on the dog, it was no better and he did not want to spend any more money on the dog, so wanted the rescue program to take the dog. We explained that since the dog had an unknown illness, it was not likely we could help him since there was no indication that the dog could improve with treatment. We made a few suggestions on places he could get a second opinion about the health condition of the dog and also reviewed the point that he might need to consider euthanasia for the dog.
~A woman contacted us about a dachshund belonging to her mother. The mother was no longer able to care for the dog. Since the dog was located in San Antonio, we referred her to groups in that area.
~Another rescue group contacted us because they had picked up 21 dogs from a puppy mill and stated that they could not care for the two dachshunds that were part of the pick up of dogs. They wanted us to take the dogs. We explained that we did not accept dogs from other rescue groups, as we expect a group that takes in dogs to be responsible for those dogs, rather than asking other groups to take them. Responsible, ethical rescue groups do not accept dogs into their program if they do not have the money, resources and volunteers to care for the dogs they accept.
~ Shelters called about dachshunds in their care, hoping to get them into breed rescue programs where they have a better chance of being adopted to an excellent home. ~ People contacted us because they were moving and could not take their dachshunds. This is another scenario we hear over and over again. People just do not think ahead when it comes to make a long-term commitment for their dogs. We were full, but made referrals.
~A woman contacted us because her mother had passed away, and her elderly father could not care for their two dachshunds. She was unwilling to be responsible for these groups, so wanted the rescue group to take them. We were full, but made referrals.
~A shelter contacted us about taking in an elderly, blind and aggressive dachshund. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age, health and temperament did not allow for the dog to be adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.


Dear Dickens.....

Dear Dachshund Admirers:
You may remember me from a few years ago, when I was featured on the DFW Dachshund Rescue website. The rescue volunteers and vet staff helped me overcome a number of medical challenges, including a broken jaw and treatment for heartworms. I was adopted last summer by a wonderful couple and have been happily settled in my new home for quite some time. Now that life is great for me, I have been thinking about ways to give back to those who helped me so much. One day, my new family was reading the paper and I saw something called an "advice column" for humans. I thought to myself, "that's it! I'll write my own advice column for DFW Dachshund Rescue and call it 'Dear Dickens'." Just like the people who write the human advice columns, I'll call upon different dog experts if I can't answer the whole question by myself. The volunteers thought it was a great idea, so this will be a regular feature on the website. I hope you will write to me if you have questions and I will do my best to answer them.
Love, Dickens

Dear Dickens,

Thank you for writing this column. I always find helpful and interesting information here. I have a question for you. Rescue groups ask a lot of questions to potential adopters; but I wondered if it is okay for me to ask questions of the rescue group before I adopt from them. While some of my friends have adopted dogs from groups and it has been a good experience; others have encountered problems. I want to be more informed before I decide to adopt from a particular group. Is it really okay to ask questions?

Questioning Quinda in Quebec


Dear Questioning Quinda,

You definitely should ask questions of a rescue group before you decide to adopt from them. You should include questions about a dog you are interested in, and also basic information about the operating and management policies of the group. A good rescue group will not hesitate to answer your questions.

Here are some questions I would encourage you to ask:

1. Do you evaluate dogs for temperament before listing them for adoption to the general public? Would you knowingly place a people-aggressive or dog-aggressive dog in an adoptive home? Do you have an experienced dog trainer that works with or advises your group?
2. How many foster homes does your group have? Does your group have a limit on the number of foster dogs that can be in one home? (Note from Dickens: If there are too many dogs in a foster home, then the dogs are getting food and shelter, but not the necessary training and socialization to be ready for a permanent home)
3. What health care has the dog received? At minimum, the dog should be altered, vaccinated, tested for heartworms (treated if needed), tested and treated for parasites and microchipped. The dog should also have been treated for any infections or injuries. With dachshunds, a dental cleaning for adult dogs is a real bonus. Do ask the group if they provide dental cleanings for their foster dogs. Ask if you can speak to the vet clinic that has done the vet work for the dog you are interested in adopting. A good rescue group will happily provide you with the name and phone number of their vet clinic. Ask if you will be provided with an actual copy of the vet records for the dog and not just a list of the vaccinations that the dog has received.
4. Do you allow a trial visit period? Dogs do not always display their true personality in just a few days. A group that allows a 1 to 2 week trial visit will give you a better opportunity to evaluate a dog and see if it is the right match for your home.
5. Ask to see a copy of their adoption contract, so you will understand fully what will be required of you if you adopt from the group. If there are any stipulations in the contract that you do not think you can abide by, then perhaps this is not the right rescue group for you.

Do be sure to read through website of the rescue group first, as you may find answers to some of your questions there. Then you will know what additional questions you would like to ask. A good rescue group will not hesitate to answer your questions, and they will do so willingly. There are a number of good rescue groups out there, and it is worth taking the time to research and ask questions before deciding to adopt from a particular group. A good rescue group will continue to be a useful resource for you, even after the adoption of your dog. I hope this information will help you make an informed decision when you are looking for your new forever companion.

Well, my family is busy planning a camping trip and I am going to see where they plan on taking me and my doggie siblings! Goodbye for now.

Love, Dickens!

Click here to read previous letters to Dickens.


Annual United Way Donations can be Directed to DFW Dachshund Rescue

Most of us are familiar with the annual United Way campaigns organized by many employers, but did you know that you can direct your United Way donation to benefit DFW Dachshund Rescue? Most companies allow you to designate 501(c)(3) organizations of your choice to receive your United Way donations.

Check your employer's United Way sign-up process for requirements, and contact us, or call us at 817-481-9272, for the information needed to "write in" DFW Dachshund Rescue.

We've already begun receiving United Way directed donations from several companies, so you can rest assured that the process does work. What a wonderful way to help the dachshunds all year long! Thank you to those who are participating already - we are grateful for your support!


Selecting a Reputable Rescue Organization

Thank you for considering the adoption of a homeless dachshund. As you've no doubt seen, there are many more dogs than there are available homes, and there are many shelter and rescue organizations from which to choose your new family companion. Petfinder is an umbrella website that advertises adoptable animals from a number of different city shelters, private shelters, rescue organizations, and individuals, each serving their own target adoptive audience. Each of these groups has their own policies, procedures and requirements.

If you choose to adopt a dog from a rescue organization such as ours, it's important to learn as much as possible about the organization and its policies. The better the rescue organization, the better the chances you will adopt a companion that truly fits your family and lifestyle.

We have prepared an excellent article detailing a number of things to consider when selecting a rescue organization. Don't be afraid to ask questions about a rescue's policies and procedures. If the organization's representatives are defensive, rude, or avoid providing details, you should consider adopting from a different organization.

Click here to read the full article on Selecting a Reputable Rescue Organization.


Be a Great Dog Owner!

1. Clean up after your pet! Whenever you go out for a walk or go to the park, be sure you go with a plastic bag. No one wants to step in the poop that your dog left behind. Please "scoop the poop" and this way your dog will be welcome out in public.

2. Don't add to the animal population - please be sure your dog is spayed or neutered. There are already more dogs on the planet than there are possible homes - we don't need more.

3. Feed a quality dog food. Pet foods purchased in the local grocery store chains are generally full of grains, by-products and other undesirable ingredients. Feed a premium dog food; it pays off in the long run with a healthier dog. And healthier dogs have less trips to the vet!

4. Find a job for your dog. All dogs were initially bred to do something, and most dogs are "chronically under-employed". Dogs who are bored tend to get themselves in trouble. Take a basic obedience class with your dog for starters and then go from there. Perhaps you can teach your dog some tricks or pursue agility training or therapy dog work or any number of interesting activities. A dog with a purpose is a happy dog.

5. Use positive training methods. In today's dog training world, choke collars, shock collars and other punishment based methods are just not appropriate. We know more about dogs these days, and there are lots of positive training options out there. Clicker based training is very effective and there are lots of articles about this out on the internet.

6. Volunteer to help with an animal rescue or welfare organization, or donate to support one of those groups. These organizations give many dogs a "second chance" at life and they need your support.


Remember DFW Dachshund Rescue in Your Estate Plans

When you sit down to do your estate planning, please consider designating DFW Dachshund Rescue Foundation as a beneficiary of your estate. A bequest, no matter the size, funds our mission of restoring the health and finding new forever families for our homeless dachshunds.

It's easy to do. Just instruct your attorney that you wish to make a bequest to "DFW Dachshund Rescue Foundation" in your will or trust documents in whatever amount or form you choose. Be sure to include our address if you're a Texas resident.

Because we are a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation we may also meet the criteria for qualified beneficiaries for a variety of charitable giving programs which may be components of more elaborate estate planning. Be sure to consult with your attorney and tax professionals before embarking on any type of asset distribution plan to determine the appropriateness for your particular situation.

If you are interested in making a bequest and you, or your counsel, require further information please contact us, or call us at 817-481-9272.


Recent Website Updates

Our web mastressa is constantly updating out website to keep you informed. Check out our Recent Adoptions page - we have listings for each of the dachshunds adopted from our organization. We've received lots of wonderful notes, cards and photos from our adopters and have posted a number of comments on our Bark Back page.

While you're at it, be sure to check out the rest of our website. Our Dachshund Rescource Library has lots of informative articles, links to educational websites, and listings for Emergency Vet Clinics and Pet Loss Hotlines. Our Dachshund Fun and Games page is a melting pot of interesting, odd, and fun dachshund (and non-dachshund) related stuff. The Adopted Dachshund Scrapbook has detailed pages on a few of our rescued dachshunds. And read about some of the dogs that have touched our lives on our In Memory page.

We strive to keep our website current, informative and entertaining. If you have any comments on our site or suggestions for topics, please contact us. We welcome all feedback!


Online Shopping Raises Revenue for the Dachshunds

Would you like to help the DFW Dachshund Rescue in a big way? Do your shopping online! Any time you enter one of our affiliate's websites via the link on our website to make a purchase, DFW Dachshund Rescue will receive a percentage of your total sale, at no cost to you.

Whenever you purchase everyday items through The Mall at iGive, up to 26% of your purchase is donated to the DFW Dachshund Rescue Foundation, at no cost to you! You get free membership... private shopping... access to the over 600 brand-name merchants like Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, Office Depot, Linens 'N Things... even Travelocity and eBay... super savings and deals every day... and of course, free donations to the DFW Dachshund Rescue Foundation! If you do much online shopping, chances are many of the merchants participate in the iGive program.

Other affiliates include Amazon.com, The Nosey Dog, and Mr. Wags. All of our links are available here on our Home page and also on our Links page. Be sure to use the link on our website to enter the affiliate's website. Your purchase amount will be recorded and DFW Dachshund Rescue will automatically receive a percentage. There is absolutely no cost to you.

Spread the word - the more supporters we have the more money we make - and that means more money to help the dachshunds in need. We thank you, and the dachshunds thank you.


Fabulous Dachshund Photos

Surely you've noticed the fabulous photos we've been posting of some of our recent rescue dachshunds. Teresa Berg is the talent behind the lens, kindly taking photos for us and allowing us to use them on our website. Teresa, a professional photographer, adopted a male longhair dachshund in 2007. He quickly became her favorite subject. Since then, Teresa has literally "Gone to the Dogs" and now specializes in photographing Man's Best Friend.

Check out Teresa's website to see photos of previously rescued dachshunds. If you fall in love, you can even order photos through the shopping cart on the site. And be sure to take a peek at Teresa's blog for her endless musings on "portrait photography with a few subtle references to the real meaning of life..."


Who We Are

The Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation is a well-established organization with a history of providing dachshund related education and service to the DFW community. If you are looking to adopt or purchase a dachshund, have dachshund related training or behavior questions, or need to place your dachshund, we may be able to assist you. If not, we will make every effort to find you someone who can.

Dachshunds in our program are fully vetted before adoption. This includes being altered, receiving all needed immunizations, having a dental cleaning and being microchipped. Any other medical issues the dog has will also be addressed before being adopted.

Our dachshunds are placed in foster homes while they undergo rehabilitation and await adoption. This allows us to better evaluate the personalities of each dog, which provides a better match for potential adopters. While in their foster homes, the dachshunds are socialized, given plenty of love and praise, and some begin to pick up basic housetraining skills and obedience.


How You Can Help

If you or someone you know are looking to acquire a companion dachshund, please view our list of available dachshunds. Information on how to go about adopting can be found in each dog's detailed listing, and in the next section, "Adopting A Friend."

Even if you are not looking for a companion dachshund, you can still be one of our Guardian Angels. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, funded solely through gifts, donations and adoption fees and staffed entirely by volunteers. All donations are tax deductible. Every dollar received goes directly towards the care of our rescue dachshunds. Your support makes it possible for us to continue helping those dogs in need.

Donations may be sent to:
Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 1892
Colleyville, TX 76034

Donations may also be made via Paypal:

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Some companies have matching gift programs that allow individual donations to go even farther. Ask your employer if this type of program is available to you.

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Adopting a Friend

If you are interested in adopting one of the dachshunds in our rescue program, please contact us for an application. It will be sent out to you via postal mail, as it is not available online. Once your application has been received, we will check your vet references, and schedule a home visit.

We are a private organization that fosters our dogs in individual homes. We do not have a kennel or a public facility of any type. We do not schedule visits with dogs until an adopter's application has been approved.

For more information about our adoption process, go to Our Adoption Process page.



Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 1892
Colleyville, TX 76034

Phone: 817-481-9272

Email: rescue@dfwdachshund.com

Click here for a list of our available dachshunds





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