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DFW Dachshund Rescue's 7th Annual Donation Matching Campaign

Exciting news -- once again, generous supporters have pledged to match all donations, up to $6,000, made to DFW Dachshund Rescue's Annual Donation Matching Campaign through July 31, 2014.

This is the seventh year for our annual donation matching campaign. We are confident that our supporters will do their best to help us obtain all these matching funds. If you were thinking of making a donation to DFW Dachshund Rescue, now is the time. This opportunity will allow your donation to go twice as far. Your donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $6,000.

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Your donation will go directly to help dachshunds like Miranda, who had been severely neglected and required surgery for pyrometra, another surgery for a hernia, and extensive dental care by a specialist. Fortunately, Miranda got a second chance and received a lot of help from our volunteers and veterinary specialists. Miranda is now a registered therapy dog and visits patients at a children's hospital, an Alzheimer's care facility, and has also lifted the spirits of the homeless. She and her adopter have plans to visit a psychiatric ward and a domestic violence shelter. She is truly "Paying it Forward" in her role as a therapy dog by helping others. Please help us "Pay it Forward" and give other dogs like Miranda a second chance.

Remember to donate by July 31, 2014 and your donation will be matched 100%. Take advantage of this great opportunity to make your donation go twice as far. And if your employer has a matching gift program your donation can go even farther.

If you prefer to donate by mail, or wish to donate more than $1000, please send your check to:
DFW Dachshund Rescue
P O Box 1892
Colleyville, TX 76034

Feel free to call or email for more information on the campaign.
Phone: 817-481-9272
Email: rescue@dfwdachshund.com

Thank you for helping the dachshunds!


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


Thanks to Our Supporters for a Fabulous 2013!

As 2013 was another busy year for our volunteers, and we're constantly reminded how lucky we are to have your generous support.

As you know, it's all about the dachshunds! DFW Dachshund Rescue placed 33 dachshunds in loving forever homes in 2013. An additional 15 dachshunds are currently receiving plenty of love and attention in their foster homes as they await their perfect forever families. Fourteen of our dachshunds went to previous adopters who returned to us when it was time to add to their families. We think this speaks volumes for the desirability of the dachshunds in our program.

We spent over $54,000 on veterinary work in 2013. In addition to routine care like immunizations, spay/neutering, dental cleanings and microchipping, we treated several dogs for heartworms. We also had several dachshunds that required extensive veterinary care, including a dog with pyometra, a hernia and extensive dental issues, several dogs with severe dermatological issues, and another dog that required treatment and physical therapy for major orthopedic injuries after being hit by a car. This sweet dachshund endeared herself to everyone she met, and she is being adopted by one of her attending veterinarians. We're so pleased that she was able to ring in the New Year with her new forever home.

We were able to engage the services of Mary Swindell and Anne O'Neill, two excellent dog trainers, to provide education to our volunteers and also to provide training for specific foster dogs. The trainers were also able to assist several adopters overcome challenges they'd encountered while integrating their newly adopted dachshunds into their homes. We also orchestrated several phone consultations to help local dachshund owners resolve behavioral problems and prevent them from surrendering their dachshunds to rescue.

A number of our adopted dogs have been active in dog performance sports. Benz completed numerous obedience titles, Finnegan completed numerous agility titles and Lucas earned his canine good citizen title (CGC). Dachshunds particularly enjoy earthdog trials, which tests their ability to follow the scent of underground quarry. Nicolas and Toby earned their junior earthdog titles, and Tyke earned both junior and senior earthdog titles.

Once again we had a booth at Oak Cliff Earth Day, we held several Bath-a-Thons at The Nosey Dog, and had a booth at Arlington's Dog Days of Summer. We love getting out to meet fellow dachshund lovers, and our adoptive dachshunds love getting out to meet their adoring public!

Our sixth annual Donation Matching Campaign exceeded all expectations and we raised over $43,000 for our rescue dachshunds. We are so fortunate and grateful to have such generous supporters. We plan to hold the Donation Matching Campaign again in 2014. Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor.

DFW Dachshund Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, funded solely through donations, adoption fees, affiliate revenue, and proceeds from our annual calendar sales. Every dollar goes to help the rescued dachshunds in our program. Your ongoing support makes it possible for us to continue helping those dogs in need. Thank you for being a friend to the dachshunds!


Our Currently Adoptable Dachshunds


Dachshund Rescue "Blotter" for February and March

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: February 2014
Requests for placement assistance: 47 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 0
Adoptions this month: 2 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 4 dogs

Some of the reasons given for requesting assistance:

~ A man contacted us about his brothers 15 year female dachshund. The brother had passed away, and no one in the family wanted the dog. He was sure that rescue groups would have many people wanting to adopt a 15 year old. We explained that we were not sanctuary for dogs whose age, health or temperament precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited number of options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about surrendering her 8 year old cream, longhair female dachshund. The woman had recently had a baby and the dog was having more frequent housetraining problems. We offered two consultations with the trainer that works with our group, at no charge in the hopes that this might help resolve these issues and the dog could stay in her home. The woman agreed to consider the consultations so we hope this works in keeping the dog in the home. After the consultation, she still felt she could not keep the dog and fortunately, the breeder was a responsible one and took the dog back.
~ A woman contacted us about a black and tan dapple male dachshund listed on Craigs List. We explained that due to safety reasons for the foundation volunteers, we could not contact people about dogs they had listed on Craigs List.
~ A woman contacted us to ask if we would come immediately and pick up her 8 year old dachshund that growled at them, snapped and bit and also had back issues. We explained that due to liability issues we did not accept nor rehome dogs with any aggressive issues. We reviewed the limited options available for dogs like this.
~ A woman contacted us about an 11 year old male dachshund and 4 year old female dachshund that needed homes because their owner died and the remaining family would not take the dogs. The female dachshund was dog aggressive. We explained that due to the age of the male and the temperament of the female, it was unlikely that a rescue group would take them. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~ A veterinary clinic contacted us about two young longhair dachshunds in need of a home due to a divorce. When we spoke to the owner, he did not want the dogs separated and insisted that they be fostered and adopted together. We explained that our foster homes were not allowed to have more than one dog and that once dogs were released to rescue, he would not have control over what happened. After some discussion, he decided he would rather place the dogs himself. We sent him an article with tips on how to do this.
~ A shelter contacted us about a standard longhair female dachshund and a miniature female piebald dachshund in need of rescue. Both dogs had good temperaments and we agreed to accept them into our rescue program.
~ A man contacted us about getting rid of his 12 year old dachshund that was not tolerating the new baby in his house. The dog had snapped a number of times and finally bit the baby. We explained that due to age and temperament we could not take a dog like this into the rescue program. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about getting rid of her 4 dachshunds because her job as a nurse kept her too busy to take care of the dogs. We are very tired of hearing the too busy story but it is one we hear all too often. We were full, and made referrals.
~ A man contacted us about getting rid of their 13 year old dachshund because their new baby was highly allergic to dog hair. We explained that due to the age of the dog, she was not adoptable and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about getting rid of her two dachshunds because she had remarried and her husband did not like the dogs. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A former adopter became ill and her family realized she could not properly care for the two dogs she had adopted from the foundation. After some discussion, the dogs were signed back over to the foundation for re-homing.
~ A veterinarian in Grand Prairie asked us if we could take in a dachshund/beagle mix. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs, and made referrals.
~ A woman contacted us about a 2 year old female longhair dachshund that her daughter wanted to get rid of because she was moving. We went to evaluate the dog and it was fear-aggressive. We explained that due to liability reasons we could not accept a dog like this into our program and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about a six week old dachshund puppy that she had purchased and then found that the dog was blind. She no longer wanted the dog and asked if we would take the dog. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose disabilities precluded their ever being adopted and referred her to the Blind Dog Alliance.
~ A woman purchased a double dapple dachshund from Craigs List and then found out he was blind (no surprise) and had back issues, numerous sores and other health issues. The breeder would not return her calls. We referred her to an agency to see if the breeder could be investigated but also told her that we could not take the dog, as we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose disabilities precluded their ever being adopted. We referred her, as well, to the Blind Dog Alliance.
~ 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 to provide the care for the dog. We wish people would think honestly about their capabilities before taking on a young dog. 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 shelter contacted us about a paralyzed, incontinent dachshund. They were sure that we would be eager to take the dog and that many people coming to a dachshund rescue foundation would want to adopt a dog in this situation. They were not pleased when we told them that almost no one would consider adopting a paralyzed dog and that we could not accept a dog like this into our rescue program.
~ A woman wanted to get rid of her two dachshunds because she was traveling extensively for her job and no longer was home enough to take care of them.
~ Sadly, a number of individuals contacted us about surrendering elderly dachshunds that they no longer wanted, because the dog was inconvenient now that it was older. We explained that we were not a sanctuary program, and could not take in dogs whose ages would keep them from ever being re-homed. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~ Several people contacted us about their dachshunds who had disappeared, and we agreed to keep the pictures and contact information on hand. We hope the dogs eventually are reunited with their owners.
~ 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.

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

Some of the reasons given for requesting assistance:

~A man contacted us about a 3 year old male dachshund adopted from another group. The dog bit his wife so badly that she had to spend 3 days in the hospital. He reported that the original rescue group refused to return his calls. We explained that with dangerous aggressive behavior like this, the only option was to have the dog euthanized by his veterinarian. The man was relieved to hear that this was an acceptable option; he had felt guilty about considering this, but his veterinarian also had recommended this. He emailed us later to report that he had made the decision to this. We were relieved.
~A woman contacted us a miniature stray male dachshund she found and nursed back to health. Unfortunately, the dog proved to be highly dog aggressive and was picking fights with her dogs. We explained that due to liability reasons, we could not accept nor place dogs with any type of aggressive behavior.
~A woman contacted us about a mother dog and two puppies that had been dumped out on her property. After seeing the pictures, we determined the dogs were mixed breed dogs and made referrals to groups that deal with mixed breed dogs.
~A womans grandfather broke his hip and could no longer keep his male dachshund. We were full, but made referrals.
~A woman asked for recommendations as to where she could purchase a cart for her paralyzed dachshund. We were happy to make suggestions.
~A woman wanted to get rid of her dachshund due to the extremely fearful behaviors demonstrated by the dog. We explained that these behaviors were temperamentally based and that we could not accept nor place dogs that were fearful or aggressive in nature. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A woman contacted us wanting 10 months of free boarding and veterinary care until she could move to a rental place that allowed dogs. She was very unhappy when we explained that we did not offer free boarding and vet care for dogs that had owners. We recommended some professional boarding facilities that she could check into.
~A woman contacted us about a young male dachshund; but when we saw the pictures, we saw that the dog was a mixed breed. We referred her to groups that did take mixed breeds.
~A woman contacted us about a female dachshund she found running down the street. After extensive effort, she coaxed the dog into her garage. The dog proceeded to snap and try to bite. At that point she called us for help. We explained that due to liability reasons, we did not take dogs with any type of aggressive behavior. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A woman wanted to get rid of their young dachshund. We asked for pictures and more information to see if we could help, but never received any further information. We do not know what happened to the dog.
~A woman wanted to get rid of her 12 and 8 year old dachshunds because she had recently lost her husband no longer had time for them. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted, and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A man contacted us about his mothers two dachshunds that she could no longer keep due to entering a nursing home. We were full, but made referrals.
~A woman wanted to get rid of her 9 year old male smooth dachshund immediately and demanded that we come get the dog within 48 hours. We explained that we were not an animal shelter, and had limited openings. Given this dogs age, his adoption options were limited and we reviewed those with her. She was not happy when we did not rush right out and pick up her dog.
~A woman found a piebald smooth male dachshund, but could not locate the owner. She searched for several months with no luck. We were full at this point, so provided her a list of other rescue groups to contact.
~A man wanted to re-home his mothers dachshund and wanted us to screen the home and send adopters to him. We explained that the dog had to be surrendered to the program and cared for by approved volunteers in order to be placed through the program. Happily, an individual in the community expressed interest to the man about the dog as a companion for her mother, so that worked out.
~An animal control officer contacted us about a black and tan standard smooth male that was in need of rescue after being removed from a hoarding situation. He was a friendly, happy dog and we had an opening for him and accepted him into our rescue program.
~A woman was moving to California in two days and wanted us to come pick up her young dachshund mix. We explained that we did not take mixed breeds, and referred her to groups that did. We also explained that on such short notice she was unlikely to find a group that could help. We wonder why she did not plan her move with enough time to rehome her dog.
~A woman called us for advice about her dachshund that had been paralyzed for over a year and a half. She was six months pregnant and caring for a large, paralyzed dachshund was very difficult. She had been debating having him euthanized and after a lengthy discussion with us and with her vet, she decided that was the best option. ~A shelter contacted us about a 13 year old dachshund that had been abandoned at the shelter by her owners. We explained that sadly, we were not able to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~A man contacted us about a dog he no longer wanted. The dog was some type of mixed breed and we explained that we did not take mixed breeds. We provided him a list of groups that did.
~A woman found a friendly male black and tan smooth dachshund running as a stray. She asked for additional advice on how to possibly locate the owner; which we provided. We told her to contact us back if the owner was not located. Luckily, the owner was located! Hurrah!
~A woman contacted us about an 11 year old dachshund that she could not keep due to her own health issues and an upcoming move. The dog was timid and not particularly friendly with other people. We were candid with her and explained that due to the dogs age and temperament it was unlikely she would find another home unless it was with a friend or relative that already knew the dog. We gave some advice on how to find a home with someone she knew and explained that a rescue group was highly unlikely to accept this dog into their program.
~A woman adopted a chiweenie from a local animal shelter and then became annoyed when the dog was shedding hair on her furniture. She also found out the dog was heartworm positive and did not want to spend the money to treat her. We explained that we did not take mixed breed dogs and referred her to groups that did. ~A woman needed to get rid of her dachshund because it did not like cats. We were full, but made referrals.
~A woman adopted a dachshund from Operation Kindness as an 8 week old puppy. Now that the dog was about 3 years old, it had become highly dog aggressive and despite training, medication and structure, the dog was continuing to attack her other dog. We explained that due to liability, we could not take in nor place a dog with any type of aggressive behavior. We advised her that it was time to talk with her vet about euthanizing this dog for reasons of temperament.
~A woman wanted to get rid of her male dachshund that was continually snapping at her six year old child. We explained that due to liability reasons, we could not accept nor place any dog with known aggressive behavior. We advised her that she would need to talk with her vet about euthanasia for this dog, for reasons of temperament.
~A woman could no longer keep her blind dachshund and wanted to get rid of it. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health or disability issues precluded their ever being adopted. We referred her to the Blind Dog Alliance for advice.
~Another breed rescue group contacted us about a dachshund in their care that they could not place. When questioned about the dogs personality, they admitted that the dog would snap at people if anyone got at all near the dogs face. We explained that due to liability reasons, we could not take any dog with known aggressive behaviors. We reviewed the limited options in these cases.
~ 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 to provide the care for the dog. We wish people would think honestly about their capabilities before taking on a young dog. We were full, but made referrals.
~ Various shelters and individuals contacted us to surrender dachshund mix and other types of mixed breed dogs and we explained that we only accept purebred dachshunds, and referred them to other rescue organizations.
~ Several people contacted us about their dachshunds who had disappeared, and we agreed to keep the pictures and contact information on hand. We hope the dogs eventually are reunited with their owners.
~ 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.
~ Sadly, a number of individuals contacted us about surrendering elderly dachshunds that they no longer wanted, because the dog was inconvenient now that it was older. We explained that we were not a sanctuary program, and could not take in dogs whose ages would keep them from ever being re-homed. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~A woman who had become disabled contacted us about getting rid of her dachshunds. One had a back injury and the other was highly fearful and had separation anxiety, which caused her to be very destructive. We explained the limited options available in such situations.
~A man contacted us about his fathers black and tan smooth male dachshund that was in need of a home because the father could not manage the care of the dog anymore. We were able to accept this dog into our program.
~A man adopted a dachshund that then sustained a back injury and was paralyzed and incontinent. He no longer wanted to care for her. We explained that were not a sanctuary for dogs whose health precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available, and provided referrals to Dodgers List for support. However, we advised that if he was not able to care for a paralyzed dog, he needed to have a conversation with a veterinarian about having the dog euthanized.
~A woman had a stray male dachshund turn up at her home. She could not locate the owner, and the dog had no collar or microchip. We were full, but made referrals.


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!

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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, SitStay.com, In the Company of Dogs, Doctors Foster and Smith, plus a number of online gift retailers such as The Artful Home, Femail Creations, and Catalog Favorites. 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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