2014 Picture A New Life Calendars
Mackie Passes Therapy Dog Test
October Rescue Blotter
Direct United Way Funds to Rescue
Selecting a Rescue Organization
Be a Great Dog Owner
Remember Rescue in Estate Plans
Shop Online - Help the Dachshunds
Fabulous Dachshund Photos
Adopters "Bark Back"
Who We Are
How You Can Help
Adopting a Friend
Our Adoption Process
Our Adoptable Dachshunds
Our Happy Tails
Adopted Dachshund Scrapbook
Dachshund Fun and Games
Dachshund Resource Library
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Order your 2014 Picture A New Life Calendars TODAY
DFW Dachshund Rescue's 2014 "Picture a New Life" Calendars are in stock and ready for shipment!
"Picture A New Life" features beautiful photographs of a number of our rescued dachshunds and includes mini interviews with each dog about their new life.
Once again, Teresa Berg generously photographed all the dogs for us and designed the limited edition calendar, so you know it will be awesome!
Each 12" x 18" calendar is spiral bound at the top and printed on high quality paper. Calendars are $20 each, the same price as in previous years, plus shipping. All proceeds go directly towards the rehabilitation and placement of rescued dachshunds in our program, so that they, too, may Picture A New Life.
You may order your calendars by clicking the "Buy Now" button below. (To order more than one calendar, just update the quantity on the order form.) If you'd rather pay by check, or have questions, please
contact us. Don't delay, only a limited number were printed. You don't want to end up in the doghouse!
Mackie Passes Therapy Dog Test
DFW Dachshund Rescue is delighted to announce that Mackie, adopted from the DFW Dachshund Rescue Foundation in July of 2013, passed the
therapy dog test for Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society) on Saturday, August 10th!
He and his owner Robin will be able to visit clients in various care and educational facilities around the DFW area and bring the love and companionship of a therapy dog into the lives of people in need. Mackie is the first DFW Dachshund Rescue dog to take and pass the therapy dog test. We are very proud of Mackie and Robin!
If you would like information on how to train and certify your dog as a therapy dog, please contact us at
The Long and Short of It: Wirehair Dachshunds
When you come to DFW Dachshund Rescue's site, chances are you're already familiar with the lovable, sometimes stubborn dachshund or "wiener dog," but we've found that many are unfamiliar with the many sizes and types of this unique breed. Most often we receive shorthairs and longhairs, in both standard (18 - 30 lbs.) and mini sizes (6 - 15 lbs.), but on occasion we receive the less common wirehair dachshund.
You may be asking yourself, "Wait, is that a Terrier or the popular Yorkie?" when in actuality the wirehair dachshund is one component of the dachshund breed recognized by the American Kennel Club. These little dogs are intelligent, friendly and outgoing with many wirehair owners reporting they tend to be little "clowns" and a little mischievous at times - to which we say, aren't they all!
Take a few minutes to review some little-known facts about wirehairs, and consider adding one of these proud, protective pups to your life.
They have distinctive facial furnishings with a beard and eyebrows - often resembling an old man!
The hair on their ears is shorter than on the body.
Grooming needs are actually minor for the wire-haired, with weekly brushing encouraged.
If you're interested in adopting a wirehair or one of our other dogs, check out our
Article written by Sydney Holt.
Our Currently Adoptable Dachshunds
Dachshund Rescue "Blotter" for 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 2012, we received 801 requests for help with dachshunds. This is an average of 67 requests for help every month. This was actually a reduction in the number of calls from last year - we received about 50 less calls for help in 2012 than we did in 2011. However, we think that is still too many dachshunds in need of 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: October 2013
Requests for placement assistance: 70 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 1
Adoptions this month: 2 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 3 dogs
Some of the reasons given for requesting assistance:
~ A man contacted us about taking in his female dachshund that bit his 2 year old child in the face. We explained that due to liability issues we could not take in nor place a dog with an aggressive history. We reviewed the limited options available in his situation.
~ A shelter contacted us about a heartworm positive senior dachshund 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 found a young male dachshund as a stray, but could not locate the owner. We were full, but made referrals.
~ 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.
~ 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.
~ A woman contacted us about getting rid of her two 5-year-old dachshunds. She was too busy to provide care for them anymore. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A woman contacted us about a wirehair dachshund that their family rescued and could no longer keep. When we asked for pictures of the dog, she did not respond.
~ A woman contacted us about a 20-month-old male smooth dachshund that she no longer wanted. We asked for more information and pictures and she did not respond.
~ A shelter contacted us about 4 dachshund puppies that were out of time and needed help from a rescue group. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A woman contacted us about two dachshunds belonging to her parents. The female was pregnant and the owners could no longer keep the dogs. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A woman contacted us about 13 dachshunds owned by a couple that had failed to spay and neuter and could not care for any of the dogs properly. We were full, but made referrals and all the dogs were either adopted or picked up by various rescue groups.
~ A couple wanted to get rid of their male dachshund because they were too busy to give him the care he needed. Sigh. How many times do we hear this? We were full but made referrals.
~ A woman contacted us about a dachshund she adopted from an all breed group. The dog was aggressive to everyone except the woman and her daughter. Because of the dogs unsafe behavior, we had to explain that euthanasia was the only option. The rescue group refused to return her calls, so she had to make the decision to have this done. Responsible rescue groups stay in touch with adopters and answer calls and in situations like this, the rescue group will take the dog back and arrange for euthanasia. Unfortunately, this group was not a responsible one.
~ A couple rescued a dachshund when her owner died. The dog was now 12 years old and had now become aggressive towards other dogs and had some health issues. We explained that liability issues prohibited the taking in of a dog with known aggressive behaviors, and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ Several people called about paralyzed dachshunds; wanting a rescue program to take them as the owners could not care for them. We explained that we were not a sanctuary program, and could not take in dogs that were not able to be re-homed. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~ 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 woman contacted us about a female dachshund brought as a stray to an area animal hospital. After getting more information about the dog, we offered to take her into the rescue program. However, the animal hospital was successful in finding a home for the dog themselves. Hurray!
~ A woman took in a blind and deaf double dapple dachshund as a favor to a military family, and then the family refused to take the dog back. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose disability precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such circumstances.
~ A woman found a Chihuahua and a dachshund but could not locate the owner. She wanted the dogs to stay together. We explained that we could not take the Chihuahua, so referred her to some rescue groups that took in various breeds.
~ A man contacted us about his two 9-year-old dachshunds that he was too busy to care for. We were candid, and explained that with the huge number of dachshunds in need in the DFW area that no one would take in or adopt these dogs due to their ages. We advised that he work with family and friends to find an option for the dogs. He appeared to listen to our advice. We hope he did.
~ 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 contacted us about surrendered her 6 year old dachshund. In asking more questions, we found she was having serious housetraining issues with the dog. We offered to provide her 3 phone consultations with a dog trainer to see if that would help her resolve the program. She was open to doing that, and as a result of the consultation, took the dog to her vet to be evaluated. The dog had a serious bladder infection. Once that is resolved, the housetraining situation should be close to being resolved.
~ A woman wanted to get rid of her 3 year old female dachshund that had to be on a special food due to a surgery she had had for eating an acorn. The dog was eating the other dogs food in the home and getting sick. We suggested feeding the dog in her crate and picking up the bowls when everyone was finished eating. The woman refused to consider that option and only wanted to get rid of the dog.
~ A woman contacted us about a senior standard smooth female dachshund that she found. After sending us pictures, she e-mailed us again and the owner had been found! Whew! Good news!
~ A man contacted us about young female dachshund that they found in a busy street. The dog had no microchip and no collar or ID. After a search, no owner could be found, so they contacted us and we accepted the dog into our rescue program.
~ An independent rescuer contacted us about a female dachshund that had been hit by a car and had a broken femur and broken pelvis. We were able to take the dog and she went immediately to the Dallas Veterinary Surgery Center where she had surgery and is slowly recovering.
~ Various people contacted us about surrendering stray dachshunds they had found. We were full, but made referrals and suggestions as to how they could place the dog themselves.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Dachshund Rescource Library has lots of informative articles, links to educational websites, and listings for Emergency Vet Clinics and Pet Loss Hotlines.
Dachshund Fun and Games page is a melting pot of interesting, odd, and fun dachshund (and non-dachshund) related stuff.
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
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.
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
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:
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.
Click here for more ways to help the dachshunds.
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
Click here for a list of our available dachshunds
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