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"My little dog---a heartbeat at my feet."  Edith Wharton

Our lives will forever be enriched because of the dachsies that touched our hearts in rescue, but we know the real healing does not begin until they leave our care.  We encourage, we celebrate, we do everything we can to give them the skills they need to put their best paw forward as they wait for their forever families to find them . . . and then the time comes to say goodbye.

Often we shed tears.  We remember when they came in, how far they’ve come, the hiccups along the way – we laugh, we cry – and then we always say a little prayer as we send them on their way.  We hope they find the confidence to keep that best paw forward, because we know, when they do, they will truly flourish.  It is then, they will heal; it is then, they will find peace.

If you have adopted one of our adorable dachsies, and would like to contribute a Success Story, please e-mail, and we will add it to the website.  Be sure to send us a current picture.  We do love pictures!!!

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Dachshunds are no stranger to our family. We have multiple family members with not only 1 or 2 dachsies, but 3, so it was an easy choice when deciding what kind of dog to get. This winter we attended the DDR wiener dog races at the Stampede game and put in an application to adopt one of the dogs. With our luck, this dog was already adopted. It seemed as those every dog we were interested in went to another home. Until we met Otis (now lovingly called Leroy). We met him at a meet and greet on a Saturday afternoon by mistake. Judy meant to bring us another boy that she knew we would love. Both dogs were identical in looks so it was easy for her to grab the wrong dog on the way out the door. But it didn’t matter because the second we held him we knew he would be ours forever. We instantly fell in love with this perfect dachsie boy!

After waiting a week to get Leroy to the vet for his final checkup and to get neutered, we got to bring out boy home! Just in time for my birthday! He has been one of the best birthday gifts of all time. =)

Leroy has been an excellent dog since we have brought him home! He loves to snuggle and would sleep in bed all day if we let him! Each morning when he hears the alarm go off he has to make sure his mom is up, so he sneaks up the covers and gives kisses until I finally get out of bed! No snooze button with Leroy around. Don’t let his laid back sleeping habits fool you, this boy is full of energy as well! He loves to play and go on walks. He absolutely loves other dogs and kids! He is very social.  =)  He also is sure to never miss an opportunity to get a treat (you get lots when you are cute!).  =)  Leroy is our watch dog- he sits in our front window and makes sure to let us know when anyone is anywhere near the house (the mail man is his worst enemy! He gets much to close for Leroy’s liking).

Leroy is the perfect match for our family. He is the friendliest, most loving and easy going dog. He is a goofball too! We constantly have people tell us how handsome and well behaved he is (they don’t see the mischief he gets into at home!). We are very lucky to have such a great boy.  =)

We continue to bring Leroy to DDR functions so he can stay connected to the people who saved his life. He was a very lucky boy to have been taken in by DDR and we are very grateful for each person there who has had a chance to love and care for our Leroy. We will definitely be back in the near future to get Leroy a friend!

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