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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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Tomorrow is Blossom's "Gotcha Day" one year ago. (Previously known as Patsy.) What a blessing this little dog has been! She is the perfect dog for me and I see her as a gift from God. He gave me the desire of my heart. When I came to Dakota Dachshund Rescue to look at her, Diane was filling me in on her history. She came from a breeding operation and had not had much human contact. I said "It will be fun to see her Blossom" , and as I said that, I thought that should be her name. And Blossom she has!! Today she is a totally different dog. She has gone from hiding in the corner cowering to running outside, owning her yard. Her sweet little personality is immerging more and more every day. She is much more confident and just wants to please. She has come through a life threatening situation as well. She ended up with a hernia and her bowel was strangulated. Two inches of it has to be removed. The vet was very concerned as to whether she would survive. I am so thankful that she did and is doing great! I am looking forward to many more years of fun adventures (hopefully no more surgeries!!) with Blossom! Thank you so much Diane and everyone at Dakota Dachshund Rescue for all you do! These little dogs sure do bring a lot of joy to our lives! Blessings, Jackie & Blossom


Hi!  Well it has been GREAT with Sasha and Penni.  On the way home, Sasha was on Barb's lap most of the way home and Penni was on Joi's lap or right next to her.  They have bonded very fast. Three of my other older girls had called or text us on the way home wanting to see the girls. Jenni our oldest and her 2 boys were the first to meet them and Sasha was very sociable with them, and then Juli came over when we got home and again Sasha was great and then on to my other daughter's house Jazi for a visit and Sasha was very sociable there to.  She loves to be pet.  When we first got to your home and Sasha came right to me and let me pet her, I new Sasha was going home with us. Sometime I'll get a picture to you of me in my chair with Gus on one side and Sasha on the other and Penni laying on my chest.  Now on to Penni. as you can see we are spelling her name a little different and here is why. These are my daughters names, Jenni, Jaci, Juli, Jazi, and Joi. All ending in i so Penni had to keep the tradition going. Penni has taken to Joi and followers her around like Gus follows me around. Penni on Monday came to me in my office and just looked up at me and then gave out a little woof so I had to pick her up and hold her, she is so cute that way.  Her little woof is how she lets us know she wants to be held. We were surprised as to how fast Sasha moved, she got playful with Gus and was running around the house, that did my heart good to see that. And then Penni and Gus were nose to nose (kissing) that's the best way to describe it. All three get along great. Here are some pictures of the girls and Gus on the couch on there pillow with there blankets.  One big happy famliy ! ! !   We want to thank you for letting us adopt Sasha and Penni in to our family.  I was (Mike) adopted at 18 months old myself so I know it's a great feeling to find that forever home!

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