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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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We brought Halo (aka Trudy) to her new home on May 1st. She was greeted by 3 sisters, Jewel, Miley, Maisy and 1 brother Jeb all dachshunds except for Jewel whom is a Black Lab. Halo was so shy and timid being the new-comer and being surrounded by all these new family members was a bit overwhelming. The first few days she just wanted mom and dad to hold her. We are constantly taking her outside so she understands this is the area where she needs to do her duty. The problem with being outside is there is this ‘stuff’ called grass and she is not so sure she likes the feel on her feet. You can tell she was accustom to being in a cage so she uses the cement patio for her relief. Currently she still does not like grass very much but will walk in it for awhile just to take in all the different smells. She has learned to play with the other dogs and many times is the instigator when starting up a rough house play session. She may be deaf but she knows how to bark and get her point across with the others. She also has been introduced to the world of doggie toys. We have a community toy box for all the puppies though she has chosen her favorite to be a orange stuffed dachshund that now has very little stuffing left inside. We find her especially amusing at meal time. When we are preparing their meal she is the one running thru the house as fast as her little feet will take her, head held high letting everyone know it is time to eat. In fact I have started to call her ‘My little chef’ since she is the one always in the kitchen helping me fix and prepare our meal. If only I could teach her to do the dishes! Bedtime is quite a process also. We let our doxies sleep with mom and dad. So Halo has decided not to go to sleep until both mom and dad are in bed. This makes it really hard to fall asleep if you are the poor soul who has decided to go to bed first. She will run back and forth thru the house as if to say ‘Come on it is bedtime’. Which doesn’t really have any effect on dad (usually the last one in bed) but poor mom listens to those little feet constantly running up and down the hallway. We have purchased new bicycles this year so we can do a lot more riding this summer. So of course we purchased a doggie pull behind trailer for one of the bikes. Halo loves to ride in the trailer with her sister. She sits back, head held high just breathing in the fresh air. I have included a picture of her and her sister Maisy in the bike trailer. We wish to thank Dakota Dachshund Rescue especially Judy and her family for taking in our little girl and keeping safe and loved until we met her and needed her become part of our family. Halo means ‘circle of light’ and that is exactly what our little angel is. Sandy Johnson

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