Dachshund rescue needs foster homes

 Save Dachshunds from shelters

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There are many Dachshund rescue groups and they all need loving foster homes to look after the Dachshunds until they are adopted.

When a Dachshund has the misfortune of finding itself in a dog shelter, he is of course scared and lonely and among hundreds of other dogs looking for a home. Some shelters have so many dogs that they cannot keep them all and sadly have to put some down. 

This is where the Dachshund rescue groups come in. The rescue groups go to the shelter and remove the Dachshund, in some instances saving its life. If the Dachshund is sick, the group pays for all the medical care. The little one is then placed in a caring foster home that has been approved by the group.

As a foster home, you have to be able to socialize and train your new charge making him adoptable.

The rescue group that I volunteered for where very helpful in providing many guidelines and a contact person that I could call anytime for advice.

Just treat him like he is part of the family and it is surprising how fast they adapt to their new surroundings. 

The length of time a foster Dachshund will stay in your home varies widely. Young puppies are in demand, so are adopted quicker than an older dog with heartworm. There are dedicated foster homes who take in Dachshunds that due to illness or age may stay with them for years.

 

You do of course have a certain say in which dogs you are willing to take. If you do find yourself with one that really does not fit into your home, it may be possible to find him a more suitable foster home. However, give them all a chance first; sometimes a dog that may seem snappy could just be upset and missing his home. Often with love and care, they settle down quickly.  

 

Dachshund Luke, our little love enjoyed the foster dogs and was willing to except them into his home. He did get a little protective with his toys but they always worked it out between them.

Sometimes Luke was the alpha dog in the group and other times he let a newbie take over.

We wanted the fosters to be part of our daily life so they shared our entire home with us.

Dachshund Luke is quite excepting of other dogs in his home but this is something you will have to consider if you already have a Dachshund other pets or children.

All members of your household must be happy to be part of this otherwise; it will not be a rewarding experience for you or the dogs.

 Please look at a Dachshund rescue group in your area to find out guidelines and information about the possibility of opening up your home to a homeless Dachshund.

If fostering is not for you then at least consider getting your next Dachshund from a rescue group.

I fostered from D.A.R.E, Dachshund Adoption, Rescue and Education in Florida. www.daretorescue.com

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Tips on getting your Dachshunds cage ready for plane.

Pimp your Dachshunds cage. 

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Tips on getting your Dachshund’s crate ready to go on a plane. 

When you fill out the forms and hand over your dog to the Pet Cargo department, he begins a journey without you to monitor him, similar to your luggage.

Luggage not arriving is an inconvenience; you file a complaint and let off a bit of steam at the lost luggage office, buy a new set of underwear and a toothbrush and hope that it magically appears at your hotel before the end of your vacation.

Your dog not arriving is unforgivable and stressful to say the least.

When he transferred between the warehouse, cargo, and plane, you want everyone to remember his crate. The more it stands out from the other crates the better.

more….. click here for Tips on how to prepare your Dachshund’s crate for a flight

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How to measure Dachshund for a cage

How to Measure your dog for a crate or cage
 
Measuring a Dachshund

Measuring a Dachshund

Measure your dog.

 The airline cannot only refuse to take your dog on the flight for not having the correct crate but also if it is the wrong size.

We were surprised after measuring Luke that due to his long back he needed a larger cage than we would have purchased.

Please click on the link below for Step By Step instructions on:

How To Measure A Dachshund For A Travel Crate

How To Prepare A Dachshunds Crate For A Flight

 Flying With A Dachshund Make Sure They Get On The Flight

 And lots more Dachshund information @ www.dachshundluke.com

 

Dachshund airline cage

Dachshund Luke in his cage
Dachshund Luke in his cage

If you are planning to take your dog with you to another country, he is going to need a cage/crate. He will also have to go in the hold of the plane.

Let us face it many Dachshund’s owners tend to let their little ones sleep in bed with them. They love to burrow under the blankets, keep you warm and do not take up much room. He had a little soft blue cat bed that he liked to drag around the house and that is what he holed up in when we went out. Luke was never crate trained. In hindsight, he should have been however now the time had come. 

We recently flew from America to Spain with Dachshund Luke and decided to fly with Continental Airlines; of course, Luke was going on the same flight.

Important: Not any cage/crate will do.

Check with the airline for all special crate requirements – some have additional requirements.

Find an airline approved crate supplier and make sure they meet airline requirements.

We used the ‘Petmate sky kennel’ with the additional raised floor and dry mats. This came complete with two food bowls and met all the requirements for Continental Airlines.

Dachshund approved Crates and toys available at –

Dog toys and supplies that Dachshunds Love

Clicking on the links below take you to www.dachshundluke.com 

Dachshund Luke’s new site.

 

 

How To Measure A Dachshund For A Travel Crate

How To Prepare A Dachshund’s Crate For A Flight – You Want The Staff To Remember It

Flying With A Dachshund Make Sure They Get On The Flight

 

 

 

 

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Run with the wind

Run with the wind

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I totally needed to take a break from my addiction of surfing. Not the energetic get wet type but the sit on my bottom looking at other people’s online life. Although Dachshund Luke is more than happy for me to stuff him up my jumper so he can take a nap and more than patient with me while I check my email, facebook, blogs, other peoples blogs, clicking away into the unknown, there comes a time in the day that I need to get up. Not just into the kitchen for another cup of tea, but really get up. 

Again, Luke saves me from this clicking madness and unfolds himself from the warm of my sweater, stretching his long body he gives me that look. Dog owners know it. It is that time for a walk look. I peel myself off and out of my computer chair refreshing my email, one last time and tear myself away from my glowing screen. Luke is right we need to get out of here for a while. 

Once out on the dusty river road I ponder why we do not spend more time outside. It is stunning, wonderful snow capped (yep still snow) mountains poking into blue skies. Paths in all directions, taking you along the river or up into the mountain, miles of tracks surrounded by blooming spring flowers and hardly a human in sight. They beckon but not for today. Luke’s little legs and his desire to sniff every blade of Mule and goat trodden grass makes it hard for him to go on long walks. 

It is windy today so his ears are flapping. He seems to love it when it is windy and likes to run with the wind. Really wish I could let him run free however; he just has no road sense. Even though not many cars pass along these tracks, you do get the occasional car transporting the locals to their plots of vegetables and Luke being so short is nearly unnoticeable among the ruts in the ground. He also has a habit of walking along nicely until he wants to go home. Then he shoots ahead, little legs kicking up dust and suddenly becomes deaf to all his commands.

Have you ever tried to catch up with a running Dachshund?

No, well let me tell you they may have little legs but they can boogie. So much to the amazement of the locals who rarely allow their dogs in the house let alone ever purchase a lead for it, Luke walks along happily and safely attached to his expanding lead.

Self Publishing Options

Self Publishing Options.

  

Dachshund Luke goes to Spain by Karen Larson

 

Experiences in getting a book printed.

 

 

For me the book idea was easy. I am currently living in a little Spanish village with time to reflect and get to know some of the locals including the group of English ex-pats and their families. It dawned on me how strange it must have been for some of the children to leave behind their friends and all familiar to them.

 

This prompted me to write this little book. It is a true story about Dachshund Luke and his move from Florida to Spain. It follows his experiences as he travels on a plane and arrived in a country that not only smells different but also the humans make different noises. His life changed again when his ‘only pet’ position was challenged, and a small kitten was adopted into the household. Despite his initial misbehaving due to jealousy to his surprise, he learnt to share and made a new friend. 

 

My hope is that this little book will be enjoyed and just possibly help with a child adjusting to new places. 

 

 

Dachshund owners will love Dachshund Luke goes to Spain with over 70 color photos mostly of Dachshund Luke.

 

Interested in reading the first 15 pages? Click heredachshund-luke-goes-to-spain-book-picture

 

The hardest part was how to get the idea into a book.

 

Google searches produced a total head spin of choices and I tried to narrow it down to what would fit my needs. I ended up with three possible options.

 

 

Option 1  Book publishers

 

Follow the traditional path.

 

I could go with the old-fashioned way, send my book to publishers, and hope one of them actually reads it. I entertained this idea for a long time but to be honest was put off due to the amount of photo’s I had included in my story. Without them, it just was not the same. The publishers that I researched only wanted to be sent text and some even wanted to use their own illustrators if they considered it a children’s book. I really did not think a publisher would ‘get’ my idea without the photos and it is a perfect children’s book.

 

I am busy writing a more serious book and desperately wanted to see a finished product to keep my spirits up. The thought of sending my text to publishers and waiting what could account for months for a reply might distract from my current work. I needed a fast fix for my desire to see something with my name boldly and permanently printed on it.

 

There are way too many publishing houses to list and most seem to specialize on certain genres. Just Google away and in seconds you will have more than you need to choose from.

 

 

Option 2  Book Printer

 

Find your own printing company

 

I entertained this idea for a long time and am keeping it in the back of my head for the future. Provided you have had your book edited and ready to print then this is a good way to go. I contacted a few companies by email, but again my photos were causing me a problem due to the cost. Also being a total novice to the whole thing I got confused by the format required. I only had the programs my trusty computer came with so could not fathom a way of putting the photos and text together in the exact format they wanted. This turned out to be PDF files that I now can deal with but at the time it was all a bit WTF to me. I was very scared of sending it in wrong that I backed away. I would also have had to order their minimum run total (which varies in quantity and price). I was not about to fork out a handful of cash to end up with 100 books that I didn’t like due to my own lack of knowledge.

 

 

Option 3  Print on Demand

 

This got me excited.

 

Print on demand is exactly that. Books printed one at a time (all thanks to lovely computers). Again Google search and there seems to be more P.O.D.’s (yep I am getting hip to all the initials out there now) popping up all the time. A lot of them have add-on services that range from editing, ISBN included, to promotion of your book. The costs vary too however most were a little too expensive for what I needed. I again contacted a couple and got over eager responses from their agents trying to up sale. This put me off a little however I persevered until I narrowed it down to three companies that I felt I could with my limited knowledge actually use.

 

http://www.lulu.com

This company appeared online numerous times in the searches. It had many good points including the ISBN issue, promotions and linked with Amazon. However, I still needed a simpler route again due to my photos pushing the cost and learning curve to high. This is one is being considered for a text only but would love to hear from Lulu uses on how their books turned out and final costs involved.

 

www.booksurge.com

A couple of writer friends recommended this company and to be honest I really liked them but again felt hindered by my stack of photos and the cost involved. It is another company that I will give serious consideration to for my next book. I am in the process of researching them further.

 

www.blurb.com

Also is a popular site on the web. I checked it out and loved its ease of use. I downloaded the program, put the pictures where I wanted them (within the restriction of the templates), copy and pasted my text from word. After tweaking around for a while I finally pressed the download button, off my book went, and promptly appeared on their web site. I then had the option of purchasing a book – who would not want too? Also, make the book public so that it appears in their bookstore. The books are printed to order so I do not have to order what I think will sell instead let buyers of my book determine the print quantities.

 

This is how a book looks on the blurb.com site.

 

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/638901

 

The downside is that blurb currently does not issue ISBN’s. This is required if you intend to sell in bookstores or on the likes of Amazon.com. I of course could have purchased my own and blurb.com would print it on the back of the book, but I decided on my first book to go the easiest way. Since there is no contract as such with blurb.com and I still own all rights to my book I can (and most likely will) go ahead and purchase 10 ISBN’s and either reprint with blurb.com or choose one of the above options. For now, I will keep it in the blurb.com bookstore. For me this was the quickest, simplest, and easiest way to go with a book with so many photos. I used blurb.com as my test and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Blurb.com finished books have the same professional quality you would expect from a store brought book.

 

Looking for more information on Self Publishing?

I have also written an article on how to sell your self published book – all for free, so before you spend money see how you can promote your book yourself!

http://www.squidoo.com/How-To-Sell-A-Self-Published-Book-For-Free

 

 

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Funny Dachshund book, help Dachshund rescue

We love Dachshunds!

My husband and I love Dachshunds. 7 years ago we rescued little Luke from an awful puppy mill in Florida. We both fell in love with this funny sausage dog that still makes us and others laugh daily.

We fully support the Dachshund Rescue groups and all the work they do in finding loving homes for Dachshunds. We spent a few wonderfully fulfilling years as foster parents for D.A.R.E. (Dachshund Adoption, Rescue, and Education) and would recommend it to anyone.

Unable to foster now I have decided to give a portion of the profit from my book to support D.A.R.E. www.daretorescue.com

 

I invite you to look at my new book  ‘Dachshund Luke goes to Spain’

This stunning little book contains over 70 color photos of Luke and his travels. It follows the true story of Dachshund Luke as he leaves his home in Florida with his humans to start a new life in Spain. He enjoys exploring his new village in the mountains until he starts to miss his Florida friends. When a little kitten arrives in his home, he is very puzzled by his emotions of jealousy but soon learns how to share and finds a loving new friend.

Please follow this link to view and purchase my book and help Dachshunds.

 

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/638901

 

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