Dachshund dog steps

 

Dachshund Luke uses dog steps 

My special dog steps

I may have a long body but my legs (do not laugh) are only 3 inches long! Thats my legs and steps in this picture.

Yep, I only stand a few inches off the floor and to tell the truth, I do not really like the floor. I spend a lot of time on my human’s bed and the soft chairs but they are so high up.

Instead, I have my own special stairs – I am the only one allowed to use them.
I love my stairs because I do not have to wait to be picked-up – I am a little stubborn so waiting is not my thing.

I have a set of stairs by my human’s bed and a set that leads to the soft big cuddling chair in front of the fire. They are very portable so we even take them when I stay at friends houses.

I personally do not mind things getting dirty but my human is happy that she can take the cover off and wash it in the washing machine.

Dachshund Luke’s news flash.

Do not damage your Dachshunds back.

Dachshunds have very long backs – we are nearly a dog and a half in length – and we should not be jumping. We can damage our backs even if we are still young.
Many Dachshunds sadly get hurt very badly (or worse) from jumping down from things.
Please do everything you can to stop you Dachshund from jumping.

 

Dachshund Luke thinks all Dachshund’s need steps. 

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

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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Dachshund up a sweatshirt

Frazzled neurons need calming

Surprised that I can still move after my 13 mile hike yesterday, I decided to give myself the luxury of surfing the net without that nagging guilty feeling. You know the one telling us that we should be doing something more constructive with our time. So sipping coffee I float from page to page, blog to blog like a TV addict who’s just got cable.

Not able to stick to one subject I am all over the place, subject jumping with no fixed agenda. My brain is starting to frazzle, neurons jumping and zapping in the wrong places due to a combination of information overload and caffeine. I have so many pages open yet I can’t find the link to the site I wanted to go back to and actually read. I have to let it go, I will never find that site again, so deeply imbedded in my searches, links and clicks it will remain unread by me. Deep breaths, try to calm down and not click anything for a second or two.

Brain still racing I drag my eyes away from my screen of many bright pages and what do I see? Two deep pools of brown eyes at the end of a long but low body staring at me as if I were a god. His little skinny pig like tail starts to wag. Already I can feel the slowing of my spinning brain cogs as I bend down and stroke my little Dachshund Luke. His bum is now in full wag and wiggle mode and he stretches up my old wooden chair with the desire to be picked up. How can I resist? Up he comes to join me in front of the bright screen. He soon starts to dig at the ribbing of my sweat shirt and then disappears under and settles down with a snort. It is his favorite place to be, snuggled under anything warm and cozy. This funny loving little creature is bringing a smile to my lips and a soothing to the brain. The warmth from his body seeps to my skin calming me down. Now I can focus, I go back to searching on-line for all things beautiful, fun and amazing. When I feel the overload creeping on I just have to pet little Luke and know all can be calm in my world.

Soon it will be time for some ball throw, find and fetch and then a walk along the river. Not too far for he only has little legs.

Thanks Luke for reminding me that life should be enjoyed and lived in the moment not lost in links and clicks.

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