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It's time again to order your "Picture A New Life" calendars. The 2017 calendars feature Teresa Berg's beautiful photographs of our rescued dachshunds and includes mini interviews with each dog about their new life. Each 12" x 18" calendar is spiral bound at the top and printed on high quality paper. The cost is the same as in previous years - only $20 (plus shipping).

All proceeds go directly towards the rehabilitation and placement of rescued dachshunds in our program, so that they, too, may Picture A New Life.

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Our Currently Adoptable Dachshunds


Dachshund Rescue "Blotter" for August and September

We've continued to receive lots of favorable comments about our "Rescue Blotter", similar to a "Police Blotter", summarizing the types of requests for assistance we receive. It helps to illustrate the sorts of calls we get, the reasons why people surrender their dogs, and the uphill battle that all shelters and rescues face every single day. In 2015, we received a total of 354 requests for help with dachshunds. This is an average of 30 requests for help every month. We are delighted to report that this represents a continued reduction in calls—we received about 143 less calls for help in 2015 than we did in 2014. This represents a slow, steady decline in calls each year for help with dachshunds. At this point, however, that still represents a consistent number of dachshunds needing help from a rescue program.

We're a small organization, staffed solely by volunteers and we do the best we can with our limited resources. We wish we could help everyone who contacts us, but sadly, we are usually "full" and can only help a fraction of those who request our assistance. We do what we can, however, and always refer callers to other groups when we are full, or suggest other options such as training for behavioral issues, or low cost veterinary services for those with limited financial resources. When Good Samaritans contact us about stray and abandoned dachshunds they have taken in, we always encourage them to try to place those dogs themselves, and are happy to provide information on how to find good homes.

Until we can eliminate puppy mills and backyard breeders, unfortunately, there will always be more dogs in need than there are available spaces in any rescue organization. Please help - encourage others to spay and neuter their pets! For other ways to help us, please refer to our How You Can Help page.

Summary: August 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 30 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 2
Adoptions this month: 4 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 6 dogs

These are the reasons that assistance was requested from our group this month:
~ A woman contacted us about a female longhair dachshund that she took in from an acquaintance. The person assured her that the dog was perfectly healthy, but turned out to be heartworm positive. The woman, after careful thought, felt that the cost and time involved with heartworm treatment was not something she could handle. She contacted us for help, and we agreed to accept the dog into our program.
~ A man contacted us about a stray dachshund he had found. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A shelter contacted us about an elderly dachshund. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age or health precluded them ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ Another shelter contacted us about an elderly dachshund. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age or health precluded them ever being adopted. Luckily, another rescue group that felt they could be a sanctuary took the dog.
~ A shelter contacted us about a dachshund that needed a home “without children, without chaos, without change and without noise”. He was described as being very temperamental. We explained that for liability reasons we could not accept nor re-home dogs who displayed unstable or aggressive temperament.
~ A veterinary clinic contacted us about an elderly dachshund whose owner had died. We had to explain that we are not set up to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precludes their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A man contacted us for names of vet clinics for second opinions on neck injuries in dachshunds. We provided the name of a clinic we could recommend, plus the name of a rehab vet clinic for him.
~ A woman contacted us about a female dachshund that she had taken in from another person. The dog was aggressive towards her other dogs and had caused a number of fights. We explained that for liability reasons, we could not accept nor re-home any dog with known aggressive behaviors. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about two elderly dachshunds whose owner had died without making any plan for the care of the dogs. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A shelter contacted us about a black and tan smooth male dachshund puppy in need of rescue. We agreed to accept him into our program.
~ A shelter contacted us about a 13-year-old dachshund in need of rescue. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for a dog whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us for advice about locating her missing dog that had been gone for several weeks. Unfortunately, the dog was not neutered, was not wearing a collar with tags and was not microchipped. We gave the advice we could, but at this point it is not likely that the dog will be found. We wished her luck.
~ A woman contacted us about her elderly dachshund that she no longer wanted to take care of. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about a stray dachshund that she could not catch. The dog would not come near people, and would growl and snarl. We explained that it was not safe for her (or for us) to attempt to catch these dogs and it was best to call animal control.
~ A shelter contacted us about a male dachshund that backed up in the kennel and would growl and snarl at them. Because of that, the shelter could not consider adopting him out. They were sure that a rescue program would love to have him. We explained that for liability reasons, we could not accept nor re-home any dog with known aggressive behaviors. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman rescued a 10-year-old female dachshund with severe dental issues from a shelter and wanted a rescue group to take the dog. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman called us about her grandmother’s dachshund that had become very aggressive towards people and was also 15 years old. We explained that the combination of aggressive behavior and age would not allow the dog to be re-homed. For liability reasons we cannot accept nor re-home dogs with known aggressive behaviors. We advised that the correct option was to have their veterinarian euthanize the dog. After talking with us, the woman agreed that this was the right thing to do.
~ A woman found a wirehair dachshund and after two weeks could not locate the owner. We agreed to accept this dog into our program.
~ A woman took in a friendly dachshund mix from a friend who found the dog. No owner could be located, and after we looked at the pictures, we explained that the dog was definitely a mix and recommended an organization that accepts mixed breeds and that could possibly help with this dog.
~ A shelter contacted us about a male dachshund that they did not want to place in their adoption program because he was fear-aggressive. We explained that due to liability and insurance reasons, we could not accept, sanctuary nor re-home a dog with any known aggressive behaviors. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~ A woman called us about a 10-year-old dachshund whose owner had to go into assisted living and could not keep the dog. After talking with the woman about the dog, it was revealed that the dog did not like any unfamiliar people and had bitten people a number of times. We explained that due to liability and insurance reasons, we could not accept, sanctuary nor re-home a dog with any known aggressive behaviors. We reviewed the limited options available in these situations.
~ A woman contacted us about her parent’s dachshund that was an elderly dog. The owners had to go into assisted living and could not take the dog. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about two elderly female dachshunds whose owner could no longer manage their care. We explained that we were unable to be a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A group that did interim fostering in an attempt to get dogs out of a city shelter contacted us about a mother dog and two puppies. We agreed to take them into our program.
~ A woman contacted us about a female dachshund that had been abandoned on her property. Another rescue group was supposed to take the dog, but kept canceling appointments. We asked for pictures before agreeing to help, and also requested that the woman have the dog scanned for a microchip to be sure there was no owner for the dog. After stating she would send pictures, she stopped responding to us.
~ A woman adopted a male dachshund that was on the euthanasia list at an area municipal shelter. The staff assured her the dog was fine with other dogs and had a great personality. The dog turned out to be highly dog-aggressive, had severe separation anxiety and was a serious resource guarder. The woman’s original dog was being attacked by the new dog, and the children in the home were frightened. After a lengthy talk, explaining the difference between a training issue and a temperament issue, the woman understood that this dog was not a safe companion and never would be. We advised her to discuss with her veterinarian having this dog euthanized, as he presented a serious danger to the community.
~ A woman contacted us about a friend’s 1-year-old dachshund. The woman bought the dog as a puppy when her husband was ill. The husband died recently and the 1-year-old dog was more than she could manage. We asked for pictures of the dog before we would agree to take the dog. We are waiting for the pictures.
~ A woman contacted us about a dachshund that had been dumped at her home by a college student. She was not sure she wanted to keep the dog, but said she would send pictures. She never followed up with us so we do not know what happened with this dog.

Summary: September 2016
Requests for placement assistance: 19 dogs
Callers requesting advice only: 0
Adoptions this month: 4 dogs
Dachshunds accepted into rescue: 4 dogs

These are the reasons that assistance was requested from our group this month:
~ A shelter contacted us about an elderly dachshund mix in need of rescue. We explained that we are not a sanctuary for dogs whose age likely precludes their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about an elderly, blind dachshund in an area animal shelter. We explained that we are not a sanctuary for dogs whose age likely precludes their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us because she was moving out of the country and could not take her elderly dachshund. We explained that we are not a sanctuary for dogs whose age likely precludes their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A shelter contacted us about a male dachshund that turned up heartworm positive. They had done the basic work, but could not do the heartworm treatment. They asked if we would accept the dog into our program and we agreed to do so.
~ A shelter contacted us about a male dachshund in need of rescue. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A woman contacted us about her mother-in-law’s dachshund. The dog was very skittish and unfriendly. We explained that we were not able to re-home dogs that did not have a stable temperament and reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman contacted us about a 2-year-old red miniature female that she needed to re-home because the elderly dachshund in the home was beating up on this dog. They had been unable to resolve this situation, so contacted us for help and we agreed to accept this dog into our program.
~ A man contacted us about a female dapple dachshund that had been dumped on his property. We were full, but made referrals.
~ A shelter contacted us about a male dachshund that was dog aggressive and could not be adopted out of the shelter. We explained that for liability reasons we did not accept nor re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A couple contacted us about a stray male dachshund that they had found in their neighborhood. No owner could be located, so they contacted us for help and we agreed to accept this dog into our program.
~ A shelter contacted us about a longhair female dachshund that was surrendered by her owners. We then found out the dog was microchipped to another rescue group. After speaking with that group, they agreed to let us have the dog and release the microchip registration to us.
~ A couple contacted us about their 8-year-old dachshund that had bitten their child and displayed other aggressive behavior as well. We explained that for liability reasons we did not accept nor re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A woman found a chi-weenie as a stray out on a local road. No owner could be found. We explained that we generally did not take mixed breed dogs, so referred her to groups that did.
~ A woman contacted us about a six-year-old male dachshund that was aggressive towards other dogs and towards some people as well. However, they were very sure that someone else would be happy to live with an aggressive dog. We explained that for liability reasons we did not accept nor re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A local vet clinic contacted us about a dachshund mix that had been dropped off at their clinic. We explained that generally we did not take mixed breed dogs, so referred them to groups that did.
~ A woman contacted us about her aunt’s two elderly dogs. The aunt had to move to assisted living and could not keep the dogs. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available for these types of situations.
~ A woman contacted us about her 1-year-old dachshund that was aggressive towards other dogs, and fearful and unsociable towards people. We explained that for liability reasons we did not accept nor re-home dogs with known aggressive behavior. We reviewed the limited options available in such situations.
~ A shelter contacted us about a 12-year-old dachshund that had been abandoned at an area shelter. We explained that we were not a sanctuary for dogs whose age precluded their ever being adopted. We reviewed the limited options available for these types of situations.


Dear Dickens.....

Dear Dachshund Admirers:
You may remember me from a few years ago, when I was featured on the DFW Dachshund Rescue website. The rescue volunteers and vet staff helped me overcome a number of medical challenges, including a broken jaw and treatment for heartworms. I was adopted last summer by a wonderful couple and have been happily settled in my new home for quite some time. Now that life is great for me, I have been thinking about ways to give back to those who helped me so much. One day, my new family was reading the paper and I saw something called an "advice column" for humans. I thought to myself, "that's it! I'll write my own advice column for DFW Dachshund Rescue and call it 'Dear Dickens'." Just like the people who write the human advice columns, I'll call upon different dog experts if I can't answer the whole question by myself. The volunteers thought it was a great idea, so this will be a regular feature on the website. I hope you will write to me if you have questions and I will do my best to answer them.
Love, Dickens

Dear Dickens,

Thank you for writing this column. I always find helpful and interesting information here. I have a question for you. Rescue groups ask a lot of questions to potential adopters; but I wondered if it is okay for me to ask questions of the rescue group before I adopt from them. While some of my friends have adopted dogs from groups and it has been a good experience; others have encountered problems. I want to be more informed before I decide to adopt from a particular group. Is it really okay to ask questions?

Questioning Quinda in Quebec


Dear Questioning Quinda,

You definitely should ask questions of a rescue group before you decide to adopt from them. You should include questions about a dog you are interested in, and also basic information about the operating and management policies of the group. A good rescue group will not hesitate to answer your questions.

Here are some questions I would encourage you to ask:

1. Do you evaluate dogs for temperament before listing them for adoption to the general public? Would you knowingly place a people-aggressive or dog-aggressive dog in an adoptive home? Do you have an experienced dog trainer that works with or advises your group?
2. How many foster homes does your group have? Does your group have a limit on the number of foster dogs that can be in one home? (Note from Dickens: If there are too many dogs in a foster home, then the dogs are getting food and shelter, but not the necessary training and socialization to be ready for a permanent home)
3. What health care has the dog received? At minimum, the dog should be altered, vaccinated, tested for heartworms (treated if needed), tested and treated for parasites and microchipped. The dog should also have been treated for any infections or injuries. With dachshunds, a dental cleaning for adult dogs is a real bonus. Do ask the group if they provide dental cleanings for their foster dogs. Ask if you can speak to the vet clinic that has done the vet work for the dog you are interested in adopting. A good rescue group will happily provide you with the name and phone number of their vet clinic. Ask if you will be provided with an actual copy of the vet records for the dog and not just a list of the vaccinations that the dog has received.
4. Do you allow a trial visit period? Dogs do not always display their true personality in just a few days. A group that allows a 1 to 2 week trial visit will give you a better opportunity to evaluate a dog and see if it is the right match for your home.
5. Ask to see a copy of their adoption contract, so you will understand fully what will be required of you if you adopt from the group. If there are any stipulations in the contract that you do not think you can abide by, then perhaps this is not the right rescue group for you.

Do be sure to read through website of the rescue group first, as you may find answers to some of your questions there. Then you will know what additional questions you would like to ask. A good rescue group will not hesitate to answer your questions, and they will do so willingly. There are a number of good rescue groups out there, and it is worth taking the time to research and ask questions before deciding to adopt from a particular group. A good rescue group will continue to be a useful resource for you, even after the adoption of your dog. I hope this information will help you make an informed decision when you are looking for your new forever companion.

Well, my family is busy planning a camping trip and I am going to see where they plan on taking me and my doggie siblings! Goodbye for now.

Love, Dickens!

Click here to read previous letters to Dickens.


Annual United Way Donations can be Directed to DFW Dachshund Rescue

Most of us are familiar with the annual United Way campaigns organized by many employers, but did you know that you can direct your United Way donation to benefit DFW Dachshund Rescue? Most companies allow you to designate 501(c)(3) organizations of your choice to receive your United Way donations.

Check your employer's United Way sign-up process for requirements, and contact us, or call us at 817-481-9272, for the information needed to "write in" DFW Dachshund Rescue.

We've already begun receiving United Way directed donations from several companies, so you can rest assured that the process does work. What a wonderful way to help the dachshunds all year long! Thank you to those who are participating already - we are grateful for your support!


Selecting a Reputable Rescue Organization

Thank you for considering the adoption of a homeless dachshund. As you've no doubt seen, there are many more dogs than there are available homes, and there are many shelter and rescue organizations from which to choose your new family companion. Petfinder is an umbrella website that advertises adoptable animals from a number of different city shelters, private shelters, rescue organizations, and individuals, each serving their own target adoptive audience. Each of these groups has their own policies, procedures and requirements.

If you choose to adopt a dog from a rescue organization such as ours, it's important to learn as much as possible about the organization and its policies. The better the rescue organization, the better the chances you will adopt a companion that truly fits your family and lifestyle.

We have prepared an excellent article detailing a number of things to consider when selecting a rescue organization. Don't be afraid to ask questions about a rescue's policies and procedures. If the organization's representatives are defensive, rude, or avoid providing details, you should consider adopting from a different organization.

Click here to read the full article on Selecting a Reputable Rescue Organization.


Be a Great Dog Owner!

1. Clean up after your pet! Whenever you go out for a walk or go to the park, be sure you go with a plastic bag. No one wants to step in the poop that your dog left behind. Please "scoop the poop" and this way your dog will be welcome out in public.

2. Don't add to the animal population - please be sure your dog is spayed or neutered. There are already more dogs on the planet than there are possible homes - we don't need more.

3. Feed a quality dog food. Pet foods purchased in the local grocery store chains are generally full of grains, by-products and other undesirable ingredients. Feed a premium dog food; it pays off in the long run with a healthier dog. And healthier dogs have less trips to the vet!

4. Find a job for your dog. All dogs were initially bred to do something, and most dogs are "chronically under-employed". Dogs who are bored tend to get themselves in trouble. Take a basic obedience class with your dog for starters and then go from there. Perhaps you can teach your dog some tricks or pursue agility training or therapy dog work or any number of interesting activities. A dog with a purpose is a happy dog.

5. Use positive training methods. In today's dog training world, choke collars, shock collars and other punishment based methods are just not appropriate. We know more about dogs these days, and there are lots of positive training options out there. Clicker based training is very effective and there are lots of articles about this out on the internet.

6. Volunteer to help with an animal rescue or welfare organization, or donate to support one of those groups. These organizations give many dogs a "second chance" at life and they need your support.


Remember DFW Dachshund Rescue in Your Estate Plans

When you sit down to do your estate planning, please consider designating DFW Dachshund Rescue Foundation as a beneficiary of your estate. A bequest, no matter the size, funds our mission of restoring the health and finding new forever families for our homeless dachshunds.

It's easy to do. Just instruct your attorney that you wish to make a bequest to "DFW Dachshund Rescue Foundation" in your will or trust documents in whatever amount or form you choose. Be sure to include our address if you're a Texas resident.

Because we are a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation we may also meet the criteria for qualified beneficiaries for a variety of charitable giving programs which may be components of more elaborate estate planning. Be sure to consult with your attorney and tax professionals before embarking on any type of asset distribution plan to determine the appropriateness for your particular situation.

If you are interested in making a bequest and you, or your counsel, require further information please contact us, or call us at 817-481-9272.


Who We Are

The Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation is a well-established organization with a history of providing dachshund related education and service to the DFW community. If you are looking to adopt or purchase a dachshund, have dachshund related training or behavior questions, or need to place your dachshund, we may be able to assist you. If not, we will make every effort to find you someone who can.

Dachshunds in our program are fully vetted before adoption. This includes being altered, receiving all needed immunizations, having a dental cleaning and being microchipped. Any other medical issues the dog has will also be addressed before being adopted.

Our dachshunds are placed in foster homes while they undergo rehabilitation and await adoption. This allows us to better evaluate the personalities of each dog, which provides a better match for potential adopters. While in their foster homes, the dachshunds are socialized, given plenty of love and praise, and some begin to pick up basic housetraining skills and obedience.


How You Can Help

If you or someone you know are looking to acquire a companion dachshund, please view our list of available dachshunds. Information on how to go about adopting can be found in each dog's detailed listing, and in the next section, "Adopting A Friend."

Even if you are not looking for a companion dachshund, you can still be one of our Guardian Angels. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, funded solely through gifts, donations and adoption fees and staffed entirely by volunteers. All donations are tax deductible. Every dollar received goes directly towards the care of our rescue dachshunds. Your support makes it possible for us to continue helping those dogs in need.

Donations may be sent to:
Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 1892
Colleyville, TX 76034

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Adopting a Friend

If you are interested in adopting one of the dachshunds in our rescue program, please contact us for an application. It will be sent out to you via postal mail, as it is not available online. Once your application has been received, we will check your vet references, and schedule a home visit.

We are a private organization that fosters our dogs in individual homes. We do not have a kennel or a public facility of any type. We do not schedule visits with dogs until an adopter's application has been approved.

For more information about our adoption process, go to Our Adoption Process page.



Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 1892
Colleyville, TX 76034

Phone: 817-481-9272

Email: rescue@dfwdachshund.com

Click here for a list of our available dachshunds





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