A Dog with a Criminal Record

Adopting a Dachshund can be a rewarding experience.

Today we are sharing Alfie’s Story……. from the point of view of his new owner. 

The Police kennels had asked Dachshund Rescue about the possibility of finding a new home for him.

Alfie had been put into the kennels over a biting incident and he had been there for nearly a year. 

​I first heard from Dachshund Rescue back in September 2021 about a 3-year-old male Dachshund called Alfie. 

Little was known about him, but the police told Dachshund Rescue that in his time with them there’d been no biting. They said in fact that he was a sweet boy. 

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Alfie the smooth-haired dachshund

Luckily, Dachshund Rescue was there to help. 

​I was told he was a very large Standard and I could instantly see this when I saw the photos of him. 

Alongside this, we noted he was very food orientated and he loved to spend time with humans.

Taking on a dog who’d been known to bite was a bit of a worry. However, we soon discovered his kind nature and our worries were over.

Within 3 weeks I had picked him up and took him home to start his new life with us.

Now, 4.5 months later (at the time of writing), Alfie has settled down nicely. 

He is comfortable enough that he wags his tail and barks when in a deep sleep.

He’s starting training classes in the hope to help him gain a few doggy friends.

We’re hoping to improve his recall too so that he can be let off the lead.

Currently, he is quite headstrong, so most of the time he ignores us calling him.

He’s had plenty of adventures including beach and wood walks enjoying walks around the local towns and villages too.

A family holiday in the near future will bring opportunities for further walks.

So far, he’s managed to bite through 2 leads and a harness within minutes, so these are firmly tucked away now! 

His cheeky side is starting to come out and he’s gained enough confidence to start playing (aka, tearing his toys to shreds).

With the help of my family, we are still working through a few problems.

I know that there is no quick fix., but now I can’t imagine life without him.

Adopting a Dachshund
Dachshund Rescue UK

Could you provide a loving home for one of our rescued Dachshunds?

We provide UK-wide support for Adopting, Rehoming and Fostering via our network of regional coordinators.

If you’d like to find out more head to our Adoption page.

Rehoming My Dachshund

Having to rehome my dachshund -Val’s Story

I had to give my Dachshund up 5 years ago. Having to rehome my dachshund was always going to be tough.

Due to the horrendous situation I was in, I had little choice.

I’d had dogs all my life and have never ever had to give one up before.

So I knew that rehoming my dachshund was going to be tough.

Taking the steps to initiate the process was one of the hardest decisions I’d ever made.

I contacted Dachshund rescue and they were lovely.

I knew I that couldn’t keep him, but he had to go to the right home before I could let him go.

They phoned to say they had a lady who would like him and so we arranged to meet

A miniature Dachshund Laying on the grass
A miniature dachshund enjoys the snow

We were so lucky as she turned out to be perfect.

She lived on her own and was retired and lived in a lovely area with trees and parks.

As soon as we met, I knew that my boy would be happy.

I keep in touch and ring or visit every year to check that all is well. He’s the most loved and spoilt Dachshund going.

We realise how lucky we were that it turned out so well and I will always be grateful that he’s loved and happy.

Hopefully, I will never have to be involved in rehoming my dachshund again.

However careful and considered your actions are, putting a little soul who you love and who has always given you unconditional love, into an unknown situation is just awful.

Even though it had a happy ending I found it hard to really forgive yourself.

Thank goodness for organisations like Dachshund Rescue they are brilliant and I would highly recommend them.

Dachshund Rescue UK

If you own a dachshund and ever find yourself in a situation where you need to rehome your dog, either permanently or temporarily, for whatever reason, get in touch.

We provide UK-wide support for Rehoming and Fostering via our network of regional coordinators.

Find contact details for the nearest to you on our Contacts page.

Christine Furneaux

It is with deep sadness that Dachshund Rescue has to announce the passing of our Chair for many years, Christine Furneaux.

Founded in 1972, Dachshund Rescue was the result of the collaboration of several Dachshund breed clubs.

Later Chris became responsible for Daxaid, a small organisation providing foster care.

She was a very proactive lady, nothing stood in the way of what she wanted to achieve in her life!

In 2014 Chris led us to achieve charitable status for Dachshund Rescue, finding new Trustees and Co Ordinators.

It was the beginning of Dachshund Rescue as we know it today.

At this time Chris also initiated and managed the amalgamation of Daxaid and Dachshund Rescue.

Covering the whole of the UK, we now have; 4 Trustees, 14 Co Ordinators , over 40 volunteers, a team of mobile physiotherapists and a Dachshund trainer.

We have also established working relationships with various referral clinics across the UK. In 2021 the Charity found forever homes for 190 Dachshunds

The amount of energy and dedication Chris had for the welfare of Dachshunds was tremendous, and she grew a very successful charity over many years.

She was an extremely determined lady with very strong values and ethics which she instilled in each and every member of the Charity.

These values remain in place today and we are all very proud to honour these vital components which are instrumental in the rehoming work that we do.

Chris had a great love of Lawn Bowls which she attended two mornings a week for many years. Nothing interfered with her bowling mornings and the socialising that went with them.

We all quickly learned which mornings were bowls mornings. There became an unspoken rule that Chris was not to be disturbed at these times!

Wildlife was a great love of Chris’s and whilst sat at her desk for many hours carrying out the rescue work, she would watch a special little bird that sat on the hedge outside her study, watching her.

The last few months prior to Chris stepping down as Chair of Dachshund Rescue saw the beginning of the pandemic. This brought in a massive change in the way we would work to rehome Dachshunds.

This she did with great aplomb, as always leading her team successfully through these unprecedented times.

She was however, not a great fan of technology, and as our meetings could no longer be face to face, we all had to get to grips with Zoom.

Chris found this very frustrating to say the least but her determination to master the situation resulted in a very strange login to our first Zoom meeting, culminating in us all pulling her leg that she was using a stolen IMac!

She roared with laughter and from then on we all had great fun with her adapting successfully to Zoom life.

Chris also held various other positions, all Dachshund related of course.

She was on the committee of the Southern Dachshund Club Association for over 20 years and the committee of the Dachshund Club, holding positions of Membership Secretary as well as Chair for a couple of years.

Due to ill health, Chris stepped down from Dachshund Rescue in December 2020.

The knowledge and experience of Dachshunds Chris possessed was enormous. We feel very privileged to have worked with her.

Christine Furneaux

Chris will be hugely missed and the Dachshund breed has sadly lost a great Ambassador.

Sponsorship of Queens Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge

We are delighted to announce 2 major collaborations at the Queens Veterinary School Hospital (QVSH), University of Cambridge.

3-year Training Position

Dachshund Rescue UK are fully funding a three-year training position for a veterinary neurologist, beginning in July 2021.

The position attracted many high-quality applicants. Eventually, the team decided on Bruno Scalia (pictured here).

Bruno Scalia of QVSH Cambridge University
Bruno Scalia

Bruno is an Italian veterinary surgeon who came to the UK to fulfill his ambition of becoming a neurologist.

He visited QVSH Cambridge University prior to the pandemic and made a very good impression.

Gaining valuable experience at a busy private referral hospital, Bruno has already been published in a leading veterinary journal.

The team is confident he will be an outstanding neurologist.

Bruno’s aim is to find evidence for a surgical treatment to reduce the frequency and recurrences of ‘disc disease’ in our breed as, well as others.

1-Year Research Project

Our second sponsorship is the funding of a one-year research project.

The successful candidate is a veterinary surgeon from Colombia, Viviana Rojas (pictured here).

Viviana Rojas of QVSH Cambridge University
Viviana Rojas

This is a potentially life-changing opportunity for Viviana, who will begin her research in October 2021.

Working as part of Paul Freeman’s research group, she will be looking at various aspects of intervertebral disc disease.

The group at QVSH has already made some exciting advances in the understanding of the disease.

We are sure that Viviana’s work will add to the pool of knowledge, eventually leading to novel treatments and/or preventative measures in the future.

We’re extremely excited about this partnership, and to further developing our relationship with the team at QVSH Cambridge.

The results will benefit our breed in particular, but also of course the welfare of all breeds which suffer from neurological disease.