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Rehoming the rehomed at Dachshund Rescue HQ. Dexter’s story.

Dexter is the latest dachshund to have been helped and supported by Dachshund Rescue UK at our new HQ facility.

Rehoming the rehomed is not an unusual situation for us. In this case, Dexter had been rehomed by us, 2 years ago at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, and recently came back into our care when issues were developing in the relationship with his owners!!

He had started biting and being aggressive, especially toward the male member of the family.

He was placed in emergency foster care, but within 24 hours had bitten the fosterer twice. The unpredictability of his response meant he would need to be moved again. It would have been too difficult to find another foster placement with his history.

The decision was made to bring him to our new on-site facility at Dachshund Rescue HQ, for a full assessment.

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It was immediately obvious that Dexter had very pronounced muscle definition around his hips and back legs. He was trying to get around by “bunny hopping” and would lift his right leg at certain moments.

We were very concerned, so within 24 hours he was booked to see an orthopaedic vet for a full health check.

Initial findings recognised that Dexter was in pain and this was the reason for his biting. It was also found that he had sensitive spots along his back which made him “wince” in pain.

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It was necessary for Dexter to return to the vet the next day for scans and x-rays under sedation

The results showed hip dysplasia and suggested that his muscles had developed as he had been compensating for his movement. He was put on strong pain relief medication.

Dexter will have to undergo some intense physiotherapy. This will be organised at Dachshund Rescue Headquarters. There will be a team involved who are committed to helping him overcome his diagnosis.

It is very early days and future surgery cannot be ruled out. He will be monitored very carefully and of course, we’ll support him through every step.

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Dexter’s story is an excellent example of how the investment in our new headquarters facility supports our work with dachshunds to help our charity move forward.

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

You’ll find their contact details and the nearest to you here.

Being a UK charity, all of our work is funded by our fundraising efforts and the generosity of donors and supporters.

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Meg and Amy

Rehoming Dachshund Twins – Meg and Amy’s Story

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Meg and Amy were found in a dreadful condition in September. Look at the girls now!!!
They have done so well in their new home and are looking extremely healthy.

They are thriving in their new environment although it hasn’t always been plain sailing !!!

They both love chewing items they shouldn’t. Meg has already destroyed a pair of Doc Marten boots and the sausage dog door stop!!!

She even had a go at the remote control for the television!!! They are both so loving though, that they have been forgiven!!

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Recently, the owner was poorly and paramedics came to the house.

Initially, Meg and Amy were scared, but by the time the lady had started to receive treatment, Amy was on the bed with her head across the owner’s chest watching the ambulance crew and checking everything was fine.

Meg and Amy are very much loved and they are clearly giving lots of love back in return. They love snuggles and pinching the pillows at bedtime.

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Meg and Amy are getting lots of exercise romping through the local National Trust fells and they love bouncing in the heather. Their confidence is growing and their anxieties diminishing.

They are now happy to be left alone at home for a short time and just sleep quietly. They are always excited for their owners to return, however, and give lots of licks and waggy tail greetings!!!

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Their initial fear of men is also being overcome. This picture shows how much they adore the man of the house.

It is a wonderful outcome for these beautiful girls. Rehoming dachshund twins that need to stay together presents challenges of its own. So it is so lovely seeing them find the loving home they deserve after their sad start in life.

We wish everyone in this new family a happy future with lots of special times ahead.

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If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing to rehome your dog, for whatever reason, feel free to reach out to your local Dachshund Rescue coordinator. We have a UK-wide team. You’ll find their contact details here

Being a UK charity, all of our work is funded by our fundraising efforts and the generosity of donors and supporters.

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What you can learn from dog poo!!!!

Dog Poo – What can it tell you about your dog?

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I know that this is not the nicest of subjects but did you know that, just as it is with us humans, there are things we can learn about its health, from looking at our dog’s droppings?

The colour of your dachshund’s poop can give a very good indication as to the state of your dog’s health and well-being.

Ideally, your dachshund’s stools should be a nice “milk chocolate ” colour. Anything other than that, i.e. other colours and shades, may not necessarily be a cause for concern but may need further investigation.

So it’s worth getting into the habit of noticing these things about dog poo when you’re dog is out for its regular ablutions.

If it is very dark or even black in appearance then there is a possibility your dog may be showing signs of having an ulcer or a bleed within the stomach which would be an obvious concern.

Red streaks can be a suggestion of colitis, an anal gland problem or even a rectal injury of some description.

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If the dog poo is looking purple or like strawberry jam, it is recommended that you collect a sample and go to your vet for further investigation.

Would you believe that greasy grey poo is also a possibility? Here your dachshund may be struggling to break down fats within its diet. a slimy consistency would support this.

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White specks may be a sign that your dachshund has worms!! If the specks are long and skinny and look like “rice” this is probably the case.

Note though that this is only a concern in fresh poo as worms can enter the stool if left for a while on the ground.

A yellow colour could be telling you that your dachshund might be having some issues with food intolerance. Consider whether anything new or different has been added to their feed. You may need to change their diet and see if there is something specific that can be omitted from future meals.

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The colour orange may also be sending out a message. In this instance, your dachshund may be processing their food too quickly and there is not enough time for bile to help break the food down to give the poo a more normal-looking appearance.

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Green poo could be that too much grass is being eaten. However, it could indicate the presence of parasites or even poisons!! You will need to keep a close eye on your dachshund if this is the case. Any weight loss or sickness may require treatment.

Hopefully, you will find this helpful information and you are able to use it in the future to help your understanding of your dachshunds’ health and diet.

….. and finally, remember whatever the colour always clear it up after!!!!!!

Dog Poo - A pet waste station

Now go and wash your hands 🙂

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If you’re considering surrendering your dachshund, feel free to chat with one of our regional coordinators. You’ll find their contact details here.

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Dachshund Rescue HQ – a new admin centre and kennels facility

Last weekend I had the privilege to visit the charity’s new central headquarters and to see for myself the work going on and the future impact this facility will have upon the dogs we have surrendered to us.

The first impression is of a beautiful location surrounded by fields and countryside. The space available and the freedom for the dogs to exercise is great.

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Bertie having a great time exploring
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The kennels are in a very safe and secure area with lovely exercise facilities for the dogs. I spent a lot of time there cleaning the kennels, feeding the resident dogs, letting them out for regular runs around the field and getting involved in their care (All under the supervision of Clare McGrogan who runs a very tight ship!!!!!)

At the kennels, I met Reggie, who Dachshund Rescue is struggling to rehome for various reasons relating to his behaviour… This is where our new HQ proves invaluable. Reggie can be assessed in a safe environment and learn the skills necessary to be rehomed in the near future with all his needs catered for.

I was also thrilled to meet our special little dachshund Eddie, whose story many of you are familiar with, (check out our Facebook page for the story if you’ve not seen it), and for whom many generous donations were made to the charity.

He is recovering well at our headquarters and has received all the necessary rehabilitation after his very serious life-threatening surgery. He is on his way back to full health with the need to gain weight slowly a priority. He will still require regular visits to the vet and close monitoring to ensure his progress is maintained.

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As you can see he is a sociable little chap. I was also able to play a part in this lovely boy’s journey by taking him to meet his new owner. Eddie has a wonderful life ahead of him and he is another example of the work being undertaken at Dachshund Rescue HQ.

After all the hard work in the kennels, I was able to enjoy walking my dogs along the river with Lynn (Chair) and her dogs. Such a wonderful environment to be in with lovely views.

All the dogs are thriving in the space and freedom of the setting.

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Evenings were spent being exceptionally well looked after by Lynn and her husband Steve. I was fed delicious meals, relaxed in front of a beautiful wood fire and slept in a most comfortable bed.

Lynn spent time talking with me about the future of the charity and how our new Dachshund Rescue HQ is going to play such an incredible part in the lives of dachshunds who need extra help and support with behaviour and medical problems.

I left feeling excited about what lies ahead and proud to be part of such an amazing charity.

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We’re always on the lookout for good people. If you’d like to get involved in the work we do, check out the information on our volunteer roles here.

Letting Go Is Hard!

Letting go is hard – a sad story with a happy ending…

This story tells of an incredibly kind gentleman who was responsible for saving many puppies whilst living in Spain. Two of them were dachshunds who became much-loved members of his family. Sadly, recent events have meant he has had to make a heart-breaking decision.

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10 years ago, whilst living in Spain our gentleman came across a pet store in Barcelona selling puppies. Upon entering the store, he realised something was not right and that the welfare of these puppies was a cause for concern.

He got together with a group of friends to raise some funds and try to rescue the dogs. They returned to the store and brought at least twenty puppies between them and placed them with loving families.

On a visit to the vet, it transpired these dogs were only approximately 4 weeks old and not the 8 weeks he had been told upon original inquiries!!

Further investigations revealed these puppies had been transported from Eastern Europe and removed from their mothers far too early!! We can only imagine the suffering that occurred during this journey and the conditions they had experienced.

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The dachshund in the picture was one of those puppies so you can see what a happy and healthy life now lay ahead because of the gentleman rescuing him.

Sadly, the rules and regulations about animal welfare in parts of Europe are not as stringent as those in Great Britain. So, it was no surprise when 6 years later our dachshund owner came across another similar dreadful situation.

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Again, he felt he needed to help, and he came to the rescue of several puppies who were in poor health and with uncertain futures ahead. This time he found a beautiful female black and tan dachshund who would make the perfect companion for his first rescue.

It is so sad to know upon talking with this lovely man that illegal transportation of puppies across Europe is being allowed and how breeders are abusing the welfare of so many beautiful dogs to cause unnecessary suffering for thousands of dogs just to try and make money!!!! It is truly upsetting.

2 years ago, our rescuer came over to England with his dachshunds having achieved something special during his time in Spain. Imagine his devastation when changes in family circumstances meant he had to contact Dachshund Rescue and surrender the 2 dachshunds he had saved!!!

His dachshunds saved his life and kept him through some extremely tough times. But he had to accept that he could no longer give them the life they deserved.

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He had to work, and he wanted his dachshunds to continue to be happy and be given the care he had given to them throughout their lives. He felt like he was betraying them after all the love and joy they has given him. Letting go was so hard for him.

Dachshund Rescue was able to find a wonderful home for the two dachshunds and the gentleman was reassured by the coordinator as to how they were settling and being extremely well looked after.

This is a recent story, and the owner is still very emotional. It is hoped that he will find comfort in knowing his dachshunds will have a happy and loving future. Letting go is hard but he should feel incredibly proud of his actions in rescuing so many puppies and hopefully, given time, reflect positively on what a special thing he did.

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If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing to rehome your dog, for whatever reason, feel free to reach out to your local Dachshund Rescue coordinator. We have a UK-wide team. You’ll find their contact details here

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

Being a UK charity, all of our work is funded by our fundraising efforts and the generosity of donors and supporters.

Can you help?
Make a donation securely via PayPal or using a Debit/Credit Card
You can specify a one-off amount, monthly, or annual donation.
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Swimmers Syndrome

Swimmers Syndrome – Peanut’s Story

Before the story of Peanut and his siblings can begin it is important to have some understanding of “Swimmers“. This is a little-known disability that puppies can develop if the muscles in their legs haven’t developed properly.

The puppy cannot stand, and it can result in their limbs splaying out to the side in extreme circumstances hence the name “swimmers”.

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Whether this is a consequence of breeding (nature) or being part of a small litter and not needing to move to get to food and therefore not using the legs (nurture) is debatable. The good news is that if caught early and with dedication there is every chance of recovery.

Earlier this year one of our coordinators received a call regarding 3 puppies with swimmers syndrome and it looked like unless homes were found these new puppies had no potential future ahead.

After a lot of research, we made the decision to offer them a chance and the coordinator began her search for three new homes.

It would not be easy as there needed to be a great deal of time and commitment involved and the owners would have to be prepared to go on a journey that nobody had any genuine experience of!!! However, three amazing families were prepared to help and support the puppies having investigated the swimmers syndrome condition and believing that they could help.

So, on June 28th, 2022, three couples met up in Kings Lynn to meet the new additions to their families who were named Peanut, Rosie, and Winnie.

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Today we will focus on Peanut who is the black and tan male of the group.

Peanut’s issue was his folding his front legs beneath him being unable to stand. His owners produced an amazing idea.

They built a tunnel that kept his legs in the right place beneath his shoulders. They put little hurdles along the length which meant Peanut had to step over and use his legs correctly. Treats at various points encouraged Peanut even further, which as you know always works beautifully with our dachshunds!!!!!

Peanut is coming along, but occasionally, when excited, instead of using his legs individually to walk he resorts to a “bunny” style hopping movement.

His owner has a way of working on this too. She has discovered Peanut has a tickle spot on his paws. If touched it initiates a reflex reaction. This makes each leg move in turn and ensures isolation of movement and continued muscle development.

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Peanut has formed a wonderful friendship with Danny who is a 15-year-old crossbreed rescue. The owner was concerned a puppy might be too much for her older dog, but Peanut has helped Danny recover his youthfulness. However, he is also good at ensuring Peanut doesn’t overdo the playfulness!!!!!

At mealtimes Peanut is supported in the correct standing position and is beginning to hold this stance more independently. He also has a raised bowl to keep his front legs straight. He is on a protein diet to help his muscles build up and strengthen further.

Peanut does have a weakness on his left side, but his future looks bright. He loves being outside and exercising. He still has a long way to go before he is completing longer walks but he is being given the best opportunity to get there. He has a wonderful team behind him and his recovery from swimmer’s syndrome will continue.

Dachshund Rescue has supported Peanut and the other two puppies suffering from swimmers syndrome throughout their journey by providing essential hydrotherapy and physiotherapy sessions to enhance their recovery.

Peanut will be meeting up with his sisters very soon and we will update you on all their progress. We are thrilled to have found these gorgeous puppies’ wonderful forever homes and want to thank everyone involved in their journey to a happy life and a wonderful future.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing to rehome your dog, for whatever reason, feel free to reach out to your local Dachshund Rescue coordinator. We have a UK-wide team. You’ll find their contact details here

Let Sleeping Dachshunds Lie!!

Sleeping Dachshunds

If you own a dachshund, you’ll know that they love a good sleep. They can happily spend up to 16 hours a day snoozing.

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But did you know that their sleeping positions can tell us a great deal about their emotions and well-being? Even how they settle down to sleep can tell a story!!!

Does your dog walk round in circles before dropping to the ground?

This is a result of the dachshund’s deep-rooted history. As pack animals, they are marking their territory and ensuring the safety of their chosen spot. I bet after you have carefully arranged their blankets and bedding, they dig around and rearrange everything. Again, this is instinctive of their need for security and warmth.

So, what can we learn from their actual shape and position whilst asleep?

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Your dachshund may curl up in a tight ball despite having a lovely large bed to lie in!! This goes back to feeling safe and having greater protection from predators in the wild. It is also a reflection of being a pack animal and snuggling up to other dogs for warmth.

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If your dachshund sleeps in a sprawled-out position then they are probably a little warm and stretching out can help them to cool down.

Dogs can sometimes be very restless or fidgety whilst sleeping. They can be padding their paws or even growling. Unbelievably they are like humans and in the REM phase of sleep which means they are dreaming!!

You can only imagine what visions are going through their minds!!!

Try not to awaken them whilst this is happening as this can be unsettling and scare them!!

So, onto the question of our beloved dachshunds sleeping in our beds. People have different views but is there something positive to be learnt from this behaviour?

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It is seen to reflect the strong bond established between you and your dachshund. Also, your dachshund is going back to its natural pack instinct and looking for warmth and security. Digging under the blankets and quilt is for the same reasons of finding heat and safety.

As you know dachshunds can be very needy. So next time you are curled up in the corner of your bed whilst your dachshund takes over all the space you understand why!!!

How cute is it when your little friend sleeps on their back with their paws in the air? This is the best way for them to regulate their body temperature. Their paws contain sweat glands so when exposed to the air heat can escape.

You will also be thrilled to know that sleeping in such a vulnerable position is a sign of their complete trust in you as their owner. If your dachshund is sleeping in this position the likelihood of snoring increases!! This is because the tongue can fall back and slightly obstruct the airways.

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If you are lucky enough to have more than one beautiful dachshund you will know how lovely, it is to see them snuggled up together. This is as mentioned previously their pack instinct and need for feeling safe. When apart it is usually because they have become too warm and not the result of an argument!!

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So next time you are watching your dachshund sleeping you may have a clearer understanding of how their positioning tells us about their welfare. Enjoy observing!!!

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing to rehome your dog, for whatever reason, feel free to reach out to your local Dachshund Rescue coordinator. We have a UK-wide team. You’ll find their contact details here

Rehoming a Rescue – Ralph’s Story

Rehoming a rescue dachshund – Ralph’s Story

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This story is written to highlight how our expectations when rehoming a rescue dachshund may not immediately be everything we envisaged. The first 24 hrs may be fantastic but once the dog starts to settle some behavioural issues can occur as the dachshunds character emerges!!

This is when the hard work begins, and although it may be easier to return the dachshund to the rescue, through feeling unable to cope, sometimes having the patience and willingness to overcome such problems can prove immensely rewarding.  Ralph’s story is an example of this.

Ralph arrived at his new home with serious separation anxiety. He was unsocialised and unhappy around other dogs. He would mark his territory inside the home which meant his new owner would not be able to visit family and friends for a while!!

It was evident Ralph would need a lot of work and his new owner recognised immediately this was not what he expected and he was very close to giving Ralph up 😔

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With a lot of hard work Ralph became more confident with other dogs when out walking  but he could still be nervous of some dogs and be reactive. With time his confidence began to grow and he became familiar with the dogs he was meeting. 

Ralph’s owner also met up with licensed dog walkers to learn ways in which Ralph could progress with his socialisation and he is now a much-loved dachshund within the community. His owner now enjoys nothing more than seeing Ralph play with other dogs. 

With even greater patience and time, Ralph’s separation and anxiety fears improved tremendously. So much so that he could be left alone for a couple of hours without any problem.

He is now much better with his toilet issues indoors and this has made his owner’s life much easier. It means Ralph can visit friends’ and families’ homes without causing any embarrassment!!! 

Ralph has had to have an operation to remove some of his milk teeth which helped massively to overcome his other unpleasant issue of having bad breath. This is great for his owner as Ralph does enjoy a close cuddle. 

The message Ralph’s owner really wanted to emphasise was that he had to lower the expectations of his rescue dachshund and accept all of Ralph’s flaws. He loved him because of his problems and understood this was Ralph’s chance to be happy and settled. He now realises that some of Ralph’s quirky behaviour can be typical of the breed!!!

Letting Ralph be himself has been the key alongside the acceptance of how life-changing the rehoming a rescue dachshund can be. From being on the verge of returning Ralph to the owner of (and I quote) a “happy, cheeky, funny, sweet little boy” has been a testament to how great results can be achieved and a new bond is made for life.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing to rehome your dog, for whatever reason, feel free to reach out to your local Dachshund Rescue coordinator. We have a UK-wide team. You’ll find their contact details here

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Linda Hesp

Linda Hesp – Dachshund Rescue coordinator for Mid, South & West Wales

Linda Hesp is the newest coordinator team member, joining us in June 2022. She spoke with fellow coordinator Sue Page having seen our appeal for help and decided to volunteer.

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After she was contacted by our Chair, Lynn Hall, it soon became clear that Linda would be a great asset to the group.

Linda is a retired PE and Science teacher, so she is used to dealing with people of all ages. Being a PE specialist, she totally understands the importance of teamwork and how people support each other.

She really enjoys learning from all the other coordinators and their experiences which is helping her with all the different situations her new role brings. During Linda’s final years in teaching, she acted as an assistant headteacher in a secondary school responsible for pastoral care and safeguarding.

These skills have really helped with her work for Dachshund Rescue and in her care for everyone involved in the process of rehoming.

Just to enlighten everyone as to Linda’s sporting prowess she represented Wales up to the age of 16 in Tennis and played circuits around England and Wales.

She specialised in Dance at PE college and choreographed lots of school dance routines for concerts during her teaching career. She has also worked on producing dance performances within local theatre shows.

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Linda has had dachshunds in her life since the age of three. Her first dachshund was a standard and she has gone on to enjoy the ownership of all different dachshunds within the breed!!

Alongside her own dachshunds Linda and her family took in lots of rescue dogs whilst she was growing up. Her experience and knowledge cannot, therefore, be questioned!!!

At present Linda has three dachshunds, all of which are rescued, having sadly had two pass over the rainbow bridge earlier this year. Fletcher and Deefa had both lived to a wonderful age before cancer cruelly took its toll.

Her loss has enabled her to show great empathy towards people having to surrender their dogs, who can also undergo those heart-breaking emotions felt when losing their dachshunds.

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Having retired from teaching Linda set up her own little business for boarding dachshunds and often had up to eight of them running around her home. She did this for six years. One of her boarders, Emily, ended up staying permanently!! Emily had severe anxiety and was only comfortable in Linda’s care.

Despite all this experience Linda feels she has fallen behind with all the changes going on with breeding in the world of dachshunds. She has come across “dilutes” and “double dapples” and feels there has been a massive increase in dachshunds developing back issues!!

Like many dachshund owners, she has concerns for the future of the breeds’ health and well-being. She has experienced IVDD with her dachshund Daisy, who for a while lost sensation in all four limbs.

With dedication and hard work, Daisy made a remarkable recovery, and her story can offer hope to others. Linda was someone who helped to set up the South Wales IVDD group with Charlotte Baldwin and Dachshund Rescue has helped in supporting this wonderful group.

Like so many of the team, Linda worries when a dachshund enters their new home. We all want everything to go well, and Linda’s greatest reward is when that happens, and she receives lovely feedback from the new owners.

All of our team are volunteers and Linda can struggle when owners want immediate action once, they have decided to surrender their dachshund. She understands that it is hard for people to keep their dogs a little longer having made the decision and that makes the emotions involved even more difficult.

Linda has a saying that “It takes as long as it takes” and assures owners that she will be doing her best to resolve everything as soon as she can, but her priority is always about the dachshund finding its best future life.

What little spare time Linda has now is spent listening to children reading at her local Primary School and singing with her local choir. Despite all her PE teaching and sporting knowledge, she chooses to support Arsenal!!!

This choice was made on her respect for manager Arsene Wenger who was the first to involve science within football training methods in this country (her two subjects combined). We’ll forgive her!!!

If you would like to volunteer to help Linda or any of our coordinators in their work for Dachshund rescue, then we would welcome your support.

Rescue Coordinator Lauren Thomas

Lauren Thomas is the Dachshund Rescue coordinator for London, Berkshire and East Sussex.

She has always had animals in her life and grew up around horses. She became a dachshund owner 8 years ago when Blue came into her life. Lauren had until this point worked with gun dogs and assistance dogs and she was fascinated by the complete difference in the psychology of dachshunds and other breeds of dogs.

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Lauren Thomas, the Dachshund Rescue coordinator for London, Berkshire and East Sussex

Lauren’s dog, Blue, had a few behaviour issues when settling into his new home with her, and she was eager to work on helping him to improve.
She worked alongside a behaviourist and was fascinated to learn that the drives behind most breeds differ from those of the dachshund.

She discovered that for most dogs the main drive is to please the owner and gain their praise. Dachshunds have other ideas!!!!! Lauren was fascinated by what she was learning and how it changed her normal ways of dog training.

She has worked for dog charities, training assistance dogs for people with physical and mental disabilities. The role meant spending time working with the dogs to learn their personalities so that she could then find the owner best suited for each particular dog.

As you can imagine these skills fit alongside her work for the charity perfectly.

Rescue Coordinator - Lauren Thomas pictured walking across a footbridge with her dachshund, Blue

Lauren’s work in training assistance dogs was ideal experience for her role with Dachshund Rescue

More recently Lauren has been working for a charity that puts together teams of dogs and horses that act as therapy for children and adults of all disabilities.

Whether it be the physical exercise or emotional connection she finds the right ways in which animals can help. As you can imagine this is incredibly rewarding work.

One of Lauren’s concerns is how many owners expect their dogs to conform completely to their lifestyle.

She has learnt through her work with disabled children and adults that communication is sometimes difficult and you need to find different ways to relate to people.

This has made her very aware that the same is true of our dachshunds and that often they communicate their underlying emotions through aggression and barking.

She believes that sometimes we need to try to view situations through their eyes, to help us to recognise the cause of their anxieties, and then try to avoid those triggers in the future or find a way to work around them. Some good advice for all dachshund owners.

As a rescue coordinator, she wants people who apply to adopt, to do so only when they are completely ready to make the necessary commitment.

It is not always practical to believe our dachshunds can be “fixed” with their behaviour but they can improve tremendously with hard work.

Lauren has only been in her rescue coordinator role with us for a few months and she has really enjoyed meeting lots of new people and helping to find our dachshunds’ wonderful new homes.

She has loved being part of our team and is learning every day how different every situation is.

As you’d expect, Lauren is very busy and, like many of our coordinators, is always on the lookout for extra help.

If you are in and around Lauren’s neck of the woods and think you might be able to help with Home Checks, Transport, or anything else to support her in her work as a rescue coordinator for Dachshund Rescue, get in touch, she’d love to hear from you. You’ll find Lauren’s contact details here.

We’re always on the lookout for good people. If you’d like to get involved in the work we do, check out the information on our volunteer roles here.