Dachshund -Finding The Right Home

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It’s a disappointing fact that around 20% of dogs that get rehomed in the UK have been rehomed before.

Once a dachshund is surrendered to us, the process of finding their new home begins.

This involves going through the applications we have received looking for the best place for each individual dachshund in relation to its particular needs.

Sounds simple right?

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Sometimes though we receive applications that can lead to a great deal of wasted time and effort, usually because the applicants themselves are not really ready to take a rescued dog on board, or they haven’t fully understood the implications of doing so.

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Some applications understandably come from homes with dogs and owners would love a companion for their dog. When they are informed of the characteristics of a dachshund and maybe the issues it comes with, they suddenly believe their dog wouldn’t cope and that they hadn’t considered the reality of introducing a new dog before applying!!!

Amazingly, occasionally we make a follow-up call only to find that the applicants themselves are surprised that they are actually being considered and are not ready to adopt!!!

Obviously, the key message here is if you do apply, make sure that you’re actually prepared to be successful. We know that sometimes it can take a while for a suitable dog to become available, but it can happen quite quickly too.

On other occasions, we are led to believe after speaking to potential owners that they have a genuine interest in the dachshund we have available and then they completely “disappear” from all attempts to make further contact. This is of course very frustrating and can cause a delay in finding a new home for a dog and can be distressing for the animal.

We do have situations too where the application comes from someone who hasn’t discussed it with other members of their household, which often means that when things start to move we discover a difference of opinion, again resulting in wasted effort. It’s obviously important to involve all of the family in making a decision to take on any dog before applying to do so.

Another common misconception is that it’s ok to leave a rescue dachshund alone for long periods while people go out to work etc.

This is certainly not the case. Rescue dachshunds often have separation anxiety and so cannot be left for long periods.

We also get applications from people who want a specific colour, size, and age of dachshund. You can imagine that the chances of success for an application like that are very small.

Some applicants are surprised that we ask for an adoption fee, believing they are getting a free dachshund. Obviously, we are a charity and have to recover at least some of the costs involved in rescuing and rehoming a dog. The adoption fee together with the funds we receive from kind donators, allows us to continue with our work.

Part of our challenge is to try and educate & inform anyone looking to adopt a rescued dog. We do have some helpful articles here on the site:

Dachshunds – What Are They Really Like?

Our Adoption page has information on the things you should consider BEFORE applying, and we encourage anyone considering an application to take this information on board before committing.

By highlighting in this article, some of the scenarios we come across in our work, we’re not trying to dissuade applications.

We do realise that when it comes to adopting a rescue dachshund, often people don’t know what they don’t know, and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of potentially owning one of these special little dogs.

It is really important though that people consider the real implications of what they’re getting involved with before making an application. The last thing any dachshund lover would want is having to rehome an already rehomed dog. You can only imagine the stress that puts on the animal.

So if you are considering an application please take the time to read through the information and advice offered on this site and throughout the adoption application itself. If you’re not sure about anything or have any questions, please contact your local Dachshund Rescue coordinator. You’ll find their contact details here.

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When A Dachshund Is Surrendered…..

When a dachshund is surrendered.

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Any surrender usually starts with one of our coordinators receiving that initial email or phone call from a distressed owner. For anyone needing to surrender their dachshund to the charity, there is a huge range of emotions involved on both the owner’s side and the coordinator’s.

Every situation is different and we have to be there to support the owners through an extremely difficult time and decision.

Many tears can be shed by all parties and we must show great patience and empathy at all times.

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The person could be ringing because their dachshund has to be surrendered after a death in the family. Sometimes a relationship breakdown means the dachshund has to leave its home. Now with the terrible financial strains on people, we are hearing from owners who have been forced to leave their homes and are unable to keep their beloved dachshunds with them

Such heartbreaking stories occur every day and for some coordinators, there can be a few of these traumatic calls daily. We cannot help but be moved by people’s difficult situations and will do our very best to support them.

Sometimes the calls we receive involve very difficult decisions which again break our hearts. we want to give EVERY dachshund a chance but when we are asked to rehome dogs with aggressive traits and a biting history we have to be extremely careful as to whether we can do anything for that dachshund.

This happened recently when the dachshund involved faced euthanasia if we couldn’t help. You can only imagine the emotions we go through in these situations especially if the dachshund is very young.

Then there is the anger and frustration we feel when owners demand that we rehome their dachshund immediately!!!! We explain the process involved and can face rudeness and intolerance in response but must maintain our calm and empathy and remember at all times that it is the dachshund we really want to help and look after and find the right outcome for.

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Frustration is also felt when owners haven’t thought through the huge amount of time ownership requires and just want to get rid of their dachshund. It is annoying for us when such situations could be avoided by people researching the nature of dachshunds and the hard work and commitment necessary in their development.

Other calls can involve notifications from the police, with terrible stories about dachshunds being found in appalling conditions and used for breeding that need our help. Then there are the stories of neglect that affect us deeply.

We also need to finally mention dachshunds with medical issues that come into our care when owners are facing financial difficulties.

Next week we will explain more about the steps that follow after we have the owners’ permission to place their dachshund into a new home ………..

As you can see every day in the life of our coordinators is an emotional roller coaster and we must never judge the owners or their situations. We always keep the dachshund at the heart of everything we do and have taken on a surrendered dachshund to work extremely hard to achieve a successful outcome.


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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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.

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Rehoming a Rescue – Ralph’s Story

Rehoming a rescue dachshund – Ralph’s Story

rehoming a rescue dachshund - a long-haired dachshund sits on a blanket looking out of a window

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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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.

Surrender Dachshund Kevin

Surrender Dachshund Kevin’s Story

Today we are looking at the story behind the surrender of a dachshund, Kevin.

Surrender Dog Kevin - Kevin relaxing on his pink blanket

Recognising the heartache and difficulty behind making such a sad decision is essential. No one goes into dog ownership with anything but the best intentions and the dream of a wonderful addition to their family.
However, sometimes it can go wrong. This is one of those stories…

Kevin first came to his owner’s attention in an advertisement. It had been a couple of years since she lost her Bichon Frise and she felt that the time was right to introduce a new dog into the home. It was December 2020 and COVID restrictions were in place. 

The meeting with the breeder took place at an outside location as these were the social distancing rules at the time, however, alarm bells were soon ringing.

Kevin had no paperwork and there was no sign of the puppy’s parents. Here was an early dilemma!  Leaving the dachshund behind meant exposing him to an uncertain future so Kevin was purchased and brought home to meet his new family.

Kevin’s first visit to the vet confirmed his dubious history. He was not of the age his new owner had been told, his vaccination certificate was not credible and the fact that he had a heavy worm burden confirmed that the worming program that was discussed had probably also not taken place. 

At this time these findings only reinforced that she had made the right decision in bringing Kevin into his new loving home.

Everything went well for 6 months, there were young children in the home, however, initially, no issues came to the surface.

Things took a turn for the worse when Kevin was chewing on a bone treat and the owner’s 5-year-old just sat down nearby without doing anything that would suggest any need for Kevin to respond.

Kevin, however, reacted aggressively toward the young girl.
As this was the first sign of such behaviour the owner put measures in place, no more bones would be given as a treat and the children were warned to keep away when Kevin had food.

12 months went by and with the above-mentioned procedures in place there were no further issues, despite Kevin still being wary of strangers in the house he was establishing himself as a much-loved part of the family and the owner was thrilled. 

However, as the weather improved earlier this year there was a family BBQ held in the garden. Everything was going well until Kevin found a bone that had belonged to a previous inhabitant of the space and a family visitor who came too close was bitten.

Once more  Kevin was exonerated as the family had previously identified and dealt with his issues around food, they felt this was just a blip.

Unfortunately, two weeks later Kevin bit a child,  one of the owner’s children had previously spilt yoghurt in the back garden and as she bent down nearby to pick up a piece of chalk she had been using  Kevin reacted badly. The bite on her arm was quite severe.

This was the third time he had bitten, the time scale between the incidents was lessening and the aggression increasing. It was beginning to frighten the owner as to what could happen. She had to prioritise her children.

Kevin had been such a lovely dachshund who was a wonderful addition to the family, but now a heartbreaking decision had to be made.

With his biting history, the owner knew she had to be responsible and do what she believed to be the right thing. How could she potentially add this problem to another home? it just did not feel like the right thing to do, how would she feel if he bit another child?

At this point, the owner did not know that there was a breed-specific rescue or that they would take a dog with a bit of history it seemed the only option was to take Kevin to the vet to be euthanized.

 This must have felt terrible in every sense, we know many tears were shed. 

On arrival at the vet, the reasons behind the decision were discussed with the family.

The vet fortunately was aware of Dachshund Rescue’s work and called us, our regional coordinator was off like a shot to collect him!

The owner was thrilled that Kevin was getting another chance and rushed home to get all his favourite accessories to help him settle. 

This story has a strong message for anyone purchasing a new dog and the owner has been incredibly brave in sharing her experience with us.

She urges people to research the breed properly, as her experience shows that some dachshunds can struggle to live with young children. She also wants to stress the importance of knowing where your new dachshund comes from and the need to be aware of its history.

Kevin was effectively saved from a difficult and uncertain future by the owner and she should feel that despite everything that prevailed she did right by Kevin in the first instance. 

Kevin is now happily settled with one of our coordinators, and the family who had to let him go are regularly updated on his progress.

This was a tough situation to deal with for any dog owner and we were only too glad to be able to help.

In this case, the owner was a genuine lady acting as we all do in wanting to complete her family with a dachshund but found herself facing a real dilemma, something that could happen to any of us!!

It emphasises the importance of several things

This was a tough situation to deal with for any dog owner and we were only too glad to be able to help. There are some really important points to note though, most of which are obvious, but probably worth highlighting :

  • A puppy with no paperwork and/or no sign of the parents is an immediate red flag. (the lady in this case obviously recognised that in fact, it’s probably the one thing that thankfully helped her decide to take Kevin on).
    This shows the value of doing a little research on the breeder. Most are genuine and want to do things properly, unfortunately, there are still some around that are focused on profit more than the care of the dog.
  • It’s also important to research the breed, something emphasised by the lady in this example. Some of the behaviours experienced in this case are not uncommon in dachshunds, forewarned is forearmed as they say.
  • Most dachshund rescue organizations, have rules around where they will rehome a dog. These can include things like; the age of children in the family, the presence of other dogs or pets, the amount of time an owner can spend with a dog, having a private garden etc. Though often not popular, a situation like Kevin’s story above, emphasises the need for these. Any rescue has a duty of care, not only for the dog, but also for the people taking on a rescue animal.

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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.

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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Rehome my dog – if at first, you don’t succeed …

Rehome my dog – Bertie’s Story

Earlier this year Bertie was surrendered to the charity. It is rare that we would consider a crossbreed and he clearly had Jack Russell in him, but this was an emergency.

He had begun to show aggression and had bitten. He was becoming increasingly protective of his male owner as the lockdown ended and children were coming into the home as his wife was a nanny. For obvious reasons, it was necessary for them to let Bertie go.

There was no immediate home available and so he was put into temporary foster. Within 24 hours he was showing aggression again and had bitten his foster carer’s partner.

Bertie had to be removed immediately and one of our coordinators was able to collect him and take him home. It was clear he was incredibly stressed and needed time. His issues meant it would be difficult finding him the right home.
He was very reactive to noise and reacted badly initially to any visitors. Barking was also a problem and much of this was anxiety related. 

He settled in with the coordinator’s family and was fine with her 2 dachshunds. She would have kept him, but his youthful exuberance was too much for her older dogs who enjoy the quiet life!!

Eventually, a new home was found after much searching and off he went.

It did not go well 😔 The new owner’s dachshund did not react positively to the new addition and was overly aggressive towards Bertie.

Within 48 hours it was apparent poor Bertie would have to move again. Fosterers were found and yet again he was moved.

Of course, this was not what anyone wanted, and it was devastating for everyone who wanted this lovely boy to find the happy future he deserved.

So back to the drawing board and the search resumed.

A couple were found who were prepared to give Bertie a chance, so a week later he travelled to his second new home. Surely this was going to work!!

Bertie tried hard but again there were problems. He started guarding one of his new owners and became aggressive towards her husband and their Labrador. After 2 weeks they couldn’t continue to keep him and again he would have to be moved.

Back to our adoption applications and all the coordinators were looking out for the home that would suit him. We had to get it right. All the moves between homes were not helping Bertie’s issues and he needed an experienced owner who would be able to give him time and the proper training.

Eventually, one application became known that sounded perfect. A quiet home with lots of space and land for Bertie to release all his youthful energy plus, another young dog in the household, who was receptive to other dogs in the home.

Luckily, a family related to a dog trainer was available to offer help and support. They were told EVERYTHING about Bertie’s history and his problems, and they were thrilled to be considered and eager to give Bertie his opportunity.

rehome my dog - berties story a dachshund jack russell cross sitting on a young girls knee

Their 14-year-old daughter put in a great deal of work creating a training programme to support him as it was clear Bertie was a highly intelligent dog who would respond well to new challenges.

This was Bertie’s sixth placement, and it took place just a few weeks ago!!!!

We are delighted to tell you he has settled in brilliantly. He is learning new tricks and revelling in his new environment.

Everyone involved in this story could not be more thrilled with the outcome of this emotional rollercoaster. It took a long time but all the time and commitment to Bertie has been worthwhile.

We will ask Evie to let us know how his training is going and update you on his progress in a few weeks. We love a happy ending 💜💜

When we get a call to “rehome my dog”, we’re always willing to help. As you can see, it’s not always as straightforward as we’d like. It’s great to see that our team of voluntary coordinators were able to work together to provide a successful conclusion and a new permanent home for Bertie.

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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Surrendering Your Dog

Surrendering your dog – Cello & Florences’ Story

Surrendering a beloved pet is hard for any caring owner, even more so when you have a pair of beautiful, brother & sister, dachshunds.

Surrendering your dog. Cello and Florence a pair of smooth haired dachshunds relax on a leather chair

Cello and Florence were surrendered to Dachshund Rescue earlier this year under sad circumstances.
Their owners had to return to working away from home which meant leaving their dogs alone for long hours.

They both knew that they would have to make a heart-breaking decision as Cello and Florence meant the world to them. They were brave enough to put the dogs first and with heavy hearts took them to meet their local Dachshund Rescue coordinator, Michelle, who would find them their new forever home.

Many tears were shed by everyone involved as Cello and Florence were handed over to Michelle. 

Michelle searched through our database, knowing that these beautiful dachshunds deserved to be in a lovely home.

She knew how loved they had been and how difficult it had been for their owners to surrender them. Michelle wanted them to know that their dogs would be safe and well cared for.

She found a wonderful couple who were thrilled to get Michelle’s call and who immediately welcomed the siblings pairing into their home and they quickly became a part of the family.

Michelle helped give them guidance on all parts of their lives. From playing with toys to sleeping through the night to ensure they settled into their new environment as quickly as possible as Cello and Florence had come from a loving home.

The couple recognised the help and support of the Dachshund Rescue team and were especially grateful to Michelle for making them feel like the best parents and giving them confidence.

Soon the siblings began to relax in their new situation and felt they deserved a new adventure.

Just 2 weeks later the newly formed family went on holiday to Scotland.  Cello and Florence had the best time splashing in the sea and playing in the sand having the best time and revelling in the beautiful Scottish coastline. It felt like the family was complete.

Back at home Cello and Florence have become part of the local community and are admired by the neighbours. They have made friends with new dogs of different breeds and other dachshunds who live nearby. 

A lovely story and we wish Cello and Florence a wonderful future with their new adoring parents 💜💜💜💜 We love a happy ending xx

While it’s always difficult to let go of beloved pets, it’s heart-warming to see owners putting the needs of their animals first. In this case, we were able to work with Cello & Florences’ previous owners which helped us to find an ideal new loving home for them.

Dachshund Rescue UK

If you find yourself in a situation where you’re unable to keep your dachshund, for whatever reason, whether temporarily while you sort something out, or if you need to find a new permanent home. Speak to your local Dachshund Rescue Coordinator to see if we can help. You’ll find their contact details here.

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