I Love My Miniature Dachshunds
Getting a Dachshund
My husband was about to leave for his second deployment to Iraq, my son was grown, and my daughter was constantly gone with church and school activities. I wanted to feel needed, and I needed to take care of a baby.
A friend of mine lived in the country and she bred miniature Dachshunds. She told me I needed a baby Dachshund to fill the gap of missing my family. Even though the pup didn't take the place of my family, she sure did fill a gap. I loved her so much that six months later, I had to have another Doxie. Oh yes, you should always have two - double the love and double the fun.
My New Baby - Mini-Dachshund Maggie
My husband did not want me to get a puppy. We had a 16 year old Shi Tzu at the time. She had been our baby, and he didn't want to upset her. Since she was so old, she slept most of the day and enjoyed just sitting in our laps.
My friend told me a puppy would perk up our Shi Tzu. I decided, "I am getting this pup." When the puppy was 4 weeks old, my friend called to say she was bringing the 3 litter of pups in for their shots and she wanted to drop by. She had never been to my house before, and I didn't know it, but she was checking us out. I am glad because that showed me she was a good breeder and only wanted the best for her pups.
My family was home, and as soon as they saw Maggie (the name I had already chosen) they were in love, too. I had been to my friends farm to visit at least once a week since Maggie had been born, so I let my husband and kids play with her as I watched.
I didn't know it, but if you blow in a puppy's face, they associate themselves with you. By golly, I looked over and my husband, the "You should not get a puppy!" guy, was blowing in her face. He was gone for a year, and she remembered him and still clings to him. I am just glad they bonded because I wanted her so badly.
The Everything Dachshund Book
This is the best resource if you are planning to get a Dachshund. It will tell you about temperament, new puppies, older shelter dogs, potty training, crate training, exercise, and many other things you will want to know about your puppy or shelter dog. It is a resource you will use over and over throughout your Dachshund's life.
THE EVERYTHING DACHSHUND BOOK and the series it comes from about multiple dog breeds is what any responsible pet owner should have for their puppy through the dogs elder years.
Doubt - To Get the Puppy or to Not Get the Puppy?
It was four weeks out, and little Maggie had made her appearance in our home. At that moment I was certain, but then I started thinking about our Shi Tzu and also all the responsibilities it took to care for a puppy.
Dachshunds can be temperamental. Even though little Maggie seemed to love being the center of attention, would she turn into one of those mean lap dogs? Then other questions: Would she be hard to potty train? Would she bark too much? Would she like me?
"Okay, calm down," I had to tell myself. "Go do some research." So I set off to Pet Smart. I bought magazines about potty training, potty training pads, and one great book called THE EVERYTHING DACHSHUND BOOK.
I learned how to make life easier with a new puppy coming into the house, and that just because a dog breed had a "bad reputation," they will behave the way they are treated. Well, I planned on lavishing this pup with love and play and security.
I am so glad I bought THE EVERYTHING DACHSHUND BOOK because it is a resource I still use today when I want to know something about my Doxies.
Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
Maggie and Ruby Today
A New Member of the Family - Ruby
Maggie brought such joy to our home, and she did make our Shi Tzu happy. They played together, and Maggie emulated our Shi Tzu in just about everything. Because our Shi Tzu was quiet and slow to get around, Maggie was a calm dog when people came to the house. Oh, she loved to play, but she wasn't a pest and she wasn't a barker. When our sweet Shi Tzu passed away when Maggie was six months old, Maggie and I went into mourning. Maggie had serious separation anxiety.
Then... came Ruby. My friend called me one night and said they had to move and she had a puppy left over from one of her litters. She wanted her to go to a good home and knew ours was the perfect place. (Gee, she didn't lay it on strong at all...) I called her a temptress and hung up on her.
I looked at Maggie's sad face and knew what I had to do. I picked the phone up, made the arrangements, and I brought Ruby home a few days later. I have to admit, I was really worried about how Maggie would take it. She was used to being the baby, the center of attention. Our quiet little princess.
Everything Maggie was, Ruby was not. She was sassy and spunky, and she had an attitude. She would tease Maggie, and Maggie would play back. They have what we fondly call, "Crazy Dog Time" where they take turns chasing each other.
Now I believe that no matter what type of dog you have, you should have two to keep each other company. Plus, it is twice the personality. They are the loves of our lives. Extreme? Nope. They are like our children. They are here during good and bad times and they sense our moods. They are the first to bring a good mood and lessen the stress in our house.
Do you have one dog or more?
Ruby's First Night Home
Tough Guy with Mini Dachshunds
- Empty Nesters Can Find Comfort in Dachshund Puppies
Many empty nesters need to feel needed when their children leave home. This is a story of one woman going through empty nest syndrome and her cure for the empty nest blues.