Happy Tails

Our recent alumni dogs that found their forever homes!

If you just adopted from us and have photos with you and your happy tail- please send to us at dachshundrelief@gmail.com and we'll post your story!!


Name: Jolene #3386
Age:  9 months
Color:  Red 
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  12 lbs.

Jolene came into rescue along with her brother.  Her former owners had decided the dogs were too much work and that there were much nicer lawn ornaments that did not require food and water.  We are just glad they realized this while the dogs were still young.  

Jolene is a wonderfully friendly dog.  This beautiful girl loves to sit on laps.  She lived with young children (6-ish age) and did very well with them.  So far, she doesn’t appear to have a nippy bone in her body.

For all of Jolene’s good points, behavior-wise she is more like a two or three month old puppy.  Jolene has no idea of how to walk on a leash, having never gone for a walk in her life.  She is very shy in new situations since nothing new every happened in the backyard where she lived in her former life.  She’s never seen bikers, skateboarders or other dogs out on walks.

Name:  Fenway  3419
Age: 3 years
Color: Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered 
Size:  Mini – 11 lbs.

Fenway is confused.  He and his brother, Wrigley, have done nothing wrong.  They didn’t do mischief, didn’t pee in the house, didn’t bark incessantly, and they love their family.  Unfortunately, earning a living and keeping a roof over their heads has become a 10 to 12 hours away from home ordeal, and Fenway needs more than what his family is prepared to give him these days.  So they asked SCDR to find him a loving home where he can get more love and attention.  We agreed.

Fenway is the sweetest boy ever!  He is outgoing and friendly.  He wants to be the center of his person’s universe, although he is fine sharing his person with another dog, he wants to be top dog.  He can be a bit stubborn at times, a very doxie-trait.  Fenway could use a refresher course in walking nicely on a leash.  He tends to pull, especially if he sees someone approaching.  He can’t wait to make a new friend.

Fenway would be happiest in a quiet home, where he could cuddle with his person while they watch television or snuggle in bed.  Of course, he expects to sleep in the big bed.  He enjoys meeting visitors and will do his best to end up in someone’s lap soaking up the love and adoration he thinks he rightfully deserves.  

Name:  Wrigley  3418
Age: 3 years
Color: Black & Tan Piebald
Coat:  Longhair
Sex: Male/Neutered 
Size:  Mini – 11 lbs.

Wrigley is confused.  He and his brother, Fenway, have done nothing wrong.  They didn’t do mischief, didn’t pee in the house, didn’t bark incessantly, and they love their family.  Unfortunately, earning a living and keeping a roof over their heads has become a 10 to 12 hours away from home ordeal, and Wrigley needs more than what his family is prepared to give him these days.  So they asked SCDR to find him a loving home where he can get more love and attention.  We agreed.

Wrigley is very affectionate and loves people!  Although Wrigley likes to hang out near his people, he is content to be playing or chewing on one of his many toys. He is fine sharing his person with another dog, and would not mind a nice female dachshund companion.  Wrigley’s even temperament makes him welcome in any home.  Wrigley loves going for walks, but needs a firm hand as he gets excited and wants pull.  He corrects well.

Wrigley would be happiest in a home with older children, where he could play with his toys or relax while his people are nearby.  He is an excellent bed-snuggler.  Of course, he expects to sleep in the big bed.  He enjoys meeting visitors and will do his best to end up in someone’s lap soaking up the love and adoration he thinks he rightfully deserves.  


Name: Foxy  3370
Age: 16 months
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Tweenie – 16 lbs.

Yes, we know Foxy is not 100% dachshund, but she is so cute, and her best friends are all dachshunds, so we thought we’d give her a chance to find a really good home.  We don’t know who her mother and father were, but one of them had to have been a red longhair dachshund.  The other. . . . well maybe a Fox Terrier?  We do know that Foxy was an owner turn-in at the Orange County shelter and was on death row before being rescued.  She was so happy to see our rescue volunteer she kept licking her fingers through the kennel gate.

Foxy looks mostly like a longhaired dachshund.  It’s just a little “ear challenged” that gives away her mixed heritage.  Her fur is soft as down and her tail has a lovely flag.  We just can’t stop holding her and petting her.  She gives wonderful puppy kisses.  Foxy is a little more than a year old and has of plenty of puppy energy to prove it.  She likes playing with her roommates and playing fetch with her tennis ball.  She also enjoys sunbathing and relaxing on any available lap, while administering dozens of sweet kisses.  She enjoys walks and is great on a leash.  She is also very good on car rides. 

Foxy is totally housetrained.  She taught herself the dog door in nothing flat.  She is crate trained, and does not fuss at bedtime.  She is a bit shy when meeting new visitors, but warms up quickly.  We don’t know if she likes cats, but she is certainly young enough to learn to be friendly toward them. 


Name:  Fred  3407
Age: 5 years
 Color: Black 
Coat: Longhair
Sex: Neutered Male
Size: Mini - 10 lbs.

Fred was purchased by a senior couple who moved to Parker, a small town in Arizona.  When they both passed away, neighbors took Fred to the shelter in Parker, Arizona.  This is a really tiny shelter, with almost no foot-traffic to get animals left there adopted.  Luckily, one of the shelter volunteers thought to contact all the dachshund rescues within a 500 mile radius, and SCDR was one of them.  It took us a few hours to arrange transport, but we pulled it off.  Many thanks to Jim Albert (SCDR’s CFO Dawn Albert’s husband) and Gil Delgado (CEO, Dena Delgado’s husband). Fred made the trip from Parker to La Habra in record time.  Here he is, ready for a new home and a bright future.

Fred is an inquisitive and sweet boy.  Affectionate, gentle and highly intelligent, Fred has no issues with anyone.  He loves belly-rubs and to be picked up and cuddled at every opportunity.  He gives amazing kisses.  Fred would be a good family dog with gentle older children.  We don’t know how he feels about cats.  He loves going for walks and he is very good in the car.  His house training is coming along nicely and he uses the dog door regularly.  
Fred is the consummate lap-dog and enjoys napping in your lap while you work on the computer or watch television.  He enjoys snooping in the back yard, sunning himself, and is learning how to play “fetch” with a tennis ball.  He will chase the tennis ball but has not quite gotten the idea that he has to bring it back to you.  He’ll get there eventually.  He enjoys squeaky toys as well.  Fred is so well-behaved, and would be a very good candidate to go to work with you if your job allows this. 


Name: Kendall  3346
Age:  10 months
Color: Black & Tan Dapple
Coat: Wirehair
Sex: Female/Spayed 
Size: Tweenie – 13 lbs.

Kendall is an adorable little Dorkie born around January 5, 2014.  (A Dorkie is a Dachshund/Yorkshire terrier mix.)  She is what is called a “designer dog”, super cute and look like a wirehair dachshund with Yorkie coloring.  She has the best features of both breeds.  Kendall is always smiling and is very social.

Kendall was dropped off at a pet supply/grooming shop along with her brother, and the people never came back for them.  After holding on to them for several weeks trying to locate the owner, the shopkeeper contacted SCDR in hopes we could find a home for them.

Kendall has been spayed, received all her shots, and is now microchipped.  She is very well socialized, crate trained, doing fabulous on her house training too.  She still needs work on leash, but she is very young and very smart.


Name:  Charlie  3411
Age:  5 yrs
Color:  Black and Tan Dapple
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini - 11 lbs

When a volunteer from the Baldwin Park shelter called us about Charlie, we were delighted to help.  Charlie had been dumped at the shelter in November by his humans like they were dumping a bag of trash.  How could it be we wondered, but then we found out it was like so many stories we have heard over and over again, a new baby.  

When Charlie arrived at his temporary foster home, he was full of life, wagging his tail up high and giving us the signal that all was well with him. He was the easiest transition into rescue that we have had in some time.  But then we noticed something. . . . Charlie has only one good eye.  The other never developed.  It doesn’t bother him, and seems to have no effect on his ability to see normally.  This is a very common birth defect in dapple coated dogs.  Charlie clearly considers this a non-issue and enjoys life to the fullest.

Charlie is shy when meeting new people, but warms up quickly.  He loves lap-time and enjoys a good cuddle while his person watches television or reads a book.  He especially likes to sit in your lap while you work at your desk.  He walks nicely on leash, and is good in the car if he can ride in someone’s lap.

Charlie is crate trained and appears to be house trained.  (Rainy days are the exception – he’s a dachshund after all.)   Charlie gets along famously with his fellow foster siblings and enjoys being outside with them for fun and games.


Name:  Dozer  3404
Age: 8 years
Color: Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered 
Size: Tweenie – 15 lbs.

Dozer lost his home simply because the management at the apartment complex where his family lived changed, and the new manager did not want pets in residence.  His family was devastated.  They did not have the money to move and could not risk eviction.  They asked SCDR to take Dozer into rescue and find him a new home.  We gladly accepted.

An extremely gentle boy, Dozer is very loving and affectionate. He gets along well with other dogs, and enjoys joining in any games and activity with his fellow foster siblings.  He would do best in a home with older children to play with him.  He would also very much enjoy having a female companion to keep him company when his people have to leave him at home.  He is safe with children over 10 years old.  Visiting grandchildren would be OK as long as they are supervised.  We have no idea about cats.  It is best to err on the side of caution, and say “No cats.”

Dozer believes that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade.  He adjusted instantly to his new foster home, exploring every nook and cranny, and exiting to the back yard through the dog door, like he’d always lived there.  He is reliably house trained and crate trained.  He prefers the privacy of his cushy fleece lined dog bed and blanket to the big bed for nighttime sleeping.  


Name:  Rouge  3381
Age:  4 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Mini - 11 lbs.

Upon the death of her backyard-breeder owner, Rouge was one of ten dogs that ended up in a small Northern California shelter.  The deceased owner seemed to have just thrown a bunch of dogs in the back yard with no medical or other care.  The puppies from this operation were all adopted, but it was not so easy for the adults.  Tiny rural shelters don’t get lots of traffic, so they reached out to dachshund rescue to see if we could help.  

Rouge is as sweet as they come.  We think she is dachshund-JRT mix (in addition to dachshunds, JRT’s were in the home).  Rouge is a very gentle dog that loves to be on a lap and cuddle.  

Because of her longer legs, stairs are not a problem for Rouge.  We think Rouge would be fine with respectful children.  Rouge gets along well with the other dogs although she is shy about joining in the rough and tumble.  She is such a soft personality dog that we think she would be fine with cats.

Name: William  3250
Age:  2.5 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini - 12 lbs.

How could we resist saving this boy when his Christmas picture crossed our desk?  He was in a tiny Central California shelter and he was TERRIFIED.  One of the staffers lobbied to get him into a rescue.  She would let him hang out with her in the office during the day so she knew what a sweet and gentle boy he really was.

Two of our wonderful helpers set to work on saving him.  Mary got him from the shelter, and Janice drove him all the way to the Bay Area to his foster home.

At first, William wasn’t sure his crowded foster home was any better than the shelter.  He stayed in his crate to avoid all the other dogs.  However, within a few days, he got comfortable and started to try to get the younger dogs to play with him. 

William has a very gentle soul.  He seems to like everyone he comes across.  He might be workable with cats.  He loves to sleep on his back, so when he is covered with his blanket, he looks adorable with just his head and front paws peeking out.

William is a mostly dachshund.  In person, you can see that William’s snout is a bit wider than it should be and his ears a bit shorter.  His big head makes him irresistibly cute and kissable.


Name: Brownie #3329

Age:  6 years

Color:  Chocolate & Tan

Coat:  Longhair

Sex:  Female/Spayed

Size:  Mini -12 lbs.

Brownie was brought in to a shelter to be euthanized.  Her owners said she was old and she went after cats.  The shelter declined to put her to sleep and instead took her in and asked us to take her.  It does not appear that much of anything the owners said about Brownie was true.  No one thinks she is a senior dog, and in the shelter she ignored the cats when walked by them.  We think her former people may have been getting rid of this breeding dog, because she had a very large mammary tumor (common in unspayed dogs)

Brownie has proven to be nothing but charming in her foster home.  She loves the six year old girl in the home and seems to only care about the other dogs if there is some special treat being handed out.  So far her favorite thing is to cuddle with her humans.   In her foster home, she has been very calm and relaxed. 

Like all dogs, she enjoys her walks.  We are working on polishing up her housebreaking manners.  Brownie crates quietly at night.


Name:  Kurt  3335
Age:  3 months
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie - Currently 6.8 lbs.


Name:  Klaus  3336

Age: 3 months
Color: Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie - Currently 6.8 lbs.


Are these two not the cutest things you’ve ever seen? These boys are classic dachshunds – big ears, big lips, big paws and lots of wrinkles. They truly are irresistible. 
These puppies are being extremely well socialized with other dogs.   We think they could end up in the 16 to 20 lb range but we cannot guarantee their adult weight/size.

Because these puppies are going to have short chubby legs, adopters must have a one story home.  (They have the ability to do stairs but due to a potential for a back injury, they should not do them and they should not be jumping off beds, etc)

In addition to only being one story, a new home should have the following:

Someone home most of the day or able to take the puppy to work.
Another small dog for play and companionship.
Applicants must be between 30 and 65 years of age.
Children must be over the age of 6.  
A secure INDOOR place for the puppy when no one is home.
Previous dachshund experience is a plus, but not essential


Name: Honey  #3318
Age:  7 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth  
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Mini 9.2 lbs

Honey originally came in to rescue with her buddy Waffle.  However, after a brief failed adoption of the pair (this was not the dogs fault.  It was operator error) Waffle began to show us how much he hated being in an overcrowded foster home.   He had a chance to be adopted as a second dog by an experienced adopter.  This trial separation worked out very well so, Honey is now looking for her forever home..

Honey did not have a good life prior to rescue.  Once past the cute puppy stage, she spent most of her life in a room without people around.  It was a lonely life for a dog.

Honey is extremely affectionate.  She loves everybody.  She does well with the other dogs although she  sometimes gets a little jealous over lap time.  She loves being outside and she loves her squeaky toys.

Because Honey loves to bark when she hears people walking by the fence, we do not think she would be a good condo/apartment dog.

Honey rides nicely in the car and crates at night with no complaint.


Name: Isabelle  3380
Age: 8 years
D.O.B.:  10/16/2006
Color: Chocolate & Tan Piebald 
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size:  Chubby Mini - 13 lbs.

Izzy lost her family through no fault of her own.  Within the last year they acquired a Pitbull puppy, and things went from bad to worse very quickly.  The bigger the puppy grew, the more Izzy became fearful and it was just a matter of time before someone got hurt.  The family realized they really liked the puppy better and contact us to take Izzy into rescue.  We gladly obliged.    

Izzy is so beautiful.  She’s well-behaved, playful, a little shy when meeting new people, but settles down quickly.  She soon worms her way into any available lap or follows you around just wanting to be near you.
Izzy gets along with the other dogs in her foster home, and even shares her bedtime crate with any willing partner. She would be okay as a single little princess, but only if her people didn’t work long hours.  Stay at home moms or folks who work from home would be her ideal home.  She would need a home with a mellow male dachshund (no other breed) if she is to have a canine companion.  Her personality would be overwhelmed by a very dominant dog.  We already know that does not work.

Izzy is crate trained, and house trained.  She learned how to use the dog door instantly.  She also walks nicely on a leash.  Izzy wants to be wherever her person is and loves to cuddle on the sofa or in the big bed.
Izzy is playful, loving, friendly, knows what she wants and how to get it.  She is very easy to get along with and would be a good choice for a family with gentle older children.  We don’t know how she feels about cats.  Izzy needs a home all on one level.  Her very short legs are not equipped to go up and down stairs.  A step or two is fine, but a two-story home is out of the question for her.  

Name:  Freebie  3379 
Age: 2 years
Color: Black and Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size:  Chubby Tweenie – 19 lbs.

Freebie is a happy dachshund with those stubby legs and big feet He’s a little shy at first, but once he opens up to you, watch out!  He loves to cuddle in bed or on the couch in your lap, and will give you endless amounts of kisses.  Freebie’s previous owner, unfortunately, passed away and the family dumped him in the Kern County Shelter.  Another rescue group grabbed in up, but was clueless about dachshunds and happily turned him over to us to find him an new home.  We were thrilled to oblige.

Freebie is a cute and goofy doxie who loves to show you his “sit up” trick for a treat.  We think he got far too many treats in his previous home, and he is currently on a weight reducing diet and exercise program.  He loves his new diet food and is cooperating with his foster mom (we love good eaters).

He loves going on walks to explore all of the different sights and smells.  He’s also a big sunbather.  He will lie in a spot of sun in the house or out in the yard for hours on end.  For the most part, Freebie is house, crate, and piddle-pad trained, but still has an occasional accident.  What can we say?  He’s a dachshund after all.

Freebie would be really happy if he could find a family with another doxie for companionship.  He had a senior doxie partner in his previous home.  He would be great with teenage children. He would also enjoy having a family that did not work long hours, leaving him home alone for long periods of time.  He needs a single level home.  Those stubby legs are way too short to make navigating stairs realistic for him.


Name:  Sandy  3230
Age: 7 years
Color: Red 
Coat: Longhair
Sex: Male/Neutered 
Size: Mini – 10 lbs.

This elegant gentleman is Sandy.  With the help of Joy Brunn of Dachshund Rescue and Placement in Lancaster, CA, we rescued Sandy from the Lancaster shelter back in February 2014.  He was marked for death when his owners turned him in to the shelter because he had a back injury.  He was only there for a few hours, just long enough to process in and for Joy to bail him out immediately.  She then sacrificed her entire day to driving from Lancaster to La Habra and back just to make sure he got to capable hands.

It took several weeks of dedicated care to get Sandy back on his feet again.  Now he is good as new!  Crate rest, medication, physical therapy, plus the watchful eye of Dr. Howe at Sunny Hills Animal Hospital was all that was needed to remedy a potentially serious problem.  He is good as new again, with not even a limp to show that anything had been wrong.  He’s made a full recovery.

Sandy is very handsome.  He has a friendly disposition and has been described as a “great dog” by all who have met him.  He would be an awesome dog for a retired couple or for dachshund-savvy “empty nesters”.  We are looking for someone who works from home or can take their dog to work.  Sandy would not be a good candidate to be an “only dog”.  He wants someone around most of the time.  He would not be a good apartment or condo dog.  He would definitely have objections to neighbors in close proximity, and his bark is substantially loud.  He has been described as a wonderful watch dog.

Sandy is house trained and obeys the command “hurry up, go potty”.  He needs a home that is all on one level with no stairs and just a step or two that can be easily ramped to make it easy for him to navigate in and out the door.  He cannot do stairs at all. He is also loves going for short walks, and is a good boy in the car as well.  Sandy is crate trained, but much prefers to sleep on his cushy dog bed in the master bedroom rather than being kenneled at night. 


Name: Wanda  3376
Age: 7 years
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth 
Sex: Female/Spayed 
Size: Mini – 10 lbs.

Wanda was left at the Central California SPCA when I her family no longer wanted her.  No official reason was given, but we can safely tell you that it probably had to do with a huge fatty tumor on her left rear thigh.  It was the size of half a grapefruit.  At first, we thought it was from an abdominal hernia, but when our vet spayed her, he was relieved to find that it was just an overgrown fatty mass and was easily removed.  Wanda made a full recovery and suffered no complications.  

Wanda is absolutely wonderful.  She is house trained and knows the doggie door.  She is crate trained and sleeps soundly all night in her crate, sometimes alone, sometimes with a companion.  She loves her warm and cozy little bedroom.  She goes outside through the dog door immediately upon rising. . . . no questions asked.  She gets along with other dogs in her foster home, likes children over 8 years old, and enjoys playing with toys.  We don’t know how she feels about cats though.  

Wanda loves a good game of “chase and catch me” with her housemates.  She is also the consummate lap dog.  She loves to cuddle and get belly rubs.  She wants to sleep in the big bed with her people, but is willing to settle for a cozy crate with a fluffy comforter for the time being.

Wanda has learned to keep her nose in her own dish at dinner time, and to leave the kitchen when she is done eating, so everyone gets to eats unmolested.  She is also a good little watchdog, alerting the household if the postman or UPS delivery guy is lurking nearby.  She makes friends with visitors very quickly.  Her foster mom describes her as, “A pleasure to have, fun to be around, and quite smart. . . “


Name: Karly  3368
Age: 10 years
Color: Red Sable
Coat: Longhair
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Mini - 10 lbs.

Karly lost her family through no fault of her own.  They had set-backs that forced them to move to a much smaller residence, no-pets permitted.  So, after trying on their own to find Karly a place to go, they contacted us, and we whole-heartedly agreed to take Karly into our rescue program and find her a wonderful home.

When Karly arrived at her foster home, she was very shy.  She had never had another home, and this was a very big change for her.  After a day or two, she adjusted.  Happy, friendly, and affectionate are words that come to mind when we think about Karly.  We scheduled her for a much needed dental cleaning too.

Karly is a little princess.  She could be an only dog if her people did not work long hours away from home, or she would be fine with another small dog for play and companionship.  She had a very small Chihuahua in her previous home, and they got along very well.  She even lived with cats and had no problem with them.

Karly is a good eater (always appreciated by foster moms).  She sleeps in a cushy dog bed in the master bedroom.  She loves going for walks and enjoys rides in the car.  She likes to ride in someone’s lap.

Previous experience with longhaired dachshunds would be a plus, but not mandatory.  Karly’s long coat will require regular brushing and occasional professional grooming so she can look her absolute best.  Families with children 8 years and up or empty-nesters are encouraged to apply for Karly.  She would be happiest in a home where she can be the center of your universe.  She is house trained and knows how to use a dog door as well.


Name:  Frank Furder  3361
Age: Approx. 9-10 years
Color:  Black & Tan Dapple
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered 
Size:  Tweenie - 16 lbs.

Frank was picked up stray and taken to the Madera County Animal Shelter in Central California.  Needless to say, his people never showed up to claim him.  Their loss was our gain!  This handsome boy is as sweet as he is good looking.  We feel blessed to have gotten him.  Thank you to SCDR’s Central California volunteers who made this rescue possible.  (Janice Adams, Talona Thurman, Karan Pursell, and a special thank you to Kathleen Hendron who posted him to Facebook and notified us he needed help.)

Frank is the perfect doxie for a retired lady or gentleman who desires the love and companionship of an affectionate and devoted senior dog.  Frank is active and in good health.  His fur is soft like velvet and he loves his belly rubbed and ears massaged.  He is not into toys, but does enjoy the doggy lounger on the patio to bask in the sun.

Frank loves to go for meandering walks, stopping frequently to smell interesting scents and to leave his personal calling card.  He also enjoys riding in the car.  He needs a home where he will be the center of his person’s universe.  Visiting grandchildren over 8 years old are safe with Frank (with parental supervision of course).  He gets along with other small dogs, but we don’t know how he feels about cats.

Frank is a mellow senior who is very well socially adjusted.  He is crate trained, but prefers to sleep in his little dog bed or on the big bed.  He needs a home that is all on one level with no stairs, because he has stubby little legs too.  Folks in downstairs apartments or condos are encouraged to apply for Frank.

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