Happy Tails

Our recent alumni dogs that found their forever homes!

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Name:  Priscilla  3304
Ages: 6 years
Color: Black & Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size: Mini - 11 lbs.

Name:  Elvis  3303
Ages:  4 years
Color: Black & Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini - 11 lbs.


Elvis and Priscilla were rescued by a private citizen from a bad situation, and subsequently, she realized she really couldn’t handle having two more dogs.  She then contacted SCDR, and we readily agreed to take them into our rescue program and find them the right home.

Elvis and Priscilla are very sweet and well-behaved.  Each one is a joy to hold and cuddle.  They give wonderful kisses.  They are crate trained, and as house trained as they can be.  They need a home with a yard and a dog door.  They cannot be apartment/condo dogs.  They need some leash training as they appear to hardly ever gotten to go for walks, but had free access to the back yard in their previous home.  They get along with other dachshunds but needed supervised introductions, especially Elvis. 

Priscilla is never far from Elvis at any time.  They eat together, sleep together, and just hang out together.  They share a cushy dog bed at night, but desire to sleep in the big bed with their people.  Elvis and Priscilla are safe with children over 8 years old. 

Priscilla is very loveable, she is smart, very patient, and good natured. Elvis is feisty.  He is protective and will bark at someone he does not know


Name:  Amos  3143
Age:  approx. 10 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini – 10 lbs.

Imagine this:  You are in a quiet residential area, two young teenage girls are waiting to cross the street on a warm Saturday afternoon in September, when a pick-up truck comes cruising down the street, barely stopping before making a quick right turn at the corner.  At that moment, a small plastic dog crate flies off the back of the truck.  It bounces and tumbles before coming to rest in the middle of the street.  The truck speeds off, totally oblivious of the loss of something from the truck bed.  The pick-up truck is out of sight in seconds.  Inside the crate, the girls discover a small senior, black and tan, male dachshund.  The crate is cracked and broken, but miraculously, the little dachshund inside is unharmed, just a bit shook-up from the incident.  Without hesitation, the girls scoop up what’s left of the crate and the dog and announce to on-lookers that it’s OK, they were going to take the dog home and their mom would help him.

They hurry home with the little dachshund, and their mom knows just what to do.  She contacts the O.C. Shelter.  The attendant tells her that the shelter is really full, and because this little guy is a senior, he would not be adoptable to the public.  He takes down her contact information just in case someone comes looking for the dog.  He then suggests she contact rescues to see if they can take him.  Here’s where we come in.  The mom called SCDR and we agreed to meet the next day. 

So there he was.  A little old boy with no name sitting on our volunteer’s front porch while the family does the paperwork to get him into rescue.  He needed a name.  So his foster mom named him Amos.  It seemed like a good name for a mature dog.  Amos seemed to be partially blind, hard of hearing, and in need serious dental work.  But he survived a nasty fall from a pick-up truck, so he must have a guardian angel looking out for him. 

SCDR checked with the shelter several times to see if anyone reported him missing.  Nothing reported in nearly a month.  We also checked on Craig’s List for lost dog reports. . . . again, nothing.  It boggles the mind how someone can lose a crate with a dog in it and not be calling every shelter or checking the internet for a clue as to where their dog might have ended up.  And we thought we’d heard all the weird stories of how doxies ended up in rescue.  This is a new one for us.  We will add it to the list of bizarre rescue occurrences.

Name:  Herbie  3160
Age: 2 years
Color: Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered 
Size: Tweenie – 12 lbs.

When we rescued Herbie from a Central CA shelter, he was sick, and very wobbly when walking.  He was favoring his right side, especially the right front leg.  Further examination by our vet revealed the cause.  Herbie had healing wounds from not only being hit by a car and skidding on his right side across the asphalt (road rash), but also what looks like he had a chain around his neck that was too tight for too long.  He has a permanent scar above his collar line.  Yet, despite his obvious injuries and neglect, Herbie is so loving and grateful to be out of the shelter and in a nice foster home with comfy beds and soft blankies.

Herbie is the sweetest boy ever!  His foster mom cannot stop bragging about what a pleasure he is to have as a guest in her home.  He gets along with the resident dogs and other fosters.  He shares his nighttime crate with a senior female, who is otherwise a bit grumpy, but has begun to mother him.  Her whole demeanor is changing thanks to the loving feedback Herbie is giving her.

An extremely handsome boy, Herbie is very affectionate to all he comes in contact with.  His eyes dance with excitment at the prospect of meeting someone new.  He would be happiest in a quiet home with a retired person or someone who works part time or from home.  Please, no young children for Herbie.  It is not that he is not safe with children, but that they could easily re-injure him accidentally.  He would also very much enjoy having a mellow female dachshund for companionship. 

Name: Lucas 3293
Age:  4 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered 
Size:  Mini – 10 lbs.

Recently, SCDR received an urgent message from the Rescue Liaison at the Long Beach Shelter that a young red dachshund was available and the shelter was very overcrowded.  She desperately needed a rescue him and save his life.  A quick call to our wonderful volunteer, Aaron Valdez, and he and his daughter, Scarlett, made plans to go get the little red doxie.  Scarlett named him Lucas.  After spending his first week out of the shelter at the vet getting over Kennel Cough and being neutered, Lucas joined the other doxies in his foster home.  He proved to be social and friendly to everyone, young and old. 

Isn’t Lucas super cute? Look at those short legs and his big brown “Cleopatra” eyes.  (Dark eyeliner around the eyes.)  He is very intelligent and learned the house rules very quickly.  He followed the other dogs out the dog-door and pottied outside without any hesitation.  Lucas is good on a leash and loves going for walks.  He is very good in the car, and wants to ride shotgun in someone’s lap so he can see out the window.

Lucas loves playing with any other small dog that is willing.  He especially likes Wrestle-Mania and joining the pack when they are chasing a ball.  He is as nice as they come.  He is a very happy dachshund with a funny personality. The ideal family for Lucas would have children over 8 years old, live in a private home, and have another small dog for play and companionship, preferably female.  Lucas can be a bit bossy with boy dogs.  Lucas is crate trained and house trained.  He prefers his bedtime crate be in the master bedroom, so he knows his people are close by.  We bet he’d love to sleep in the big bed if given the chance.


Name:  Bootsie  3276
Age: 2.5 years
Color:  Black & White
Coat:  Longhair
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie - 14.5. lbs.

Animal Control found Bootsie wandering the streets of San Francisco.  Once in the shelter, he became absolutely terrified.  When no one came to claim him, we were called to see if we could take him.  Luckily, we found a foster slot for this handsome boy.

Based on his behavior, we think Bootsie spent his entire life in a yard.  When he arrived at his foster home, he made it very clear that although he really liked people; he was very uncomfortable being in the house.  He also didn’t want to get on furniture.  His foster parents are working on getting him comfortable with being inside and trusting people.  He now likes sleeping on the bathroom rug or under the bed rather than outside.

Bootsie came into rescue knowing what leash is and he gets very excited when one is pulled out and he gets to go for a walk.   He also loves playing with a ball.  Bootsie is a smart boy and quickly mastered the sit command to get a treat. 


Name:  Sawyer  3283
Age:  1 year
Color:  Black & Tan 
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie - 14 lbs.

Sawyer is absolutely the definition of “cute as a button”.  He’s got chubby legs, fat paws and a short, stout little body.  However he’s got a little something other than dachshund going on as his ears look like they shrunk in the wash.

Not only is this boy adorable, he’s super friendly and charming.  He loves, loves, loves people and has no trouble pushing his way through the pack to get some attention. 

Sawyer also loves other dogs.  He’s very young, so he is always running and playing with his foster brothers.  He currently shares a big crate with another young dog, and every night when they are locked in, they have a five minute wrestling match before settling down to sleep.

It was clear when Sawyer was being taken for his neuter appointment that he had never been on a leash in his life.  His new home should get him out for lots of walks and adventures to keep him the confident boy he is now.


Name: Archie  3240
Age:  10 years
Color:  Red 
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini - 11 lbs.

Archie is another sweet, stray senior that no one ever came looking for.  Fortunately, we had temporary foster space in Central California, so we could save him until he made his way to the Bay Area.

Archie hasn’t met anyone that he hasn’t liked.  He’s a very friendly doxie, greeting guests with a wagging tail rather than a bark.  Archie is also good with all the dogs in his foster home.  He often joins in their games.  He especially enjoys patrolling the yard. 

He’s got a super soft, silky coat with a distinguished white face.   With his long, lean body, he’s a very  handsome dachshund

Archie came to us with a host of medical issues including a heart murmur.  We expect this was due to his terrible mouth, filled with rotten teeth. (The bacteria from the mouth can get into the heart muscle)  He went on a course of antibiotics, then he had a dental with a number of teeth removed, and then an even longer course of antibiotics.  He feels great now, although he is likely to need a second dental in a year or so.

Archie loves to cuddle with a person.  He will also crate without complaint although he does want a blanket to wrap up in.  Archie is not an early bird and is content to wait for his foster mom to get him up in the morning.



Name:  Slater  3282
Age:  18 months
Color:  Black & Tan Dapple
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie - 14 lbs

Slater is a very striking dog.  With his gorgeous dappling and his one blue eye, he is a show stopper.  Even better – he has a gorgeous personality.

Slater shyly greets new people.  He loves to get some cuddling and affection but he isn’t demanding.  Slater also likes the other dogs.  He’s a youngster so he enjoys the romping and running.  However, Slater’s favorite game is playing with a ball.  He is only so-so about returning it but a lot of this is due to his not wanting to lose his prize to the pack of doxies that run after the ball with him. (None of them really want the ball.  They just are along for the ride).


Name:  Shirley  2669
Age:  10 years
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size:  Standard – 18 lbs.

We rescued Shirley from the Orange County Shelter in late December 2011, and you’ll forgive the expression, she was “sick as a dog”.  It took several weeks, heavy-duty medication, and lots of T.L.C. to get Shirley well.

Shirley was subsequently adopted by a lovely lady around Valentine’s Day 2012, and up until the present, everything was great.  But sometimes life throws you a curve ball.  And now Shirley had come back to SCDR, as her former owner had to move back in with her mother (no pets allowed). 

Shirley is an absolute love.  If you have a soft spot in your heart for the senior dachshunds, you will fall helplessly in love with Shirley.  All she wants is a cozy bed with a soft blanket, and the unconditional love of someone who will cherish her (and rub her belly) for the rest of her life. Since Shirley is now in very good health, she has quite a few years left.  Are you retired and like to go places in your RV?  Shirley is ready to ride shotgun!

Shirley likes dachshunds, especially the older males, and would not mind sharing a home with one.  She would also be okay as an only-dog.  Shirley is fine with visiting grandchildren over 5 years old.  She would prefer to live with someone who works part-time or from home, or someone who is retired.  We don’t know how she feels about cats.


Name: Oscar  3263
Age: 8 years
Color: Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered 
Size: Chubby Mini - 13 lbs.

When Oscar’s beloved owner of seven years became ill, rendering her unable to care for her dog, her family moved her to an assisted living facility, and Oscar went to stay with a family member.  When they moved to a new location, Oscar ended up outside all day no matter what the weather, and he was very unhappy.  He went from loved and doted on to almost totally ignored.  Something had to done to remedy the situation.  We agreed to take him into rescue and find Oscar a better home.

Oscar is the perfect doxie for a retired lady or gentleman who desires the love and companionship of an affectionate and devoted mature dog.  Oscar is active and in good health.  His vaccines are up to date, and he has had regular dental care and cleanings.  His fur is soft like velvet and he loves his belly rubbed and ears massaged. 

Oscar is getting a refresher course in house training.  He loves to go for walks and enjoys riding in the car.  He needs a home where he will be the center of his person’s universe.  Visiting grandchildren of all ages are safe with Oscar (with parental supervision of course) and he gets along fine with other small dogs.  He is making an effort to get along with the resident dog-savvy cat in his foster home.  The cat does not run, so Oscar does not chase.  If you have a calm and dog-savvy cat, Oscar would be a fine house mate.

An extremely handsome boy, Oscar is very well socially adjusted.  He prefers to sleep in his little dog bed in the master bedroom.  He was never allowed on the big bed.  Oscar needs a home that is all on one level with no stairs, because he has very short legs and a long body.  Stairs are just out of the question.


Name: Rudy  2888
Age: 6 years
D.O.B.:  10/16/2007
Color:  Red Brindle
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered 
Size: Tweenie – 15 lbs.

Rudy came to SCDR a year ago, originally as a patient needing rehabilitation after undergoing back surgery.  He was injured while rough-housing with his family’s bigger, younger dog.  After 8 weeks of TLC, crate rest, medication, and physical therapy, Rudy was ready to go home.  Unfortunately, his family thought it best not to take him back.  They feared he would be reinjured once he and their other dogs resumed playing.  They felt awful about relinquishing ownership, but knew it was what was best for Rudy.  He needs a “dachshunds only” home.

So Rudy stayed with us, and integrated himself with his foster mom’s own dogs.  Rudy not only walks like nothing ever happened to him, he runs.  He runs out the dog door and down the ramp to his favorite potty spot in the back yard.  He is also the social director for all the dachshund fun and joins the rabble rousers when the postal delivery person or trash collectors have the nerve to invade the property.  He also spends his leisurely moments cleaning his siblings’ ears and teeth.  He does a great job as a dental hygienist.  His services are well received by his buddies.

Rudy is house trained and crate trained.  However, when very excited, he can accidently lose control of his bowels.  It’s the only residual condition left by the back injury.  And it is only occasional, not a daily occurrence.  Regular walks and opportunity to relieve himself in an acceptable manner prevent this entirely.

An extremely handsome brindle boy, Rudy is very loving and affectionate.  He gives wonderful kisses. 


Name: Olivia  3239
Age: 9 months 
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth 
Sex: Female/Spayed 
Size: Mini – 9 lbs.

Olivia was found stray and taken to a shelter to wait for her people to come get her.  She waited and waited, but no one showed up.  A volunteer contacted our local representative and asked if we wanted her.  We readily agreed.  Who would not want to rescue a mini red female doxie under a year old? 

When Olivia arrived at her foster home, she had a soft cast on her right front leg.  No one knew why, except that someone at the shelter thought there might be something wrong with her leg.  A quick trip to our vet and an x-ray revealed nothing.  No broken bones, no hairline fractures or joint damage.  She must have had a soft tissue injury that healed completely on its own.  And except for a very slight limp from having her leg immobilized for over a week, Olivia was fine.  After she was spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped, she came home from the vet acting like nothing happened. 

Olivia is very mellow for a puppy, friendly, outgoing, affectionate, mischievous, curious, and silly; all with that puppy enthusiasm for life.  The other dogs in her foster home helped her learn the dog door, to chase a ball, play tug-o-war, and her favorite game – “Wrestle Mania”. 

Olivia is 80% house trained, as she still needs someone to take her outside every few hours and stay out there with her to praise her for a good potty.  She has made significant progress since she arrived in rescue.  Olivia sleeps through the night in her crate, sometimes with a foster sibling, other times, alone.  She is crate trained, but would love to sleep in the big bed under the covers with her person.  She loves to be held and cuddled, resting her chin on your shoulder.  

Name:  Shannon  3158
Age:  13 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 13 lbs.

Shannon was sad and very confused.  The only person she has known and loved for most of her 13 years had financial troubles and had to move in with a family member who did not allow Shannon to accompany her.  Shannon was just devastated.  It took over a week to get her out of her funk and begin to enjoy the comradery and affection of her fellow fosters.  She lost some weight during her mourning period, but is now eating well and putting some meat back on her bones.  She has a lovely black and tan coat with just a sprinkling of gray around the whiskers. 
Shannon is absolutely devoted to her people, and very loving.  She is a wonderful little companion dog.  She wants to go everywhere and do everything with her people.  She is extremely polite and well-behaved, so taking her out in public is a pleasure.  She LOVES walks, though she is one of those dogs who is far more interested in exploring and sniffing every blade of grass, than in actually making significant forward progress.  So what?  It’s good to stop and smell the flowers. 

Shannon is house trained, crate trained, and knows how to use the doggy door.  She gets along with everyone, and may even be a good candidate to live with a dog-savvy cat.  She is very mothering and nurturing to any of her foster buddies who sit down beside her.  Face and ear washing are her specialties.

Shannon loves to cuddle with her people while they watch television or read, snooze in that patch of sun on the living room carpet, and sleep quietly in her crate at night.  She would love to sleep in the big bed and snuggle under the covers too.  She is a perfect couch companion and car-ride buddy, and she will keep you company while you are on your computer.  Overall, Shannon is totally up for anything her person wants to do. She is the perfect doxie for a retired lady or gentleman who desires the love and companionship of an affectionate and devoted senior dog. 


Name: The Earl of Wessex  3280
Age:  7 years 
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Standard - 17 lbs.

This stunning gentleman was picked up as a stray.  He was miserable in the shelter so they reached out for rescue.  The Earl got his name for his regal bearing.  With his commanding presence, he is clearly dachshund royalty.

While Earl may be royalty now, he appears to have lived his previous life as a peasant yard dog.  He had a very rough coat and while very people-friendly, he was uncomfortable being in the house.  However, within days this smart boy figured out this was a new day and a new dawn.  He now loves being inside and he especially wants to be near people.  He is an affection sponge.

As he settles in, he is trying to figure out how to play.  He gets all excited when he hears a squeaky, but he has no idea of what to do with it! 

So far, Earl is a quiet boy.  He goes with the flow.  He did start to try to guard his foster family (his most valuable possession ever!) but is learning that he has to share with the other dogs.  We think he would do best as an “only dog” or in home where there is a much higher people-to-dog ratio so he could get the love he so desperately wants.

Earl appears to have had a dapple parent as he has just a hint of dappling (white hairs) throughout his body. 

Earl loves his nighttime crate.  It was so fun to see when he first discovered he could burrow into the covers.  He was overjoyed.

Earl has short legs so he needs a no stairs home.  We think he would be fine with older, respectful children.  We don’t know how he would react to cats.

Earl’s mouth was a mess when he was picked up, but he has since had a complete dental.  He has also been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.  

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