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:  Mac  3339
Age:  8 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie - 12 lbs.

Mac was picked up by Animal Control when he was found wandering the streets and dodging cars.  He was really skinny and had a number of health conditions that required immediate veterinary care.

When Mac came into rescue, he didn't want to eat, something unusual for a dachshund.  We soon learned that Mac's teeth were badly infected and surrounded by pus, and the infection had entered his nasal cavity.  We immediately got Mac to the vet.  Mac’s dental treatment resulted in shiny clean teeth and 6 rotten teeth pulled.

Now that he is feeling much better, Mac's personality is showing.  He LOVES his tennis ball [we named him Mac after tennis player John McEnroe] and enjoys chewing on cow hooves.  Mac carries his tennis ball with him wherever he goes and sometimes even tries to fit two tennis balls into his mouth.  He even sleeps with his tennis ball.

Next to his tennis ball, Mac loves people.  Mac is happiest when he can sit next to his person.  Mac loves going for walks.  If you throw his tennis ball, he will get it, but he isn't so good at bringing it back.  Mac isn't really good with cats, because he likes to chase them, and he doesn't do well with “alpha” male dogs.  Mac gets along with the female dog in his foster home, but would be happiest if he were the only dog in the home.  Mac is also smart and would do well in a training class.

Name: Manfred  3330
Age: 3.5 years 
Color:   Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size:  Small Tweenie - 13 lbs.

Manfred (aka Manny) came to us from an East Bay/Central CA shelter where it was reported that he was mean and vicious.  Our transporter Carolyn, (who as a volunteer saves more dogs from this shelter then their paid rescue coordinator) was suspicious of this assessment. 

Carolyn visited him and then lobbied for his rescue, declaring him a very nice dog.  She was right.  Manfred was not only not mean, he was desperately clingy to humans when he first arrived in rescue.  All he wanted was for someone to hold him and pet him.  He has never shown a single sign of any negative or disturbing behavior.

Manfred got his name from his occupation.  In foster care, he has been working as a male nanny or “manny”.  He arrived the same day as two very tiny puppies.  Within an hour, they became his charges.  The puppies were afraid of the other dogs, but not of Manfred.  They chewed on him and crawled all over him.  They hid behind him whenever something scared them.  Whatever crate Manfred was in was where the puppies wanted to be.  He did a very good job taking care of “his babies”.

As the puppies got older and bolder, Manfred branched out and became one  We think Manfred is the kind of dog that could do well in almost any home.  He could be a great family dog.  Stairs would not be a problem due to his mixed heritage.  Another dog to play with would be welcome.


Name:  Dodger  3347
Age: 5 years
Color:  Red Dapple
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered 
Size:  Tweenie - 15 lbs.

As you can see from his pictures, Dodger is very handsome and has lots of personality.  Dodger was surrendered to rescue, because he was afraid of the family’s in-ground swimming pool and barked incessantly when the family members were enjoying the pool.  He would not go anywhere near the water, but would run around it in a very agitated state until they went back into the house. 

Dodger is as sweet and affectionate as he is good looking.  He gives wonderful kisses.  He prefers human companions to canine ones, but he gets along with all the other foster dogs where he is staying.  He would very much like to have a mellow female companion around for those times when his person has to be away from home. 

Dodger also likes going for walks and he enjoys riding in the car.  He is not good for families with very young children.  Teenagers maybe, but no one under 13 years old.  We don’t know if he would get along with cats.

Dodger is house trained.  If he has a dog door and free access to it, he goes outside to do his business on his own.  He also prefers to sleep in the big bed under the covers with his person.  He whimpers all night if he does not sleep in the big bed.  His foster mom is indulging him and enjoying every cuddly minute.


Name:  Nana  3355
Age:  8 years
Color: Black and Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Mini – 12 lbs.

Nana is a sweet, quiet little girl who only wants to be loved by her person.  We rescued Nana from a Central California back yard breeder.  We were able to get both Nana and her mate (Mugsy), so they are no longer breeding.  Nana has had several litters, and came to us with open wounds that needed some medical attention.  It took about week in the hospital, but Nana is now good as new.  She was spayed as well as had a full dental treatment.  Now she is healthy and ready for a new loving home.

Nana is crate trained, house trained, and is well socialized.  She loves going for short walks, and enjoys having another dog to walk with.  We don’t know if she is cat-safe.  She would not do well in a home with people who are gone to work all day.  She needs a quiet home with someone who works from home or is retired and is willing to make sure Nana goes outside periodically for potty breaks.  She especially enjoys basking in the sun.

Nana deserves a good home with people who are going love and cherish her for the rest of her life.  She enjoys cuddling in her person’s lap.  She is good with children over 12 years old, especially little girls.  She really wants to sleep in the big bed with her person, under the covers, but is making do with a comfy mattress and fluffy blanket in a roomy crate for now.  Nana is very short.  She needs a home all on one level with no stairs and just a step or two that can be easily ramped to make it easy for her to navigate in and out the door.  


Name: Rosie  3356
Age: 9 years
D.O.B.:  09/25/2005
Color: Red Sable
Coat: Longhair
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Tweenie - 14 lbs.

Rosie’s owner died suddenly at age 65, and Rosie was locked in the house with her body for two days before neighbors investigated why Rosie was barking non-stop.  It was tragic for the family, and devastating for Rosie, because none of the extended family wanted to take her into their home.  Finally, a sister-in-law contacted SCDR, and we opened our doors and hearts to Rosie.

Rosie is good with all the other dogs in her foster home.  She's got a good appetite and we think she's at her ideal weight.  Her former vet graciously sent her records which indicated that Rosie was eating a special diet to prevent bladder stones.  It is obviously working, because Rosie is in excellent health and we were able to easily obtain the food from our own vet as well.

Rosie is crate trained, house trained, and there have been no accidents.  Rosie likes to walk on a leash and knows basic commands – come, sit, stay and go potty.  She's friendly with new people and loves to be in any available lap.  We were told she did not live with cats, so we have no idea how she will react to one.  Rosie sleeps in the big bed with her foster mom.  She is a princess, but a very polite one.  She is not a bed-hog, but simply finds a comfortable spot and stays put all night.  She’s a very good girl. 


 Name:  Max  2066
Age:  3 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth 
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Sm. Standard – 20 lbs.

Name:  Millie  2067
Age:  3 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth 
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 16 lbs.

Max and Millie are littermates that came into rescue back in early 2011 as 8 month old puppies.  They were subsequently adopted by a wonderful family who loved them very much, and cherished them.  But sometimes, life has a way of throwing you a curve-ball, and everything changed when an adult family member contracted a serious illness which resulted in diminished time and attention for Max and Millie.  The family felt it was best if Max and Millie returned to rescue to find a better living situation and more love.

These two sweet doxie/min-pins are delightful.  They love the yard, freely running around and exploring everything that moves or makes noise.  They get along with the other doxies in their foster home and often initiate play and games with their foster siblings.  They are not barkers, not hyper, and when indoors, just want to be couch potatoes and hang out with their people.
Max and Millie are very comical at times.  They love to dance on their hind feet for treats, and do that “sit up and beg thing”, because they know it’s cute.  They have sweet adoring eyes that say “please love me”.  They have mastered the doggy door and they are 100% house trained.  We have not seen them potty indoors even once.  They are crate trained and go willing into their crate for nighttime sleeping, or to enjoy a treat or chew toy.

They love to be held and cuddled.  They both love car rides, cuddling under the blankies, and sunning themselves on the patio.  They would love to sleep in the big bed with their people, but will happily accept a comfy crate in the master bedroom.  They would be great for an active family who want to take their dogs everywhere with them.  Is your home a two-story or split level?  No problem, these two can go up and down stairs with ease as they are ever so slightly taller than the average dachshund.


Name:  Mugsy 3354
Age:  6 years
Color: Black and Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Mini – 12 lbs.

Mugsy is a sweet, quiet little boy who only wants to be loved by his person.  We rescued Mugsy from a Central California back yard breeder.  We were able to get both Mugsy and his mate (Nana), so they are no longer breeding.  Mugsy has fathered several litters, and came to us with some battle scars and an upper respiratory infection that needed medical attention.  It took about week in the hospital, but Mugsy is now good as new.  He was neutered as well as had a full dental treatment.  Now he is healthy and ready for a new loving home.

Mugsy is crate trained, 90% house trained, and is well socialized.  He loves going for short walks, and enjoys having another dog to walk with.  We don’t know if he is cat-safe.  He would not do well in a home with people who are gone to work all day.  He needs a quiet home with someone who works from home or is retired and is willing to make sure Mugsy goes outside periodically for potty breaks.  He most enjoys hanging out wherever his people are.


Name: Rose  3249
Age: 18 months
Color: Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed 
Size: Mini – 11 lbs.

Rose came to us courtesy of an ad on Craig’s List.  (Thank you to Talona Thurman, SCDR volunteer, for spotting the ad and arranging to take Rose into rescue.)  We have no idea why the family wanted to give her up, but one thing is for sure, Rose is a fantastic girl.

Rose is 100% house trained, and crate trained.  She only barks when appropriate to do so.  She knows how to use the dog door flawlessly.  She is well socialized with the other dogs in her foster home, and is even sharing her bedtime crate with a puppy that needs a surrogate mother.  How sweet is that?  Rose plays with toys and loves running around the back yard chasing birds and squirrels.  We don’t know if she is cat-safe, probably not.

Rose is sweet, and is no longer shy when meeting new people.  In fact she likes to be “front and center” when visitors come to the door.  She likes going for walks, and she loves putting on her vest to go walking or to visit friends and relatives.  She is a fast learner and training is no problem for her.  She would like a home with another dachshund (preferably of the male variety) and a dog door with access to a secure yard.


Name: Lars  3332
Age: ~ 3 months
DOB:~end of Aug 2014
Color:   Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Est. Adult Size:  Mini - 10 lbs.

Tiny Lars is going to steal your heart!  We were told his mom was an 8 pound micro-mini dachshund.  We definitely believe the mini part, as Lars is a very petite little boy.  He has a few wispy hairs on his ears and face which we believe are a legacy from his father, whom we were told was a longhair doxie.  This gives him an adorable scruffy look.

Lars is being well socialized with other dogs and wit  This sweetheart is a little on the reserved side.  He enjoys rough and tumble play with dogs his size, but not with the bigger dogs (too scary for him), unless he knows them well.  He is a typical puppy – chewing whatever is in his path, eating multiple times a day, crying for attention, and always, always, looking like the cutest thing ever.  As you might expect, he gives wonderful puppy kisses.

We are diligently working  Most doxies are not reliably housetrained until at least a year old.  Lars is crate trained, although he has never had to sleep alone.


Name: Peanut  3314
Age:  4 years
Color:  Red Dapple
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Weight:  Chubby - 16 lbs.

Peanut and his deaf, double dapple father came to us from Craig’s List.  Their owners were dumping them that day if someone did not come take them.  (Because after all, when you move, you certainly don’t take your dogs along, and you need to wait until the last possible minute to think about what to do with them.)

In rescue, Peanut was friendly but needy.  He didn’t like being gated off from the people in the house.  After a few days, he began to get more accepting.  (We want our dogs to learn independence.)  Because he is so darn cute, Peanut was immediately adopted.  His new owners loved him madly, but they had a gentle 13+ year old doxie.  Within days, Peanut began resource guarding his people and then he went after the senior doxie, because he wanted his new mom all to himself.  With heavy hearts, his adoptive parents had to return him to rescue.  Peanut is such a loving dog that this was very difficult for them, as they lost their hearts to him.

In foster care, Peanut is living with lots and lots of dogs of all sizes and ages.  He does well with all of them, because we have strict rules for the dogs.  We don’t let him have the run of the house or sleep in the big bed, because we want him to learn his place in the hierarchy.  As a result, we have had absolutely no issues between Peanut and any of the other dogs.

We think the ideal home for Peanut would be where his new owners set firm, consistent rules from the very start.  He does best with “nothing in life is free” rules. (This is a method of training where a dog has to work for everything good and has to ask permission for things, such as getting on the bed.)  It helps establish teach Peanut that he is not in charge.)  We think he can live with another dog if the other dog is not timid or medically fragile.  In foster care, even the 8 pound dog has Peanut toeing the line, because she won’t take any flak from him.  However, Peanut would have no trouble being an only dog.  He just really wants a person to adore.  A home with someone around most of the time would be his idea of heaven.


Name:  Rocky  3184
Age:  6 years
Color:  Cream Sable
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Standard - 19 lbs.

We have to stop taking late night Saturday calls!  This one was about a doxie in Bakersfield.  We asked repeatedly “Are you sure he is a dachshund?”  We were repeatedly told yes.  We somewhat suspiciously agree to take him.  He was whisked off into boarding the next morning to await transport.  We then got his head shot and we knew.  This was another NAD (Not a Dachshund).  However, we had committed, so he was now ours.

Rocky arrived in the Bay Area via a Pilots ‘N Paws flight.  The passengers on the plane raved about what a good dog he had been.  He sat on a young boys lap for the entire flight, cool as a cucumber.  He had no problems being immediately being handled by a stranger (his new foster mom).  On the car trip back to the house, he curled up in the front seat and rested with not a care in the world.  Even more impressive was when he met the gang – his foster siblings.  They like to swarm new dogs, but Rocky didn’t bat an eyelash at this.

Rocky has proven to be a “Zen” dog.  He is young and playful, but his inner energy is calm and soothing.  He goes with the flow and never causes trouble.   He is a cute boy with a shepherdy look to his face. 

Rocky has learned to enjoy playing with the other dogs.  He likes chase and he would love to join the wrestling, but the doxies are breedist and normally won’t let him.  He was very happy to discover cow hooves and bones to chew on and is starting to figure out toys.


Name: Lulu  3328
Age:  13 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Mini – 9 lbs.

Lulu first came into rescue three years ago and was quickly adopted.  However, her adopter’s circumstances changed and she can no longer keep Lulu so she came back to rescue.

Lulu is a delightful senior.  She is good with all the other dogs (after first making sure they all know not to mess with her!).  She has lived happily with cats.  She loves to cuddle and has no shyness about demanding her lap time.  She really is an easy dog.

Name:  Broco  3326
Age:  6 months
Color:  Red Sable
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini – 10 lbs.

Bronco was rescued from a backyard breeder who was having trouble selling puppies in the small town they lived.  We happily agreed to take them into rescue and see that they not only got homes but also medical care.  We are also putting some much needed weight on them as they came in very skinny.  

These puppies are all very friendly and sweet with people. Broco (BROwn COw) loves to play with other dogs.  If you have a dog that really wants a playmate to romp with or you want a dog you can take to a dog park, he’s your guy.  

He is very good with other dogs. We think he is still young enough to learn to live with cats.  He will need a home that will get him out on walks and adventures.  He's way too young and energetic to just be a couch potato.  

Name: Rufus  3323
Age:  7 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie - 15 lbs.

We got a call from a small shelter begging us to help a dachshund mix that had a serious skin condition. He had been picked up as a stray but had a microchip.  When his owners were tracked down, they gave the old “we gave the dog away and we don’t remember who to” excuse, thereby dodging responsibility for allowing him to get into such a terrible condition.

When Rufus arrived in rescue, we alternated between calling him Lizard and Babar the Elephant, due to his skin.  He had no hair on his chest, his face or under his legs.  Not only was he bald, but his skin was gray,  thick, rubbery and wrinkled.  This was due to a yeast infection which then allowed a secondary infection to also take hold.  He was also way too thin.  He looked pathetic and he was miserable with the itching and the pain.

He was immediately started on two different medications and he received medicated baths.  He had to stay lathered up with the special shampoo for a full ten minutes every other day.  Rufus was a champ and cooperated with whatever we wanted to do to him.  He now is fully recovered and ready to find a new home.

Rufus is friendly dog.  He doesn’t seem to have a dominate bone in his body.  He even lets puppies push him around.  He will run and hide in his crate at the first sign of another dog getting snarky with him.  We think he could be a family dog.


Name: Charlie  3359
Age: 5 mo.
D.O.B.:   5/18/2014
Color:  *Clear Red 
Coat: Smooth 
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Mini – 3.5 lbs. and growing

Charlie has been passed around like a hot potato.  He was given to someone by a friend who received an eviction notice for having two dogs in a one-pet-only apartment complex.  The new family’s resident dog took great exception to having another dog in the home, so they asked us to find Charlie another home, so he doesn’t get passed around again.  We jumped at the chance to find him a loving home.

Charlie’s coloring is called “Clear Red”.  *This means his body has no black pigment whatsoever.  His nose is pink and toenails light brown.  He has Hazel eyes.  He will need sunscreen on his muzzle to prevent him from getting sunburned if outdoors more than a few minutes.  He would be a great candidate for wearing one of those doggy baseball hats with a brim to shade is eyes and nose when out and about.

Charlie is a wonderful puppy, friendly, affectionate, mischievous, curious, and silly.  The other dogs in his foster home are helping him learn proper dog-etiquette and the older gals are taking turns being his surrogate mother.  He needs to have a canine companion in his new home, a dog that can mentor him and give him confidence.  He is nowhere near leash trained, and is a bit fretful when riding in the car.

Charlie still needs someone to take him outside every couple of hours and stay out there with him to praise him for a good potty.  He will not truly “get it” until he is about a year old.  Charlie sleeps through the night in a crate in the master bedroom with his surrogate mom, never alone.  He is crate trained, but already begging to sleep in the big bed under the covers with his person.  He loves to be held and cuddled.  He gives amazing kisses. . . . ahhhhh, puppy-breath.  Heavenly.


Name: Penny  3360
Age: 2 years
Color: Red 
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Mini - 12 lbs.

Penny is an owner-turn-in.  She was originally purchased from a pet store as a baby puppy.  In the two years she was with her owners, she was always afraid of the man of the house.  We don’t know if he was very big and had a deep voice or what caused Penny to be resistant to his advances, but after two years, they family decided that Penny was not going to bond or cease being intimidated by him, so they asked us to find her another home.  We agreed wholeheartedly.

Penny is very social with the other dogs in her foster home as well as her foster mom.  She does not seem to have any issues with her foster dad, but he is very dachshund-savvy, and most dogs like him instantly.  Penny would be okay as a single little princess, but only if her people didn’t work long hours.  She’s crate trained, house trained, and she doesn’t have any naughty habits.  She was a bit of a picky-eater the first few days in rescue, but has had a good appetite since then. 

Although she likes sleeping in her dog bed and she goes into her crate without protest, she would really prefer to sleep in the big bed with her person. She is safe with gentle children over 10 years old, especially little girls, but we don’t know how she feels about cats.

Penny walks well on a leash and enjoys car rides, especially if she gets to go the park or the beach.

Name:  Ronnie  2976
Age:  11 years
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Mini – 10 lbs.

Ronnie came into rescue a little over a year ago in Northern California.  He was adopted by a young woman who recently moved to Southern California, and found herself financially unable to continue to have a dog.  We gladly took Ronnie back into rescue to find another loving home

Ronnie moved into his new foster home and adjusted beautifully.  He really likes the other dachshunds.  He is a good eater (always appreciated by foster moms), and takes himself outside to do his business without fail.  Ronnie currently sleeps in the big bed with his people, but is willing to settle for a cushy dog bed and warm fleece blanket in the master bedroom.

Ronnie is an absolute love.  If you have a soft spot in your heart for the senior dachshunds, you will fall helplessly in love with Ronnie.  All he wants is a quiet home, a soft blanket, and the unconditional love of someone who will cherish him (and rub his belly) for the rest of his life.  Ronnie is in very good health and he gives every indication he has quite a few years left. 
Ronnie would not mind sharing a home with another dachshund, female is preferred.  He would also be okay as an “only dog” if his people were not away for long hours every day.  Ronnie is fine with visiting grandchildren over 5 years old.  His foster home has some cats and he has shown no interest in cats.  He would prefer to live with someone who is home most of the time.  He loves going for walks and is a good passenger in the car too.


Name: Lina  3268
Age: 7 years
Color: Red Piebald
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed 
Size: Mini – 11 lbs.

We don’t know why Lina ended up in a Los Angeles animal shelter, but we were bombarded with requests from people who begged us to rescue this sweet little Chiweenie girl.  Lina is a perfect little lady and why her people never reclaimed her at the shelter is beyond us.  We suspect her family moved left her behind to fend for herself.  We were delighted to rescue her, especially since one of the interested people offered to be her foster home.

Lina was shy when she first arrived at her new foster home.  Their resident dog was warm and friendly to her, and she started to relax.  She will take a few days to adjust to any new home and a new routine.  She is learning to trust people again.  She is starting to be very loveable and affectionate.  She loves to give kisses.  Check out this little video of sweet Lina.

Lina is crate trained, reliably house trained, and knows how to use a dog door.  She has been through a lot, and despite everything, she is a loving little girl.  She is not a barker, enjoys rolling in the grass, sunning herself, and napping in that patch of sun on the living room carpet.

Lina would be a great dog for a family with older children or for recent retirees who want the consummate “lap dog”.  Lina enjoys going for walks about the neighborhood and making new friends along the way.  We don’t know if she likes cats, but judging by her temperament, we’d say she could learn to get along with them very easily.

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