Adoptable dachshunds fostered in Northern California

We have many dachshunds fostered in Northern California. If you live in Southern California, you can still adopt them! Please inquire and we might be able work with you to transfer them down to where you live, or you can pick them up. Please contact us for more info.

All of these dogs are being fostered in the San Francisco/Fresno areas of Northern California.

Name: Radar  2859
Age:  6 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Standard - 18 lbs.

Radar came to us over a year ago as a shelter stray.  He was originally great with the other dogs in his foster home.  However, over time his tolerance lessened.  We thought it was due to dog aggressiveness.  Just then, he was adopted.  In his new home he was so stressed over the initial change, he had to be on Prozac for three weeks just to make the transition.  As his new owner was gone longer and longer hours, Radar became more and more dog reactive.  He no longer could be taken to the dog park and walks in the crowded urban area were very difficult.

So after a year, Radar, the seriously dog reactive/aggressive dog has come back into rescue and an extremely crowded foster home.  You’re thinking, “A recipe for disaster?”  Nope – Radar has been fine with the other dogs and even has a harem of female dogs that adore him.  He is even sharing his nighttime crate with another dog.

In hindsight, we think Radar’s earlier behavior was separation anxiety.  During his first stay in foster care, there was not someone home very often.  Now that there is, he is having no issues.  It appears that if Radar is left alone for long periods of time and day after day, his anxiety shows up as dog reactiveness.

Radar loves toys.  Balls, Frisbee, tug of war – he likes them all.  He will fetch until he can hardly breathe (and if another dog gets to the ball first, he is ok with that).  He hangs on in tug of war and does a great airplane imitation.    And like many doxies, he loves destroying the evil squeaker found in dog toys.

Radar is one of the most expressive dogs we have ever had.  He has dozens of ear positions and he uses them to help talk just like a human would use their hands.  He will moan, groan, growl, chirp, whine and bark to get his point across (he only does this when he is talking with you – otherwise he is a pretty quiet dog). When visitors come over, he grabs a toy and entertains the company by playing the role of the class clown.  He really is one cool dude.

Radar needs a new home with someone home most of the time. A canine sister or a non-dominate canine brother would be fine with him or he could be an only dog.

Radar is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.  He is crate trained.  If you are interested in Radar, please fill out the adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Radar is any modest donation to rescue.

Name:  Honey  3318
Age:  7 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Mini – 9 lbs.

Name:  Waffle  3319
Age:  7 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini – 10.5 lbs.


Honey and Waffle were originally purchased off the internet from two different puppy mills as gifts for the kids.  These kids grew up and wanted nothing more to do with the dogs.  This pair has repeatedly been taken to the shelter by the now adult sons and then picked back up again by boys’ mother.  Unwanted and unhappy with the new toddler in the house, Honey & Waffle spent the past two years either locked in a room and ignored, or kept so long in a crate, they had trouble walking. 

Now that they are in rescue, they are becoming very happy little dogs.  They enjoy hanging out outside after so many years of being confined to a lonely room.  They crate nicely at night.  They love to come to say hello to everyone, although Waffle is a little more suspicious of men.  They are always looking for a lap to cuddle up in.

Like most dachshunds, Waffle does not like toddlers, so any children must be older as well as loving and respectful to dogs.  He has endured enough teasing and abuse in his lifetime.  Their new home should also be one level as they are both very long dogs.

We want Honey and Waffles to have a new home that will take them for walks and adventures.   They are tiny and ride really well in car so they are easy to take along.

Honey loves squeaky toys and Waffle is showing signs of being a ball dog.  (Right now there is a much bigger, ball obsessed dog in the foster home, so Waffle just runs a long side him).  In the evening, they frequently get the “zoomies” and go racing in circles around the yard.

Honey and Waffles are fixed, microchipped and current on their vaccinations.  Waffles had a long standing infection taken care of and they both recently had complete dentals.  If you are interested in this pair, please fill out the online adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Honey and Waffles together is  $300.00.
We will not split them up.

Name:  Susie 2921
Age:  3 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 14 lbs.

Susie is one of the best dachshunds ever.  Not only is she gorgeous, but she has the best personality.  Susie is superb with all other people and all other dogs.   When we have visitors or take the dogs out and about, the one dog we never worry about is Susie.   She is a dream.

Susie enjoys playing with other dogs and is usually instigating the romping.  She also likes squeaky toys.  And she loves, loves, loves to go for walks.  This is one happy dog.

We would have to beat adopters off with a stick, except that Susie is a special needs dog.  She came into rescue at about 6 months of age with a crush injury to her spinal nerve (like someone had stepped on her).  This left her with no control or even awareness of eliminating.  She also walked funny and had no feeling in her tail.   Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we were able to raise the money for Susie’s MRI and surgery.

The surgery was an instant success in terms of walking.  Susie is now up on her rear tippy toes rather than walking on her elbows.  As the nerve slowly regrew, Susie regained some control over her bladder and bowels.  Susie is now at the point where she can control her pee unless she gets excited.  She can control her poop except when she sleeps.  We are still hopeful for even more improvement as we are now noticing   Susie move her tail.  She still doesn’t wag it like a normal dog but she is definitely moving it back and forth and up and down.

In foster care, Susie spends most of the day outside (her choice) and at night she wears a diaper to bed.   She is extremely cooperative about being diapered, standing patiently for the process. 

Susie happily crates at night with her best friend Lena (a former feral dog who is still standoffish). Susie is not an early riser.  Plus if you are late with bedtime, you will find her at your feet, looking at you wondering why you aren’t getting her ready for bed.  Clearly it’s hard work, playing and having fun all day and she needs her beauty sleep.

Susie is spayed, microchipped and current on her vaccinations.  If you are interested in Susie, please fill out the online adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Susie is any modest donation to rescue.

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.

We believe Rufus had been a yard dog in his prior life, but he sure likes being part of a people family now..  He is pretty happy with going to bed in a crate. 

Rufus is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.  He has also had a dental.  He is crate trained.

If you are interested in Rufus, please fill out the adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Rufus is only $75.00.

Name:  Annie  3277
Age:  10 months
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Fuzzy Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Mini – 11 lbs

Once Annie passed the adorable tiny puppy stage, her owners promptly dumped her in the shelter.  This poor baby was terrified.  Even more heartbreaking, she was constantly looking for her owners.  The shelter staff called us, saying she was a dachshund mix and begged us to take her into rescue.  We think it is clear that Annie is not a dachshund.   Whatever her genetic background, she looks like a teacup German Shepherd.

Annie is very smart and has already mastered commands such as "sit" "stay" and "down."  She would enjoy and do well in a training class.  She loves going to the dog park and chasing and bringing back the ball.  She has lots of energy and loves to go on walks or go running.

Annie is good with other dogs and children over the age of 12.  She is not really good with cats, because she likes chasing them too much.  She enjoys sleeping in her crate at night and knows how to use both the doggy door and puppy piddle pads.

Annie is a loving dog who would benefit from an experienced dog owner who can give Annie the love and guidance that she needs.  She would love a playful canine companion.  If you think about it, Annie is perfect for someone who loves the German Shepherd breed, but lives in an apartment or condo that requires a smaller dog.

Annie is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.  If you are interested in Annie, please fill out the online adoption application and email Althea at

The tax deductible donation for Annie is only $75.00.

Name:  Max  3316
Age: ~8 years
Color:  Red 
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie - 14 lbs.

Max’s elderly owner went into a nursing home, and as happens far too often, no one in the family would take him.  He ended up dumped at the shelter where he did not do well.  The poor guy was so terrified he hid under a blanket and wouldn’t even come out to eat.  The shelter’s rescue coordinator called us and asked if we could please take him.  How could we say no when we heard how badly he needed to get out of that environment?

In foster care, Max is thriving.  He likes cuddling up next to his foster mom when she is sitting on the bed or the sofa.  He is good on the leash and likes going for walks.  He enjoys playing with the other dogs.  He loves food and has no issues eating.  He still likes to be under a blanket, but now it is not from fear, but for comfort.  He gets along well with other dogs and with people.  He isn't good with children, so he needs a home with teenagers and up or an adults only home.  We do not know how he might be with cats.

Max is filled with love and wants so much to have a person to call his own.  He gets so excited when his foster mom comes home that his whole body shakes, just like a bowl of Jello.  He really is a charming boy.

Max is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.  He will soon have a complete dental.
If you are interested in Max, please fill out the adoption application and email Althea at

We'll accept a modest donation to rescue for Max.

Name: Woofie  3233
Age: 5 years
Color: Red Sable
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Tweenie/ 18 lbs.

This doxie is currently located in Fresno.
Transport might be possible depending on your location.

Woofie, previously known as Woody, is one very lucky boy.  Woofie ended up as a “stray” in a Central California shelter in early March 2014.  We know the people who took him to the shelter saying he was a “stray” were not being honest.  How do we know this?  Woofie was paralyzed in the back end, yet he had no wounds on his back legs from dragging them.  The “finders” said he just appeared on their front porch.  Woofie’s chances of leaving the shelter alive were very bleak.  There was no other rescue that would have stepped up for him, so our Central California representative put a call to Stephania, a wonderful lady who had previous experience rehabbing a downed dachshund to see if she would be willing again.  The answer was a resounding “YES” she would foster Woofie, but only as his rehab-foster to get him up and walking.  Our Central California Rep headed straight over to the shelter to get Woofie on what would have been his last day.

We have no idea how long Woofie had been down, but between Stephania’s dedication of daily physical therapy and a local veterinarian who has been doing acupuncture on Woofie for the last 5 months, Woofie is now up and walking.  Renee Brewer, DVM, will soon be opening her own practice in Madera, California, called Valley View Veterinary Hospital, loves and adores Woofie.

Now that Woofie is walking it is time for him to move on to a regular foster or adoptive home from his rehab-foster home.  We would like to find a home with people that will also be dedicated to this wonderfully sweet boy and would be willing to continue with some strengthening exercises.  Woofie has been continuing to build his strength every day.  He enjoys daily short walks, and is very good in the car.

Woofie needs a home that is all one level. No small children that could possibly re-injure Woofie.  He is living with 4 small female dogs, so he would probably enjoy having a female dog for companionship.  He is also living with a cat.  He gets a little excited about the cat, but does not try to harm it.  If the cat doesn’t run, he won’t chase.

Woofie is crate trained, up to date on all of his shots, microchipped.  If you are interested in fostering or adopting Woofie, please contact Janice at

The tax deductible donation to adopt Woofie is only $150.00.


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.

Peanut is strong and pulls on the leash so he could use some leash training.  A gentle leader in conjunction with his harness would help. 

Peanut is neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped.  He is crate trained.  If you are interested in Peanut, please fill out the adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Peanut is $125.00.


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.

We think Rocky could do well in almost any home.  Noise doesn’t seem to bother him.  He likes people. He likes other dogs.  We have not tested him with cats.  Stairs are no issue.  With his incredible demeanor, someone is going to be very lucky to get this dog.

Rocky is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.  If you are interested in  Rocky, please fill out the adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Rocky is just $75.00.


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.

We are looking for a home that will treasure Lulu for the time she has left.  She wants so much to have a person.  This girl deserves to finally have a forever home.

Lulu is spayed, and microchipped.  We will get her a dental prior to adoption.  If you are interested in Lulu, please fill out the online adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Lulu is any modest donation to rescue.


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.  Ideal applicants will need the following qualifications:

• Someone at home most of the day, stay-at-home moms or folks who work from home.
• Previous dachshund experience is a plus but not absolutely essential.
• Another mini dachshund or small breed dog for play and companionship.
• A very secure INDOOR place for the puppy to be when no one is at home.
• Applicants must be between 25 and 65 years of age.
• No infants or toddlers, please, but we will consider families with children over 8 years old. 

He has been vaccinated, spayed/neutered, had his retained baby teeth pulled, have been de-wormed, and microchipped.  He sleeps quietly in a crate at night.

 If you are interested in Bronco, please fill out the adoption application and email Lindy at

The tax deductible donation for Bronco is $350.00.

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