Though I’ve never been much of a dog person, I’ve always had a weakness for dachshunds; something about their notorious friendliness, their laughably long frames and the fact that they look especially adorable in sweaters is irresistible.
The Central Texas Dachshund Rescue (CTDR) agrees.
“Dachshunds are very loyal and loving dogs,” explains Teresa Rucka, CTDR President. “They love to cuddle with owners and make very loyal companions. They are sometimes referred to as ‘Velcro dogs.’”
CTDR is devoted to helping the floppy-eared breed get the specific care they need, placing many of the dogs they rescue from kill shelters and the community in foster or permanent new homes.
“They love to cuddle with owners and make very loyal companions. They are sometimes referred to as ‘Velcro dogs.’”
If you’re not ready to make a lifetime commitment to one of CTDR’s pups in need, but you’d like to offer something more than a check (they accept food, toys, crates and other dog accessories as well as monetary donations), the center is always looking for temporary foster parents.
Who makes a good candidate? “Anyone that has time to spend with the dog would be a good owner,” says Rucka. “We have a lot of people who work but, after work, they still devote a lot of time to the dog either with walks or playtime.”
Adopting, even for renters, is a fairly painless process, and you can even see all available dogs online and complete an application before you head over.
Once a CTDR volunteer verifies your references, there’s a quick home visit — dachshunds do have some particular habits that make some living environments more ideal than others. Rucka explains: “Dachshunds love to dig, so we want to be sure there are no gaps in the fence and gate area.”
I have to admit: The fact that they’re so wiley is one of the reasons I’ve always wanted one.
Still making up your mind? Take a look at this guy: