DREAM Dachshund Rescue

I am amazed every day by the capacity of dogs to love and forgive the human race. I hope to give people a better understanding of what rescue is and why rescue is needed. The road is heartbreaking and frustrating. I meet so many dogs with such sad histories. And then I see them turn themselves around, with love and stability, and I think this is the happiest road there is, as well as the saddest. For the doggies, always the doggies. www.dreamdachsierescue.org

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Always busy in dachshund rescue

Good heavens. How can it be 2 months since my last post?
What is going on with DREAM? I'm glad you asked!

1. Howl-O-Weenie planning! The board is busy busy busy getting ready for our annual dachsie festival on October 20, 2007, in Decatur at Glenlake Park. Getting T-shirts made, recruiting (begging!) volunteers, finding sponsors, organizing contests, finding tables, figuring out a fence, making trophies, making certificates, all for the best day of our year! (And the most exhausting!)

2. Getting Delia's puppies adopted! Our 6 precious babies, born just one week after their mama, a dachshund mix, was rescued from animal control when she was due for euthanization in 2 hours, are going to their forever homes. This picture is Nessa, one of the little ones. So DEAR!!!

3. Trying to get 2 chocolate dachsies out of a puppy mill in Alabama. This breeder has changed her mind 4 times about turning over her dogs, even though she cannot care for them. Countless phone calls and emails between her and Dixie Dachshund Rescue in Alabama, with whom we are collaborating to help these babies.

4. Communicating with people who have found stray dachshunds. Strangely, there has been a small "rash" of lost dachsies the last 2 weeks. I've been coaching several people on what to do when they find a lost dog. All have found their homes again except one, who we think was abandoned. She is coming to DREAM tonight and going for her vetting tomorrow morning.

5. Working with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (Atlanta) to see if we can find a family with diabetes who would like to adopt our sweet Meagan, a longhair dachsie with the same disease. This has been a heartwarming experience!

6. Writing a grant mini-proposal to Maddie's Fund for a video camera so we can post videos of our adoptable dogs, hopefully speeding up adoptions.

7. Taking Jack and Luke to swim therapy.

8. Feeding, cleaning up, and the usual administrivia.

9. Getting lots of weiner dog love. And that's why we do #1 - 8.

Did you know:
There are 45 cats and dogs for every 1 person born.
Only 1 out of 10 dogs born ever find a permanent home.
Every hour, 800 dogs and cats are destroyed the U.S. because there are not enough homes for them.
Please do not breed or buy your next dog -- adopt a dog who needs you.