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Daphne was a much loved dachshund who didn’t like the new arrival of a baby and she was sent interstate to relatives who were then relocating overseas.
Daphne’ owners came to DRA to find this robust lovely natured girl with separation anxiety her forever home. We had a perfect match on our data base with a family that works from home and adore rescue dogs.
New to the breed their son has treasured having this barking girl join in the fun. Daphne is settling in with lots of company in her prime position on the family’s sofa, sharing any laps that are free. (Vic)
Archie was a much loved Dachshund but his owners came to DRA looking for help with Archie as a new baby had joined the family.
He is a quirky, clever and well trained boy that has found a home with a retired lady who has owned and loved dachshunds all her life.
Archie is thriving going on his 2 walks a day and day trips in the car visiting people and new places to explore which he is loving. Archie trusted his new owner within a very short time, even allowing her to start brushing his teeth. (NSW)
Izzy and Sophie had to find a new home in their advancing years. A lovely family came forward for them but first of all we had to get their vaccinations updated and dentals for them both so they’d be sweet to kiss again. From day one in their new family it was like they had been there forever. They’re relaxed, they’re happy they look forward to car trips on the school run and have a new pair of boyfriends – a pair of pugs who they often go walking with. (Tasmania)
Henry is a gorgeous little boy but had never had the necessary training which dachshunds thrive on. With his incessant barking, severe separation anxiety and not at all socialised, DRA decided that Henry should be sent off to the wonderful Nikki at Pesky Pooch for a week of bootcamp. We are proud to announce that he passed with an A+ report card and is now living the life that he should have done all along. Henry can no longer remember why he used to carry on like a lunatic when out as he has discovered it’s actually great fun to meet other dogs and to also be on the receiving end of his many human admirers too! (QLD)
With the arrival of human babies Cevapi was finding it difficult to cope and was becoming stressed and snappy. It was with a heavy heart that his owners decided to surrender him to DRA so that Cevapi could once again be in a home where his needs were a priority. Cevapi has landed himself with a loving owner who is fortunate to be able to take him to work every day. He has his own Instagram account (cevapiethesnag) and we have been lucky enough to watch him transform from a shy and wary little boy in his new surroundings into a confident, loyal and most importantly a happy dachshund who enjoys endless love and affection. (NSW)
Sadly Heidi did not have the ideal puppyhood that every dog deserves. At 10 month of age DRA managed to rescue her from a very dire situation. Heidi is slowly starting to learn that there is warmth, comfort and love from her wonderful new owner who has been amazing. Heidi is at her happiest when she is with her furry siblings and we are overjoyed to hear that she is learning to play with her tail up and wagging. There is still a long way to go in Heidi’s healing and we hope that she will one day be a happy and carefree dachshund with no memory of her past. (NSW)
We were so shocked and saddened to hear that this little boy Billie (now called Biggles!) came from such an awful situation. Living in a cage and only fed scraps he was fortunately picked up by a good Samaritan from a Gumtree ad. It soon became clear that the abhorrent treatment of Biggles in his past life had traumatised him so severely that he was unable to stay in his rescuers home and he was surrendered to DRA. Biggles went to a wonderful family (who we can’t thank enough for stepping up to look after him) but despite all the kindness showered on Biggles he was just too terrified of men. Biggles is now living the life in the country with his new single female owner. From the moment Biggles arrived his tail has been up and wagging, he is relaxed, happy and totally devoted to his new mum. Equally she fell in love with Biggles from the moment they met. Thank you to everyone who was involved in Biggles rehoming and enabling this little boy to have his dreams come true. (ACT)
The plight of these two girls, Rosie and Carli, was shared far and wide when their picture showed them in a pet shop looking for new homes.
DRA contacted the shop and put them with a wonderful foster carer where they were showered with love and kindness. The went on many day trips around Sydney exploring their new freedom and gaining confidence daily.
They are now much adored dachshunds enjoying life at a guest house in the Hunter Valley, where they enjoy meeting the guests.With lovely manners and wanting to please their new owners they have settled in so well and their owners are enjoying having dachshunds back in their lives.
Our thanks to the pet shop for allowing the girls to go into foster care with DRA so that we could find the right home for them. (NSW)
Leo travelled across from the Eastern states with his family to start a new life in Perth. All went well although he was a bit unsettled with the changes to his life and became a bit anxious. Then his family circumstances changed with possibly moving state again so they sadly decided it was in his best interest to be settled and find a new home in WA He had a leg injury which DRA had investigated by vets and he was prescribed medication plus Xrays to rule out a more permanent injury, which luckily there wasn’t. So Leo loved settling in to his new home with enforced rest to let his leg heal, spending the days lounging on the sofa with his new owners getting lots of cuddles!
He also has new dachshund cousins, Walter and Arthur, who come to visit him regularly , so he is very pleased with his new life and all the comforts he is getting
4 year old Violet was in urgent need of a new home and she’s now in a home with a younger brother for company and it’s a joy to see her so happy in her home. Whilst she used to be left on her own during the days, now it’s very rare for her to be on her own and she adores the attention. Violet keeps everyone on their toes as she is into everything and if she’s not going to the beach or playing in her new garden, she can be found snoring like a trouper on the couch. (QLD)
Dexter was a dachshund that had spent the majority of his life indoors and meeting another dachshund was a first in his life which he absolutely loved. He now has a new companion, a lovely senior dachshund, and Dexter is learning his place in the family and how to share them! He has lots of quirky characteristics, and is loving his daily walks, playing with the ball, and waiting for his carrot treats in the kitchen. Whilst it’s very cold in the country, there always a sunny spot for him and his sister to find and lie in.
Nano the lovable mini wire unfortunately had to come into DRA due to his owner being unwell. He has taken to his new family with enthusiasm and they in turn love his adorable nature. No more sleep ins on a Sunday, Nano is up and ready for lots of new experiences, meetings dachshund brothers and cousins, going to the beach, playing with toys and in training to use the doggy door. This young boy is thriving in his new home such a joy to see . (VIC)
Welcoming Bully into their home is an experienced dachshund couple that have previously taken on a rescued dachshund, Buster. Buster and Bully had a few growls until they settled down and realised how much fun it was to be part of a pair and have a playmate. Bully is ball crazy, a bundle of energy and loves having parents mostly home for company and is enjoying being thoroughly spoilt.
Dora the explorer and Beetee the rusk destroyer. Sadly their owner passed away and fortunately he had a great neighbour who was able to look after these extremely bonded girls until we found them a home. Elation when a couple came in who prepared their home with ramps and enthusiasm, put the girls on a weight loss regime and made the transition to new owners as seamless as possible for the girls. They in turn have rewarded their new parents with lots of licks and cuddles, enthusiasm for their walks and lying in the sunshine. Their Previous owner would be so thankful his much loved dachshunds are so well loved
The young and very strong willed Frankie (10 months old) had been through three homes prior to finding a wonderful home which suits his every need. No more furniture being chewed, no more soiling in the house, just one very happy dachshund and three spaniels to keep him occupied, busy and happy. Whilst he lives in Melbourne during the weeks he also has a country property to relax on weekends and go swimming and gets lots of exercise. His Dad takes no nonsense from Frankie and he is just a delight whose new owners have fallen in love with.
With his Dad passed away and his Mum going into a nursing home, 6 year old Guinness was looking for a new home to call his own. After a long drive to go and collect him Guinness knew that he needed to make that drive worthwhile for his potential new family. He put on his best behaviour, gave lots of kisses, showed them that he knew how to use a doggy door and went out of his way to make friends with his frosty new brother! One month later and they couldn’t be better buddies, sunbathing together, sleeping together and chasing each other around the house.
With a busy young family with commitments, Piccolo found herself looking for a new home. She has taken to her new owners with enthusiasm and just loves to please, go for walks and rides in the car and is the best snuggler. They have made her part of the family and on the days that Mum works, Piccolo goes off to Nan’s house! A new daybed to lie in the sun, what more could a girl want…
Max is a delightful little boy who adores his new family. He is still very clingy and is at his most happiest when his owners are close by. Max loves to play ball and he behaves perfectly when out on walks. At bedtime he is a very spoilt little boy and is lucky enough to sleep in the same bed as his humans where he doesn’t move all night.
Rocky had a very difficult first year of life living with Pit Bulls and arrived at his old owners home in a very distressed state riddled with worms. Despite the very best of care and love, Rocky was not a relaxed dachshund living with young children and suffering from severe anxiety. He was surrendered to DRA and is now living with a family of adults and it is amazing how his personality has completely transformed. At home with his family, Rocky is a very relaxed and chilled out dude who adores his humans. Whilst there is still some hard work to be done to help Rocky when out walking near other dogs, his new family are very patient and understanding of his needs and background.
At only 2 years old and already one litter of puppies behind her, Princess Leia was certainly due for some ‘’Me Time”. Princess and her older sister had become enemies with both on the receiving end of some nasty wounds from their fighting. Now Leia is the one and only princess in the family and has the whole family under her spell. She is a proud little girl with a very strong and determined personality. Leia loves going on long walks and never seems to run out of energy. When she finally tires herself out, she has plenty of obliging humans to offer her a comfortable lap to snooze on.
Our thanks go to the owner of these two dachshunds, who wanted to work with us and ensure that not only did Mum and Pup go together to a fabulous home, but that they went to a family where they will be pets only and not bred from. Qld
This much loved and rather gorgeous pair of girls needed to find a new home since their family were now working long hours and a lot less time to spend with them. They are now with a retired couple who now have one dachshund for each lap and are giving the girls the very best of homes where they are enjoying having human company again throughout the day.
Charlie was very anxious in his new home to begin with but hasn’t taken long to realise that going to work with his owners every day and doing a lap of the office for good morning pats, city life during the week,weekends down in the country, and another dachshund to share his life and do zoomies with around the house, was actually everything a dachshund could wish for.
This little bundle of energy was having a rather large problem with separation anxiety and her parents had little to no freedom. Stella went to a home where her new sister initially had the same problem and the owners were very experienced in this problem, having lost part of their house, shoes, clothes, furniture to their dachshund. The girls have quickly become friends enjoying play times, cuddles, walks in the park and we’re happy to report that Stella is slowly being left for periods on her own with her new sister without the house being destroyed!
Sadly for this pair they lost both their human parents within a year of each other. Brutus in particular wasn’t really coping and became exceptionally anxious trying to dig his way out of temporary homes. This incredibly well adjusted and easy to fall in love with pair of dachshunds, are now in their permanent home and feeling far more settled with little to no more digging trying to find whatever it was Brutus was trying to find. Their new family are absolutely in love with this pair and we’re so relieved Lola and Brutus are happy and settled again.
Kransky was a much loved dachshund, not enjoying life at home with a toddler in the house. He’s now in a home with another 4 legged playmate who is his new partner in crime that has welcomed him with open paws to share his bed and space in front of the open fire. Kransky loves visitors to his new home and he also love scrounging around the veggie patch digging up peas and beans. In spite of this, he’s made such a positive impression on the dinner guests that he’s getting lots of offers to dog sit him!
Lulu was surrendered to the pound on Mother’s Day in an extremely distressed state and a phone call to our volunteer had her racing down to help. It has taken Lulu a while to relax, unwind and show her beautiful nature. She loves snuggling up on the couch and running around the back garden with her new dachshund brother, Dash. There has been a change in Dash’s behavior too and he thinks Lulu is rather wonderful and loves having her in his life.
Smokey now has full run of a garden and with regular exercise, his new owner is building up the strength and muscles in his back legs as a result of being chained during the days. Unfortunately his terror of men will last some time, but as he’s so young we’re hoping that these memories of his will eventually fade, at least enough to be happy with the men in his current family. Smokey is a much happier boy these days and particularly thrilled to have a dachshund sister as his playmate.
This delightful pair came into DRA looking for a new home as their family had relocated and could not take them with them. They happily took to their new family with the young boys really enjoying having the girls and taking them out on walks. Lots of laps and cuddles ensure to be a part of their family, win, win for all. The doggy door is the next item to make the girls new home complete
Atticus who had got just a tad lazy with his walks, is now living in a retirement village and cannot get enough of his twice daily walks. We think it has something to do with all the white fluffy dogs that he meets around the village and who all seem to want to be Atticus’s girlfriends! Too funny, and this is another little boy who is positively thriving in his new home.
A very typical dachshund who likes to bark and ask questions later! He’s settled in extremely well and has an older Collie X for company. Mowgli is an active boy and always needs a ball to chase and fortunately, whilst both he and the collie love toys, they like different ones so no arguing.
This rather gorgeous bundle of energy and a mass of contradictions, has settled into her new home with another of our rescues Banjo. Banjo is now exhausted trying to keep up with her and looking after his younger sister. Not content with wearing out Banjo she has made great friends with the beagle next door and loves playing with him too. Ava took a while to relax in her new home but is now very much at home. We’re also hoping with ongoing car trips and the continual comings and goings of her parents, that she will eventually lose all her fear of both cars and being left on her own.
Young Heidi had already been in two homes via Gumtree before being surrendered to DRA. She was suffering from separation anxiety but we’re delighted to report that in her new home, her anxiety has all but disappeared. Another family member has a dachshund who is a frequent visitor to her home so she can look forward to those play dates and the rest of the time she is spoilt rotten with her devoted parents and a Father whose utterly besotted by her! Mum is a keen seamstress and had knocked up this blanket overnight, as you do! So she had a lovely pink blanket to snuggle up in on the drive to her new home.
Gucci has found an amazing home with a very gentle couple who take Gucci everywhere. He’s been to the markets in Melbourne, explored the countryside and it has to be said that whilst he has fallen in love with his new parents, he is besotted with his dad. Never ceases to amaze us how some of these dachshunds are so quick to adapt to their new homes.
here these two came from to where they are now – please think about where you get that puppy from.
Beauji who was always a free spirited little boy had become stressed and anxious when his family moved from their rural property to the city suburbs. He is now living happily in a much loved family of three dachshunds. His owners are home majority of the day and he has taken on the role of protector of the property and its residents. Beauji spends much of his day discovering which trees the possums are sleeping in, lying in the sun and patrolling the perimeter to alert everyone of any possible intruders. This proud little man has settled well into his new forever home.
Lulu’s owners were relocating interstate and her vet declared Lulu at 13 years of age as too old to fly as she also has a heart murmur. Lulu managed to find a fabulous retirement home where she has settled right in. She has had a week of unexpected upheaval with builders arriving together with one of the son’s curly coated retrievers having to come and stay for the week. Lulu does not like large dogs but having given him a nip or two to keep him in his place they are now getting on quite well, together with the resident cat. She might be 13 years old but she is extremely fast when it comes to food! She wakes up 6 am and tries it on and then as soon as it’s light she races off to the kitchen and waits… and waits… until one of her parents get up to feed her!
Wilba has been on quite the journey with DRA needing a trainer to come and help, several visits to the vet on a variety of issues including having to be desexed and our enormous thanks go out to his foster carer who has managed to fit all of this in together with helping Wilba to transform into a better behaved dachshund. He now has a dachshund sister for company and is living on a country property which is just what he asked for!
Bobby (B&T) and Hermie are an inseparable and adorable pair of boys who have brought lots of joy into their new home. Naughty Bobby has been forgiven for dragging his mum’s new shoes onto the back lawn and Hermie is a sensitive little soul who took a couple of days to settle in. Together this duo spend their days exploring their new garden, rolling in the grass and making sure all is in order. Trips in the car and going to the beach is high on their list of favourite activities . Bobby and Hermie are also a pair of budding models who will happily pose for photographs when there are treats involved.
Whilst Hudson appeared to be fearless of most things he had no idea what to do when meeting other dogs. He wasn’t an easy adoption but thanks to his parents putting in the time and giving him a chance, Hudson has come on in leaps and bounds and is so well suited to being in the country. As well as now getting on with the resident cat, who is the boss of everyone! He now gets on well with the Lagotto and the other dachshund. When not on farm duties he’s learnt to enjoy outings for morning coffee.
This much loved pair with a particular penchant for carrots and who would be the first in the kitchen when the vegetable peeler drawer was opened, have now settled into life in the country, which is exactly where they should be.
Introduction to the resident cat is coming along nicely and it won’t be long till all are living in harmony. Our heartfelt thanks goes to their new owners for providing the necessary time and patience to allow the boys to settle in.
Doug the fearless hunter who had got himself into big trouble with the guinea pigs, is a beautiful natured and very affectionate dachshund. He did not endear himself to his new owners at the beginning, with terrible separation anxiety and less than desirable behaviour when he met the grandchildren. However, our huge thanks to his parents for working through this and giving him time to settle in as now they cannot imagine life without Doug. Whilst he still doesn’t appreciate being left on his, after 10 minutes he settles down and gets on with it.
Frankie and Snag, a senior pair of boys are now in their forever home and have adapted extremely well in the capable hands of their new owner. Walks every morning and a joy to their owner.
Now that she doesn’t have to fight off her sister when vying for attention, Winnie is a very happy girl. She has been the perfect addition in her new home and her doting parents fell in love with her immediately. Winnie enjoys taking her owners out for long walks every morning and in the afternoon she enjoys her nap whilst snuggled up on a comfy lap.
Sweet little Cherry is a very happy girl in her new home and just adores her new big sister Jolie. Although little sisters can be annoying at times, Jolie has adjusted to the little copycat and constant follower without any major issues. Cherry settled into her new home very quickly and is thriving on the 24/7 companionship she now has.
The very handsome Huego has quickly settled into the routine of his new home. He likes going for his daily walks, swims in the river, trips in the car and also ignoring his new older sister Abby’s attempts to get him to play with her. His favourite past time is to ensure that the chooks don’t come up to the veranda and they have quickly learned who the new boss of the home is. His new owners couldn’t be more delighted with their new little housekeeper as now they don’t need to sweep up the mess that the chickens used to leave behind!
Trev was sold on Gumtree and then fortunate enough to come our way for rehoming. He is now living with another two of our rescues in a truly wonderful home where there are another two dachshunds, including Grandmother Olga. She fell in love with Trev and this has given her a new lease in life having a young dachshund to keep her on her paws. When she gets tired there’s always Sir Bentley to race around with.
These two very beloved dachshunds had sort of adapted to a new human baby, but it effected their behaviours in other ways. They developed separation anxiety and became extremely defensive of their home, presumably taking on all guarding duties of the new family member very seriously. Unfortunately even with the help of a behaviourist, nothing changed and their home became a fortress with no visitors allowed through the door. They’re now with a retired couple who love having dachshunds back in their lives and Winston and Lola are slowly reverting back to their old happy ways.
It didn’t take long for Lola to melt her new owners hearts with her loving nature and also Charlie, who has always been rather anxious, is fast becoming a chilled out little boy who loves his walks and meeting the neighbours. Together this delightful duo have made themselves at home where they have new toys to play with and are two very happy Long Dogs!
After losing their beloved dog, the arrival of Milly and Theo has brought back lots of joy and love into their new home. This adorable pair have each attached themselves to their new owners. Milly loves to snuggle on mum’s lap (which is always a good excuse not to do any chores!) and Theo follows his new dad like a shadow. These little rascals do need to learn a few manners, especially Theo when it comes to visitors, but they are eager to please and learning quickly.
Cooper was left grief stricken after the loss of his twin sister and would cry when left alone. Since his adoption, Cooper’s life has turned around with two dachshund brothers Alex and Bennie to keep him company. Now there is no time for sadness with things to do, places to be with fun and games to be had. Cooper is once again a happy boy with a wagging tail.
Louis was a very sad rehoming for his family, who had moved to a rural block on a steep hillside that was proving impossible to contain a dachshund who wanted to hunt the neighbours chickens and visit the children at the local school! They were concerned that he would either get run over or bitten by a snake so finally decided that rehoming was in his best interest.
He settled into his new home so well and quickly made friends with their lonely dachshund. It is as though he has always lived there and he loves being out and about on walks and going camping too.
Frankie has become a bit of a technical whizz since arriving at his new home. Every afternoon he settles down to Face Time the oldest son who is at boarding school!
This interaction has enabled them to enjoy a special bond when they get to meet up at the school (where he has already met and charmed the fellow students and staff) and on weekends at home.
Frankie is also a great friend to the younger son and is lucky enough to sleep in his own basket next to him every night. Day times are spent going on walks and greeting all that wish to stop and say hello to this gorgeous little man.
Frankie’s arrival has brought tremendous joy to his new family and they have loved every minute of his company.
Frank (pictured here with a white striped ear having helped everyone to paint) is a very relaxed and happy little boy and gets on well with his new dachshund brother Toby. Frank is very affectionate and needs to keep his nearest and dearest close by.
One of his favourite spots in the home is half way up the stairs where he likes to lie down and watch the coming and goings of his new family. He has however caused many a fright as he is the same colour as the floor boards and now the family have to watch their every step in case they trip over him!
As her name suggests, Honey is the sweetest little girl who has filled her new home with much happiness, laughter and love.
This little lady of leisure likes to awaken at around 7.30 or 8am every morning before going on a leisurely walk around the neighbourhood. She might then perhaps have a little nap before a game of chasing the ball around the garden or removing all the squeaky bits from her toys.
She follows her owner everywhere and if she suspects that mum is going out she sits next to the front door so that she is not left behind! When Honey is ready for bed she paces the hallway until mum tucks her into the human bed for the night….
Bindy and Bundy, two little rascals as only puppies can be, are now with a wonderful family with 2 other dachshunds and a cavoodle, living an exciting life on a large property.
They’re enjoying exploring, rolling in mud and being taken with the family wherever they go. As well as their inquisitive natures there’s also plenty of cuddle time.
Unfortunately we will never know why 15 week old Lola suffers from such extreme anxiety. It was a difficult and heart wrenching decision for her owners to surrender her to DRA at such a young age, but they knew their home environment was distressing for Lola and also their other dachshund.
Lola is now with owners who are at home all the time and are able to give Lola the 24/7 company and security that she craves. Slowly and surely Lola is starting to build her confidence enjoying her walks, cuddles and playtime, but then every now and then she retreats back to her anxious self.
Thank you to her owners for their never ending love and patience for this little girl and we are keeping our fingers crossed that one day she will be the confident little dachshund that she deserves to be.
This gorgeous little munchkin has always been an anxious dachshund which was made worse by the arrival of a baby. Frankie has taken to her new home with Schnitzel (another rescue of ours) who is exceptionally chilled out and has helped Frankie to overcome some of her anxiety.
When she’s not hiding and burying her toys in the garden she can be found under the car helping her Dad do some mechanical work.
2 year old Ollie and his dad bonded almost straightaway and are now living happily together.
However, whilst Ollie has a lovely nature with humans and children, his insecurity and having to attack other dogs is unacceptable. Ollie is now in boot camp training learning new ways forward, so that he becomes socially acceptable whilst out walking!
10 year old Rojo who has spent his life running around acreage has adapted extremely well to life on the Central Coast with two other dachshunds.
Whilst he was extremely healthy he has had 15 teeth out and is feeling much better and of course is much sweeter to be around for those kisses!
Fun loving Richard is still the happy little boy that he has always been. His new family just adore this little man and his new older dachshund sister Monkey is equally delighted with Richards arrival.
Richard spends his days going on long walks, playing and getting lots of cuddles. When he’s finally worn out from following his mum around everywhere, he can be found sleeping next to Monkey.
Ferdi is loving life in his new home getting his twice daily walks either down to the beach or around the park.
His parents are home all the time which is what he’s used to and he’s also got another dachshund whose teaching him what doggy toys are for!
Meantime his parents have described him as little darling.
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