Yes. Twelve. And in the past seven years, we’ve buried four more beloved Dachsies. Meet the cast of characters at our house, from the oldest to the youngest: Lilith (age 14), Charley (age 12), Maestro (age 10), Adia (age 10), Taz (age 9), Panzer (age 9), Jack (age 4), Black Pearl (age 4), Finn (age 4), Oskar (age 3), Vienna (age 3), and Twist (age 3). Here is the story of how my husband and I came to be the loving parents of 12 Dachshunds!
Jack, Pearl, Finn, Vienna and Twist are siblings. We adopted Charley when he was nine; his owner had died and he had no family. Oskar was also adopted when he was four months old because his owners decided that coping with a Dachshund was too much for them.
My husband of 22 years and I are childless; we’re one of those crazy couples that likes animals better than kids! And we adore Dachshunds; our pack has smooth, long and wirehaired coats, ranging in color from black, black and tan/cream, brindle, freckled piebald, red, and dappled (silver, black and tan). We are both retired Air Force officers and wherever we were stationed, we acquired a Dachsie or two. Today we live in rural Montana high in the Rocky Mountains in a big house with a fenced side yard for the canine side of the family. However, any place a Dachshund happens to be occupying at any given time instantly becomes his realm; very typical for these “wiener dogs.” The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes Dachsies as highly intelligent, independent in nature, stubborn about their own agenda, courageous, sensitive, humorous, and wary of strangers but extremely loyal and affectionate with their owners. I can attest that this is all true. What they don’t mention is that Dachshunds require a lot of attention from their people. If they don’t have something to do (bone chewing, ball chasing, lap sleeping, barking at anyone outside, annoying our two parrots, car rides, etc.), they’ll create their own fun.
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