I have a soft spot in my heart for little weiner dogs--probably because I grew up with a standard dachshund named Oscar and I think I loved him more than I have ever loved any animal. We got him when I was in 4th grade and he passed away the summer between my junior and senior year in college. I remember being devastated when he died and so happy when my parents got a new miniature weiner dog named Bernard. I would love to have my own but with our work schedules it just wouldn't be fair to the dog. The next best thing? Volunteering at the Oregon Dachshund Rescue!
The Oregon Dachshund Rescue is run by an amazing woman named Jenell who has a place in her heart for these pups. Right now she has 41 dogs in the rescue and she is really overwhelmed. I am on the volunteer mailing list and when I got the email saying she needed extra help walking the dogs this memorial day weekend, I was super excited to say yes! Normally the time frame's she needs walkers does not work for me but this time it worked great. Shane went with me and we took the dogs two at a time out for a nice walk around the Sellwood neighborhood. We took 4 groups of dogs out that afternoon and I fell in love with them. I especially love the brown ones---they are just so sweet and cute looking.
|Nicholas Cage (I don't know who named him...)|
|Shane with BlackJack and Nicholas Cage|
|Cute little Holly|
|pure bliss on my face when these dogs cuddle me|
|love this baby|
|hugging Holly and Nicholas Cage--he is actually her dad. Holly has a missing foot and a little hop but it didn't stop her on our walk!|
|Nicholas Cage. How handsome!|
We ended up walking the dogs for about an hour and a half, trading them in every 20 minutes or so and giving everyone a chance. There were a couple of other volunteers out walking as well. Sellwood is a really nice neighborhood and I Shane and I usually try to go for walks anyway, so this was the perfect thing for us! I hope it works out to help out again. These dogs need some love and I loved hanging out with them.
On a sad note, right after we left the rescue I got bad news from my mom about her weiner dog Bernard. He started acting funny and was twitching and so they took him into the emergency clinic. Turns out he probably ingested some slug bait and was being poisoned. It was really scary for a few hours but they got him on an IV, he stayed overnight and ended up recovering nicely. I was really worried because it is possible that dogs can die from this.
What did you do on this long weekend?
If you are interested in adopting a weiner dog, please visit the web site here to look at the available dogs.