Monday, April 16, 2012

Welcome Home, Lily

So, we added a new member to the family on Saturday. No worries, I'm still pregnant. 

Ever since we had to put Jasper down in October, I've really missed having a dachshund. Yes, we have Titan, and I love him and he's wonderful, but there is something about a dachshund that is like no other dog. So I've been talking to Jake about it, and he finally said that we could get one. But I knew that I wasn't going to get a puppy, or a dog off of Craigslist. I knew I wanted to adopt one and save it from a life in a shelter. 

After pouring through Petfinder, I narrowed it down to three dogs. Jeter (6 year old male black and tan smooth), Penny (same coloring as Jeter but a 1 year old girl) or Pamela (4 year old long haired dapple dachshund). 

I filled out the application online for Jeter, and heard back from them later that my vet reference checked out with flying colors. They wanted me to come meet him that night, since someone was coming to see him on Saturday and they thought I'd be a better home. So we took the kids and Titan to go meet him. Unfortunately, it was a no go. He was very stand offish (no big deal) but after a few minutes, he growled at Titan and nipped at Arielle, so we said good bye to Jeter. 

On Saturday, we planned on meeting Penny and Pamela. But I got an email from Penny's shelter that she went on a home visit and wouldn't be back until Monday. So off we went to go visit Pamela. 

The adoption center was crazy with barking dogs, but I soon spotted Pamela. We met her and another dachshund, a smooth coat dapple. Both were sweet, but Pamela really was interested in us. There was a red long haired dachshund that melted my heart, but he looked so much like Jasper that I knew I'd never be able to separate the two, and each dog needs to be it's own, not a replacement. 

So they bathed her, we signed the papers, and she came home with us. I gave her another bath when we got home. I originally thought she was all black hair on her body, but after a good bath and shampoo, the prettiest patches of gray showed up. I brushed her out, gave her a trim, and she settled right in. 

I do have an appointment for her today at 2:30 at our vet. She has an ear infection or something going on with her ear. And her breath is awful. I looked at her teeth, and she's missing most of them. All four across the top are gone, and almost everything from the canines back are missing. The couple she does have in the back are gray and horrible. The rescue said she was about 4 years old, but I'm interested to see what the vet thinks. Usually it's much older dogs that have this much decay.

But, she's so sweet. Financially it probably would have been a better decision to pick the other dapple (who was only a year old). But this one was older and needs to lose some weight. I just felt like the other one, being a puppy, had a better chance of being adopted by someone else. My heart still breaks for the red dachshund, the Jasper look alike. I'm praying he finds a home soon. 

We've renamed her Lily. She's so sweet, just wants to be in a lap at all times, or sitting right next to you. Let's hope the vet doesn't tell me it's going to cost a bazillion dollars to get her healthy and perfect. Fingers crossed!

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Janice said... [Reply to comment]

love that last picture of Lily and Ava. How adorble! The look like life long friends already.

Ness said... [Reply to comment]

God bless you for rescuing! When we lived in Virginia we were members of the Underground Railroad to get adopted dachsies to their new forever homes. Of the 4 we have adopted, we are down to one 16 year old. I have a 3 year old rescued Chihuahua but there's something about a dachsie so I look to rescue again down the road. Welcome to an awesome family, Lily.

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

She is beautiful and I am so glad that she fit perfectly into your family! Hopefully the vet gives you some good news!

Nicole said... [Reply to comment]

Oh she is so cute! Good for you for picking up a shelter dog. I have a pug that I bought from a breeder when he was only 7 weeks old. Although I love my pug with all my heart, there are so many dogs needing homes that next time I will go to a shelter as well. Congrats on your newest addition, Lily is lucky to have you guys as her new family members :)

SkinnyMeg said... [Reply to comment]

You have such a good hubby, I foresee a zoo in the making at your house :) I love the name you picked too!

╰☆╮Sapphire Ray╰☆╮ said... [Reply to comment]

She is totally cute the puppy and your daughter!! Kudos for adopting from a rescue most people would not try to go to those types of places to get a dog they would run to the pet store or classifieds.

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Beth said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my goodness, what a sweet little doxie! I was raised always having a dachshund, they were just our thing. They really are a unique dog, they all have their own personality too :) Now that I'm married and moved away I keep the tradtion going too, we have a chi-weenie (a long haired chihuahua weiner dog haha) named Moose. I have to give you praise for picking a dog who may not have had a very good chance at getting adopted, you are already giving her a better life than she had destined for her :) I've been reading your blog for quite awhile, I'm the stalker in Rheinland-Pfalz Germany haha! I just recently started my blog so now I can comment and follow. Wahooo!

Sara T. said... [Reply to comment]

Awww! I'm over at and I have a little wiener dog that I just adore to pieces. I was reading your blog and love it. :)