Juni’s Story: Recovery After Fire

Each dog that comes to us at The Long Dog Retreat has a story to tell; a story about abuse, neglect, a sudden passing of an owner, etc. Each story is unique, but there are definitely similarities to them as well. At the rescue our goal is for them to all leave having the same story: a new forever home filled with lots of love, a lap to sleep on, and good food to eat! In the past couple of months, however, we have found ourselves working with a dog with a pretty special story, one that has already captured the hearts of many and has also brought great inspiration. His name is Juni, and he has been the talk of the rescue for quite some time now. We are sure that you have heard bits and pieces of what has happened with him, but we wanted to give you all the full story of how he came to us and how he has been since!

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Juni photobombing

 

Our first encounter with Juni wasn’t when he came to us at the rescue. His owner, Leslee Heath, had adopted one of the dogs we had at the rescue a few months before the fire. He was so excited to have a new sister to play with! Everything was going great, and we were happy with the success.

Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst and on August 12, 2016, Leslee’s home caught on fire. Firefighters went in trying to save everyone that they could, but Leslee, her mom, and 2 other dogs did not survive the fire. Leslee’s dad was immediately taken to the hospital and Juni to an emergency vet.

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Juni after being pulled from the fire

After assessing Juni it was clear that he would need some extensive care. He had third degree burns all over his body, and most of his skin was dead. A call was made to the Long Dog Retreat to see if we would be willing to take him in and to help with the expenses as it would be too much for immediate family to take care of. The decision was brought to the board, and with evidence that Juni had a will to live, Juni was brought to the rescue.

Juni started his road to recovery with his first surgery that same night. In this first surgery Juni’s ears were amputated, his left eye removed, and lots of dead tissue removed from his neck and left side of his face. He was monitored throughout the night and was syringe fed due to the swelling in his face. The next day he was able to go to his foster home where he would have his dressings changed and medications given regularly. It was a good start, but there was still a long ways to go in terms of recovery.

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Juni at the Emergency Vet

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After first surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Over the next few days things really looked promising with no sign of infection from the wounds. Juni was also able to move around outside, getting moments of fresh air as well as getting the necessary potty breaks. Eating was a little difficult but thanks to the delicious taste of chicken Juni was able to get what he needed!

About a week after the first surgery Juni went in for a follow-up visit at the vet. There was still no sign of infection and the antibiotic cultures looked very promising. The style and frequency of the dressings was changed to accommodate the healing process and pain medications were continued as they appeared to be working well. Juni also had his first bowel movement since the fire, so that was also a great sign!

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Juni with his foster mom, Becca

The following Tuesday Juni went in for another surgery to close the wounds in his chest. Everything went very well with this surgery, although it turned out to be more extensive than originally planned. The vet had found some scar tissue on his side that was not healing correctly  so it had to be removed. The tip of Juni’s tail was also removed in this surgery as it had died from the fire. Juni stayed the night at the vet and was able to recover well!

juni-4 Over the next couple weeks Juni continued to recover from his surgeries, taking his medications, having his dressings changed, and getting a lot of rest. It was clear that he was going to make a full recovery and there were no signs of infection. At the follow-up visit with the vet it was determined that pain meds were no longer needed and the sutures were removed. There was also great news that Juni would no longer need to be seen by the vet as things were healing so nicely! Yay for Juni!

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After suture removal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today Juni is doing very well and his strong-willed personality continues to shine through. His journey has been a long, but inspiring one and we are all proud of him and what he has accomplished. The next step for Juni is finding him a forever home, but it can’t just be any home due to his circumstances and what he has been through medically. The Long Dog Retreat has created a special application for Juni, so if you would like to apply to be Juni’s new owner please log onto their website thelongdogretreat.org or find them on Facebook at “The Long Dog Retreat Dachshund Rescue”.

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Juni reading a book!

Also, we are still in need of some help for Juni’s medical bills. If you would like to donate you may do so on the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/junifiresurvivor or you may do it through Pay Pal by sending your donation to donate@thelongdogretreat.org and naming your donation “Juni”. Any amount helps! Thank you so much for viewing Juni’s story and for supporting The Long Dog Retreat Dachshund Rescue! Until next time!

 

 

Long Dog News: An Update

Hello everyone! We are so sorry for the delay in our blogs but we have been super busy with a lot of activities! We are hoping that this update will help catch you up with what has been going on!

First, we have had quite a few adoptions since our last post! Take a look below at who has found their forever homes!

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Willow

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Otis

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Frank Sinatra

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gunny

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Johnny Mathis

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Roo

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Chloe

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We also had a busy time planning and then carrying out Wienerpalooza 2016! Everyone had so much fun and we had such a great turnout! We had 297 people show up as well as 170 dogs!! With your support we were able to raise over $4,700 dollars for the rescue which will all go towards our foster dogs and their care!
We had so many activities this year as well that people really enjoyed! Raffles, the dachshund races, and the Barn Hunt were all very popular this year and we also had smaller activities such as bobbing for wieners, doggy tattoos, and a costume contest. Here are some pictures from the day, and you can always see more on our Facebook page “Wienerpalooza”!

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Also, you may or may not have seen that we have taken in a special little friend named “Juni” who is a survivor of a house fire about a month ago. His owner had adopted one of our other girls, Tessie, not too long ago and unfortunately Tessie, her owner, the owner’s mom, and a couple other dogs did not make it out. Juni was rescued by the local fire department and when he came out he was severely burned. The Long Dog Retreat took Juni in after the owner’s dad could not take care of him and since in our care he has undergone a couple of surgeries and a lot of medical treatments. In order to raise funds for the treatments we have set up a GoFundMe account as well as taken in donations on PayPal or directly to the vet. If you would still like to help us out you can do so at gofundme.com/junifiresurvivor or donate on PayPal to donate@thelongdogretreat.org. Also, in honor of Juni, we ask that you please make sure to check your smoke detectors regularly so that you and your dogs lives can be saved!

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Juni after being rescued

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After surgery 2

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Last but not least, we still do have little friends that are still looking for their forever home! Here is who we currently have at the rescue:

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Kramer is a serene senior who loves to snuggle and sleep. He quickly attaches to his people and like most doxies, prefers to be involved with whatever you are doing. Kramer’s owner passed away but he made his way to a North Carolina member of the Long Dog Retreat so that we could find him his new forever home. Kramer is great with other dogs, tolerates cats and is good with older children.

 

 

 

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Booger

Booger recently came to live at The Long Dog Retreat after his elderly owner was no longer able to care for him. He is still needs to be neutered and is recovering from a flea allergy but he has a loving disposition. We will be able to tell you more about this fine fellow after he has been here a bit longer. No young children. He prefers female dogs.

 

 

Benny

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Benny is a 9 year old active dachshund with lots of spunk. Benny can be barky sometimes but that is only because he craves attention and love. Benny does not like cats and can try to be a little bossy with other dogs. He has an adorable smile and would love to be your best buddy. Benny hasn’t had the easiest life and will need his new family to be patient and help him adjust. He likes playing outside and taking naps! His favorite food is pizza crust.

 

 

 

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Raven

Raven and Cody would love a home together after their owners had medical problems. They are a bonded pair. Raven has been debarked, so she sounds a little horse. Raven is a lovely 11 y, black n tan longhair dachshund female and quite the diva princess.

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That is all of the updates that we have for right now! Stay tuned for our next blog which we promise will not take as long to bring out!Thank you so much for everyone who has helped with everything these past few months, we could not do what we do without you!

-The Long Dog Retreat Dachshund Rescue

 

 

Foster Conversations: 4th of July Safety with Kramer and Benny

Today’s blog post will be hosted by 2 of our foster dogs, Kramer and Benny. We asked them their thoughts on 4th of July safety for themselves and their friends and this was their responsive conversation:

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Wise Wiener: Hey guys! As you know, 4th of July is coming up, so we wanted to ask you what thoughts you had on safety for this great holiday!

Kramer: Yes, 4th of July! The time when people get together to celebrate our nation’s independence with parades, family, hot dogs, fireworks….

Benny: They eat wieners on 4th of July? I’m a weiner dog, does that mean we get eaten? If so I’m not sure I like this holiday anymore!

Kramer: Oh Benny settle down, we don’t get eaten. I was talking about the actual hot dogs.

Benny: Phew! I thought I was going to start digging a hole to hide in!

Wise Wiener: Hey guys, focus! People really want to know some safety tips!

Kramer: Right, right! Okay, one of the things that I think is important is making sure that we dogs have readable tags that are up to date. That way if we run away out of fear (because some of us do) anyone who finds us will be able to contact our owners much easier.

Benny: I think it’s also important to make sure that if we have a microchip that that information is accurate as well.

Kramer: Yes I agree. Especially if you come from our rescue because all of us leave with a microchip!

Wise Wiener: Any other advice?

Benny: Well of course! Part of how you can prevent us from running away is making sure that all the gates, doors, and fences are closed any time you enter or exit the area, and looking for signs of damage or holes that we can squeeze through.

Kramer: Also, if you are having guests over make sure that they know to close the gates/fences/doors as well.

Benny: Some places you also should shut the windows!

Kramer: Why windows?

Benny: Some dogs can jump Kramer. Unlike us with our short, stubby legs…

Kramer: Ah yes. Forgot about that.

Wise Wiener: You guys definitely have some great advice? Got any more tips?

Kramer: One thing that helps some dogs is exercising before the fireworks start. It helps us to relax. Also letting us use the bathroom beforehand so that we don’t wet ourselves.

Benny: I did that once, a long time ago. It was embarrassing!

Kramer: Bet you still do haha.

Benny: Nope. I’m a big boy now!

Kramer: That’s not what Beans told me.

Wise Wiener: Okay enough barking, anything else you want to say?

Benny: Try and find a quiet place for your dog to go to when the noise gets too loud. Just like people, we like to be in some place comfortable when we get scared.

Kramer: Also, if you use medications to calm us down you will want to make sure that you get them before the holiday. Most vets and pet stores are closed for the holiday so you will want to be prepared.

Benny: I just want to go back to the hot dogs really quick. Make sure that if you have bones or any other dangerous foods out that you take care of them before we get to it. Would hate to be poisoned from your celebration!

Kramer: Good point! Also the same goes for lighters, alcoholic beverages, sunscreen, insect repellent, glow necklaces or bracelets, tiki torches, candles, and all that.

Benny: And I think the last tip that we can have is don’t bring us to public firework displays with lots of people. It’s best to just leave us at home. And I can’t stress this enough: DON’T LOCK US IN YOUR CAR!!!!

Kramer: You said it Benny!

Wise Wiener: Awesome tips you guys, thank you for sharing with us! And to those of you reading this, we at the Long Dog Retreat hope you have a safe and fun 4th of July!

Patriotic Dachshund

 

 

Meet the Pack: June 2016

Hello everyone!
My apologies for the lack of posting lately, but things have been really busy! We’ve had a lot of dogs come and go and today we are at full capacity! We really want to get these sweet dogs adopted so feel free to check them out! And, as always, we will share with you who has found their fur-ever home!!

WILLOW:

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Willow

Willow is a Southern gal with loads of charm. Just a baby and 10lbs, Willow was dumped at a high kill shelter with her five siblings. She is a Dachshund mixed with Min Pin? Beautiful cream face with legs a bit longer than an average Dachshund. Willow is a puppy who needs lots of social and behavioral encouragement.She is a little shy at first. Willow is not friendly towards other dogs so for her to be an only dog would be ideal. Energetic and playful. Willow has a beautiful smile and will bring years of loving friendship to her loving furever home!
CHLOE:

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Chloe

Chloe is a doxie diva who needs a loving home. When we got her she was extremely overweight and had infected swollen feet which made it hard for her to get around. She is fully recovered and is back to her spunky self. She has quite a goofy personality. She is a loving dog who gets along well with kids and doesn’t seem to mind dogs either. She does have some toy agression and doesn’t share well but we are working on that (mainly just with squeeky balls). Overall she is a sweetheart, loves to be around people and loves to sleep with her lamby.
Chloe was also featured on a local radio show! You can check out the video from the show here (you will need to copy and paste)

Furry Friends Friday: Chloe

GRACIE MAY:

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Gracie May

This lovely little lady is Gracie May! Gracie is a happy, low key, petite pup that enjoys cuddling and running around the back yard. Gracie is VERY protective of her people so she needs to be introduced to new people slowly and carefully. Once she gets to know you, she warms up quickly and will add you to her favorite people list! She is great with dogs and cats but would not do well in a family with small children. She is housebroken and will whimper to let you know that she needs to go out.

BEANS:

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Beans

Beans came to The Long Dog Retreat Dachshund Rescue because her owner is undergoing long term medical treatments. Beans is approximately a 10 yo black and tan mini dachshund female. She would do best in a home without young children, however she is very affectionate with adults. She’s very smart and listens very well. Do not let her age fool you! This little gal is full of spunk and loves to run after you in the yard.

OTIS DEXTER WIGGLEBUNS:

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Otis

Otis Dexter Wigglebuns is an adorable male dachshund pup. He is red with a white blaze on his chest and cute little white markings on his feet. He is neutered, up to date on shots and ready for a home. He is still a baby and will need a bit of behavior and potty training which should be easy because he is very smart and eager to please. There may be a tiny bit of chihuahua in Otis Dexter’s family lineage but we are unsure. He is tiny and long like a doxie but occasionally his left ear stick up. LOL!! He needs to go to a home with no children because he has nipped at them in the past. He would need to be crated when children/grandchildren visit.

OLIVER:

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Oliver

Oliver is a 9 year old chocolate/tan long hair dapple dachshund. He is good with other dogs, scared of cats and CANNOT be placed in a home with children under 12. He is playful, cuddly and likes to play ball. He gets nervous if left alone too long.
There is a video of Oliver on our website thelongdogretreat.org if you are more interested in him! Just go to the “Meet our Dogs” section and click on Oliver!

 

 

 

JOHNNY MATHIS:

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Johnny Mathis is known in rescue as “Big Johnny”. He is a little on the husky side. Because of his weight he is on a bit of a diet. He also has a common condition in humans called diverticulosis. It can also happen in dogs. Because of this he has to have fiber added to his food and be kept on a healthy diet. Johnny came into rescue after his human died unexpectedly. He came into rescue with his brother Frank Sinatra. They do not have to be adopted together but they do like other dogs. Johnny is smart, independent and fun. He has not been tested with cats. Ok with kids over 8 years old. Johnny is about 75% potty trained and knows how to use a doggy door.

 

 

FRANK SINATRA:

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Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra would like to sing you a tune! He is a real charmer and loves to snuggle, play fetch and watch old movies. Frank Sinatra sadly had to come to rescue after his owner passed away unexpectedly. Frank gets along well with other dogs and came to rescue with his brother Johnny Mathis. They do not have to be adopted together but they would like to have a doggy friend. Frank is about 75% potty trained. Not tested with cats. Okay with kids over 8.

 

 

 

 

 

ADOPTED!!!
We are so thankful to those of you who have adopted our sweet dogs! Here is who has found their forever homes!!!

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Bockbier’s new family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Twiggy and her dad!

 

 

 

 

Meet the Pack: April 2016

Hello everyone!
Things have been really busy at the Long Dog Retreat and we apologize for the late update! We have had a lot of adoptions in the past couple of months and we would like to share all the exciting news with you! First though we ask that you take a look at those who are still in need of finding their forever homes and who knows, maybe their forever home will be with you!

MYA:
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Mya is an 8 year old, black n tan double dapple. She was born blind, but that doesn’t get in her way one bit. She’s super smart and catches on to new things easily. Already using the doggie door successfully. She’s a real lover too, sweet and snuggles.

 

 

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Augie is a handsome adult male. He is an alpha male and will only get along with non alpha females and males. He is super smart, eager to please, and loves to play fetch. Augie would make a great snuggle buddy. He will be a wonderful companion. Augie will be available after his neuter surgery.

 

 

 

TESSIE:

182701505Tessie is a 9 year old, red smooth female. Tessie is a special girl who will need a very special home. Tessie is now at her goal weight, but still needs help with potty training and she has to be on special urinary formula food for life. Tessie came from a home where she was very sheltered. She needs to be taught simple things, she was very well loved and probably carried most of the time. She is a sweetheart, but also a little shy so again, she would need someone patient and loving to help her figure things out. 🙂

 

BEANS:

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Beans is an 11 year old black and tan female. She loves to play outside, snuggle, and eat snacks! She does well with other dogs but has yet to be tested with cats. It would be preferred that Beans does not go to a home with children under 10.

 

 

TWIGGY:


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Twiggy is a Louisiana love bug, just a baby and 10 lbs. Twiggy was dumped at a high kill shelter with her five siblings. Twiggy is a dachshund mixed with a min pin and has a beautiful face with long legs. Twiggy is a puppy who needs a lot of social and behavioral encouragement. Friendly with other dogs, not tested with kids or cats.

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you have seen all of those who are looking for their forever homes, let’s take a look at the ones who have found their forever families! Congrats to all of you!

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Max

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Henry

 

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Fudge E. W.

 

 

 

When Harry Met Sally: Bringing Home Another Dog

If you look the homes of any of our board members or volunteers, chances are that we will have more than one dog in our household. Some of us have 2, while others have 3 or 4, and one of us has about 7 or 8! We really can’t help ourselves though, we just really love dogs, especially our beloved dachshunds! They bring such joy not only to us, but to each other and to other people.

We also know that you, as friends and adopters of the rescue, may be looking for a companion for your dog or dogs at home. While we are definitely excited to give you and your dogs another companion to bond with, we want to make sure that we let you know what all that entails. It’s not as easy as “Look Fido, a new friend!” and then then instantly like each other. Bringing another dog in is a process, and one that takes time and genuine care and understanding. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when bringing home another dog.

  1. Is your dog ready?                       
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    Dogs Meeting Each Other

    If you’re going to bring home another dog, you definitely want to make sure that the dog that you have is going to be ready for them as well. You want to make sure to look for behavioral concerns that might make bringing a new dog home difficult, such as separation anxiety, excessive barking, pulling on a leash, accidents in the house, and especially aggression towards other dogs and/or people. When you bring home another dog and your dog shows these concerns, it won’t be long before the new family member starts to pick up on them too! Dog behaviorists do recommend waiting at least a year after bringing your first dog home before bringing in the next one. This is because it takes about 6 months for a dog to adjust to its new surroundings, and another 6 months for some quality bonding and training time with the owner.

  2. Selecting the Right Dog
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    After you’ve determined and worked on the behavioral concerns, it is now time to select your next dog. Most people will select a dog from the same breed since they are more comfortable with knowing about the breed already, but there are people who will choose one that is different. Either way, you will want to look at the same characteristics. For instance, what is your dog’s current activity level? You will want to try and find one that has the same energy as your dog, otherwise things will not go well. You will not want your high energy pup to annoy your low energy senior!
    Also, what gender does your dog work better with? Typically males work better with females and vice versa, but male paired with male and female with female work okay too if you give good structure and guidance. Another thing to consider is the size of your new dog. Will it be bigger or smaller, and by how much? We highly recommend finding a dog that is similar in size, otherwise if you pair something like a Great Dane with a Chihuahua  the smaller dog can become seriously injured.

  3. Introducing the Dogs
    After you have selected the pet that you would like to bring home, it is time to get them introduced! The best place to first introduce the dogs is somewhere neutral like a park so that your dog does not feel as threatened. Make sure that each of the has someone that is handling them and try to get them to be as calm as possible. If they are not calm you can always try taking them for a walk, but make sure that the dogs do not get too close to one another. Once they are calm, let them interact with one another and be mindful of body language. What you want to see is sniffing of the nose and the rear, but if there is any showing of teeth or other aggressive behavior, remove the dogs, correct the behavior, and reintroduce them again. When things are still calm, continue the interaction until they begin to play or your dog backs away without seeming to care about what the other dog is doing. This is when you will know that they are okay and ready to move in with one another!
  4. Tips for at the House
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    Now that you are at your home and both dogs have been introduced, there is still work that needs to be done. There are many tests that your dog will put your new dog through despite giving them the okay to come home. One thing to keep in mind is to never crate the dogs in the same place, even if you are present. Another thing that is really important is to make sure that you don’t just free-feed your dogs, but to have them eat at separate times and at separate locations in the house. Highly desired items, such as treats and raw hides, should be given individually and out of sight from the other dog. You will want to make sure that you have enough toys for both of your dogs to play with as well, and while playing you will want to be sure to watch their body language and correct any unwanted behavior. Finally, we also recommend giving each dog individualized attention each and every day. This can be done through walks, outings to the pet store, or going to the dog park.

After a few months of structure and correcting, your dogs should be able to distinguish that you are the alpha and that the other dog is not a threat. This will also allow for them to show you their true personalities and to respect one another as members of the “pack”!

For more tips on how to introduce your pet into your home, go to the website thebarkinglot.com and search “Introducing a Second Dog”. We hope that you find these tips useful and look forward to your next visit at The Long Dog Retreat!

Source: How To Successfully Introduce A Second Dog Into Your Family“. The BarkingLot.com. 23 October 2012. Website.

Meet the Pack: February

First off, we would like to apologize for the lack of blogging the past couple of months, as you can imagine things were crazy over the holidays and we did let the busyness of life get to us. But, we are back and excited to get you up to date with all of the dogs we have adopted out and our new intakes! Here are some snippets of the dogs we have, and make sure to check out the adoption applications on our website http://www.thelongdogretreat.org!

Available For Adoption:

Rudy Cutie:
182426837 Rudy has been with us since February 2013.  He knows how to sit up and beg, he clips his own toenails, he has lovely teeth for his age and may very well be a candidate for the oldest living dachshund in the future because at 16 he doesn’t look or act a day over 10! He would be great for a single person or a retired couple. He doesn’t need a lot of daily exercise but could keep up with you if you were a jogger. He will sleep in your bed or in a bed on the floor. He barks like a big ferocious dog so he would be a great guard dog. He likes car rides and he can entertain himself. It would be highly preferred that he is not in a home with kids. There is a long story about him on our website thelongdogretreat.org so be sure to check it out!

Chloe:
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Chloe is a super size doxie diva who needs a special home. When we got her she was extremely overweight and had infected swollen feet which made it hard for her to get around. She is on the road to a speedy recovery. She is loosing weight and her feet are getting better. She has quite a goofy personality. She is a loving dog who gets along well with kids and doesn’t seem to mind dogs either. She does have some toy and food aggression still but we are working on that. Overall she is a sweetheart, loves to be around people and loves her squeaky toys!

 

Tessie:

182701505Tessie is a 9 year old, red smooth female. Tessie is a special girl who will need a very special home. She needs to lose more weight, but also needs someone who has the time and patience to work with her. Tessie came from a home where she was very sheltered. She needs to be taught simple things, she was very well loved and probably carried most of the time. She is a sweetheart, but also a little shy so again, she would need someone patient and loving to help her figure things out. 🙂

 

Adopted in the Past Months:
We were able to find homes for these wonderful doxies! We wish you all the best with your new families!!!

 

 

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Cookie

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Matilda

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Doctor Dox: Cold Weather and Your Dog

Dachshund Doctor

Dachshund Doctor

Hello everyone, Doctor Dox here! Winter is fast approaching and soon it will be time for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and snow, but most importantly, it will get cold!! Here are some great tips for keeping your dachshund safe for this winter, some that you may already know and others that you may not have thought of before!

  1. Make sure that your dog is healthy! Like in people, cold weather brings more pain to dogs with arthritis so it’s important to be sure that your dog is in good shape and to make sure you know ways to prevent pain and discomfort. There are other illnesses that are affected by the cold weather as well, such as dogs with diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, and hormonal imbalances so it’s always best to be prepared.
  2. Know what your dog can handle! Not all dogs can handle the cold the
    Dachshund Through the Snow

    Dachshund Through the Snow

    same way as they all have different coat lengths, body fat levels, activity level, and health level. Dogs with short hair should definitely not be in the cold for very long so you may want to plan on shorter walks and potty break times. Those with shorter legs (like a dachshund!) are more at risk of getting cold due to their lower stomachs and bodies touching more of the snow. Even though some dogs may have longer or thicker hair, they are still at risk to the cold. Also, those that are young puppies and older have a harder time with temperature control so keep an eye on them for sure!

  3. Keep them inside! Even if your dog is an outside dog, please let them in! Dogs are just as susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite as humans are and should especially not be outside in below freezing temperatures. Imagine if you had to stay out in that cold!
  4. Check your cars! It might seem like a silly tip, but animals that don’t have a home like to hide in places that are warm during these cold months, especially underneath running cars. Make sure you make some sort of noise such as honking your horn or checking under your car to let them know you’re about to move and want to avoid any harm.
  5. Raise their paws! With snow and ice comes the possibility of having damage done to the pads and bottoms of your dogs’ feet. Make sure there are no cracks or signs of bleeding as these are common. Also, make sure to wipe down your dogs’ feet after they come in from outside to make sure that antifreeze or other chemicals are removed. Areas that you may also want to wipe down are their legs and bellies. If not wiped down your dog will lick its fur and ingest these chemicals which are extremely poisonous! Lastly, make sure that any product you buy to survive the weather is pet friendly and is less likely to cause harm!
  6. Doll them up! Some people might think that you are ridiculous for
    Dachshund in a jacket

    Dachshund in a jacket

    dressing up your dog, but in the winter it may be a necessity! Dogs with shorter hair may need to wear a sweater or a coat while they are outside to keep them warm. If you’re going to be outside for a while, bring more than one of these as wet items will definitely make them colder.

  7. Make sure they are tagged! Winter time is the worst time for a dog to run away as the cold air often makes it difficult for a dog to pick up its scent. Make sure you have a collar on each of your dogs with the latest contact information and also that it fits your dog well. If you haven’t considered getting your dog micro-chipped, you may definitely want to!
  8. Keep your dog at home! Just as it’s important to not leave your dog in a hot car, it’s very important that you don’t keep them in a cold one as well. You don’t want them to turn into a pup-sicle!
  9. Dog-proof your home! If they don’t normally spend that much time in the house your dog may not be used to life inside and what things he or she may not touch. Make sure that anything flammable is out of reach so that they don’t cause a house fire, and be aware that any heaters are not in a place where they can be knocked over.
  10. Avoid any ice! For those of you who live on a body of water, make sure that your dog maintains a safe distance from the water. There may not be enough ice to support the weight of your dog, and if anything were to happen it could be deadly not only for your dog, but for you or anyone who may try to rescue them.
  11. Provide shelter! If you absolutely cannot bring your dog inside the house,
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    Dachshund bundled up

    make sure that they are still well protected from the cold. Make sure they have a shelter that is able to protect them from the wind and stays dry. You will want to provide one where the floor is off the ground as well to prevent too much body heat being lost to the ground underneath them. Provide them with an endless supply of water that is fresh and thick bedding and blankets that are changed regularly. Finally, make sure that you do not have any space heaters or heat lamps of any type in the shelter as these can cause burns and other serious hazards.

  12. Know the signs of trouble! If your dog starts slowing down, wh,;ining, shivering, seeming anxious, stops moving or seems weak, and starts to dig for a warmer spot, bring them in as soon as possible as these are signs of hypothermia. Frostbite may not be clear until a couple days after the damage has been done, but if you suspect your dog may have it take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
  13. Be prepared. Like any season, hazardous weather can bring the unexpected. Blizzards, power outages, or no heat in the house can make things difficult so you want to make sure you will have what you need not only for yourself, but for your pet as well. Make sure you have enough food, water, and medicine packed to last for at least 5 days.
  14. Finally, keep your dog well fed. You will want to make sure that your dog
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    Dog and food

    has enough food to help keep their body moving and warm, but you want to make sure you don’t overdo it to the point where it becomes dangerous to their health. Colder weather means your dog will be burning extra calories, so make sure they have something to burn those calories with!

Now that you know a little bit more about how to keep your dog safe, there is no better time to get started on preparations than now. And we hope that not only does your dog stay safe, but that you stay safe as well! Also, we would like to ask that you consider our friends that are in shelters or rescues like our own, and give them the gift of a new home this holiday season! For more information about our dogs at the rescue, visit thelongdogretreat.org and adopt today!

**This information was brought to you by the American Veterinarian Medical Association. For more information visit their website avma.org.

Meet the Pack: October

Hello everyone and welcome to October! The Long Dog Retreat has been busy once again finding new homes for our dachshund friends, and we are happy to share that we had 7+ adoptions since the beginning of September!! We’ll share with you which ones found a home at the end of the blog, but first we’d like for you to take a look at who is up for adoption and who could potentially be the next member of your family!!

GINGER

Ginger

Ginger

Ginger is a dachshund-beagle mix who is 11 years old and weighs about 18 pounds. Ginger is red with a lot of gray in her face. She is a snuggler! There is nothing that she likes better than to be in her foster Mom’s lap. She is crate trained but loves sleeping with her Foster Mom. She is good with both men and women and is great when people come to the house. She is good with the other foster dogs. She loves to give kisses and go for walks. Because of her age, Ginger has slight arthritis. She takes a daily aspirin to help with pain.

MACARONI

Macaroni

Macaroni


Macaroni is the cutest litte guy! He only weighs 10 pounds and has adorable floppy ears. He is a bit reserved at first but bonds quickly to anyone willing to give him a belly rub or ear scratch. He is a senior gentleman and expects the finer things out of life….naps, snacks and attention. He would do fine as an only dog or with a dog buddy. He is a little protective of his food but hey…when you weigh 10 pounds you need every delicious morsel you can get. Not recommended for homes with small children.

HEIDI

Heidi

Heidi

Heidi is a sassy senior gal looking to start a new adventure in life. She has always lived with other dachshunds and gets along well with them. She would love to be a spoiled princess and be allowed on furniture, in your bed and on your lap. Heidi likes going for leisurely strolls in the grass, napping and mealtime. She doesn’t bark too much but when she does you will be amused by her cute little “voice”. Heidi is a bit of a chubby sausage and could stand to lose about 2 pounds. Because of her age, she would do better in a home with no small children. She is tiny and travels well in a car.

STANLEY

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley Louis Rockstar is new to our group. He is one cool dude 10yr old from LA; Louisiana that is. Stanley is a larger dachshund as he is a a true standard size fella with a lovable demeanor. Stanley loves to snooze in his special comfy cot, walk around the yard and go for car rides. He weighs 19 pounds and is very friendly. Stanley has a unique medical condition. It is called heart worms. They are not super common up north but in Louisiana they are rampant. The saddest part is that Stanley’s condition was completely preventable. Just by giving your dog a monthly pill, they never have to go through what Stanley does. Stanley will need a special home but his condition is treatable and IS NOT CONTAGIOUS.

BITSY

 

Bitsy

Bitsy

Bitsy is an 8 year old red snugglebug… oops, I mean dachshund! She is a very easygoing dog and would be glad to have all of the attention you can give her, but she is happy and calm even when she has to be left alone for a while. Bitsy is potty trained and after a few days in her foster home she even started asking to go outside. She does not like to poop on leash, and needs some space to do her business. Bitsy is a little chubby at 19 lbs. She’s had her thyroid tested and it is normal, so she just needs regular walks and limited treats. She walks very nicely on a leash and is building up her endurance to go for longer walks. Bitsy will sit pretty to beg for treats, which is very cute, but don’t give in! She gets along fine with other dogs so long as they give her space. She seems to do fairly well with cats. Bitsy loves to chase flies in the house, have her belly rubbed, and cuddle. If you want a sweet little lap dog, she’s your girl!


TARA AND LEXIE

Tara and Lexi

Tara and Lexi

Lexie and Tara are a sweet and snuggly pair of senior sisters who have truly been given excellent and loving care their whole lives. When people find out they are 15 they are amazed because of their great health. Tara has some eye problems and Lexie takes a hormone replacement pill but other than that they are in wonderful health. They are only in rescue because their dad died and their mommy had to go into a nursing facility. They are use to the good life and pampering. These sassy redheads are looking for a great home. Do not let a number scare you off….they truly have a lot of love to give…for many years to come!

CHLOE

Chloe

Chloe

Chloe is a super size doxie diva who needs a special loving home. She is extremely obese and needs to lose almost 10 pounds! She currently has some trouble getting around due to infected feet but once she starts feeling better the weight should come off quickly. She is a loving dog who likes her toys, is a little frightened by other dogs, likes kids and loves her crate.

 

 

 

NUGGET

Nugget

Nugget


Nugget is a very handsome 7 yr old black tan dapple short hair doxie. He was surrendered partially due to excessive marking and anxiety. We are working with him on these issues but he needs a home where he is loved and shown patience.

 

 

 

 

Each one of these wonderful dachshunds have so much to give and we really want them to go into loving homes. If you are interested in learning more about each of these dogs and would like to fill out an application, please head to our website thelongdogretreat.org for more information!
Also, we would like to celebrate the ones who have found their forever homes, so congratulations to the following friends!!!

Molly Marie

Molly Marie

Lilly

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Dotty

Dotty

Fred

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

Zeke and Zoe

Zeke and Zoe

Penny, Otis, and Buddy

Penny, Otis, and Buddy

 

 

 

 

 

Mia

Mia

Daisy and Buster

Daisy and Buster

Wienerpalooza 2015: A Groovy Good Time!!

Hello everyone and welcome back to our blog! Last weekend we hosted our biggest event of the year which we feel turned out to be a great success! We have 7 dogs that are on their way to moving towards new homes from this event, and we raised over $4,000 for the rescue! We also had about 150 people show up to our event and our rescue lawn was covered with over 100 of our dachshund friends! Here are some pictures and more about what went on!

General Pictures:

All the adoptable dogs!

All the adoptable dogs!

Posing with the family

Posing with the family

Staying warm after the rain!

Staying warm after the rain!

All tuckered out

All tuckered out

Our musical guest playing the dulcimer

Our musical guest playing the dulcimer

Such a cute face!

Such a cute face!

Having a ball!

Having a ball!

A big turnout!

A big turnout!

Say cheese!

Say cheese!

Wiener Races:

On your mark, get set!

On your mark, get set!

Waiting for the start!

Waiting for the start!

Go wieners go!

Go wieners go!

Ripley won the 4-9 year old division!

Ripley won the 4-9 year old division!

A strong finish!

A strong finish!

Lilly won the special needs race!

Lilly won the special needs race!

Waiting at the finish line!

Waiting at the finish line!

Costume Contest:

Presenting, Bob Marley!

Presenting, Bob Marley!

You shall call me, your Royal Highness.

You shall call me, your Royal Highness.

 

Go Michigan!

Go Michigan!

Mother and son as Things 1 and 2!

Mother and son as Things 1 and 2!

Another little princess

Another little princess

Where's the fire?!

Where’s the fire?!

Lady Bug and Hula girl!

Lady Bug and Hula girl!

Long and Sophisticated

Long and Sophisticated

Special Events:

This little puppy won the shortest dog contest!

This little puppy won the shortest dog contest!

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Painting at Wine and Wieners

Making beautiful Creations!

Making beautiful Creations!

Sniffing the rats at the Barn Hunt

Sniffing the rats at the Barn Hunt

Mother/Son Doggy Dance!

Mother/Son Doggy Dance!

Let's Get 'Em!

Let’s Get ‘Em!

I'm in Chew Toy Heaven!

I’m in Chew Toy Heaven!

The finished products!

The finished products!

Bitsy practicing her agility

Bitsy practicing her agility

Bobbing for Wieners!

Bobbing for Wieners!

One of our proud raffle winners!

One of our proud raffle winners!

Some of the dogs are artists!

Some of the dogs are artists!

Another happy raffle winner!

Another happy raffle winner!

As you can see, we had a really great time this year! We want to thank everyone that came to our event and helped us out, whether you are an attendee, volunteer, vendor, or contributor! We all look forward to seeing you next year for Wienerpalooza 2016!!!

 For more photos and videos of the event, click this link!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8TpgXGdGK8