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Alberta Dachshund Rescue

December Newsletter

With the year wrapping up we want to take time to express our gratitude for all the help, support and donations we have received in 2019. 

It has been an amazing and busy year for Alberta Dachshund Rescue.  This wouldn't be possible without our amazing family of volunteers, the organizations who partner with us and give us discounts as well as the generous support of our followers.  

From the ADR family to yours, warmest wishes for a healthy, happy and dachshund filled holiday season!

If you have suggestions for the newsletter or fundraising ideas, please send an email to

News and Upcoming Events

In alignment with our focus on gratitude, we have been publishing the 24 Days of Christmas Cheer on our Facebook page.  Each day in December we are highlighting a volunteer, foster, or supporter of the rescue.  We encourage you to pop on over to our Facebook page to check it out.

The Edmonton Dachshund Social Club had their Christmas party last weekend.  Not only was fun had by all, attendees raised over $1000 at ADR raffle.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  The funds are being used to support Opie, one of ADR's adopted dogs who has ongoing medical costs as he lives with lupis.  

Updates on our Current Dogs

Sadly, every year hundreds of dogs end up in shelters after they are given as Christmas gifts.  For this reason, we do not adopt out any of our dogs in the month of December. 

Our current dogs are snuggled in safe and warm in their foster homes for the Christmas season.  We want to shout out to all our fabulous foster families for giving our current dogs a wonderful and loving Christmas.  Check back in January for updates on available dogs. 

Currently enjoying the Holiday season with their foster families are Brian, Slinky and Ellie:

In the meantime, we have provided links below for some yummy holiday treat recipes and holiday gift ideas for your furry friends. :)
We all know how much dachshunds love to do their business outside when it is cold and snowy....not!  
That's why this Bioenzyme cleaner "EZ-Clean" is the perfect gift for your dog (and, let's be honest, everyone else in the house) this Christmas.  

The best part is, when you order it through ADR, the rescue gets a portion of the proceeds.  It is available in 6 different sizes / concentrations. Contact Tom @ to order some today!
Who doesn't like to snuggle their Dachshund and bring them everywhere they go???  Introducing the Snuggit as modelled by Tom.  This great carrier sling is perfect for your dachshund and, when you order one, the rescue gets a portion of the proceeds.  

I think your fur baby would love one of these for Christmas, don't you?

They can be ordered through snuggitat:  Be sure to enter ADR in the promo box at check out.
It's tempting to want to share holiday treats with your furry family members, but the holiday season can be dangerous for dogs.  From poisonous poinsettias, to chocolates lying around to onions hiding in gravy, there are lots of things that can harm your pet.  Click this link for some yummy holiday treat recipies that are healthy and your dog will love:
Happy Tails and Fond Remembrances

Recently, Hustler, who was one of our senior adoptees, passed away.  ADR would like to thank his family for providing Hustler with a loving home and the absolute best place for him to spend his last days.  Many people shy away from adopting a senior dog, but providing a senior dog with a comfortable and supporting environment where they know they are loved until the end is such a rewarding experience.  Goodbye, Hustler.

Three special little puppers found their forever homes this past month.  Congrats to Sherlock, Kiko and Cookie!!

December Fundraising Focus

We couldn't help our dogs without the support of volunteers, fosters and donors. With all the holiday parties this month, our feature fundraiser is
Skip the Depot  

This convenient service will pick up your refundable bottles, cans and milk cartons from your home and return them for you.  For their effort, they get a portion, but you get the rest which you can keep or donate to your favourite charity.  Skip the Depot is now available in Calgary, Edmonton and Spruce Grove.  Sign up at

If you would like to support ADR in this manner, be sure to select Alberta Dachshund Rescue as the donor recipient. Super easy and everyone wins!! 

If you prefer to return your own bottles for the full refund amount and support ADR, please click the button below to donate via e-transfer, cheque or paypal. The dogs thank you for your support!
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Feature Volunteers
We could do what we do without the help of our wonderful volunteers.  This month, we want to recognize and thank Bev MacDonald.  She always stands up to help do anything needed.  Last month she spent countless hours putting together fundraising baskets and coordinating drop off of a dog in a complicated situation with grace.  Also one of our longest running volunteers ever, she enjoys helping us and anyone that needs help among our doxie community.  Thanks Bev. 


Queen Victoria loved dachshunds.  Looks like hers lived the finer life associated with royalty.  
Tom's Thoughts, Tips and Tricks...

Keeping our dogs busy during the winter


Every dachshund owner knows how much fun winter can be.  Our dogs just love the freezing cold and all the wet snow!  Winter can turn into a time we like, and use to our advantage.   With a roof over our heads and heat to keep us warm during the cold months, here are some helpful little tips and tricks we can use to keep our dachshunds on their best behaviour and use our homes to do so.  Believe it or not, mental stimulation is often more effective than taking them for hours of walks to burn their energy.  Here are some fun ideas to use:


-Hide and seek.  This fun little game can be used both with us as the prize, or we can even hide their favourite toys and treats around the house.  They will use their noses and minds and is even fun for us to watch them.  Also can be used to practice their recall when a distraction occurs!


-Feeding Puzzles.  Found in most pet stores, these are a lot of fun and forces them to think about how to get the treats.  They have different skill levels and they love it.  We happen to have a few that we don't use anymore, and encourage others to pass them along to others when you are done with them.  


-Snufflemats.   Also found in most pet stores, and does not take a lot of effort, these can be a fun little game for them to burn off some steam.


-Tricks and Obedience.  Teach your dog to do some tricks or new commands.  Not only can this stimulate their minds, gives you a great way to bond with your buddy.  There is no better way to bond with your buddy than to learn new things together.  Basic commands like sit, stay, down, speak, roll over and shake a paw can be easy ones to start off with. You can also learn more about your buddy.  Anything we can teach them can translate to better life skills for you and your dog.


-Dog sports.  There are many places hosting lessons and classes on dog sports that many of our friends utilize.  Flyball, agility, obedience, lure coursing, and scent work are a few of the favorites.  Look into some of these classes for you and your dog to attend.  Not only will it help your dog, but gets you both out of the house, learn something new, and maybe even meet some new friends and their dogs.  Many of these activities can be useful at home in the winter on a smaller scale.  Look up a training facility in your area to find out how to sign up.


-Dog friendly stores.  Many stores will allow you to bring your dogs inside with you.  Go do some shopping or window browsing and get your guy out of the house.  Please make sure they do their duties before entering so this privilege does not get taken away from us.  


-Indoor Playdates.  Dachshund clubs in your area may host indoor events during the winter.  Make sure you look into joining a club to take advantage of these indoor meet ups.  The Calgary Lowriders, Edmonton Dachshund Social Club and the Kelowna Dachshund Club all host a variety of indoor events during the cold season!  Don't miss out on these!  ADR will also be hosting a variety of these indoor heated meet ups in Calgary this season.  Keep an eye on our facebook page for upcoming dates, or just message us for a visit.  If we are free, come join us and socialize your weenie.  


Have fun and stay warm this winter.  Please share your tips and tricks to keep your weenie busy this winter.  If you use any of our suggestions, please share photos and video with us as well!  Have fun and see you all soon!

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