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Alberta Dachshund Rescue

October Newsletter

Fall is officially here with a couple blasts of snow and we hope you are all staying warm.  It's time to bring out those doggie coats and boots to be sure to keep our lowriders safe and warm.  And don't forget - when it snows, shovel a path to your dachshunds 'bathroom' as no one should have to walk up to their armpits in snow to relieve oneself.  :) 

We are excited to launch our new newsletter format - thanks for being patient over the last few months.  If you have suggestions for the newsletter or fundraising ideas, please send an email to

News and Upcoming Events
The summer was very busy with events all over Alberta.  We are taking a breather and giving our weenies lots of love and attention.  

We hope to see you all on October 27 at the Lowrider's Hallowiener event at Dogma, Chinook.  Look for the ADR table there and come by and say 'Hi'.  If your dachshunds come sporting a costume, be sure to get a picture and enter the...

ADR Halloween Costume contest!!

Entering the contest is as easy as 1, 2, 3...
1. Between now and November 8, take an adorable photo of your gussied up furry friend
2. Make a minimum donation of $10 to ADR to enter your dog's photo into the contest.  Donations can be made via paypal or e-transer.  Details of how to make your donation can be found here.  Be sure to include a note in your donation as to who the donation is for (example: Chester the Mummy)
3. Head over to our facebook page and post your picture along with the note included in your donation in the comments section of our contest post.

All entries will be entered into a random draw.  The winner will not only get bragging rights and be featured in November's newsletter, they will also receive a special prize!  We are so excited to see all our buddies in their Halloween get ups!
Updates on our Current Dogs
Meet Uno. He is well behaved, calm and not reactive.  We predict the loss of several teeth, but otherwise he seems to be in good shape other than being quite overweight.  He insists on sleeping in the same room as his foster parents, but is content in a crate.  Let us know if you want to learn more info about this sweetheart.
Look at the face on Sweet Bobby!  Bob is a 9 year old very loving and cuddly boy. He is looking for a firm and patient home with no children who can continue to teach him that new people are his friends and who are able to recognize his quirks and correct him. Bob has had 3 successful meet and greets with a potential furever home and we are hopeful that his trial with them is successful!
Kiko, affectionately called Kirk by his foster family, is currently fostering in Sylvan Lake.  He has met some very nice people recently and we are hopeful that he may have found his forever match. 
Happy Tails and Fond Remembrances

This is where I will add content on dogs adopted in the month and those who have passed.  I will need to get info on any others for October
We were so excited to see Cholo off to his new forever home.  Cholo is a real trooper and won everyones hearts as he fought hard through 4 surgeries and multiple trips to the vet.  Thanks to everyone who helped with his vet care and to his amazing foster family.  Congrats to Cholo and his new family!
Handsome Hustler was thrilled to go home to his new family in October.  Best wishes Hustler, what a wonderful Thanksgiving gift for you and your new family to have found each other.
With the heaviest hearts we wish the best for the family of Bella. Last winter, Bella was adopted by an amazing family along with her sister, Candy. They gave her a very caring home, and we are so proud to have them a part of our ADR family. Unfortunately they had to hold Bella as she crossed the Rainbow Bridge this month.
October Fundraising Focus

We couldn't help our dogs without the support of volunteers, fosters and donors. This month, our feature fundraiser is Fundscrip Gift Cards.  This amazing program allows you to purchase gift cards where you get the full value of the gift card, and Alberta Dachshund Rescue gets a percentage of what you buy.  Super easy and everyone wins!! 

To support Alberta Dachshund Rescue through Fundscrip, simply go to this website ( and create an account (ADR's invitation code is B2EX8P).  Once your account is set up, you can order cards at any time and have them delivered right to your door.  Use the gift cards for daily purchases like groceries and gas, or get them for special occasions.  

You can also donate at any time by pushing the button below.  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 Monika and Les Rieger.  Monika and Les have been fostering with ADR for almost a year and a half. They started with us when they adopted Jazz and we watched him go from a nervous, anxious little guy to a social butterfly. Monika and Les take the same approach with all of their fosters where they work with each dog and dedicate time to their individual needs. They have taken some of our dogs with the most extreme behaviour issues and are always willing to help!! Monika has also devoted hours and hours to hand make the beautiful dachshund scarves we sell. They are also always present and come to events whenever they can.   We love them!



Dachshunds LOVE fruit.  If you have fruit trees in your yard, watch for your dachshund eating apples, crabapples, berries and other fruit that fall to the ground at this time of year.    A few 'yard treats' are ok, but they add lots of extra calories and can make your dog sick as the season progresses and they start to ferment.
Tom's Thoughts, Tips and Tricks...


Are our dogs cute?  Yes Are they smart?  Yes

Are they devious?  Yes Do they get in trouble?  Yes

What behaviours do your dog exhibit that you like?  What things do your dog exhibit that bring you joy? Please think about what things bring you joy and what values they bring to your household. 

Please don't forget where they are and why you brought them into your household.

Why did you choose a dachshund?  Many people are attracted to our breed because of their size and appearance.   The big floppy ears and size make them attractive to us. The big beady eyes and long noses are often an 'attention getting' trait.  Their short stubby legs and size make them seemingly harmless and easy dogs to bring with us wherever WE go. Lets not forget what they were bred for.  The dachshund is still a hunting dog after all. Their cuddly nature and cute appearance was bred into them and has made them hard to resist when it comes to many things.  

As a hunting dog they often carry a huge prey drive.  Often a protective personality shows its face. This can be a hard thing to manage.  With this also comes a large desire to please us, and is just one thing we can use to our advantage.  Do they often look up to you with those big beady eyes? Does it make us melt in their adoring stare? Of course it does.  This is one small thing we can use to show them, to be a better fit in our homes. Often they are looking to us for direction, and we often use it as a sign to show them affection.  Have your ever thought about giving them a direction? Before rewarding them for looking at us with those cute faces, give them a small task to do. Even if it is something so small, give them a basic command, like “sit,” or maybe even a “come” command as you walk away, asking them to follow you before you give them your affection.  Generally, this not only fulfills their need to please us, it often is a small reminder to them that they are “your”dog and you are not “their” person. It also encourages them to look to you for direction, something we can use to keep them safe, out of trouble, and can mentally stimulate them and help to tire them out. Don't forget mentally stimulating our friends can be just as effective as physical exercise.  Consider teaching them small tricks, like paw shakes, or rolling over, These small fun tricks can be used to also keep them calm, turning their direction away from things that we don't always want them to do. It also gives them extra purpose in life, and gives them something to look forward to. It helps them focus on things that make them fill their role in our homes.

Don't feel shy, all things we do with and show our dogs is valuable.  With such busy minds, it gives them something to do, and is helpful in every day situations.  Whether we are out for a walk and they struggle encountering other dogs, or having company over. These activities can lessen anxiety and puse their positive traits to build a relationship with our friends, making their place in our homes more valuable and easy to live.  

Watch for subtle cues, as sitting and watching us, playful banter towards us, or some quiet (and often noisy) whining.  Rather than immediately jumping to affection as a reward, have them earn it by giving us a token of mutual respect and doing something for us.  Don't forget, by nature they want to please us, so let them! Show them what you want from them, and allow them a chance to please us by more than just their cute little faces and beady eyes.  Be their leader, and guide them on the path to be the dog you want them to be. Be patient, focus on the simple things they give us, and take what they give us and use it for the better of everything in our lives together, as it is never long enough.  Make their time on Earth the best it can be, and be the strong guidance and leader they are looking for. Most importantly, never take them for granted, be more patient than you have ever been, and work with them to create a fulfilled household.

Happy Halloweenie Everyone!!!
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