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April Newsletter

Hi from ADR,  We hope everyone is able to get out and enjoy the spring weather we have been getting.  It sure feels good to get out and stretch our legs and go for walks without bundling up.  We have not been able to run the events we had planned but are actively looking at ways to get together and connect virtually so keep your eyes out on our Face Book page for upcoming Zoom meetings.

Our fundraising is in full swing as we have a number of large vet bills we are covering.  Our bottle drive was a great success and we raised over $2000!!!  Thank you to everyone who donated.  Check out below and on our Face Book page for other great ways you can support the ADR dogs through our fundraisers.  

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

News and Upcoming Events

We have a few great fundraisers coming up in the Calgary area that we would like to share:

Spring Flowers 
Our spring flower fundraiser is in full swing!  With the beautiful weather we have been experiencing,  gardens, spring flowers and enjoying our outdoor spaces is top of mind for many people. With everyone staying home this summer, consider buying your garden and patio flowers, soil and fertilizer from our fundraiser and support Alberta Dachshund Rescue while making your space beautiful.
There is something for everyone with flowers, veggies, herbs, succulents and gardening supplies. All orders and payment is online and order pick up will be no contact and follow social distancing guidelines.  The flowers come from local nurseries so you will be supporting the community as well.
The deadline to order is May 19 with flower pick up occurring May 30 and 31st.  Find out more and place your orders via this link:

Shakes and Smoothie Kits
ADR is partnering with Raw by Robin for a smoothie kit fundraiser.  As with the spring flower fundraiser, you can support both ADR and a local business.  In this fundraiser, we will be selling ready to use frozen smoothie and shake kits.  Lianne has tried them and gives them a big thumbs up.  This fundraiser will begin in late May so keep your eyes out for more informaiton on our Face Book page.
You can check out Raw by Robin and the kits she sells at this link:

And the following Edmonton area fundraiser:

we are building some great baskets of dog related products we will be raffling off over the next month.  You will not want to miss out on these fun baskets and your little wieners will love it if you win.  More information coming soon on our Face Book page.  
Updates on our Current Dogs

Meet Molly.  This girl has been living her best foodie life and is a plump little chicken!!  She is an 8 year old mini who needs to lose about 10lbs to be at a healthy weight.  She had 11 teeth pulled when she first arrived and is undergoing some more vetting.  This little snuggle bug will be ready to find her new home soon.

Introducing Benz and Blue.  These adorable brothers are 8 and will be looking for a home together.  We are finishing some vetting with them and they will be available for adoption soon.  

Christian is a super handsome long haired fellow who is turning 8 this month.  Christian has some IVDD issues that we are working on with him.  He is ready for a family willing to continue his treatment to get, and stay, healthy.

Everyone's favourite enormous 35 lbs standard, Boris, is working hard to learn his manners and get along with everyone.  This big boy is still in training and we will let you know when he is ready for adoption.

Henri is our other standard boy - and his is a big one at 28 lbs!  This big guys needs to lose some weight, but is otherwise a healthy 10 year old snuggler who will be looking for his furever home soon.
Happy Tails and Fond Remembrances

Happy Tails
We are so happy to share that 3 of our dogs found their loving, forever homes in April.  Congratulations to Ebony, Posey and Misty!  
Fond Remembrances
It’s with a heavy heart that we share that we lost two ADR family members. 

Little Tomi went to live with his new family, including his doxie brother Riley, in 2014 where he loved to share cuddles with everyone.  Thank you to Pat and family for giving him a loving home, supporting him through his bout with cancer and for the donation to ADR in his memory.

Peanut and Butter were a bonded pair that Earl gave a loving home to.  Peanut passed away in 2017 and Butter just crossed the rainbow bridge so they are together again.  Here is a picture of the two of them snuggling.
Ongoing Fundraising Focus
Our bottle drive was a great success, but did you know that you can donate your bottle money to ADR year round?  With Skip the Depot, they will pick up bottles from your house and, with the press of a button, you can donate the funds collected to ADR.  Simply select donate and then choose Alberta Dachshund Rescue.  Skip the Depot operates all over Alberta including Calgary, Okotoks, Airdrie, Edmonton, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan and many, many other places.
And, right now, Skip the Depot is donating 100% of the refund to the charity of your choice, so there is no better time than now to use their service.  
Get more information and schedule a pick up at this link:
Donate Now
Feature Volunteer

Coralee Beet  
Living in Lake Country, she is far away, but is also one of our longest running volunteers.  Coralee has always been a large supporter, and a knowledgable member of our ADR team.  This last month we had a dog in the Kelowna area (Posey) who needed some care.  Coralee opened her home instantly and followed through with our process quickly and with passion.  She searched through some applicants, and has placed Posey in a remarkable home, and found the "perfect" fit for her.  We kind of think Coralee is a big deal and also a "perfect" fit for us.  

Thank you Coralee.

Did you know your dachshund can smell flowers, and many dachshunds like the smell of flowers so much they will stop to sniff them and have flower favorites just like us?  

 With powerful noses, this doesn't come as a big surprise and they can even help differentiate different types of flowers. Some dogs will stop by and sniff a flower in bloom, while other might just walk by them and not react at all.

Tom's Thoughts, Tips and Tricks...
Introducing a New Member of the Family / Friends

One of the questions that we get asked time and time again, is "How do we introduce a new member of the family?"  

The way we introduce a dog to a new dog, person, or anything can ultimately set them up for success.  It sets the tone, mood, vibe and energy to how they respond.  Your direction can show them guidance and confidence, and can allow them to utilize your guidance as success.  

I highly recommend to anyone introducing a dog to things by following some easy steps and pointers to set them up for success.

1.  Try introducing your dog in neutral space.  When introducing new dogs/people. try to make a few minutes to leave your home and yard, and introduce them off "their" space and take a 5 minute walk before coming back to home base.
2.  Allow the dog to decide whether they want to say hello or not.  Forcing a dog onto someone, or even another dog can create stress.  Always let your dog decide whether they would like to interact with the others, and listen to their language.  If they don't want to interact, give them a safe place to relax.  They will come say hi when they feel safe and want to interact.
3.  Make new interactions fun.  Give lots of positive praise, and be excited with them.  Praise and reward positive decisions that your dog makes, as well as when they engage themselves.  The more we reward good social behavior, the more they will want to engage in the future.
4.  Always remember to keep and encourage a balanced energy level.  Energy levels that escalate too high can cause unpredictable behavior.   Fights, bites and negative actions can happen if the energy gets too high.  Know your dog, and know when to step in and de-escalate the situation as needed.  

These are 4 key tips that I use commonly, and have had success with even the most nervous and unsure dogs.  Even a highly reactive or aggressive dog can learn how to interact using these tips in the right way.  Always respect your dogs limits and boundaries,  but don't forget to keep your own.  Work together as a team to overcome struggles together, and don't take things for granted.  A dog that has this guidance will almost always be able to overcome fears with some time and patience.  

During this time with so many people looking to add a friend to their family, I hope these tips can help you bring a new member of your family home with a little more ease!
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