Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Seneca, South Carolina, United States
Posted October 1, 2013
When my wife and I went to the animal shelter, we fully expected to come home with wide eyed, little puppy, but that was before we met Otto. Otto was a ten year old Dachshund from an abusive home who was literally days from being put away. Most people are like us. They come to the animal shelter looking for a puppy, or a kitten, and never give the older dogs a second look, but there was something special about Otto. With Otto, it was love at first sight.
Otto is a sweet dog and gets along well with strangers and children. He is extremely protective, especially with very small children, the elderly, and the handicapped. My wife is handicapped, and he watches over her throughout most of the day. He becomes quite concerned when she has to transfer from her wheel chair. Otherwise he is very easy going. He plays games like any other dog, but because he is older, he enjoys spending time in my lap or lying next to me. He is the perfect lapdog.
Dachshunds are prone to back problems because of their long spine, so we try to ensure that he doesn’t injure himself by not allowing him to jump from furniture or from any surface that is more than a few inches from the floor. We place him on the floor instead. Perhaps we are a bit too cautious, but considering his age and breed, we don’t want to take any chances.
Dachshunds make a wonderful companion for those who want a loving, family friendly lapdog. They tend to bark a lot, but other than that and their back problems, they are the perfect pet.