Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted June 14, 2014
Hans was a purebred dachshund we rescued from a breeder as a puppy. The poor boy was living in a filthy room with about thirty other dachshunds of various ages and appeared quite unhealthy. Happily, the breeder was shut down and all but two of the dogs were adopted into homes.
He was unused to human contact, was initially food aggressive, and snapped when attempts were made to pick him up, but he calmed down after about a month. Once he was acclimated, he was good with people and other animals, including cats and our rabbit - who was about the same size. He could be a bit bossy with the other dogs, but was never overly aggressive or attempted to bite.
Hans was reasonably easy to train, had a pleasant temperament, and listened well. His short hair and small size made him very easy to care for and bathe, as well, and he was generally quite healthy.
The only difficulty we had with Hans was his tendency to over eat. No morsel of food was safe around him and, the moment you turned your back, you could bet that your sandwich would quickly be snatched up and wolfed down. He had no qualms about taking food from the other animals or from visiting guests - particularly children, or pulling down the trash can the second you were out the door. No diet had a chance because he was such a master of thievery.
Unfortunately, and despite everyone's best efforts, his food obsession caused him to become extremely overweight. Toward the end of his life, he could no longer get on and off of the bed, frequently had to be carried on longer walks, and developed breathing problems.
Despite all of this, he lived to be twelve years old, and passed away quietly, in his sleep, hours after committing his last criminal act - the theft of the remaining third of my brother's ham and Swiss sandwich.