Spotlight on...The Dachshund

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Size:  Small

Grooming needs:  Varies depending on coat type

Exercise:  Requires regular walks & play

Environment:  Indoors with outdoor adventures

Temperament:  Lively, independent

Life Expectancy:  14-17 years

Interesting fact:  Long-bodied, short-legged dogs were depicted in murals in ancient Egyptian tombs, and fossils of dogs resembling Dachshunds have been excavated from the remains of ancient Roman residential sites in Germany.  These murals suggest the existence of Dachshund-like canines in ancient times.*

Appearance:  The Dachshund is a long, low-bodied dog created to crawl into a burrow to hunt badgers.  The name comes from the German word “Dachs,” meaning badger, and “Hund,” meaning dog. Their appearance has earned them the nickname “Weiner Dog.” 

Dachshunds comes in three sizes: miniature, “tweenie,” and standard.  The breed standard for miniature is:  1-11 lbs, 5-6” tall.  Standards run 11-32 lbs, 8-11” tall. Unofficially, “tweenie” varieties — between mini and standard in size are typically 11-16 lbs. As a pet, tweenies appeal to those who want a Doxie that’s not too heavy, and not too fragile. Coat length and type varies, and Dachshunds can be either smooth (short) coated, long- or wire-haired.  Some have bent forelegs like Basset Hounds, and their feet are typically large for their frames. They have a long muzzle and almond shaped eyes. 

Personality:  The Dachshund is among the most popular family pets.  The breed has a cheerful nature, yet is also known to often form a strong bond with one person and act aloof towards others.  This breed has a reputation for being stubborn and mischievous, and can be a challenge to train.  However, with a dedicated guardian they are wonderful companions with excellent temperaments.  Likely due to breeding practices, many breed aficionados note differences in personality between the long-, short- and wirehaired varieties. The suggestion is that smooth and long-haired dogs tend to be quieter and more sensitive than their wire-haired counterparts.

Common Health Problems:  Dachshunds need to be fed correctly to prevent them from becoming obese.  They are prone to intervertebral disk disease (and injury) and vision issues. 

Best Match:  A patient, possibly experienced dog owner is a good fit for a Dachshund. They can be chow hounds (read: beggars) and need someone who gives them plenty of attention.

Depending on the coat, grooming needs vary: for wire-haireds, the coat should be plucked twice weekly; long-haired Doxies should be brushed or combed daily. 

Featured Adoptable:  “Hi, I’m Rocky! I was found as a stray, wandering the streets alone, with no place to rest my head or family to call my own.  I’ll happily share with other dogs, cats, or respectful children age 5+.  And after a day of adventure and a little sparring, I won’t mind bedding down in my crate for a little R&R.  Just like the other Rocky, I’m kindhearted, loyal, and want to knock out loneliness with happiness in a forever family of my own!”

Rocky is 11 months old, 12 lbs, and in care of Family Dogs New Life Shelter, 903-771-5596 or

Megan Mahan lives in Eugene with her boyfriend Jacob, their adopted Lab Maddie, many saltwater fish and two miniature Silver Appleyard Ducks, Louie and Olive.

Paws for Celebration supports St. Martin’s Rescue

St. Martin’s Rescue, a nonprofit, no-kill, special needs, medical and senior dog rescue is known for helping pets with some of the most heartbreaking histories find forever loving homes. “We rescue dogs from high-kill shelters, provide all medical care and adopt them into loving, fully vetted homes,” says director Susan Licari. 

You can support or be a part of this very special foster-based organization.  The group’s annual fundraiser, Paws for Celebration, is happening Apr. 9, 10am-1pm, at Sage Wellness Center in Beaverton. Learn more at

Meat turns 12

Heidi Leideker and her team at Meat for cats and dogs recently celebrated the store’s 12th anniversary.

The popular pet supply store specializes in raw food and holistic diets for cats and dogs. Since opening in 2005, Meat has become a hub for pet lovers, and the dedicated staff loves their community — happily helping pet parents with questions about diet, nutrition, and related concerns.

In addition to complete nutrition, Meat also carries a wide selection of toys, leashes, apparel, chewies, and everything else a furry friend might like. Of course, pets are welcome to accompany their people in the shop.

Meat’s mission is to make feeding dogs and cats a healthy, natural diet as easy and affordable as they can. Also very dedicated to animal welfare and the community, the Meat team frequently hosts animal rescues with pets in need of forever homes, and holds fundraisers and supply drives for local pets in need.

Stop by and say hi at 2244 E Burnside in Portland.  Learn more at

Get Ready for the FURBALL!

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, aka FCCO, has hosted its annual fundraiser, The Furball, for 19 years. This year’s event — Catsino Royale — takes place May 6 at the Portland Art Museum.

The evening will include silent and live auctions, raffles, a dessert auction, and a Wall of Wine. Also light fare by Artemis Foods and local wine and beer compliments of Sokol Blosser Winery and Hopworks Urban Brewery. Attire for the evening is 1960s, or James Bond spy-wear.

KGW Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino emcees, and Chris Sheik is acting auctioneer. For tickets/info, visit

Support for those with aging, ill pets

At-Home Vet hosts twice-monthly support groups for Portland metro area residents who are facing the challenges associated with caring for an older pet or a pet dealing with a chronic or terminal disease.

Facilitated by Heather Dillon, DVM and special guests, the group is called “Halo: Pet Parents Helping Each Other,” and provides access to others navigating a common experience. Together the groups share and learn how to live with the demands of daily care of and decision-making for pets experiencing challenges related to age or disease. Upcoming meetings — which are free to attend but first come, first served —  will be held Apr 4 and Apr 18, 7-8pm, at Multnomah Arts Center on Capital Hwy in Portland.  Learn more at

Yoga with cats? Meow!!

More than a novelty, the folks at Purringtons Cat Lounge in Portland say yoga with cats is about "joy, mixing energy, and helping light the fire of compassion."  During each session, the asana, or active part of the practice, spans one hour.  The remaining 30 minutes of class allows practitioners to find their meditative seat and/or spend time simply enjoying, sharing space and playing with the cats. Class is open to all skill levels, as instructors format classes to be accessible and enjoyable for all.  Classes are held Sundays at 6:30 and cost $20; arriving early is recommended for a chance to get settled. Learn more at

New lift for pets

The Roadie, Inc. is the latest option for transporting pets and other items, whether across town or many miles. By tapping into the more than one billion square-feet of available capacity in passenger vehicles already on the road, Roadie works to save senders time and money, while also providing safe and friendly pet travel.

Senders can use Roadie’s website or app to get a free estimate, set up a gig, and track their pet in real time. Only verified drivers can offer to drive pets, and owners can personally select their pet’s drivers. Roadie offers 24/7 customer support, and pet owners can keep in touch with their drivers every step of the way.

Roadie recently partnered with the National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF) to raise funding for and awareness of canine cancer. The company has pledged to donate a portion of proceeds from every pet gig completed nationwide to the NCCF. To help ease the burden of safely getting pets to and from the vet’s office and cancer treatments, Roadie offers reduced rates to the NCCF community.

Learn more about sending pets with Roadie at:

ASAP receives $100,000 grant

The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland, a coalition of public and private animal welfare and sheltering organizations, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from PetSmart Charities as part of a continuing effort against pet overpopulation in the Portland metro area.

The grant allows the continuation of ASAP’s flagship “Spay & Save” low-cost pet sterilization program, now in its eighth year. To date, 72,500 cats have been altered through the program, resulting in a 44 percent decrease in shelter intake of cats from the public.

Spay & Save provides low-income families from Clark, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah Counties with easy, affordable access to spay and neuter services for their pets through one of the program’s five participating surgery locations. Spay & Save also serves caretakers of feral cats.

Since being founded in 2006, ASAP has worked to end the euthanasia of healthy, social, treatable dogs and cats in local shelters and now saves 94.8 percent of cats and dogs.

“While we have made great progress in tackling the problem of cat overpopulation in our area, it is important we sustain these efforts,” says Jackie Rose, Director of Animal Services for Multnomah County.  “When one female cat can have two litters of 3-5 kittens per year, we could be back where we started quickly without the Spay & Save program. We are grateful to PetSmart Charities for not only recognizing the importance of spaying and neutering in reducing the homeless pet population, but also for their continued support of Spay & Save.”

Top 2016 OHS Volunteers Honored

René Pizzo of Oregon City gave more than 400 hours of volunteer time to help pets in 2016, winning her the OHS Volunteer of the Year Award.

OHS volunteers help in myriad ways — walking dogs, rescuing and re-homing pets, assisting shelter veterinarians, and more. Last year, more than 4,000 people contributed their time and talents to helping the animals at OHS.

“We would need 118 additional full-time employees to equal the amount of time contributed by our volunteers last year,” says Sharon Harmon, OHS Executive Director. “The compassion and commitment of OHS volunteers is truly something to bark about!”

During a ceremony in March, OHS presented awards to volunteers and one staff member (chosen by the volunteers) in 23 categories. Harmon presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Pizzo, a Lifetime Achievement Award to Teresa Leap, and the Volunteer’s Choice Award to Denise Kinstetter. The End Petlessness Award went to Carol Christensen.  To learn more about all of the 2016 award-winning volunteers, visit

New “pet sitter” fun for pets and their people

The Pebby company has introduced a robotic pet sitter system that allows pet parents to monitor, interact with and entertain their pets anytime, from anywhere.  A combo smart collar and Wi-Fi-controlled “ball” that follows pets around, tracking furry loved ones’ activities and sends insights about their behavior and health to the Pebby companion app.

The Pebby ball can be remotely-controlled, houses a wide-angle/fisheye video camera, provides 1.5 hours of playtime and 15 hours in standby mode, allowing pet parents to watch, interact with and capture their pets' cutest candid moments in real time. Among its many other features are built-in speakers and a laser toy that’s safe for people and pets.

"We created a holistic pet-care system that delivers complete peace of mind to pet owners,” said Hansen Goh, Pebby founder and CEO. “Pebby allows pet owners to engage with their pets remotely, capturing candid images and monitoring their health and wellness, while also keeping pets entertained while at home.”

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