This weekend, our family doubled in size.
We adopted two miniature dachshunds from the Dachshund Rescue of North America. Betsy and Fred were a bonded pair, meaning you had to adopt them together. They had been together since they were puppies. After having them for only a couple days, I have seen how their mannerisms fit with each other.
Betsy is the shy one. She is our sweetheart. Once she bonds with you, she will follow you everywhere. Betsy is a true lap dog, thrilled to be with you on the couch or wherever she can get you to sit with her. At 15 pounds, she is almost twice as big as Fred. Though she is a year younger, she is the mature one. Fred jumps all over her and can be spastic at times, but Betsy takes it in stride and never gets upset with his antics.
She has a beautiful black coat with chocolate highlights that only show up in the right sunlight.
Fred is the show dog. He can stand on his hind legs and dance around or beg for much longer than you'd think possible. He is our Fred Astaire with his graceful prance. Fred weighs only 8 pounds, but is strong enough to pull you over if you're holding his leash. He is determined to be in the forefront. We carry the dogs up and down stairs due to the propensity for dachshunds to have back problems. If I carry Betsy down the stairs first, Fred will not let you take him down right away. It's his protest to let you know that he should have been first. Similarly, he expects to be harnessed first, fed first, and greeted first. So high maintenance!
My favorite thing about Fred is that he is so small and has such a short coat that he HAS to wear a sweater or coat when it's cold outside. I mean... adorable. He could not be cuter!
Luckily, these two have been very well trained. There haven't been any accidents while we're away and they are excellent eaters. We are thrilled to have them as part of our family and can't wait to grow with them over the years!