23rd September 2012.
Hi everyone! I am Jeffrey (also know as Jeff) and I am here to continue Freddie’s legacy! I gather that Freddie had some big fan’s so I hope that I will be able to keep you as entertained and informed of sausage antics as she did! I was born 2nd July 2012 so I’m just a wee chipolata but I am a big bundle of trouble, so my Mum says!
When I first came to live with Mum and Dad, Mum was very upset. She told me all about how much she loved Freddie but she was unable to keep her. I tried to cheer Mum up as much as possible with lots of cuddle, kisses and silly running around (I tend to find the toy that is bigger than me and drag it around the room, Mum thinks it’s funny!) and I think we have all bonded and settled now. I get on really well with Freddie’s old pals Harvey and Hattie, especially Harvey as he likes to rough and tumble with me!
We have had news from Freddie – she has settled in really well back at her old owners and her Mum and sister are still there so she has her olds pals to run around the meadow with. She is enjoying the fresh air and country life and said that she is so in the swing of things that she may even start her own veggie patch!
So, I hope you will all still continue following Sausage Tails, I think I will have a lot of adventures to share with you!
Dach’s all for now!
4th September 2012
Hi, this is Freddie’s Mum and I have taken over the blog this evening to give you all some very important news. You may have noticed Freddie has been a bit quiet on the blog front lately? This is due to some very important decisions we have had to make about Freddie’s future.
Some of you may know about Freddie’s background, we got her from a very nice breeder at the beginning if the year but Freddie was over 2 years old and had her first litter last year but had to have an emergency caesarean as one of the puppies had got to stuck, so the breeder would not use her again for the safety of Freddie’s health. She is a lovely dog, so affectionate and loving to my partner and my family but it was clear that she had not been socialised. The breeder lives in a lovely big house with quite a few acres of land so the dogs were walked around the land and therefore did not meet any new people and dogs. She wasn’t expecting to re-home Freddie so I assume as she fitted in with her dogs etc this was fine.
As soon as we got her she settled in quite quickly and we tried to socialise her as much as possible. From quite fields to busy parks etc. She had a couple of incidents that we put down to her ‘settling in’ but this progressed to her biting two family friends quite badly, though she did not break the skin. Of course this was very upsetting and distressing for us as well as Freddie but we continued with the training. She is very unpredictable, lunging very quickly at peoples ankles/lower legs – people can come in and sit down, give her treats etc and she can be fine. Then after 30-60minutes they can get up and she will just go for them.
I have spoken to every dachshund owner I know including a breeder that is local to me and who is well known in the dachshund circle to gain some more insight and advice to see if anyone else has ever come across this problem. We have had behaviourist in who pretty much told me what I was doing was correct and to keep it up but it has still not worked. I had learnt everything from all the hours of research I had done, from people I knew and books etc so was already pretty clued up on what I had to.
We got to the point where I contacted Freddie’s breeder for some advice. She has suggested that she takes Freddie back and lets her live with her as a pet as the lifestyle her and her dogs lead, Freddie’s behaviour will not be a problem. After a lot of deliberation and tears we decided that this will be the best route to take.
This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make, I love her dearly but have to do what is right by her and she if she feels that unhappy that she has to attack people in the home then this is not good. We do not want a life for her where she is muzzled or shut in a room by herself every time we have people over. My partner and I will be looking to start a family in the next few years which will mean even more people coming to the house and I just can’t do that to her.
It is completely heartbreaking for me, I can’t even type this without crying as it is still so raw and painful for me. I have to make the decision with my head and not my heart and I know this is what is best for her. The breeder has a lovely house and grounds and I know Freddie will be very happy with all her old sausage friends and family as she loves all other dachshunds!
This is not a decision we have made lightly, I will miss her deeply but knowing her, she will adapt a lot quicker than me! I just wanted to let everyone know and I know that there will be a few people out there that do not agree with our decision but we are doing what we feel is right for our dog. Everyone lives their lives differently and I totally respect this but it seems our home and environment for Freddie just wasn’t suitable.
Please don’t despair, Sausage Tails will continue so please don’t delete us! A massive thank you to all of you who have supported us, we still love dachshunds more than ever and we will get updates from Freddie in her new/old home so will keep you posted…
My name is Freddie (short for Winifred) and I am a ginger-ish wirehaired miniature dachshund. But don’t believe the ‘miniature’ part too much! I am a large personality in a minnie tunnel-shaped body and I am ready to take on anything from a Chihuahua to a Great Dane!
We originate from Germany so as we say ‘Guten Tag’ – hello in German! But I normally just stick to Howdy nowadays! Dachshund means ‘Badger Hunter’ but I have to admit, I have never come across a badger and not so sure I will, but I’m telling you, if I ever saw one I reckon I could take it on as I’m as quick as cheetah and strong as an ox (just check out my muscly hind legs!) See how I look in my hunters pose, pretty darn good!
I came to live with my Mum and Dad in January this year at the young spritely age of 2! I absolutely love my new parents, Mum especially spoils me rotten with treats, cool clothes and lots of cuddles. I also now have some really cool extended family, I love going to Nanny & Grandad’s, not only because Harvey & Hattie are there, but Nanny pretty much lets me get away with anything and Grandad is always feeding me tit bits on the sly!
If you read my blog you’ll see what I’m all about , most people say that when they see the fab photo’s of me or even me in person (which is preferable to most) that I always bring a smile to them with my silly ways! Well thats me, always wanting to entertain!
If you like what you see, please follow my blog by adding your email address in the box on the right hand side, you’ll be updated on my antics and adventures and all the fab things I find! (mostly sausage dog related, of course!)
So I hope I’ll see you all soon!