Success Stories

Arlo and Harvey
Arlo and Harvey (VIC)

Arlo and Harvey were feeling very unsettled. There family had moved home 3 times in a year. The boys were anxious when family had to go to work. They are sociable boys that love there long walks. There owners felt extremely conflicted about rehoming them.

From day 1, they were like ducks to water in there new home. A wonderful extended family of lifetime dachshund owners. Days are filled with sunshine warmth and company from family. It didn't find them long to start running and playing in there new home.

No longer do they exhibit anxious tendencies, its a delight to see them welcomed by all.


Chase (VIC)

One year old Chase has had a huge transformation in his living situation. His previous home he shared a small area with a very bouncy great Dane. This made Chase timid and withdrawn. He hid in his kennel or sat in the corner. Now he is Welcomed indoors and better still sleeps in the human's bed.

At first this dear boy didn't know what to do, he had never experienced such kindness. Chase's tail hasn't stopped wagging, he is getting used to being picked up and learning to trust his new owners. He was welcomed by the resident senior dog and family members, dachshunds. Chase thought they were long lost buddies and bonded immediately.

Greg and Sharyn have done an exceptional job in a short amount of time.

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Pippin (SA)

Pippin has a fear of men. When her owners son moved back home Pippin was extremely sad and vocal. Not making a harmonious home for everyone. The family tried training but Pippin wasn't taking to any of it.

We are now pleased to report she is Reggie's number 1 girl. After her dachshund had crossed the rainbow bridge. Reggie had been patiently waiting for a dachshund to join her. A match made in heaven, Pippin had a wonderful time her 1st Christmas spoilt with treats. Pippin now has a very quiet home.

Her owners are relieved to see her so happy: "Crying happy tears I didn't think you could have possibly chosen a better owner for Pip. Thankyou again, and bless you for doing the wonderful work that you do."


Bean & Bear
Bean and Bear (VIC)

Seven year old sisters were feeling a little stressed with the constant attention from a toddler.
Bean and Bear were spending more time outside away from their family, this isn't optimal for them.
DRA were very fortunate to have a family to take the girls at short notice.
The family has teenagers and young adults in the home much to the approval of Bean and Bear.
Lots of exploring at nearby lakes the pair are relishing the attention in their new home.
Everyday the girls are showing their different personalities and coming out of their shell.

Chase (VIC)

One year old Chase has had a huge transformation in his living situation. His previous home he shared a small area with a very bouncy great Dane. This made Chase timid and withdrawn. He hid in his kennel or sat in the corner. Now he is Welcomed indoors and better still sleeps in the human's bed.

At first this dear boy didn't know what to do, he had never experienced such kindness. Chase's tail hasn't stopped wagging, he is getting used to being picked up and learning to trust his new owners. He was welcomed by the resident senior dog and family members, dachshunds. Chase thought they were long lost buddies and bonded immediately.

Greg and Sharyn have done an exceptional job in a short amount of time.

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Pippin (SA)

Pippin has a fear of men. When her owners son moved back home Pippin was extremely sad and vocal. Not making a harmonious home for everyone. The family tried training but Pippin wasn't taking to any of it.

We are now pleased to report she is Reggie's number 1 girl. After her dachshund had crossed the rainbow bridge. Reggie had been patiently waiting for a dachshund to join her. A match made in heaven, Pippin had a wonderful time her 1st Christmas spoilt with treats. Pippin now has a very quiet home.

Her owners are relieved to see her so happy: "Crying happy tears I didn't think you could have possibly chosen a better owner for Pip. Thankyou again, and bless you for doing the wonderful work that you do."


Baxter and CJ

A friend of ours gave us a present with the words “A home is only a house without dogs”. Thanks to Dachshund Rescue we have a home again. Baxter and CJ joined us early in January and have changed our lives, thank you. Watching the 2 of them run around and smell every corner, every leaf that moves and informing the local birds that the dogs are home. We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to take them into our home. Thank you to Jo Tetlow for her support and encouragement during the process. We hope we will do long dog owners proud in looking after Baxter and CJ and look forward to lots of rowdy barking and cuddles. (WA)

Heidi (NSW)

Young Heidi had already been in two homes via Gumtree before being surrendered to DRA. She was suffering from separation anxiety but we’re delighted to report that in her new home, her anxiety has all but disappeared. Another family member has a dachshund who is a frequent visitor to her home so she can look forward to those play dates and the rest of the time she is spoilt rotten with her devoted parents and a Father whose utterly besotted by her! Mum is a keen seamstress and had knocked up this blanket overnight, as you do! So she had a lovely pink blanket to snuggle up in on the drive to her new home.

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Indy (NSW)

A sea change has literally changed Indy’s life.

This beautiful 4 year old girl loves her regular walks on the beach. She also has free fun of the house and garden to patrol and keep in order chasing lizards and other critters while her new owner spends most of his days at home pottering around in the garden and shed.

On the days they need to go out for errands, Indy likes to keep her new owner company and she especially enjoys barking at all the other customers in Bunnings. Long trips in the car are also no issue for Indy who curls up in her specially bought bed for such trips.

Indy has become the most popular member of the family and has brough immense pleasure and happiness to her new loved ones.

2-happy-girls Sally

At 11 years old, Sally the black and tan found herself homeless.  Fortunately for all concerned, a family found out that Sally was off to the pound and contacted DRA offering to help until we could sort out a home for her.  We are so grateful to the incredibly caring people that look out for dachshunds in need ensuring that life can continue for the oldies.

We then contacted a family who have had a previous rescue from us, Hilde, who recently passed away leaving their current dachshund Pippa behind.  Pippa was sorely missing her mate so she and Mum and Dad did a 5 hour car trip to go and meet Sally and off she went home with them!  Pippa is such a sweet girl she leaves an impression on everyone she meets and it’s a match made in heaven as Sally now has a loving secure home and Pippa has a new friend to get into mischief with.  As for the pair of them, the girls have got their owners well trained and they have a cart to hop into if their little legs get tired on long walks.  (QLD)

Coco and Doug
Coco and Doug (NSW)

With Coco and Doug still in the puppy stages at under the age of 2, we are unsure why this delightful, loving and affectionate duo have landed at DRA looking for their third home.  As Coco was not spayed maybe she was being sold so she could be used for breeding but was unable to get pregnant.  In any case DRA have now had Coco speyed and we have found this pair their forever home in Northern NSW where they will not be moving again.  With walks on the golf course and daily trips to the beach these two have landed in an idyllic dachshund location!  Doug has proved to be a bit of a couch potato and Michelle is working on getting his trim figure back and when she gets home from work this happy pair are eager to take their second walk of the day.  Having previously owned dachshunds Michelle is loving having Coco and Doug zoom around the house with happiness.


Archie (NSW)

Archie was a young puppy left at home with no company for long days making him sad.

After attending to all his veterinary work, DRA contacted a family who have a female dachshund, Juno, who is of a similar age.  They thought Archie would be a great fit and they then did an 18 hour road trip to go and meet Archie and take him home where he recently celebrated his first birthday.

Archie’s days are no longer lonely, but are full of fun, play, walkies and he has also recently attended a doggy group in his area.  His face is full of joy, which we think says it all.

Sir Basil

Sir Basil was found in a terrible state wandering the roads and taken to the pound where no one claimed him.

DRA put him into foster where he went through a battery of tests for everything under the sun. The patches on his skin are where tar had melted into his fur and despite cutting out most of the tar and several baths, his skin and fur have not completely recovered yet.

He’s all of 5 years old and has a beautiful, friendly and trusting nature. His beautiful foster Mum and Dad couldn’t resist him and have now adopted Sir Basil.

Rambo (Senior Dog)

13 year old Rambo and his elderly owner have had their lives turned upside down when his Dad became ill and had to go into a care home. Rambo had been living with his Dad all his life and it’s extremely upsetting when this happens.

We tried to find Rambo the same type of home that he was used to so he has gone to a retired gentleman where it’s just the two of them. Poor little man was confused when he arrived and spent the first couple of hours crying.

However, walks around the garden, treats and watching the news cuddled up on the sofa have done wonders for both their spirits and they’ve settled into a routine which keeps them both occupied and happy.

His new dad feeds the magpies and Rambo has decided that the magpies shouldn’t be getting this food but rather he should, so his new occupation is chasing off the magpies and trying to get the food for himself.

As for his original owner he reckons between both of them having to be rehomed, Rambo came out top!

Henry (Puppy)

Henry the chocolate puppy who was unwanted after only a few days.

Puppies make a mess, are not housetrained and suffer separation anxiety if they leave their litter mates and go to homes on their own where everyone is at work all day.

Henry is now in the country loving life with another of our rescues, Dixie, and the pair of them can be found most weekends at the horse shows with their Mum and charming everyone they meet.


Rufus needed an extraordinary new home where having wheels was no barrier to living life to the full. We are delighted to report that Rufus has all he could ever wish for including nurturing owners to care for his additional needs, a country property full of interesting residents and friendly dogs to share daily adventures.

Rufus is thriving as a country larrikin where no corner of the farm is unexplored, mud baths are enjoyed, and manure shoveling in the horse yard provides tantalising odours. Rufus' curiosity has been piqued by the antics of indoor parrots as well as resident llamas, horses and chickens.

What more could Rufus ask for? Absolutely nothing for he has found his tribe.

Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney had recently lost his dachshund brother and was losing interest in getting out of bed or going for walks or getting excited over food.

Enter 3 year old Murphy who was trying to adjust to his family going back to work and leaving him at home on his own.  As a result Murphy was constantly trying to escape to find out where they had gone.  He has brought the magic back into his new home and the change in Mickey has been nothing short of astonishing. Murphy has an absolute zest and energy for life which has rubbed off on Mickey and got him back out of his bed and enjoying life again. Some of Mickey’s laid back attitude has helped to tone down some of Murphy’s extreme energy and according to Mum, whilst she would walk her dachshunds daily, she’s never walked as much as she has since Murphy arrived. The boys are now playing zoomies around the house and thundering around like a pair of elephants.  Luckily Murphy loves the car as the boys are never left behind and are constantly going on lots of adventures together. (Vic)


Due to changes in the home, Mabel was struggling with separation anxiety whilst her owner was working long hours away from the home.  It was with great sadness but with Mabel’s best interest at heart that her owner surrendered her to DRA for rehoming.  Mabel is now living with an adult family and a new furry brother Lou  Lou.  Although Lou Lou is not interested in Mabel and they both try very hard to avoid actually looking at each other, they are often found sleeping next to each other.  When out walking they are joined at the hip and they enjoy chasing each other at the park.   Mabel loves to explore the garden and enjoys lying in the sunshine.  NSW


Young Danny came into care from a home where he was obviously well looked after and loved, but sometimes owners decide that its in the best interest of their dog to be rehomed.  Danny has impeccable manners and loved nothing more than to play with another young dog, so when Anna and Craig with their young dachsie called Daisy had a meet and greet, they hit it off so well and Danny and Daisy became inseparable.  We think Danny thought all his Christmas’s had come at once (including his very own advent treat calender!)….a sister to play with, two owners to cuddle and walk him everyday and not to mention the biggest toy collection ever seen!  Danny loves to carry his squeaky toys around and race through the agility tunnels playing hide and seek with Daisy.    They also do laps of the garden, as they have not one but two doggie doors to access the yard from.  These two dogs are just a delight to be around and we are so happy that Danny has found his perfect forever home. (QLD)


Two year old Clementine, who had previously been used for breeding,  was living in an anxious state with other pets and teenagers in the home and was not a happy girl. A quiet home in the country Victoria was just the tonic she needed.  With Covid restrictions in place, a road trip for DRA volunteers was necessary with travel to Geelong and then to Traralgon.  Clementine had never travelled in the car on long distance, only to the vet.

Vicky, her intended new Mum, had a glowing reference from her vet and is his words “she would do anything for her animals”.  Indeed, before Clementine had arrived there was a ramp in place and all little spots proofed for a tiny dachshund.  Clementine is a pocket rocket weighing in at 4.4. kg and this beautiful dachshund has a wonderful big backyard all to herself and trots around like she has been there forever. She has progressed in leaps and bounds and now walks on the lead with confidence and adores having her human company and such a wonderful Mum.  Clementine has such a bright future and we’re pleased to be part of this journey. (VIC)


Max is a brave boy whose journey to a new life required a collaborative effort between rescue organisations and committed volunteers. Max, having been diagnosed with Grade 2 IVDD and nurtured back into good health by the RSPCA, was then entrusted into the care of Dachshund Rescue Australia for re-homing. He was collected by Ruth, a long term member of the rehoming team who, not surprisingly, was instantly charmed by Max’s sweet personality. Once safely in foster care with a vet nurse and her partner, Max could begin to enjoy the comforts of a home environment. When Max had settled in, veterinarians at our foster carer’s workplace, willingly provided expert advice to guide Max’s IVDD recovery. Max showed patience during crate rest, affection towards his carers, curiosity  and a playful spirit. Within a short period Max transitioned from foster dachshund to a loved , permanent member of his foster carers family. All the DRA team wish Max a happy life and a healthy future. (Sydney)

Tilly and Dexter

Tilly and Dexter, a senior pair were grieving the death of their very much loved owner.  She worked from home and kept this delightful duo company throughout the day and they were not coping after she passed.

They must have had someone watching out for them though as their forever home has now been found.  Welcomed by a couple in McLaren Vale, Elaine also works from home and now has a pair of shadows that are never far from her view.  Tilly and Dexter are getting acquainted with the locals who have taken a keen interest in these wonderful dachshunds. A recent update from Mum “I don’t think you would be able to take them from me, they have found their forever home”.  As volunteers we also shed a tear when dachshunds are welcomed into new homes with such kindness. South Australia.


Naughty Audrey became too big for her britches and decided that she was entitled to all of her owners attention. Her male companion dachshund became the target of her frustration. Sometimes she attacked him over toys but more often than not, her owner was perplexed as to the trigger of her aggression.

It was clear Audrey required a home where she would be the only dachshund, as well as a calm, gentle, but assertive owner who could guide her towards good behaviours. Who better than a retired police officer who is an experienced dog owner who genuinely loves dogs and understands how their minds work.

It was clear at the first meeting that there was a connection and mutual admiration between Audrey and her new owner. The adoption trial went swimmingly and before the first week had ended, a request to formally adopt Audrey was made. She now lives a life with constant attention, companionship, long walks, outings and family gatherings with other dachshunds. Audrey is much loved and shows all, including other dogs, what a sweet girl she can be. (VIC)


Five year old Trevor was put up for adoption as he was not enjoying a busy home with toddlers and finding it hard to cope with.  One of Trevor’s enjoyable pastimes was snoozing on the couch and he didn’t enjoy being abruptly woken up from his slumbers.

Trevor has now been matched with a wonderful owner, Jenny, and Trevor has helped to fill the void from the passing of her previous dachshund. From the day he arrived Trevor took ownership over the back yard, he can also look out the window at the front so nothing escapes his view of who walks past his home! When he’s not busy keeping Jenny safe, he has a great time discovering the doggy haunts in The Royal Park.

This adored dachshund has made his former owners ecstatic to see him so happy and living life to the fullest. (South Australia)


When Roxy passed away, she left a huge void in not only her Mum’s life but also to Marcus the dachshund now finding himself without his best friend.  He was no longer enjoying life, had lost interest in food and had started to show extreme signs of stress when his Mum left the house to go to work.

Enter Hugo, this squeaky toy and ball obsessed dachshund!  On finding both in his new home and a Mum willing to throw the ball, Hugo quickly settled in. Marcus started eating again, he allowed Mum to go to work without having  a breakdown and after a week the boys can now be found playing together and enjoying life and their daily walks. Hugo is still ball obsessed and after a ball was thrown for him which ended up on the roof, Hugo kept looking at Mum waiting for her to retrieve this ball as no other ball would do. What to do in such circumstances?  Put a call out on fb to the neighbours for a ladder so both Marcus and Mum could go indoors and get on with life! Perfect home for Hugo who has joined Marcus in becoming a very adored dachshund. (Vic)


This beautifully affectionate 11 week old puppy came into foster care with DRA and the search began to find Abbie a new home.  After a few meet and greets where the resident dachshunds weren’t too sure about this pocket rocket coming to join them, Abbie then got to meet 2 year old resident dachshund Ronny and Lilly their 17 year old jack russell.  Ronny couldn’t contain his excitement at this little thing that turned up at his home and followed her around the minute she arrived while she confidently explored their garden. Tail wagging Ronnie gave his approval.

After a day at work and leaving the three dogs with Dad at home, who was trying to work from home, Mum got back to utter chaos that she couldn’t even begin to describe, other than to say Abbie is a dynamo and Ronny was exhausted! However, within a few days Abbie had told Mum that she loves being there and never wants to leave.  NSW


Ruby was lovingly relinquished by her owner whose failing mobility was limiting Ruby’s enjoyment of life. It is said “as one door closes another opens” and wonderful Alicja offered Ruby a loving new home.

Ruby is adored by her new owner and the feeling is mutual. Alicja is thrilled to have an ever present companion to share daily walks, partake In meditation sessions, observe her yoga practice and assist with gardening. Ruby is loving her life in a quiet household where she receives doting attention and plenty of cuddles. It is a comfortable and joyful life for  Alicja and her ‘beautiful, perfect, adorable” Ruby (Melbourne)

Hunter and Rusty

Due to downwardly spiralling life circumstances, four year old littermates Hunter and Rusty needed to find new homes. When Hunter, the dominant boy began bullying his placid brother, it was clear the two would need to continue their life’s journey separately.

Rusty needed a home with an amiable and playful canine companion together with caring owners who would set firm boundaries so everybody could reside together harmoniously. Experienced dachshund owners, Alex and Nicola offered a home that ticked all the boxes for Rusty and were instantly charmed by this handsome boy.

We are happy to report that while Rusty initially displayed separation anxiety he is now a more relaxed boy who has developed a strong bond with his new owners and dachshund brother Louis. Exuberant doggy play, outings to the beach, long walks and nightly cuddles on the couch are features of Rusty’s new happy life style. (Melbourne)


Floss’s young owner had dreamed and saved for a playful dachshund companion. However when Floss arrived it was clear her minor overbite as described by the backyard breeder, was in fact a major dental condition. It was causing Floss pain and suffering that would only be eased by immediate surgery, ongoing maintenance and continuous surgeries across her lifetime. As a uni student her owner knew should could not meet Floss’s needs and made a selfless decision to surrender Floss to DRA , trusting the right home could be found.

Sometimes the stars seem to align and through the efforts of her foster carer, two veterinarians, an anaesthetist and veterinary dentistry specialist offered Floss a home. (Sydney)

Phoebe and Gunner

Nine week old puppies, Phoebe and Gunner, were bought by a family for their two boys who were really looking forward to having them.  Unfortunately, one of the boys had such a severe allergy to the puppies that he ended up at the hospital.

The owners were very conscious of the fact that the puppies could end up with a puppy farmer and they wanted their heartache at not being able to keep the puppies, to be a blessing for a new family.

With COVID restrictions in place at the time,  lots of time and planning went into the logistics of getting them on their way and we have many people to thank; from Bill their foster carer who went above and beyond for them, Linda at Best Friends Forever Rescue, Illawarra and Wayne who did such a wonderful job delivering Phoebe to her new home.

They have now been adopted by two different families who have younger dachshunds to keep them company and to show them the ropes of how to be “good dachshunds when they grow up😊. They are both flourishing in their new homes and we’re so grateful to their original family for reaching out to DRA. (VIC).


Patricia has once again offered a loving home to DRA seniors.  This time, Otto and Ruby were fortunate to find a new life on her farm, where each day offers an enticing adventure, and you’re never too old for those!

In Patricia’s words:

“they are dear little dogs, very responsive and loving.  Otto is the class clown and very keen on any activities going.  Like all dachshunds theirs and my routines are now ‘understood” and our days are full of outdoor jobs and of course evening snuggles!  Their sleep routine is excellent with no night-time disturbances.  They are out again first thing in the morning to check the house and garden perimeter and to smell who has been visiting in the night, always coming back every few minutes to check in on me, then off again, especially if I’m not yet out of bed!.  They are keen to get going for the day, so my morning lie-in has been encouraged to cease! 😊 (Country NSW)


Winnie the dachshund x poodle has made the transition from country NSW to Sydney inner city, with amazing ease.  Her original owners made sure that Winnie was trained well as a puppy and she gained level 1 and 2 in obedience. This has in turn helped her new owners to set new ground rules for her, one of which is no more jumping off sofas and now Winnie looks to them as if to say “can I do this instead?”  Another family member has a dachshund and these two enjoy running around and playing when they get together.  One of Winnie’s other new loves (apart from her owners) is the water and it’s lovely to see her enjoying new experiences. NSW)


3 year old Ozzie was part of a large, blended family with a lot of household noise. Becoming quite comfortable with ruling the roost he needed some clear boundaries and to learn his place in the pecking order. Ozzie saw himself as the family protector and became wary of strangers visiting the home.

The busy Covid days in his household were all a little too much for Ozzie, and it was apparent he needed to be part of a smaller, quieter family and needed a brother or sister to hang out with.

Ozzie has found the perfect family life now, in a quiet (childless) household. As an added bonus, Ozzie now has a 3-year-old kindred spirit in his sister Nisa. Ozzie and Nisa enjoy frequent daily walks, and Nisa is showing Ozzie how to eat and exercise like a healthy dachshund. Ozzie is now enjoying showing off his newly-toned slender peanut-shaped body.

Nisa still supervises any belly rubs or attention given to Ozzie at home, and is a bit of a bossy-boots if he tries to play with her toys. However, when it comes to going for a walk, Nisa takes a back seat and lets Ozzie show the dominance to protect the family from those scary tradies in their fluro shirts! (VIC)


3 year old Rosie was living in an increasingly busy home as well as with young and active children who she had mostly got on well with.  However, life was getting a little too much for Rosie and her behaviour was getting increasingly unpredictable with the children and Rosie was finding herself wanting more space from the children and more peace.

They say a picture tells a thousand words, and this one here of Rosie seems to say it all in her new home. Rosie claimed her new home from day one when she inspected every corner of the house and garden, sticky beaked out of the windows to check on who was going to be walking past her new house and snoring like a trooper on her first night in Mum’s bedroom. Toys and beds are all over the house for a certain young lady and her every need is catered to.

Rosie certainly loves her food and had put on few extra kilos but with mum watching everything that goes into her mouth, and a few tweaks with what she’s eating, her stomach is no longer dragging along the ground.  Her Mum has a passion for gardening and has created a real sanctuary and Rosie now spends her time helping out there, digging holes, helping with the veggie patch and barking at the blue tongue.  (NSW)


Nine year old Gibley was very much loved by his owner, but the arrival of a baby turned his world upside down.  He was miserable, anxious and hid under the table until the baby was safely asleep.  Knowing her once lively and happy boy was not living his best life, prompted Gibley’s owner to find him a new home.

After a health setback and a period of post operative care, Gibley was ready to meet an empty nester couple who welcomed him wholeheartedly into their life and lovely home.  Gibley now spends his days enjoying companionship, free rein of  the house, sunshine in the garden, daily walks and even paddle boarding.  He lives in harmony with Mortie the cat, has gained weight and no longer needs anti-anxiety medications.

Gibley has certainly been given a new lease on life and has become, in the words of new owner Sarah “our little dream dog”. ( Brisbane)


Pablo’s owners had relocated interstate to a busy court location with lots of children and traffic which then caused Pablo to become anxious and start barking.  Added to the mix were a busy family, a shift worker, Pablo needing lots of one on one attention, all leading to stressful family times. We’re thrilled that the very handsome Pablo has found a wonderful home in the country with a DRA brother.  The large amount of land and visiting kangaroos has been an absolute highlight for Pablo and on a recent visit to the vets for his vaccinations, the clinic staff commented on what a lovely natured boy he is.  As well as making a great impression on his owners, on a recent outing to the botanical gardens, they noted that their resident dachshund, and now brother to Pablo, has regained a spring in his step.  (VIC)


After a marriage breakdown, Akira’s owners needed to find a home that would provide ongoing care and company for her.  With her new Mum having owned dachshunds for many years and showering her with attention, a great vet for support, a new older sister, Akira has taken to her home with enthusiasm.  The girls are living in an apartment which is laden with sunshine and every photo we receive they’re basking in the sun.  With three walks a day to stretch their legs and tottle around the neighbourhood, Akira is in the best of hands. (NSW)


DRA were delighted to assist the RSPCA to rehome this lovable boy.  Toby wasn’t coping in an extremely busy shelter, and as a breed specific rescue, we were able to match Toby to a suitable dachshund home. As well as having a senior dachshund brother to keep him company, he also has his humans working from home. Toby is learning not to jump on the coffee table and couch, they are working on his manners and training whilst out walking, and he is learning that the outside world has lots of people, animals and distractions to encounter.  It’s so important to equip your dachshunds with social skills and training in those early days, it not only makes for happier owners, it makes for happier dachshunds too.  However, it’s never too late to learn and Toby is a fast learner and as a bonus, is an extremely affectionate dachshund whose got lots to give back. (VIC)


Frankfurt – A Love Story!
Frankfurt is a handsome young dachshund, but definitely not a playboy. However in his new home Frankfurt found himself the centre of a love triangle. He was delighted with pretty canine companion Penny, and they became instant friends. The young dachshunds loved wrestling, a game of chasey and snuggling in bed together. A blissful life with human parents indulgently observing the blossoming friendship.

As Frankfurt was proving to be an amiable boy it was decided he should meet Penny’s dachshund friends. Enter coquettish Luca to whom Frankfurt was immediately attracted to and spent the day trailing. Not to be overshadowed, Penny claimed Frankfurt as her own. Knowing on which side his bread was buttered, and not wishing to upset Penny nor his loving new parents, Frankfurt became a devoted companion to Penny. Although the lovely Luca is still a frequent guest, Frankfurt’s heart belongs to Penny. Frankfurt loves his new life and family and of course, everybody loves him. (NSW)

Buddy and Happy

Buddy and Happy are a bonded father / son pair who just as their names suggest are amiable and cheerful dogs. When their loving owner required nursing home care, this senior duo sadly found themselves without a home.

Fortunately, Kylie, the generous owner of the K9 Country ResortSamoyed NSW Rescue and Natural Health for People and Pets all stepped in to take care of the boys’ accommodation, veterinary costs and health needs. The final step was to contact DRA to help find the boys an ideal new home.

With all working in the spirit of collaboration Happy and Buddy soon attracted the attention of a kind hearted family. It was just one week into the adoption trial when their new mum reported that ” We cannot imagine life without them” and the boys were equally thrilled with their new life. And why not? Four doting family members, an extensive garden and a special diet with natural supplements to manage their skin and digestive sensitivities. Buddy and Happy can now look forward to a happy, healthy retirement with Kate and her wonderful family.



This friendly young pup was a very hard surrender for her doting owner, who realised that her personal health issues and housing arrangements would make it difficult to offer Luna the life she wanted to provide for her long term. Luna is a sociable girl who loves people and other dogs, so is in seventh heaven with her new family, with two children and new best friend Frankie.  The beach is just down the road and is an exciting new experience with lots of ball chasing and playing in the water. The family are so happy to have Luna join them and the two dachshunds are a perfect match. It gives her previous owner peace of mind knowing that Luna is living a wonderful life. (WA)

Indi and Muffin

We received a call one evening regarding two dachshund x that urgently needed to be moved and we agreed to get them the next morning.  Indi and Muffin just walked right into our house as if they owned the place.  They both mean a lot to us and are now our doggy children and they make the house happier.  Muffin is like a rag doll cat and loves snuggling into our neck and she nudges us for more love.  Indi loves her ball and is a calm girl who is protective over us.  They stop me doing my floor exercises by lying on my head or right beside me making it impossible.  We wouldn’t have it any other way! (WA)


Frankie is a happy go lucky boy who has landed on all four paws.  At only 4 years of age, Frankie has already led a full life.  When he was three years old, he was surrendered to the pound with severe skin rashes, wounds and in a malnourished condition and had no history supplied.  It was thought he had been used in dog fights.  He was subsequently adopted but due to changes in the home he was becoming stressed and it was affecting his behaviour. Frankie has been placed in a home by DRA where there are 3 other boys (two of which are of a different breed) and they have welcomed Frankie into their pack in their own separate ways.  Frankie was a little unsure of farm life at first and was terrified of going on the tractor, but now he is so confident there is no way he will be left behind.  He is a very high prey driven dachshund and is relishing in all the delightful smells and activities of farm life. (NSW)


Rickie’s new owner feels she is the luckiest lady in Victoria to have this dear old gentleman in her life. “I love him to bits and he makes me laugh with his antics” she reported with delight. And for thirteen year old Rickie the feeling is mutual. He shows his appreciation with licks, cuddles and a wagging tail. Life in the country suits Rickie well. He loves exploring his large garden, relishes a good bark at the passing cows and takes pride in his role of perimeter inspector and chaser of intruding birds. When his work is done Rickie loves nothing more than snoozing in his cosy bed by his new mums feet, while she works online. Thank you so much to Stacey who fostered Rickie with great care and compassion, Rosie for giving Rickie such a wonderful home and also to Alex whose donation purchased Rickie a luxurious Pupnaps bed. (Vic)

Coco and Cash

This very loved and bonded pair of young pair of dachshunds, Coco and Cash, have gone to join Ella one of our rescues from 9 years ago,  who is now in her very senior years.  Ella has been amazing in letting Coco and Cash enter her home and allowing them to become part of the family.  Whilst Ella might be senior, she is still the boss and top of the pack so Coco and Cash have learnt their places. To begin with it was Ella’s place on the couch and these two had to remain in their beds on the floor at her paws.  They then progressed to being allowed to share the sofa with Ella, albeit they weren’t allowed to look at her!  Now, we’re delighted to report that all three are cuddled up together.

Over the last two weeks Cash has become a lot more relaxed out walking and meeting other people and dogs and both he and Coco love having walks back in their schedule together with a garden and sunshine to relax in.  With a large extended family with grandchildren and other dogs, they’re going to be a very busy pair of dachshunds with lots to look forward.  They’re an extremely affectionate and cuddly pair and whilst Coco is all of 4.6 kilos and a little treasure, we’ve been told one doesn’t mess with Coco! (QLD)

Bonnie and Cookie

This delightful, but mischievous pair Bonnie and Cookie, needed more attention, socialisation, and stimulation than their busy owner could provide.  Thankfully their new owner, especially dog savvy Dad, were up for the challenge of this super cheeky pair. The girls’ days of unruly behaviour were about to end with rewards based training, time and patience and Dad has transformed these naughty dachshunds into a well behaved pair with much better doggy manners. We hope the vet who first met Bonnie, will not be terrorised by her again! With three lovely children ever willing to give affection and play, plus a besotted Mum, Bonnie and Cookie are delighting in family life.   (VIC)


Life can be challenging and sometimes dachshunds are surrendered by owners who know their much loved companion deserves a better life.  Such was the situation for Neville, a sweet boy with a zest for life and an abundance of love to give. Fortuitously, a young boy not too far away, dreamed of having a lively dachshund as a companion, playmate and snuggle buddy.  Neville was a perfect match and much to everyone’s delight he has seamlessly joined the boy’s family.  The children are home schooled so there is always human companionship, not to mention two other dogs with whom to share a fun filled, happy life. (QLD)


Mousse had gone through a few changes in his life which he found stressful and unfortunately he had become very anxious and territorial of his family and home.  Mousse’s desire for being with his much loved owners and being the permanent lap dog he so wanted to be, was not possible with a young family to look after.  It was with great sadness and with Mousse’s best interests at heart that  a new home be found for him.  Mousse is now in his new home with  two new dachshund siblings, Wade and Ebi.  Mousse didn’t settle into his new home immediately, but fortunately his new owners allowed him the time to learn the new routine.  Mousse is lucky to have his two owners home most of the time and has now learnt that it’s OK if one of them goes out.  He has also come to terms with all the new noises of the home and he only barks at the occasional noisy truck or bus driving by now instead of every car and bicycle!  Mousse loves to play in the garden with Ebi and Wade and enjoys checking out the perimeter of the property every morning to make sure all is in order.  (TAS)


Hansel’s family came to DRA when he was 8 months old as Hansel had started limping, and after a visit to the vet and x rays he was diagnosed with Elbow Incongruity. His owner was busy working and didn’t have the necessary time to dedicate to his rehabilitation after surgery.

Dachshund Rescue found a dedicated foster carer and sought specialist veterinary advice about his expensive surgery followed by his long recovery.  Can we just say a big thank you here to our generous supporters that contribute with donations and purchases from our shop as it’s dachshunds like Hansel that benefit from your generosity and enable us to help them.

After his surgery Hansel had weeks of crate rest and rehabilitation and his dedicated foster carer was housebound caring for Hansel.

Hansel has now joined his devoted carer permanently and in the process has gained two sisters, Gretel and Izzy. After his recuperation this trio are now hitting the streets exploring inner Sydney once again.  (Hansel is the little chocolate dapple pictured here in the middle of his sisters) NSW


This young man was extremely anxious living in a very busy thoroughfare through to the beach and, being a dachshund, he did spend a lot of his days barking at people walking down to the beach.  As a result his loving family had endless noise complaints from the council.  A life of having to wear a barking collar wasn’t the solution and only added to his stress levels, so his family came to DRA to find a Pickles a stress free home.

He is now in a much quieter location with a huge backyard and no passers by going up and down the fence.  His new parents love having another dachshund in their home and Pickles is going on daily walks, out socialising and meeting lots of other dogs and children.  In the meantime, Pickles is a work in progress with his training and yes, you can teach a young dog new tricks. (QLD)


Ralph, this much loved but very anxious dachshund, is now with a couple who have always had rescue dogs throughout their lives and have described them as “all being slightly interesting”.  With the demise of their last dog, Ralph has now entered their home and it’s safe to say he also comes under that description. One of Ralph’s anxieties has been car trips and when left in the back seat he always wants to climb into the front.  On his way home with his new parents he was happy looking out the window but then started to let them know that he would rather be driving the car. Off to a great start!  We could not have chosen a better home for Ralph, with their patience, their willingness to help him overcome his naughtiness when he meets other dogs, and their tolerance.  Ralph is paying them back with his enormous affection and love for his owners and his delight in being around them. (Vic)


Life with a male dachshund who has a tendency to mark everything he thinks belongs to him can be extremely frustrating for their owners.  Unfortunately Freddy Noodles living with another male dog was doing this all the time.  By rehoming Freddy Noodles to a family where there is already an established female dachshund who has impeccable toileting manners, changed Freddy’s naughty habit immediately.  After one major accident which was really not his fault,  he has been as good as gold in that department.  His new owners report that although he still barks at other dogs they come across when out walking, they are helping him and he is starting to learn to walk past without incident.  Luckily Freddy Noodles is a very smart and fast learner who loves to please his new owners.  Freddy Noodles is a beautiful dachshund with a very affectionate nature and his new family love him to bits.  (NSW)


10 year old Kelly has hit the jackpot with her retirement home.  Living indoors, laps to sit on for cuddles, taken out everywhere where she’s constantly admired by everyone she meets  and has all  the attention of her Mum and Dad with a tail wag that nearly topples her over. Kelly has taken the two resident cats in her stride, she’s a quick learner and now uses the steps to get up onto the sofa, walks beautifully on the lead and seemingly can’t put a paw wrong.  Her parents are absolutely thrilled to have this gem of a dachshund complete their home and had nearly given up having a dachshund back in their lives, but Dad was never going to go for another breed. We’re delighted to have helped. (VIC)


After losing his best mate George to cancer, Jensen became a very anxious dachshund.  He wanted his owner to be with him 24/7 and this just wasn’t possible with a young toddler and working.

The search was on to find seven year old Jensen a quiet home with another dog for company.  From the first meeting and a long road trip home with his new owners, Jensen has taken it all in his stride. His days are now complete having a sweet little girl Indi to play with and a retired couple for the company that he craved. It didn’t take him long to stretch out, relax on the lounge and snooze away! NSW


The challenges of a changing lifestyle was too much for 10 year old Izzie, who decided that hiding was the best strategy to keep newcomers and worried feelings at bay.  Just to make sure Izzie’s humans got the message that she was not happy, Izzie began pooping and peeing in the house.  It was clear Izzie desperately needed a quiet and calm household and lots of attention just for her.  Fortunately Margit and Bruce were looking for a dachshund to fill the void left by the passing of their beloved Bobby.  Izzie has brought joy and canine companionship to this lovely couple. (Vic)


For City boy Ketchup, every day on the farm is a new adventure whether it is meeting the working kelpies, being stalked by a herd of curious heifers, or discovering the joys of an off leash walk. For Alison, the dream of being owned by a wire-haired dachshund has been realised, while Ketchup is thriving on the continuous companionship, attention and affection.  The relaxed pace of a country life suit Ketchup and his days of hyper vigilance are over, substituted by wiling away hours cow watching or exploring his spacious garden full of delicious smells! (Vic)


The very young Arlo had seen a little too many horrors in his life before coming into DRA.  Initially Arlo went as a foster dog to help another dachshund, Jack, cope with the grief that he was going through, having lost his best mate another dachshund.  Arlo solved that problem and whilst there was a very different age gap between the two boys, Jack helped Arlo to overcome some of his anxiousness towards every day life.  Tragedy then struck and Jack passed away a couple of weeks later. A very difficult time followed and we are forever grateful that Arlo’s foster mum continued to look after him. In the last few months Arlo has come on in leaps and bounds and is barely recognisable from the nervous wreck he was when he first came in, he goes on bush walks, he accompanies Mum to the hairdresser, he goes on lunch dates and whilst he can still be a bit of pansy when he goes through new experiences and has given his mum a really hard time with his training, we’re delighted to report that Arlo has now been adopted by his foster Mum and we feel that both of them are particularly well suited to each other (NSW)


5 year old Milli has certainly had a run of bad luck in her short life.  At the age of 10 months old she was hit by a car and subsequently had a metal plate and two pins placed in her hip.  She was recently diagnosed with stage 5 IVDD and needed someone to help with her recovery. Yuko received a call from DRA WA and “couldn’t say no, because I knew I could help her. Milli needed full time care and has made a remarkable recovery within a few weeks”.  This is also thanks to the WA dachshund community who fundraised for Milli to help with the costs of her rehab.  She has now been adopted by her foster carers as they couldn’t resist this little girl who has so much love to give, becoming part of their family.

Yuko also writes “I saw a post on FB other day about IVDD dog needing care in NSW…hope someone offered to help. It is not easy…people need some experience . It is sad to see so many dachshunds are in IVDD lately…I hate to think how many of them were put to sleep…hopefully Milli’s story encourages and gives some hope to others. Big Thank you to DRA team”. (WA)

Yuko we’re delighted to report that an amazing lady has indeed come forward to help with this dachshund in NSW


Young Tilly was sad and lonely whilst her owner was working long hours and even though she did have the company of a cat, it was not enough to keep her stimulated and happy.  She is now in a home where her owners are with her for the majority of the day and she has two other dogs in the house to play with.  Tilly might be the smallest but she is the cheekiest and most fun loving little girl who now rules the house.  Tilly’s enthusiasm for playing and having a good time has energised the other two dogs and together the three spend hours chasing each other through the home.  When they are done they collapse on the couch to sleep until Tilly is ready to play again.  (ACT)

Bob and Lulu

Bob and Lulu lived a life of mischief, catching cane toads, digging holes, shredding toys and barking!  When their owner became ill, Bob and Lulu’s naughty ways became overwhelming.  A breed experienced family was needed to rein in this exuberant pair.  Enter Tammy, her husband and grown up family, who were prepared to take on the ‘Wayward Dachshund Challenge’ by providing an interesting lifestyle, regular exercise and much needed training.

We are happy to report that Bob, after a few nervous nips, and lively Lulu are settling down in their new home.  Their quintessential dachshund quirkiness, delightful personalities and ever ready companionship, have earned them a permanent place in the home and hearts of their new family. (Brisbane)


A medical emergency necessitating an airlift to Brisbane for Junior’s parents, meant he was left at home alone.  When warmhearted Amy held of his plight she immediately went to collect him and welcomed him into her family.  Eight year old Lucy thought Junior was a gift especially for her and the two became inseparable playmates and snuggle buddies.  Cola, a rescue dachshund with a troubled history, was initially more reserved but soon succumbed to Juniors charms.  Amy’s children thought Junior was sensational. It then transpired that Junior’s family now had to relocate permanently and so Junior was formally adopted. Amy and her family threw a party for Junior in celebration of his 5th birthday and knowing that he had now become a part of their family. (QLD)


Little Miss Daisy is an ex-breeding dog who found it a challenge being  in more conventional surroundings, and sadly didn’t truly settle in her previous adoptive home. When she met her new owner, whose lovely old long-haired dachshund Rosey had recently lost her companion, it was love for everyone and the dogs soon became close friends. Her owner writes “ Miss Daisy has settled into our house beautifully. She has been easy to toilet train, with lots of excitement on my behalf and Rosey showing her where to go. She loves to snuggle and lay in the sun. She welcomes visitors with a sniff, even allowing them to pat her. She is so intelligent, she has learnt how to walk up and down the steps to get on and off the sofa. We will keep working with her many fears, but are so grateful to have the opportunity to give her the best life that she deserves.” (WA)


After being purchase on Gumtree, 15 month old Hugo arrived by pet transport from Queensland to his new family in Victoria, terrified, fearful and snapping.  He was not the friendly, placid dog they were expecting.  After he attacked the resident puppy, the local vet suggested that he either be euthanised or rehomed.  DRA was contacted, and by midnight Hugo was placed into foster care with a registered breeder/dog trainer for a behavioural assessment. Once in a calm, dachshund experienced environment, Hugo was able to show that he was a loving boy with a sweet disposition.  Two weeks later he was ready for his new home with a devoted female owner who was committed to making Hugo feel loved and safe.  A huge thank you to Stacey, our foster carer and Detchema who continues to nurture, heal and love this once troubled boy.


Raphie’s owner recognised that her thirteen month old boy had a sensitive nature and yearned for companship throughout the day. She also had an inkling that Ralphie might enjoy a female playmate based on his playful exuberance when encountering other young dachshunds. Not wanting him to endure a lonely life, she made a selfless decision to find Ralphie a new home.

Today Ralphie, the black and tan mini long,  is blissfully enjoying a loving owner who works from home, together with the companionship of Lola, a similar aged dachshund who loves to play. There are dachshund friendly visitors who provide Ralphie with the right measure of adulation and a gentle, ancient terrier who potters about making their house a home. (Sydney)

Yuko we’re delighted to report that an amazing lady has indeed come forward to help with this dachshund in NSW

Chelsea and Lucy

Chelsea and Lucy decided to grow old disgracefully; growling at a toddler colluding together to kill a chicken and howling when left home alone.  It was all too much for their busy owner who felt her girls deserved a retirement with dachshund focussed attention and companionship.

Happily the girls were offered a new life on a farm with a seasoned dachshund owner.  Their days are filled with interesting activities, including hooning about in the back of a Ute, joining their doggy pack for a farm ramble, watching the miniature horses while being fed and exploring markets at the weekend.  They have been taught not to harass the free ranging chickens (or the house chicken), not to steal the peacocks food and to return to their owner immediately when called.  Who said old dogs can’t learn new tricks?  Enjoy your farm life Chelsea and Lucy. (Brisbane)


Minnie’s family were extremely sad when they had to consider rehoming her, as with 3 young children and all their activities, 2 year old Minnie was getting left on her own. Knowing that Minnie was an active and energetic dachshund who needed company, they made the selfless decision to find her a new home.
She is now with a family who have older children and Diego another dachshund. Minnie’s quirky nature had her family fall in love with her very quickly. After her 2 week trial, we had a message to say They had a “Rose Ceremony and Minnie got 5/5 Roses”.
Minnie now has lots of trips out with the Family and is taken out on the family boat. Being a dachshund she does have a flaw…. and that’s barking at the leaves. (Qld)
It takes a lot of work and time to find the perfect home for these little guys and thanks Minnie’s previous family for the following:
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for finding our girl such a beautiful new home. We are forever grateful and take great comfort knowing she is so well loved by Lisa and family and has a new best friend in Diego. We couldn’t have asked for a happier outcome for Minnie and although we miss her dearly we know she is getting the time and attention she truly deserves with her new little family. Please do give us updates from time to time and I’m sure Lisa will too.”


Buddy is an anxious boy who loves people and wants to be with them 24/7. He was placed into foster care and whilst there he had a seizure which we needed to find out more about in order to help Buddy.

After lengthy tests, the vets have diagnosed Buddy with Epilepsy. Now that he’s on the right medication he is in a good place and has a great long term outlook.

Buddy is a very affectionate dachshund and loves nothing more than belly rubs and snuggles and meeting and socialising with his own breed. He has now been adopted by his foster carer. (NSW)


Little Mia was left for long periods on her own and was very lonely and sadly due to a marriage breakdown, 9 month old Mia came into DRA care. This sweet little dachshund now has an older sister, Zoe, and very experienced parents to teach her the ropes.

Her new parents have given her lots of enrichment toys and games to play, building up her walking which is teaching her all the things a puppy should do, milestones that set them up to be happy, contented and socialised dachshunds.

Mia and Zoe are currently having a great adventure doing a lap of Australia. We look forward to following Mia’s progress. In the meantime thankyou to everyone that goes out of their way, when there is a dachshund in need. (Qld)


One year old Dasha was living with a young family and another baby on the way, and with that and Dasha’s separation anxiety, life was just too stressful for all concerned.  Very reluctantly they decided Dasha needed more than they were able to give her and Dasha has now joined a couple with their dachshund Leo.  Dasha and leo bonded from day 1 with lots of kissing and playing together and wearing each other out.  Whilst we were concerned that Dasha was such an anxious dachshund that she wouldn’t cope, she proved us wrong and loves her new parents and brother.  There’s more training to be done with her and they’re happy to do this to help both dachshunds be a pleasure to walk and also to be able to leave Dasha for longer times without her human parents.  Thank you to her new parents who are happy to put in the hard yards. (Qld)


Mr Murphy is an affectionate and very clever three year old dachshund. He has adjusted really well to his new home on the farm with owners who were really missing having a dog in their lives.  They were incredibly patient waiting to be matched with a new family member and Mr. Murphy quickly wormed his way into their hearts and on their sofa!  He loves having his snuggles and someone home with him and Ruth reports that he loves going off to feed the horses and is a great little hunter in the barn, and loves to bestow his owner with the gift of a mouse at her feet. (NSW)

Bella and Saide

Bella and Saide came in to be pts, but thanks to the vet that saw them, he rang up DRA and we took the girls on.  These two were kept in cages for breeding and their mouths were horrendous and we just don’t know how they managed to eat or the pain that it was causing.  They were put through extensive dentals and our thanks, not only to the veterinarians who performed the operations, but also to their fabulous foster carer who looked after them after each operation, while they lost most of their teeth.  These girls are now in a lovely home and really have come out of their shells to enjoy their lives moving forward.  They are mischievous, they’ve learnt to play, they wag their lives, and they can’t wait to see their Mum in the morning. (NSW


Last year our 16 year old Jack Russell passed away aged 16yrs.
A phone call from Jo in the new year asking if we were still willing to adopt a dachshund resulted in our adopting Alfie. Alfie has given us so much pleasure , stolen our hearts (and food 🤣)and he is  a happy little dog. We feel blessed. (WA)


Pip’s elderly owners noted with sadness that their health issues and ensuing sedentary lifestyle was not suiting their young dachshund. Pip had become lethargic and depressed, so very different from the lively pup she had once been.  With Pip’s best interests at heart, they made a decision to rehome her, hoping that younger owners would provide an active and engaging lifestyle. We are happy to report that Pip now has a family that adores her, takes her for two long walks each day and includes her in all they do, including watching early morning televised soccer matches with their sixteen year old son!  Pip has rediscovered her inner puppy and zest for life. (Vic)


LT was surrendered to DRA aged 14 weeks and he was put with a wonderful foster carer’s family who were able to show him the ropes, socialise him with other dogs, teach him how to walk and all those other parts of bringing up a dachshund so that they don’t end up just another problem dog. When he was ready for rehoming he went on a meet and greet with Arti, the resident dachshund,  who couldn’t contain his excitement at meeting LJ.  These two are now best friends and LT loves having a big brother to hang out with.  Everyone who meets LT thinks he’s a gorgeous boy and we do thank his previous owners for admitting that a dachshund wasn’t the right breed for them and coming to DRA for help.  (Vic)


Rehoming Dapples was a very reluctant decision for her owner, but with a change of circumstances Dapples had started to fight with the senior dachshund in the home.  Dapples is a happy little girl who has adjusted to her new home remarkably well.  Weekdays are lovely and quiet whereby she gets to enjoy helping her owners potter around in the garden and spend the days soaking up the sunshine.  Weekends are full of adventure with the arrival of the children who provide Dapples with lots of fun, playtime and plenty of cuddles. (ACT)


Reptar has settled in well. I call her Rep for short. She just follows me everywhere. Rep really enjoys her walks everyday and is getting better when she meets new dogs on the walk. She just loves exploring the gardens looking for lizards. Also loves burrowing under the cushions on the Sofa. I do have to watch her with my canary though but she is getting better.

I honestly feel she has completed my home. (WA)


Milly came to DRA after a relationship breakdown and the owner was unable to care for her.  She needed desexing, vaccinations and health checks and we are extremely grateful to Lyn and Greg who have gone above and beyond with Milly.  Milly wasn’t very socialised and she would see everyone as an intruder and she would bark and control the backyard in order to keep everyone safe. With her new parents having lots of time and patience and encouragement for Milly, she has lost weight and enjoying her daily exercise meeting people in the village. Milly’s new chapter sees her enjoying one of her favourite pastimes, trying to catch crabs on the beach. (NSW)

Chilli and Snickers

Chilli and Snickers were a pair of bonded females even though they had come to each other later in life.  We don’t know what happened with Chilli but she was extremely damaged and had to go on prozac just to allow anyone near her.  The girls have gone to a home where there were two resident dachshunds and whilst Snickers walked in and claimed her place from day 1, Chilli took a little longer just observing.  It wasn’t long before she settled in and teamed up with one of the other dachshunds and now all four go on daily walks and the girls are losing some weight. Their new parents say it’s as if they’ve been there forever. (Vic)


Millie was safely placed in foster care on her first birthday. Her arrival was joyfully celebrated by Jess and Dan while DRA dachshund Lenny, was on hand to welcome Millie with a wagging tail. Lenny was keen to show off the comforts of his home and the delights of a large garden. Millie willingly followed and from that day on the two young dachshunds became inseparable; playing, sleeping and snuggling together. They enjoy an interesting lifestyle with daily walks and fun outings to the beach. Millie is also pleased that Henry, a dog friendly cat ,was an additional household  companion. Not surprisingly, wonderful Jess, Dan, Lenny and Henry have adopted Millie to create a happy, inclusive family home for everyone (Brisbane)


Bonnie’s new owners absolutely love her to bits.   She is a beautiful, dainty little girl who has taken to her new home in typical dachshund style.  Her new dachshund brother Max wasn’t very happy with her arrival at first but now these two little sweethearts often give each other nose kisses.  Bonnie is very playful and her favourite time of the day is playing ball and she could quite happily do so for many hours.  Max and Bonnie live a contented life,  spending their days in the company of their owners and enjoying lots of walks.  (NSW)


Gorgeous 3 year old Minnie, now Barbara, was surrendered to DRA as her owners realised they did not have the time to provide her with adequate attention and training.  As such when Barbara was placed into foster care it became apparent that she was so energetic and full on that the poor resident dachshund didn’t know what had happened to his happy, calm home and he became very stressed!  Barbara has subsequently been rehomed to a family who welcomed her with open arms.  Barbara now has a 3 year old brother and also a sister who is still a puppy.  Together the three dachshunds are a whirlwind of activity.  With older kids in the family there is never a shortage of laps to sit on, tummy rubs and cuddles for all.  (NSW)

Tudge and Lolly

Tudge and Lolly are a very bonded pair of dachshunds who have now landed on all eight paws in their new home.  Their new owners were initially taken by surprise and exasperated by their sassy, demanding and quirky natures but were happy to work with DRA to ensure Tudge and Lolly were given adequate time to settle in.   Fortunately for these two gorgeous dachshunds all their naughty indiscretions have been forgiven with love from their new owners as they continue to bring happiness, joy and laughter to the whole family.  (QLD)

Shiloh and Lincoln

6 year old bonded pair Shiloh and Lincoln were  relinquished when distressing events disrupted their owners’ lives. As they say there is always a silver lining and this came in the form of Steve and Ricki who were eager to welcome a dachshund or two, in need of a loving home.

Since their arrival, Shiloh and Lincoln’s  lives have been transformed. They no longer live outdoors and throughout the day have doting companionship, not to mention comfy beds and laps upon which to snuggle. Shiloh and Lincoln feel safe and loved while their quirky personalities are enjoyed every minute of the day.

Heartfelt thanks to Steve and Ricki for giving this delightful pair a bright future and such joyful times. (Vic)

Jekyll and Hyde

These two gorgeous girls, super affectionate, great with children and perfect in every way…. except out walking where is was like owning Jekyll and Hyde.  They would lunge and bark at other dogs, skate boards, pushchairs, bicycles and anything that moved turning their daily walk into a very stressful experience for their new owners.  They were sent off to an experienced trainer that we have used many times before and have returned the perfect pair in all ways!  Walks are now a pleasure and friends of theirs that have dachshunds can now all get together as well.  Huge thanks to their new parents for not giving up after day 1 but having the patience to work with us to make Coco and Hilde into valued family members.  Loving them was the easy part.  (QLD)


Raising awareness for DRA is so important. Knowing about what we do and that we are here ready to help, played a big factor in the rehoming of beautiful black and tan Charley.  She was surrendered to her local vet and we were subsequently contacted to see if we could find her a suitable home.  Thankfully, her owners were able to provide some information so that could ensure all her needs were met.  Charley is a beautiful natured and happy little girl who was welcomed and adored by her new owners from the day they met her.   Her new older brother, Rove has shown no jealousy and is delighted with her arrival.  Rove even allows Charley to share his favourite time of the week which is licking the saucepan clean after mum meal preps their dinner for the week.  Together they walk around in circles for ages ensuring everything is spotless.  (TAS)


Sixteen year old sweetheart “Darling Abbey” needed an exceptional home for her final years and we found just that.  You may remember Abbey’s dad had to go into a nursing home and Abbey who has one eye, is deaf and has arthritis but with the sweetest disposition, was having to look for a new home

A caring couple came forward offering Abbey companionship, love and a dear little senior boy to be her snuggle bunny.  Abbey is loving her life of comfort, daily walks and wholesome meals.  A very big thank you to Lucia and Simon from all members of the DRA community and from us to the dachshund community, thank you.  Abbey’s story touched your hearts and  so many of you came forward offering to open your homes to her.

Charlie and Winston

Charlie and Winston have settled in so well with our family. The boys have really made themselves at home, finding favourite spots in the sun and enjoying poking about the yard through the garden beds. They are such characters who both love a snuggle up at the end of the day and shadowing us from room to room.

They get so excited for their walks. We’ve done a bit of exploring at the beach and in the hills where they really loved all the new smells!!

We have had a great time getting to know these boys and they have brought so much affection and joy into our house, that we just couldn’t imagine being without them. (WA)


Ten year old Brie never dreamed life could be so satisfying. After leaving her long time home she was welcomed with love by a foster family and their resident dog. Brie appreciated her inclusion in all family activities especially an indoor lifestyle, trips to after school events and daily walks. This provided Brie with a sense of belonging, companionship, mental stimulation and exercise. What more could she want? You guessed it. A permanent place in this family’s home and hearts. And that’s exactly what Brie has earned. (QlD)


Henry is a delightful, affectionate lad but resource guarding of his space had escalated from growling to nipping. This necessitated a new home with a breed experienced owner, without young children, who could confidently rehabilitate this bossy young man.

Fortunately just the right home was uncovered and as an added bonus Henry has a playful, female dachshund as a companion. Henry is rarely left home alone and this, together with consistent training across the day, has transformed him into a trustworthy boy. (Sydney)


Hercules made himself at home only hours after being delivered to his new abode. “It’s as if he has always been with us”.

Hercules is living an active lifestyle and is managing to keep up with his owners ’10,000 steps’ each day. A large deck provides a sunny vantage point to view the surrounding bushland and when the novelty has waned, there is always a comfortable lap on which to snuggle. It is a quiet life filled with simple pleasures but one that Hercules enjoys immensely. (NSW)


Sadly twelve year old Roger needed to be rehomed due to his fur causing a severe allergic reaction to the new baby.  He has settled into his new home fairly quickly and is getting used to the new routines.   Roger loves his daily walks and is a very affectionate boy who loves to sit up on the couch next to his mum and dad.  His new owners are delighted to have a dachshund back in the home once again.  (QLD)

Kuddles and Harry

Kuddles and Harry were with their breeder when she became unwell and a number of her dachshunds needed to find homes.  These two went into foster care while we attended to all their veterinary work and it gave them time to see a bit of the outside world.  Months later they have come on in leaps and bounds and now reside on a large farm in the Southern Highlands.

When they first arrived, Beetle the resident dachshund and Maggie the wolfhound welcomed this pair to the farm and Maggie was great mates with Harry.  Sadly Maggie has recently passed away and is sorely missed. Kuddles and Harry have had many new experiences whilst settling into their new home.  Harry saw his dad jump in the dam and he was eager to find out what is was all about and jumped in to join him, taking his first swim. Trips in a car, lots of walking trails and now the dam for swimming as well as chill out time lying by the fire with Beetle.  With a loving family to call their own this pair of dachshunds’ life has turned around and now it’s absolute paradise for them (NSW)


10-month old Louis was recently rehomed through Dachshund Rescue Australia with Andrew Curran and Deb Curran.

His new parents were told to expect a small puppy and one that could probably squeeze through their existing fencing. It turns out that Louis was a big boy and that the fencing upgrade was not required (too late, fencing was done 😅)

Having previously rehomed three older dogs (Choky, Josie and Prez) , Andrew and Deb had to get used to having a high energy puppy again!

Louis is very affectionate, loves cuddling with big sister Molly and looks quite dapper in a bowtie. He is so happy with his new family and has settled in very well. ❤️

Louis frequently wants to wake up his big sister Molly by wrestling with her on the bed very early in the morning. He does an excellent job of that as well as waking up anyone else who might be sleeping on the bed at the same time‼️

He has now had a couple of things removed and he is not as hyper as he was in the beginning😳‼️😂 (WA)


Young Albert’s zest for living and desire to be boss dog became too much for the resident senior dogs. Albert needed more time with his human family and interesting daytime activities to quench his curiosity. His new ‘young at heart’ owners provide just that with regular trips between two properties, country walks and never-ending  games of Fetch. ‘Lord Albert Arthur George’ as he is affectionately known is a happy boy and he is “loved to bits”. (Qld)


Anxious Kramer never adapted to an inner city life after moving from the country. City bustle and urban noises were distressing for him. Reluctantly and with Kramer’s best interests at heart, a new home was sought. Rural life was just the ticket, with both humans about for most of the day and a gentle female dachshund for canine companionship. With his own resident vet nurse at hand and the support from an animal behaviourist, Kramer will most surely overcome anxiety so his new life can be enjoyed to the full. (Vic)


When Charlie’s elderly owner passed away, a friend took Charlie in and whilst Charlie adored her and wanted for nothing, he was heartbroken when she needed to leave the house.  Charlie wanted to be with her 24/7 in case she disappeared from his life and with work and study this just wasn’t practical.  She knew Charlie was lonely and needed company, so relucantly putting him first, she contacted DRA.
Charlie has now joined a family whose dachshund was rather lonely after the loss of her mate. She’s taken on a new lease of life with the young Charlie and Charlie has also had his needs met. One of the many things they do together is lie in the large green garden under a canopy of trees and while away those sunny hours dreaming of chasing rabbits. (NSW)

Gus and Frank

This much loved vocal pair of 8 year old brothers, had to be rehomed due to their busy owners with a young family working long hours and an upset neighbour who heard the upset dogs during the day!

Gus and Frank both needed more company and more time given to them than the family could do, so these boys are now with a wonderful retired couple who have had their lives enriched by bringing the brothers into their home.  The day the boys arrived their new neighbour, who is a dachshund lover, was waiting at the fence to welcome them into the neighbourhood. The family have a Corella called Corey and Corey has a great repertoire and tells the boys to get in the box when they’re too loud.  Talk about the pot calling the kettle black:) As for their original family they thought they would worrying about the boys’ welfare when they had to rehome them, but they are delighted to see the boys so happy and they in turn are very relieved to have such faith in their new parents. (NSW)


Sophie came off second best after a nasty fight with her dachshund sister. Before the girls could hurt each other even more, it was decided to permanently separate them even though it broke her owners heart to part with her. Sophie has landed on all four paws in a beautiful new home where she has a new brother, Stuart who has a happy and calm nature.   Stuart enjoys Sophie’s company and he took great delight in showing her how to walk up and down the dachshund friendly ramps and steps in the home.  Although she was a little insecure at first she has now settled in completely and is very relaxed especially when Stuart is nearby.   Sophie and Stuart enjoy their daily walks and sunning themselves in the garden.  Sophie has suffered from some skin allergies but with the help of her new vet and diet her skin as improved immensely.  Thank you to Sophie’s new owners who fell in love with their gorgeous little girl immediately.  (SA)


Presley’s Dad was between a rock and a hard place in wanting to keep the companionship of Presley, but knowing that leaving him alone for long hours during the day, was not being kind to Presley who was suffering loneliness. Presley has been “adopted” by Roxy the bulldog/staffie who is a gentle soul and who has recently taken their family’s kitten into her care.  Now Presley has also been taken under her wing and is enjoying life as being a special companion to their son as well as the family.  We’re hoping Presley is beginning to learn that kittens are not for chasing and when this kitten grows up it’s better that he’s on the right side of her.  (NSW)


Indy belonged to a young owner who unfortunately is having a lengthy stay in hospital and  no longer able to look after him. Indy is now in a home and is loving the fact that he shares the home with Cinnamon, a rescue dog that the family welcomed into their home last year.  Cinnamon hasn’t minded sharing his toys with Indy even though Indy has now chewed the ears off every toy!  Indy is  spoilt for company with teenagers as an added bonus and an extremely busy social life, with Christmas celebrations and a party to celebrate his second birthday.  Luckily Indy loves the car because he also goes on road trips to Port Macquarie to visit Grandma who appreciates his visits as he has a lovely personality and is a calm and well-mannered boy – just the type of boy Grandma appreciates  (NSW)


Sadly we don’t know why Coco and her brother were surrendered to the pound.  They were both adopted together but the family returned only Coco back to the pound after a few days.  Coco was then subsequently adopted as an only dachshund but she did not settle and was surrendered to DRA just before Xmas.  Luckily for Coco we managed to find her a wonderful foster home with people who had already adopted Buddy from DRA and are experienced dog owners.  It didn’t take long for Coco to win her foster carers and Buddy’s hearts with her sassy and mischievous personality and she has now been formally adopted.  Coco keeps her new owners amused and exasperated with her antics of climbing trees around the property and we are forever grateful for their tolerance and patience.  (NSW)

Pip and Leo

I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to adopt Pip and Leo. From day one they both settled into the household like they’d lived here all their lives. They are so affectionate and got along with my mini doxie straight away. They have taken ownership of one of the sofa’s which they spend their nights together on. They both love walking or coming for a ride on the buggy around the paddocks with me to feed the calves and horses.  Both of them love belly rubs A LOT!  Pip is a great little guard dog which seems to be rubbing off on the other 2 and I couldn’t be more happy with that either. With them both having a beautiful gentle nature it was hard for the whole household not to fall in love with them straight away. It’s safe to say they are DEFINITELY indoor dogs when we aren’t doing jobs around the property.  From Leo and Pip’s new owners.  (QLD)


Due to a change in family circumstances this much loved 4 year old was looking for a new family home.  Dax has landed on his paws and now finds himself living back inside the home and has a new dachshund sister to get into mischief with.  The family, particularly Mum! is besotted with this little man and although initially anxious at taking on a dachshund sight unseen, due to coronavirus lock downs, it has worked out extremely well and we’re once again so grateful to people who open their homes to our rescues. Meantime Dax is under a training regime to stop barking when he meets other dogs out walking and is also on a weight loss programme.  Dax, however, is taking it in his stride as these dogs know when they’re onto a good thing. (NSW)

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