Donating To Dachshund Rescues: My Experiences and Insights

October 8, 2012


I have donated to a number of Dachshund organizations over the past few years and now feel qualified to write this article. A strong belief I have is that you deserve to be thanked if you make a donation. The thank you can be a very simple one by e mail or a written thank you via the United States Post Office.

I realize there are those that wish to donate anonymously and that is fine. Others may not care if they are thanked but to me it is important. For example, if I donate $20 to a Dachshund organization I want them to show a bit of gratitude by saying thank you; I don’t think that is too much to ask.

Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas thanked me in writing both times I donated to them. Some of this perhaps had to do with tax type stuff but they nevertheless thanked me. It was a joy to get their correspondence of kind words with an image of a Dachshund. Way to go Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas! By the way, many Dachshund websites are Paypal enabled so making a donation is easy.

Foxy Doxy Dachshund Rescue from California sent me a thank you note in response to several of the times I donated to them. All Texas Dachshund Rescue sent me a thank you note both times I donated to them. Way to go Foxy Doxy Dachshund Rescue and All Texas Dachshund Rescue! I live in Oregon by the way in case anyone is curious.

Regrettably, I long ago deleted thank you e-mails I received per donations so cannot reference those organizations here. It never occurred to me back then that I would someday be writing this article—hindsight is 20/20 as they say.


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Some doxie organizations have not thanked me at all so I won’t be donating to them anymore. One of my biggest donations to a Dachshund organization did not elicit any kind of gratitude whatsoever.

I recently saw one doxie website asking people to donate their old cars and in return you could claim the donation as a deduction on your taxes. In return the organization would then try to sell the car or salvage parts from it and then use the funds for their doxie needs. It just so happens that I have an old clunker I was considering donating to them. I am certain they would be able to squeeze $900-1500 dollars out of it. I e-mailed them inquiring about this and incredibly, and to my amazement, they offered no response whatsoever. Needless to say I won’t be contacting them again–they missed out on a substantial donation.

I will only give a repeat donation to doxie organizations which have showed some gratitude and I suggest others do the same. I realize it is all about helping the Dachshunds but there are MANY doxie organizations needing help and I’d rather deal with those that show some gratitude as opposed to those that do not.

Please buy your Dachshund gifts and items through the gifts page on this site. All proceeds I receive go to Dachshund charities. I will donate the proceeds towards the end of the year and will split the proceeds between 1-3 doxie organizations. I don’t yet know who the recipients will be but it may be one or more of the ones referenced above. Do you know a Dachshund organization that would express gratitude if donated to? If so please let me know.

Thanks much!



I receive a 10% commission from every sale made through this site and this is what is donated. Visitors to this site who make a purchase is what makes this possible and to those people I say—-Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!



The 2016 recipient of all proceeds from this site was:

Dusty Puddles Dachshund Rescue

The following article describes some of the great work they are doing:

Dusty Puddles Dachshund Rescue gives short-legged feisty canines new lives

$175.00 was donated on December 28, 2016 via the PayPal Giving Fund.





The 2015 recipient of all proceeds from this site was:

DREAM Dachshund Rescue – Atlanta, North Georgia and Savannah area Dachshund Rescue

$168.00 was donated on 12/29/15 via paypal.

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Dream Dachshund Rescue gave me a very nice thank you on Twitter saying:


“Very honored! That will pay for two dogs to get all their shots and tests and spay/neuter. Grateful.”




The 2014 recipient of all known proceeds from this site was Southern California Dachshund Relief Inc.


Please read about the awesome work done by this Dachshund organization in the following article:

For 16 years, La Habra woman sniffs out homes for rescued hounds

Orange County Register
Louis Casiano Jr.
July 30, 2014


PAID ON 12/31/14

*The down side is I did not keep a detailed account of how much my site earned for 2014 but I know I had a lousy year. So, I donated a flat amount of $100.00.

Here is the automated thank you I received:




The 2013 recipient of all proceeds from this site was Huskers Hope Dachshund Rescue from Nebraska.


Please see the following article regarding the awesome work performed by this Dachshund rescue:

Chapman comes to the rescue

Seward County Independent
Stephanie Hyland
September 4, 2013


$197.00 was donated on 12/30/13.
(they personally and warmly thanked me!)



A few thank you notes from the past:


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2012 recipient of 100% of all proceeds from this site was Foxy Doxy Dachshund Rescue. $305.00 was donated on 12/29/2012.





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Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas

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Pet Insurance for Dachshunds

February 8, 2008


I’m sure many Dachshund owners have wondered if they should get pet insurance. I’ve recently completed a lot of homework and research on this issue. It is impossible to say, in my opinion, that pet insurance is a good idea for everyone. Circumstances can vary greatly from one pet owner to the next.

You could go many years without there being anything significantly wrong with your Doxie. The pet insurance payments over those years could add up to be quite a lot of money out of your pocket. By the same token, if and when you do have to have an expensive procedure, the pet insurance sure would come in handy. Who wants to put $3000.00 (or more) on a credit card for doxie back surgery when your pet insurance could pay most all of the expense?

Some who may not have much money or insurance might consider putting their doxie “to sleep” rather than paying for back surgery or some other serious illness/injury.  This is a terrible thing for me to think of but I’m sure it happens. Of course pet insurance doesn’t just help for the expensive stuff; it also comes in very handy for all the more routine things.

I use to have pet insurance for my Dachshund, Charlie, but currently do not. I wish I did! I do not exactly recall why I ever cancelled my pet insurance as it was years ago. I believe however that it had to do with me going through a very difficult money situation.  When I had it, it did make me feel more secure and helped quite a bit.

Charlie is 12.5 years old now so if any insurance company agreed to cover him, I’m sure the premiums would be very expensive and his coverage options quite limited.  Many pet insurance companies would not accept him based on his age.  Fortunately,  Charlie’s health has always been quite good Thank God! 

No one can argue, in my opinion, that having pet insurance is a bad thing. Over the course of a month, the expense for it would likely be pennies per day out of your pocket. You would probably spend as much if not more in one month buying your family lunch or dinner at a modestly priced restaurant. Attending one professional sports game would cost far more than one month of pet insurance for your Dachshund.

If you want pet insurance, it is better to sign up while your Hotdog is young; premiums are cheaper for young wieners. You then can get locked in at a good price for the life of your Dachshund. Furthermore, if you sign up while your friend is healthy, there is a reduced chance you can be denied coverage for a “preexisting condition.” Once you doxie gets older the premiums go up and if your friend has a pre-existing condition, you likely will be denied coverage for any complications related to that condition. Most any new condition would be covered.

The most impressive pet insurance company I found, with my focus being overwhelmingly on Dachshunds, is called Embrace Pet Insurance. They are based in the North of Ohio.  They were quickly responsive to my inquiries and very pleasant to interact with.  I had a good “vibe” or feeling from my contacts with them.

Their policies are customizable meaning you choose what maximums, deductibles, options, etc. that you want. You then get quotes and can adjust or choose accordingly. This is all easily done through their website. You need to sign  up purebred dogs between the ages of 8 weeks at a minimum and 6 years at a maximum; this would apply for most of us Dachshund folks.  If not a purebred dog the age window is 8 weeks to 8 years. If you sign up prior to the 6th year of age of your purebred Dachshund, you are covered and can never, as your doxie ages, be ejected from Embrace’s program.

So you probably want to know if Embrace will help if your Doxie comes down with a dreaded back problem? The answer is YES! If your Dachshund has had no back problems or symptoms prior to you getting pet insurance with Embrace you are safe. For example, if you have had your pet insurance for awhile and then your Dachshund develops back problems for the first time, Embrace will take care of you. You are also then covered should the condition become chronic. Many other insurance companies will not cover back problems in Dachshunds since the breed is predisposed to this kind of problem. Embrace does not preclude hereditary and genetically predisposed conditions like many other pet insurance companies do.

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Embrace, like all pet insurance companies,  has what is called a waiting period.  A waiting period is a window of time from when you sign up for insurance to when it actually kicks in. This deters people taking out insurance just to make a claim;  this makes it more fair for everybody that has the insurance. At Embrace, the waiting period is 14 days for both accidents and illnesses and 6 months for cruciate ligament injuries. So let’s say you sign up today and your doxie has a problem in a week–you are not covered because this falls into the 14 day waiting period. Let’s say your doxie has a problem 3 weeks after you sign up—-you then are covered and forever after. There is no waiting period when your policy renews; it only applies when you are a new enrollee.

The ideas and plans for Embrace began to take root in 2003 or thereabouts and the company officially launched in 10/06. The youth of the company worried me a bit. I thought to myself…if they are new maybe they are not yet strong or solid or maybe they won’t last very long.  My research however eliminated any fears I had.  Here are some things I found out by talking to one of the higher ups at Embrace.  They are insured by Lloyd’s of London. Embrace is growing and doing very well. While many other companies in the vicinity of Embrace are laying off per the bad economy, they in fact have been hiring. I also came across favorable comments from customers. Good customer satisfaction, to me, is an indicator an organization will continue to thrive.

So in conclusion, it is a personal decision if you chose to obtain pet insurance; no one knows your situation better than you do. If you decide you do wish to have pet insurance, I suggest you sign up sooner rather than later. If Charlie were younger and my money situation better, Embrace would be my first choice for pet insurance.  As it is, he is way over their age limitation so would not be accepted anyway.

My goal is to do my utmost to have Charlie around until he is at least 20 years old.  I was worried sick the few times he tweaked his back. His only problem at the moment is dry eye syndrome.   

I hope this article has been helpful and I wish all of you the best with your Dachshund/s or with whatever other pet you may have!

Sincerely, Link


nose-to-tail pet insurance coverage with Embrace