About ten months ago we had to put our sweet dachshund down at ten years old. It was one of the most excruciating things I've experienced, especially since he didn't just die on his own. We had to choose to put him down because his quality of life wasn't good anymore. Making the decision to put down an innocent, precious animal who had done nothing wrong was heart-wrenching and watching it happen was even worse.
I moved out from home a few months ago and ever since then, my mom has been a little lonelier and started slowly warming up to the idea of a new dog, once the pain of losing Bentley had lessened. I took her into the pet store a couple times recently just for fun, not expecting her to be swayed to the point of actually giving in and she wasn't. But little by little, her heart softened and she felt it would be nice to have a companion again. We've always been huge dachshund lovers and my mom grew up with them all through her childhood. Once you have one breed, you tend to stick to it.
We went into the pet store the other day, swearing we wouldn't ever purchase from a pet store, since it's hard to know if they're really full-blooded and you can never be sure of medical history, etc. They didn't have any dachshunds but the woman we talked to said they were getting some in the next day. Sooo... even though we said we wouldn't get a dog at the pet store, we went back the next day "just to play" and sure enough, they had a few dachshunds, one of which stood out immediately. She was a miniature longhaired, what I've always wanted. Honestly, I'm pretty picky when it comes to dogs but when we asked to get her out and she fell asleep in both our arms, I was in love. But I knew we couldn't get her. Dogs are a lot of work and a lot of money. I told mom we should probably head home and she said, "I have to get this dog." I thought she was joking and I laughed saying, "No mom, we can't get this dog." Well, a couple hours later we had her in our arms and were driving home with our new dachshund.
We've only had her two days but she has the sweetest personality of ANY dog I've ever met. She loves nothing more than falling asleep in your arms, she has caught onto potty training really quickly, and her personality is full of spunk. I adore her.
It took us a whole two days to decide on a name but I think we have officially chosen Daphne Rose Sledge. :) Follow along on Instagram and I'm sure you'll see a lot more of her.