Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Badger Dog

on January 24, 2008

Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt and flush out badgers from their burrows. Thus, Dachshunds are often comfortable in situations where they can burrow–under the covers, in most households these days.

Jasmine has a favorite burrowing spot–behind my back. When I’m sitting on the floor with my back against a table, chair, wall or cabinet, Jasmine crawls in the space between the surface and the small of my back. Her head sticks out so she can accept some pets, and her butt sticks out because, well, she’s longer than I am wide.  Thank goodness.  🙂

Jasmine just discovered a new place to burrow…under our bed! This morning, after being taken outside by my husband in the wee early hours of the morning, she ran back into the bedroom with a “play with me” attitude. I was still in bed, and I decided to ignore her. After some whining, running around, ear flapping and all around rowdiness, things seemed to calm down. Then, I heard some scratching on the carpet and some strange noises. I let it go for awhile, and when things became calm and quiet I got up to investigate. Jasmine was nowhere to be found. I heard another noise, and I looked under the bed. There she was! I called to her and she crawled out. She was happy to see me (Mom finally got up!) but in a minute or two, she went back under.

I’m glad that she’s getting more confident and is exploring mre. I’m also glad that her natural instincts are kicking in…badger dog indeed!  We recently changed her morning routine–my husband is now taking charge of her morning care and feeding to help him bond with her–and I have already noticed a change in her disposition.  I think the more we can socialize her and have her accept people other than me, the happier she will be in the long run.

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