Life with Jasmine, Juliet and Buttercup, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with THREE rescued miniature dachshunds


Jasmine is our new family member–a miniature dachshund that we adopted from a rescue agency.  Jasmine was a breeder dog for a puppy mill.  A kind Vet gathered some donations and went around to puppy mill auctions throughout the Midwest and bought as many dogs as she could.  She brought the dogs back to the Bay Area, where various rescue organizations fostered the dogs until they were ready for adoption.  Jasmine joined our family on Sunday, July 15, 2007.  This blog chronicles our life with Jasmine, the Jazzy dachshund.

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6 responses to “About

  1. Lauri and Greg says:

    Hi, my name is Lauri and my husband Greg and I are the proud owners of two of Jasmine’s pups. You may know them as “Medium and Small”, or “Joey and Stevie”.
    Our dig sitter Laurie who is involved with fostering dogs and is well known in the dog rescue community, ffound the pups for us and foolishly, we looked at the pictures of their sweet faces.
    On Saturday, August 11th, we went to Lindy’s house to look at the puppies with our 5 year old Dachshund, Bella and our dog sitter, Laurie. We fell in love with both but decided that Small, or Stevie would be the best fit for our family.
    On that day, Laurie our dog sitter was given Medium/Joey to take home to foster. Both Lindy and Laurie thought it was a great idea for the pups to be together until Medium found his own Mom and Dad.
    The first day, we fell in love with our pup Stevie, now named Bueller. Bueller had the best of both worlds. A loving Mom and Dad, a new big sister and during the day he would play at our dog sitters house with his brother Medium/Joey.
    Last Friday, we found out some bad news. After taking Bueller into the vet for his shots and micro chipping, our veterinarian thought that Bueller “looked a little funny” and a little different from his brother. So she thought an x-ray might tell us more. The x-ray came back showing some problems. From the x-ray the vet thought that Bueller might have some congenital problems, a hernia, a crooked trachea and worst of all, an enlarged heart. My husband and I were devastated. We cried and realized right then and there how much we already loved Bueller. We didn’t understand how a pup so full of live and doxie zest could actually be sick.
    Of course, it was most likely being a puppy mill puppy. His brother is perfectly healthy, Bueller was dealt a bad hand.
    The vet advised that we return Bueller since he was not a healthy pup. We had a weekend of soul searching, and weighed all the pros and cons. We decided we had to keep him and love him as long as he has on this earth. We also decided that his best chance in life was to live with his brother, so we happily adopted Medium/Joey. Now Joey, Bueller, Bella and ourselves are all one big happy family. Although, Bella may disagree. She is warming up the changes slowly.
    Our veterinarian supports our decision and has referred us to a specialist so we can give Bueller the best chance possible.
    Tomorrow is our appointment and needless to say we are a bit nervous to find out what can be done if anything to help Bueller be the healthiest dog he can be.
    I just wanted to write and let you know the adventures of Jasmine’s pups. They are loved and will be well taken care of. My husband and I see many resemblances in the pups to your Jasmine. Jasmine looks like she has found such a loving home and I am sure your are getting the love back tenfold from her. She is a beautiful dog. I can see why you fell in love.
    I am not sure how to attach pics in the comment, but I would be happy to send some pics of the puos if you are interested.
    Kindest regards,
    Lauri Houde

  2. Debbie Rondinellli says:

    What a great thing you did to adopt Jasmine. You and your husband are such good people! I’ve always had dachshunds too. Right now I have Violet and Lilly.

    I’m so glad to have found your blog. I wish you well and will be here cheering the three of you on. Feel free to email me any time you want to doxie chat.

    Take care!
    Debbie Rondinelli

  3. abaler says:

    Congrats on your new family member! We’re huge Dachshund fans and are so glad to see these delightful dogs find new homes!

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  4. M.A says:

    I came across your website looking for information on Dachshunds. We are happily owned (yes he owns us hehe) by a 6 month old red piebald miniature doxie. He was 12 weeks old when we took him home and he’s brought us nothing but joy. I love coming home at the end of the day and seeing his tail is wagging a thousand times a second at the sight of me. I can relate to your frustrations with potty training, and the vet bills (!) and also to the love you have for her. I just love reading all about your little Jazzy.Keep the blogs coming! Jazzy has a lot of fans!

  5. zagnutmom says:


    Peni and I were the ones who left a concerned comment about Jasmine during her canine incontentience ordeal. I’m so glad she is doing better.

    You have inspired us… we are proud parents of Miss Peni Penn Penny (our 2 year old long haired mini dachshund) and spoil her rotten. Today we encountered a rescue doxie at the spca here in VA Beach. She is 8 years old, has serious dental problems and a mass that needs to be removed. She was also abused and is afraid of everything. Poor baby was set to be killed at the local animal shelter when the spca found her and took her in. We are going tomorrow to see if Peni takes to her and, if so… she will be our new fur baby to spoil and nuture. I hope and pray that we can make the same kind of progress with her (the pound named her Cinnamon but we will come up with a name to suit the dear one) that you have made with Jasmine.

    Just wanted to let you know that after reading all about Jasmine over the last year we feel better prepared to take in a rescue dachshund. Wish us luck!

    • mwdonnelly says:

      Wow! I’m so glad that what I’ve written has made a difference in some way. I started this blog to both chronicle our journey with Jasmine as well as to give others who were taking this path a realistic view on what it really takes–something I really couldn’t find when I was researching adoption of a rescued dog. I’m happy that I was able to provide you with the information that you needed to take the next step, and I’m so excited for you and Peni! Please let us know if you do get the dog!!!

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