Hi Deb. Thanks for the reminder and info. I'll call our vet and set her up with an appointment. We have to bring Mindy too for a checkup. That's what her foster family suggested. However, regarding Libby, I believe we have a spoiled little girl on our hands. She loves to be free and run around and play and loves to be held but HATES to be in her pen. She has found her voice. She cries and whimpers whenever she is in her pen. She doesn't even like to be put in her pen at night to sleep. Last night, we hooked up a small radio next to the pen to help her fall asleep. Yesterday, which was our first full day with her, I held her a lot. I can't help it. I want to make her feel comfortable and safe with us...plus she's not gonna be a puppy forever. She's gonna grow some just don't know how much. Don't get me wrong...she is so funny, and we are really enjoying her. Gretchen and Mindy are still as scared as ever...too funny. I hope they'll get used to her with time. She carries soft stuffed toys around with her that are almost as big as she is. She's very strong and very smart too. I can't wait for my family to meet her and Mindy. I will keep you posted on her...she is such a delight.
December 18, 2009
Update sent April 03, 2005
Hi Deb! How are you? You must be busy with the new
little ones! They are
so adorable. How many puppies are there this time? Are
they all about the
same color as these two? I'm sure they're doing really
My in-laws just last week had to put their Golden
Retriever down. He was 10
years old. He had gained 14 lbs. in two weeks and was
standing up. They took him to the vet and were told
that he had congestive
heart failure, and they also found a cancerous tumor.
We asked them if they
might be interested in a smaller dog that would not be
as hard to take care
of, such as one of your Dachshunds, but they're just not
sure what they want
to do. My mother-in-law has Parkinson's, and a smaller
dog would be easier
for them, but I think she really likes Golden
Our little Gretchen is doing great. She is so adorable
and so much fun.
She has grown so much. She goes to the vet tomorrow,
and she will be
weighed then. She has started chewing on a wooden plant
stand and our
wooden telephone stand. We try to give her rawhides,
which works for a
little while, but then somehow she gets back over to the
doing a little better with the "potty training" but not
great. She loves to
be outside and chase the leaves. We have to watch her
carefully because she
likes to chew on the leaves and also little twigs. She
loves to play, but
she especially likes to cuddle. She loves to curl up on
our laps and go to
sleep. We sometimes wrap her in a nice fleecey blanket;
she loves that. I
have sat with her asleep on my lap for two hours at a
time. Gretchen and
Tigger really love to play, but sometimes they get a
little rough and we
have to break it up. Gretchen is non-stop and always
jumps all over Tigger.
She doesn't understand that sometimes he just wants to
take it easy.
They're a lot of fun.
Well, good luck finding homes for these adorable
puppies. I'm sure you
won't have any problem. Keep us informed of future
litters and send
pictures. I love to look at them.
Take care and keep in touch!
Update sent February 2005
March 7, 2005 Hi Deb! How are you? We are having a blast
with Gretchen. She is so much fun. She is a typical
puppy getting into all kinds of things. Marissa's
birthday is today; she turns 2. We had her birthday
party on Saturday and had both families over, as well as
a few friends. Everyone just adored Gretchen, especially
my nephews. They kept passing her around taking turns
holding her, and she took naps on many different laps.
Needless to say, she really enjoyed all the "extra"
attention. Tigger and Gretchen kind of get along in a
funny sort of way. I think she drives him crazy jumping
on him and such. We have to watch them because at times
she may yelp or he may growl and hiss at her. Other
times they'll both be sitting by the heater vent
cuddling with each other. John thinks that Tigger acts
like he is a parent to Gretchen. Lots and lots of fun!
Gretchen went to the vet on 02/15/05 for shots, etc.
and checked out fine. At that time, she weighed 4 lbs. 3
oz. After that, we stopped by Pet Smart to look at new
scratching posts for Tigger. We brought Gretchen in the
store, and she was the center of attention.
Congratulations on the new litter of puppies. You are
going to be very busy. I hope they're all healthy and do
really well. How many puppies are there? Males, Females?
Colors? Do they all have homes already? I know you said
there was a waiting list for the next litter.
Well, I better go and give Marissa a bath. She's
watching TV now, as I had more typing to do.
Nice to hear from you; I was thinking I should be
writing you soon. I look forward to hearing from you
Take care! -Cheryl
Update sent February 2005
Hi Deb! How are your? Yes, we have settled on the name
of Gretchen. Hohn wanted a German name, since Dachshunds
are German, and he thought of the name Greta. That name
just seemed too strong of a name for her so we changed
it to Gretchen (we thought it was softer-sounding name).
She answers to it most of the time.
I will mention to John the booster shots. When John
took Tigger to the vet for his annual checkup, etc. a
couple of weeks ago, he mentioned to Dr. Newman about
the new puppy we were getting and told him that we would
be scheduling an appointment for her. Thank you, we
appreciate the reminder.
Things are going pretty well. She is a busy little
bugger. John says she is getting more comfortable with
us and her new home and that she tends to be getting
into more things; she's expanding her horizons so to
speak. Tigger is getting a little more comfortable with
her, but he doesn't like it when she jumps around and
yips at him. He just goes to another part of the house
for peace and quiet. Marissa really enjoys her. When we
bring Marissa down to the family room, Gretchen likes to
jump on her, and Marissa just giggle and giggles.
Marissa has little ducky slippers, and Gretchen likes to
pull on them. Lotsa fun!
We'll keep in touch and let you know how she makes out
at the vet.
Take care! _Cheryl
Update sent January 31, 2006
Cheryl T. Harrington wrote:
Hi Deb! How are you?
The puppy is an absolute joy, just as you said. She is
adorable. She seems
to be getting used to her new home very quickly. My
mother and one of my
sisters stopped by on Saturday and thought she was
really cute. She fell
asleep in my sister's arms for about 45 minutes or so.
Whenever we have Marissa down in the family room, the
puppy likes to jump on
her, and Marissa just giggles and giggles. We really
carefully though because we don't want her to fall on he
puppy. I can't
wait for the rest of my family to see her.
Poor Tigger doesn't know what to think. He is trying
very hard to get used
to her, but she always jumps around and squeals to try
to get him to play,
but he just kind of backs up, meows, and runs away. He
was used to Jenny
who really wasn't able to get around for the last year
and a half to two
years of her life. I told John we need to pay lots of
attention to Tigger,
as always, so he will hopefully feel more comfortable.
I don't want him to
think we don't want him anymore. We're just going to
let Tigger take his
time getting used to her.
The puppy sleeps pretty good at night and also seems to
sleep a lot during
the day. John was saying maybe her schedule is a little
off after the
flight and everything. I imagine that's all quite
tiring for a puppy or any
animal. She does like to play, but she really likes to
She's not doing too bad on the potty training. She
sometimes uses the potty
pad, but usually goes someplace else. We kind of have
to keep an eye on her
and try to catch her beforehand. John thought he might
start bringing her
outside to potty train, but we think it might be too
cold right now.
We have been tossing around different names. We
originally thought Sadie
but then kind of changed our minds. John thought it
might be nice to give
her a German name since that's her nationality. He
thought of the name
Greta. My mother and sisters thought that was cute and
also thought of
Heidi. We think Greta might be too strong of a name for
such a cute little
girl. John likes the name Heidi but not as much. Last
night, we thought
maybe Gretchen. It's a German form of Margaret (and Meg
was the name you
had given her for the listing). We think that's a
cuter-sounding name, and
we even think she looks like a Gretchen. What do you
Well, I better get going and feed Marissa. I finished
my typing for now,
but I know the other doctor will be dictating in a
Keep in touch!