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February 6, 2010

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 well.
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 having trouble 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 Retrievers.
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 tables. She's 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!
-Cheryl


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 again.
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 watch Marissa 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 be held.
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 think?
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 little while.
Keep in touch!
-Cheryl


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