Wednesday, April 3, 2013

All About Bette: Fasten Your Seatbelts, It's Going To Be A Bumpy Night

Kisses!

Please welcome your newest hostess to 'The Long and Short of it All.'  Her name is 'Bette,' as in Davis.  No, not Middler!  It's been nearly two months now since Joey has passed, and Rowdy was so incredibly bored that we started to look for a buddy for him.  It's a terrifying task to adopt another long dog after one has passed, with so many guilt factors closing in around you, from "it's never, ever, enough time so that I pay respect to the wonderful dog which has passed," to "how do I make the right decision to adopt a new friend?"  You think about these things through the course of your daily life:  "after THIS dog, the NEXT one is going to be this way.  We are going to do things like THIS, and boy will everything be great." 
It's been my dream for some time to be able to be owned by a Standard Dachshund.  A Big Giant Black and Tan Dachshund - almost a rarity in today's age of the popular mini's.  Shortly after Joey passed, a beautiful big Red Smooth was available through our local Dachshund Rescue, Rowdy's alum, MidWest Dachshund Rescue.  But it was just two weeks after the loss of Joey, and was just too soon.  And in just two days, the big handsome guy was adopted - GONE just like that.
Maybe once a year or so will we ever see a Standard Dachshund come up for adoption in rescue.  A good friend started to put out feelers among her reputable breeder friends - is there an adult Standard Dachshund out there who maybe has been showing, but has gone sterile, or who has finished showing and is looking for a permanent place to call home?
Enter Bette.  She and her littemates were bred for show, but as the 9th and last puppy available in a November litter, she needed a non-show home because of an underbite.  We took one look at that underbite which causes her bottom lip to stick out and thought - just makes you want to kiss that little lip!  So, while we weren't looking for a puppy really, we couldn't pass up this opportunity to give this girl a home.
Her breeder is fantastic - if all dogs came from breeders like this, there would be no dogs in Rescue.  A contract was signed that stated if we came to a point in our lives that we could not care for the dog, the dog is to be given back to the breeder where she will always have a home.  Other points in the contract included a spay clause, and that "this dog must never be tied up outside," but is to be kept as a dog in the home.  While we are still struggling with not getting a dog through Rescue, we are also proud to support the fine Dachshund breeders out there who are doing it for the love of the Dachshund breed, and not just for money. 


And we're in love with little Bette - she is so snuggly, and so sweet.  She is just beautiful.  At 4 months old, she weighs a whopping 12 pounds.  She should be somewhere between 25 and 28 pounds when fully grown.  She and Rowdy get along famously - they bonded immediately, and after sleeping together, they run and run and run and run and run. Bette gives Rowdy a run for his money when they play together - she doesn't take any crap - and it won't be too long before his little sister will be his big sister.  Rowdy is so happy!
From somewhere up above, we know that Joey and Maggie are smiling down on us and our new adventures. 



Oh yeah, turn up the volume.

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

She is lovely! A big, female version of MEEEEEE!

What could be better than that?

--Monty

Anonymous said...

oh - congratulations!! She is absolutely beautiful!! Glad to see the post! No better way to honor both Maggie and Joey by showering Bette and Rowdy with love!

impromptublogger said...

Welcome beautiful sweet girl! Our last doxie was a black and tan standard. Not long-haired but otherwise the same. As my old vet would say he was "built like a tank". I hope Bette has a wonderful life and enjoys hanging out with Mr. Rowdy. And you will never forget Joey or Maggie and will always be honoring them.

meredith said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations. I love the standards too, they are the reason I fell in love with the breed, but you are right, they are few and far between. Glad Bette found her way to you and Rowdy.

Theanne said...

I didn't know about Joey so I'm sending you some Dachshund LOVE from myself and Baron!

Bette is beautiful...a sweet companion for Rowdy...perfect to follow in the footsteps of Maggie and Joey!

Baron and I are so happy you're on The Long and Short of it All team Bette!!

valerie owen said...

Wow, congrats are in order, Bette is sweet. You are right about that bottom lip, very kissable. Named after one of my favorite actresses, being a huge classic film fan. Dachshunds and classic film, there's my perfect afternoon in a nutshell. Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

Linda Moss said...

Bette is just gorgeous, I love that little lower lip!
So happy that you found her! Wishing you all many happy, funfilled, healthy years together!

Linda and Frankie

Scary Miss Mary said...

I am so happy that you are not ending the blog! Welcome Bette! And hello Rowdy! We love you both!

Anonymous said...

So glad to see you back, and what a princess Bette is. Lucky dog!

Mimi & Patty and their humans.

Anonymous said...

Oh she's so beautiful! And so lucky to have found a loving forever home with you all. Keep up the good work, we love your site! Xxx

Moira said...

I am so happy for you. And freaking out at Bette's beauty. Take lots of photos and then take some more. And then take more.

Anonymous said...

She is soooo pretty!! Love her! I had clicked on your link because i was going to delete from my favorites....since there were not going to be more updates, and am so glad I did!! That's really wonderful and sounds like the breeder you got her from is truly a gem! I went through the same thing recently, as my old girl passed and while I wanted another, I was also somewhat hesitant. I decided to adopt a rescue girl, isabella dapple who I have named Tallulah Blue. She is a nut, and is actually a great addition. Glad things are going well, and that a new chapter begins for all of you. Melanie

Sarah said...

Congrats, she is gorgeous! So glad that Rowdy has a new friend! Look forward to hearing about all the mischief they get up to together, and getting tips on how to stay out of trouble.

Love Milo, the Yellow Doxador

Anonymous said...

Rowdy, Bette & Carson,

Cinnamon's humans from PA here. Hey! It's not professional for me to cry at work, but the arrival of your beautiful Bette, and a new post from TLASOIA, brought me to tears. Bless you, Carson and Rowdy, for deciding to share your home & life with 100% perfect, and adorable, Bette. Regardless of the potential size difference, that Rowdy and Bette have hit it off so famously will have them loving, and looking out for each other, forever.

I also know, from a red smooth mini Dachshund source who shall remain nameless (!) that Maggie & Joey feel they shared their earthbound years with the greatest Dad in the world, and in a home they will remember, and love, forever.

Peace & Love,
Cinnamon's Humans and the PA
Piebalds: Maggie, Max & Melly


Anonymous said...

Loved seeing this! Congratulations! We are so happy for you guys.

With lots of love from a LONG time reader. :)

Penelope said...

Welcome Bette!

Anonymous said...

Yay! I'm so glad to see that you're not ending the blog, and welcome to Bette!

brownbits said...

So happy for you all! She's a doll!

PAdoxiegirl said...

Yay Bette! She is gorgeous! We can't wait to hear about her adventures!

Sue Fell said...
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Sue Fell said...

Congratulations - Bette is gorgeous, her lip gives her a unique charm! Rowdy will have a pal to tire him out playing now! I'm sure Maggie and Joey will be watching the fun from above.

Sue, Pepsi and Max

Coloradolady said...

What a beauty!! I have thought of you and Joey over the past months. I always send good thoughts your way. Congrat on your new girl!! I know you will have a wonderful time. I am sure Rowdy is happy for a playmate!! Still keeping you in my thoughts....and missing Joey as well! Hugs!

Lizzy said...

I know you don't know me, but I'm so very happy for you and really love it that you shared your happy news with us. Please keep posting about your wonderful pups. She is totally adorable.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Carson! ;) I don't think I could have kept the happy news secret for much longer. Ike is looking forward to meeting his half-great niece soon. LOVE the pics - and hope there are more on the way!

Melanie and the boys

Anonymous said...

Cuteness! Have many happy adventures...and please let us know about them!

Miss Dixie

davhseeguy said...

Oh Carson so very happy for you and Rowdy and especially Bette who could not have gone to a better home. I know just.how very much you love Joey and Maggie and rest assured that they are smiling their blessings down on you Rowdy
and Bette. So looking forward to our next meetup. It is an emotional conflict between rescue and reputable breeding and I know it well . I am friends with an out of state reputable breeder that only sends her pups to reputable loving homes but also in addition takes in local dachsies in need of rescue in her relativelyremote western area and adopts them out. Of course I am the.staunchest supporter of MWDR and rescue.Congratulations to Carson and his.loving.dachsie family here and in Heaven.
John and Ozzie

Cassie said...

So happy for you! We have one long haired tweenie and two standard smooths and couldn't be happier. We, too, went to a phenomenal breeder for our standards.... it's so nice that really good breeders DO exist!! (and it's practically the only way to get a standard doxie) I hope your new baby brings you as much joy as Joey did and as much as our standard babies bring to us! CONGRATS!!!

Anonymous said...

Yay! Welcome Bette!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I cried over your loss of Joey - I lost my wonderful doxie (Beaner) two years ago at the age of 16 and I've never known such grief. I was encouraged to look into doxie rescue about 2 months after Beaner passed - I thought it might be too soon, but I found another doxie (Monty) and I know Beaner approves.
~Pam & Monty in Wisconsin

dachsiema said...

I am delighted beyond words about Bette. I have had longhairs for many years, all minis. And this year I got my first Standard. Oh what a world of delightful differences! Rowdy had to be lonely with the loss of Joey. This new girl will given him a run for his money and there will be lots of laughs. Keep your camera handy.

Amber DaWeenie said...

A BIG Blogville Welcome to you, Bette! So nice to meet you. Can't wait to hear some of your stories!

:)

Ruby and Penny said...

Bette is gorg. Love her pout. Congrats.

Love Ruby & Penny

Anonymous said...

SO glad that you decided to add to your family. SO glad that you are back. We really missed you! Thank you for coming back!! This is our favorite blog!
-S
and Melonie, Bridgette, Simon, Jerome, Sally and Hector the wonder dog

Anonymous said...

I love that face!!! Our CHili who passed last August was a standard doxie and he lived almost 17 years.

So glad to see another doxie is going to be a part of your life and through that, a part of OUR lives by your wonderful blog....

(doxiedance) (happy dance) (kinda like the one Snoopy used to always do)

Liz K/Teddy/Honey

Lindsie said...

So happy for you!

Jablana said...

Welcome welcome weeeelcoooooooooooomeeeeeeeeeee Bette:)

you guys are just sooooo sweeet!

Kisses and hugs from sLOVEnia

Princess Lea************

Califia said...

She is lovely! Enzo is a standard and he's massive. The vet said he shouldn't weigh as much and he should lose weight. He's not even fat or chubby, I think she's just never seen a dachshund so big before. To be honest, neither had I! :)

A friend and I were discussing getting a new pet shortly after the death of another pet. He said something very sage, 'It's not about replacing the pet you lost. That's impossible. It's about admitting that the love of your pet and that kind of relationship is important and that you want it in your life.' I think he's spot-on with that.

Love from Manchester,
Califia & Enzo

Anonymous said...

She's beeeyuuteefulll!!
Congrats on your new little girl.
<3 Bailey & her momma

sundox said...

Welcome Bette she is adorable! She will bring you lots of smiles.
Best Wishes,
Kristi and crew!

Trinket's mom said...

Carson,

Bette is just beautiful! I am so glad that she joined your family.

Love,
Trinket and her mom

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Bette for being adopted into a true doxie-lover home. My Gretel thinks she is looking into a magnifying mirror - underbite and all. It is so wonderful to hear how lucky she is. And I am sure Rowdy is in his glory having a playmate and companion. Can't wait to hear all the Rowdy and Bette stories.

Anonymous said...

AHHH! We wish you lots of fun in your new adventures. We hope you get lots of play time, sunshine rays to lay in and lots of belly rubs. No doubt Joey and Maggie would be proud! Smooches kiddos.
Robin, Macy & Bailey

Gatinha said...

Gosh, I'm in love*.*
She is so gorgeous!!! Love long hair 410doxies!!!

doxieshar said...

Bette's "imperfection" seems to be have made her a "perfect" dog for you. I look forward to getting to know your lucky newbies, Rowdy and Bette, through the blog reports of their antics and your love for them.

Anonymous said...

Bette is BEAUTIFUL! Love that she is going to be a big girl. I myself am owned by big-boy Buster, a very handsome 31-pound black & tan 'Standard'.

So happy to see your blog is up and running again!

Carol

Olga said...

She looks like the sweetest pup! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Greetings!

Bette is just gorgeous and that underbite just adds charm. I'm so happy for you all and glad that Rowdy has someone to play with all the time. We look forward to more pictures and stories of this new dynamic dachsie duo!
Clay and Ella and the wonder dachsies Sophia and Sadie

ActiveEggplant said...

Such a sweet addition! I was so happy to see another post & what a doll Bette is! I was telling my family about her & their response was "Wait...you mean not all Dachshunds are little like yours?" Can't wait to see how Bette grows & hear about all the trouble she & Rowdy get into!

Linda Joseph said...

She is beautiful ...... you do honor Joey and Maggie with giving your love to another doxie. This is going to be fun to hear about the new adventures.

Linda and the handsome doxie NEWT

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Two is always better than one!

xoxo,

Dexter and Dreux
Pittsburgh, PA

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I am so thrilled to see that you have added a new member to your family! I have thought of you often when I read the blogs I follow and always look to see if there is any updated info. Precious new sweetie!!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Bette is a darling and I know she will be adored by one and all. Peni and Beau woofed their approval. ;-)

Tassie said...

Welcome back - Bette is beautiful. Thank you for not abandoning us. We love all your updates!

Anne said...

CUTENESS!!!!! if i could increase the font size I WOULD!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOO HAPPY for you. I had a feeling someone new would come into our tail wagging lives. BETTE was meant to be that doggie. Joey and Maggie are running free happy beyond happy knowing their family here is complete (again).

I have been traveling and needed to catch myself up!!

XOXOX,
Coco, Roxie and Annie

pugfish said...

Carson,
She is adorable and I can see Rowdy smiling. I know how hard it can be to find another after a loss. I did the same thing. But dogs find us!
I am happy for you and your family.
Elissa

Amy said...

Welcome Home Bette!

Anonymous said...

Very nice!!

Anonymous said...

Mz. Bette is a beauty! Welcome! Enjoy every minute!
We lost our red chow Sami at 15 & Tango Puss at 21 with 2 wks of each other over this past Easter break. We were so fortunate to have adopted "Charity Hope Valentine" a b&t 10 yr old standard doxie into our home. Shelby our blonde chow would have been lost w/out Hope! As would have we.
Again so glad you young men have found a new lady friend to keep company with! All the best from the far west, Eliza 57 :)

Anonymous said...

Oh Carson, I am so so so happy to hear this news. Selfishly, I also hope is means you'll be keeping on with the blog!

Big kisses to Rowdy and Bette!

Tootsie said...

Oh dear Carson. Welcome, welcome Sweet Bette With Your Beautiful Underbite. Carson, We came to you today because of the pain in Boston -- you always give us a lift -- and here you have such heartwarming news for Rowdy -- for us -- for Bette.

Love love love,
Tootsie & her mom

jam said...

What a great face. Hope Bette; Rowdy and you have a very long time together. Much love from the Mees. Doxies.

Sandy & Sammy said...

Yay, I just dropped by to see if you were back and HOW!! I thought the lack of standards was a West Coast thing but I guess not. We do not too many into rescue either. Congratulations on your newest family member. I'm so happy for you. Great name btw. I'm hoping to name one of our next rescues Margo 'cause I love Bette too!

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