Just yesterday we went to our second dachshund meet-up at the Animal Haven in Soho. It’s a bit of a trek down there in the subway but our pup was very patient and stayed still with his body in his carrier and his little head sticking out. We missed the big dachshund march in the West Village that takes place every spring and fall. That was the day before but I had forgotten the exact date. But this, along with a long day at the dog park on Saturday, made up for anything little Romeo missed at the march in the village.
He’s grown tremendously since the first dachshund meet-up we took him to. We’re really now thinking that he might be a tweenie rather than a mini since he’s already 10.3 pounds. Or at least that was what he weighed when he has his neutering surgery (see cone-head on left) 2 weeks ago. He’s probably grown even more since then. You’ll see him playing and running pretty hard at the meet-up in this video below. You’ll also notice a lovely little brown and white dachshund called Murray who has a custom wheel chair. Murray’s parents told us that he slipped a disc during a training session and has worn this for over a year. And he’s pretty young – just over a year and a half. She says that he’s quite happy and doesn’t let it bother him. The $10,000 operation was covered by their insurance but the physical therapy he does regularly is not covered. All the more reason to be extra careful with dachshund’s backs when picking them up. Also note, Romeo is not the dachshund barking in the video.
So after 3 months of puppy parenting we’ve learned a lot. We’re getting better about being very consistent with the timing of his meals so he stays on course. In turn, he’s getting better about doing his business in the right places. People said we wouldn’t be able to have him do his business both indoors (on the pad) and outdoors. This is what we wanted since we live in a 5th-floor walkup and didn’t want to constantly have to take him down, especially on super cold days during our New York winters. Well, he’s managed to be able to do just that. Mostly, he does his business in the morning on his morning walk but he will use the pad during the day and at night.
At night, he’s been good about sleeping in his crate and usually wants to come up
on the bed in the morning hours. As Adi puts it, we “invite him up” around 5:30 or 6:00 for a bit. He really enjoys sleeping next to us and we haven’t crushed him accidentally yet. Sometimes he burrows under the covers next to our legs and sometimes he likes to lie on his back, right in between us. He did have an accident last week, which we weren’t too happy about but we didn’t read the signs. He was moving around quite a bit on the bed, jumping on me a bit. I should have realized that he needed to go down but neither of us did in time. And he did it. He peed on the comforter! $50 dollars later we are now super careful and always have him right by our side.