Einstein - August 2006, 6 years old

When my mom died in 1999 I promised her I would take care of her dachsie, Heidi. Unfortunately Heidi was old and did not adjust to not having my mom 24/7. She was miserable and in pain. In March of 2000 I chose to have her put to sleep rather than prolong it because I couldn't let go of my mom. I felt miserable and guilty about this.

In early May I decided to look for a puppy. Heidi was a smooth red mini with a brown nose and nails. The first litter of pups we went to look at was over 100 miles from where we lived. One of the puppies had a brown nose and the sweetest little face ever. I fell in love with him and my husband and our other dachie, Tilly, age four, drove home with him. In a way I felt I was fulfilling my promise to my mom through this little red furball with the brown nose.

I took the puppy to the vet the next day and the first thing he told me was that the dog had hydrocephalus. I said, 'Ok, what do we do?' His reply was, 'Nothing.'- and that the first symptom was usually death before five months of age. I was devastated with this, coming so close after my mother's and Heidi's deaths, and started sobbing. The vet spoke up and said, 'Or, he could have a really big brain and be smart like Einstein!' I took my puppy home, named him Einstein, and decided to think positively.

As it turned out the vet was right. Einstein was the smartest dog I've ever had! He was also the most loving. He loved to sit in your lap in the recliner or lie cuddled up next to you in bed.

Einstein had always been a little fragile and yelped if you moved him a certain way but other than that was pretty healthy.

On 2 August 2006 he was droopy and didn't eat his dinner. This wasn't unusual when he had a bit of a tummy ache. During the night he had some diarrhea. In the morning he went outside and went potty and came in, although he looked droopy. I put him in the bathroom as I didn't want to clean up another mess. About mid-afternoon I felt the need to come home and check on him. He was lying on the floor in the bathroom having a seizure. I became hysterical and called my husband and the vet. My husband came home and took us to the vet. There was nothing they could do for him and we asked them to put him to sleep. The vet thinks it was the final complication of the hydrocephalus.

We brought him home and buried him under the tree where he liked to chase the squirrls. Rest in peace Einstein.

I miss him so terribly much but am trying to be grateful for the six years that they didn't expect us to have with him.

His life-long buddy/big sister/mother, Tilly, age ten, is wandering around missing him and moping around the house.The first night she was up and down most of the night.

I've been blessed to have dachshunds as part of my life for over 40 years and each and every one has been special. Einstein is certainly at the very top of that list!

Ch. Redhound Bonny Bear- August 2006, 12 years, 8 months old

Dear Bear,thank you for all the love you gave us every minute of your lovely life. Give kisses from us to your Mum, Dolly, and Grandma Willo, waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge. See you soon, Mum and Dad.

Lucky - August 2006, 7 years, 7 months, 21 days old

To my dear Lucky,

One week ago you left us and went to the Rainbow Bridge. You are missed by all who knew and loved you. I am glad I got to see you one last time before you left us. I hope you are not to lonely without us and that Li'l Jen and Max are keeping you company for they are your close relatives. Lady is missing you like crazy and is following Mamaw around. Mamaw is very sad and lonely without you and I try to talk to her as much as possible. I am sure Rob and Papaw miss you too and Vet White hated to see you go, I hope she was right there with you. She made sure to let me know you clung close to your lovey (yellow bo bo) that I brought you before you left us and I left it with you to take to the Rainbow Bridge along with your squirrel and your fave red and black cover that we will miss seeing you pull off the back of the couch with your nose. Lucky, I love you and miss you.

Much love, Mamaw, Lady, Momma, Daddy, Papaw, The Dorris family, the Phillips Family and The Hampton family

Teeny-Tiny Norman (Chelsea Wiggle Waggle) - August 2006, 15 years, 11 months, 25 days old

We are heart broken.Teeny will be sadly missed. We loved her very much. Robert and Josie.

Peanut - August 2006, 12 years old

I miss you, Peanut, and my heart aches for you. I hope you've met up with Dakota and that you are happily frolicking with her in some big green field filled with the sunshine you loved so much.

Butch Howard - August 2006, 12 years, 6 months old

Our Butchie started life in another state, with another family, living in kind of 'crazy' conditions, with numerous other dachshunds. When he was three years old, it was thought he deserved to have a life with less chaos, so we connected up with his family, and he was transported to us on a December day in 1997, when he was just under four years old. We had lost our second dachshund and our third dachsie, CocoaPuff, was lonesome for another pal. When Butch and Cocoa met each other, it was like they were instant pals for life. In the early years, they wrestled and played together and spent a lot of time together.

Our Butchie Boy, he was the sweetest, neurotic, funny boy! He was the first doxie we had who howled, just for fun! He had the softest, most velvety fur ever, so black and shiny. And he absolutely LIVED to eat! If it was edible, Butch wanted it!

In the early summer of 2006, an ugly growth was discovered in Butch's mouth, which turned out to be canine oral melanoma. We tried some mild chemotherapy to help you, but the cancer was too strong. We helped you to the Rainbow Bridge, where we know you are wrestling with your pal, CocoaPuf,f and eating all the treats you want, without ever getting too fat! Our Big Black Beautiful...Baby Butchie Belly Boy!

Koeppen's Chester - August 2006, 17 years old

Chester, it has been three years now since you have left us and I thought I would never be able to let another dog in my heart. We all really missed you for the longest time and it was hard, but finally a year ago we let Buster into our lives and now, just a couple of months ago, we let Bailey in. They will never replace you and Cinnamon because you were the best!

Love and miss you always.

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