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Hi all! This is my first post in pets, as i have a relatively trouble-free cat and some very trouble-free chickens.<br><br>
The story goes: On Halloween my friend brought me a Dachshund that she had saved from nearly being hit by a bus on a 5 lane road here in Portland. She had another in her car that came along when she scooped up the small one. Neither had a collar and they were not on a residential street. The bigger one was angry and so she stayed in the car while my friend went to work. After work, she and her 4 boys came over to trick or treat. The bigger dog had calmed down a lot and so they brought her in to reunite her with the smaller one.<br><br>
The next day she took them to the Humane society to be scanned for chips (they have a universal scanner) but no chips were found. The tech on duty estimated them to be about 6 & 9 years old.<br>
The bigger one is about 26 inches long, no idea of weight, has some white around the muzzle and gigantic nipples<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . The smaller one has a bit of white and is noticably smaller. They are both super calm (well except when the old one sees our cat and gives chase). They are both housetrained and seem healthy. The little one figured out the cat door within an hour of being here! The older one does have some lumps around one nipple, which worries me. They both were a bit stinky and needed their nails trimmed, but they seem well cared for. They even understand "NO" when they are cought on the couch!<br><br>
Meanwhile, my friend has contacted the newspaper, put an ad on Craigslist, put up flyers in the neighbohood, called the local vets and Animal Control. No word yet from their people<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> .<br><br>
I am NOT a dog person, but I like these guys. They are very cat-like in that they mostly sleep tunneled into a big blanket all day. they are a bit whiny, but not barky or nippy! They are the only dogs EVER that DS isn't terrified of.<br>
I totally thought their people would be frantically serching for them by now. Its been 5 days. We gave them a bath and DH, bless his heart, trimmed their nails. DD even took the older, more gregarious one for a little walk today, the dog was sooooo excited when I said the word walk. These ARE SOMEONES dogs!!!!<br><br>
Any feedback, advice, instruction would be greatly appreciated. I took them on because otherwise they would go to the pound, as the Humane society only takes surrendered dogs and i don't want to traumatize them any more than they already have been.<br><br>
My questions are:
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Where are their people?????<br></li>
<li>What and how much should they eat?<br>
i was giving them crappy canned food from the convenience store across the street until my friend brought me some IAMs minichunks, which they don't really like.</li>
<li>When should i consider them ours?<br></li>
<li>Are there any specific problems with Dachshunds?<br>
Dh has clearly stated that they are my responsibility, but I don't have tons of $$$.</li>
<li>Are Cookie and Biscuit stupid names?<br>
DS named the small one Cookie. And Biscuit is our English cookie!</li>
<li>How often do you give a dog a bath?<br>
Is Avoderm shampoo good for them?</li>
<li>Do they need sweaters outside?<br>
They seem to shiver a lot and it is VERY rainy!</li>
<li>Why does the older one keep mounting the younger one?<br>
They are both clearly female!</li>
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Sorry for the super-post, but I am relatively clueless.
 

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I have never posted in pets before but am going to reply because I love my 3 year old weeine dog <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I stumbled upon your post while searching for something unrelated and had to read just because it was about a dachshund or two. I am by no means an expert but will tell you what I know from 3 years with my dog. I love the "cat-like" description you gave, that is just right on!<br>
On to your questions<br>
1 - Hmmmm I don't know<br>
2 - Mine likes the beniful (sp?) dry food, and eats maybe a cup a day but I have a miniature<br>
3 - There again Hmmm I don't know<br>
4 - I do know that dachshunds can have back problems especially if they are allowed to get overweight and you want to also take care that for example a toddler doesn't try to ride them.<br>
5 - I think Biscuit and Cookie are cute especially if you and your family like them and the dogs like them that is all that matters really<br>
6 - I don't bath my dog she has short hair and never stinks or seems irritated in any way (if either of the former were true I would revise her bathing regimen)<br>
7 - My wienie is very shivery also but doen't like her sweater she is mostly and inside dog but when she was a little puppy she would try to climb my leg like a baby to be picked up when the ground was cold she hated it so much.<br>
8 - Hmmmm maybe it feels good? Mine will mount a bunched up blanket so I'm guessing that is it.<br><br>
I hope you enjoy the lovely doggies and YAY to you for taking care of them!!!
 

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Food: I would upgrade from Iams. I feed a raw diet (link in my corgi signature, click on "diet"), but if I fed kibble I'd feed Solid Gold or Canidae. With such small dogs, you are going to be feeding so little that even expensive kibble won't set you back too much.<br><br>
Problems: Backs, teeth. Keep them slim and lithe, don't let them jump down from things, and keep their teeth clean with regular feedings of raw bones.<br><br>
When they're yours: I would say in a couple of weeks. After that, take them for a quick visit to the vet to get a real estimate on age and a quick check of eyes, teeth, the lumpy nipple, etc. It'll cost you about $30 per dog. You may need to get a rabies shot (about $15 per dog) at that point too so you can license them in your city/town.<br><br>
Baths: You can bathe as often as you want. Are they smooth coats? You could certainly bathe once a week if you wanted to. Try to get their nails down (with frequent clipping) to where you can't hear them click when they walk. It often takes several weeks of clipping a little bit every 3-4 days to get to that point.<br><br>
Outside: A coat may not be a bad idea. I would skip the foofy sweaters and get something more like this: <a href="http://www.dogcoats.com/smallcoats.htm" target="_blank">http://www.dogcoats.com/smallcoats.htm</a>.<br><br>
Mounting: VERY common in small dogs, and it's typically a dominance thing. It may settle down as they get more accustomed to being in your house, and you CAN correct it--just say no--but it's not a big deal as long as it stays between them. Don't let them mount the kids.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
you've done all the right things regarding trying to find their owners. it's just a waiting game now. one question, did you post signs near where your friend found them on the highway?? i'd say in another week or so, if no one has contacted you about them, they're yours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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you've done all the right things regarding trying to find their owners. it's just a waiting game now. one question, did you post signs near where your friend found them on the highway?? i'd say in another week or so, if no one has contacted you about them, they're yours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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naking sorry...<br><br>
Yeah she flyered the surrounding neighborhoods and contacted a bunch of the nearby vets. One vet said she has had a couple of hit by car doxies in the past few weeks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> . it will be week tomorrow. i suppose i will take them to the vet next week.<br><br>
They are smooth coated and have some doogy dandruff.<br><br>
They are regularly being shooed from the couch. Is that a dangerous jump?<br><br>
as for the food, the don't love the iams, they seem to enjoy the cats food more (i don't let them have it they just stole some before i elevated it.) Is a cup a day each too much? the older one is a piggy and a begger, but the little one hardly eats.
 

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They could be shaking due to nervousness they have been through an ordeal to get to you and are probably still adjusting.
 
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