Here’s our newest arrival, a nine-year old blind Dachshund named Wally. He came last month from a shelter in Houston that had been trying to adopt him out since May, but without much luck.
Wally had his own family in Texas and was doing great … until the new baby arrived. It wasn’t long before his owners took him to a vet clinic for euthanasia, claiming he had bitten the baby (though they acknowledged the skin wasn’t broken and no blood was drawn) and also — we are not making this up — that Wally was having a hard time getting around the house now because of all the baby toys on the floor. The veterinarian persuaded the owners to surrender Wally to the clinic, rather than euthanize him.
Wally eventually made his way to a no-kill shelter in Houston, where he was a staff favorite. Sadly, though, no potential adopters stepped forward. We offered to give Wally a home with us, and the shelter happily agreed.
We had recently just lost our beloved Sophie, our blind Doxie girl who had been battling cancer, and for the first time in over 15 years, we didn’t have a Dachshund in the house to boss us around. So we were delighted when Wally arrived to bring some much needed Dachshund-ness back into our lives. (Doxieholics know this condition. There is no known cure.)
He is a very sweet boy, loves to be held and cuddled, and gets along wonderfully with everyone. I will often be working at my desk when I feel a pair of Dachshund paws on my chair — it’s Wally, standing up on his hind legs, trying to get into my lap. I will pick him up, let all of his 24 pounds sit on my lap for a while, then put him in his oval bed that’s next to my desk.
We took him to our veterinary ophthalmologist in Burlington, Dr. Sarah Hoy at Peak Veterinary Referral Center, a couple of weeks ago for a complete eye exam. Unfortunately, she found Wally is blind most likely from SARDS, or Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome — the “syndrome” meaning they still don’t know what causes it. Thus there isn’t anything we can do to restore his vision. But Wally is a smart boy, and within 24 hours of arriving here, he was already finding his way from the dog yard, across the deck, and up the ramp to the back door. His first night was a version of “bumper cars,” but by the next day, he had mapped the house and knew his way around.
This week I’m taking him back to Peak for a full “senior screen” — blood panels, abdominal ultrasound, X-rays, and examination by our internal medicine specialist, Dr. Marielle Goossens.
The morning after Wally arrived, it was 24? (-4? C), so after his first potty outing of the day, he headed straight for the wood stove:
We’ve never known a Dachshund who didn’t love to be near the wood stove in winter!
When he’s not in front of the stove, Wally’s doing the usual Dachshund burrowing thing like this:
At other times, though, he is actually on top of a bed — here he is with little Mildred:
So with that, please welcome Wally!
Tonya Allen says
So sorry to hear about Sophie. I was hoping she was still doing OK. It’s fitting that Wally appeared to fill the dachshund gap. Obviously you needed someone to take charge of the household! He is such a handsome boy, too. I love the dachshund burrowing trait, it’s so cute. It’s unbelievable that someone intended to euthanize that sweet dog. You are so much better off now, Wally!
Laura and Timmy says
Welcome Wally!! You have hit the jackpot!
Dawn Nanfito says
Hugs and kisses to Wally. He’s adorable.
Pamela Pierson says
Welcome Wally. What a very lucky dog you are to be at Rolling farm with wonderful caring people, good doctors and lots of friends to play with. Enjoy your burrowing.
Carole Moore says
Welcome Wally. You are one lucky boy.
Barb ribinski says
I’m so very sorry to hear about Sophie. She was sweet. You have to wonder about people when they think animals are disposable. It’s hard to comprehend. But it looks like Wally is already one happy guy and that name seems to fit him. Love those photos of him under the covers. He will have one wonderful life with his new friends. I’m glad he has a new home with you.
Patricia A Conlon says
This is one lucky dog, to have found his way to you. Merry Christmas, Wally!
Special Pals says
Congratulations Wally! You are one lucky boy! Your people at Special Pals shelter sure will miss you and your sweet bumper car dance… but we love seeing you snuggled up and cozy! Lots of love always <3
Alex Geiger says
So so happy to hear Wally has found a wonderful place to be loved and cherished. He is an absolutely phenomenal dog. Especially with his impaired sight. We had Wally over for a sleepover weekend to give him some time away from the shelter and grew to love him before he even got home with us. Unfortunately for us, we have a pool and Wally would be in danger in our backyard without supervision. Thank you so much for giving Wally a furever home! We look forward to more updates 🙂
Alex, thank you for giving him that sleepover weekend!
Hello! I?m the vet tech that took him in to my home even though it wasn’t allowed? and I reached out to special pals to help me. He’s such a sweet baby and he deserves to have a happy ending. Thank you for providing that. My heart is full.
Brittney, thank you for taking him in and for getting him to Special Pals for that second chance … and thanks to Special Pals for providing such wonderful care until he came to us.
Jessica royall says
so awesome that wally is doing awesome i help out in special pals i would see him there
Julie Brown says
Thank you for rescuing Wally and giving him the best forever home he could have!