I D. A. R. E. you.

by Tanya on August 17, 2010

D.A.R.E. stands for Dachshund Adoption Rescue and Education. They are a non-profit group dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and finding homes for dachshunds in need. I recently photographed a family of three Dachshunds that belong to a volunteer and foster mommy of D.A.R.E. I quickly fell in love with Mimi, Charming and Oscar.

The Three Musketeers, Mimi, Charming and Oscar!

Here’s what Cheryl had to say about her Three Musketeers!

“Oscar is 14. I have had him since he was 8 weeks old. He was meant to be my daughters… but as soon as we set eyes on each other it was love. He has been my best friend ever since. He is always there with unconditional love…come what may. Mimi is 2. She has been with me for a little over a year. The first time I saw Mimi she was being walked by her previous owner. I, of course, went over to make a fuss over her… her owner jokingly asked me if I wanted her… I said yes… and 5 minutes later I walked away with my princess. She is so full of love… and always trying to mother everyone in the house. I call her the Good Will Ambassador because she is always the one to welcome a new foster into the house. She is so amazing. Charming I have had for a little less than a year. He is 3 and I adopted him from DAREtorescue to be a playmate for Mimi who was harassing Oscar (who was not even slightly interested in playing with a pup). I carefully looked through the pictures and bios of available dogs until I finally found the most perfect one….and he is perfect. He is the most loving little man. He fit right into our little family. He has been a playmate for Mimi and someone to snuggle up with Oscar when Mimi has wore him out. He has made me realize that there is always a chance to have a second chance… and that even when you are down… you are not out. Charming was also considered unadoptable by the shelter he was dumped at and D.A.R.E. saved his life and I will forever be thankful that they did. My Charming made me realize that there are so many just like him out there…looking for a little help to find their forever homes….so…I became an extremely proud foster mom. The end. Lol.”

“Right now I have 2 fosters. Frankie who was confiscated from an abusive home and was considered unadoptable… Harley who was dropped off at the vet for a check up and when it came time to pay the bill they decided it was too expensive to care for a dog so the vet was told to put him to sleep. Yesterday my ‘Monday’ was adopted by a family who didn’t care that she was blind and a little overweight still…. they loved her anyway. So now I have an opening… and have already been contacted to see if I was ready for a new foster. It never ends… makes me so sad.”  – Cheryl.

If you’re interested in adopting or fostering a Dachshund please contact D.A.R.E. at info@daretorescue.com.

Please share the LOVE:-)!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cheryl Scripter August 17, 2010 at 8:01 am

I love you Tanya…for all that you do for the fuzzies in the world…and for bringing attention to the option of adopting from a rescue instead of a pet store puppy. These rescue dogs are so grateful to have good, loving homes…so not only do you get a wonderful companion…but you also get to feel good that you saved a little life. I have a magnet on my refrigerator…it is in the shape of a little paw and it says “Who saved who?”…so true!!!


heather August 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Such a wonderful story! I have Frankie’s brother.. and I love him to pieces. Thank you for sharing.. and thank you Cheryl for all that you do!


lynn hahn August 20, 2010 at 12:43 am

Love this story! My company is named after my 3 dogs…Three Dogs Productions LLC. I have Yorkies. Our little guy “Joe” passed away the day before Thanks Giving and left a big hole in all of us. He filled in our dog family’s gap like your Charming did. Our middle child “Andy” was more than our oldest “Bob” could handle so along came Joe. They do dig deep into your heart.

Thanks for taking care of the un adoptable doggies.


Anita December 1, 2010 at 11:39 pm

As an avid dog lover (5 dogs to be exact)I have a dachshund and though she has a quirky temperment, every time i walk her little kids think she is the best and she is. There is absolute truth in the phrase there is no such thing as a BAD dog! ONLY BAD dog owners. And I am so thankful that there are organizations out there that love, care and adopt these heart broken and spirit broken animals, keep up the good work.


Sharon March 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Cheryl I love the pictures of your babies. I thank you for sharing your story.


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