After losing Henry, we had decided to be a one-dog family. That discussion did not last long. PD became just as demanding of our time and attention as he had been before Henry. I began looking at dachshund rescues online, and soon had Kathy looking at them, too. I started showing cute, adorable dachshund puppies to Kathy. She insisted that we not jump into a second dog. I sort of agreed and quit pulling up pictures of dogs that needed homes.
During this time, I had been teaching in Victoria for about a year. We had bought a small house in Victoria, and I continued to commute from Aransas Pass. I spent a few days a week in Victoria, and a few days a week in Aransas Pass.
I tried to be strong, honest! I could see that getting a second dog would be more of a burden for Kathy, than me. If Kathy didn’t want another dog, we would just deal with PD’s demanding ways.
The funny thing is, I had kind of stopped looking online for rescue dogs. So it came as a real surprise when Kathy emailed me a link to a dachshund that was in Victoria’s Adopt-A-Pet rescue center. I was in Victoria at the time. Kathy had actually asked me to look at the picture of a young dachshund in need of a home! And he was nearby.
He was a beautiful, but sad looking guy. This was the first time I had ever seen a Piebald Dachshund. I’d heard about dapples, double dapples, and brindles. But, I’d never heard of a Piebald. This little guy was a miniature dachshund who was supposed to be about two years old. He was brown and white. Or is that red and white? His whole head was brown. The rest of him was white with large patches of brown. His head looked over-sized, because the rest of his body was so small. The shelter said that a man had found this dog wandering the streets. It was obvious that he had been on his own for a while. He was so malnourished. The shelter had him for only a couple of weeks, and he had managed to put a little bit of weight back on. But he still had a long way to go.
His eyes looked so sad. You could tell he was lost and confused and needed a new home. No wonder Kathy sent me the link.
I went to the shelter to see this dog. The shelter workers were very kind and seemed to really care about the dogs. But they were crowded. The dog I had gone to see was in a wire cage stacked on top of two other cages with dogs. The room was filled with loud barking.
The worker introduced me to “Frank.” We got to go into the staff break room, where things were quieter. I sat on the floor, and they placed Frank on the floor nearby. I ignored him for a while, talking to the staff, to give Frank a chance to adjust to my presence. He walked around the room a bit, and eventually became interested in me.
Frank sniffed me, and then climbed into my lap. He was a very polite and respectful gentleman. I fell in love with Frank right away. But the decision was not just mine. I had an out of town appointment that would take me away for a day. I decided to use that as my cooling off period.
I called Kathy and gave her my impression of Frank. We both agreed to think about adopting him over night. I took care of my work and headed back home the next day. Kathy and I talked some more about Frank.
We decided to bring him home!
I stopped at the Adopt-A-Pet center and completed the paperwork, paid the fees, and took possession of Frank.
“Why did you name him Frank?” I asked after the third time they told me I could change his name. The worker looked a little sheepish as he explained “because he’s a wiener dog, and he looked like …”
“A frankfurter” I completed. Well I’m not happy with the origins of his name, but after owning a Henry, Frank just seemed right.