We began our journey with Miniature Smooth Dachshunds in September 2006 when we bought our Black and Tan boy, Albie.
Albie was a very special little man and it was through owning him that we fell in love with the breed.
During the time we owned Albie, we lived in a cottage in the grounds of a stud farm. Miles from anywhere, Albie had acres of open space to run around, with lazy afternoons on the lawn in Summer and cozy nights by the open fire in Winter. His 'girlfriend' was a lovely Lurcher named Kiera, who lived in the main farmhouse.
Sadly Albie passed away in March 2011 of complications due to IVDD. Albie was never used at stud and had no relation to any of the Dachshunds we own now. He was purely a very much loved family pet.
We learned a lot from owning Albie, but were very aware, once he died, that we didn't know enough. There was no information to be found online regarding IVDD as the internet was still in its infancy. Social Media wasn't used in the way it is now, so there were no 'Facebook Groups' to gain advice from. It was due to his premature passing that we decided to take a more active role within the breed and become as knowledgeable as possible, which in turn lead to working with excellent mentor's, people who have now been in the breed over 35 years and who judge at Championship level, including judging at Crufts. With their careful guidance and my own passion for Anatomy, Biology, Physiology and learning in general, we began our journey into showing and breeding.
We now own five bitches who are extremely dear to us - Roxy, who is now retired from maternity duties, Fern, Nova, Lilly and Sunshine the Standard Dachshund. All our Mini's except Lilly are directly related and all of our girls have beautiful temperaments. Our dogs live in our home, alongside ourselves and our 4 children and are very much a part of our family. More often than not, they are the centre of our attention! Our children and dogs are our world.