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Lucy, a smooth black and tan dachshund, last belonged to an elderly woman. Upon her passing the family obligatorily took possession of the precious pup, but after a short trial period they decided the small pooch was not a good fit for their big dogs. The beloved dachshund ended up on Craig’s List, “as free to a good home.” It’s sadly a routine occurrence in the dog community, and underscores the need for loving parents to prepare for the day their small dogs may outlive them.

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Many humans falsely assume their family will happily accept responsibility for their dog when they’re gone. Sometimes we have a time to prepare for the end while other times it come suddenly and unexpectedly. It is not a popular subject, but a necessary one. Here are few tips to consider.

1. Socialization. A well-socialized dog can make the transition better than a non-socialized one. Expose your pup to other people, places and dogs.

2. Talk about it. Don’t make assumptions. Talk to family and friends to find the best possible continued guardianship options.

3. Discuss the financial responsibility associated with the continued care of your pampered pup. Ensure you find someone aligned with your values and someone in a monetary position to execute them.

4. Write it down. Put your wishes in writing and publicly discuss it with your family so there are no misunderstandings when the time comes.

5. Knowledge is power. Small dogs generally live longer than big dogs. When you get a small dog, you should know it could be a commitment of 15-20 years (if you get it as a puppy). Being aware of the possible long life plan early.

Thanks to a great network of devoted dachshund humans and rescue folks Lucy was picked up yesterday and put in a foster home until her forever family can be found.

Interested persons can contact Tamara Pitman directly at (310) 857-0086 or via email at tamarapitman@gmail.com. Please share.

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