Your Pet's Rescue Story
After owning mini-dachshunds for the past 30 years, Gustav came to our family in 2012-one year after the loss of our beloved Gunter. He was rescued by the police from a home hoarder, who also bred small dogs. All the dogs were placed under Rescuing Animals In Need’s (RAIN) care including 2-dozen mini-dachshunds. I found Gustav online at RAIN’s website and decided to take a closer look during their adoption drive at the Casselberry PetSmart.
Gustav had previously been adopted but was brought back for “behavioral issues”. As we approached his cage, he was forlornly staring into the distance despite all the activity around him. As we opened the cage, he displayed a great attitude and acted as the perfect gentleman. We walked him around on a leash, held him, turned him on his back like a baby and were very impressed with his acceptance of these tests. My wife, Jennifer, informed me he’s going home with us simply by saying, “he’s mine”.
Gustav has chosen the role of the household protector, popcorn hoover, and lap warmer. The most obscure behavior is when he, for no reason, decides to run several laps inside the house at full speed. We can only explain this as his superhero aspiration to become the canine equivalent of the Marvel comic book Flash.