“Cooper and Bunny are both seven years old, and six months apart in age. Cooper came to me as a twelve week old puppy from a Louisiana Breeder, Duchwood Kennels. I picked him up at Pearson Airport, and his tail was wagging from the get go. Bunny was adopted as a four year old retired breeding female from GrandGables Kennels in Milton, Ontario. I had met Bunny several times over the years while I was delivering or picking up Cooper from boarding with GrandGables. When I was ready to take on a second pup, I asked the Breeder whether they would consider letting Bunny go. I am a big fan of piebalds, and she was their only. After a month or so, they contacted me to say they would retire Bunny. Despite her beautiful conformation, Bunny was never shown due to her outrageous coloring – there is “color controversy” in the Dachshund show ring, and she is a red head clown! She contributed in other ways, however, as she recently obtained her ROM (Register of Merit) from the Dachshund Club of America, for throwing five champion pups in her three litters.

These two Dachshunds could not be more different. Cooper is friendly and outgoing with all people, he is nosy, an outrageous trickster, and an escape artist. Bunny is a timid gal who mostly likes to hang with Cooper and me, and will really only approach others for treats. She devours her meals in about six seconds, a behavior she learned while competing for food in the kennel, sharing a bowl with two others.

In summers, we spend time at Wood Lake, in Muskoka, where we all three enjoy our early morning paddles. I chose a kayak with a large cockpit and cup holder to accommodate (then just one) Dachshund, and my all-important morning cup of coffee…Cooper scouts the shore for other dogs and squirrels, while Bunny is almost always found sleeping on a boat cushion under the bow, because the paddles lull her to sleep.”

- Janice Ingram, Hartz employee

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