"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true."
Jiminy Cricket

"There's no place like home."
Dorothy Gale
Home "Dreams are the touchstones of our character."
Henry David Thoreau

"Nothing happens unless first a dream."
Carl Sandburg
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
Walt Disney
All dog stories begin with laughter and end in tears


Sarah Ricca

January 14, 1948 - December 26, 2018

Sarah Ricca, our dear friend and fellow rescuer, left us on December 26th. Sweet Sarah, who had compassion for all living things, never met a dog she didn't like. Sarah fostered and volunteered for Dachshund Rescue of Houston, All Texas Dachshund Rescue, and DREAM. She was always willing to help out in any way she could. We are comforted knowing she has been reunited with her beloved Samantha and Weenie and foster dogs who have crossed Rainbow Bridge. Rest in peace, dear Sarah. We miss you more than you'll ever know.

DREAM extends our sincere condolences to Sarah's family and friends for their heartbreaking loss.

Morgan Grosser White

Rainbow Bridge December 22, 2018

Missing our sweet Morgy-Morg. We've taken in seniors when some couldn't handle that stage. We loved a blind Senior with no teeth; he gave us his last two and a half years of life, defying the odds that he would only live a few more months. Morgan was our last pet store purchased dog before we began to adopt, foster, and volunteer with rescues.

Riley Erkenswick

Rainbow Bridge December 2, 2018

My boy has lost his fight with heart and kidney failure. He put up a good fight and I miss him terribly already. At the same time, I'm relieved that he's no longer miserable. It's definitely the end of an era.

Our hearts go out to Tom and Michelle for the loss of their sweet Riley.

Jo Ann Schmitt

1940 - 2018

Jo Ann Fischer Schmitt, 78, of Houston, Texas, died peacefully in her home on November 22, 2018. Jo Ann was surrounded by family, friends and neighbors in the days leading up to her death. Jo Ann started fostering for DREAM Dachshund Rescue in January of 2018. Although many of us never had the pleasure of meeting her, we sincerely appreciate Jo Ann's contribution to our rescue.

Our hearts go out to Jo Ann's family and friends for their loss of a very special lady.

Daisy Angel Brown

Adopted November 8, 2008
Rainbow Bridge November 2018

Daisy's mast cell cancer finally got her. She was such a little trooper. Except for the several surgeries (five total) to remove her tumors, I don't believe she was ever in any pain except for some discomfort the last few days before we let her go. That little blind deaf dog brought more joy to my life that I will ever know. I would have never known Daisy if it weren't for both of you. Thank you, Suzanne and Cindy. Keep up the good work of saving angels like Daisy.

Our hearts go out to Heidi and Alan for the loss of their precious little Daisy.

Rusty Richard

Adopted September 3, 2004
Rainbow Bridge October 30, 2018

My Rusty's heart gave out tonight. My heart is broken again.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paula for her second loss in October. Rest in peace, sweet Rusty.

Mary Margaret Weiman

November 18, 1958 - October 28, 2018

On October 28th, our dear friend and fellow rescuer, Mary Weiman was called back to heaven. Words can't express how much Mary's loss has affected us and will continue to affect the rescue community. Mary was deeply involved with both Dachshund Rescue of Houston and Italian Greyhound Rescue, but she never hesitated to help out her friends at DREAM when we needed her. We miss you like crazy, Mary.

Our hearts go out to Mary's husband Steve and Dachshunds Abby, Adam, and Sarah for their heartbreaking loss.

Barkley Allgood

Adopted September 16, 2011
Rainbow Bridge October 27, 2018

I loved Barkley from the moment I first saw him. He was so beautiful and sweet. He followed my every move. Gave me so much love. In this past year he had a hard time losing his companion Buddy. Buddy was his eyes and ears. After Buddy crossed the rainbow bridge Barkley didn't want to go out of his comfort zone. He struggled with his blindness and hearing loss alone. He really went downhill. But I know he's happy now because he is with his Buddy now. Rest In Peace boys. I'll always love you.

DREAM extends our sincere condolences to Fran for the loss of her precious Barkley.

Fenny Lovstad

Rainbow Bridge October 8, 2018

Our Fenny passed away at 16 years old. Here's Fenny when we first got "the boys". She was always the grandmother to her DREAM boys, Paxton and Watson.

Our hearts go out to Martha and Morton for the loss of their sweet girl.

"Happy Girl" Malloy Richard

Born July 4, 2002
Adopted April 12, 2004
Rainbow Bridge October 5, 2018

I let my Happy Girl cross over Rainbow Bridge yesterday. It was very peaceful but hard to let her go. Her demetia was extreme. She was 16 and I had 14 years with her. She had a great life.

DREAM extends our sincerest condolences for the loss of Paula's little Happy.

"Sydney from Jackson Hole" Barnard

Adopted September 13, 2006
Rainbow Bridge September 19, 2018

It is with extreme sadness that I'm writing to tell you that Sydney from Jackson Hole crossed the rainbow bridge on September 19. Although I've lived with dachshunds since I was an infant, she was my first longhair. On September 13, 2006, I received a call from a small rescue group (Animal Adoption Center) in Jackson Hole, WY (where Dave and I were living at the time) to let me know they had pulled a dachshund from a high kill shelter in Idaho that no one could handle. I raced down to their location and pulled her from her kennel and knew she was mine. The adoption counselor agreed because I was the only one who could hold Sydney, so she went home with me. A few months later I was walking with Sydney in my Houston neighborhood and someone approached me and said "Is that Sydney, Sydney from Jackson Hole?" I was so shocked I asked her to repeat herself. Turns out, this woman had tried to adopt Sydney while visiting Jackson Hole but had been turned down by the adoption counselor as Sydney had snapped at her. From then on, she became known as "Sydney from Jackson Hole". She was fiercely independent, small but mighty and aloof to all humans except her Mom and Dad. I miss her terribly and she'll never be replaced but I'll continue to help rescue dachshunds in her honor and adopt as many as Dave will allow in our home.

Our hearts go out to Cindy and Dave for the loss of their sweet little Sydney.

Shawna Marie Stringer

April 17, 1975 - September 16, 2018

On September 16, 2018
Shawna Stringer, my beautiful wife of 18 years, passed away. In the days that followed it was suggested to me that I pick a charitable organization for something that Shawna loved, so people could to leave donations in her memory. Shawna and I had not directly worked with DREAM in the past, but when I saw their webpage and read about their mission, I knew this was something that Shawna would love. She and I shared a life-long passion for Dachshunds, this passion being one of the things that drew us together. Her babies brought her such joy. It warms my heart hearing about the donations made in her name, and that other Dachshunds will be helped because of them. Thank you so much."

DREAM extends our deepest sympathy to Shawna's husband, Scott, her parents Quentin and Donna, her sister Amy, and her grandmother Ruth.

Cash Schoppe
Rainbow Bridge September, 2018

Our hearts go out to James and Patrice for the loss of their sweet boy, Cash.

George Spring

Adopted October 19, 2005
Rainbow Bridge August 13, 2018

Our dear friend Judy lost her sweet senior George after a two year battle with kidney failure. George was one of Judy's first "foster failures", adopted from Dachshund Rescue of Houston in 2005. He will be terribly missed.

Our hearts go out to Raymond and Judy for the loss of their precious boy.

Teddy (aka Theodorable) Pearson

Adopted May 31, 2005
Rainbow Bridge August 12, 2018

Teddy came to us from the BARC facility in Houston through Dachshund Rescue of Houston. Ron picked him up and took him to the vet. Teddy was a young, unaltered male, skeletal and stressed with a strong positive heartworm test and lots of attitude. He was also a fear biter. After a couple days at the vet clinic we decided to foster him. Teddy was quite attached to Ron, so we adopted him shortly after (foster failure).

Teddy settled into our family and loved his brothers and sisters. In April 2008 we retired and left Houston for Central Texas. In November 2008 Teddy blew a disc in his back, leaving him incontinent and unable to walk. For 9 years and 9 months Ted wore diapers and walked with his wheels. He adapted well and was unstoppable. In the last couple years Ted lost his sight but still seemed to enjoy his life. He loved to sleep, gave the best hugs in the world and liked to be hand fed. He lasted much longer than any of us would have dared imagine. Sadly, we said goodbye to the Tedmeister August 12th, ten days after we lost Jasmine, our 14 year old Chihuahua mix.

Ted, be a good boy. We know you are running free up there with your brothers and sisters. Remember, no chasing cats! We miss and love you. You will always be in our hearts. So long little man. Meet you at the bridge.

DREAM extends our deepest sympathy to Ron and Deb for the loss of their sweet Teddy.

Greg Caillouet Remore

Adopted February 14, 2012
Rainbow Bridge August 11, 2018

Greg left us last night, in his sleep. He was a foster failure, rescued a few years ago from a breeder. He was part of Dachshund Rescue of Houston's "Brady Bunch". The rescue story is in the video. Rest in peace, Greg.

Jasmine Pearson

Rainbow Bridge August 2, 2018

Jasmine was a Chihuahua mix our son rescued at a McDonald's in Hollywood, California about 13 years ago. Ron went to visit them and brought her home! Who'da thunk! We lost Jasmine to kidney failure on August 2nd.

Our hearts go out to Ron and Deb for the loss of their sweet little Jasmine.

Meyer Ansel Minchen

June 8, 1923 - June 20, 2018

Meyer Minchen adopted Melrose Miracle,who he renamed "Poochie", from DREAM in 2015. Most of us knew him only as a DREAM adopter, but we have since learned he had been a World War II Navy pilot who earned the Distinguished Flying Cross while searching for submarines in the Europe, Africa and the Middle East!

WWII Vet Gets Distinguished Medal

Meyer will be dearly missed by his family, neighbors, and his DREAM friends, but we know he will be especially missed by his little Poochie.

Scooter Schoppe

Adopted July 1, 2006
Rainbow Bridge June 16, 2018

I wanted to let you know that we lost our beloved Scooter last weekend.

DREAM extends our deepest sympathy to James and Patrice for the loss of their special boy.

Buddy Allgood

Adopted September 16, 2011
Rainbow Bridge June 13, 2018

Buddy (originally Sirius Black) rescued me in 2011 when I adopted him from Dachshund Rescue of Houston. He actually saved my life one night when he barked until I woke up to find my laundry room full of smoke from my washer motor burning up. He was my soulmate, and loving brother to Barkley. He was dearly loved.

Our hearts go out to Fran for the loss of her sweet Buddy.

Ninfa Nguyen Pham

Adopted August 26, 2009
Rainbow Bridge June 6, 2018

Our beloved Ninfa crossed rainbow bridge this afternoon. We are blessed this precious girl was part of our family.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Kayla and Cong for the loss of their sweet girl, Ninfa.

Squirt Birdsong

Rainbow Bridge May 30, 2018

Sweet little Squirt lost her battle with IBD. She will be greatly missed.

Our hearts go our to Trisha and Gregg for the loss of their precious girl.

Baby Bingle

Rainbow Bridge April 16, 2018

Heaven gained another dachshund angel today. We called her Sweet Baby because she loved kids and to go places. I am heartbroken.

Our hearts go out to Shelly for the loss of her sweet girl.

Tesla "Tess" Leal

When tomorrow starts without me
And I'm not there to see
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me

I know how much you loved me
As much as I loved you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

~ David Romano

We extend our condolences to Diana
for the loss of her sweet girl.

Hal Spencer

March 1, 2018

Most of you are already aware that my sweet husband Hal Spencer passed away last Thursday, March 1st. He lost an almost one year battle with cancer and I still cannot find the words to write about how much I love him. It is heartbreaking to see our pups and cat grieving for him not being here - especially his best buddy, Digs, who sits at the dog gate every afternoon around 5 PM waiting for him to come through that front door.

We are all mourning the loss of our dear friend, Hal Spencer. Hal loved his Dachshunds. He and his wife, Deborah, have been involved with DREAM Dachshund Rescue since its inception. He will be greatly missed by all of his DREAM family. Our hearts go out to Deborah for the loss of her sweet husband and best friend. Please visit Hal's GoFundMe page to make a donation in Hal's memory.

Emma Powell

Adopted July 15, 2005
Rainbow Bridge February 7, 2018

Our dear Emma was euthanized today. She had been doing so well despite kidney failure, but began suffering from congestive heart failure this week. It all happened so quickly. We're in shock as well as heartbroken.

Our hearts go out to Robin and Ted for the loss of their precious little Emma.

Copper Bingle

Rescued 1998
Rainbow Bridge February 2, 2018

It's literally the end of an era. Just shy of two decades, this little 9-pound Chiweenie ruled my house. Run free crazy Copper.

DREAM extends our deepest sympathy to Shelly for the loss of her "Forever Foster", Copper.

Bosco Fisher

Rainbow Bridge January 20, 2018

Bosco was found by a neighbor. He was in poor health, and it took a year of love and decent food and medical care before he stopped scratching. Happy and grateful little guy. His "feed me" dance was called "The Bosco." Gone too soon.

All dog stories begin with laughter and end in tears


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