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Our lives changed forever on July 10th, 2010. That was the day we drove the 3 hours to Sioux Falls from Fargo, ND and picked up our newest family member. I don’t know what I expected but it was clear to me from everything I’d been told by Judy at Dakota Dachshund Rescue (DDR) and what I began to experience that Chuck had a very hard start to life. In fact, MOST of his life prior to the 2 months since DDR rescued him from that puppy mill had to have been horrifying. Nothing will prepare you to see an animal behave as though at any moment you’re going to hurt him. With patience and understanding, Chuck began to realize that Justin and I were were “alright.” It started with circling around us or laying near us, but not touching us. About 3 weeks after we picked him up, I was sitting on the couch when I suddenly realized the little scheister had wiggled his way up on my lap! I was thrilled! And it has been nothing but improvement since that moment. I’m happy to report that Chuck loves his mommy and especially loves his big brother, Ollie. I see Chuck watching Oliver, studying him. And now, he mimics him. It occurred to me that he had never seen how a normal dog should act and was trying to model himself after his brother. It brought tears to my eyes. Chuck is very loving – he enjoys the sunshine through the patio window on a weekend afternoon, his regular food schedule (which he gets super excited for), his toys, our warm laps at night, curling up in a puppy pile with big brother…he’s taking everything in as fast as we can give it to him! We are beyond blessed and words cannot express how grateful our little family is for DDR and especially Judy, for helping us finding this little guy. He’s brought such happiness and appreciation to our lives. Thank you to the countless similar souls across this Earth that do this work day in and out!
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