Can you help these little sausage dogs ?The RSPCA is asking for help to look after nine miniature Dachshund puppies, named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolf, as well as their mum, Olive. Olive was brought into RSPCA care last month along with her nine three-week-old puppies, who staff believe had been bred for sale as Christmas presents.
As they’re still so young, the puppies need round-the-clock care alongside special food and toys – and the RSPCA is asking for the public’s help.
Lending a hand is pretty simple: you can make a donation or drop off any useful items, such as puppy food and toys.Manager Julie Cockroft said: ‘We have to have one member of staff constantly allocated to these puppies as even the simplest of tasks – such as checking and cleaning their teeth – can take ages with nine wriggly, little puppies.
‘They need a lot of care and, also, a lot of specialist things, so if any members of the public are able to help by making donations or dropping off any useful items then that would be hugely helpful. We’re particularly looking for puppy food and toys to keep them entertained.’
Keep Them Active. Energy varies between breeds, says Dr. Becker. “Greyhounds, Labs, Golden Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, Border Collies, and other active breeds have unfathomable energy.” He continues, “wolves spend 80% of their time awake, moving. With cats, there’s not such an exercise requirement,” but providing outlets for play at home is still crucial. For both cats and dogs he recommends food-dispensing that “recreates the hunt,” and puzzle feeders that engage your pet’s “body and mind.”
The puppies will be up for adoption once they’re old enough, but the RSPCA has already been inundated with applications, receiving more than 500 in less than 24 hours. So before you fall madly in love, please don’t set your heart on one of these pups.
But if staring at those little sausage dog faces does make you desperately want a dog, remember that there are loads of other pups (who are just as adorable) searching for homes through the RSPCA
And if you aren’t able to take in a dog but would love to help, you can donate to help the RSPCA look after animals this Christmas through Stock the Sleigh – just £7 can keep an animal warm with a cosy blanket.