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I am proud animal lover, I rarely cry when people die in a movie but should anything happen to an animal I bawl my eyes out. I know I'm not alone when it comes to my obsessive love for pets (my own and others) the world is full of people like me.
There are pet owners, breeders, crazy cat ladies, trainers and even pet whispers but I recently encountered a new type of Pet enthusiast that doesn't quite fit into any of the above categories: Dachshund Owners. They are a bread of their own and fiercely passionate about their dogs, or as they like to call them, Fur Babies. The Brisbane Dachshund Group is a local community of people who either own or have owned a dachshund and share a common love / obsession for the long bottom breed.
Brisbane Dachshunds host several events a year, usually coinciding with a season or holiday and their team of administrators work hard to raise money for Dachshund Rescue Australia and other Dachshund related charities. I recently attended their Snagalicious Easter Bash , where over 100 people and their Dachshunds came together at Wooloongabba Rotary park and spent the afternoon swooning over their precious pups, sharing stories and raising funds for Dachshund rescue Australia. There was a sausage sizzle, best dressed comp, raffles and weiner races and over $1000.00 was raised. It really was a sight to see and a lovely way to spend a warm autumn afternoon.
I did a quick Q&A with one of the founding members Mrs Natasha Kambouris and asked if there was any method to all the barking madness, she assured me they were more than just a group of obsessed Dachshund owners : "Our members are all dedicated dachshund enthusiasts, and so we all support each other, whatever that means – advice on owning a Dachshund, puppy sitting, meeting up for events, fundraising for our friends at Dachshund Rescue and other dachshunds in need, hitting the streets to help find a missing Dashie, sharing funny pictures/stories etc etc etc. We are a community and we support each other and any Dachshund in need. We have just appointed a team of Administrators, and we are planning BIG things for Brisbane Dachshunds…watch this space !"
This month they are opening up their hearts to all breeds and have formed a team for the RSPCA's Million Paws walk. They have over 40 members registered and have already raised $300.00 which is sure to increase closer to the date. The troop of Snags and their owners will be parading at the Chermside walk and can be identified by their blue ribbons.
If you haven't registered to take part in this years Million Paws Walk I strongly urge you to do so.
The RSPCA Million Paws walk has become a well-known event nationwide, its their biggest fundraiser of the year and the proceeds go towards helping all the animals that come into their care throughout the year ( Queensland alone receives over 18,000 animals). 100% of funds raised will be going to giving these poor animals a second chance at life. This year the Brisbane walk will take place in Chermside and walkers and their pets have a choice of a 1.5km walk or a 4km walk. There will be food stalls, entertainment, celebrity guests, kids entertainment and lots more. Further details can be found on their website and its an event that all animal lovers should attend.
If you are a Dachshund enthusiast, owner, or are thinking of becoming a parent to one in the future use the following link to request membership to the group – its free and full of useful info, support and hundreds of cute photos. The Group was formend not even a year ago and is already over 500 members strong. They Have several more events lined up over the coming months including a Snagalicious Winter Wonderland and a training session with Martin McKenna.
For more information on Dachshund Rescue Australia and the amazing work that they do, please see here.