Early one Sunday, on a beautiful fall day, our two weary travellers opened their eyes and gave a great big stretch. After giving them good morning kisses and head rubs, their host let them outside to use the bathroom. Don’t worry, our travellers are dachshunds. They have been riding on the Dachshund Underground Railroad since yesterday and have another long day of travel ahead.
Our travellers, Tinkerbelle (a dachshund mix)
and Mojo (a black and tan dappled)
had started in Tennessee with 3 other dachshunds that were rescued by All American Dachshund Rescue. All day yesterday, the 5 were transported from Tennessee all the way up to Pennsylvania by a bunch of really nice people each driving a leg to get them to the start of their new lives.
Now it is only Tinkerbelle and Mojo left on this journey today. Tinkerbelle doesn’t know it yet, but she is about to meet her new forever family. And she will have 2 human sisters and a dachshund sister to help spoil her!
When this Dachshund Underground Railroad got to New York, Tinkerbelle met her new dad for the first time.
Are you my forever family?
While Tinkerbelle was really happy to go with her new dad, she soon realized that she was leaving Mojo behind. Even though the 2 had only known each other a short while, they bonded on this trip and it was sad to say goodbye.
Mojo came over and they gave each other kisses before they parted. Tinkerbelle looked back to say, can’t Mojo come with me?
But Mojo had to continue on his journey to New Hampshire. Unlike Tinkerbelle, Mojo has not found his forever home yet. He was pulled from a kill shelter in AR by a good Samaritan who helped get him into the dachshund rescue and is now on his way to his foster home.
He will have no problem finding his forever home, as everyone transporting him fell in love with him. Mojo is the sweetest little man and lives up to his name. He willingly jumped into laps or arms and snuggled with whoever was transporting him.
Travelling on the Dachshund Underground Railroad can be stressful, as you are passed from person to person, car to car all day long, but this doesn’t faze Mojo. He accepted all the love showered on him as his due and regally accepted all the hugs and kisses.
He posed proudly for pictures.
He enjoyed his perch high up.
He paused on a pee break to lean on you and make sure you are still there.
He got more hugs.
And even more love.
No, I don’t think our traveller Mojo will have any trouble finding his forever home. Who can resist this perfect little guy?
And so handsome. Who me?
As for Tinkerbelle, she is settling into her new family, who have renamed her Nala. And not only does she have a new first name, she has a middle name too! Nala Hope. Just like her new dachshund sister, Spirit Rose.
Here they are sharing a lap.
It will take some time for Nala to feel completely at home and realize that this is now her forever home, not just one that she is passing through on her way to her next leg. But with all the love and attention being showered on her by her new humans, it won’t be long until she is making herself at home on the couch.
Maybe she already is.
As the day draws to a close, everyone involved in this Dachshund Underground Railroad feels blessed that they were a part of helping these 5 dogs get to a new life.
And next weekend, as people go about their days, a whole new set of dogs will be riding the Dachshund Underground Railroad on the way to their new life. Maybe you’ll be one of the people lucky enough to help transport them. Or even adopt one?